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Now that her hit MTV show is over, Deena Nicole Cortese prefers a more low-key lifestyle than the one at the Jersey Shore. Even so, the self-proclaimed “blast in a glass” still knows how to kick up her heels and rock it out with a drag queen…or three.

After celebrating her 26th birthday at NYC’s Lips, Deena chatted with Wetpaint Entertainment about her wild weekend, her romantic plans with boyfriend Chris Buckner and what she hopes the year will have in store.

Wetpaint Entertainment: Lip is a rowdy drag queen restaurant in the city…how did you end up there?
 
Deena: Well it was my birthday and my friend’s bachelorette party and we thought it’d be a fun way to combine both. We were a big group of girls…After Lips we went to Sky Room.

What about your family and Chris? Did you have plans with them, too?
 
Sunday Chris came when my parent took me to dinner and tonight, Chris is taking me to Atlantic City.

Do you still party the way you did on the show?

Not really. I mean, I’ll still go to a club here and there, but these days we mostly got to lounges.

Are you and Chris close to moving in?

I think it will happen this year, yeah. We talk about it a lot. It’s going to happen.