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The Gatsby Girls, Who Are Also Jersey Girls, Are Back Tonight With Season 2 Of ‘Jerseylicious’

September 5, 2010

We know we’ve beem remiss in posting, but we had some other duties to attend to, like writing an update on the impact of “Jerseylicious” on The Gatsby Salon in Green Brook, N.J. Here’s our story on NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

The Style Network’s hit “Jerseylicious” has its Season 2 debut tonight at 8 p.m., and we interviewed by phone the mother-and-daughter team that owns and runs The Gatsby, Gayle Giacomo and Christy Pereira. We sent written questions to Tracy DiMarco and Alexa “The Glam Fairy” Prisco by e-mail, and got their responses via e-mail.

For those who’ve been living under a rock, “Jerseylicious” is one of a string of hit reality shows set in our beloved Garden State, and it had some dust-ups similar to those in MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

The Jerseylicious cast photo, with our sister's blond stylist Briella fourth in from the left, and Ann's buddy Filippo on the far right, for Season 2

In the first season Giacomo hired new staff to boost business at her newly renovated salon. That included bringing on hairstylist DiMarco and makeup artist Olivia Blois Sharpe, who got into many a shouting match in Season 1.

We feel a special affinity for this show because we went to The Gatsy to interview Giacomo, Pereira, Sharpe and hair stylist Anthony Lombardi before the show debuted last March. We didn’t know if it would be a success or not, but it turned out to be a hit for Style.

Our friend Ann's pizza parlor friend from Staten Island, Filippo, on the left and Anthony Lombardi

And there is that six-degrees-of-separation thing, too.

One of Sharpe’s friends and roommates is Briella Calafiore, who is also in the show. Briella is my sister’s hairstylist at the Fusion salon in Denville, N.J., where we also get our hair done. We have the business card that Briella gave us sitting right here.

And our friend Ann just saw Filippo, who is Lombardi’s flirtatious assistant at The Gatsby, at the pizza parlor that his family owns on Staten Island. Ann has known Filippo and his family for years.

Anyway, we’re rooting for all of the Jersey girls in “Jerseylicious.”

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Just A ‘Jerseylicious” Thursday In Jersey: Chatting With Briella, Olivia’s Roommate, And Getting A Cut From The Wife Of A Cover Band’s Bon Jovi

June 4, 2010

We had to take care of important business yesterday: Getting those unsightly grey hairs to disappear and trying to get our mop of curls under control. We love our sister Karen’s hair, so we went to her salon, where Briella Calafiore of “Jerseylicous” is a stylist and colorist.

Blonde Briella, first seen in the opening of the premiere episode of “Jerseylicious” sharing disco fries in a diner with Olivia Sharpe Blois, works at the Fusion Spa and Salon on Route 46 in Denville, N.J.

She was in yesterday, busy working on two pretty blondes who came in. You never got to see Briella practice her craft on “Jerseylicious,” since she doesn’t work at ther Gatsby Salon, but we did yesterday. Briella, who was Olivia’s roommate and caused some fireworks with Tracy DiMarco last season on the reality show, is quite talented.

While we were getting our single process done, sitting by a sink, we watched Briella do the hair of a long-haired blonde teen who goes to our alma mater, Parsippany Hills High School. The young lady was going to a prom that night, and Briella did long curls on the back of her hair, and then pulled up the front. It looked great.

Then we were intrigued to see Briella put in long blonde extensions on another women, advising her about how to take care of them. They look pretty dramatic on the client, and we would never guess she was wearing extensions. But we’ll think twcie now about envying any woman with perfect long hair, since it most likely isn’t hers.

We got our hair done by someone who knows the trials and tribulations of having curly hair like us, because she has it, stylist/colorist Michelle Parks. The salon was recently trained in cutting curly hair using the technique that the well-known Manhattan salon Oiudad, which has made curls its speciality, uses, Michelle told us.

She did a great cut, but it will take us a bit of time to get used to going back to our darker hair. Every hairdresser says we should go darker, not blonder, so maybe its wise advice. Maybe it’s best to play up that dark Latina thang, rather than trying to be the tow-haired woman that we are not. But we’re not giving up our highlights.

And since this is Jersey, there had to be a Bon Jovi connection. Michelle’s husband is the lead singer in the premier Bon Jovi tribute band, Slippery When Wet. In fact, Jon Bon Jovi once said that he had heard that Slippery When Wet was the best of the Bon Jovi cover bands, because the singer — Michelle’s hubby — could hit all the high notes.

Michelle does her husband’s hair a la Jon in the height of the era of the hair bands. We told her that we and Karen had met some of the guys, and that we interviewed Jon and Richie Sambora, for two stories we did for NewJerseyNewsroom.com on the group and their documentary, which aired on Showtime.

Back to Briella. “Jerseylicious” was a hit for the Style Network and will be returning for a second season. Briella will be back for Season 2, she told us as we were getting our hair washed.