Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Goop.



From E Online:

Good news everyone, Gwyneth Paltrow is launching a lifestyle WEBSITE—because when life is as amazing as hers obviously is, it’s selfish to keep all those fabulous secrets to yourself.

...While the site is still in it’s beginning stages, it promises to offer tips on how to Make, Go, Get, Do, Be, and See like Gwyneth so that we may become as awesome as Gwyneth and eventually get to hang out with Madonna.

In the place of said tips for now, Gwyneth offers up a short essay explaining how she has achieved such an enviable life:

“My life is good because I am not passive about it. I want to nourish what is real, and I want to do it without wasting time. I love to travel, to cook, to eat, to take care of my body and mind, to work hard. I love being a mother who has to overcome my bad qualities to be a good mother. I love being in spaces that are clean and feel nice.”

And a few tips before she runs off to do a 40-minute cardio-dance routine or cook a pizza in the wood-burning pizza oven she keeps in her garden:

“Make your life good. Invest in what's real. Cook a meal for someone you love. Pause before reacting. Clean out your space. Read something beautiful. Treat yourself to something. Go to a city you've never been to. Learn something new. Don't be lazy. Workout and stick with it. GOOP. Make it great."

Thanks for looking out for us, Gwyneth!



Got a few emails from readers and friends yesterday. But you probably already knew that since the collective groan was deafening.

Discuss.

71 comments:

Jennifer said...

She's competing with her equally annoying husband as to who is really going to rule the world.

I'm surprised the world wide web is big enough for her ego.

KG said...
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David said...

I've some how managed to get along for 40 years without Gwenneth, I think I see, do, and be just fine on my own.

Charlene said...

Her life is good because she was born with a 124-piece set of diamond-encrusted platinum spoons in her mouth.

Anonymous said...

GOOP? What the fuck is that?

Vomit-inducing, the whole concept.

Anonymous said...

Jeez, folks, cut her some slack! So she feels the need to share and express herself....is that a crime? Isn't that what Decorno does via this blog? If you don't like her site don't bash it, just don't bother to go there.

Anonymous said...

Agreed, that's what each and every one of us do with our blogs. Get over yourself if you think it's a crime that she expresses herself.

KatinkaPinka said...

but why the name GOOP?

Anonymous said...

Yes, but when my favourite bloggers express themselves, it's with humour, self-deprecation, a sense that they are blogging to exchange ideas rather than teach us lowly ones from on high. Gwynnie's blog sounds as tho' it will be preachy and know-it-all, just like its author.

eM said...

who?

Anonymous said...

I have a problem with her dictating what's "real." Cooking a meal, traveling to a new place, etc. How is that any more real than ordering take-out nightly or never leaving the borders of your home town?

Anonymous said...

yuck.
that's all i can say.

Leslie/Miss Havisham said...

I need you to clear out a large window of time, two or three hours, so I can explain how I feel about Gwenniepoo and her decision to create a lifestyle website.

I need a moment to collect my thoughts.

Pieter said...

She wants some normality in her life, thinks she's achieved it and now wants to share. It's pathetic how people begrudge others their privileged upbringing or familial wealth. It seems most prefer celebrities lying in the gutter on the pages of US weekly.

Alison said...

Gwynnie Overly Obnoxious Paltrow. GOOP. She needs to carve out some time for a cupa joe with what's her name...yeah, that's it, Kathie Lee Gifford. If memory serves, she also "put out there" all kinds of tips to have a great life like hers, until her hubby Frank got caught effing a prostitute in the ass while she was secretly taping the encounter. It's a rough ride being on a high horse, Kathie Lee told me it is, Gwynnie will too.

alis said...

I like her zen approach. I agree with what she's saying. Her life IS good. Sure, she has several million dollars in her bank account that make sure she is isn't worried or overthinking, that make it possible for her to choose her surroundings, and travel wherever she likes to. But I am not bitter about that. She seems sweet and smart enough to share her thoughts.

pve design said...

I'd like an order of "goop" to go please.

hello gorgeous said...

Alison took the words out RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH, so I will simply expand on my comment from yesterday on Mamacita's blog in response to her post about GOOP:

She should have just called it VOMIT. Here are all my thoughts on everything in one pile. Please clean it up for me when you're done. Thanks. Oh, and could you zip me up? You're an angel. Now where's my driver? I'm late for the acupuncturist and that will make me late for the nutritionists which will make me late for my trainer and I will never make it for my massage. And I can just forget about Mario Batali coming over to make a macrobiotic dinner for my BFF Aerin Lauder and me. Oh, did you know I went to Spence? Nanny, will you get the door for Madonna?

I am really looking forward to what Leslie from Reclaiming Miss Havisham has to say.

Anonymous said...

you know you all are going to read it, subscribe to it, and comment loudly on it so you can all be the negative bloggers that you are. doesn't anyone have anything better to do anymore? maybe you all SHOULD really read it so you can all get off your lazy behinds instead of sitting at your computers all day bitching.

P said...

It's seems a touch smug. I'm sure she's a lovely girl, but I have a feeling her version of "real" is a tad different from mine. Mine involves cleaning the piss ring from the base of the toilet and yelling at my boyfriend for not aiming properly.

Anonymous said...

Honestly, I clicked on the site and just don't get it. Not trying to insult...but is she sponsoring something or selling a line? Or just trying to find followers? If you click on "get more about goop" up top there is a weird note saying, I'm working on some recipes I will send you, etc.
odd.

hello gorgeous said...

Sorry, anon 6:50 am, er, Gwyn, didn't mean to upset.

Just, seriously, hate the name.

And anon, you have to admit, if you have ever read an interview with her that she comes off as insufferable in print.

That said, I did see clips from the food thing with Mario Batali in Spain and she seemed fun and called him "Batals" all the time which is what I'd call him.

I don't begrudge anyone a fabulous life - not even Oprah. :-) Or Cindy McCain. Ha. It's not money that makes you happy anyway. But having a roving gang of nutritionists, nannies, etc., at your disposal sure makes for a lot more me-time.

Anonymous said...

A quick look at the GOOP website -it seems like a new-age Martha Stewart.

Anonymous said...

I just can't be snarky here. I love Gwyneth. Who cares if she is a bit self absorbed? I would be too if I were her. She seems truly dedicated to living a clean and healthy life and I respect her for that. Besides, maybe she will offer advice on growing a pair of Gwynnie legs.

Anonymous said...

She is going to send me email reminders that I am lazy for not working out today? Where do I sign up.

The "smug cloud" episode from South Park comes to mind.

sara said...

Gag!! She is so full of herself. I cannot stand her.

Christine in DC said...

Are we sure this isn't someone spoofing her?

The concept is funny, if you think about it. Cook a meal? Don't a lot of people do that already and not think of it as a transcendant experience? Like everyday. So they can eat.

marcy wacker said...

christine in dc: amen, sister.

Anonymous said...

15/05/2008
Gwyneth Paltrow has thrown a lavish party to celebrate her daughter Apple's fourth birthday.

Speaking before yesterday's event, which was held in London, the actress told Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, that the youngster wanted a pinata, a bouncy castle and princess fairy paint.

Several weeks ago, the Iron Man star threw a Mexican fiesta to celebrate her son Moses turning two-years-old.

According to Gwyneth's mum Blythe Danner, her daughter's penchant for extravagant birthday parties comes from when she turned three-years-old and she was treated to a full production of the Wizard of Oz, recreated by some of her parents' actor pals.

Speaking to People magazine, Blythe added that Gwyneth is an "extraordinary mother".

Meanwhile, the actress has previously revealed that she once got cooking lessons from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver as a birthday gift.

"It was phenomenal. I'd only met him in passing before. He's such a great guy," she told the Daily Express.

ok, barf.

~M said...

I think she's adorable despite her privledge and smug. And I'm sure even the snarky folk know that all the snarkiness (which is really fun to read) says more about the snarker than her.

Anonymous said...

jealous, all of you! she's gorgeous, smarter than hell, and so what if her friends are famous? get over yourselves! because she was born into a wealthy family, she has no value as a person? all of you who have blogs with ridiculous names or are so brave as post spiteful comments as "anon" are no better than her. at least she is putting her name on something she is proud of. if you don't like her blog/website, go write your own, or spend your time reading others who are more relevant to your lifestyle.

diana said...

Ha! Backlash over GOOP: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dailydish/2008/09/the-gwyneth-pal.html

diana said...

sorry, the URL got cut-off:
the-gwyneth-pal.html

diana said...

sorry, one more, i just couldn't stop myself:
"The Canadian Globeandmail remarked that: "It seems almost like a parody of something written by a wealthy, award-winning actress born into a famous family and married to a multimillion-selling recording artist."

On the design front, the LA Times' web-scout commented: "It's not clear why she bothered to put it up with so little content on it. It feels like something that won an award for Web design in 1998."

http://www.rte.ie/arts/2008/0925/paltrowg.html

...love Maegan said...

I went there this morning but was confused so I left.

Holly @ Maison James said...

She's OK but I'm not over the moon about her. She has every right to do it, but I think it's a tad patronizing. I wasn't so excited about her house in Home and Garden-it was cool but not lived in. I agree the name is befuddling and doesn't at all jive with the 'brand' she is trying to create.

Anonymous said...

Anon 11:53, I would only buy that she is "smarter than hell" if hell had an IQ of 50.

hello gorgeous said...
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EmElle said...

Smells like a big pile of Goop to me.

Anonymous said...

Do any of you know her personally? Are any of you perfect? If not, then why should she be expected to be perfect? She has just begun the site, so it is all still under construction and no one knows yet whether it will be good or not. Why not hold your wagging tongues til she posts for a bit and then decide if you wish to continue reading. If not, just read something else. No need to be snarky. Seems pretty simple - if you don't like the song, don't dance to it. She's a human being, same as you and me and is entitled to float her boat any way she wants, same as you and me.

hello gorgeous said...

Wow, anon. Chill.

Um, why are you posting anonymously?

Mimi said...

Gwen (5:58), is that you?

Mary T said...

What's with the anon troll influx from the G Paltrow Fan Club??

I don't mind her but her effing ridiculous attitude blows chunks. I'll get on that workout wagon and relaxation bit just after winning the lottery and just before jumping in front of a moving train.

Anonymous said...

re: hello gorgeous-- I post anonymously because I don't feel any need to identify myself in a blog. It doesn't matter who I am, or who YOU are, for that matter.

re: mary t-- No fan club, just being fair. Sometimes this blog becomes no more than a bunch of high-schoolish gossips passing around a slam book, and I don't see where GP has said/done anything to warrant verbal abuse.

Anonymous said...

What about a thread that asks people why they post anonymously?

What does it matter if I call myself anon or lucy or jennifer or charlene?

I don't really care 'who' is posting what. It matters more when someone is a really witty poster, so at least they get to take credit for the post.

So let's agree that someone is not courageous and valiant because they call themselves a particular (probably fake anyway) name.

Anonymous said...

http://njhurst.com/~natiel3/knitting/2006apr/goop.jpg

Christine in DC said...

Speaking of high school, I find the defense of GP a little teenagerish, really. I AM jealous of her wealth and her straight blonde hair and her pedigree, but that's not what I have a problem with. I like some of her work in films, but that's not what we're talking about. I have a problem with the idea that the person with the wealth/hair/pedigree is doing a stupid web site that purports to tell people how they should live to be equally as wonderful as she is without the wealth /hair/ pedigree as if her wealth/hair/pedigree has enabled her to tell others how to live. And the fact that she has said wealth/hair/pedigree makes her creation of a web site different than someone like me who no one knows doing a stupid blog. And frankly because it's so ridiculous, when someone like Decorno gives us a platform to talk about how ridiculous it is, we're going to do it. I think the same would be true for any garden variety celeb doing a similar thing. If Paris Hilton (who is more vile than GP), Donald Trump, Bill Clinton--pick any famous person--did a similar web site, with a similar tone, we'd be all over that too.

Angela said...

She's clearly trying to brand herself but forgetting that in order to do so, YOU NEED ACTUAL CONTENT.

"...some thoughts from one of my sages"? This site looks like it's going to be part New Age Martha Stewart and part mommy blog. Just what the world needs to make life great and fulfilling. "nourish the inner aspect" is a lame slogan. And her web design is underwhelming. As are her bland, smug blurbs.

I don't begrudge people their wealth... people are allowed to be wealthy and live fulfilling lifestyles and they are allowed to share their opinions and thoughts - I have no criticism of that. But I do resent the implication that I should strive to live my life by imitating the lives of those with more wealth than I have. I'm tired of the media relentlessly reiterating that message. And I hate to break it to you, but someone with a million dollar lifestyle should not be up on their high horse telling me to exercise and travel more. Uhhh, if I had the time and money, I WOULD GLADLY. And I DO exercise, thanks.

Don't worry, now that I've satisfied my curiosity I won't frequent her website. So no need to tell me that if it bothers me I should just not view it. That's sort of obvious.

Everyone posting anonymous defenses for poor, poor Gwyneth should grow some balls.

Anonymous said...

christine in dc - "Paris Hilton (who is more vile than GP), Donald Trump, Bill Clinton" - Those you mentioned have said and done some things that were/are pretty notable in a negative way, which is why I wouldn't have a problem with someone criticizing their behaviors. I don't think writing a blog about everday life and kids is in the same league as those items by Hilton, Trump & Clinton. I don't see GP's blog as her telling us how to live or lording her affluence over us or anything like that. I see it just the other way around, in that she is coming down to the non-affluent level and sharing those parts of her life that aren't so different from ours, or are at least certainly attainable. I just don't see the need for all the snarky sarcasm and negativity. Does it really make anyone feel better to bash others? BTW, I don't need to "grow some balls" and post under a fake name or just a first name as so many posters do here, either. What difference does it make if I'm "angela" or "anonymous", as posting under just a first name is no different than posting anonymously, anyway....

Anonymous said...

hey angela, do your balls stick to your leg in the hot weather??

Christine in DC said...

Agreed...she's done nothing, aside from being ridiculous, which frankly, is enough.

Meg said...

I have to admit, I went and checked out the website and then Oy. I'm sure she does, indeed, have a great work ethic, but... gah. "Don't be lazy?"

Gwynnie. Honey. Nooooo.

I have a feeling you've never been on a ladder painting your own ceiling while the kids take the opportunity of lessened supervision to go stick plastic dinosaurs in all of the electrical outlets to see if they get shocked. Not, um, that that's happened to me.

At the same (hypocritical) time, if she includes pictures of the interiors (and landscaping) of her multiple houses and her suh-weeeet kitchens, I'm there.

Anonymous said...

Oh jeez, people. Such negativity. She is a beautiful and talented lady. So what if she wants to share her life? I think all the negativity is due to...dare I say it...jealousy???

Anonymous said...

Oh, come on, all you defending Gwen. She sent out press releases about this website, for godsake. Let us talk the way we want to about her stupid website. Isn't that what she wanted, anyway? 'Cuz I'm pretty sure she wanted us to be talking about it.

Joanna Goddard said...

yes, adding to the groan!!! :)

I Don't Care What Your Name Is said...

“Make your life good. Invest in what's real. Cook a meal for blah blah blah"

What you WON'T find on Goop:

"Seek out people who are poor, or sick, or in over their heads in some grim, desperate way, and try to help them."

Anonymous said...

Jealousy, gossip and bitchery are *yawn* soooooo tedious.....I think I shall find a more enlightened venue in which to lurk.....

Decs said...

Ha! You sound so fun.

Anonymous said...

"I think I shall find a more enlightened venue in which to lurk....."

Translation: "My mother is going to cut off my Internet access again."

Anonymous said...

"bitchery" is my new favorite word. it totally makes "bitchiness" seem antiquated. like it belongs in a dictionary or something. stupid, old, established words.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

I hate her so very much. How could such a loathesome ly superior creature be born from such a great, fun, delightful actress as Blythe Danner?

Anonymous said...

Gwynnie has done us a valuable service: she has provided something hysterically funny I can laugh at to give my mind a break from fretting over the bailout and the election.

Now to turn to what's happening with the vote on the bailout...

G said...

What I find sad about the anonymous poster defending Gweyneth is this: she wouldn't give a shit about you you poor sludge. Not a damn.

Anonymous said...

I think Goop is the name of her future baby. Apple, Moses, and Goop.

Yep; sounds good to me.

DecorPad said...

I agree with the other posters, it does sound "smug." Not everyone has the lifestyle she has and it's hard to preach that when your lifestyle is so different from the rest of the world!

Anonymous said...

aesthete's lament,

I'm surprised. I thought you would like the Goop. I see a great deal of similarity between your mission statement and Gwyneth's:

"I ponder, I study, I separate the wheat from the chaff. Isn't that what style is all about? Making informed decisions?"

"Over the years, I have tried a lot of different things. I have made lots of mistakes. But I have figured some things out in the process and I would like to share them with you.”

Alistair said...

Please save us from this patronizing sh*t. There is nothing remotely 'real' about her life. Apple? Please.

And I'm absolutely positive she's not putting the content together herself. There will be some underpaid pee-on doing that.

Anonymous said...

I hate being directed to sites which are under construction or not operational. Guess I'm getting cranky(er).

She probably, genuinely believes she is enlightening others. Whatever. *anm*

Anonymous said...

I agree with what alistair said about her not doing the site herself. I think it will be researched, written, edited, and designed by others; and Gwyn will just give the go ahead. Because as we all know blogging is a lot of work. No way she's going to put that much time into a website. And for the record, I like her enough.

Anonymous said...

"How could such a loathesome ly superior creature be born from such a great, fun, delightful actress as Blythe Danner?"

Because her late father, rest is soul, was the pompous windbag whore-monger Bruce. The stories I've heard told about that guy... *shudder*

Anonymous said...

Wow you guys are so nasty. I'm not a fan of her as an actress, but for godssake, there's some venom in this comment board.

I went to the site, there's nothing on it. Seems like a waste of PR.