By Rachel Bertsche
For lovers of The Happiness Project and The yr of dwelling Biblically comes a pointed examine our fascination with celebrities, as one lady strives to remake herself within the photograph of her favourite stars.
What girl hasn’t obvious photos of Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, or Beyoncé and wanted she had their outfits, their abs, their likely wonderful lives? For Rachel Bertsche, those celebrities are the epitome of perfection—self-assured and easily cool. but in recent years, among juggling her profession, her marriage, and her dream of turning into a mom, Bertsche feels something yet placed together.
In Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me, Bertsche embarks on a quest to emulate her Hollywood position models—while sticking to a budget—to see in the event that they rather carry the keys to happiness. whereas attempting to free up the celebs’ secrets and techniques, from Sarah Jessica Parker’s cloth wardrobe to Julia Roberts’s experience of calm to—maybe one day—Jessica Alba’s stylish being pregnant, Bertsche learns necessary classes. A toned physique doesn’t come effortless or affordable, warding off social media can do wonders in your peace of brain, and self assurance is the foremost to pulling off any outfit. yet can she immerse herself within the A-list way of life and nonetheless remain actual to herself? and should her pursuit of perfection quite result in happiness?
Praise for Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me
“If you’ve ever had a celeb lady weigh down, stick Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me on your seashore bag. Bertsche is your people.”—Associated Press
“[A] super-fun social experiment.”—PureWow
“Bertsche ups the ante. . . . The well-researched details on star tradition offers nutrition for thought.”—Booklist
“What makes Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me paintings is Bertsche’s honesty. . . . [She] is humorous, artistic and, extra importantly, manages to stick sane.”—Boston Herald
“An enjoyable memoir a couple of woman’s try to version her existence on these of stars.”—Tampa Bay Times
“A important narrative.”—The Boston Globe
“Bertsche blends parts such as Julie & Julia and The Happiness Project during this ‘self-improvement journey.’ . . . the method not just presents Bertsche with fruitful writing fodder but in addition activates readers to check their outlook on perfection, self-acceptance, and meaning to be one’s best possible self.”—Publishers Weekly
Praise for Rachel Bertsche’s MWF looking BFF
“Written with verve, perception, and humor . . . Bertsche writes cleverly, yet now not glibly, in regards to the demanding situations younger ladies face today.”—Chicago Tribune
“[A] fascinating, humorous chronicle.”—People
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Or no less than upload a brand new one to the batch. For my sanity, and in addition for my pockets. type and gourmand foodstuff and health DVDs and fitness center memberships are pricey. no longer as pricey as deepest cooks and private stylists, yet no longer unfastened. If i would like to proceed to have the funds for them, i must come back to a couple critical paintings. with regard to these kind of celebrities, whereas they're respected for his or her our bodies or style or unique prowess, it's going to be famous that they're all tremendous tough employees and strong businesswomen. They wouldn’t be such a success differently. but when there's one girl whose paintings ethic i love principally else, it might be that different fan favourite “we may possibly completely be BFFs” funnywoman. Tina Fey, in fact. bankruptcy 4 TINA FEY’S paintings ETHIC “After every one fourteen-hour appearing classification used to be over, i'd catch up with 5 or 6 writers at my house to make amends for what they'd written through the day. in the course of these early days we’d order foodstuff and paintings until eventually one or within the morning. … I could excuse myself sometimes to alter a diaper within the evening. … One evening I placed my daughter to mattress, labored with the writers all evening, and within the morning whilst she toddled out, the writers have been nonetheless there. It used to be the simplest worst factor ever. ” —Bossypants “While it might be nice to see an hour an afternoon, there's something inherently type of egocentric approximately it. I can’t do it. ” —Harper’s Bazaar “I think like I characterize normalcy ultimately. What are your offerings this day in leisure? humans both symbolize formative years, energy or sexuality. after which there’s me, wearing normalcy. ” —Vogue i do know I’m within the corporation of pretty well each lady in the US while I claim my woman overwhelm on Tina Fey. What’s fascinating concerning the Tina craze, notwithstanding, is that all of us appear to adore her for the complete opposite purposes that we do the Jennifers and Gwyneths of the area. If we wish to be Jen simply because she’s a extra excellent model of ourselves, and we love Gwyn simply because she’s straight-up wonderful and does every little thing correct whereas by no means breaking a sweat (except whilst she’s alleged to be sweating, or even then it’s extra of a sheen), then we wish to befriend Tina simply because we predict she really is like us, possible down-to-earth and good adjusted and comparatively normal-looking. She’s completely imperfect. Salon describes her as “a typical gal you'll simply think consuming nachos with on your sweatpants. ” Rolling Stone claims she is hero-worshipped, no less than partially, for her “cerebral, hyperwordy model of humor, and her megafunctional geek-overdog character. ” And writer Curtis Sittenfeld turns out to talk for we all whilst she writes within the ny instances that, “This is the magic of Tina Fey: together with her brown hair and her glasses and her nice-seeming husband who’s shorter than she is, she sounds like one among us, like me or my acquaintances or my sisters (as my sister, Jo, placed it in an email, ‘I love her simply because she’s like me yet funnier’), while that she’s ridiculously winning and well-known. And on most sensible of that, she’s simply how we’d are looking to be, simply how we’d think ourselves, if we have been ridiculously profitable and well-known.