In the age of the overshare, Gwyneth Paltrow gets a lot of grief for her foray into lifestyle e-newsletters. She loves her slippery Jamie Oliver cookware, spills that Mario Batali’s son does a mean Elvis impression, and speaks fluent Spanish with an Iberian accent. Rebecca Dana’s experiment for The Daily Beast in living la vida Gwyneth involved following GOOP‘s tips for the good life, from detox to banana nut muffins, with a Golden Girl thrown in for measure. There is something, dare we say, magical about an A-lister’s personal tips, so we set out to define a few things we enjoy about the GOOPster.
We’d also like to point out that even the High Priestess of GOOPdom doesn’t expect you to shop all green market and seasonal, she just advises that if you buy one organic item, make it the chicken. That’s reasonable, right? The most important thing, in the words of Ms. Paltrow: “Cook with love! Make it great!”
4. She’s got frenemies. By all means understandable (we’ve questioned you in the past, missy), but a universal problem of being fabulous that we can also relate to. Besides, that chick is probably just jealous of her Gucci heels and Mulberry travel bag.
5. Gwyneth scratches the Ebay itch like we plebeians and then donates all proceeds to the Robin Hood Foundation. If only she could throw in meticulously sculpted gams with the purchase of a signature miniskirt.
A friendship with fellow Tribeca resident Jay-Z will have that effect on a girl. Humongous loft = dance party.
Well played, Paltrow, with your cult classic references and self-deprecating disavowal of highbrow film tastes.
Even movie stars get the winter doldrums, and lest you think Gwynnie’s drinking cognac and dipping into Rilke to chase away the January blues, no. She’s watching reality TV and gory Discovery Channel programs like the rest of us. When it comes to picking her literary faves, bonus points for the novel Sheltering Sky, too.
Spoken like a true urban mommy. She’s also fairly perceptive when it comes to familial relationships (“children are like little radios picking up our frequency”), which hints that darling Apple and Moses don’t spend 90% of their time with a nanny.
10. The woman can debone a chicken like nobody’s business (skip to 1:28).
Bonus clip! Not yet mentioned on GOOP, but perhaps more relevant after last night’s VMA performance of Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind,” Paltrow’s “aggro” three-year-old is a tiny, sensitive thug: