10 Life Lessons We've Learned from Blake Lively
1. FAILING AT SOMETHING SHOULDN'T FEEL LIKE THE END OF THE WORLD
"It should be as celebrated to fail as it is to succeed, because that's life," The Shallows actress told Marie Claire. "That's always made me the happiest: to follow what I feel like I can't not do."
2. A PHOTOBOMB ISN'T ALWAYS A BAD THING
Not even Taylor Swift can take attention away from this meet-cute between Lively and a kangaroo.
3. YOUR POST-PREGNANCY BODY SHOULD BE CELEBRATED
The Café Society star has choice words for those who shame new moms and their post-baby bodies. During an appearance on Australian morning show Sunrise, Lively shared how she feels about the pressure women are under to bounce back to their pre-pregnancy weights. "You don't need to be Victoria's Secret-ready right away because you just did the most incredible miracle that life has to offer," she said. "I mean you gave birth to a human being! So I would really like to see that celebrated."
4. HOT CHOCOLATE IS A MUST IN THE WINTER
You know, in case you weren't aware. As for the best around, in Blake's opinion? The sweet stuff from N.Y.C.'s City Bakery.
5. DRESS UP BECAUSE IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD
"I never think about how other people will respond to the way I dress," she said. "Dressing up is all about reflecting how I feel."
6. OPEN YOUR MOUTH IN EVERY PHOTO YOU TAKE
The stylish star just had to share her personal tip for landing the perfect photo on Instagram: "Open your mouth when you smile – like you're having the time of your life – when you're, in fact, terrified you're going to break your ankle because of what an epically uncoordinated person you are." Foolproof.
7. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE YOU
Because if you don't, then you're just wasting precious time. "I'd rather be myself than be spending any time or energy on somebody that I didn't feel sure about," she told ELLE.
8. MIRROR SELFIES ARE THE BEST SELFIES
You know, in case you were doubtful. Bonus points if you come across a full-length mirror on a ceiling à la Lively at Cannes.
9. CONSIDER WHAT'S TRULY IMPORTANT IN LIFE
It's a well-known fact that Lively wears her heart on her sleeve – particularly when it comes to loved ones. "There are a few things in life that matter above all else: your family, your friends … But everything else comes and goes – especially in this business where everything is so of the moment," she shared.
10. TISSUES AND HAIR TIES MAKE FOR THE PERFECT SOCK SUBSTITUTE
"When you wear heels to work but wish you just had a cozy pair of socks, but don't. So you make your own," Lively wrote on Instagram, captioning a photo of her feet finally finding refuge in makeshift socks made up of tissues and hair ties.