Preserving their friendship! Pregnant Blake Lively and Martha Stewart reunited at Stewart’s American Made event in NYC on Saturday, Nov. 8. Despite Stewart’s past subtle jabs at the mom-to-be’s new lifestyle site Preserve, the women hit it off during their panel, with Stewart introducing Lively as her “friend and neighbor.”
Mrs. Ryan Reynolds, 27, looked relaxed as she took the stage, wearing a long-sleeve flowing white dress and turquoise-colored statement necklace. “You looked very different when I last saw you,” Stewart teased of her baby bump. During their exchange, the Gossip Girl alum opened up about both her professional and personal life. Check out 5 cute tidbits:
1. How They Met
It’s known that Lively and Stewart, 73, are real-life neighbors, but the women also revealed that they first met through their mutual realtor. When Stewart asked about Reynolds, Lively quipped: “When we met, Martha was like, ‘I know how to ride a motorcycle!’ That’s the only woman who can creep up on my man and I’d be okay with it.”
2. Home Life
Lively and Reynolds, who are waiting to find out the sex of their baby, are enjoying their country home in upstate Bedford, N.Y. “I just love it. I’m just a glutton for punishment,” Lively said of decorating the space. The actress also would like to learn how to knit.
3. Family Traditions
Lively and Reynolds’ little one better get ready! Lively and her loved ones have always celebrated the holidays in a unique way. “My family has this horrible tradition — we love wrapping presents,” she said during the panel. “My family doesn’t buy presents until after Christmas because they’re on sale.” Besides traditions, Lively also has bonded with her family through Preserve. Her older brother Eric often takes photos for the site. “My brother — he’s amazing,” she said. “It just shows how important family is to me.”
4. Preserve Isn’t About Her
Lively is having fun sharing some of her favorite things to buy, wear, and eat, but admits she doesn’t know “what the heck” she’s doing when it comes to how much she will incorporate motherhood on Preserve. “I’ve always been hungry for knowledge and experience. I don’t have that amount of expertise but I have an incredible amount of passion,” she explained.
“I want to create my own career and I want to create my own world,” she continued. “That’s part of the reason I created Preserve: I needed a world that is my own and I am in charge of that success or failure at the end of the day.” (In August, Stewart told Huffington Post that she thought Lively’s new career path was “stupid.” She said: “Why would you want to be me if you could be an actress?” The following month, she kept mum during a Net-a-Porter interview. Her magazine senior vice president Kevin Sharkey, however, said he didn’t think Lively was “credible.”)
5. Ryan’s Involvement
Lively’s hubby is hands on with Preserve — whether he likes it or not! “He is probably more than he wants to be,” she joked. “Poor thing, he’s got a nice day job too!” Lively first launched her lifestyle website in July. Last month, she used the platform to announce that the couple are expecting their first child together.
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