Julie Plake

Julie talks about what's new at Skinnygirl HQ now that there's a baby on board!

on Jul 29, 20100

 

As you can tell, welcoming Bryn into the world was an emotional time for everyone! Being in the room when Jason and Bethenny told the Hoppy's "It's a girl, and her name is Bryn" was so wonderful and I was crying like a baby and trying to hold the video camera still so I could capture it all on tape. I couldn't wait to hold Bryn, but didn't get to for five DAYS because I had a little bit of a cold.

Just within the first few days of Bryn's birth, I could see a change in Bethenny. She was softer, happy and calm just being around Bryn, Jason and Cookie. She finally had the family that she wanted.

I became obsessed with making the apartment perfect for Bethenny and Jason when they arrived home with Bryn. I let Cookie know about her baby sister and we made a "Welcome Home Bryn" sign! It was so hilarious though when the "two idiots" came home and couldn't get the car seat out of the car. Having a new perfect life in your hands is amazing, but any life-changing event brings new responsibilities. I have no doubt in my mind though that they will be amazing parents. Seeing them go through all of this makes me so excited to one day have a family of my own.

 

My responsibilities have changed a little, I've had to learn to just let something wait so Bethenny can have time with the baby and I'm also working on curbing my very "loud" voice. Bethenny and I were always screaming things to each other across the apartment and we definitely don't do that anymore.

The best part though is coming to work and having Bryn there. I love babies and kids and watching them grow and change. Being one of 18 grandchildren my whole life I was either babysitting, changing diapers or holding a baby. When I moved to New York that all changed, but now I am happy to have a little one in my life again. When I'm stressed I go ask Bethenny if I can hold her and I immediately feel better. She LOVES the skinnygirl office and loves to hang out with me as I type away at my computer!

 

66 comments
Marydamon56
Marydamon56

Julie;

I love love love the bag you are carrying in the episode when Bethenny is in labor. Can you please tell me who makes it and where you got it. I just have to have it. It is just what I have been looking for. By the way tell Bethenny and Jason they are very cute parents.

Miss the Hoppy's!
Miss the Hoppy's!

Please let Bethenny know how wonderful and happy she looked on Regis and Kelly! I miss the Happy Hoppy's and the rest of BGM clan. Can't wait for season 2! Make sure she takes Kelly's offer to co-host with Regis. They were so funny together!

LA viewer
LA viewer

Hi Julie,

Can you tell me where Bethenney got her sectional from? Can you also provide me with the style, color and measurement? I love how everything fits so will in her condo. Thanks.

Valitia
Valitia

Julie, Bethanny & Jason are very lucky to have you, your a site for sore eyes!

Dee Pittsburgh
Dee Pittsburgh

Julie, Do you think Mamma Hoppy will ever make the blog? If so I would write her everyday and it would be all nice. I love her!!!! She is the best thing on the show, next to Baby Bryn of course. Tell Bethenney tto get Mamma back on more.!!!

katieslovingmom
katieslovingmom

Julie, As you can see I am Katieslovingmom! I had her at 41 and at 11 years I can still say she was my defining moment. I am so happy you are there for Bethenny. You make a good team and Bethenny needs your level head, humor, orginazation skills and all. Max tries your patience but you are the perfect person to train him. Good luck.

lesli d
lesli d

Julie, I am so happy watching this show. It is the antithesis of the RHNY, it is happy and drama free, with real feelings and real little life milestones. You are like the little sister Bethany needs to give her unconditional love and supposrt. None of us is perfect, NONE of us, and what you demonstrate is tru unconditional family love. I am sad the show is done for the season, and will await next season. Best to you.

Angie M.
Angie M.

OH PLEEEEEEZE. That isn't called rude, it's called making him aware of what his JOB is. He is as cute as a puppy, but probably would have already been fired from any other job. He's more concerned with getting telephone numbers and dates than doing his job.

Nichelle
Nichelle

Nansea,

That was Alicia Keys singing that song.

Mary Damon
Mary Damon

Hi Julie

I am madly in love with the handbag you carry in the episode when Bethenny is in labor. Can you tell me where you got it or who makes it? By the way love the show and Bethenny Rocks. I love what becoming a Mom had done to her.

Mary Damon
Mary Damon

Hi Julie

I am madly in love with the handbag you carry in the episode when Bethenny is in labor. Can you tell me where you got it or who makes it? By the way love the show and Bethenny Rocks. I love what becoming a Mom had done to her.

beanie in STL
beanie in STL

Julie, every once in awhile the stars line up and just bring a handful of people together for "some" reason. This show you are all on is because of ALL of you. Bethenny of course, but you, Jason, Max and now baby Bryn and even Cujo have become a family and if it all should end somehow (which many of us would hate) years from now you'll remember so much so fondly. Good luck and best wishes to you.

Jerrilynn
Jerrilynn

Julie I just had to tell you that you did the steeler nation right! way to show the boys how a girl can play football too and help win the game! I bleed black and gold as well so I had to give a shout out to another fellow fan :)

bravofan101
bravofan101

Julie- I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE you on Bethenny Getting Married... well, I love you PERIOD! You're awesome! Bethenny is lucky to have you as an assistant! I love the show!

Xoxoxoxo! :)

Diana S.
Diana S.

Julie, Check out "Indigo Nights" website for a special gift for Bryn, or for Bethenny and Jason. In the horizon tab you can choose New York City. I just sent one to my nephew as a gift for his first baby (born in N. Mexico) and they LOVED it. I am not connected with this firm in any way; I just think this is a great gift and the Hoppy family is so, so amazing!

bravofan101
bravofan101

Julie: I love you on the show!! You make such a GREAT addition to Bethenny and her crew! I love the advice you give Bethenny, it seems like she really appreciates it!! Loves!!

xoxoxoxo

Viewer from Florida
Viewer from Florida

I love the calm confidence you show. No drama,no needing the attention of the camera, no need to have your ego fed at anyone else's expense or, indeed, at all. Just the quiet simplicity of a competent person letting someone else have the limelight without feeling second. Very impressive. You offer the viewers a lot to admire and to emulate.

TPRESS
TPRESS

I love to watch the show. I really like the relationship that Bethenny have with her employees. Jason you rock as a husband and baby Bryn is so precious, enjoy her because kids grow up so fast.

viewer621
viewer621

Hi Julie, just love you on the show. Was so nice that Bethenny gave that fabulous toast...you really are her right hand and the voice of reason. My family saw you a few weeks ago driving the Skinny Girl Bug on County Rd 51...I thought my daughter was going to fall out of the window waving at you. You're, as she says...her "friend in her head" (quoting Wendy Williams) LOL. Hope you guys come back for another season.

Weezie
Weezie

Julie, I think the baby shower was great! You are so great for this family. Bethenny seems to be more like a sister with you. I love your work ethics and your friendship with Bethenny. I am so glad she can count on you. Weezie

Nansea
Nansea

You and Bethenny are so lucky to have come across one another! What a great team. Enjoy every second!

One question for you or other bloggers.....Who's the artist that sang Bethenny's wedding song she danced to with Jason?

Dee Pittsburgh
Dee Pittsburgh

Dear Julie, I think what you all need is a road trip.Bethenny should get a luxury bus for all of you to ride in and then you could go to different parts of the USA to do events and meet fans. Bethenny needs to learn to get out of NYC. The cast of characters that you would meet in the road would be hilarious. While the baby is and infant, this is the time to travel. I hope you bring the big cheese here to Pittsburgh. I would love to see her at Primantis and attending a Steeler game...lol.

emmasue
emmasue

JULIE!

You are totally the voice of reason and completely get the vibes that are needed to understand someone in business. You are smart, sophisticated, and incredibly flexible. I imagine you do a lot of work we simply don't see. I'd love for them to show you more!

I don't understand why everyone is blaming you for Bethenny planning her shower, that's just kind of who Bethenny is isn't it?

Lots of love! xxoo

Nansea
Nansea

You ROCK! Wish all my employee's were like you! Keep up the awesome work!

Dee Pittsburgh
Dee Pittsburgh

Julie, the baby shower idea is a disaster. Who is coming up with these ideas? They stink!!! A great party showing off the baby is fine..but planning one's own baby shower? Julie that is soooooooooooooo tacky. It did give me an idea though...maybe I could throw myself a second wedding shower? It has been 29 years since my sisters gave me one and Julie some of the stuff over the years go broken and looks a little worn. Maybe Shawn could help me plan this...what do you think? Is this a great idea or what? I would go with black and gold for the decor..

VickiHARRELL
VickiHARRELL

You girls are such a GREAT COMBO.....You met for a reason..... FForever. You are a hard worker and good match for Bethany. Wish you all the best. Love watching the show. Just bought my 1st Skinney Girl drinks ....looking forward to enjoying them. Take Care all.....

vanj
vanj

I love Max. I cannot stand the way that you talk to him. You are very rude. Who do you think you are ???

Lisa Marie
Lisa Marie

Julie, you do such a great job with Bethany and Jason. Bethany is really lucky to have you. You guys are truely a great family to watch, no toxic BS involved. This proves to me Bravo does not need to include a Villian to have a successful show. Life is so stressful and to turn on the TV and see love and happiness and friendship is a good thing.

PammyPie
PammyPie

Julie,

I enjoy the show very much. You are a wonderful addition to the show and sometimes the "voice of reason". I like all the people on the show and enjoy watching Bethenney's genuine appreciation for you. Not all employers are that open. You are a part of what makes this show a success. I look forward to seeing more of you and your employee-employer relationship. I'm just "nuts" about the show and all the cast. I am a loyal viewer!

Holly2
Holly2

JULIE, BETHENNY IS BLESSED TO HAVE YOU IN HER LIFE. YOU ARE A SWEETHEART! HOPE TO SEE ALOT MORE OF YOU ON THE SHOW.

Nikki Foxx
Nikki Foxx

We finally found skinny girl in stores here at Penn State!!! Ummmm it's a lot stronger than I thought it was so we will def get our money's worth! Love you julie!!!!!! Miss you girl! xxxx

Dee Pittsburgh
Dee Pittsburgh

Dear Julie, save you boss. Number one is the fact that she should not be planning her own baby shower!! What would make sense is maybe having a charity one for people in need.That would make your boss look like she cares about others more than herself. The other thing is Max. He has to go. How embarassing what he wrote regarding RObert Verdi? ALmost seems anti- gay comments. Max is not good for business. My thoughts are he is a friend of the family or something, because the guy simply put is a disaster waiting to happen. He has already offended Robert Verdi and all that like him. Who the hell does Max think he is? A star? He will ruin the biz believe me. Then you will suffer also.

Rocky Mtn Girl
Rocky Mtn Girl

Julie, You are a wonderful combination of warm personality and straight-shooter! It's very clear how much you love being part of the family - and a sharp professional, too! As much as I love Max, too, I appreciated the promo where you told Max he should know more what to do by now - so that he's pulling his weight. Great job! Glad to see your photo on now, too!

calideb
calideb

Watching this week has made me so emotional, it's been a blessing to see, watching you all, and I think you are wonderful in the love and care you show that little family! They are blessed to have you!

LoriN
LoriN

Julie, you are such a one in a million individual. I know you're beyond loyal to Bettheny, Jason and Bryn....but your day to shine on your own will come. Your character and capability shine through in every episode. I love the show and find you to be the up and comer to keep my eye on....when is your book coming?:)

Peggy Lee Ristas
Peggy Lee Ristas

Hi Julie,

Anyway you would go out with Max? He is a real cutie..P

tarotlady2
tarotlady2

Julie,

I love hearing your perspective and watching you interact with your new 'extended family' (especially how you handle Cookie/Cujo). This show has been a joy from start to (much, much too soon!) season finale, which seems to be happening next week & I have loved watching your part in it. I enjoyed hearing what you had to say during the pre-wedding celebrations tremendously & look forward to even more in the future! In a very real way, you have been the eyes/ears of an insider for the rest of us who aren't there, but would dearly love to be. Thank you.

Debbie79
Debbie79

Hi Julie Mommy, How cute is that? You should be very proud of yourself for everything you do for the Hoppy family. What would they do without you? I know what you mean about a huge family....I have 22 cousins. So there always was a baby, wedding, divorce....you name it. You are very lucky to be working with Bethenny. I'm sure you are learning so much more than you thought you would. Something tells me that you will be more involved with all of Bethennys endeavers now that she is a "Mommy"...she needs you more than ever. Enjoy your work, as always take good care of Cookie and whenever you get a chance hold that sweet baby Bryn. Have fun Julie...you really are a Sweatheart for the Hoppy family!

Team Bethenny Fan
Team Bethenny Fan

Julie,

Congratulations on earning Bethenny's respect and trust through your work. You and Cookie seem to also have a very special relationship.

I noticed there is a "Shop" tab on Bethenny.com. Is there any way to add the brand of Bethenny's hand bags? I especially loved the one she was carrying when she met with her Stylist on July 29th episode, "Bryn There Done That."

Gloria Reyes-Moore
Gloria Reyes-Moore

PERFECTION PLEASE! Julie, you are an awesome person for them to have around! you are a girl ' everything'! and they need you! please for your sake & thiers too, GET RID OF MAX! I'm so sick of him acting like the job is all a party & his goal in life is to get a date, he has no manners & no class at all! cute doesn't get the job done..... I think Bethenny & you would be better off with someone who cares about the job & the requirements & fits in with all of you better than he does. he DOESN'T FIT! of course you know all this! you are a very smart girl so you do know, all he's doing is showing his ass. kudos to you Julie you are very good at what you do and everything else too! you truley are a 'girl Friday Sat Sun Mon' ...too! keep up the good work dear, you go girl!

Viewer7
Viewer7

What a nice spirit you are. Sweet and calm. I know Betheny will probably try your patience, but it looks like you're smart enough and wise enough to understand it has nothing to do with you. She loves you. The show is great!

Karen1941
Karen1941

Out of curiosity, just what does Max do? He doesn't seem to be taking much of the heat off of you. Is he MIA or does he accomplish a lot we're not seeing? Seems like you take all of the heat.

Fleur De Lee
Fleur De Lee

Julie you def are Bethenny's rock, the sound of logic and reason amongst all the chaos lol. The apartment and especially the babys room was PERFECT! I even cried when I saw it, like a little girl's fairy tale! Precious!

Now this "tension" between you and Max, what is that? He must have figured it out by now that his charms don't work on you (unheard of I know), you're a tough cookie to break, maybe that's what it is, you're not impressed by his wiley ways and he's frustrated and inturn you're agitated. I don't know there's something amiss.

But whatever You're awesome and congrats Auntie Julie!

laney1
laney1

Julie, it is so nice to see this type of relationship in the workplace. I know it makes your job worth having. You and Bethenny are both lucky to have each other. Keep being who you are and adding to the show. Love watching all of you. You and Max are so funny together. I just enjoy watching this one "big happy family".

Lambie
Lambie

Julie....wow it is so cool to watch you on the show. Cracked up when Max said putting that basinette together made him want to have a child with you. lol Nice chemistry between you two. Give lil Bryn a special hug from all of her fans.

japagentina
japagentina

I am so jerous of you! You are right next to Bethenny and be able to see Bryn's growth day by day!! But at the same time, I so admire your hardworking, sincere, thoughtfull trait towards Bethenny! I'm sure I will be failing to do the same things as you do!! So grad Bethenny has an assistant that she can trust fully!

Nelva
Nelva

I think you deserve a medal, Julie!!! Great job.

txskinnygrl
txskinnygrl

Can I just say how amazing it is to watch a show on Bravo and actually LIKE all the characters on the show. You guys are awesome. I am so jealous of your job and how well you do it. You're amazing!

antoinette
antoinette

You are great and an awesome person

Barbara Lynn
Barbara Lynn

Great photo, Julie. Next time you come to Pittsburgh to visit, convince Bethenny to come and do a book signing. It would be wonderful to meet both of you. Keep up the good work....you are such a great assistant and now an "aunt," too. Congrats! :)