Look, we can’t all look like models all of the time. But in spite of our own sweatpants couture it’s still fun to check out the looks of our favorite fashionable mama, Blake Lively.

So in honor of the actress/entrepreneur/writer/badass, we put together a few gifs depicting the times Blake blew us away.

 

1. When her baptism outfit was pure 1930’s glamour.

 

2. When she made the perfect food baby/actual baby joke.

 

3. When she was a loving mom even though her daughter was 50 years older than her

 

4. When she made baby bumps a hot red-carpet accessory.

 

5. When she was part of this gorgeous mother-daughter moment

 

6. When she brought the fashion AND the funny.

 

Turn on the tv, open a magazine, and you’re gonna see a woman who’s had work done. And there’s no shame in that game, if Botox or a little lift are what make you feel good we say go wild. But for those of us who just aren’t surgery people, there are plenty of simple skin fixes to look younger and healthier.

We checked in with Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., a NYC Osteopathic Physician Board Certified in family medicine and anti-aging medicine, for his suggestions on how to keep your face looking youthful without calling a plastic surgeon. He recommends that you:

 

1) Stop smoking.

“Cigarettes contain some 40,000 toxins, each deposited directly into the DNA of skin cells each time you take a drag,” says Dr. Calapai. “Numerous studies in identical twins have found that smokers look ten years older than non-smokers. That evidence is profound in lines around the eyes.” Talk to your doctor about methods to help you quit.

 

2) Flex your face.

“Facial muscles are just like body muscles,” says Dr. Calapai. “The more you use them, the stronger they get and the less likely they are to sag and atrophy.” Try this quick cheek workout to help build up sagging facial muscles: look in a mirror, smile as broadly as possible while keeping your lips closed and mouth corners turned up. Try to make your mouth corners touch your ears. Next, wrinkle your nose and see your cheek muscles move upwards. Stay like this for a count of five, then relax. Repeat 10 times.

 

3) Consider acupuncture.

Half of Hollywood is allegedly hooked on the face-saving, radiance-boosting power of cosmetic acupuncture. According to experts, it stimulates skin cells to lay down new collagen fibers under wrinkles, ‘filling them in’ literally while also toning different muscles to restore glow. The added bonus is that most cosmetic acupuncturists treat underlying problems that could be causing your skin to look older, such as insomnia and bad digestion.

 

4) Have more sex.

Having sex at least 3 times per week can make you look up to 10 years younger. According to Dr. Dr. Calapai, having more sex is the next best thing you can do after exercise to look younger because it also helps you to naturally release more growth hormones and it’s been proven that having more sex can help you live longer.

 

5) Avoid sugar.

“Too much sugar in your diet will lead to an age accelerating process in your body known as glycation and glycation does damage to the collagen in your skin making you lose skin elasticity causing wrinkles to appear,” affirms Dr. Calapai. Something as simple as cutting out sodas and sweet juices makes a difference fast.

 

6) Exfoliate your skin regularly. 

“Exfoliation increases dermal volume, making skin look less wrinkly. It will also help fade brown spots. You can use a physical exfoliant like a scrub, or a chemical exfoliant, such as a glycolic,” says Dr. Calapai.

 

7) Start intermittent fasting.

The 2 main reasons why intermittent fasting makes you look younger is because intermittent fasting naturally increases your human growth hormone which amps up the production of collagen for younger looking skin. Dr. Calapai explains that, “intermittent fasting induces autophagy where the cells in your body repair themselves to make a newer much healthier cell to prevent aging.”

 

8) Exercise.

You may think you carry your age in your face, but people “guess” your age by how you move. The youthful figure is thin, muscular, flexible, and strong. Your exercise program should include lots of cardio (this allows you to move around without huffing and puffing (a definite “geezer” give-away). Also be sure to strength train with free weights, and add in some stretching to preserve flexibility.

 

9) Improve your posture.

One of the biggest giveaways for looking old is a curved back with slumpy sitting, and shoulders that ride up too high with respect to your neck. Dr. Calapai recommends fixing your posture by thinking of the top of your head as a flat surface and then try to get that flat surface as tall as you can. Consciously push down your shoulders. Do this as you walk and sit. Take a “posture check” as often as you think about it during the day. Young people may not have perfect posture, but correcting your posture will make you look more youthful.

 

10) Eat more oily fish.

Eating fish rich in Omega 3 is optimal but if you don’t like fish take a high-grade fish-oil supplement. Dr. Calapai says that, “none of us consume enough essential fatty acids, which as well as helping our brains to function more smoothly are considered vital to keep skin-cell-membranes in good health and therefore stop the skin from getting too dry.”

 

Ready to get started? Eat a salmon salad, go for a walk, make some funny faces, and then text your hubby to let them know that tonight’s gonna be a good night.

 

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The warm months are here! This is amazing for those of us held hostage by an endless winter. But amidst the joys of long days, beach weather, and backyard cookouts, there are a few things about the warmer months that we experience differently from men.

1. Humidity is the reason God invented ponytails.


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2. You miss fall and winter, when you didn’t have to shave your legs every day.


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3. Having a tan means you can get away with wearing no makeup. And sometimes you find yourself doing a risk/reward analysis on sun damage versus three months off from foundation.


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4. Toes are hairy. You have to do some prep work before getting a pedicure, unless you want the whole nail salon gossiping about your yeti feet.


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5. No matter how hot it gets outside, you’ll still need a sweater for the air conditioning at work. And at the mall. And pretty much anywhere that isn’t outside.


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6. Sundresses are a really cute idea until you spend a long hot day walking in one. No mere mortal woman has a thigh gap small enough to avoid a little chub rub.


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7. When you’re pregnant in August just stepping outside feels like you ran a marathon on the sun.


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8. It’s so much easier to eat well and exercise in warm weather. We are biologically programmed to want chocolate and pasta when the temperature drops below 50.


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9. Trying on swimsuits is best done after at least two cocktails.


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10. There is no universe in which bikini hair removal doesn’t hurt like a motherfucker.


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Where do you apply your makeup? If you’re anything like me sometimes I go without, or just a quick swipe of lipstick in the car – before I pull out of the driveway.   Amazing how great the light is in the car.How many times have you seen women at stop lights applying mascara or at least checking their teeth?

I know time is of the essence when we’re getting ready to go out for the day, but there are alternatives to windshield lighting and rearview mirrors.

It’s said that seeing is believing! Without good light we can be unpleasantly surprised by a glance in a mirror while we’re out. How many times has something seemed to change color between the time of putting it on at home and going outside into the daylight? Light actually has color and this can make the difference between what you see and what you get.

Traditional makeup mirrors can be found at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Target, department stores, etc. These are short or tall, lighted or not, and don’t always give a full view of our face. I have a small lighted magnifying mirror that saves me from embarrassing smudges when I’m traveling. Since I can’t apply makeup with my glasses on, I need the magnifying mirror to see details.

When I’m working professionally I always bring The Makeup Light with me. I either suction it to a mirror or put it on a stand.   One of my favorites is the lighted 3 way mirror that sits on a tabletop. This is full luxury lighting! You can even look extra gorgeous by sticking your camera phone on it for making videos or Skyping.

Wherever we choose to apply makeup and in life in general, let’s see ourselves in the best light possible!

In The Age of Adaline, Blake Lively plays Adaline Bowman who inadvertently fulfills all of our dreams when she stops aging at 29, looking fabulous for the rest of time.

We may not be able to look like a 29-year-old forever (that ship has SAILED), but we can capture Adaline’s timeless style, if only with our hair. And since time isn’t unlimited (sigh), this five minute braid is the perfect solution for sending your kids out the door fast and with minimal effort. Success!

Step One: Begin by parting your hair down the middle to create two sections.
Step Two: Separate a piece from section one and cross it over to join section two. Then take a piece from section two and cross over to join section one.
Step Three: Repeat alternating crossed pieces.
Step Four: Once you’ve reached the end, tie off the braid.
Step Five: To create a fuller look, use your fingers to gently pull apart the braid.

Now you’ve created a classic, timeless look without sacrificing your (unfortunately limited) time.

Adaline has spent decades perfecting her signature style – because when you’re probably going to live forever, why not? After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever.

Follow The Age of Adaline on Pinterest to discover more helpful tips and tutorials for every decade and see more of Blake Lively’s gorgeous style in The Age of Adaline, in theaters April 24th!

Watch the trailer below:

Are you getting bored with all the articles telling you to look and feel your best, you need at least eight hours of sleep a day?

If you’re like me, you feel you look better with dark circles and puffy bags under your eyes teamed with a sallow complexion.

Have you caught your husband lustily eyeing the groggy woman ahead of you at the checkout line, confirming your suspicion that he feels haggard is the new sexy?

Have no fear. I’m here to give you some tried-and-true tips for capitalizing on your lack of sleep. Follow my advice, and you too can achieve that harried look and attitude of a mom on the edge. Healthy and well-rested is so yesterday.

1.) Have children. One child can do it, but if you’re really going for the too-exhausted-to-stand-upright look, have three.

2.) The kids should feel free to sneak in your bed at all hours of the night. If you’re not woken up with at least one of your kids’ feet on your face or a little arm wedged under your ribs, you’re not doing it right.

3.) Keep your office in your bedroom. Your computer should call to you in the middle of the night, with emails that need to be answered and a blog that needs updating while everyone is tucked safely in bed. This will ensure that you will be completely shot by breakfast. You may even get a headache. Doesn’t everyone know that nothing is sexier than a tired, haggard, cranky woman with a headache? You’ll be the envy of every mother at the PTA meeting, school drop-off lane, or toddler gym class.

4.) Teach your children that you’re at their beck-and-call at all hours of the night. If you have gone a week without one of your children asking you to make scrambled eggs and bacon or asking if they could build a rocket ship in the basement at 3:00 am, you’re really at risk of looking well rested.

5.) If you should decide to ever lock your door in order to have a little private time with your mate, or just sleep uninterrupted for more than two hours, make sure you have the type of kids who are willing to camp out by the door for at least two hours. If they are clever enough to sing 10 versions of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” or say things like, “But mom you are my best friend” and “Let me in. I can’t hack sleeping on my own tonight,” you’re golden.

6.) Drink coffee. All. Day. Long. Here’s a special tip: Go to Starbucks and get a grande with three shots of espresso. It’s highly recommended if you need to clean out your closets and fridge at 3:00 am.

7.) Send your kids to school or daycare. This will ensure that they will get sick and you will be woken up by a little one with a fever or projectile vomiting. This is really essential. Seeing your child sick and in pain will add more than a little stress to your exhaustion.  You’ll feel so helpless and sad for your child that you are sure to have an extra layer of sluggishness.

Follow one or two of these tips, and you’re sure to look a little bleary eyed.To achieve the maximum effect of weary-and-shattered beauty, you must follow all of these steps. This task isn’t for the faint of heart.

After practicing these tips for 15 years, my look is so haggard and exhausted that any day I expect Vogue to schedule me for a cover shot.

I hope they use Patrick Demarchelier.

This post was originally featured on Kathy’s blog, My Dishwasher’s Possessed