Ed Westwick launches Gossip Girl-inspired face masks

Ed Westwick has launched a range of fundraising face masks inspired by his TV show Gossip Girl. The British actor, who portrayed Chuck Bass in the teen drama between 2007 to 2012, announced on social media on Monday that he was releasing a line of five…

Ed Westwick has launched a range of fundraising face masks inspired by his TV show Gossip Girl.

The British actor, who portrayed Chuck Bass in the teen drama between 2007 to 2012, announced on social media on Monday that he was releasing a line of five face masks to raise money for Kick It Out, a London-based nonprofit organisation which fights for equality and inclusion in soccer.

“I think we could all agree the world could use some hugs and kisses right now. Help me raise money for @kickitout to combat racism & discrimination for everyone who plays, watches or works in football by shopping my collection with @represent. Let’s all work together to make a difference!” he wrote on Instagram besides a photo of him modelling a black mask featuring the Gossip Girl slogan “XOXO” in pink writing.

The five-piece collection features two other variations on the XOXO mask and two with the line “I’m all about that bass”, but “bass” has been crossed out and replaced by “mask”. Each mask retails for $18.14 (£14.32).

The 32-year-old teased the range by posting the pink “XOXO” on a black background on his Instagram page on Sunday with the caption: “Got a little something for you…Hint….xoxo.” This led many fans to think he was about to announce a Gossip Girl reunion or reboot so they were disappointed by the face mask collection.

However, Westwick issued a statement to those upset by the announcement on his Instagram Stories on Monday evening.

“I hope you can check out the charity and learn more about their mission, who they are helping and the impact it will make in our world to combat racism and discrimination. It is important to me to use my platform to spread love, bring awareness to various organisations and do what I can to make a difference,” he wrote. “While a GG reboot would be a great distraction, this is not the time for distractions. It is important we focus on the issues at hand, and do what we can to help, even if we think it’s something small.”

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Christian Louboutin loved working with ‘very specific’ Blake Lively for 2018 Met Gala

Christian Louboutin loved working with Blake Lively in the lead-up to the 2018 Met Gala despite her “very specific” requests.In a new interview with Footwear News, the Frenchman opened up about his favourite moments from the prestigious annual fashion …

Christian Louboutin loved working with Blake Lively in the lead-up to the 2018 Met Gala despite her “very specific” requests.

In a new interview with Footwear News, the Frenchman opened up about his favourite moments from the prestigious annual fashion event, and said that the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination-themed bash was at the top of his list.

Louboutin worked with the Gossip Girl star, and his longtime friend, as he created footwear to tie in with her show-stopping ornate gold and burgundy Atelier Versace gown.

He even accompanied Blake on the red carpet as her date for the evening, and told the publication that he thoroughly enjoyed preparing for the big night.

“It was a very fun preparation. Blake was really into it,” he recalled. “The dress was really big, so the whole preparation was a lot of fun.”

Louboutin designed two pairs of heeled pumps, with one decorated with passementerie, an intricate style of elaborate trim work, which he created to the actress’s exact requirements.

“(It was) a peep-toe sandal with three layers of different, successive layers of small platforms, which I adorned in a different way every time,” the 57-year-old explained. “(They were) exactly she wanted. She’s very specific. At the end, she was really incredible.”

He also designed Rihanna’s glittering pumps for that year’s Met Gala, which the Umbrella hitmaker teamed with her infamous papal-inspired outfit by Maison Margiela.

“There was so much effort, especially that year, and it was linked to something that I like,” he added. “It was a vision of a very baroque idea of religion… really extravagant in a religious way, which you barely see in reality. It was something out of an incredible movie.”

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Blake Lively letting Ryan Reynolds dye her hair

Blake Lively is taking a leap of faith and letting Ryan Reynolds dye her hair at home during the coronavirus lockdown. The Gossip Girl actress hasn’t been able to visit her longtime colourist Rona O’Connor to get her roots touched up due to the Covid-1…

Blake Lively is taking a leap of faith and letting Ryan Reynolds dye her hair at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Gossip Girl actress hasn’t been able to visit her longtime colourist Rona O’Connor to get her roots touched up due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so O’Connor surprised the 32-year-old by sending her a custom handmade at-home dye kit so she could give it a go herself.

In a post on her Instagram Stories, Lively shared a picture of the kit – featuring a mixing bowl, bleach, blending brush, and hair clips – laid out beside a card which reads: “To happy colorings during Covid-19!”

And in the caption, she revealed that she was letting her husband take on the role of hair colourist.

“@ronacolor you are an actual earth angel. Thank you for surprising me with a handmade hair color kit,” the star wrote. “The fact that you trust @vancityreynolds to get this right, makes me concerned for your sanity. But who needs hair anyway!?”

O’Connor reposted the photo on her own Instagram Stories and replied, “Something we never dreamed of!”

The Deadpool actor will be returning the favour, as Lively recently gave him a haircut. Earlier this month, he told U.S. talk show host Stephen Colbert she was going to give him a trim and he didn’t have high expectations.

“She’s done this once before. It took two and a half hours. And then at the end, it looked like she had done the whole thing using only a lighter or like those gloves that are made of sandpaper,” the 43-year-old deadpanned. “It would have been a little faster and more efficient if she’d just wore it down, if she’d just rubbed my head until the hair just disappeared, so tomorrow I’m getting a haircut, I’m very excited.”

And over the weekend, Lively revealed Reynolds had just enough hair to fit into a very tiny ponytail. Alongside photo evidence of the ponytail, she wrote, “I dare you to forget this every time you see him for the rest of eternity.”

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Blake Lively used her children ‘as weights’ during early morning workouts

Blake Lively used her children as makeshift weights during her early morning workouts sessions while filming The Rhythm Section.The actress, who shares three daughters with husband Ryan Reynolds, discussed her unusual approach to staying in shape while…

Blake Lively used her children as makeshift weights during her early morning workouts sessions while filming The Rhythm Section.

The actress, who shares three daughters with husband Ryan Reynolds, discussed her unusual approach to staying in shape while training for the new action-thriller during an interview with Vanity Fair. Blake shared that she woke up at sunrise and began the day by making breakfast and hanging out with her girls before heading to set.

“On an average day on set, I probably woke up at 5am, but mostly because I was doing mama duty with my girls,” she shared. “Have breakfast with them, hang out with them, work out with them. ‘Cause I didn’t want to wake up any earlier. I’m not Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. I had to just get some sleep.

“I would sort of use them as weights. Instead of wearing a weight vest, I got to wear my children!”

The 32-year-old would then rush to work, before getting home around 9pm to put her eldest daughters, James and Inez, to bed.

However, the Gossip Girl star confessed that after a long day filming, she usually ended up falling asleep in their bedrooms before being woken up by husband Ryan.

“My kids, they don’t ever go to sleep, honestly. We gotta invent something,” Blake joked. “My kids had, like, a pack-and-play – almost like a crib – and I would crawl in there and sing them to sleep, and usually I’d fall asleep in there. Almost every single night I’d fall asleep in there.

“(Ryan) would usually come in and be like, ‘Hey, you’re safe now. You can come to bed.'”

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Blake Lively: ‘I look unrealistically awesome on the red carpet’

Blake Lively looks “unrealistically awesome” when she attends red carpet events because she’s usually wearing pyjamas and onesies.The Gossip Girl star revealed she was pregnant with her third child when she joined her husband Ryan Reynolds at the premi…

Blake Lively looks “unrealistically awesome” when she attends red carpet events because she’s usually wearing pyjamas and onesies.

The Gossip Girl star revealed she was pregnant with her third child when she joined her husband Ryan Reynolds at the premiere of Pokemon Detective Pikachu in May, and it was reported earlier in October she had given birth over the summer.

The Canadian actor confirmed the news on Wednesday by sharing a picture of himself, Blake and their baby daughter, with her face obscured, on Twitter, while the actress launched a baby registry with Amazon.

Speaking to People about the registry, the 32-year-old joked that her appearance on the red carpet is the complete opposite of the comfortable maternity style she can be seen wearing in the comfort of her own home.

“(My style is) comfortable, comfortable, comfortable in real life and unrealistically awesome when I have to do press. But that’s only a couple days a year, if that. I really raise the bar for myself, then it’s back to pyjamas, onesies, and disappointment,” Blake laughed.

She then jokingly described her postpartum style as “Lord Varys”, referring to Conleth Hill’s character in Game of Thrones, who is regularly seen wearing dark cloaks.

For her baby registry, Blake has created a list of “must-have” product recommendations, which include the Playtex Diaper Genie, Baby Jogger’s double City Mini stroller, and diapers from Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company.

“Before I had my own kids, I asked all the parents I trusted most for a list of their go-to items. My registry is made of all those products plus ones that I’ve discovered myself over the years,” she explained. “It’s also a great way to share my must-have list with my friends, as they did with me when I needed it.”

Blake and Ryan are also parents to daughters James, four, and Inez, three.

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Leighton Meester overhauled diet after nutritionist wake-up call

Leighton Meester overhauled her diet in her mid-twenties after learning the benefits of healthy eating from her nutritionist friend. The Gossip Girl star never gave much thought about what she consumed and how it would affect her body until she had a …

Leighton Meester overhauled her diet in her mid-twenties after learning the benefits of healthy eating from her nutritionist friend.

The Gossip Girl star never gave much thought about what she consumed and how it would affect her body until she had a wake-up call from the nutritionist, who taught her the importance of eating better.

“In my mid-twenties, one of my best friends, a nutritionist, gave me a complete coaching on my diet,” she told christydawn.com. “She looked through my cabinets and helped me shop and taught me how to put together some basic recipes so I could start eating better. I’d never given thought to what I ate and until that point, hadn’t made the connection with what I ate to how I felt.”

The 34-year-old, who shares a three-year-old daughter named Arlo with actor husband Adam Brody, also discussed her exercise routine, and revealed that she has become “obsessed” with surfing since The O.C. star taught her how to do it.

“It started off as an unstructured workout I could do on the weekends when I didn’t want to go to the gym – and it’s become an obsession,” the actress explained. “The benefits are much more than getting exercise. I feel connected to myself, since I’m able to sit in the ocean with no phone or distraction, and I’m working toward the goal of improving a skill, something that I haven’t given much thought to since I was a kid. It’s an intensely difficult sport to become competent in, so I guess I picked something I’ll be working on for a long time.”

In the past few years, Leighton has become more aware of how much she buys and wastes, and as such, she recently teamed up with sustainable fashion brand Christy Dawn to design a wide-leg jumpsuit from upcycled fabric.

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Leighton Meester designs jumpsuit for sustainable fashion brand

Leighton Meester has designed a jumpsuit for sustainable fashionable brand Christy Dawn. The Gossip Girl actress has collaborated with a fashion company for the first time to create The Leighton Jumper, a sleeveless, wide-leg jumpsuit made entirely of…

Leighton Meester has designed a jumpsuit for sustainable fashionable brand Christy Dawn.

The Gossip Girl actress has collaborated with a fashion company for the first time to create The Leighton Jumper, a sleeveless, wide-leg jumpsuit made entirely of upcycled fabric and sewn at the label’s base in Los Angeles. The jumpsuit features a bow detail on the neckline and comes in three colour options – pale pink, light blue, and black with a white star pattern.

Leighton’s original inspiration was the character of Miss Honey from 1996 children’s film Matilda, and she worked on the piece with the Christy Dawn team for the past six months with the practicalities of motherhood in mind.

“Very early on, I said that I was interested in making a jumper, even though (Christy) is really well known for her dresses,” she said to People. “And while I totally love dresses, jumpers are much more practical for me. They kind of translate from day to night, and I can wear them having a child. They’re my go-to, really.”

The 33-year-old, who shares three-year-old daughter Arlo with The O.C.’s Adam Brody, explained that she wanted the jumpsuit to be versatile enough to be able to wear to the playground with her child as well as a dinner date.

“It’s really comfortable and just makes me feel put together – that’s what I want as a mom, to be able to throw something on and feel put together,” the star stated.

Leighton also noted that the collaboration came about because she had grown more aware of sustainability.

“In the last five years or so, I really started becoming more conscious and aware of what I’m consuming whether it be what I am watching, eating, wearing or what I’m shopping for,” she added.

All proceeds from the jumpsuit will benefit the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles, an organisation which helps empower women who are struggling with homelessness.

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Leighton Meester starts every day with a green smoothie

Leighton Meester starts every morning by knocking back a nutritious green smoothie.The actress, perhaps known for starring in TV show Gossip Girl, continuously has a packed schedule, and is currently juggling shooting new sitcom Single Parents with car…

Leighton Meester starts every morning by knocking back a nutritious green smoothie.

The actress, perhaps known for starring in TV show Gossip Girl, continuously has a packed schedule, and is currently juggling shooting new sitcom Single Parents with caring for her three-year-old daughter Arlo, who she shares with husband Adam Brody.

In order to keep her energy levels up through the day, Leighton has now explained that she likes to have a smoothie before she leaves home.

“For breakfast, I keep all the stuff for my morning smoothie in the freezer in resealable bags, so it’s pretty much all measured off – a lot of kale and spinach and collard greens,” she said in an interview with U.S. Shape magazine. “I might blend it with spirulina and chlorella powder and a bunch of flaxseeds and chia seeds and mangoes and bananas.”

Leighton went on to explain that she doesn’t abide by a particular diet, but usually eats a ratio of either “60:40 or 70:30” of healthy foods and whatever else she may want. For instance, if she has a salad with chicken or fish for lunch, she will have tacos for dinner and fudge mint cookies for dessert.

“I love (those cookies) so much that we always joke, ‘Have you had your cookie today?’ Like it’s my vitamins,” the 32-year-old laughed.

Elsewhere in the chat, the brunette beauty opened up about her exercise routine, personal training sessions, and newfound love of surfing.

However, she emphasised that taking time out for self-care is just as important to her.

“I’m also making time for soaks in the tub, even though there’s often a toddler in there with me,” smiled Leighton.

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Leighton Meester enjoys making her own natural beauty products

Actress Leighton Meester’s beauty routine is filled with self-care treatments she makes herself. The former Gossip Girl star is a fan of products with natural ingredients and came to realise she could easily create them herself and avoid the retail co…

Actress Leighton Meester’s beauty routine is filled with self-care treatments she makes herself.

The former Gossip Girl star is a fan of products with natural ingredients and came to realise she could easily create them herself and avoid the retail costs.

“I like to make a lot of my own products – bath salts, body scrub, lotion, cuticle oil, and the soap that I use,” she tells Shape magazine. “When you buy a natural product, you can read the ingredients – everything is natural or organic, and you can find those yourself. There are amazing products out there that can be $20 or $30, which you can make for less than a dollar.”

The 32 year old also maintains her flawless glow by taking small steps throughout the day to ensure she’s relaxed and rejuvenated.

“I do little touches during the day to make myself feel more centred or rejuvenated,” she shares. “I drink my tea in the morning, have an essential oil diffuser in my trailer, and use a foam roller to give myself a massage whenever I have a chance.”

The brunette beauty also relies on Cannabidiol products to relieve stress.

“I use CBD balm to try to reduce the stress and tension in my shoulders and hands,” she adds. “And I’ll make my bath as relaxing an experience as I can with essential oils and salts, maybe do a hair mask or under-eye patches.”

When it comes to staying fit, Meester enjoys surfing, which her husband Adam Brody introduced her to, and considers it a “spiritual experience”.

“For the last six months, surfing has pretty much been my main form of exercise,” she tells the magazine. “I have found that when I don’t have a physical result in mind when I’m exercising – it’s not just about getting sore or getting abs or burning fat – I feel much more confident. I’m working on a skill, and that is so fulfilling to me. Plus, being in the ocean is such a spiritual experience that you forget you’re getting a real workout.”

Meester’s relaxed approach to self-care has also carried over to parenting the couple’s three-year-old daughter Arlo.

“One thing I have come to learn as a parent is that you have to step back and let your child struggle a little – let them fall down at the playground,” she reveals. “It’s the way they’re going to learn.”

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Ed Westwick cast in WWII drama

Ed Westwick has landed his first movie role since rape charges against him were dropped.In 2017, Kristina Cohen accused the Gossip Girl actor of forcing himself on her when she slept at his house three years earlier.Two other women subsequently came fo…

Ed Westwick has landed his first movie role since rape charges against him were dropped.

In 2017, Kristina Cohen accused the Gossip Girl actor of forcing himself on her when she slept at his house three years earlier.

Two other women subsequently came forward with their own allegations, with the Los Angeles Police Department investigating all claims, before prosecutors decided against pressing charges.

In November (18), Ed returned to work on the second season of BBC sitcom White Gold, and now Deadline is reporting he’s been cast in upcoming World War II drama Enemy Lines.

According to the film website, Swedish director Anders Banke will be taking the helm, with John Hannah, Tom Wisdom, Corey Johnson, Pawel Delag, Vladimir Epifantsev and Kirill Pletnyov co-starring.

Set in occupied Poland, the plot, based on a true story that took place in 1943 behind enemy lines, centres around allied soldiers who are sent to extract a rocket scientist from the hands of the Nazis.

The casting news comes after 31-year-old Ed promised fans he’d be back acting as soon as possible following the dropping of the rape charges.

“I’m delighted that everybody got it right, thank you,” the English star told TMZ.com. “I’ll be back to work very soon.”

Ed was last seen on screen in White Gold in May 2017. He had filmed a lead part in three-part BBC drama Ordeal by Innocence, which aired in April 2018, but producers decided to reshoot his scenes with Love, Rosie actor Christian Cooke after the rape allegations surfaced.

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