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Trying To Swallow Gwyneth Paltrow At The Chelsea Flower Show

by | 23rd, May 2011

GWYNETH Paltrow has been at the Chelsea Flower Show. We spotted her in the B&Q Garden – “the tallest edible garden at the Chelsea Flower Show!” The garden focuses on “growing your own” food and contains the tallest structure ever at Chelsea – a glass tower block-like building complete with window boxes full of vegetables. Eat it and weep, foodies.

Gwynnie is the ubiquitous UK-adopted star? As she reportedly said:

“I love the English lifestyle, it’s not as capitalistic as America. People don’t talk about work and money, they talk about interesting things at dinner.

“I like living here because I don’t fit into the bad side of American psychology. The British are much more intelligent and civilized than the Americans.”

And, boy, is she ever ethical:

“I think my work ethic is the reason why I’m successful. I think that a lot of people don’t want to put in effort and it’s easier to not change, not do something good for you, not work on your relationship, not make yourself a meal, not work out. [They’re just] pissed off at someone else doing that. Everything in my life that’s good is because I worked my ass off to get it and to maintain it.”

Waddagirl! Or as the Huffington Post’s Keli Goff puts it, Paltrow is one of those “people who were born on third base and act like they hit a triple“. But if you’ve not been born into fame like Gwynnie, can you at least learn to be like her? This is Gwynnie who apologised for wearing animal skin, in this instance fur, in Tod’s campaign:

“That was awkward, and I’m glad you asked, because I do not wear fur at all. It was a daylong photo shoot on a boat near Capri, and there were all sorts of poses with all kinds of clothes—none with fur. During one set-up, a stylist came up from behind and draped a stole around my shoulders. I didn’t pay much attention to it, and when I noticed it was fur I assumed it was fake fur but did not ask, so it’s my fault. I was very surprised when they ended up using that one shot out of hundreds for the centerpiece of the Tod’s ads. I know it’s not a great excuse, but I hope you and your members understand.”

That was 2008. It was big deal:

“It was a daylong photo shoot on a boat near Capri, and there were all sorts of poses with all kinds of clothes—none with fur. During one set-up, a stylist came up from behind and draped a stole around my shoulders. I didn’t pay much attention to it, and when I noticed it was fur I assumed it was fake fur but did not ask, so it’s my fault.”

Makes you wonder how the stylist got her into the fur-lined leather boots on her feet. And the snakeskin shoes. Anyhow, Paltrow is now the face of Coach bags. They are made from animal skins, albeit dead cows. Coach also makes silk stuff. Then Paltrow told us:

“I haven’t eaten meat for about fifteen years. I eat fish, a little bit of dairy — not much milk — but I love cheese. We’ll make chocolate chip cookies and eat them, but sugar makes me feel pretty bad. I have coffee and wine. I’ve got lots of lovely vices.”

And as she later told us:

The fried chicken here is superb … crunchy and not oily on the outside and juicy on the inside,” she writes about Swett’s. At the Loveless Café, “their food is delicious, a traditional southern heart attack.”

And she told us:

“Turkey will always be the main event of Thanksgiving (at least in my house) and a whole turkey is the way to go if you’re feeding at least 12. But if your party is smaller, the stuffed turkey breast turns out to be a great halfway point.”

So. That’s Paltrow. She’s stood by the biggest structure ever seen at the Chelsea Flower show. Hey, readers, it’s all about being ethical and sustainable, right. It’s not all about “me”…



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