Forget the Side Boob—Gwyneth Paltrow’s Introducing the Side Butt
We know it when we see it: A red carpet fashion choice so statement-making, it’s bound to become a new Hollywood trend. Such is the case with Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest sartorial stunner, an Antonio Berardi dress with sheer side panels that she wore to the Iron Man 3 premiere in L.A. last night.
Whether you love it or hate it, there is no denying that Paltrow has the bod to pull it off. Our feeling is if you’ve got it, flaunt it—and boy, oh, boy does this 40 year old bombshell (and PEOPLE’s 2013 Most Beautiful Woman honoree) have it. Paltrow rocked this ensemble with confidence, but upon closer examination of the pictures, we wonder: Was she ever worried about flashing the camera? Something tells us that sitting down in this dress was tricky at best.
Gwyneth Paltrow is the poster girl for wholesome and holistic approaches to food, skincare, fitness—well, just about everything. So imagine our surprise to find out that in the May issue of Harper’s Bazaar, the celeb reveals that she’s tried Botox—and that she regrets doing it.
Actress-turned-singer-turned-lifestyle blogger (we love goop!) Gwyneth Paltrow is adding yet another enterprise to her successful and varied empire: hair. Next month, Paltrow is set to open a new blow dry bar in Los Angeles, a joint venture between her, her longtime personal trainer Tracy Anderson, and celebrity stylist David Babaii. The salon will be named the David Babaii Blow Dry Bar and will be located near Anderson’s new fitness studio in Brentwood, which is set to open April 4th.
Paltrow’s announcement comes shortly after the success of fellow celeb Rachel Zoe’s popular DreamDry in New York, which booked 1,000 (!) appointments in the first week.
Do any of you get blowouts? Would you visit her salon?
When she turned 41, model Lauren Hutton was fired from Revlon after ten years as the face of the brand. That was back in 1984. Three decades later, it appears that more mature ladies have made some major strides when it comes to landing (and keeping) contracts for coveted ad campaigns. The latest NARS Spring 2013 ad campaign features 42-year-old British model Stella Tennant. After watching the brand’s behind-the-scenes video, I came to the conclusion that the brunette’s amazing looks inadvertently prove that Aaliyah was right when she told us that age ain’t nothing but a number.
But what’s really interesting is that Tennant isn’t the only beauty campaign star over the age of 25. Lately, I’ve noticed that more and more middle-aged women are becoming the spokeswomen for big beauty brands—and it’s a trend I’m fully on board with.
We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything in the Birchbox blog and magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news that we don’t want you to miss out on. Read them while you’re cozied up on your couch or in between activities this weekend.
After a long, tough week, we’re ready to follow Editor Candice’s lead and start using eye cream early.
How You Can Help The Sandy Recovery: Power was restored to much of Manhattan late this afternoon (hallelujah!) but there are many, many folks still in need. Find out how you can help this weekend with your time or money.
Celebrity Favorite Beauty Products: We have to admit we’re suckers for celebrity endorsements. Gwyneth loves that lip balm? Sold! But these beauty products aren’t just celebrity favorites—we’ve tested them all and can confirm they hold up to their reputations.
Product Snapshot: Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Eye: Even though editor Candice is still in her twenties, she’s already using an eye cream. Find out why she’s crazy about this one. Hint: long weeks = under-eye circles galore.
Ingredient Decoder: Green Tea: We’re fans of the antioxidant-rich beverage (who isn’t?) but this article from the guys at Birchbox Man has made us a believer in the leafy green’s ability to transform our skin as well.
New York City Marathon Cancelled: Amidst fierce criticism over poor timing during the continuing aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the New York Marathon has been cancelled. What do you think—should they have gone through with it?
Model-Morphosis, our favorite NYTimes feature, is back for the season! We could spend hours scrolling back and forth to see before and afters of the backstage makeup and hair. [NYTimes]
Jessica Chastain’s new video for Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto fragrance is out! It involves loads of purple paint, a color that Monsieur Laurent considered the height of seduction. If we looked as good as Chastain covered in pigment we probably would have pursued finger-painting a bit longer. [Huffington Post]
Gwyneth Paltrow is the new star of a six-month global Max Factor campaign. But since the makeup brand isn’t sold in North America, we won’t be seeing it here. She also recently took on the role of ambassador for Hugo Boss’ women’s fragrance, Boss Nuit Pour Femme. [WWD]
Social media has become a HUGE part of Fashion Week. If you’re not instagramming and tweeting, you’re nobody. With so many hashtags flying around, who came out on top? You may be surprised by the answer. [Refinery29]
Jennifer Lawrence (love her!) is on the cover of the new W in loads of feathers, accompanied by various feathered friends. We’re on board if this is a reference to the Mockingjay but we do wish she was looking a tad happier. [Jezebel]
We’re big fans of this week’s guest blogger, Natalie Higdon. Not only is she a Tennessee resident and a connoisseur of all things Memphis; she’s also a contributor to the Birchbox magazine! (Don’t miss her stellar article on 5 Surprising Facts About SPF). This week, she interviews a hot new singer, reveals her favorite two-in-one products, and schools us on how to trim our own bangs.
Margot Tenenbaum, from Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums, is one of my favorite chain-smoking, compulsive lying characters ever. She’s also my No. 1 pick for my Halloween costume this year. While I look for a full-length faux fur coat, check out my makeup picks to get her look (cigarettes and wooden finger not included):
When it comes to my Hollywood hair crushes, Gwyneth Paltrow ranks right up there. In fact, in 1999, I dyed my blonde hair super-dark brown after seeing a picture of the actress with brunette strands for her role in Bounce. (Side note: While it obviously looked amazing on Gwynnie, it was a terrible choice for me and I have never ventured brown since.) After more than a decade of following her hair transformations, I am always awed by her gorgeous choices, but she’s never shocked me with her style—until now.