Posts Tagged: gwyneth paltrow

Lady Inspiration: Tracee Ellis Ross


Tracee Ellis Ross is today’s lady inspiration for a few reasons. One: have you seen how beautiful she is? As you probably know, her mother’s Diana Ross, and I love that she looks so much like her. At times I think Tracee is a funhouse mirror version of her mother, and at times I think Diana is a funhouse mirror version of Tracee. That being said, most of the time I think Tracee looks like a more normal, but equally beautiful, Diana.
The real reason she’s today’s lady inspiration is her new website, traceeellisross.com. It’s basically a lifestyle website, kind of like GOOP but much, much, much more attainable for a “regular” woman. God bless and keep you, Gwyneth, but I literally can’t afford anything in your damn newsletter. Sure, I’d love to buy a $400 sweater or give a monogrammed cashmere throw as a houseguest gift, but that’s never going to happen. Tracee Ellis Ross writes about things like Lash Blast mascara and Naked by David Sedaris. She’s way more my style.
The site’s not just about stuff you can buy, though. She also writes about totally normal snacks (not juice cleanses, G. Pal!), artists like Marina Abramovic, and this incredibly interesting and well-written take on our cultural obsession with/confusion by fake boobs. Oh, and there are inspirational quotes. You know I love inspirational quotes.
Be sure to check out the site here. You can also find her on Pinterest! Consider yourself followed, Tracee Ellis Ross.

Lady Show: The Conversation

I think I might have found my new favorite show. I love nothing more than ladies talkin’ about bein’ ladies (check out my blog title for proof), and that’s exactly what The Conversation is. Host/Photographer/Wife/Mom/Superwoman Amanda de Cadenet interviews women about topics that are actually interesting. She doesn’t ask them about whatever movie they’re working on or fluff like that. Instead, she talks to Jane Fonda about feeling whole without a man, or to Gwyneth Paltrow about postpartum depression, or to Sarah Silverman about the importance of female camaraderie, or to Zoe Saldana about the decision to have children. This is the show for you if you miss Oprah but also you wish Oprah was more down to Earth. Amanda de Cadenet is smart, funny, and delightful, even if she doesn’t hide gifts under her studio audience’s chairs (or have a studio audience).

This show is amazing because, unlike other women’s shows with similar titles (The View, The Talk), it actually focuses on real conversations between women about their lives. Not the “She can do it all, and so can you!” pseudo-inspirational bullshit we’ve come to expect from our magazines and television shows, but actual real lives. It is reassuring for me to realize that Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t have all of her shit together all the time, or that Jane Fonda is still working some things out at 70. That’s real life!

Also you learn that Jane Fonda’s fake knee makes certain sex positions uncomfortable. The more you know!

Watch the first episode of The Conversation here! If you’ve seen it, let me know what you think!