Cast Blog: #RHONJ

A Work in Progress

Melissa is just thankful for how far things have come between the Gorgas and the Giudices.

Hello again! How is everyone? Sorry it's taken me so long to sit down and write to you, but the weather has been so beautiful in Jersey that I've been taking full advantage and playing with the kids outside! Can you believe this Indian Summer? Well it's October, so it's that time of the year that we start to eat a lot again! I just started with a new trainer so I can eat everything and then work out! I absolutely love October! It's my favorite month!

So here we are at the end. Can't believe it! Will you miss us? I will miss you and all your wonderful comments and well wishes. Thank you so much for an amazing first season. It was a little rough in the beginning, but I held in there and knew my true colors would show. It's amazing to see how Joe and his family went a complete 180 from the first episode to the last. Thank you, Jesus! That makes me happier than you know. That's all he ever wanted, that's all he was looking for.

The season finale was really about family. It was so beautiful to see Kathy and Victoria. The love she has for her children is incredible. And Rich with Victoria's date was hysterical! Then you see how Jacqueline and her family come together and support Ashley. They will do anything to help her find happiness. And the Manzo clan is always a strong unit that supports and loves each other. I was happy we got to see the Gorgas and the Giudices come together as a family in this episode as well. We are a work in progress, but there is love at the root, and I will always try to keep us on the right path.

When the stylist, Meital, was at my house she was styling me for another performance not the family picture. Obviously I would never wear any of those outfits to the family picture! She owns Reve Boutique in Englewood, NJ. All the Housewives shop at her store, every single one of us! I've been going to her for about eight years now. So she threw me off a little when she said that Teresa told her not to dress me or to style me, but I didn't make a big deal of it, I just ignored it. I have never approached Teresa on any of this, I never asked her why. I try not to argue about the things that are not going to hurt my life or my family. 

I went to Teresa's house that night for the family picture and didn't say a word. It's petty and I just wanted to wipe the slate clean. Did you see us all together at that family picture? It came out so beautiful, and that was such a great night! I felt complete inside and so did Joe! Those children are so innocent and so special and so beautiful, each and every one of them! My mother-in-law and father-in-law should be so proud of their seven healthy, beautiful grandchildren! And they both have one named after them (Antonia and Gino). What could be better? I just don't see how anything else could matter, I am so ready to put all the pettiness behind us and all the hurt feelings. Let's start fresh. Let's enjoy each other, and let the kids enjoy each other, before we know it they will be in high school. Why hurt one another, what does it get you?

So lets talk about the cookbook! Ugh! Why? Everything was so perfect! Each and everyone of us were in a good spot! Kathy, Caroline, Teresa, Jacqueline and I! Finally we could all just be together and have fun. I didn't make a big deal about it, I really think it's childish and kind of stupid. It just doesn't fit, it doesn't make sense. Everything was so good between us, why take that risk on messing things up again?

For one thing, I definitely don't copy off of Teresa and I don't have chairs on my front porch, so I really just don't get it. I decided not to make a big deal about it and not to tell my husband. Obviously he did find out about it, but not through me. I'm not going to let something this ridiculous start problems for us again. Even still, I don't think it is cool to write about your brother's wife negatively in a family cookbook. Those are his parents' recipes too.

As far as Caroline goes, I think those words were insulting to her good friend. Funny? Not so much. Again, I still don't get it, that is your good friend who has backed you up for years, why insult her and her family? I bet you the cookbook would have sold just as well without it. Well, maybe not, seeing as we are all writing about it and it's now huge news. LOL! OK so it worked, but now she lost a friend. It's sad, I hate to see them like this. I just wish she would have asked someone, anyone, for advice before she put it in the book and asked if she should do it or not. And if she did, I'm sure she asked the people who are getting a cut of the sales, because anyone who really loved her would have told her not to do it.

One thing I want to clear up is in the final credits it says that in April I had a party for Joey's first birthday and Teresa never showed. I didn't have a huge party, I had cake with our parents and Teresa was absolutely invited. Little Joey wasn't feeling well, so Teresa and I talked about how it wasn't a good idea to have everyone over and possibly get her girls sick, so she said she would come over the next week to see him for his birthday and give him his present. She came over in September to see Joey and give him his gift. To be honest, this show has brought us together and we spent more time as a family then we have in years. I will always back Teresa up or any of my friends and family when something is not true or misleading. Love it or hate it, I think it's better to be straight forward.

The reunion is next week, and it's going to blow your mind. A lot of your questions are going to be answered. It was a really long day, probably the longest day of my life. It was draining and hurtful and I hope I never have to do another one again like that, especially when things were so raw from the night before.

On a positive note, tune into Wendy Williams today! Caroline, Kathy, and I will be on We are also ringing the Stock Exchange Bell! How exciting! Joe is coming for that one!

The Best news yet is that On Display is in the top fifteen on iTunes right now! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love you all for your support on this! I have the best people supporting me, good people, I can tell! Thank you! Here's the link to On Display. Help me get it into the top ten! (I didn't say a bad word to anyone on it either! LOL!)

The stylist Meital has a great website with incredible clothes on it!

Check in with my website for my new schedule! Lots of dates coming up to meet you guys! I'm also getting lots of questions on my shoes and my outfit from WWHL! I tell you everything I'm wearing in my blog, so get to the website now!

Follow me on Twitter too @melissagorga and on Facebook

I hope everyone has a magnifico giornata!!



Dina: The Ladybug Event was Perfection

Dina Manzo thanks everyone who helped make her event a success.

Let's focus on the positive shall we? I was over the moon with how this Project Ladybug event turned out. All the girls did their part. Teresa's hair care line Youthful 8 provided all the hair for the event as well as sponsoring some decor and favors. Melissa rallied some amazing raffles and her and Joe kicked ass with the live auction. The twins packed the house with all of their friends, and Amber gave us the connection to Stacie and adorable fashion show by East Coast Starz.  

I have to say a big thank you to Abbey and Tommy for opening their home to us and a HUGE thank you for connecting me with Louis and the team at Sayerwoods Event Designs. They went above and beyond with the candy theme. I was blown away how they made my vision come to life. To top it off they are the kindest people to work with! 

Couture Candy Buffets did an amazing job with the candy bar even though I drove them nuts with the layout, LOL! Sugar Rush Bakery's cupcake bar was a hit and the boys from SCE Event Group as usual rocked the house. iParty Pix gave us a fun photo booth to play with and The Brownstone filled the guests' bellies to the brim. Thank you to all those who donated to our silent auction: the NY Islanders, NY Jets, NY Giants, Depasquale Spa, Yanina & Co, DJ Pauly D, Harrah's Resort, and iParty Pix. Last but not least thank you for picking out my gorgeous dress from 25 Park, for my hair, and Dayna ( for doing my makeup for the night. My good friend Manny as usual captured every moment for us (

Thank you to my ladybug team of my sister Cookie, Lexi, Kenny, Stephanie, and Dianne for keeping things flowing while mama bug got her Meana on. 

The night was amazing and other than the little glitch of the girls' talk (which I'm so grateful happened at the very end of the night), it was perfection.

Special heartfelt thanks to Jacqueline Collot, mother of Julien, our man bug in heaven that is the namesake of the Project Ladybug fund at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. Along with a touching video of Julien himself, Jacqueline shared her story to help put a face on childhood cancer and those that it affects.  Of course thank you to all of our honored guests, who helped us to raise $50,000, which was presented to the hospital by myself and some of the girls. I was a very happy bug. 

Please visit here to see a video I made for you guys on this last episode. Click around and see what you missed, there's lots of juicy stuff in there. 

As for this season...I learned a lot. I may keep quiet but my eyes are wide open.

Namaste Bitches!