11:49 am - 12/17/2013

Blake Lively Talks About Her New Website, Re-Pinning Ryan Reynolds, Favorite Tumblrs

Blake Lively walks into the room, chewing. "Hi, I'm Blake." With all the talks of her rumored new lifestyle site, it's appropriate that she's eating, looking, and smelling beautiful, all at the same time. It's the very picture of having it all, the Blake Lively way.

Earlier reports claimed that the site was "lifestyle"-focused, but she tells the Cut those rumors were largely inaccurate. "No," Blake confirmed, "It will be a site, but not necessarily for lifestyle." Read on to learn about the new site, how she smells, her favorite YouTube animal videos, and if she would ever get a pixie cut.

A lot of people are excited to hear about your upcoming lifestyle site.
I don’t know if it’s a lifestyle site. I was very vague about it. And because of that, everyone was filling in the blanks about what other sites it could be like. It’s not accurate. I’m creating a brand that I felt the need for. I was on my show [Gossip Girl] for so long that I really wanted to break from acting, because it lost its excitement for me in a way, because it was such a job.
I never lost my appreciation for [acting], though. I just felt like I didn’t have as much to offer because I got used to it. I wanted to explore other passions. At first, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. The company came from something separate when I had that free time. It's a space I wanted that I couldn’t find anywhere else. I’m still being very vague, intentionally. But I’m really, really excited. By the time it launches, we will have developed it for two years. So it’s a lot of time, energy, efforts, resources, working with amazing people.

So it’s not a lifestyle site?
No. Yes, it will be a site. But not necessarily lifestyle.

But I imagine it will include food.
Yes. You cannot be around me without talking about food. It’s a little bit of everything.

And it will launch this upcoming year?
Mhmm. Yes. This upcoming year.

What do you think of other lifestyle sites like Goop?
Oh my gosh, I’m such a huge fan. I think Goop is amazing. Pinterest I’m obsessed with. Etsy is not a lifestyle site, but it’s pretty amazing what they’ve done. But I think it’s also neat, all the blogs. They don’t need a huge company behind them. You can just be a fan of fashion, art, or a fan of all things. There are so many Tumblrs I like to follow.

What kind of Tumblrs?
Motorcycle Tumblrs. Everything. I have a Pinterest account. I don’t have any friends on it. It’s not under my name. It’s not like, top secret. It’s just a way that I can store the boards.

So people have no idea that Blake Lively could be re-pinning their pins.
Yeah. Sometimes, it’s weird. If I’m looking [at] hair things, I see, oh, that’s me! That’s so weird! But I do re-pin pictures of Ryan. [Laughs.]
I don’t go on a lot of food sites. I haven’t found a food site I really connect with. I like to shop for food, at places like Eataly, Chelsea Market, in NYC. I love different food magazines, from Bon Appétit to Martha Stewart Living. Martha Stewart Living is the only magazine I’ve ever purchased my whole life.

Have you made anything from the Goop cookbooks?
No, I haven't. I don’t really cook from a cookbook. But I have her cookbooks. I have so many: Thomas Keller’s whole collection, Joel Rubochon, and Nigella Lawson. To me, they’re more like coffee-table books. I think her cookbook is beautiful. I geek out with Thomas Keller. He’s my number one. He’s like my superhero. Chefs are like my rock stars. I could meet the biggest movie star and feel so honored, but if I see a chef, I just want to hide under a table.
There’s also this third party, I just discovered her a few days ago. It was James Beard, Julia Child, and one other woman, and they all started a culinary school together. You know about James Beard and Julia Child, but this is the third missing part. It’s one of the most beautiful cookbooks I’ve ever seen. I literally saw it two days ago.

What kind of food plans do you have for the holidays?
There’s a lot of baking in the house. What’s nice about the holidays is my mom cooks a lot. I really want to start learning her recipes, because it’s something you take for granted your whole life, that your mom does that, and then you forget to learn it. Like my granny’s biscuits. My brother learned to make them ... and then one day, she wasn’t there any more. But she is there — every time we make our biscuits, she’s there.
We mostly survive off cookies. Double chocolate, chocolate cream cheese, chocolate pecan, peanut-butter chocolate, peanut-butter cookies, oatmeal, sugar cookies. We make just a huge vat of dough, of about eight different kinds, and then we are done in a few days and have to make another batch.

What do you think you smell like day-to-day?
I think I smell like … cookies. [Laughs.]

What kind of cookies?
Chocolate chip, with a lot of pecans. No, but I really do wear Gucci Premiere every day. I love that it has feminine and masculine [notes]. I’m very particular with fragrance, and used to wear a different fragrance in the summer and winter, or for different events. But because Gucci Premiere is so nicely balanced, I don't have to do that anymore.
When you switch up fragrances, what’s missing is that power. That potion power. That special power. Like when I smell my mom. Or when I smell my sister … it’s like, the most … it’s a superpower! Or a love potion. I didn’t have that signature fragrance because I was changing the fragrance depending upon the time and place. But having a fragrance that feels appropriate in all those settings, that’s a new and cool thing to have.

Right, with a dry down of cookie.
Yeah. [Laughs.] Leather and wood and chocolate chip cookies.

Your hair is envied by a lot of people. What do you do to take care of your hair?
Something my mom does that is kind of cool: She puts coconut oil on the ends of her hair. When you shampoo your hair, you’re trying to get the oil out of your roots, but you really want the rest of your hair to maintain its moisture. When you put coconut oil on the ends, the shampoo gets oil out of the roots, but also protects the ends.

A lot of other celebrities have been getting pixie cuts recently. Would you?
Hmm, I don’t know. For me, my hair is like a shield. I’m actually a pretty shy person by nature. With long hair, you can put your hair down and cover your face. I think a pixie cut is so cute. I just think that everyone that has one is the most courageous person. It’s so daring to do that! I get geeked out by people when they do that. They’re awesome. Would I do it? Maybe.But it’s totally ballsy. You see someone do that and you think, I want to be friends with them. They’re really brave.

You’re known for doing your own styling for events. What is your approach to beauty?
I like doing my own makeup and hair for events. I think it’s fun.

Do you ever watch YouTube videos for makeup tips?
No. I actually didn’t know you could do that. I watch YouTube for lots of dog videos. Have you seen the hound and the orangutan? I want an orangutan so bad. It's so cute. [Laughs.]

It is so cute!
I didn’t know they did [makeup] on YouTube. But I’m luckily through doing photo shoots, I get to work with so many amazing hair and makeup artists. That’s my version of YouTube. How do you do Veronica Lake hair? And like, today, with Serge Normant, I get to ask him, How do you do that? What did you do?

Maybe you should make a YouTube tutorial video about beauty with an orangutan.
Or with Jessica the hippo? She’s so sweet. [Laughs.]

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xtinkerbellax 17th-Dec-2013 05:16 pm (UTC)
I feel like she hardly had an acting career before going to GOOP/Alba route and doing the lifestyle thing.
callmemaybeplz 17th-Dec-2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
She had a few movie roles during Gossip Girl, but overall her filmography is really short.
belle_chouette 17th-Dec-2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
I think she could have had a decent career but she seems more content with this housewife thing.
kwikimart 31st-Dec-2013 02:14 pm (UTC)
She refused to accept her limitations as an actress and do niche films e.g. Rom coms and instead tried to act like she was in the same league as ScarJo so now like Alba this is where she has ended up
lillylilacs 17th-Dec-2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
yeah, I know there were blind items about Ryan not wanting her to work much once they were married. I wouldn't be shocked if there was some truth to it. I am not her biggest fan, but she got praise for The Town I am sure she could have continued to get some work.

Edited at 2013-12-17 06:28 pm (UTC)
champagnexdream 17th-Dec-2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
You cannot be around me without talking about food. It’s a little bit of everything.

Shut up.
sometimes_mbv 17th-Dec-2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
sdpt 17th-Dec-2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
amor143x 17th-Dec-2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
A lot of people are excited to hear about your upcoming lifestyle site.

this. i mean i'm LITERALLY holding my breath!!!1
ourferocity 17th-Dec-2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
i can understand taking a break from something that was ~such a job. it'd be awesome to have earned enough money in that ~job to be able to do that.
the_pinkdress 17th-Dec-2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
lol ikr? "my job was like a JOB so i really had to take a break from it."
kwikimart 31st-Dec-2013 02:15 pm (UTC)
apeshit_x 17th-Dec-2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
I don't care I want her life.
the_pinkdress 17th-Dec-2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
the way she describes her website is so weird lol. i mean it's a website. it's not going to be that groundbreaking, girl.

also i hate the aesthetic precedent set by pinterest/tumblr.
arielcharming 17th-Dec-2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
What do you mean by the aesthetic precedent set by pinterest/tumblr? The boxy, clean lines, sterile look?

Edited at 2013-12-17 08:26 pm (UTC)
banana68 17th-Dec-2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
you aren't shy, blake!
stop trying to add more Actressy Depth to yourself than there is
marzipanism 17th-Dec-2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
jw how do you know she's not shy ?
banana68 17th-Dec-2013 05:50 pm (UTC)
oh come on. she's such an extrovert + she's always like 'oh i'm shy' in such a cloying way
lolol i rmbr she was in an interview w ben affleck for the town and she was like 'i'm naturally shy' and he's like 'uh no you really aren't' ahhaha
mauichic 17th-Dec-2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
banana68 17th-Dec-2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
also i bet gucci perfume smells like dog pee
tracerbullitt 17th-Dec-2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
I mostly just like the idea of her hanging out on Tumblr. I had hoped every celeb managed to avoid Tumblr because the content is just so ridiculous most of the time. I wonder if she checks her own tag...
treebraids 17th-Dec-2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
I skimmed and it was still boring.
therearewords 17th-Dec-2013 08:38 pm (UTC)

appalionshannon 17th-Dec-2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
It's pretty cute she repins pics of Ryan. I would too tbh.
lipkinlip 17th-Dec-2013 05:32 pm (UTC)
i tend to forget she's married to ryan also everytime i see a post of her i just think of not blake lively when her nude pics came out.
xsx8xsx 17th-Dec-2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
Didn't she sleep with people to get roles? Pretty sure that was her. I really wanna know who the hell these celebs send their nudes to that get leaked so often.
tracerbullitt 17th-Dec-2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
lol I loved all the conspiracy theories about her nudes. I think the best one was that Jennifer Garner leaked them because Blake had slept with Ben Affleck while filming The Town. It was even better cause Ben was walking around sporting a black eye around the same time. But there were also a lot of theories about Harvey Weinstein's involvement.
lillylilacs 17th-Dec-2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
I remember rumors about her and harvey weinstein and after the leaked pictures about her and ben affleck.
lipkinlip 17th-Dec-2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
is blake' pintersts page http://www.pinterest.com/imblakelively/?
because her twitter took me to her suspended page.
tracerbullitt 17th-Dec-2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
She says she doesn't use her real name on Pinterest
duckyzu 17th-Dec-2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
She doesn't have a twitter account and she said the pinterest account is not under her name.
callmemaybeplz 17th-Dec-2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
No, not her. That's not her Facebook linked either, and she's never had Twitter. It's suspended because someone pretended to be her on that one.
preciosatt 17th-Dec-2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
Apparently that's not her twitter. I never get people pretending to be celebrities on twitter. It's so weird.
lipkinlip 17th-Dec-2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
you mean like role playing accounts?
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