It's Friday once again, but instead of the usual Five on Friday list of things we love, I'm bringing you a star-filled edition of celebrity encounters!
Living in NYC, I've definitely crossed paths with more than my fair share of stars - off the top of my head, I've sat next to Kevin Bacon at a bar, organized an event with Gwyneth Paltrow, rode the subway with Hank Azaria and Aaron Tveit, saw Tony Danza roller-blading down my street, and bumped into Cynthia Nixon and Derek Hough in front of my office. For this post, I'm focusing on 5 celebs that I've actually chatted with and (no surprise here), most of them are Bravo-lebrities (but I say it still counts!).
Bethenny Frankel / The Real Housewives of New York
I wish I had snagged a picture with Bethenny but in the absence of that, a pic of her Skinnygirl protein shakes will have to suffice (and let's face it, she would probably prefer that anyway since she's all about that branding hustle!). M and I attended her book signing for A Place of Yes a few years ago and got to spend a little time chatting with the original Skinnygirl herself. We talked about her yoga DVDs and she seemed quite pleased that we were loving them!
Stassi & Katie / Vanderpump Rules
When Bravo-holics vacation in Los Angeles, obviously a trip to a Lisa Vanderpump restaurant is a must-do activity. My friend (and occasional guest blogger) J made Sur reservations before we had even confirmed our flights, so we were definitely on the hunt to see some of our favorite, drama queen SURvers. When he spotted Stassi and Katie across the room, he immediately grabbed my hand, walked me over to them, talked all about how we adore them and their show, and sweetly requested a group snap. We lined up, and Stassi immediately expressed her displeasure with our poses and rearranged us - it was actually kind of perfect, since that's exactly how she acts on the show!
Joe & Melissa Gorga (and Melissa's sisters) / The Real Housewives of New Jersey
This was one of those epic, couldn't have planned it better, "only in New York" sort of nights. M and I were deep in the midst of planning our first big NYC joint party together, and were hitting all sorts of walls; we didn't have a menu, we didn't have a playlist, we were totally stressing out about our lack of party preparation (obviously, this was a long time before our blogging days and we've come a long way). So obviously, when we heard that Melissa Gorga was "singing" at a local gay club, we decided to toss all of our party planning to the wind to go out and see her!
We also got to shake hands with Joe Gorga (a total highlight) and dance along in the front row as Melissa sang about being "On Display, On Display".
We also hung out with Melissa's big sisters, who had just been featured as her protectors on a recent Housewives episode! Something about this enchanted Bravo night must have inspired us because when we finally made our way back home, we banged out all of the planning tasks that had previously seemed so daunting and the party was a total smash.
Andy, Evelyn, & Lou Cohen / Watch What Happens Live
Gals, this was a BIG one. Not only did I meet Andy Cohen at a book signing, but I was also one of the people selected to participate in his Q&A. Much to my Bravo-loving delight, when I stepped up for Andy to sign my book, he looked me up and down and proclaimed, "You're KA-UUUUUUUTE!" If only I hadn't opted to lean over his desk in such a tremendously awkward pose, ugh!
Also, how adorable are Andy's parents?! With the number of guest bartender appearances they've racked up on Watch What Happens Live, they're basically celebrities in their own right by now. Evelyn and I had a hard time figuring out who was taller since, as Lou pointed out, we were both wearing enormous heels!
Siiiiiiiiiigh. This is seriously my ultimate celebrity experience. Meeting Michael Buble was such a dream come true (and honestly, it still feels like a dream - though I'm happy to have this picture WITH HIS FINGERS WRAPPED AROUND MY WAIST to confirm that it really happened!). Michael always sets the ultimate romantic playlist and he was so sweet and hilarious in person; while I love my Bravo-lebrities, Buble will always be #1 on my list!
Now it's your turn to dish - tell me about your celebrity encounters!