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Van Totaled, Chatting Up ‘Jerseylicious’ Tracy DiMarco, Robert Lee Morris Meet-And-Greet, Back At The Spotted Donkey, Max Gone, Fall In Sheboygan: The Second Anniversary Of Our Layoff

January 27, 2011

Recently we’ve had dealings with some of the folk we knew when we covered the cable TV industry — before we were laid off exactly two years ago today.

We have to chuckle to ourselves when they say, “Oh, Linda Moss. Where have you been?”

We want to answer back, in our best Jersey accent, “Yo, where have you been?”

This summer our lovely BFF Ann McGettigan (left) and The Homeshoppingista visited QVC and rubbed shoulders with famed jewelry designer Robert Lee Morris (did we run this photo large enough?)

Here’s where we’ve been since Jan. 26, 2009:

• Writing 850 blogs for this site, The Homeshoppingista, which some say has become a must-read for the home shopping industry — and sometimes a thorn in the side of QVC, HSN and ShopNBC.

• Writing about New Jersey-related TV programming, such as “Jerseylicious,” and cable-vs.-programmers spats in the Garden State for NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

The Homeshoppingista interviewing Tracy DiMarco of Jerseylicious

• Writing about health care and telecommunications for a fantastic website on public policy, NJSpotlight.com, run by two of our former colleagues at The Herald-News, Lee Keough and Tom Johnson.

• Writing blogs on dementia for a website.

• Writing and breaking stories for TVNewsCheck.com, which is run by a great newspaperman and gent, Harry Jessell.

• Writing market profiles for Harry’s NetNewsCheck.com, which is run by my former colleague Eric Smith, another smart and talented – and blessedly un-anal — editor.

• Crafting blogs for nearly a dozen websites, with most of those pertaining to traumatic brain injury, for a chap, Gordon Johnson, we went to Medill (as in J-school) with. But he was smart, he became a lawyer. “American Idol” candidate Chris Medina got across the heartbreak of TBI lasr night when he told the story of his now-wheelchair bound fiancee.

• Doing a bit of volunteer work for the corporate public relations department of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, New Jersey’s largest hospital chain, as well as its affiliate, Clara Maass Medical Center.

• Going on dates, with more men in the past two years than we had in the prior 10, when we were working 10 to 12 hours a day, and some weekends and vacations.

• Learning how to use a Mac.

• Traveling to Chicago for a TBI conference for lawyers.

• Going to Wisconsin to see a brain injury survivor, Lethan Candlish, perform a remarkable one-man show about his recovery. Lethan is a master storyteller.

TBI storyteller Lethan Candlish

We must say, it’s a breath of fresh air to in many cases be interviewing and writing for people who don’t have a clue who John Malone or Brian Roberts is. Malone, oh non-cable people, is head of Liberty Media, which owns QVC.

You see, the cable TV industry is a close-knit cabal. That has its pluses and negatives. Some cable folk – and we adore many of them — only see the world through the prism of that industry, as if nothing exists outside it. Maybe it’s just natural for people in an industry to have such tunnel vision.

A year ago we blogged about the first anniversary of our layoff today. The past year has had a lot of ups and downs, personally.

Pet lovers will get this, but it was traumatic when our parents had to put down their dog of more than a dozen years, the min pin Max. Our father many a time threatened to kill that mutt, when he would jump on the table and run off with food, etc. But we were all in the vet’s office, and all cried, when Max was put to sleep.

Our nephew Evan (who told us to buckle up), our dad and niece Sydney at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, seven months before our Columbus Day accident

Just weeks later our dad tried to cheer everyone up by taking us to Atlantic City for Columbus Day weekend. On the way back on the Garden State Parkway my sister’s van – with my parents, sister, brother-in-law, niece, nephew and us in it – was T-boned by a car that came out of nowhere and flew across several lanes of traffic to crash into us.

We can still remember the shock when we were hit, and had no idea what was happening.

Luckily, we all had our seatbelts on (after our 6-year-old nephew Evan had reminded us to buckle up). But the other car hit the side of the van right next to our dad. The jaws of life got him out, but he fractured several vertebrae. He was in and out of the hospital so many times than we lost count, for both his back and his rotator cuff. He was taken by ambulance to the ER many times.

It truly is a miracle that we weren’t killed. Unfortunately our dad was hurt, but no one else was.

At Thanksgiving dinner, our dad always would say grace. This year, he said something like, “Thank you, oh Lord, for our health. Sort of.”

And we all laughed. Our father is nothing if not honest.

But there was plenty of good during the past year. After more than two years away from our beloved Arizona, we finally returned in December, with a guy. Thanks BJ!

It’s much better watching the sunset in Cave Creek, sucking down a prickly pear margarita at the Spotted Donkey Cantina, when you are sharing it with someone. We also enjoyed huckleberry margaritas, and the famous “Big Ass Burger,” at the Roaring Fork.

Watching the sunset from the patio of the Spotted Donkey Cantina, while sipping a prickly pear margarita, is glorious

We and our bud Ann McGettigan got to meet famed jewelry designer Robert Lee Morris when we visited QVC this summer.

And we’ve enjoyed the writing we’ve done during the past year, as we’ve become mini-experts on topics such as TBI, concussions, Obama’s health reform, Alzheimer’s, heparin, malpractice, nursing and plane crashes.

Our clips are now links to dozens of stories that we’ve written since being shoved out the door at Multichannel News. And there is a light at the end of the tunnel for us. More on that later.

And we still have this quote from Louis L’Amour on our bulletin board: “There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning.”

You were right, Louie.

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Tracy Looks A Lot Like Olivia In New Season Of ‘Jerseylicious’

August 28, 2010

Christy in Season 2

“Jerseylicious” is coming back Sept. 5, and some of the Jersey Girls will look a lot different in Season 2.

If you don’t want anymore info about the Style Network reality show, we’re giving you a spoiler alert: Stop reading.

First of all, half of the mother-daughter team that run The Gatsby Salon is pregnant. Christy Pereira is with child, and looks fantastic. Her mom Gayle Giacomo, the matriarch of the Green Brook beauty parlor where “Jerseylicioius” takes place, is thrilled.

Tracy's new look looks like Olivia

But almost more surprising than Christy’s pregnancy is the new Tracy DiMarco. The busty, big-haired blonde hairstylist who makes makeup artist Olivia Blois Sharpe’s life miserable now almost looks like her.

Tracy is rocking some dark hair that is very straight and very flat — like Olivia’s.

As a friend pointed out, it also likes like sweet hair stylist Gigi Liscio is slimmer this season. She also has coppery highlights, which we hope to duplicate during our next trip to the Fusion Spa and Salon in Denville, N.J., where Olivia’s roommate and “Jerseylicious” cast member Briella Calafiore works. Briella does our sister Karen’s hair.

‘Jerseylicious’ Will Be Back Sept. 5, And One Of The Jersey Girls Is Pregnant

August 5, 2010

“Jerseylicious” will be back for a second season Sept. 5, and there’s a new cast member.

Christy Pereira, half of the mother-and-daughter team that runs The Gatsby Salon that’s the stage for “Jerseylicious,” is pregnant! And The Style Network says it will be there to “capture the joy” of the baby’s arrival.

Does that mean the camera will be in the delivery room?

Anyway, the second season sounds like a doozy. Here’s our NewJerseyNewsroom.com story on the premiere.

By the way, we may be seeing Olivia Blois Sharpe’s blonde friend and roommate, stylist Briella Calafiore, today when we get our color touched up at the Fusion Salon in Denville, N.J. Briella works there.

Check out this cute press release that The Style Network issued Wednesday.

The Jerseylicious gang for Season 2

DAILY BLOWOUTS, SPRAY TANS AND CAT FIGHTS ARE BACK WHEN SEASON TWO OF THE HIT REALITY SERIES “JERSEYLICIOUS” PREMIERES SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 AT 8PM ON THE STYLE NETWORK

Cameras Return to New Jersey Salon for More Attitude, More Drama and More One-of-a-Kind Jersey Style in 20 All New Episodes

Los Angeles, August 4, 2010 – In this New Jersey salon, the first cut is the meanest and you may leave with a lot more than just a smokey eye!

Everyone’s favorite hair stylists and make-up artists of “Jerseylicious,” Style’s most-watched new series, are back for a second season! Style’s camera’s catch Queen-of-Mean Tracy, her arch enemy Olivia and even “The Glam Fairy” herself at
The Gatsby Salon for more in-your-face drama that will have you saying “OMGawd!”

Twenty, new one-hour episodes, continue to follow the staff of one of New Jersey’s premiere salons where business is hot and the “ex”-tensions are hotter. Season two is full of budding romances, growing friendships, bitter rivalries, plenty of Tracy vs. Olivia hair-raising feuds and even a new baby – don’t miss a minute when “Jerseylicious” premieres Sunday, September 5 at 8:00 p.m. et/pt on The Style Network.

The comedic drama of “Jerseylicious” centers around the high-profile and recently renovated beauty salon run by the mother/daughter management team of Gayle and Christy.

Christy is preggers in Season 2

Making up the salon’s quirky team of experts and experts-in-training are Anthony, an established stylist whose own salon has
recently completed its own renovations; Gigi, a young hairdresser who wants nothing more than to find “the one;” Alexa, one of the top bridal make-up artists in the tri-state area; Olivia, a party girl who is trying to grow up and become a successful makeup artist; Olivia’s biggest rival, Tracy, an aggressive hair stylist who can work magic with a teasing comb and in her free time enjoys tormenting Olivia whom she calls “a cheap knock off version of me”; and Filippo, Anthony’s handsome intern who focuses more on getting phone numbers from beautiful women than working on his craft.

In the premiere episode, the salon’s business is booming with the help of last season’s new additions Olivia, Tracy, Gigi, Anthony and Alexa. High demand, intense hours and personality clashes, however, are taking their toll on the stylists.

Anthony’s newly renovated salon is ready to open for business and he is struggling with leaving his new found family at The Gatsby. Hot-headed Alexa and her newly chosen apprentice Olivia are up to their wings with “Glam Fairy” clients and Gayle is beginning to feel the makeup artists’ absence in the salon. Gayle decides to confront Alexa about her attitude and priorities which causes tension with everyone.

The Glam Fairy Alexa returns

Tracy asks her boyfriend, Lorenzo, who is also Olivia’s ex, for help with a huge event at her beauty school alma mater because she wants to show how she’s grown since graduation, but the night ends a humiliating disaster.

And Christy is beaming with excitement as she is expecting her first child, but she is getting self-conscious of her growing belly. With a little encouragement from her friends and colleagues, she decides to embrace her “baby bump” in a glamorous pregnancy photo-shoot — leopard, lace and all Jersey!

Throughout the season, the dramatic rivalries continue as self-proclaimed “villainess” Tracy continues to clash with makeup-maven Olivia who develops a new love interest that sends Tracy over the edge. Meanwhile, tensions between Gayle and Alexa reach new heights as both business women have conflicting priorities in making their own individual businesses succeed.

In Christy’s absence as she preps for her baby’s arrival, Anthony attempts to interject his own expertise and ideas into the salon’s management which is not received warmly by the bosses.

Men are on the brains of the “Jerseylicious” women as the single ladies of the salon attempt speed-dating and head to Atlantic City to hunt for some hot muscular men, while sweet-as-sugar Gigi starts to question her relationship with
longtime boyfriend Frankie.

Left out by the women, Anthony’s intern, smoothing talking ladies’ man Filippo, decides to take his boss to none-other than the Jersey Shore to show him a fun time. And of course, Style’s cameras will be there to capture the joy as Christy and her husband welcome their first child!

Those stories, as well as a boob job, a pizza tossing contest, a strip show, romances taken to the new levels and even a Jersey invasion of Texas, are just a few of the many not-to-be-missed happenings on the new second season of Jerseylicious.

Get ready to sharpen your acrylics when season two of “Jerseylicious” starts Sunday, September 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The Style Network.

Visit ‘Jerseylicious’ Olivia And Tracy’s 46 Lounge, See Jewelry From ‘Real Housewives Of New Jersey,’ Party And Contribute To A Great Cause

June 7, 2010

Tonight you have a chance to do a good deed, drink, get to see great jewelry and party in the favorite club of Olivia Blois Sharpe and Tracy DiMarco of “Jerseylicious.” That’s our idea of a great time.

What’s it all about?

We know Christine Benedict, a cervical cancer survivor from Wayne, N.J., because we profiled her for NewJerseyNewsroom.com. Her home clean-up will be featured June 16 on Style Network’s “Clean House.”

Christine sent us an invite to a benefit tonight, Monday, for the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation, in memory of Elise ten Berge. The pretty Garden State girl was a victim of this disease.

Christine and her family

Christine’s friend, jewelry designer Zen Jen Mirman, is hosting the charity event at the 46 Lounge in Totowa. N.J., the scene of many a shouting match between Olivia and Tracy on “Jerseylicious,” the Style Network hit. Mirman’s “Zen jewelz by: jen m” pieces were featured on an episode of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

We believe that Zen Jen will be selling her jewely at the benefit, and Christine will be reading tarot cards. She recently read our cards, and was right on the money.

Forgive and forget, the cards said, even if you were betrayed. Mmmmm, we wonder what that refers to? (Christine also told us during our reading that we have a very enjoyable carnal interlude coming up this summer. We can’t wait.)

There will also be entertainment at the Tay-Sachs Foundation benefit, with singer Josh London performing.

See Tracy and Olivia's 46 Lounge

The cover charge for the benefit is $55, which we admit is a little steep. But we’re going, and we’re not working full-time yet, just doing freelance. But it’s a good cause, and a chance to get some good karma cooking.

The event runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the 46 Lounge, 300 Route 46, Totowa, N.J. There is a cash bar, and credit cars will be accepted at the door.

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.

Despite Jersey Girl Chelsea Handler’s Barbs, ‘Jerseylicious’ Finds A Groove With Second Episode

March 29, 2010

Christy Pereira, left, and her mother and Gatsby Salon owner Gayle Giacomo

A big thumbs-up for last night’s “Jerseylicious” episode, the show’s second on the Style Network.

We saw a lot more about the mother-and-daughter team that runs and manages the Gatsby Salon in Green Brook, N.J. Flame-haired Gayle Giacomo and her daughter Christy Pereira have a lot riding on their move and revamping of their beauty salon. We thought we heard Sunday that millions of dollars at been invested in the project, so the stakes were high.

Giacomo and Pereira can’t afford for the silly feuding between hair stylist Tracy DiMarco and her archrival Olicia Blois Sharpe, a makeup artist, to turn off clients and ruin their business. (Sharpe’s prominently featured roommate Briella, by the way, is my sister Karen’s stylist.)

We loved watching the Gatsby crew trying to deal with that unruly and demanding bachelorette party. And Anthony Lombardi proved he’s a model male again when he tactfully warded off the advances of the bride-to-be, who wanted him to massage her back. Lombardi said he doesn’t even give his wife massages.

As for Gigi Liscio, it’s hard to believe that the scene in the Italian restaurant, where her goombah boyfriend Frankie Buglione almost starts a fight with a waiter, wasn’t scripted in there. Frankie loses his cool, supposedly, after the waiter compliments Liscio on her necklace. Frankie believes the waiter is really eyeing Liscio’s rather ample cleavage, and has a fit. He starts to go after the waiter.

As for Tracy, don’t gloat about that “prize” boyfriend you have, Olivia’s ex- Lorenzo Gangala. You should drop him like a hot potato, especially after he brags about Olivia testing him, by creating a fake identity on Facebook, to see if he would cheat. He failed the test, he tells Tracy, because the photo of the girl on the fake Facebook identity was “hot.”

Tracy thinks it’s funny. Why? In that immortal truth all we women know, a leopard doesn’t change its spots. Once a cheater, always a cheater.

E! Entertainment Television’s tart-tongued Chelsea Handler, comedian and Jersey girl, recently blasted the women on “Jerseylicious” for giving Garden State women a bad name.

We’re thinking people should withhold judgment, from what we saw of Sunday’s episode.

‘Jerseylicious’ Nets Lousy Ratings, As One Viewer Proclaims ‘We’ve Had Enough of New Jersey’

March 24, 2010

We are more interested in Gatsby owner Gayle Giacomo, right, than Tracy DiMarco, left.

Well, for awhile there New Jersey, and its loud shoot-from-the-hip residents, seemed to have captured the loving attention of American TV viewers. But the audience has spoken now, and it’s apparently had enough.

The numbers are in for “Jerseylicious,” and they are not good. We knew something was up when Style Network didn’t put out a ratings press release Monday about the show’s premiere Sunday night.

“Jerseylicious,” which chronicles the lives of the owners and stylists at the Gatsby Salon in Green Brook, N.J., had only 320,000 total viewers for its debut. The show posted a 0.42 rating with women in the 18-to-34 demographic.

It pains us to see this, since were like the cast members of the show and were rooting for it.

But it looks like America is sick and tired of seeing fatmouthed, overdressed Jerseyites. Audiences bought into Garden-State shows such as Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (a fav of ours) and MTV’s “Jersey Shore” (which we detested). But that ship has sailed.

We wish “Jerseylicous” had kicked off focusing on the story Gayle Giacomo and her daughter Christy Pereira, both of Bridgewater, who have re-launched their 32-year-old beauty salon and want to make it a big success. They are both smart, gracious women.

Instead, it seems to us that producer Endemol TV decided to concentrate on the battle between makeup artist Olivia Blois Sharpe, of Montville, who looks just like Snooki of “Jersey Shore,” and hair stylist Tracy DiMarco of East Hanover. At least, that’s what the first episode was abouit. That just makes “Jerseylicious” seem like a lot of other Jersey reality shows.

We know Style is trying to draw in younger women by concentrating on Olivia and Tracy, but we frankly are more interested in pretty Gayle (she in her 50s, our demo).

Anyway, even before the ratings came out, we suspected the show might be in trouble when we read a post on the story we did for NewJerseyNewsroom.com on the “Jerseylicious” premiere party.

“I personally enjoyed ‘Jersey Shore.’, but I think bringing on this show is pushing it!” wrote Nikki Dolce, a hair stylist from Scottsdale (our favorite place in the world). “We’ve had enough of New Jersey!”

‘Jerseylicious’ Cast Celebrates Show’s Debut, Along With The Homeshoppingista, With Hoboken Party

March 22, 2010

Gigi Liscio, Anthony Lombardi, Tracy DiMarco, Gayle Giacomo and her daughter Christy Pereira at the Jerseylicious party

We just got back from the “Jerseylicious” premiere party in Hoboken, which we almost ditched Sunday night, out of frustration.

We got lost trying to find the venue — Lua, on where else but Sinatra Drive — and asked at least five people how to get to this restaurant, to no avail. Finally, the car attendants at the W Hotel gave us some accurate directions, and we made it to the party.

It was a rather balmy night here in the NY metro area, and the restaurant is on the Hudson River almost directly across from the Empire State building. The view was beautiful. But we digress. We were working, covering the party for our blog and NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

The place was packed with lots of young Jersey girls wearing thigh-high dresses and showing a lot of cleavage. We figured we’d never be able to scout out the “Jerseylicious” cast, who we interviewed in December for NewJerseyNewsroom.com, and if we did, it would be too noisy to interview them.

But we found the PR person, and she took us back to a roped-off VIP area where many of the cast members of the new Style Network show were talking to the press. While we were at the shindig we didn’t see makeup artist Olivia Blois Sharpe, the “Jerseylicious” cast member who looks a lot like Snooki from MTV’s “Jersey Shore.”

We did speak to the mother-and-daughter team who own and run the Gatsby Salon, where the reality show “Jerseylicious” is set.

The mother, flame-haired Gayle Giacomo, was wearing a sexy, low-cut long flowery print gown. She said she had bought it two 1/2 years ago to wear to her daughter Christy Pereira’s wedding, but then never did. Christy was there, wearing a black BCBG V-necked dress.

Giacomo said she hadn’t watched the first “Jerseylicious” episode yet.

“I’ve been so busy I said I’ll just wait and see it on TV,” she said.

But Pereira had seen it and said she liked it. The New York Times gave the show a drubbing this weekend. But Pereira said that even though she and her mom hope people like the show, everyone is entitled to their opinion.

The Homeshoppingista, and Jersey girl, interviewing Tracy DiMarco of Jerseylicious

Next up was hairdresser Tracy DiMarco, who is essentially the villain in “Jerseylicious.” On the show, she basically says she hates Sharpe and is going to make her life miserable at the Gatsby. But DiMarco, dressed in what looked like a tiger print dress, was charming and sweet to us (she said we looked beautiful, and with us flattery will get you everywhere).

“I’m only mean to people I don’t like, or people who are mean to other people,” DiMarco told us. “I don’t like Olivia. That’s very obvious.”

She told us her mom has been keeping a book of press clippings of the show, which have included the cover of the New York Post’s TV Week section Sunday.

“I hope everyone likes me, even though I’m a little bit of a nasty bitch,” DiMarco told us, laughing.

We also spoke to hairstylists Anthony Lombardi, the only male member of the “Jerseylicious” crew, and Gigi Liscio. Lombardi was wear a white porkpie hat that he said he picked up in Bloomingdale’s that day. We kidded him about The Times review, which said he was the best-looking member of the cast.

“I know, The New York Times loved me,” Lombardi said. “I bought seven copies of it.”

“I got to hear this all day,” his pretty brunette wife said.

Lua in Hoboken, the site of the Jerseylicious premiere party

But she then waxed on about what a great guy he is. The day we can say all this about the man we’re with is the day we can stop saying those novenas praying for Mr. Right.

“I’m very proud of him,” Patty said. “He’s very successful. He’s the most beautiful man I’ve laid eyes on. He’s the father of my son. He’s a fabulous husband, a fabulous husband. I couldn’t ask for anybody better, for my son and myself.”

Wow, what an endorsement! They have a 13-month-old son, and live in Fairfield. Lombardi also owns the Anthony Robert Salon in Verona.

In the show Liscio’s boyfriend Frankie comes off as a tough, old-style Italian guy, looking to be served hand and foot by Liscio. But in the middle of our interview, he walked up to Liscio and gave her a big kiss, then walked away. That rather endeared him to us.

“I want it all in life,” Liscio said. “I want my family, my career. I live in a fairy tale, yes, you can say that, but I won’t stop til I get it all. I’m very determined. I love him to death. That’s who I want it with.”

There were several TV sets at Lua, and when “Jerseylicious” came on at 10 p.m. the whole party started cheering. Unfortunately, there were so many people it was impossible to hear the sound on the episode.

And by that time, we had to head out to write our blog.

We’ll see how “Jerseylicious” does when the ratings come out Monday.

‘Jerseylicious’ Met Up With Tyra Banks Friday

March 19, 2010

Not Snooki, but Jerseylicious Olivia Blois Sharpe

While we were at the gym this afternoon, we caught the cast of “Jerseylicious” on Tyra Banks’ show.

Even though Banks had to get in her cheap shots at their Jersey accents, we thought the cast of the new Style Network show came of pretty well.

We didn’t have a pen and pad with us on the elliptical machine, so we have to do this from memory and paraphrase. Makeup artist Olivia Boise Sharpe, who is already being billed as the new “Snooki” because of her deep tan and long dark hair, set the record straight by saying she’s been sporting the “Jersey Shore” look for at least three years. The inference is that the randy “Jersey Shore” peanut stole Sharpe’s look.

When Banks waxed on about the nation’s sudden fascination with Jersey, Sharpe and her nemeis on the reality show, Stacy DiMarco, talked up the fact that Jerseyites are blunt and bold. If we don’t like you, the “Jerseylicious” cast members said, we won’t talk behind your back. We’ll tell you right to your face. (We’re beginning to understand why the rest of the country hates us now).

The “Jerseylicious” crew — who work at the Gatsby Salon in Green Brook, N.J., where the reality show is set — then offered hair and makeup advice to members of Banks’ audience, which seemed to be 99 percent Garden State residents.

Finally, the “Jerseylicious” cast did a makeover of three plain-Jane women from Delaware, we think it was. after the Gatsby Salon got done with them, the trio came up looking hot in super-short dresses, mile-high spike heels, smokey eyes and teased hair. They looked pretty good.

“Jerseylicious” debuts Sunday at 10 p.m., and we’re planning to attend the show’s premiere party that same night in Hoboken.

First Episode of ‘Jerseylicious’ Portrays Jersey Girls As Big Haired, Tan And Leopard Clad: Is That A Bad Thing?

March 9, 2010

Jerseylicious girl Olivia Blois Sharpe

Sorry we didn’t post Monday, but we’ve had a stomach virus for several days now that has really knocked us out.

But we did take time out last night to screen the first episode of Style Network’s “Jerseylicious,” the reality show we wrote about for NewJerseyNewsroom.com in December.

“Jerseylicious” is part of the new TV trend, which is reality shows flocking to the state to film us “load and proud” characters.

“Jerseylicious,” which debuts March 21 at 10 p.m., we have to sadly say will go a long way toward promoting every stereotype America has about us Jersey girls that you can imagine. It’s not as heavy-handed as “Jersey Shore,” but the lead “character,” Olivia Blois Sharpe, comes off a bit like Snooki on MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” with her long dark hair, tight short skirts, heavy eye makeup and super dark tan.

“I love the Jersey style,” Olivia says in the first “Jerseylicious” episode. “Big Hair. Long nails. Real tan. I swear I’m tanorexic.”

And in another seeming homage to “Jersey Shore,” Olivia is shown dancing up a storm at the 46 Lounge on Route 46 in Totowa, a venue we were always curious about but will now certainly avoid after seeing the clientele.

“If I could make a living off fist-pumping to house music, I’d be in there,” Olivia says. “I’d be in there like swimwear. But it’s really not going to pay my bills.”

That on-air Olivia is quite a different character than the quiet, rather subdued young woman we interviewed at the setting of the show, the Gatsby Salon in Green Brook, N.J. But hell, we all know reality TV isn’t reality, right?

Along the lines of Jersey being a small world, one of the first characters introduced in the premiere episode is Olivia’s best friend Briella, who our sister Karen knows. Blonde Briella is a stylist at the Denville hair salon Fusion, where Karen gets her hair done.

Olivia's nemesis Tracy DiMarco

All reality shows have to have drama, and in “Jerseylicious” its the conflict between makeup artist Olivia and Tracy DiMarco, a stylist who is now with Olivia’s ex-boyfriend. Tracy, one of the show’s players that we didn’t get a chance to interview, makes no bones about her mission, which is to make Olivia’s life miserable.

Tracy has the “Jersey style” we are all supposed to be wearing here in the Garden State, if you believe the reality shows about us. “Leopard jacket, snakeskin shoes, welcome to Jersey,” Tracy says.

The show is about the attempt of Gayle Giacomo and her daughter Christy Pereira to relaunch and revitalize the Gatsby Salon, which they’ve moved to a new location a few doors down from their old space in a strip mall on Route 22. We interviewed Gayle and Christy, and they are class acts.

One “Jerseylicious” player that we didn’t get a chance to interview is stylist Gigi Liscio, who is a sweetheart. But she seems pretty much under the thumb of her boyfriend Frankie. The term “guido” is never used to describe him, but you decide when if that’s an apt description when you see him.

There’s a scene of Frankie and his dad sitting at the dinner table, reminding us of “Saturday Night Fever,” getting hot under the collar and demanding that they get fed by the women in the house. Muy Italian macho.

Our advice to Gigi: Dump him, ASAP.

And finally there’s the sole male cast member, Anthony Lombardi, who owns the Anthony Robert Salon in Verona. He’s seems to be the referee between Olivia and Stacy, and is working at Gatsby while his own place undergoes renovations. He’s downt to earth and charming, the proud dad of a new son.

“Jerseylicious” is having a premiere party the night its first episode airs on Style, March 21. It’s in Hoboken, and we’ll be there, if we can find the appropriate leopard jacket and snakeskin shoes.