Wow, Anna Wintour really loves Blake Lively!
The actress has just scored her THIRD Vogue cover for the August issue, which is quite impressive considering bigger names like Beyoncé only have two. And never mind ALL the award-winning actresses and singers who have ZERO Vogue covers!
But, still, she looks gorgeous in the rustic-themed cover and editorial, posing with cowboys on a ranch while dressed in decadent Chanel dresses and ponchos from the American Southwest-inspired pre-fall 2014 collection!
And, naturally, the 26-year-old discusses her upcoming lifestyle website, Preserve, saying:
“[I'm] not trying to show you the perfect life or the aspirational life. It’s real life. It’s the thing that blindsides you on an idle Tuesday that’s tragic but that also makes you who you are. It’s not about me. And it’s not about watching my journey of learning how-to, it’s about me sharing that with you so we all sort of learn together.”
If you're still on the fence about Blake's current Internet venture, you should basically know that she's been preparing for this for years. She was basically Pinteresting before there even was any Pinterest!
She has a binder a foot thick filled with clips and tear sheets of things she finds interesting or beautiful that she's been adding to for about a decade. Blake explained:
“I’ve been doing this [binder clipping] my whole adult life. When I see something I love—a lamp, a piece of art—I say, Where did you get that? And I will go to the store, take pictures, and get the business card. I have everything from food to fashion to home goods; you name it. Here are cutting boards and muddlers and lighting. And bike racks and bitters and tea. This is an artist I love: Travis Louie. And here’s this ceramicist who does these drawings and then these weird dolls that go with them. I like things that have a fairy-tale aspect, but with a sinister twist. I don’t know why I have been saving all this stuff. Isn’t it weird? It’s totally weird!”
The Age of Adaline star also recalls how her wedding dress got damaged on one of the most important days of her life. She said:
“I get really frustrated when something goes wrong. For example, my wedding dress. Florence Welch was singing at the reception, and they brought out these sparklers, and I’m watching her sing. I look down and my wedding dress has a big burn mark from one of the sparklers. Right on the front! And it was just so heartbreaking to me. And later, my dress was hanging up and Ryan said, ‘Isn’t that beautiful?’ I said, ‘What?’ And he pointed to the burn. My heart just stopped, because it was such a sensitive little subject. And he said, ‘You’ll always remember that moment with Florence singing and the sparklers. You have that forever, right there, preserved.’ Now that’s my favorite part of the dress.”
Awww! How sweet of Ryan Reynolds to help his wifey always see the bright side!
But it's not just Ryan who helps Blake when things go wrong. She has another famous person at her side willing to help — it's Martha Stewart!!!
Blake recalled how Martha helped with her wedding plans, which were going south:
“She’s one of those people who connect people with each other. She’s there for you. Our wedding was becoming a disaster, and we didn’t know what to do, so we called Martha! She said, ‘Don’t worry. I’ll handle it.’ She sent her team down to save us. And then she called her friends who have a home in South Carolina and set us up at the most amazing getaway. This is the day of our wedding!”
Always nice to have friends in high places!
Check out the full spread of cowgirl Blake in the gallery (above)!
[Image via Mario Testino/Vogue]
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