Gwyneth Paltrow for InStyle Magazine

Posted on September 20, 2012

Gwynnie takes a pretty great picture for the cover of InStyle.

Gwyneth Paltrow covers the October 2012 issue of InStyle magazine photographed by Giampaolo Sgura in a Diane von Furstenberg jumpsuit paired with Fred Leighton earrings and Vhernier bracelets.


And once she’s lured us inside with her winning smile and windswept hair, she proceeds to remind us all why we can’t stand her:

What she’s learned at 40: “I’m taking stock and really looking at everything. I’m trying to accept myself. There’s a Rumi poem, “The Guest House,” about welcoming in all aspects of yourself: The dark, the light, the jealous, the happy. Let them all in. But know that you’re not defined by any single one of them. I’ve become much more serious after experiencing all the ups and downs of life—heartbreak, the death of people I love…These days I feel pretty grounded.”

Why she keeps working so hard: “I’m hard on myself, so I’m working on shifting perspective toward self-acceptance, with all my flaws and weaknesses. The positive thing that drives me is a curiosity and momentum. The negative is a need to validate myself or feel special.”

On her kids: “When Apple was born, she had the hugest blue eyes. I looked into them, and she was looking at me, and I felt like, You are here to teach me everything. After [Moses] was born I had postpartum depression. It was a difficult time, and because of that I believe I have an extra empathy for him, and he for me.”

On her diet: “I was very strict for a while. I was macrobiotic for a couple of years, then I got pregnant and just ate ice cream. What I’ve learned is I want to enjoy my life, and food is a big part of it. I love to cook and feed people. I cook every day. I [indulge] but I don’t like sweets. My indulging is a fresh baguette with cheese and a glass of red wine or French fries and fried zucchini. Or a turkey burger.”

Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2012 Collection/Model: Kendra Spears

“My indulging is a fresh baguette with cheese and a glass of red wine.” Oh please. Not that there’s anything wrong with a baguette, some cheese and a glass of wine. In fact, it sounds lovely right now and that scares us because we’re not even close to lunchtime and we’re fantasizing about a glass of wine. Our point is, it’s such a studied thing to say. Maybe it really is her favorite indulgence, but we can’t help shaking the idea that she worked very hard to make it her favorite indulgence just so she could say so in an interview. Because she’d rather die than admit her favorite indulgence is a greasy pizza or going through the McDonald’s drivethru and stinking up her car for weeks afterward just because she had a hankering for a Quarter Pounder with a side of McNuggets.

Inside, she gives the kind of face we all assume she reserves for servants or service workers:

Which seems more authentic somehow.


Chanel Fall 2012 Couture Collection/Model: Stef van der Laan (IMG)



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  • Indigo

    of course

  • Judy_J

    well, thanks.  Now I’m craving a fresh baguette, some cheese and a glass of red wine.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      And Taco Bell.

      • hmariec19

        There we go. You’re my people, HomeOfficeGirl.

  • StelledelMare

    She calls that an indulgence? My favorite indulgence is going to my favorite Japanese restaurant and getting steak, chicken, and shrimp for my meal as well as maybe sushi beforehand.

    • Sobaika

      Right?? If you’re going to phony your way through an interview, at least make it sound plausible. Like a giant frappuccino with extra whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Or tacos laden with sour cream and guacamole and cheese and greasy questionable meatstuffs…

      I know what I’m having for lunch.

      • WENDY

        “greasy questionable meatstuffs” 
         Ha ha!  Love it!

      • Cindi Williams

        Hence my love and shame for fair food! :-)

      • j_anson

        But I think she IS being honest. I totally believe that to maintain her figure she has to mostly eat lettuce and soy protein, or something, and that a baguette, cheese, and wine ARE her indulgence. If she told me she liked to rock out with a burrito the size of her head, I flat-out would not believe her.

        • Spicytomato1

          I was thinking the same thing. I hope I’m not being insufferable when I say that a baguette and cheese sounds really good. I just don’t go for the fast-food-fried stuff. Although I never say no to hot fudge sundaes.

          I don’t get all the hate for her. Seems to me there are far greater douches in Hollywood who’ve clawed their way to fame *cough Kardashian cough* and who don’t have an Oscar to their name. She does seem to actually work.

          • nancylee61

            Many believe that she didn’t deserve the Oscar over Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth. I agree. Not her fault, but adds to my dislike of her.

          • SassieCassy

            shakespeare in love is the most overrated and overrawarded movie, ick

          • rebecca

            Agree. It was charming but that was about it.

          • you’renotmysupervisor!!

            I completely agree.  She can be a bit pretentious, but she is a child of the industry who grew up fairly privileged, so it’s expected.  If you watch her Spanish food tour with Mario Batali (it was on PBS a few years ago, highly recommend) you see that she really adores and knows GOOD food–and has a sense of humor.

            I’d rather hang out with her than a non-working famewhore any day.  I don’t think she deserved the Oscar, but her time on Glee and Iron Man totally make up for it.

          • Spicytomato1

            Just for the record, I don’t she deserved the Oscar either (just wanted to point out that she’s a legit part of the industry unlike many others) but do think she’s played some decent roles. Haven’t seen Iron Man but I loved her turns on Glee.

          • Walk the Line!

             totally agree! yes, she is overrated in SIL, but she made some other good performings such as Sliding Doors or Sylvia and 2 lovers. My points is she is overrated but she is orverdisliked here; it’s quite interesting guess her ambitions to be a style Guru has triggered the endless dislikes from the bloggers here…lol    

          • turtleemily

            I also love her too much as Pepper Potts to care.

          • SassieCassy

            i find her insufferable. even more so than kardashians tbh. 

          • makeityourself

            Me too.  But I’ll read every tidbit I find about her because she amuses me, in a painful kind of way.   

            Why, just the other night I read that she is going to be a spokesperson for Max Factor Cosmetics.  That’s truly laughable.  And I’ve just seen her in catalog spreads for J.Crew.  And she’s repping Coach now, and she used to rep Tod’s, and then of course there was Estee Lauder, plus she does that clothing line for some Scandinavian company, plus she is the face for a line of wristwatches. It just goes on and on.  The woman who complained about being so bothered by her fame that she had to move to London keeps selling herself to anyone who will use her.  That’s our Gwynnie.

        • MissAnnieRN

          I just want to know where she is getting a gluten free baguette because I have celiac disease and I miss me some fabulous artisan bread :( baguette with the heirloom cheese from Camilla belle’s post WOULD be an indulgence but mostly because I haven’t had bread that doesn’t come from a boxed mix cooked in my bread machine in 5 years.

          • Amelia Logan

            I’m gluten free too and vegan (originally out of choice but now i can’t really process dairy) so fuck a baguette and wine. I’m not a liar half of an expensive chocolate bar is an indulgence that i take part in atleast twice a week.

      • n a

        she is so obnoxious.

    • Kiltdntiltd

       When you are afraid of every calorie you ingest, it IS an indulgence. For me, indulgence is making a batch of my 5 cheese mac and cheese, and then eating as much of it as I want to..

      • Olive Tree

        Well, exactly. For the last few months I’ve been trying to follow an “anti-cancer diet,” a sort of modified version of a macrobiotic diet, and I can tell you that a baguette, cheese, and wine are a huge indulgence. One I would love to have right now!

      • formerlyAnon

        Yes, her indulgences sound fairly normal to me for a woman her age who is trying to maintain her weight/appearance close to where it was in her early 20s. In my teens I used to debate all morning whether my single *weekly* fast food indulgence would be small fries or a small milk shake for lunch. [as in, that would be the entire lunch, with maybe an unsweetened iced tea.]

        Fortunately, my disordered thinking never crossed the line into a full-fledged eating disorder and for that I will eternally be grateful.

        That mac and cheese sounds WONDERFUL. My favorite indulgence is red wine plus as many potatoes as I want – the potatoes in any one of a variety of forms, all of which include butter or cheese and most of which include onions.

        • Kiltdntiltd

           There was a time when I was thin enough that my hip bones jutted out, and i would look at myself in the mirror, and think, “a couple of pounds, and I’ll be fine”  I didn’t realize till years later how desperately close to a real problem I came. Now, I carry some extra, but do so, with a certain pride.  lol

          • Shannon Stewart

             I actively tried to develop an eating disorder when I was in high school and told constantly that my size 10 was fat.  But since I have no gag reflex and enough of a survival instinct not to be able to give up eating I never managed it.  Then I got out of there and discovered that by most of the world’s standard I looked freaking amazing. 

          • Sobaika

            How funny, I tried to do the same in high school. Never worked out for me, which I’m very grateful for now.

          • Shannon Stewart

             Clearly, our weight was not the real problem, since we heard about mental illness and tried to contract it like mothers used to do for chicken pox!

          • j_anson

            I think for a lot of girls it becomes a question of, “Well, I can feel like I’m constantly struggling to lose weight and failing; or, if I had an eating disorder, I could feel like I’m constantly struggling not to lose TOO MUCH weight and failing. It’d be a struggle either way, but at least with the ED I’d be pretty and struggling.” Obviously a couple of huge questionable assumptions in there, but I think that’s what it boils down to. High school girls often don’t feel like there’s a “normal” they can “just be”. They’re always going to feel like there’s something wrong with them, but some problems are “prettier” than others.

          • buildmeatower

             I did the same thing in high school. I genuinely was overweight (still am, though I’ve lost a bunch since getting to college and walking everywhere) but when you’re told, “You need to lose 50 pounds ASAP” then going the not eating route seems like the fastest, easiest way to do it. I never managed a full on disorder, though it fucked up my relationship with food completely, but I’m still holding a tiny bit of a grudge against my father for starting the whole thing. (And being told things like, “eating less is always good” really didn’t help matters.)

          • librarygrrl64

             As a size 10/12, 5’8″, leggy and busty lass in high school, I thought I was fat. Which maybe I was compared to my shorter and/or smaller and flat-chested friends. But I look back at those pictures of me in my teens and twenties and think, “Dammit! I should have dressed sluttier when I had the body for it!” 😉

          • formerlyAnon

            A lot of us have been there. The fashionable body of the late 60s & 70s didn’t help – it took me a long time to accept that I couldn’t get skinny enough to look like that, I was never going to be tall & long-legged.

          • Kiltdntiltd

             Yep. I’m 5’4″ and barrel chested, with legs, from my Hungarian ancestors, that were designed to pull plows.  No way am I ever going to be able to fit the predominating ideal of male pulchritude.

          • Ginger

            Honey, you just need to remember that you’re SOMEBODY’s ideal, and that’s all that matters.  If YOU are that somebody, then all the better! To hell with the masses!

            I, too, am fitted with a workhorse body thanks to my Czech ancestors.  Luckily my husband loves muscular legs. =)

          • Shannon Stewart

             I always recommend that people pretend to be drag queens.  Think about it, these are people who have taken crap their entire lives (because you know they have, people suck) and their response is to get even louder about who they are and embrace it with a daily commitment to fabulousness. 

          • Kiltdntiltd

             Oh It took a while, but I’ve gotten there.  And I will only say that, ahem, I’m not lonely.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Perhaps, but I suspect you can rock a kilt with the best!

          • Kiltdntiltd

            Honey lamb, I make it look GOOD.

          • librarygrrl64

             Peasant genes, FTW! 😉

          • rawrgrowlrawr

            It’s a problem that plagues most young girls, not just the curvier variety.

            In high school, I was a size 2. A friend of mine would constantly make fun of my small chest and overall thinness. If I ever got any attention, she would respond with “at least I have boobs” or something to that effect. I made myself eat more so I could put on a little weight, eventually going up to a size 4. My friend’s reaction? “Uh, you are starting to look a little chunky.”

            Poor humans. :(

          • julnyes

             This person was not your friend, they probably weren’t their own friend either.

      • mjude

        i will be over this weekend! :)

        • Kiltdntiltd

           I am always grateful for any excuse, like company, to make it.  Then I can spread the guilt on to other people’s hips, besides my own.  Come On Over!

      • Shannon Stewart

         Yep.  I’ve been dieting for 4 years, excepting time off for pregnancies, to take off 85 lbs.  I get very grumpy about people pushing food on me — because for every bite I take of something I don’t really want, I have to give up a bite of something I love. 

        • formerlyAnon

          I know someone whose marriage really suffered for exactly that reason. She is a recovered (recovering?) anorexic and while she maintains a normal or slightly overweight body now, eating fatty food she does not enjoy puts her into a state somewhere between resentment and a panic attack. Her husband prided himself on his cooking, which was centered around greasy, overcooked meat and greasy starches. He was baffled and insulted that she didn’t want to eat what he cooked and never really “got” her explanations. Took them years to reach detente.

        • j_anson

          My god, yes. I have a target weight (it’s healthily in the middle of my BMI, thanks) and to maintain that weight, I need to be careful about what I eat. That’s just the way it is; I don’t need to starve myself or anything, but if I’m not thoughtful about my intake, I gain weight. There’s a male coworker/superior I work with who loves to take people out to dinner and push appetizers, entrees, desserts on everyone in restaurant portion sizes. It comes from a very friendly place for him – food makes people happy! – and I appreciate that but damn is it hard to deal with. I’m like, “Dude! I had a meal plan for this week! A meal plan I liked!”

      • kimmeister

        What are the five cheeses?

        • Kiltdntiltd

          Sharp Ceddar, Smoked Gouda, Swiss Ementhaler, Parmesean, and a small amount of Bleu.  Also eggs, and milk, just in case your dairy quotient has not been met.  LOL

          • Anathema_Device

            Yum. A touch of smoked cheddar or smoked gouda is my secret mac & cheese weapon, too!

          • Kiltdntiltd

            My real secret is whipping the milk and eggs into a froth.  When it comes out of the oven, its surprising light and airy.  Which means that people, (including myself) tend to eat far more of it than they ought.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            There’s nothing quite like a full fat, damn the cholesterol dish of macaroni and cheese!

          • MissAnnieRN

            I totally love the fact that Gwyneth’s post has devolved into a discussion in the merits of particular cheeses in Mac n yac. For me, gruyere. That’s the weapon. Gruyere, parm, mozz, and cheddar.

            But really – I don’t even need the pasta. I’d settle for an emmantaler and gruyere fondue with broccoli, steamed new potatoes, and ham. With plenty of vino, of course.

          • Cali Sherwood

            …well, I’m convinced to pull out my fondue pot this weekend!

          • formerlyAnon

            Mmmmmmm. Also, yum!

          • kimmeister

            Never heard of blue cheese with mac, but it sounds awesome.  Cheese is the reason I could never be vegan.  (Well, eggs and creamer too.)

          • Kiltdntiltd

             You’d be trying to stop me from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, if I ever became lactose intolerant.

          • formerlyAnon

            Should it happen to me (genetically unlikely) I plan on embracing deep frying. 

          • Jessica Goldstein

             As it happens, once I hit the wrong side of 40 I started to have trouble with dairy AND too much oil. That means no cheese, no milk, nothing fried. It’s not as bad as you think, but I wouldn’t call it a ton of fun, either. Like Gwyneth, my sophisticated indulgence is a baguette and wine (all those empty carbs, mmmmm…). Unlike Gwyneth, my unsophisticated indulgence is Mamba (first cousin to Starburst), or taffy, or candy corn. If I was trying to sound likable in an interview, you can bet I’d be extolling the virtues of candy, not baguettes!

          • Carina


          • EveEve

            What, no bacon?! 

          • Kiltdntiltd

             Sure, why not?  Layer some over the whole top.

          • j_anson

            But then where will the bread crumbs go?? There might not be enough starch without them.

          • Spicytomato1

            Wow, I thought I’d found the perfect mac and cheese recipe but clearly I was wrong. I’ve never heard of using eggs. Who knew?

          • ballerinawithagun


      • LesYeuxHiboux

         Recipe, SVP!

        • Kiltdntiltd

          6 oz each of the cheeses, except for the Bleu, just 2 of that. Roughly shred them, and mix them together.
          2 large eggs and 2 1/2 cups of milk, add salt and pepper to taste, whisk it till its frothy.  Alternate layers of macaroni, and cheese mixture, pouring some of the liquid over each layer as your progress, till your 13×9 pan is full. Bake at 325 covered for 30 minutes. uncover and bake another 15. Serves 2 (just kidding)

          • Spicytomato1

            Wow, again. You don’t even need to cook the sauce? The part I hate the most is making the bechamel but this recipe doesn’t seem to require that. And in my house, or I should say with me, two servings sounds about right. Mmmm.

          • Kiltdntiltd

            No pre cooking needed other than the macaroni.

          • mshesterp

             Hee!  I love TLo so much that I come here about Gywneth and get commentary about mac and cheese.  So awesome.

          • Kiltdntiltd

            It is my earnest hope, however, that these off topic ramblings are not an annoyance to our wonderful hosts.

          • Sierra Delta

            A man in a kilt.  Who knows fashion.  And writes elegantly.  AND makes (possibly literal) killer macaroni and cheese?!?!  I’m pretty sure I love you, Kiltd 😉

          • Kiltdntiltd

            Ma’am, you are making me blush. Thanks so much, for your compliments. You’re sweet to say so.

      • joything

        Agreed, I have only been able to lose unhealthy weight by going low-carb and cutting dairy, and that baguette-cheese-wine combo sounds like heaven.

        • Alloy Jane

          Oh please don’t go low carb.  It’s so bad for you.  Whole grains, it’s all about replacing nutritionally devoid refined grains with whole grains.  Your brain, energy level, and colon will thank you.  But seeing as how dairy products are linked to female cancers, you’re not losing anything but cow tit juice there.

          Seriously.  I could never get over the fact that milk came from cow tits.  And that eggs come from chicken snatch.  Who decided that was a good idea???  Two things I absolutely hated as a child.

          • joything

            Excuse me, Alloy Jane, but didn’t you read my post?  The ONLY way I have lost UNHEALTHY weight is by going low-carb.  We do not all have the same body or biology.  Millions of people have celiac disorder, and anything bearing gluten is very dangerous.  Your advice may be good for you, but not for me. 

          • Alloy Jane

            Not all whole grains have gluten.  Oats, rice, buckwheat, spelt, etc.  Yes, I am perfectly able to comprehend what you posted, and yes, I am aware that everyone has different biological nuances.  But the bottom line is that science indicates low carb dieting causes memory dysfunction aka brain damage.  Anyways, I clearly hit a sore spot there so I won’t go on about  practical matters.

      • batshitmomma

        I’m pretty sure I love you. I’ve actually snarled when one of my children wanted seconds of “Momma’s mac and cheese” because I wanted them for leftovers the next day!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        That probably is an indulgence for Gwyneth.  I’m in your camp-a big, gooey casserole of homemade mac ‘n cheese is one of my all time favorite comfort foods/induldgences.

      • Heather

        Can I come over next time you make that? I’ll bring the red wine.

        • Kiltdntiltd


      • Coleen

        Share the recipe, or this comment never happened. It can be the Bitter Kitten Mac ‘n Cheese!

      • librarygrrl64

        OMG, 5 cheeses??? And here I thought it wasn’t possible to love you any more.

        And, yeah, that list of foods didn’t bother me as much as her comments usually do. I also don’t gravitate towards sweets, so my comfort food cravings are always good bread, good cheese, pasta, and mashed potatoes.

    • MilaXX

       It just shows how obtuse she is. Surely she knows the public hates her and she says things like this. I’d rather here her say, “I eat 3 hershey’s kisses.” or some such.

      • 3boysful

         Only 3 Hersey kisses??!

      • Kiltdntiltd

         I have long maintained, that if you can pick it up in one hand, it counts as a single serving.

        • Shannon Stewart

           I have long maintained that cheesecake is a dairy and if you put strawberries on top, it is the exact same thing as eating fruit and yogurt.   No one believes me…

          • Kiltdntiltd

             How about this?  Sugar is made from a densely fibrous plant, making it a leafy green, ergo, good for you. Chocolate, is made from a bean, which makes it a legume, which  means that it too, is good for you.

          • formerlyAnon

            The Tribe of Convenient Rationalization! You guys are My People.

          • Shannon Stewart

             See?  We just made a chocolate strawberry cheesecake an incredibly nutritious meal — which means when I decide to skip dinner and eat a half a cheesecake, my husband cannot yell.

          • Alloy Jane

            Hey, chocolate IS good for you.  Seriously.  As long as you’re eating the good stuff, high quality dark chocolate is wonderful for your body.  It makes you happy which keeps cortisol down and if you’re stressed, can help you LOSE weight.  People never believed me, but they’re finally publishing all these studies that showcase the health benefits of the wonderful, delicious cacao bean.

          • MissMariRose

             I believe you.

      • Tadiana

        Yes, this, except I’d suggest 3 milk chocolate Lindt balls.  It’s my favorite indulgence, except for maybe Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.  I buy that stuff and hide it from my kids.

        • MilaXX

          You’re right. Even if she named dropped some fancy high end chocolate it would humanize her a bit more.

    • Funkykatt

      Or a entire chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake, peanut butter cups, and chocolate and peanut butter ice-cream. 

      • 3boysful

         My long-lost twin!

    • Alloy Jane

      That’s less “indulgence” and more “suicide attempt” lol.  When I indulge, I go to my favorite Chinese restaurant with my sister and we order so much food they sometimes deliberately do not bring us everything we ordered.  And then we eat leftovers for the next two days.  I’m always surprised the amount of food we buy doesn’t last longer.

      If she was macrobiotic, then yeah, that totally is an indulgence.  White bread?  A dairy product?  And alcohol?  Eating that kinda stuff is not exactly conducive to maintaining a trim figure.  You can make sinfully delicious brownies with more nutritional value than little meal.

      She is wildly aggravating because yes, everything she says is so rehearsed.  She is utterly artificial.  I do believe what she says is true but you know damn well she knew what the questions would be.

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    haha I laughed when I read that her indulgence is a turkey burger! Her cookbook must be fantastic!


    • formerlyAnon

      I haven’t read it, but some people who don’t allow themselves to eat much are actually fantastic cooks. It’s the darker side of food porn.

      • MilaXX

         Carla Hall got into cooking when she was a model in France. She said she used to read cookbooks and when she came home she enrolled in cooking school

        • formerlyAnon

          Carla Hall is one of my t.v. fantasy friends – one of the ones you like so much on t.v. that it seems like you’d HAVE to be besties if you met in real life.

      • Shannon Stewart

        I am — it’s a lot harder to fill an emotional void with health food, so you have to be awesome at it.  I make the best red sauce you will ever taste and it is entirely sugar free (why does anyone do this?) and oil free.  The key is to use herbs like basil if you need extra sweetness and puree some of the veggies to give it extra smoothness (baby food is awesome for that, btw.)

        • formerlyAnon


          The lunch I have packed is not really going to stack up well against this discussion!

      • halleygee

        This is so true, I have a relative who has an eating disorder and is frighteningly thin, but she is an amazing cook.

        • Spicytomato1

          How sad.

    • kschwarting

      I looked at it when I was killing time in a bookstore last year.  There were foods with fat in them, but I can’t see her eating them.  Also, as I recall, a section on feeding kids.  Nothing you haven’t seen before elsewhere, and done better.  (Man, it’s not even 8 a.m. and I am fully catty).

    • 3boysful

       Really!  Like I consider that a healthy option.  Maybe she was including the bun and lots of cheese.  If that’s an indulgence, I don’t wanna be right.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Oh for Pete’s sake, now I’m fantasizing about a glass of wine and it’s 8:21 am on the West Coast. Great picture and she still climbs my spine. 

  • anotherkate

    Well, I just figured out why I don’t look like Gwenyth Paltrow–for me, a baguette with cheese and wine sounds like Tuesday, not a particular indulgence! (God I love carbs).

    • Kiltdntiltd

       AMEN!  And pass the cheese sauce, please.

      • Shannon Stewart

         Ooooo cheese fries.  Or even better TEXAS CHEESE FRIES.  Potatoes, fried in oil, smothered in cheese and bacon and then dipped in ranch dressing — don’t ever ask for nutrition facts.  If the fat doesn’t give you a heartache the numbers will. 

        • formerlyAnon

          Do you know, I have never tasted cheese fries? My spirit just can’t tolerate one. more. thing. that I come across regularly, crave, and shouldn’t be eating.

          Because I just know that I’d love them. I love each one of the component ingredients immoderately. (well, except for the ranch dressing. I only *like* that one.)

          • Shannon Stewart

             That’s so sad.  Have you ever had cheese curds?  And not the ridiculously disappoint plain hunks of cheese they have the bad taste to sell cross-country, but the amazing ones from midwest fairs, where they are battered and deep fried?  I’ve been eating these forever and just discovered that you can’t get them outside the midwest.

          • LesYeuxHiboux

            A&W restaurants sells a pretty tasty version, though I don’t know if they have locations outside the Pacific Northwest.

          • 3boysful

             In Quebec, the national dish is “poutine,” meaning trash, and it’s fries with cheese curds and gravy.  While it both sounds and looks disgusting, I have to say it was pretty tasty!

          • Wendi126

            Well I love fries as much as I do my children and I love cheese, and I hate cheese fries. There’s a place in Philly with an outpost near where I live right outside the city that serves gravy fries…the entire menu consists of hot roast beef sandwich or hot pork sandwich, fries alone, w cheese or gravy. They pour the gravy and bits of meat from the roast beef over the fries. Now that is an indulgence with a few beers of course. I eat a turkey burger if I lose a bet

    • Reneesance

      Truth!  Throw some olives and salami in there and I’m a happy girl. 

      • formerlyAnon

        Ahhh! Fatty, salty meats, cured or uncured!

    • kschwarting

      Seriously!  That was my dinner last night, though the wine was white rather than red.

      • DeborahJozayt

        God I love me a Riesling…

  • MajorBedhead

    Ugh. She just…ugh. 

  • Shannon Stewart

    Well, you only have to make it another 30 minutes guys!  I have it on good authority that the earliest one can start drinking is noon in the time zone they are currently in, with the exception of mimosas and blood marys.  

  • Anathema_Device

    She looks far too much like Cameron Diaz in that second picture. And yes, everything she says does sound studied. I think in general it is hard to talk about yourself at length, as one must do in interviews, without sounding like an ass, so I tend to cut celebrities some slack in that regard. But even so, something about her interviews are usually so irritating. 

  • call_me_schmeg

    did rumi say to let the self-important bitch in, too? 

    • Sobaika

      One of his lesser-known works.

    • Sartorial_She

       Best. Comment. Ever.

    • Alloy Jane

      Aha!  That’s why she’s so damned annoying, self-important.  I couldn’t think of the reason she was so obnoxious.  It was Lao Tzu who said, “The Tao that can be expressed is not the eternal Tao.”  She’s trying to sound all cultured and enlightened and self-aware and it just shows how she is none of those things.  It makes her seem very primitive, a crude human-type.  Almost sociopathic.  “This is how normal humans talk.  I’m going to make myself talk like a normal human now.”

  • filmcricket

    Sweartagod, I thought she was Cameron Diaz in the thumbnail.

    For a Hollywood actress, a baguette, cheese & red wine would be an indulgence. White carbs, fat & sugar? The horror! The only vice the non-coke addicts regularly allow themselves is smoking because it keeps them thin.

    Now I too want some baguette & red wine. Sigh.

  • BazoDee

    i just can’t with this one.

  • MelVT

    She gives me SUCH a pain.  Maybe I’ll treat it with a little red wine.  11:29.  Close enough.

  • Nancy K.

    “The kind of face…she reserves for servants or service workers.”


  • janetjb

    Baguette, cheese and wine sounds better than my late breakfast of oatmeal and tea.

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      First or second breakfast? :-) I want to be on the Hobbit diet….where you eat every two or three hours. 

      • janetjb


        It’s my first breakfast, although I would join you on the Hobbit diet.

      • Shannon Stewart

         You do that for Zone dieting.  Tried it, but I could never really get it down — far too much thought for me.

  • BrooklynBomber


    • formerlyAnon

      It’d make more sense if there were any thematic relationship to Apple.

      • Shannon Stewart

         Oh but there is — names that are weird enough to mark our children as the special perfect little people they are, rather than one of those middle-something people.

    • Cindi Williams

      It’s a Coldplay song.

  • MilaXX

    UGH! How does she not know how hard she bugs when she says these things? “I have more empathy for my son and he for me” Really?! Mario Batali seems to like her and I think he’s such a cool, laid back guy I always wonder how he could possible stand to be around her. The photoshoped cover looks fine, but that inside picture is awful.

    • Trish

       I keep giving her the benefit of the doubt based on Batali.

      • Shannon Stewart

         I try that for Ryan Reynolds’ wives.  But they still annoy…

      • Ali

         Apparently he did the nasty with Courtney Love. I question his judgment.

    • EditKitten

      Agreed — that inside photo gives me a headache. It’s awful.

    • Shannon Stewart

      Yeah, because if there’s anything you want to make sure to commit to print in the internet age, it’s which child is your favorite.  Nah, I’m sure that will never come back to bite you or hurt your daughter’s feelings.  Well, it might — but that’s okay because you don’t have an empathic bond with her, so why would you care?

  • formerlyAnon

    Thank god no one has ever given me the opportunity to bloviate & have it recorded for posterity. (Except maybe on the Internet. Thank god nobody is interested enough in me to circulate my babblings.)

    • Shannon Stewart

      That’s the advantage of having a ridiculously common name — good luck finding me!

  • kolokOlchik

    I don’t get your irrational hatred for her…

    • HK4Seven

       It’s not irrational.  I get her GOOP newsletters and they are full of gems like describing a sushi restaurant as “traditionally modern.”  Will someone PLEASE tell me what that means???  She’s always come across as being a little entitled and full of herself for no good reason.

      • BrooklynBomber

        Haha.  Massaging sesame oil into the body is an Ayurvedic technique. Maybe she have just said, “Massage yourself w/ sesame oil. It’s Ayurvedic” and left it at that!

        • HK4Seven

           I’m on board with sesame oil- but wtf is “air and space quality”?  That must be Ayurvedic too.  :)

          • BrooklynBomber

            yeah- i meant to say “maybe she should have said…” b/c the air – space thing is a bit, uh, vague.

      • PinkLemon

         “traditionally modern” HAHAHA

    • PinkLemon

       meh. it’s not that irrational. she’s kind of insufferable. what with all the pretentiousness, haughtiness, narcissism and ‘what, me??’s. i also agree with TLo that she sounds calculated, always.

      • kolokOlchik

        I just attribute it to where she comes from.  The epitome of WASP and Hollywood.  I just think she doesn’t get it.

  • Judy_S

    I don’t mind her comments, so long as one adds that like every other star interviewed her “negative” is  an addiction to “self-acceptance.” I would like to know what she is “curious” about aside from her mirror. Meanwhile, that second picture is a punishment for all her vanity–she looks about 70.

  • Ann Martina

    “…a need to validate myself or feel special.”  Uh yeah, no kidding.

  • Sandra Oh

    LOL.  Yes we know you don’t like her but it is what it is.  After all, she has to live with her smug self and that’s the ultimate punishment.  

  • Mary Saucier

    I can’t help myself – I love her. I think she is privileged and educated and that she doesn’t bother to hide it because she’d get execrated for trying to be ‘normal’. Now, if you want to talk really annoying and/or pretentious, let’s talk about Lady Gaga.

    • formerlyAnon

      Neither Paltrow nor Gaga bother me because I don’t follow them closely enough – but Gaga would get more of a pass from me because she’s so much younger. Living in the bubble of hard work, people sucking up to you and people trying to make money off of you that someone who becomes successful young does, I think it takes a lot longer to mature.  Although at 26 she’s gonna lose that get out of jail free card pretty soon.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

       Agreed. She has embraced her Hollywood pedigree even though people hate her for it. I appreciate the honesty of it, it would piss me off if she pretended she was shopping at Target and staying rail-thin on a diet of Big Macs and pilates. Or Kate Hudson’s faux-hippie schtick. Gwyneth is real for her reality.

    • Victoria

      Educated?  She dropped out of college after like a year.  She’s been acting ever since.  No higher education beyond that.  Any ‘education’ she claims to have is a result of her wealth and travels, and yes, that’s self-education, but it’s not academic.

  • Goldie

    Plus there’s this:   “I only let them watch TV in French or Spanish,” she said to InStyle. “When I’m in France, I go to [Boulevard] Beaumarchais and buy all their cartoons.”

    • formerlyAnon

      As someone who tried to raise her kids bilingual with limited success, that sounds like a good strategy when they’re very young.

      • Ceur

        But we are talking about kids where both parents are native English-speakers. This is not the natural way of raising trilingual kids. It sounds extremely elitistic and I feel bad for the kids when their friends talk about cultural phenomenons from the English-speaking world and they have no clue.

        • Shannon Stewart

           If they want the kids to be bilingual, I would suggest using the words yourself — have a truly bilingual household.

        • formerlyAnon

          I’m assuming her kids have play dates or cousins or something. I know people who tried to be really pure about the media their kids consume and wound up with the choice of relaxing their standards somewhat or accepting/pretending not to know that the kids would see most of the forbidden stuff somewhere else, where the parents had zero ability to cut it off or put it in context.

          Although, the lives of the rich being not at all like yours or mine, my assumptions may be completely off.

          (I get what you’re saying about the lack of efficacy – though half of my kids’ background is bilingual, our success in getting them to be fluent was limited precisely because the predominant language at home stayed English.)

      • Goldie

        I agree with that to a point but that’s apparently ALL she lets them watch. 

  • Bert Keeter

    Just no more Country music! PLEEEEAAAAAASSSSEEEEE!

  • schadenfreudelicious

    as someone who seems to micromanage every nano second of her life, i cannot believe she would have signed off on that second photo, she looks the epitomy of a dour entitled matron….

  • 3boysful

    She was infamous here in Charlotte for having to have a special macrobiotic cake to eat in a scene when she was filming Shallow Hal.

    • DTLAFamilies

      Talk about missing the point, sheesh. 

  • SophiaPehawkins

    She has to know how she comes across. She must purposely try to sound as pretentious as possible.

  • Ann Martina

    Caption for the inside photo, “What do you mean the baguette isn’t fresh?”

    • Winter_White

      Haha!  That was the moment I turned on her.  Up to that point I was mostly thinking, “I know that Rumi poem!  I like that Rumi poem, too.”  But then she just couldn’t resist the precious, Food Network-y description — a FRESH baguette.

  • kikisayshi

    Why does every celebrity feel the need to tell us they are “grounded”? Is that your way of relating to the regular folks who read these magazines and don’t eat baguettes with cheese?

    • formerlyAnon

      I think the ones who say that are very aware that they’re NOT grounded in the same reality as the regular folk. Otherwise they’d never bring it up.

  • DTLAFamilies

    I felt like, You are here to teach me everything

    This made me want to smack her. 

    • Wendi126

      And sit on her and pour hor fudge down her throat

  • Basket

    For me, a turkey burger is diet food, not an indulgence.  What a pretentious git. 

  • YoungSally

    She is focused on her cooking image bc she launched that cookbook recently…all in, she isn’t that different than a lot of celebrities who emphasize whatever they are currently pushing.  It’s just that she seems to take all the fun out of it.  Gaga takes everything seriously….but never loses that playfulness.

  • Vanja

    My eyes are hurting from all the rolling.

    • 3boysful

       Think how strong they’ll be from all that exercise!  :)

      • Shannon Stewart

         I wonder if eye turns worldwide have decreased since Gwyneth Paltrow started her career.

      • Vanja

        I couldn’t help myself and searched GOOP for ‘exercise’ and ‘facial’, et voilà:
        Also, help prevent wrinkles around the mouth with daily facial exercises. Pull exaggerated “O” and “E” (as if you were saying “Eeeee…”) shapes with your mouth for 30 seconds. Purse lips right, center, and left and hold each movement for 30 seconds. Repeat. Stick your tongue out as far as you can while keeping your eyes wide.
        Tension in the face and jaw can make us look older and “mean.” These exercises relax and restore facial integrity.

        These exercises relax and restore facial integrity.” Riiight. :)

  • PhillyJen

    As usual when reading her interviews, I’m rolling my eyes so hard I think I lost a contact lens in my brain. Hopefully Goop has a recommendation for someone to help me.

  • Kate Clausen

    My impression of Gwyneth is that she is controlling and perfectionistic.  I think the baguette and wine really is indulgent for her (and sounds yummy).  I think you can’t be 40 and that thin without some serious food restriction.  I had read she had post-partum depression with her son – not surprising since a perfectionist personality often has trouble adjusting to motherhood (which is quite imperfect).   I’m actually quite sympathetic to her in that respect, being a mom is hard.  But yeah, she doesn’t always come across well in interviews when she talks like this.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Honey, the new Martha Stewart you are NOT. Get that stick outta your ass.

    Also, that Chanel should be burned.

  • Srw27

    She would (and I quote) rather die than let her kids eat cheese from a can so I doubt Miss Gwynnie is cruising the magic window at McD’s.  I would harbor a guess that she’s never TASTED cheese in a can or else she wouldn’t be so against it…just sayin…

    • Kate4queen

      Um, I wouldn’t let my kids eat cheese from a can either-I didn’t even know it existed until I moved to the USA. LOL 

      • Srw27

         True…but she’s lived in the US for most of her life and I took her comment to be somewhat snobby, like she’s “above” eating cheese from a can :)  granted I haven’t eaten it since I was a kid, but still, it’s not as awful as she makes it out to be, haha.

  • Paula Pertile

    turkey burger? that’s what I eat when I’m trying to be good. 

  • UptownNippy

    ha ha, the face she reserves for servants and peons reading her drivel 

  • gillian holroyd

    Meanwhile, the cloooooothes. That DVF jumpsuit is heinous, unless it’s a dress and then it’s merely ugly. Love the Chanel–so grande dame.

  • SpcilK

    Of Course!

  • sashaychante

    She loves food…yeah, she loves looking at food.  No one 40 or over gets to eat food they love and be that thin.  She must work out like a demon.  I love it when these clearly under normal weight actresses say they don’t watch their diet much, just try to be healthy, and run after their kids to stay in shape…ha ha ha ha! 

  • MissMariRose

    She looks like she’s in pain in that cover photo.

    I like it.

  • Carina

    my indulgence is nachos bell grande from Taco Bell, but it’s a big secret so i’m posting on a public forum. I try hard to like Gwyneth, but it takes a lot of effort. 

  • Rhonda Shore

    a turkey burger?  I don’t trust people who don’t like sweets…

    • MissMariRose

       I’m with you. That sounds suspicious.

  • Rand Ortega

    I swore to God I never had Irrational Celebrity Hate Syndrome. Then I saw these photos & realized I was lying. Pray for me, BK’s & PUF’s! In the meantime, from her stupid, self important blog to thinking she has the right to use the N word in any of its alliterations to  having the gall to say ridiculous things to a diva like DVF, I absolutely cannot stand Gweneth Paltrow.

  • Beardslee

    This is a woman who has too much time to think about herself.  Reverential naval gazing  turns me off.  However, to be fair, I think it would be fairly easy to come off that way in an interview.

  • j_anson

    “Maybe it really is her favorite indulgence, but we can’t help shaking the idea that she worked very hard to make it her favorite indulgence just so she could say so in an interview.”

    Pretty much sums her up! I’ve come to kind of like that about her, though. She is certainly selling a look and lifestyle that take hard work and discipline to maintain (and of course, also money) but at least she doesn’t seem to be one of those stars who feels compelled to pretend that she’s totally natural and it’s all just so easy (except when people are haters!) and she eats whatever she wants. Every line of that interview speaks to an attitude of constantly working on and adjusting herself. That lifestyle would suck for lots of people, but at least she’s not pretending it’s not work.

    • minnye

      Me too, what you said. She’s on my irrational strangely-not-irritating list.

      • j_anson

        Hah, “irrational strangely-not-irritating list”. Totally. :)

  • random_poster

    I got as far as the “Rumi poet”, stopped reading the drivel and scrolled down to read the hilarious reactions.  If there’s one thing she is exceptionally good at, it is certainly unifying the of disdain and humor of the Bitter Kittens. 

  • Violina23

    I like it when celebrities own up to metal issues like PPD, helps break the stigma.

    Oh, and now I want a baguette & chicken mcnuggets…

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Her hair looks really great in that cover shot. I’m so used to seeing her with the flat, stick-straight, center parted ‘do she usually sports. This is a nice change of pace and she should do this more often.

  • Scarlet39

    I just can’t with her.

  • Hetha Innis

    I think it speaks volumes, T-Lo, that the kittens would rather discuss how to make gourmet mac & cheese than Ms. Paltrow. Ha!

  • marlie

    The shot on the cover is pretty, but the second one is just “MEH.”

  • GorgeousThings

    Ugh. Could she be any more annoying? And she started eating real food because her doctors told her she was well on her way to osteoporosis from years of starving herself.

    Thanks for vetting this article. I just got my subscription yesterday, and I was going to read it, but you saved 10 minutes of my life that I would never get back. Mmmmwah!

  • fungstyle

    i am decidedly un-gwyneth (slightly overweight, never wears makeup 20 something who works in marketing at a CPG), but i personally don’t find it hard to believe that it’s a real favorite indulgence. once you stop eating processed shit (which I more or less have due to being gluten sensitive) you cease craving it. i too would call a baguette, cheese, and a glass of red wine my favorite indulgence. she says silly things sometimes but i rather enjoy her.

  • sleah_in_norcal

    she indulges in a turkey burger.  you’re really going wild now, girlfriend!

  • nancylee61

    Neither picture looks like her. The cover photo is too full-faced, not her usual horsey face. And the other one looks like a 22 year old, which if you saw pics of her with no make-up on, you know she doesn’t look like!!

    She named her child Apple. And admits to favoring her son in an article. She is dreadful. Enough said.

  • maggiemaybe

    Mmm. Wine…

  • korilian

    Bread and an assortment of french cheeses has been the staple snack for my family for ages.I don’t think there has been a bag of chips in my parents house since I was very little. And if you think you can’t fat on brie and Camembert you’d be wrong. God damn it, now I crave cheese.

  • rainwood1

    When will Gwyneth learn to stick to photo shoots and skip the pesky interview portion?  She digs herself a deeper hole every time. 

  • Lilak

    “That’s such a studied thing to say” sums it all up. 

  • jmorino08

    She is looking very Cameron Diazian in that second picture, no?

  • MzzPants

    I couldn’t read past ‘Rumi’.  

    • Winter_White

      To each his own, chacun a son gout, but I have to say a good word for Rumi, because I think he’s fabulous!  Gay or not gay, the jury’s out on that one.  But in my opinion, he was.  (It was the 13th century, in was what is now Afghanistan; things were different!)  Rumi was a lover, a poet, a musician, and a Sufi — those ecstatic dancers, aka Whirling Dervishes.  I especially love his sense of humor, which bubbles through his poetry and feels really contemporary to me…joyful but mischievous.  He mentions wine a lot — I’d love to go drinking with him!

      • MzzPants

         To be clear:  I enjoy Rumi.  It was the idea that she reference his work that bothered me…as if she wants the reader to know how enlightened she is.  This is complete snark, I know.  Waiting for the Karmic bullet.

        • Winter_White

          Well then, when Rumi and I go fantasy-drinking, we’ll invite you!  Red, white, or rosé?  :)

          • MzzPants

            I drink all the colors equally.

          • Winter_White

            Cheers…*clink.*  And maybe after a few glasses of each, we’ll try that Whirling Dervish Dance thing.

        • mountainFashionista

           But Rumi’s not obscure anymore — you can buy his books at Target. 

          I don’t know if it’s the “Eat, Pray, Love*” effect or what, but “regular” (aka, non-Gwyneth) people seem pretty into Eastern philosophies & practices these days — Sufi poetry, yoga, mindfulness… all stuff GP’s been touting for the past 15 years (or more).

          *which I now always think of as “Eat, Shit, Die,” ever since I read it in a scathing review somewhere

  • Pamela

    I feel like I just left a self-help seminar.  It all sounds very guru-ish, Oprah-esque self-enlightenment bullshit.  Puke. 

  • granddelusion

    Bleh, bleh, bleh. Yeah, who cares.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    her INDULGENCE is a freaking turkey burger?  please. 

  • Candigirl1968

    Because just saying you love bread would be too pedestrian, I guess.  

  • TomBord

    the chanel looks like elvira’s bridesmaid dress for a goth wedding in a dumpster and that humpsuit is prefect for a drag queen……like say for barry diller herself. 
    does anyone find this chick even remotely fuck-able? 

  • ojosazules

    She sure can go on and on about some Gwyneth. 

  • PrunellaV

    She’s wearing that Chanel bow like the world’s fanciest bib. Wouldn’t want to get your vast gustatory indulgence all over your dress, now, would you.

  • crash1212

    Oh. Whatever. I don’t understand all the Gwynnie hate…I really don’t. She’s no worse than half a dozen other celebs that we all seem to think are swell. She’s better than most. Give it a rest. Also – she looks fab on the cover and I love that DVF dress. Also, now I want a baguette, cheese and wine.

  • Zaftiguana

    It was the turkey burger that pushed me over the edge. Who the fuck has a turkey burger and thinks that’s naughty? Shut. Up.

    Great face, though. 

  • ChristinaRi

    I guess if she’d said “My indulgence is bread and cheese,” it would have sounded less chi chi.  

    My own favorite thing is bread and butter and also cheese.   So, maybe it didn’t seem that studied to me.  I don’t have a thing for greasy pizza or quarter pounders.    

    Bottom line is that I guess she doesn’t bother me as much as she does others.

  • Fatima Siddique

    It’s the oddest thing. Her picture on the cover looked…normal (?). But the pics inside looked so photoshopped that she appeared to be borderline CGI. 

  • Dot

    My indulgence is half an overripe banana and exactly 3 finely slivered almonds. So suck on that, Gwynnie.

  • rebecca

    “Our point is, it’s such a studied thing to say. Maybe it really is her favorite indulgence, but we can’t help shaking the idea that she worked very hard to make it her favorite indulgence just so she could say so in an interview.” This, to me, is Gwyneth in a nutshell. Trying ever, ever so hard to come across as sophisticated and intelligent when it’s fairly obvious she’s …. kind of lacking in that department.But, damn, do I LOVE that cover.

  • Janey

    After reading that, I want to punch her in the face. I need to settle my violent tendencies. 

  • vee quu

    Why is Diane von Furstenberg interviewing HER?  Should be the other way around.  Nobody cares what Gwyneth thinks.  Diane is the interesting one!

  • Amy

    “Our point is, it’s such a studied thing to say. Maybe it really is her favorite indulgence, but we can’t help shaking the idea that she worked very hard to make it her favorite indulgence just so she could say so in an interview.”

    Nailed it. So well put. The rare sincerity you get in these articles always comes through and this is NOT it. And you don’t like sweets? I have met people who don’t like chocolate but they still like sweets. Come on Gwynie…you know you want a big gooey brownie made with real butter and dare I say, a few preservatives. It’s ok to say it!

  • ccm800

    Aw I think Gwinnie gets a bad rap…and I thnk her indulgence sounds a lot better than any of your suggestions TLo – Okay – maybe the pizza *smile* – but damn she looks good on that cover and in that purple. 

  • librarygrrl64

    Pretty cover. She looks so much better without the flat-ironed, over-bleached hair. And the quotes are, as expected, hilarious.

  • Loudoun Family

    I have a face I reserve for when I am reading Tom & Lorenzo.
    It’s pure poetry.
    And then I gorge on day old Sunbeam bread.