Thursday, July 23, 2009

All About Gwynnie

How 'bout a well thought out post for a change!

I am happy to say that this post is the culmination of "months" of research, the most I've ever done for a blog post (which is not saying much).

Way back in March, I decided to check out all the buzz about Gwyneth Paltrow's new venture called Goop. In order to fully infiltrate, I needed to become a subscriber, which I did.

I knew this was the proper time to reveal my research when I saw an article yesterday about Gwyneth Paltrow being cut from the cover of Entertainment Weekly, while the rest of her cast mates from her upcoming movie were featured. The reason: Having Gwynnie's face on a magazine cover results in fewer magazines being sold! Say it isn't so!! But, according to the data, it IS.

While I do not consider myself a huge Paltrow fan, I did like her in Shakespeare in Love and I have admired that she handles herself with class, which is more than can be said for many Hollywood starlets with their crotch flashing. Plus, her makeup artist does an awesome job. I will agree, though, that her aloofness can be off-putting at times.

Anyhoo, so I signed up for Goop. If you are not a Goop subscriber, I'll give you a brief overview. Basically each email is one of several categories: See, Do, Make, Get and Be. There is plenty of name dropping throughout as her famous friends such as Cameron Diaz proffer their opinions or, like Katie Lee Joel (who finally managed to ditch the 'ole baggage but not before making a name for herself) offer up their favorite recipes, etc. I think part of what hurts Gwynnie is things such as calling something "semi-rubbish" like she has gone all "British" on us hoping we will forget that she is AMERICAN!

Then there is Gwynnie trying to sound edgy, such as when she says she got an invite to eat at Mario Batali's house and adds in parenthesis "that was a lucky f***ing invitation." Like "classy" Gwyneth would be seen uttering those words. Remember when she presented the award to Billy Joel and called him "William." About as annoying as me referring to her as Gwynnie.

Back to highfalutin things, one recipe called for fresh pane pugliese (wha?) and her GET list includes a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) and vegan shoes. All run of the mill things for your average American - riiiiggghhhttt. And let's not forget her famous "clean detox program" and a section on Healing Modalities that includes "cupping."

Hmmmm...I'm beginning to see why having Gwyneth on a magazine cover does not result in a big boost in readership! I am tempted to cancel my Goop subscription, but I think I'll hang on a while longer....after all, who knows what Gwynnie fun lies ahead??

And now it's time for a morning nap. All this "research" has me plumb tuckered out.

As luck would have it, there is STILL TIME to enter my giveaway!


Aleta said...

I've never heard of Goop, but it certainly gives a weird scoop of information. People with fame live odd lives. Makes me glad I'm a nobody. Lol.

Tammy Howard said...

Oh, she is a piece of work, that one! I've never read GOOP, I've only read about it - and most of what I read pretty much backs up what you've said.

Alicia said...

i heard about goop several months ago and it had gotten horrible reviews... now i know why!

strokeofliving said...

I haven't heard of Goop either but working on show business for over 20 years now, I can say that celebrities can be a little odd, albeit very nice. But whatever :-) good for Gweneth on a new venture. Thanks for your hard work and for sharing! Maybe I'll stop by to take a gander at Goop.

Gert some good rest.

Kathie @ my net finds said...

I checked out Goop when I read an online article about how terrible it was and I wasn't impressed...I'm not a Gwynnie fan at all. I usually won't see a movie if she's in it. She just comes off very phony and pretentious to me.

Yankee Girl said...

Like Kathie, I think she's pretentious. I haven't ever been disappointed by her movies, but she has an air that I just can't ignore. I do think she's beautiful though, and I am also grateful that I have never seen her cooter.

Rebecca Jo said...

I've never heard of that either..

I have heard of cupping though. Saw it on that program "30 days"... looks mighty painful to me.. it left bruises on the guy who did it... & its supposed to do WHAT? Anything OTHER then bruise you? I guess when your a superstar & married to one of the biggest singers, you can say what you want... I'd much rather hear what you & fellow bloggers - real people - have to say! :)

Amanda said...

Who the heck is Dr. Conrad C Murry???

OK. So what is with the picture of the spots on the back??? Carma... I think crazy Gyniiieee (youspellitright) is rubbing oof on you!!!

Great research on this one. You *alomst had me wanting to sign up!


God bless-

Priscilla said...

I don't care who is on a magazine if it's one I want.

As for cupping .. what the heck - OUCH!

Shawn said...

I thought that Goop was what you washed your hands with when you had paint on them....


Joy said...

When I read that blurb a few weeks ago {on a gossip blog} about how she had her good friend Katie and her husband WILLIAM over for dinner I just about puked. Or gooped. One or the other.


Ryan Ashley Scott said...

Never heard of GOOP, but now that you've researched it for me, I feel like I got all the entertainment portion here. No need to see the real thing. :)

Kristin said...

CRACKING up over here. Can't say too much. Meg adores her. But I repeat. CRACKING up. To be fair, I worship Nicole Richie the way she does Gwyneth.

somethingaboutparenting said...

That looks painful.

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Housewife Savant said...

I'm never putting GP on the over of my magazine. Ever.
The cupping photo has me freaked out.
I'm squinting and grimacing, in a constipated fashion. Only not constipated.

My story to you:
En route to our vacation rental we stopped at Sam's Club for an abundance of foodstuffs.
I purchased a barrel of a certain cheesy snack.
I announced that I'd be photographed with them, in the Atlantic, on my boogie board.
I announced it clearly and for all to hear.

We got to the vacay house 2-3 hours later, and wouldn't you know; somebody opened the CB barrel and scarfed a bunch.

Well, you KNOW you can't take them out once the seal's broken if you still crave the crispy delight.

Mr says next year he'll buy TWO barrels and I'll get my photo op.

Like I've ever maintained a friendship for that long.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

People can be so weird sometimes... visiting from SITS. Happy Friday!

Melissa B. said...

Perhaps the lady should stick to film? Or at least select a script that suits her. I loved Shakespeare in Love, but haven't seen a Paltrow flick I've liked since. And as for her makeup...she probably doesn't need it. Consider her Mom, Blythe Danner. The woman is OLD and is STILL GORGEOUS!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I subscribed to GOOP, too, but for the very reasons you've outlined, I haven't read any recent ones... :)

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Bizarre stuff. Cupping? How is that helpful?

Yaya said...

Yeah...I don't like her.

Gratitude Gal said...

I stopped by from SITS, I really like your blog and your thoughtful insights. No matter how old we are, those cacklin' hens always seem to transport us back to uncomfortable times. As for Gwenneth, let's all celebrate the 2 hours a day she has EXTRA to work on her body. She's just one of us. Hmmmm! I'm following ya!

Tami (Pixeltrash) said...

I hadn't heard of GOOP, but it sounds pretty amusing if nothing else!

angelcel said...

Did I read that she started all this holistic stuff because someone she loved (her Dad??) had been diagnosed with something horrible like cancer ...or have I just made that up? I always think of her as a Grace Kelly wannabe - maybe she does too with all her 'affectations'. I'm afraid swearing like a trooper shatters that image completely and it sounds as though she's still unsure of who she is and who she wants to be. (To be fair to her..that's like many of us).

Like a lot of these stars she's clearly looking to reinvent herself and have another line of business before her age precludes her from superstardom in movies ...and in her case it isn't quite working.

I went over to look at that article you linked to and none of this 'popular' 'unpopular' stuff makes any sense to me. Best selling: Victoria Beckham (she's such a weasel)! Worst selling: Nicole Kidman (aw, I love her)! I'm with Priscilla, if I generally like a magazine or I like what they're writing about this month I really don't care who is on the front cover.

Gosh thanks for all your in-depth research - now go lie down in a darkened room and have a little rest. You deserve it. ;)

SoozNooz said...

It's really weird how things like this happen but this is the 2nd time today I have heard Gwenyth and Goop being mentioned today. I read about her in a magazine at the Ortho this morning - interesting.
The picture looks a little scary though hey?
Thanks for visiting me xx

Janna Bee said...

I can't believe she put those on her "get" list. As if that information is helpful to her subscribers. How about some "get" things that you can pick up at Target, or Walmart and don't cost 6 months salary?

BrnEyedGal said...

Wow...some awesome stuff there Carma.
I think she is an interesting gal, but that about sums it up for me! (Not to mention the Apple and Moses name thing right? LOL)

Lucy said...

I never did know much about her but wow, she seems completely out there!

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