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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Blake Lively: ‘Research for The Rhythm Section was the hardest thing I’ve ever done’

Researching addicts for her new movie The Rhythm Section was the hardest thing Blake Lively has ever done for a film.In the action thriller, the former Gossip Girl star plays Stephanie Patrick, a woman who seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a…

Researching addicts for her new movie The Rhythm Section was the hardest thing Blake Lively has ever done for a film.

In the action thriller, the former Gossip Girl star plays Stephanie Patrick, a woman who seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family.

Stephanie is a heroin-addicted prostitute who lives on the streets, and Blake admits the preparation for the role was hard to take.

“I did ride-alongs with cops on drug busts and I spent a lot of time walking through alleyways talking to some addicts, some of whom were just teenagers,” she told Britain’s HELLO! magazine. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”

If that wasn’t bad enough, the actress also had difficulties during the shoot, as she sustained a hand injury while filming an action sequence in Ireland in December (17) and production was suspended while she reportedly had surgery. The production then down indefinitely in January to allow the 31-year-old, who had to have a second operation on her hand, to fully recover. Filming resumed in the summer.

The film is directed by Reed Morano and written by Mark Burnell from his 1999 novel of the same name. The thriller also stars Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown and is due for release in February.

Blake is currently on the promotional trail for her new comedy-thriller A Simple Favour, co-starring Anna Kendrick.

She admitted to the magazine that she was challenged on that shoot, too, because she had to go up against a comedic natural like Anna.

“Getting to do a comedic part with Anna is just like being asked to play tennis for the first time at Wimbledon – it’s just the best of the best,” she gushed. “It’s incredibly intimidating, but it also really heightens your game.”

A Simple Favour is in cinemas now.

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Blake Lively: ‘Women need to embrace unlikable roles’

Blake Lively has no problems taking on horrible characters after spending the past decade as one of Hollywood’s sweethearts. The Gossip Girl star feels that men are often considered “charming and sexy” when they play bad guys, while actresses do not c…

Blake Lively has no problems taking on horrible characters after spending the past decade as one of Hollywood’s sweethearts.

The Gossip Girl star feels that men are often considered “charming and sexy” when they play bad guys, while actresses do not come off in the same positive light if they play a bully or a vamp villain – but she still urges her peers to stretch themselves and take on unlikable roles, because women shouldn’t need to feel it is important for their characters to be popular.

“I keep getting, ‘Here’s this great script, it’s a male but we will gender flip it’,” she tells the Associated Press. “Well why don’t we just flip it now…’ They’ve already written (it), but instead of rewriting it, they are like, ‘Now this person is a woman’, which is great because you want women to be as unlikable as men.”

But Blake accepts that some roles need a revamp when a woman signs on to take a part written for a guy: “If you gave a woman Harrison Ford’s line, it would be like, ‘You can never say that, she’s such a jerk’, but if it’s a man, it’s sort of charming and sexy,” she adds. “So it’s good to have a touch of that, but also there are differences in men and women.

“Let’s do a little bit of rewriting (but) I think we need to embrace being unlikable – that is sort of what I’ve done.”

In Blake’s new film, A Simple Favor, the actress plays a high-maintenance mean mum with a suitcase full of secrets, who disappears and is presumed dead.

It’s a role that was a bit of a stretch for bright and breezy Blake, but she jumped at the chance to be a part of the Paul Feig movie, because the who project reminded her of old Hollywood.

“I don’t even know what films I would compare this to, because to me it’s not really a thriller and it’s not really a comedy, but what I loved about it is that it was like movies like Whatever Happened To Baby Jane, where the plot is very sinister and disturbing and full of twists, but the characters are so over the top and fabulous,” she says.

“That happened in Hollywood back in the 1940s, but not so much now and I think it’s just time to do it again.”

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Blake Lively accidentally copied her director’s outfit during Fashion Week

Blake Lively was embarrassed when she realised she’d worn the same outfit as director Paul Feig to a recent Ralph Lauren show.The pair recently worked together shooting the Gossip Girl star’s latest movie A Simple Favor, and reunited to attend Ralph La…

Blake Lively was embarrassed when she realised she’d worn the same outfit as director Paul Feig to a recent Ralph Lauren show.

The pair recently worked together shooting the Gossip Girl star’s latest movie A Simple Favor, and reunited to attend Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary runway show on Sunday (09Sep18). Blake looked stylish as ever in a monochrome two-piece suit with matching cane and though many people noticed the similarities between her and Anne Hathaway’s tailored outfits, she was more concerned about matching “her date” Paul’s look.

“In a A Simple Favor, the movie we have coming out on 14 September – shameless self-promotion here – I modelled my entire character’s look after him,” she explained to E! News. “So tonight, we were coming as dates and didn’t realise we’re wearing the same outfit – it’s so embarrassing.”

Blake has previously spoken about the Bridesmaids’ filmmaker’s eye for fashion, admitting she has often copied his “amazing” sense of style by wearing Oxford button-up shirts and bowties along with suits by brands including Vivienne Westwood and Versace.

Though she’s experimented with a number of two-pieces during A Simple Favor’s promotional tour, it was fitting the matching outfits should occur at a Ralph Lauren event, as the 31-year-old shared that she is exclusively wearing suits designed by the American fashion house throughout the movie.

True to form, Blake and Paul also wore suits to the movie’s world premiere held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on Monday night. The 55-year-old wore a black and gold metallic floral jacket, while Blake went for a dramatic black Givenchy suit with a long train, which she layered over a glittery sheer turtleneck top and paired with matching sparkly Christian Louboutin heels.

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Anna Kendrick frustrated at wholesome typecasting

Anna Kendrick is frustrated that she’s almost always offered roles as wholesome characters – when in real life she is anything but.The 33-year-old actress’ appearances in the Twilight and Pitch Perfect franchises have earned her a reputation as a depen…

Anna Kendrick is frustrated that she’s almost always offered roles as wholesome characters – when in real life she is anything but.

The 33-year-old actress’ appearances in the Twilight and Pitch Perfect franchises have earned her a reputation as a dependable star of family-friendly films.

But Anna says that off screen you’re more likely to find her drinking and cursing than being perky and caring.

“All my friends know me,” she told Total Film magazine. “I can’t get through a serious conversation without making an inappropriate joke. I drink all the time. I curse all the time. I have no interest in children. So when people are like, ‘You’re perfect to play this upbeat, doesn’t curse, doesn’t drink mommy blogger who is obsessed with her kids, I’m like, ‘What? What the f**k are you talking about?'”

The opportunity to unleash her naughty side is one reason she’s delighted to have been cast alongside Blake Lively in A Simple Favor – a new thriller in which she plays Stephanie, a motherhood blogger whose outward friendliness masks a dark past.

Explaining her character, Anna said: “She’s got a lot of issues… guilt about stuff she’s done in her youth. She is trying hard to plaster on a smile and a can-do attitude that says, ‘I’ve never done anything wrong in my life! The cracks start to show as the movie goes on.”

In the movie, Blake plays Stephanie’s best friend Emily, a potty-mouthed publicist who disappears – prompting the blogger to hunt for her.

Anna says she was pleasantly surprised to find the Gossip Girl star shared her dark sense of humour when she previously met her after working with Blake’s husband Ryan Reynolds.

“I just thought she was so, so, sweet,” the actress said. “And it was really fun to get to know her a little better and see the kind of funny dark side of her. I was a little worried about her being such a sweetheart that I would be offending her left and right.”

A Sample Favor hits in cinemas from 13 September (18).

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Blake Lively feels ‘relieved’ when her pictures are Photoshopped

Blake Lively has admitted that she feels relief when imperfect pictures of her are edited.The stunning actress, who shot to fame playing Serena van der Woodsen in teen drama Gossip Girl, may spend a lot of her life in front of the camera, but she confe…

Blake Lively has admitted that she feels relief when imperfect pictures of her are edited.

The stunning actress, who shot to fame playing Serena van der Woodsen in teen drama Gossip Girl, may spend a lot of her life in front of the camera, but she confessed during a chat with model Gigi Hadid for American Harper’s Bazaar that she’s often not happy with the finished result.

“I’m guilty myself of being at a photo shoot and saying, ‘That looks terrible on me.’ And they’re like, ‘We’ll fix it.’ And you’re so relieved,” she told Gigi. “It’s so important for young people not to compare themselves with what they see online. It’s our job as actors and/or models to be in shape. We have access to gyms and trainers and healthy food. And then on top of that, 99.9 per cent of the time the images are Photoshopped.”

The 30-year-old has been married to Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds since 2012, and together they have daughters James and Ines.

The blonde star went on to urge fans to “think of editorials or ads as a painting, an art form”.

“I mean, that’s definitely not how we wake up looking every single day of our lives,” she pointed out. “My dream is for all images to have a little asterisk next to them with a caption that reads, this photo has been retouched. Just so there’s a gentle reminder that, ‘hey, this isn’t real life.'”

Though The Age of Adaline star is grateful to have professionals on hand to bring her pictures up to scratch, the same can’t be said for her personal photo collection.

“My social media, on the other hand, looks like a screen grab from Supermarket Sweep,” she laughed, after complimenting Gigi’s organised Instagram page. “It’s all over the place. Sometimes I use filters, sometimes I don’t. I don’t use a nice even aesthetic.”

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