Blake Lively opens up about her baby joy, beauty secrets and more.

From the red carpet to the streets of New York City, Blake Lively had one seriously style pregnancy.

But just how did she keep up her fashion-icon status while dressing for two? Because she didn’t mess with her personal style.

“It’s important to still feel like yourself, because so much of your life is changing,” the new mom and founder of the lifestyle site Preserve tells PEOPLE of her pregnancy in this week’s exclusive cover story.

“I would’ve felt foreign in my own body if I’d started dressing differently.”

She means it: One of her standout red carpet looks during her pregnancy turned out to be a dress that wasn’t meant for a baby bump!

For L’Oréal’s Women of Worth dinner in New York City on Dec. 2, Lively wore a KaufmanFranco gown (which looked absolutely awesome from all angles) — and you could almost hear a collective whisper of “How?” from moms everywhere. It was clingy and backless!

Although it looked like it was made for her, Lively bought it herself, and it was hanging in her closet long before she chose to wear it. In fact, it wasn’t her first choice.

“I was going to wear a different dress that evening but … it broke,” she says. “I was too big! The zipper just broke. It popped right open. I changed right before I walked out the door. I have that dress for real life, not pregnant life.”

Lively insists that “other than maternity jeans, I didn’t buy anything maternity. Everything is my clothing, it’s something I can and will wear when I’m not pregnant.”

The Lindsey Thornburg cloaks that have become one of her signatures (they retail for $1,390 and she has four!) fit her simply stretchier maternity M.O.: “They’re magical and sexy, and so flattering but not body-conscious.”

Another element of her killer style that she maintained? Her penchant for sky-high heels by one Christian Louboutin.

“What can I say? I feel good when I’m wearing heels. I feel sexier, attractive,” she says. “When I put on Louboutins while super pregnant, it makes me feel more empowered in that moment, it gives me that extra oomph.”

Seeking out pairs that were upwards of four inches was a form of mommy-to-be retail therapy. “Trust me, when you see that scale starting to go up up up — and not the little number slide on top but the big number slide on the bottom — you go shopping and buy yourself some red-soled shoes,” she says.

Amen, Blake! If we could, we would.


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Blake Lively says she has “always felt like a mama” – and now that she actually is one, the role feels natural.

“I don’t feel like it’s a massive change,” she tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s cover story.

The new mom and Preserve founder, 27, who welcomed her first child with husband Ryan Reynolds in December, is the youngest of five kids in a blended family and wants a big brood of her own.

“I do want to just enjoy this moment,” she says. “But I also feel like my first child is going to be the oldest sibling to the next kid, and that may change with each and every year.

“I’m looking forward to how one baby influences the other, and to my family as a whole, to every single chapter.”

Just named to Forbes’s 30 Under 30 list of influential Millennials, she is also looking ahead to expanding Preserve, the lifestyle site she launched in July featuring a mix of fashion, food, beauty and philanthropy.

“So much of the inspiration came from my mom and my dad and my siblings,” says the actress, who next stars in the period drama The Age of Adaline. “All the things I feel like I’m good at are thanks to my family, and they’re things we’re now embracing at Preserve: cooking, decorating, artistry. Family is at the heart of everything I do.”

Between marriage, motherhood and her blossoming business, “This is the happiest time in my life, and I could say that every day,” she says. “I often feel like, ‘I can’t believe I’m experiencing this.'”


Our congratulations to Blake Ryan and their new little one! Prayers and well wishes to all of them!

A New Year — and a new baby!

Actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively welcomed their first child in December, PEOPLE has learned.

Although born early, the baby — whose sex has not been revealed — is now doing well and is healthy.

Shortly after Lively, 27, announced her pregnancy on her lifestyle website, Preserve, she kicked off a series of stylish ensembles that showed off her growing belly.

“Have you seen me!?” she joked to PEOPLE in October. “I’m gonna amp up my style by wearing things that are stretchier — because that’s all that fits!”

As for Reynolds, 37, he pitched in by throwing out a few ideas on a possible name.

“On the plane over here I was trying to think of baby names. I don’t want a name that’s anything pretentious or, like, Hollywood-y,” he joked in October. “So I’m going with Excalibur Anaconda Reynolds … that’s if it’s a girl.”

But all kidding aside, Reynolds couldn’t contain his excitement over becoming a father.

“I’m just excited about having a buddy,” he told PEOPLE. “For a lot of new dads, you tend to dwell on the mistakes you don’t want to make. I’m at that stage still where I’m focused primarily on being open and understanding and leaving a lot of room for error.”

The New York Post‘s Page Six was the first to report the birth.


As a kid, Lively idolized Martha Stewart, and hoped to create her own lifestyle brand one day. But when a starring role in “Gossip Girl” came along when she was 19, Lively deferred her entrepreneurial dreams to chase the spotlight. Seven years later, Lively has established herself as one of the brightest stars in Hollywood, and she’s looking to leverage that fame into business success, launching her first web site, Preserve, last summer.

Taking a page from Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop playbook, Preserve sells clothes, food and home goods that reflect Lively’s taste in U.S.-made artisanal goods, crafts and foods. “I have the unfair advantage of having an existing brand,” she says. Preserve is no hobby for Lively: The actress is personally involved in everything from uploading photos to raising money. Her mantra: Don’t stop striving. “I’ll never feel like I arrived. The people I look up to the most are the people that are continuing to up their game.”

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