Calling all Real Housewives fans! I have a fun post to share with you today…
This week, I was given a really cool opportunity to join Bravo TV + On Location Tours for the “maiden voyage” of their new Real Housewives of New York bus tour! The bus takes you through the city + points out key locations, restaurants, bars, venues, etc. where memorable moments on the show took place!
I’ve been a Bravo fan for yeaaaars, I was even chosen to be one of the lucky “Bravoholic’s” for a week back in 2013!
But as much of a fan as I am, my Mom may be an even bigger one! I was really excited that I was able to bring her along. We’ve watched [all] of the Housewives together since the series debuted with Orange County back in 2006! So needless to say, this was a really fun day for the two of us. 🙂
Take a peek to see where we went, what we did, and who we met! –>
Wednesday morning we hopped on a train to NYC! We arrived a little early to brunch, so we popped into a cute coffee shop next door.
The tour began at Tipsy Parson, a cute little restaurant in Chelsea + one of Bethenny’s favorite spots! They had all kinds of yummy brunch bites + beverages. So we had a couple of mimosas before the fun began!Jules Wainstein, one of the new wives this season, was there to chat with us! It was really our pleasure to meet her. She was so friendly, kind, and generous with her time. It was kind of cool to meet her in person before we met her via television. We asked about her experience filming + what she was excited/scared about. Obviously, these are all real women, but when you’re face to face with them…especially just hours before they’re about to open their lives to the world, you can’t help but be nervous for them! So everyone be nice to Jules — she was awesome! And fun fact: she’s the only actual “housewife” on the show right now! LOL And then there was Ramona!! Fresh from the Today show, she was definitely having fun. She was getting her booze on, dancing around, and had a couple of assistants film clips for her new snapchat account! She looked great, I cannot believe how small all of these women were! Also…we took 5 pictures + this is legitimately what her eyes look like in every.single.one. The crazy eyes are real! haha Before we departed, we took some pictures in front of the bus! Jules + Ramona! Swag bags waiting for us at our seats! 🙂 My cute Mom + her swag… Our tour guide was comedian, Melissa Stokoski! She was so adorable + definitely had everyone laughing! Throughout the tour, they played clips of scenes shot at a few of the locations we drove by! Lot’s of people were filming! There were crews from Bravo + the Today Show! Picture of Ladurée! A famous Gossip Girl spot too! 😉 Danielle Monaro from Z100’s Elvis Duran morning show was on the tour with us! She couldn’t have been any sweeter; I think I may have been more excited to meet her than any of the wives LOL. Il Mulino…where Sonja explains her business plans to Bethenny! We popped into Ricky’s where Kristen Taekman was waiting for us! She had a small display with her Pop of Color lipsticks + nail polishes set up. I loved her outfit + could not get over how stunning this woman was! Fun facts: she loves nailpolsih, Halloween is her favorite holiday, and she was born + raised in the town I currently live in..so, we’re pretty much the same person?! OMG, they had the most delicious red velvet cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake when we hopped back on the bus! Seriously, they were SO GOOD! Next stop…SPIN! The location of Carole’s season 5 charity ping pong tournament. And who else would we expect to be there?! Carole Radziwill was really sweet! She was super generous with her time + answered tons of questions! She came outside afterwards to snap some pictures. I mean, I would too if I were plastered on the side of a tour bus! hahaThe final stop…NBC studios where Luann, Sonja, and Dorinda were waiting with a green screen! These ladies were so much fun! I’m not sure if they had a buzz on or if they were just loving life, but they were a blast! My Mom + the Countess were legitimately twins. And I look like I’m ready for snow storm LOL.A peek inside the swag bag! A few skinny girl treats, a Pop of Color liquid matte lipstick, a new mug for my collection, and a real housewife long sleeve T! 🙂Oh my goodness, what a cool day!! We drove by a ton of other places…Skinnygirl headquarters, WWHL studios, tons of restaurants, hotels, etc. but I didn’t get to snap them all.
RHONY fans, definitely look into this tour next time you’re in town! I’m not sure that they’ll have housewives present for every run, but you never know!!
Are any of you guys Bravo fans?
What’s your favorite housewives city? I think I’m still the biggest fan of OC! 😉