Gwyneth Paltrow on Flowers, Friends, Motherhood

Gwyneth Paltrow on Flowers, Friends, Motherhood

Love her or hate her, we think it’s fair to say that Gwyneth Paltrow is here to stay.

Dubbed as one of this era’s most successful domestic goddesses, the Oscar-winning actress is also credited for masterminding and the subsequent offshoots of her million-dollar empire, and for authoring two (going three) bestselling books.

While GP is currently in hot water for yet another ridiculous recommendation, here are some of our favorite things she said on a whole range of different topics that we, women, can all relate to:

Knowing What She Likes

A woman with taste, Gwyneth knows exactly what she wants and exactly how she wants it, especially with flowers.

“I like single-variety arrangements – peonies, hydrangeas, and white lilies – casually arranged,” Paltrow told Elle.

On The Value Of Lasting Friendships

Paltrow is also known for naming lipsticks in her own organic beauty line, Goop Juice Beauty, after her girl gang – Cameron (Diaz), Blythe (Danner, her mom), Apple (her daughter), Drew (Barrymore), Reese (Witherspoon), Kate (Hudson), Chelsea (Handler).

“If you were to ask me what my biggest success is, it's that,” the 44-year-old actress shared in an interview on Glamour.

“I've been able to maintain and nourish my relationships. As you get older, you choose friends based on not only what feels resonant and warm but if they're bringing something to your life. My women friends are incredibly intelligent. There's no posturing, no competition. Especially in Los Angeles, I see pockets of friends who are very competitive, and I think, ‘What is the point?’ I would rather be alone in bed with a book than have a girlfriend who is like that,” she explains further.

On Raising Her Kids


Asked if she’d ever let her own kids take risks, the blonde beauty answered:

“One hundred percent. In my case, I've borne these two kids into a particularly strange circumstance. They are going to have to fend off a lot and protect themselves from a lot of projections and prejudice about who they are, coming from the family that they come from. My daughter is super ballsy. I always follow her lead. I actually don't need to encourage her to take risks. She likes to push herself; she wants to see how far she can get. It's really inspiring to see that in a young woman.”

Her Go-To Stress Remedy

An ideal candidate for Marie Kondo’s KonMari craze, Paltrow said, “I cannot function if there is a physical mess around me. If everything is falling apart, I go on a cleaning frenzy.”

Not-So-Secret Beauty Regimen

Gywneth Paltrow swears by the wash cloth secret, but now that she’s in her 40s, she’s added some minor tweaks, which include moisturizing every night.

"I still think a hot wash cloth is a really good exfoliator, and I still use it," she said. "But I put a cleanser on first. Exfoliation is super important. A hot wash cloth and a good scrub."

As A Woman, We Have The Permission To Be Everything

“I think we're in the midst of creating a new archetype of a woman, and we're gonna get there. And I've never minded pushing anything along, taking some slings and arrows. Our daughters will look at us and be like, ‘Oh, so you get to work and be a mommy and wear beautiful lipstick.’ I mean, when they have a hole in their uniform, I sew it. I make the food. I bathe them. And I'm a sexual being and a powerful woman and entrepreneur. I'm all of those things. We now realize that we have permission to be everything.”

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