The Secret To My Great Hair – My Mane Event with Pantene Recap & Giveaway


I’ve got great hair! I used to say that it’s because I’m a Leo and Leo’s are known for their manes. But the truth of the matter is I’ve been using Pantene FOREVER. I mean for as long as I can remember I’ve been using Pantene products. So clearly I owe my amazing, shiny, healthy, luscious locks to them.


So when I was invited by MomTrends to attend a Pantene party I jumped at the chance. One because MomTrends throws the BEST parties and two because I am a walking talking Pantene girl.


The party started off in style as it always does with MomTrends and Pantene is all about style. I was picked up at my Jersey home by a car service and brought into the city to MPE Penthouse (they had the most amazing view of the city).


The night started off with cocktails, appetizers and catching up with blogger friends.


The “mane” event however, was the doctor behind the new AgeDefy and Advanced+ Keratin Repair  line for Pantene. Dr. Jeni Thomas, Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry and P&G’s Beauty and Grooming Principal Scientist, who works on researching the areas of the scalp and hair.


Prior to the event, Pantene had sent all attendees products from their new Age Devy line. Which of course I loved. I’ve been using the Keratin shampoo and conditioner they sent as my hair is fairly straight (sometimes I get a little wave in it). Everyone loves Pantene for the smell but Pantene makes my hair super shiny and healthy. It really is for hair so healthy it shines.


I learned a ton from Dr. Jeni that night including that she works alongside the Olay folks (after all they are both P&G brands) in regards to aging hair and skin. She talked breakage, greys, frizz and more. I even had some one-on-one time with Dr. Jeni and I told her how I noticed my scalp has changed once I hit 30. That I don’t know if it’s truly dandruff I occasionally get versus dry scalp. She said often times when it comes and goes it can be stress related. Interesting! She suggested that I continue to switch between a dandruff shampoo and a regular shampoo.


This of course made me bring up the Pantene Anti-Dandruff shampoo that was discontinued. I had been using that for a while, and then it was discontinued. Last summer I was thrilled when on the Pantene Facebook page we got to vote for what retired item we wanted back and then learned that they all came back. Unfortunately I couldn’t locate the anti-dandruff shampoo anywhere. I mentioned it to Dr. Jeni who introduced me to the nice PR folks and wouldn’t you know…. A week after the event I got a package in the mail. A years’ worth of Pantene Anti-Dandruff shampoo!!!!!! You have no idea how excited I was. Now I can switch between that and the Keratin I love so much also.

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There were stylists on hand to create some fun looks with the new line. I opted for beachy waves.


The Echo Design group was there also teaching bloggers how to tie scarves in a multitude of ways. Plus we got one in our swag bag. Yippee!


As you can tell I had a blast that night! And now I’m giving you the opportunity to win some fab Pantene swag for yourself so that you can also have super luscious locks.

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*Disclosure – I was not required to write this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

5 Essential Vitamins Is Their Secret – V05 Product Review


There’s nothing I love more than when my hair smells super yummy.


Recently I had the opportunity to check out V05’s Pomegranate & Grapeseed Extract Strengthening Shampoo & Conditioner.


As you know V05 has been around forever (since 1955 to be exact). So they definitely know what they are doing when it comes to hair.



The antioxidant-rich grapeseed and pomegranate extracts repair and revitalize heat-styled and sun-damaged hair. Which means it’s perfect for summer.


Alberto VO5, the iconic hair care brand we’ve all grown up with, offers shampoos and conditioners with 5 essential Vitamins for healthy, beautiful hair.

Here are a few simple tips to leave you feeling fresh to greet the season:


  • Have a minute? Use Alberto VO5’s Hot Oil to dramatically revitalize your hair making it look healthy, shiny and brand new!
  • Avoid styling products with alcohol; they continue to dry your hair out.
  • Use Alberto VO5’s Shea Cashmere Shampoo and Conditioner (for only $0.99 a bottle!)—with Shea protein and vanilla extract, this moisturizing formula helps restore softness and shine.
  • Make sure to trim your hair on a regular basis (you can even go to your local barber for a quick trim, costing you only $15-$20)


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*I was not required to write this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

Aussie… It’s Not Just For The Curly Haired Gals

Ahh the 80s & 90s… I remember them well. Hypercolor shirts, Umbros, slouchy socks, Cavaricci’s and of course…. BIG HAIR. If you didn’t have naturally curly hair than you certainly got a perm. I have naturally straight hair so I had many a perm from the mid 80s to mid 90s. My go to product…. Aussie sprunch spray. You remember it! Everyone used it. It was the perfect product to get your hair super curly plus it had that yummy distinct smell.


Aussie sprunch spray is still around along with a plethora of other products. I had always thought of Aussie as being a line for curly haired girls. Since my perm days ended somewhere in the 90s, I haven’t had a need for sprunch spray.


Recently I was informed that Aussie carries a huge variety of products for girls with every hair type. I have to admit I was a bit surprised and curious to say the least. I wanted my mind changed. I wanted to know that Aussie really wasn’t just for those with curly hair and that it worked on us straight hair girls too.


Boy was I surprised! As I mentioned they have a variety of lines for every hair type. I was sent the Sun-Touched Shine Shampoo, with natural Guava, Ginger and Sea Kelp which cleans lackluster locks and lets luminosity leap to the surface.

The Sun-Touched Shine Conditioner hydrates hair and makes radiant, natural shine a breeze and has kisses of Guava, Ginger and Sea Kelp.


The Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner which is AMAZING and smells so scrumptious. With intense, fortifying conditioners, Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner is a seriously simple fix for dry, distressed tresses.

The Moist Conditioner, with splashes of Australian Aloe, Jojoba Oil and Sea Kelp, helps seal in natural moisture and takes thirsty tresses from hapless to hydrated.

The Anti-Breakage Spray conditions hair to help protect against styling damage. Strands can grow long and strong. This product works as a great light leave in conditioner. It is the perfect product to use during the summer to help with hair that has been exposed to lots of sun and chlorine. Throw it in your beach bag and protect your strands while you sunbathe.

For more information on Aussie products visit They have lots of great styling tips and quizzes to find out what the best products for you are.


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*Disclaimer – I was not required to write this post. The products were sent to me gratis. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.



Interview with Anthony Lombardi – Jerseylicious Season 2 Red Carpet Premiere


Anthony Lombardi and his wife Patty

Katie – How’s the Anthony Robert Salon going?

Anthony – Everything’s great! Busy! Thank God!

Katie – What changes are we going to see at the Gatsby this season?

Anthony – You’re pretty much going to see what you saw last season, only a little amped up a bit. You’re going to see some different alliances form. You may see a little clashing of the Titans maybe so to speak. You might see the teacher become the student in one of the episodes.

Katie – I heard that.

Anthony – You’re going to see a couple of different things. I’m the teacher but I might become the student for something. I can’t tell you what though.

Katie – Maybe you’re going to learn how to make pizza.

Anthony – Ya never know .

Katie – I think I just figured that one out.

Anthony – You’re off on that. You’re off but you’re close.

Anthony Lombardi & Filippo Giove

Katie – What is the biggest thing you’ve learned since your new found fame on “Jerseylicious”?

Anthony – I never realized that so many people watch TV. I’m glad for it. I’m loving the fact that we go out and get recognized. So far it’s all been fun.

Katie – Best advice you’ve gotten since being on the show?

Anthony – Keep it real. Remember who you are, remember who your friends are. The guy who taught me how to cut hair is here tonight. He’s fantastic.

Katie – What’s something that your fans would be surprised to know about you? Any weird tricks? Maybe you don’t know how to dance?

Anthony -  I don’t know how to dance! I’m not a good dancer. I would be the first one voted off of “Dancing with the Stars”.

Katie – I’d call in. I’d vote for you Anthony.

Katie – What’s it like to have your life on television? Do you regret putting anything out there?

Anthony – Absolutely not! It’s been a wonderful experience, the crew and the producers have been absolutely 100% perfect. They didn’t portray me in any different way. I couldn’t be happier with the way I come across on the television.

Katie – I agree. You are absolutely the same on TV as you are in person.

Jerseylicious Red Carpet Premiere Season 2

The hubs and I on the red carpet

On September 7th I was invited, once again, to attend the red carpet premiere for the second season of the hit show “Jerseylicious”. I knew it would be a great night, as was at the first premiere, you can check out my blog post here.

The premiere was held at 4Sixty6 Lounge in West Orange, NJ. I must say the venue was super chic. The owner is really hands on and even gave the hubs and I a tour at the end of the night.

I was able to hang out on the red carpet and check out the cast as they got out of their limos and headed into the event. I had a chance to interview a number of the cast members again. Every Monday I will feature a new interview from one of the “Jerseylicious” cast members. Subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss a beat.

Cast of Jerseylicious

What’s to come? Will Anthony Lombardi become the teacher this season? Will Filippo Giove kiss a girl? What’s going on with the Tracy DiMarco and Olivia Blois Sharpe feud? How’s Christy Periera handling motherhood? Is there drama in sight between owner Gayle Giacomo and Alexa Prisco?

Stay tuned to find out.

Tune in to “Jerseylicious” every Sunday at 8pm EST on the Style Network.