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Billy’s Bakery

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 At the risk of looking like a total and complete dork (not to mention a fool!), I thought I’d post some pretty idiotic photographs that I took on my very first trip to New York.  At the time I was completely obsessed with Katie Holmes.  This was in December of 2005, in the pre-Suri days, before her Jackie O. transformation, back when she was known as Katie, not Kate.  A few months before my trip to New York, Katie was featured in a cover story for InStyle Magazine which chronicled her new single gal status, her life in Manhattan, and her favorite NYC hangouts.  Most of the photo shoot for the article took place in Chelsea at Katie’s favorite bakery and cupcakery, Billy’s – a place she frequented almost daily at the time.   As Tom once said about his wife, “She loves cupcakes, okay?  I mean the girl loves cupcakes.”  🙂  Well, I absolutely LOVED that InStyle  article.  So much so that my copy of that issue is still sitting on my bookshelf all these years later.  So, on my first trip to the big apple, I just HAD to drag my boyfriend out to Chelsea to stalk Katie’s fave cupcake maker.  And, while there, I also just had to recreate her photo shoot.  Yes, I am that big of a dork.  🙂 LOL

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The story behind Billy’s is actually quite an unusual one.  Billy Reece, a cupcake aficionado who idolized Martha Stewart, founded  Billy’s Bakery with two partners in December of 2003.   Billy started his baking career working at the ever-popular Magnolia Bakery in Greenwich for two years before quitting to begin his own baked goods venture. Billy’s Bakery became an overnight success.  Not long afterwards Billy Reece changed his name to Lauren Reece  and, thanks to some hormone treatments and a surgery, Billy ceased to be.  Shortly after that, Lauren sold her stake in Billy’s to her two co-founders, Marc and Wayne, and is now enjoying her new life  as a woman.  So, in a city where change seems to be the only constant, it’s only fitting that not even a popular cupcake bakery’s namesake could remain the same. 

But even without the original Billy at the helm, the small bakery has remained a success.  The owners are currently planning to expand their business with another location in the same neighborhood.  I can’t help but think that Katie may have had something to do with the shop’s blitz of success.  Even after she met Tom and moved back to L.A., Katie remained faithful to the bakery.  Billy’s not only supplied the cupcakes for Katie’s 27th birthday party at F.A.O. Schwartz in December of 2005, but they also reportedly made the cake for her 2006 wedding.  But Katie is certainly not Billy’s only celebrity fan.  Ethan Hawke, Mandy Moore, and Bungalow 8 club founder Amy Sacco are also fans of the neighborhood bakery.  Billy’s has also been featured on Queer Eye For the Straight Guy, MTV Diary Katie Holmes, The Today Show, MTV’s Boiling Point, the CBS Early Show, the Food Network’s Roker On The Road, and Martha Stewart’s television show Martha. 

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Billy’s Bakery is an adorable little cupcake shop and with its yellow painted brick walls and cute and homey decor, it looks like it came straight out of a kitchen advertisement from the 1940s.  I wanted to spend all day there. 🙂  But while the cupcakes were tasty, I have to say that they are just not as good as my, and SJP’s, New York fave Magnolia Bakery.  But I still highly recommend stalking Billy’s, as much for the homey ambiance as for the desserts.  Besides cupcakes, they also serve pies and cakes, which are supposed to be out of this world, as well.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Billy’s Bakery is located at 184 9th Avenue in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood.  You can visit their website here.

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Katie Holmes’ Building

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 After leaving Arrojo Studio, I marched my new Katie Holmes’ haircut right over to Katie Holmes’ apartment building to do some stalking.  I have long been obsessed with Katie, ever since the Dawson’s Creek  days, so I just had to stalk her New York City apartment while in town.  My boyfriend actually wanted to surprise me by locating Katie’s New York address all on his own, but after a few hours of searching he couldn’t come up with anything.  LOL  He’s just not that good of a stalker, I guess.  Isn’t that so cute, though!  Anyway, I had an easier time in locating her address – I just googled images of Katie Holmes in New York and this paparazzi video came up with her building’s name in clear view.  Katie is currently living in a loft in the upscale American Felt Building during her “All My Sons” Broadway run.  The American Felt Building is a former office building that was built in 1906 and is located in the East Village, one of my favorite parts of New York.  In 1984 the offices were converted into upscale lofts.  Tommy purchased the loft where Katie now resides back in 1985 and, interestingly enough, even lived there with ex-wife Nicole Kidman for a short time.  Apparently the building is no stranger to celebrity inhabitants.  According to this article, author Bret Easton Ellis (he wrote the novel American Psycho), some Stokes band-members, and former child actor and 80s popstar Martika (I used to LOVE the song “More Than You Know”!) have all lived in the building at one time or another.   

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There weren’t nearly as many paparazzi camped out in front of Katie’s building as I had imagined there would be.  I had seriously envisioned mass pandemonium outside of her place, but there were really only about 8 men with cameras on Katie patrol.  So of course I just had to talk to them.  🙂  I must say I was very impressed with the New York paps.  They were sooo incredibly nice!   All of the L.A. paparazzi I have encountered have been total jerks, but Katie’s paps were super friendly and talked to my boyfriend and me for a good twenty minutes.  When I first walked up to them, I asked if the building was in fact Katie Holmes’ place and one of them laughed and said “Are you a stalker or something?”  LOL  He couldn’t have called it better!  🙂  I asked the paps if Katie is pretty in person and they said that she definitely is and that both she and Tom are also very nice.  I was shocked to hear, though, that the real star of the family is Suri.  Apparently, it is the photos of Suri that bring in the most cash.  I was surprised hearing that as I really could care less about Suri!  LOL  I’d much rather see pictures of Katie to check out her clothes and view her latest haircut.  But I guess I am in the minority on that one.  LOL  🙂 

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On of the paps was especially nice to me, so I just had to take a picture with him.  He even let me hold his camera during the pic!  I’ve never, ever seen a camera quite so large or so heavy!  It was amazing!  You might be asking yourself why there is a large pink circle covering the pap’s face in the above pic.  LOL  He had asked that I not show his face on my blog, but not for reasons you might think.  He said he wasn’t really looking his best that day and if he had known I was going to take his picture he would have fixed his hair.  LOL  My boyfriend thought it was incredibly ironic that a paparazzi would be camera shy.  But he didn’t choose a career in the public eye, so he is allowed to be camera shy.  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

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Stalk It: Katie lives in the American Felt Building which is located at 114 East 13th Street in New York City.

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Tom C. Ruz

During high school I was completely and totally head-over-heels for Tom Cruise.  Let me clarify that I now think the man is an absolute loon, but back in the day I thought Tom Cruise was the bees knees.  🙂  Each week in my high school Spanish class we were assigned three 5 minute conversations, to be conducted outside of class entirely in Spanish.  We were required to keep detailed logs of when, where and with whom these conversations took place.  My girlfriends and I would always sign at least one conversation each week with the code name “Tom C. Ruz” in honor of our movie star crush.  Looking back, I am pretty sure our teacher knew exactly what we were up to, but we thought we were hilarious.  🙂

So when I found out, while browsing the Internet this week, that the Tom Cruise movie Valkyrie – under the code name “Rubicon” – was being filming at a church in Pasadena on Thursday, my inner-high-school-girl forced me to do some stalking.  I was also really hoping to spot Katie Holmes, who has really been growing on me ever since she cut her hair.  🙂  So, at around lunch time on Thursday, I headed to the Valkyrie  set.  Between the hours of 12 and 1PM is usually the best time to stalk a film set, as the actors usually break for lunch around that time and you have a good chance of spotting them walking from the set to their trailers.

I am very sad to report that even though I spent a good 4 hours on the set!!!!!!, I did not get to see Tom OR Katie (who was there WITH Suri).  😦  Apparently, Tom never comes outside during film shoots.  One of the crew members told me that he wouldn’t be surprised if Mr. Ruz had an underground tunnel built from the church to his trailer so that he wouldn’t have to set foot outside!  LOL  All was not lost, though, as I did get to see Bill Nighy, who walked right past me on his way to lunch.   Bill played musician Billy Mack in the movie Love Actually, one of my favorite romantic films of all time.  Bill was very friendly and even said hi and saluted as he walked by (he was in military costume at the time).  🙂

Even though there was no TomKat sighting, it was still super exciting to be on the set.  And let me tell you, it was quite a production!  There was even an on-set barista, making mocha’s and frappaccino’s for the crew all day long.  🙂  Most of the crew was extremely nice and friendly and I even got to snap some pictures of the filming, which is usually a big no-no on movie sets.  I was surprised at how laid-back the set actually was, being that the biggest movie star in the world was there. 

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 1757 N. Lake Avenue in Pasadena.  The church has been around since 1928 and is a frequent location for weddings.  The movie American Wedding  filmed just across the street froom Westminster Presbyterian at Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, which is located at 1879 N. Lake Avenue, on the corner of Lake and Woodbury.  The picture to the left is of Saint Elizabeth’s.

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