Blake Lively is the new face of L’Oreal and apparently doesn’t go to the gym

I love Blake Lively, don’t get me wrong, she has an amazing style (stylist or not as she claims), luscious locks, long legs, and is the new face of L’Oreal.

But why is she one of those celebrities that insists they eat what they want and don’t have a trainer or go to the gym?! Surely that infuriates the sanest of us out there.

Cue the eyerolls when in a recent interview with Vogue Paris, the actress, model and “celebrity homemaker” (whatever the hell that is) replied when asked if she followed a special diet:

“No! I’m lucky to have an active lifestyle. I don’t need to have a (trainer) or pay attention to what I eat. I can’t start my day without a cup of hot milk chocolate or finish without crunching a few dark chocolate squares. It’s good for my morale.”

Oh Blake you make us lesser women who have to resist the chocolate/sweets/cakes temptation on a daily basis so that we don’t pile on those pesky pounds feel so inferior. I wouldn’t mind if you admitted you worked out, not that old Gwyneth-adage of looking after yourself and simply having an “active lifestyle” to credit your beautiful figure. Grrrr.

Below images from Vogue Paris

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On top of the lucky can-eat-chocolate-daily-and-don’t-put-on-weight-gene Blake Lively has just been announced as the new face of L’Oreal Paris. She is now allowed to utter those immortal words that we have all practised in our bedroom mirrors at some point in our lives.

At the announcement held in Paris last week, Blake, who is already the face of Gucci Premiere fragrance, said of the new partnership: “I’m thrilled and honoured to join the incredible women who represent L’Oréal Paris. I grew up with the inspiration of their message, ‘We’re worth it’; what an important value to instil in women.”

I was pretty surprised when she was announced as a L’Oreal Paris girl amongst the likes of Cheryl Cole, Eva Longoria, Gwen Stefani, Freida Pinto and others, as she hasn’t got any new projects up-and-coming. Can being the wife of Ryan Reynolds really hold that much clout or is it just the perennial popularity of Blake Lively: The Brand.

It may have something to do with the news that Blake will be launching a lifestyle brand, like the aforementioned Gwyneth, in the near future. She told Vogue UK in September:

“It’s something that will be launching in a few months and that I’m really, really thrilled about. The main element of it is that it’s about storytelling and it’s about living a very one-of-a-kind, curated life, and how to achieve that. There’s nothing like it out there – it’s without a genre.”

Gwyneth has Goop and Jessica Alba has her Honest Company, Blake’s lifestyle company could appeal to the even younger generation of homemakers out there, and well if she can tell us a way of being able to eat chocolate on a daily basis whilst still looking like she does I’m in.

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Ashley Madekwe already has a new job, at Glamour magazine!

So the news broke in May that Ashley Madekwe would be leaving Revenge, her character Ashley Davenport could possibly appear in a couple of episodes to wrap up her departure at the beginning of season three, but bosses said the character has been taken as far as it can go.

I mean at the beginning of season two when it turns out Ashley had started dating Daniel after Emily ditched him was a bit of a leap, but kept her at the forefront of the storyline. Then she was forced into betraying Daniel and was outcast but still managed to claw her way back into the Grayson manor clinging on by her manicured nails.

I didn’t hate the first half of season two of Revenge but it was no where near as good as the first season, and it wasn’t until mid season we even saw the return of Emily’s infamous red marker. And after the departure of creator Mike Kelley I’m hoping for something epic for season three, otherwise the ABC show is in deep shit if it can’t keep me entertained!

But Ashley Madekwe is a girl of many talents, her blog Ring My Bell showcases her passion for mixing designer and high street and as well as being featured in Glamour UK last year her next step to fashion domination is being asked to be the new style columnist for the magazine.

I read her very first column in Glamour magazine and it was exactly what I wanted, a look behind the scenes of her and her style and beauty team getting ready for the MET Gala. She was a guest of Topshop and had a custom made gown made, I love how honest she was not simply saying I loved the dress straight away, she had reservations she even liked another dress they made for her too.

Ashley Madekwe in custom Topshop at the MET Gala 2013

Ashley Madekwe in custom Topshop at the MET Gala 2013

The process of getting ready took a good few weeks and the end look at the Met Gala 2013 Punk: Chaos to Couture as we all saw was gorgeous, I loved that wig a great way to change your look without it being permanent!

If you are as obsessed with Ashley Madekwe as much as I am I would definitely suggest picking up the August issue of Glamour.

Ashley Madekwe in an amazing red blazer and shorts set from BEC and Saint Laurent sandals with a Topshop cami.

Ashley Madekwe in an amazing red blazer and shorts set from BEC and Saint Laurent sandals with a Topshop cami.

Cannes Film Festival 2012

The Cannes Film Festival held at the Palais des Festivals is majah. So majah that you will never see as many couture gowns on a red carpet than any other event in the whole year.

As we all know Cannes is a festival about film, but sometimes the fashion is more important especially when the film premiering is Madagascar 3…

The Opening Ceremony, which also doubled for the premiere of Wes Anderson’s new movie Moonrise Kingdom, saw L’Oreal girl Eva Longoria hit the red carpet in a breathtakingly beautiful Marchesa gown; my number one style crush, and serving as a jury member for the festival, Diane Kruger, looking elegant in a Giambattista Valli Couture mint green flowing chiffon dress; Eva Herzigova rocking some gorgeous jewels and Dolce & Gabbana gown, and Freida Pinto in a colourful Michael Angel dress with a candy pink skirt.

Eva Longoria in Marchesa at Cannes Film Festival 2012

Diane Kruger in Giambattista Valli Couture at Cannes Film Festival 2012

Eva Herzigova in Dolce & Gabbana at Cannes Film Festival 2012

Freida Pinto in Michael Angel at Cannes Film Festival 2012

Now I wouldn’t normally talk Jane Fonda, but man she has the body of a 21-year-old athlete. Her days of keeping fit have not let her down at all. She looked striking in Atelier Versace at the opening ceremony and the premiere for the film Moonrise Kingdom.

Jane Fonda in Atelier Versace at Cannes Film Festival 2012

MET Gala 2012

This year’s Costume Institute Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York was held in honour of Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli – I’m not going to pretend I’m totes fashion and had heard of the latter until this exhibition – andwith rumours abound that Miuccia was running a tight ship, it was with a hush of excitement that news of who was dressing who began to filter through.

The biggest news before the Gala went ahead was that the head honcho had put a stop to Coco Rocha being dressed by her designer bessie Zac Posen, she instead had teased on Twitter she was wearing vintage Givenchy. Now in my mind vintage Givenchy would be elegant, dramatic and gorgeous, what Coco Rocha wore was far from any of this… A vintage suit previously owned by Elizabeth Taylor may be majah but she looked like a hot mess and to top it all off she added some poor 13 year-old girls bubblegum pink clip ins. If there was ever a Worst Ever Dressed Award it would go to you Mrs Rocha, please stick to what you know.

Coco Rocha in Vintage Givenchy at the MET Gala 2012

To follow on from my Worst Ever Dressed, I’ll direct you to my next worst dressed. If you read my previous post on this young woman you would probably see who I was going to say a mile off.

Kristen Stewart in Balenciaga at the MET Gala 2012

Honestly the dress isn’t really that bad, I think the red next to the blue is sending me shivers but I like the bodice of the dress.  It’s just those SHOES. They could honestly be the most horrific shoes ever made on earth. And of course you know I’m going to have a problem with that hair, yes I know if she’d had it all posh and preened it would not be her style but surely something like her hairstyle from the BD premiere could be done here.

Everyone else seemed to think that Karolina Kurkova looked uh-mazing, but I really think Rachel Zoe was given too much creative control with a roll of tin foil. The turban Kurkova sported was an almost spit of Kate Moss’ Marc Jacob’s ’09 MET Gala outfit, and if Zoe had just left it off I would have let her get away with the standard gold sparkly dress that every designer has to make.

Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe at the MET Gala 2012

It’s easy to pick apart the looks you don’t like, it always is but when it comes to those jaw-dropping dresses there can only really ever be one that just made you wish you could wear that dress. That’s the only way I can pick which celeb knocked it out of the park…. Or maybe there will have to be a three-way tie…

For me Beyonce’s Givenchy Couture gown was a jaw-dropper, that train, the sheerness, and her post-baby body, but when you think about it as stunning as she looks she has worn just as risque outfits on stage. So to me this is a normal look for B, in fact I think I prefer her Emilio Pucci from last year’s MET Gala.

Beyonce Knowles in Givenchy Couture at the MET Gala 2012

Someone who never fails to look smokin’ hot is the ever sexy Rihanna, her Tom Ford dress fit like a second (snake)skin. It was on par with her black lace Stella McCartney look from last year, still with the crazy hair but a little more toned down, despite the one inch talons adorning her hands.

Rihanna in Tom Ford at the MET Gala 2012

Now my number one Style Crush let me down a little on the night, after her showstopper Jason Wu number last year, Diane Kruger rocked up in a purple Prada number. Not the usual high glamour she goes for on the red carpet, in fact it was a little dressed down. The skirt half was gorgeous but the top half was a little on the slouchy vest side, not something I would expect from such a first class dresser, still I can’t bring myself to say I hate it…

Diane Kruger in Prada at the MET Gala 2012

Two very different women, two very different dresses, one designer. Cate Blanchett and Florence Welch were both guests of Sarah Burton, they both wore Alexander McQueen gowns, one I adored the other was a little extreme but to be fair suited the wearer’s personality down to the ground… Can you guess which I liked?

Florence Welch and Cate Blanchett with Sarah Burton in Alexander McQueen at the MET Gala 2012

Yup you guessed it… Cate Blanchett!

Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen at the MET Gala 2012

One of my main contenders for Best Dressed was, surprisingly enough, Gwyneth Paltrow, going for a shorter length than her fellow attendees, she wore a Prada dress with embellished pockets. I really like the shape of the dress and if I had a body like that at 39 I would be proud of it too. The hair and make up along with those earrings really top off a fantastic look from Gywnnie, almost harks back to that Balmain dress at the Iron Man premiere in 2008.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada at the MET Gala 2012

I loved Kate Bosworth’s Prada look. Yes I said it I loved what Kate was wearing, the dark ombre feathered dress, the Miu Miu shoes the flawless make up and the slicked back hair. I want it all, I want it all NOW!

Kate Bosworth in Prada at the MET Gala 2012

It was nearly a draw with Kate, but I think Camilla Belle just pipped her to the post in her Ralph Lauren silver fluid gown. The fact she went full length adds even more glamour, both had similar make up looks – it seems that wine coloured lips were the majah look of the night – and Camilla’s hair just topped off that old Hollywood glamour that I adore so much.

Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren at the MET Gala 2012

Here are the best of the rest from the MET Gala 2012:

Lana Del Ray in Altuzarra, Fashion Critic over at Red Carpet Fashion Awards made the genius comparison of Lana being the Bad Witch to Gwyneth Paltrow’ Good Witch at the Oscars this year.

Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhullier. I really love this look, the colour suits Ginnifer down to the ground and her pixie cut is as perfect as ever.

Bianca Brandolini D’Adda looks verrrry gold in Dolce & Gabbana the epitome of their label really. I kinda like it on the Italian socialite, glitz and glam in the most obvious way.

Nina Dobrev in custom-made Donna Karan. Nina knows how to do the red carpet, ever since she wore that red Donna Karan at the Emmy’s this was a match made in heaven.

Victoria Justice in McQ by Alexander McQueen. The young star dresses her age in a beautiful McQ dress, the colour explosion and the puff ball skirt make a really great look.

Solange Knowles in Rachel Roy. Amazing colour.

Emma Stone in Lanvin. I enjoyed this look, but Emma can do sooo much better than this.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry. We get it R H-W has the perfect body, but this look really bores the hell out of me even if I do love the make up.

Green Lantern Review

I liked Green Lantern, I’m not entirely familiar with the lore of the comic book history so I couldn’t tell you what was right and what was entirely wrong. I’ll tell you what was right Ryan Reynolds, his star has been on the rise for so long always loitering in the background with B-movie comedies and heart-lighted romances now he’s hit the lead actor role and he did well as Hal Jordan.

His comedic style of acting is very similar in a lot of his movies, but it worked in Green Lantern, there were some moments where you had to laugh out loud it’s all about perfect delivery.

What I would say about the movie as a whole is that the beginning was slow, but slow in the fact it was trying to fill you in in the background of the story that an audience may not necessarily be familiar with so it was needed. But then the action seemed to jump quickly into him being the superhero and saving people and then boom the big-baddie Parallax invaded earth after being set free from it’s prison and then Hal Jordan saved the day.

It was almost too easy to guess what was going to happen, but then I suppose you get what you see on the package a classic superhero adventure movie not trying to disguise its purpose, to entertain and see a character come to life on the big screen.

I’ll move onto the other main reason I wanted to see this movie, Blake Lively. Another rising star, from her turn as Serena Van Der Woodsen on CW’s Gossip Girl, to her minor role in Ben Affleck’s fucking awesome movie The Town she is trying to come on leaps and bounds (and by dating an A-list Hollywood movie star ahem). The problem I have as much as I love her, her style, her hair, her legs, I couldn’t help but watch the Green Lantern and her playing test pilot Carol Ferris and seeing Serena Van Der Woodsen with dark hair and a nicer personality. There was no depth to her character she seemed to be an easy on the eye addition, someone to bring Hal Jordan back down to earth (literally) and to play the purpose of someone he loves and cares for so a villain can kidnap and hold ransom. Standard story line.

The villain who I mentioned earlier is Parallax, a former Guardian of the Green Lantern Corps who feeds on people’s fear. Hmm this sounds familiar… J K Rowling are you are fan of comic books? The weird creature that Parallax became was a floaty head cloaked in the skeletons of the people he consumed fear from, a big fat dementor in comic book form (those of you that haven’t read/seen Harry Potter, sod off somewhere else because you won’t know what I’m talking about). To me the villain seemed pretty unbeatable, like impossibly unbeatable, yet somehow the newest recruit of Green Lantern Corps defeated him using the sun and some energy formed into two aircrafts. What? Too easy. Ah well.

I’m not going to say this is the best movie ever, it doesn’t come to par with X-Men: First Class because it’s different and it’s DC not Marvel. I am looking forward to seeing where they go with this because it’s easily a 3-movie franchise. Definitely worth a sequel at least, especially after the genius turn from Mark Strong (one of the most underrated actors there is and he’s British) in the secret scene after the credits. We all knew he wanted the ring the Guardians made to try and defeat Parallax, a ring of pure fear but Sinastro didn’t get to wear it well until he slipped it on and turned his suit yellow… Ooo shocker! Oh and I forgot to mention Peter Sarsgaard, he was good, weird but good.

Hair of 2010

I think I’d like to crown Michelle Williams with the best Hairstyle of 2010, the ice blonde cropped locks suit her petite features beautifully. Everytime I see her a part of me inside wants to chop all my hair off exactly like that, but it’s soo not practical at all.

Michelle Williams

The dip-dye trend has been mahoosive this year and who better to demonstrate this than Rachel Bilson and Drew Barrymore.

Rachel Bilson

Drew Barrymore at the premierf Going the Distance, which by the way was one of my favourite movies this year.

The sexiest hair obviously goes to Blake Lively, I mean I could probably give her an award for anything and everything so it’s no surprise. So from ruffled ponytails, sleek dos, and loose tumbling waves Blake can do no wrong.

Blake Lively and a sexy ponytail

With sleek straight hair

Transformation of the year would have to go to Emma Watson, yes pretty obvious, but she was brave enough to chop all of her Hermione locks off. I have grown to like it, but I’m still not sold on the British Vogue December cover, the outfit is too ageing. Although kudos to the person who came up with the entire “Star Issue” idea.

Emma Watson and that crop

And the biggest hair faux pas has to go to that actress with the forehead who I cannot stand. The whingy voice, the googly eyes and the ability to be that horrible (rumoured) to work with none of her male leads want to work with her again.

Yes you Heigl.

Katherine Heigl