4 Creative Alternatives to the Usual Holiday Gift-Wrap

We’ll cut to the chase: Four million tons of holiday gift wrap ends up in landfills every year. So as we’re gifting treasures to our favorite people, we’re also creating an ugly amount of waste for our planet. It’s high time our thoughtfulness goes past what’s inside the box. Today, we’re teaming up with Allbirds and their #ScrapTheWrap campaign to bring you four charming, greener ways to wrap those gifts.

Think outside of the box, y’all. Literally.

Allbirds has long been a B+C favorite, and not just because of its cult-like following. The shoes are comfortable enough to wear sans socks (which this author does, often), and they’re machine washable too. What’s more, the shoes are made with ZQ-certified merino wool and other premium natural materials, so they’re gentle on the planet. Aside from the ever-popular Wool Runners and Wool Loungers, Allbirds now offers Smallbirds, AKA adorable, pint-sized Wool Runners for toddlers. How flippin’ cute are they?! Forgive the pun, but these are totally a shoe-in gift for anyone on your list.

Now, let’s get decorating!

DIY Snowy Maze Box

What’s more fun than opening gifts? Traveling through a snowy maze to reach the gift, first! (Hello, that’s why treasure hunts are so irresistible.) We painted a 3D maze onto an Allbirds box to maximize the FUN of opening the gift. Go the extra mile and gift a toy sheep as well to hint at the merino wool wonders inside.

Scroll on for the DIY.

Materials + Tools:

  • Allbirds shoebox
  • paint
  • paintbrushes
  • pencil


  1. Remove the items from your box. Trace the full maze onto the box with a pencil. To really maximize the fun, we made sure the trail would go over four sides of the box before arriving at each shoe pocket. Draw decor around the maze, such as trees, snowcaps, or forest animals.
  2. Paint your designs on the exterior of the box, then let it dry.
  3. Finish up the outside of the box by painting the trail black. Feel free to add embellishments too!
  4. Once the outside of the box is completely dry, paint the inside of the box. We hid the gift recipient’s name inside the box to make it even more special. Add other personal touches as desired, then let it dry.

Add your gift back into the box. You’re done!

After the big gift unveiling, save the box for future play adventures with your kiddos.

3 More Ways to #ScrapTheWrap

Cotton Ball Sheep: Use leftover cotton balls and paper scraps to make 3D sheep! We hot glued these onto an old gift box, then added googly eyes for extra magic. Now that is one charming baaaaah-x :)

Color-Dipped Leaves: Dip found leaves in paint, let dry, then glue them onto your box. We used leftover house paint, but any paint lying around the house will do. (Heads Up: When gluing on the leaves, make sure the giftee can still open their present!)

Parchment Paper Envelopes: Grab some scrap parchment paper leftover from cookie baking and get folding. Cut a square, then fold each corner into the center. Secure the corners with small sewn stitches or glue, then decorate the front as you see fit. We filled the envelopes with fabric scraps to hide the gifts within, then added leftover faux snow for a festive touch.

There you go — four delightful, greener ways to decorate your gifts with no paper gift wrap in sight. Happy gifting!

Are you trying any of these DIYs? We want to see your beautiful work! Post a pic on Instagram with the hashtags #britstagram and #ScrapTheWrap so we can take a look.

Production + Styling: Kayla Haykin + Maddie Bachelder

Photography: Chris Andre

Nothing marks the arrival of spring quite like packing up your winter boots and outwear to make way for a new wave of breezy, colorful dresses and strappy, toe-baring footwear. But, if you're anything like me, a peek into your well-worn collection of spring shoes from seasons' past can leave a lot to be desired.

Fortunately, this year's fresh set of footwear is full of neon color bursts, dizzying florals, and nostalgic silhouettes we can't wait to flaunt as the weather warms up.

Prepare yourself for plenty of platforms (and flatforms, too), utility sport sandals made cool à la your favorite Birkenstock or Teva style, the return of flip flops, and a rainbow smattering of spring candy colors sure to outshine even the brightest pedicure!

Between Target's cutest (and not to mention, affordable) picks to more elevated styles from the likes of Charlotte Stone and Alohas — we have a feeling you'll find some spring shoes that fit your distinct style vibe. So, without further delay, get ready to reboot your style with the beautiful spread of spring shoes, ahead.

Alohas Indiana Orange Leather Sandals

We're pretty obsessed with anything orange these days, and these strappy sandals are no exception. We'll take one in every color variation (there are 4 different ones to shop), please!

Birkenstock Boston Soft Footbed Clogs in Faded Lime

The soft, faded lime green color on these Birkenstock slides is the perfect complement for spring. Reminiscent of floral blooms and green, green grass, you'll want to embrace the warmer season with these cozy soles ASAP.

Puma Palermo Sneakers

Meet your resident "It" girl sneakers! These black + white Pumas are simple and durable enough to last you the whole year, making them some of the best spring shoes you could snag for affordability. Their limited color palette makes them easy to style with practically any dress, jeans, or skirt you have hanging around your closet.

Sorel Dayspring Slide Flatform Sandal

If you prefer to live in slides all season, go for a chunky pair in a trendy color like this bold yellow! These spring shoes from Sorel are unbelievably comfortable – the footbed comes complete with plenty of padding to support your every step.

Free People Hazel Flatform Sandals

Take things even higher with these tomato-red platform sandals. The eye-catching color is enough to make you stand out! We adore the strappy design because it's super stylish, but also super functional, holding your feet in place with every step. The straps work their way up to the ankle for more support.

SeaVees Bodega Clog in Fern

These waterproof clogs might just be the most fashionable swap for your years-old rain boots. They're constructed of durable, recycled natural rubber that also contributes to a nice, comfortable bounce when you walk.

Seychelles Novelty Sandal in Black

We love a retro-inspired sandal! These woven platforms come with a cushioned insole for maximum comfort, and their basic black hue is neutral enough to wear with just about any look this spring.

Teva Flatform Universal in Sherbert Multi

You'll be taking these colorful flatforms everywhere you go this season! Thanks to the comfortable and reliable velcro straps, they're easy to take on and off between outings and the sole is ultra-supportive for on-the-go moments.

Matisse Footwear Ocean Ave Platform Sandal

Manifest a fun-filled boho spring with these raffia-crafted sandals paired with a flowy, floral maxi dress. The block heel on these spring shoes will surely give your looks a boost in height and style.

Dirty Laundry Rambling Crochet Platform Sneaker

Crochet just screams spring, and when it's covered in cheerful colors like these spring shoes are, you'll feel unstoppable. These chunky sneakers lace up for a secure fit, no matter where your seasonal adventures take you. They're built for stomping around in sheer style!

Tkees Gemma Pigments

If you avoid heels at all costs, we understand. Why ditch the fun colors when it comes to spring shoes, though? This slide-in sandal comes in five electric hues, from pinks to greens, to compliment every spring 'fit you've got on deck.

Melissa Kick Off Sandal Platform in Pink

Chunky sport sandals have been seeping into the mainstream over the last few years, so if you're waiting for a sign that you too, can pull them off... here it is, in all its Barbie pink glory!

Charlotte Stone Lenu Mules in Nassau

How fun are these multicolored pumps? This colorway livens up pretty much any spring day and provides some height for an elevated look, no matter if it's casual or formal.

Ganni Smocked Slingback Platform Sandal

Spring shoes should be the statement of your outfit if you're a bit stuck on what to wear this season. Luckily, these bright green platform sandals exist to liven up the color scheme of your looks. The stretchy straps are perfectly adjusted to be not too tight, but also not too loose.

MIA Lunna Platform Ankle Strap Sandal

This spring sandal combines an upscale upper with a sportier sole. The brown cognac-like color will be extremely easy to wear with dresses, pants, and shorts of any kind. The straps secure with a detailed buckle, so be prepared to put in a little extra work when you slide into these spring shoes.

A New Day Blakely Mule Heels

An eye-catching strappy pattern on these spring shoes elevates your go-to spring outfitswith ease. You can count on this pair to keep things light and breezy all day!

Matisse Footwear Frida Platform Wedge

Pump yourself up with these chunky wedge heels! Choose from four totally luminous colors that compliment practically every spring outfit. This spring shoe style is easy to get in and out of, and maximizes comfort more than anything.

Melissa Babe Spring Slide Sandal

Spring is the time for flowers, so donning some blooms just feels right. These baby blue spring shoes will make your springtime ensembles pop with some cool 3D floral graphics. The best part about this design is that they're easy to slide your steppers into.

Doc Martens Voss Women's Leather Strap Sandals

If you're searching for a sturdy shoe that'll last the test of time, look no further than these Doc Martens platform sandals. The textured bottom sole makes trekking on any terrain easy, and the leather straps keep you locked in while also combatting dirt and grime.

Los Angeles Apparel Classic Jelly Sandal

In the throwback of all throwbacks (for millennials, at least), jelly sandals have re-entered the chat. This go around, the color palette is just as fun as it was when we were growing up. For instance, this punchy pink pair also comes in lilac, iridescent glitter, celery, and more for the ultimate spring shoe.

Sam Edelman Michaela Mary Jane Flat

For springtime, these metallic flats can be styled with a colorful maxi skirt and tank top. If you dare to wear them past the sunny season, this design is best complimented by white tights under an adorable velvet mini dress!

Charlotte Stone Dermot in Confetti

These mules will absolutely make you want to throw a fistful of confetti into the air, not only because they're designed after actual confetti, but also due to their mind-blowing functional comfort!

Circus NY Hartlie Ankle Strap Sandal

These luxurious sandals fulfill every desire when it comes to spring shoes. The design is strappy, funky, and chunky, which provides a unique accessory to all of your looks!

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With the solstice officially behind us, this summer's calling for a going out top and a little late night dancing. I've got my eye on a few Barbie pink tops and asymmetric pieces that I know will make me feel *bonita* for sure. But I'm here to help you perfect yoursummer style, so if you've been trying to find something to shimmy in this summer, here are 15 going out tops that'll cause a breathtaking scene!

Free People Carrie Crop

Date nights deserve romantic going out tops that teeters on the edge of being ethereal and sexy like this pale pink cropped design. Made of 100% nylon, it's boxy shape will pair well with a silk midi skirt.

Free People Lady Lux Printed Layering Top (Coral Paradise Combo)

This is one layering top we can get behind! It's the perfect shade of coral and even has a thumbhole feature that can take you back to the early 2000s. We know you miss that era too!

Free People Full Bloom Top

Spring is next month so it's only right to have floral going out tops that captures the essence of a new season. This top is another nostalgic nod to the past and features a silhouette that's perfect for a late night of dancing in a barn or at a house party. Slip a pair of denim shorts underneath and cowgirl boots for an effortless look.

Free People Just A Girl Tank

If your friends are begging you to keep it casual during your next outing, compromise by slipping into this cute tank top. We call it the 'casual in the front, but party in the back' top because it's truly the gift that keeps giving.

For Love & Lemons Tia Top

Become a walking disco ball with this cropped rhinestone top by For Love & Lemons! It has adjustable tie straps that'll work for even the daintiest of shoulders.

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Anthropologie The Hannah Seamless Textured Tank (Raspberry)

Just because you're headed for a night out on the town doesn't mean you have to dress up. If you're going to a house or keg party, this Barbiecore pink tank top worn with frayed denim shorts are all you need.

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Princess Polly Daintree Plisse Corset Beige

This plisse corset is designed to hug your curves while giving your cleavage a boost. If you're looking to wear something that's in between chic and sexy, wear this top.

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Princess Polly Janney Top Pink

Fun, flirty and frilly pieces are a must-have for a night of non-stop dancing. The thin front ties will make sure nothing spills out of your top.

MANGO Cropped Top With Sequins ($140)

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MANGO Cropped Top with Sequins

We don't make the rules, but sequins are a go-to for going out with your friends. Whether you're on vacation and want to hit the trendiest club in the area, or decide to host your own soiree, this top will make sure your outfit is memorable.

Forever21 Twisted Satin Tie-Back Crop Top

Show off a hint of cleavage with this tie-back satin top. The functional buttoned cuffs at the end of the long sleeves are a nice added touch that makes this top feel a little classy.

Sister Jane Tulle Ruffle Blouse

It's almost time to start wearing baby doll going out tops that are draped in delicate tulle! Okay, we're making that up. But, this ruffle blouse is giving us major Poor Things vibes.

Moussy Vintage Cross Over Tank

Love tank tops, but want one that has a dressier feel? Try this crisscross tank by Moussy Vintage! The jersey fabric is comfortable so you won't spend most of your night adjusting your clothes.

Perfect Persona Ivory and Beige Lace Tie-Strap Bodysuit

Call us biased, but tie-strap going out tops are an easy way to elevate your look. You can pair this lace bodysuit with a pair of medium-wash straight legs to keep your overall look casual.

Nasty Gal All Over Diamante Camisole

Your upcoming birthday gives you an excuse to be as extra with your outfit which is why we think this diamante camisole is a no-brainer. It's flirty and comes with a matching skirt that'll complete your look.

House of Harlow 1960 x REVOLVE Burna Blouse

This top will leave others wondering whether you're headed out to grab drinks with friends or if you're more interested in a bar crawl with a new date. As far as we're concerned, you could do both in this cute top that has smocked cuffs.

Let us know which top you're planning to add to your going out wardrobe!

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B+C Studios in partnership with Avocado Mattress

There's nothing like the feeling of waking up from a great night's sleep. But sometimes stressful days can turn into sleepless nights. We teamed up with Avocado Mattress to share our favorite sleepy time tips so you can get a restful 8 or so hours this week and beyond.

Let's Talk About Your Bedroom

A clutter-free, zen-ybedroom is pretty much essential for easing into a sleepy state. Design yours for rest and relaxation (clothes in the closet, tech out of the room, and a few sleep-inducingplants doesn't hurt) and you'll start to do both. Still find yourself tossing and turning? It might be time to invest in a good mattress — seriously one of the best #adulting buys we've made so far.

And what we love about Avocado mattresses and pillows is that they're super comfortable but they're also designed to be healthier for people and the planet (think sustainable, socially responsible and toxic-chemical-free in every possible way). The company donates 1 percent of all revenue to environmental non-profits too — so you can feel good about the planet while getting a good night's sleep. Win-win.

Make An Aromatic Mist

Before you get all snug in your Avocado bed, try this sleep-inducing spritz on your face or pillow. Mix five drops of lavender essential oil and five drops of chamomile essential oil (both are really good at lulling you to sleep) into one cup of distilled or mineral water. Transfer to a spray bottle and spritz away in all your self-care glory.

Swap Your Late-Night Show For a Podcast Or Audiobook

It's so easy to stay up late binge-watching your favorite shows, getting cozy with your favorite characters, only they don't have to get up early in the morning. For a more restful sleep, move the action from your eyes to your ears. Turn on a podcast or start listening to one of your new audiobooks and let the soothing storyteller help you get some shut-eye.

Use a Salt Lamp or Gravity Blanket

Himalayan salt lamps can create an ambient light soothing for sleep. Place one on your nightstand or if you really want to sleep like a baby curl up underneath a gravity or weighted blanket. These simulate the feeling of being hugged and help calm the nervous system so you fall asleep faster and longer.

Mix Your Own Sleep Time Herbal Tea

Cozy up to a warm, calming drink by mixing four parts dried chamomile, two parts dried lavender and two parts peeled and dried ginger (add lemon and honey if you wish). Some cool things about chamomile: it triggers the release of hormones like serotonin and melatonin, which can combat stress, and it has anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce tension headaches and migraines.

Write Down Your To-Do List

Nothing keeps us more awake than our busy brains. Let that stuff loose. Grab a notebook or your phone and jot down every list item you can think of to stop that never-ending thought train. With every item on the list you'll start to feel yourself relax.

Invest In an Analog Clock

OK, so we know we should leave our phones in another room but it is SO HARD. Still, if you're struggling to get the sleep you need it might be worth investing in an analog alarm clock. The blue light emitted from our phones throws off our internal clocks, or circadian rhythm, disrupting our sleep. Texting and scrolling can go on longer than we expected too, like way past our bedtime. An old-school analog clock will wake you up bright and early without that temptation.

Ready to score some sleep tonight? Check out the nontoxic, organic mattresses from Avocado Mattress before you hit the hay. So worth it. Nothing better than feeling like you had an amazing night's sleep while feeling good about a product made with the planet in mind. Good night!

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Blake Lively is as multifaceted as they come. She's an actress who has starred in titles like Gossip Girl, A Simple Favor, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (plus the upcoming adaptation of It Ends With Us). She's the founder of Betty Buzz, which has a variety of non-alcoholic mixers that taste just as good on their own as they do with liquor. And she's also a mom. Lively has been outspoken about protecting her children from the paparazzi, making rare public appearances with them for events like her husband Ryan Reynolds' Hollywood Walk Of Fame Ceremony.

When Lively and Reynolds seemingly announced the birth of their fourth child on February 12, 2023, we melted. Here's everything you need to know about Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively's kids.

Is Taylor Swift friends with Blake Lively's kids?

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Yes, Taylor Swift loves Blake Lively's kids! At the Philadelphia show of the Eras Tour, in which Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively attended, Taylor said hello from the stage.

One funny detail about Ryan Reynolds' kids that I love is when he mentioned the girls finally realized Taylor Swift was a popstar. "I think what's most exciting for them is that for the longest time they just thought Taylor's just like an aunt, like a friend of Mommy and Daddy that's very, very close, almost family," he tellsThe Jess Cagle Show. "And then they went to a concert one day and were like, 'Ohhhhh, this isn't a hobby.'"

For Super Bowl Sunday, Blake Lively joined Taylor Swift to support beau (and KC Chiefs tight end) Travis Kelce. "Last week I left my kids for the first time ever," she says on Instagram. "I took pictures upside down and had no clue. I treated a friendship bracelet like a Flat Stanley for my husband like I didn’t realize it wasn’t ‘07. I borrowed more jewelry than the skeleton in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. And I went clubbing. Now I know what my episode of TheTwilight Zone would look like."

How has motherhood affected Blake Lively?

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Blake Lively recently opened up about how Ryan Reynolds and she monitor screen safety for their kids, which is definitely something top-of-mind in 2024. “This is not an ad. I get nothing out of this. I just love @tappityapp,” she said of the STEM-focused educational app. “It’s engaging, informative, fun and they care about safety."

She also jokes that she's learning new things right along with her daughters! But, no matter how educational or fun an app is, Blake Lively also emphasizes the importance of engaging with her kids' devices: "I’m always triple checking any kids app constantly for safety because that’s my responsibly not an app’s, but I do LOVE this one.”

Despite its fun and funny moments, the actress has admitted being a mom is hard, but she did it with her signature dry sense of humor. “BettyBooze at your service," she wrote in an Instagram Story announcing the new brand. "These are recipes I’ve been making for loved ones for years. But I have 4 kids now. And I’m tired. So here they are. In a can."

However, Lively absolutely loves motherhood, and says in a 2022 interview with Forbes that having children has made her feel more comfortable in her own skin. "Once I had children, that just became even more profound because my time was even more precious, but also I think having children for me made me feel so much more in my skin," she says. "I never felt more myself or at ease in my own body or more confident — not to say that there aren't a bevy of insecurities coming at me a million times a day, but I just feel incredibly settled."

Speaking with People in 2021, Lively also explains how important it is that her children see her accomplish things outside the home. "I want to be as present of a mother as humanly possible and I want them to feel my presence, but I also think the best way to be the best mother is to show them that you can have a life and have a passion and have an identity outside of just being a mother," Lively says.

While she acknowledges that motherhood is all-encompassing, and it looks different for everyone, she knows that having your own identity is very important. "Teaching them that they can maintain themselves and that everything is possible [is crucial]," she adds.

How many children do Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have?

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Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively's children are four girls. They welcomed their third daughter in 2019, making this new addition to the family their fourth kid.

When did Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have their daughters?

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Blake Lively's children were all born in the last 10 years. Blake Lively's kids' names are James, Inez, Betty, and a fourth baby whose name they haven't announced yet. She gave birth to James in 2014, while Inez was born in 2016. Lively gave birth to Betty in 2019 and their fourth baby in February of 2023. I'm hoping that we might find out Ryan Reynolds' new baby's name in honor of her first birthday!

Why did Blake Lively name her daughter James?

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The couple decided to name their daughter James after Reynolds' late father. While the name connects both James and Reynolds to his father, it also gives Lively the chance to bond with her daughter over having historically male names. "I liked having a boy's name," Lively said on Good Morning Americain 2015. "I thought I'd pass it on."

Their third daughter Betty's name is a tribute to Lively's late father. We didn't know the name of the couple's third baby until Taylor Swift used all three names in her 2020 album folklore. Swift also used James' voice at the beginning of her 2017 track "Gorgeous"! Does that mean we'll hear one of Ryan Reynolds' children in Reputation (Taylor's Version)? I hope so!

What has Ryan Reynolds said about raising their kids?

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Per People, Ryan Reynolds has made it clear he and Blake are wholly invested in the kids' daily lives. The doting husband and father enjoys the moments of "walking them to school and walking them back" as it deepens their bond. More than anything, Ryan and Blake's main goal is to make sure they teach their kids how to be introspective with Ryan saying, "...that's the thing we sort of hang our hat on the most is self-awareness with our kids."

However, that doesn't mean Blake and Ryan don't absolutely love being parents. "We're very excited [and] we wouldn't do this four times if we didn't love it," he says in an interview with CNBC's Power Lunch. "Everybody's doing great. Everybody's actually doing fantastic. I think if we hadn't figured it out by now, I think we'd be in deep, deep trouble."

"It's a zoo over here," he jokes. "This is my office here, this is where I'll probably — to be honest, I'll probably spend the rest of my life in here."

We love how much energy Ryan and Blake are pouring into their kids. It's always beautiful when parents are able to be present with their kids and teach them how to be present with themselves. Ryan Reynolds has also mentioned how having daughters "has been such a ride." Since he comes from a family of all boys, having daughters is something that was beyond his wildest dreams! “I love being a girl dad,” Ryan tells Access. “I have three daughters, which I never in a million years would imagine.”

He mentioned his newest daughter in June of 2023, when he announced his new series Bedtime Stories. "The idea for a show made to help everyone fall asleep was born the same day as my fourth child," he says on Instagram.

Did Blake Lively have a 4th baby?

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Blake Lively posted a pic on Super Bowl Sunday showing what appears to be a post-baby body with the caption "Been busy."

Lively confirmed her fourth pregnancy in September 2022 when she arrived at her Forbes event in NYC cradling a baby bump and by posting her own personal photos on Instagramhoping that "the 11 guys waiting outside [her] home for a 🦄 sighting will leave [her] alone."

What gender is Ryan and Blakes 4th child?

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Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively's newest baby, who was born in February of 2023, is a girl! Reynolds explained on the Today Show that they "never find out" until the baby is born, and whether they decide to reveal it is totally up to them. So, does Ryan Reynolds have a son? So far, not yet, but I'm a firm believer in never say never ;).

What is the name of Blake Lively's 4th baby?

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Since Taylor Swift used the Blake Lively's kids names in folklore, Swifties think they've guessed Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' new baby's name.

"Calling it now Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds baby is going to be named Daisy Mae," Kaitlyn Kersten tweeted after the release of Taylor Swift's Midnights in October 2022 (the name is mentioned in "You're On Your Own Kid.") While we don't have official word on what Ryan Reynolds' new baby name is, we do think that James, Inez, Betty, and Daisy sound great together!

Do Blake and Ryan have nannies?

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' children don't have a nanny. "I feel like I could sometimes have a bit of a short fuse, but there's just been this weirdly endless supply of patience," Ryan told GQ in 2015. "I have no problem waking up five times in the middle of the night and changing diapers, and as exhausted as you get, I have this stupid grin on my face all the time."

How long have Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively been married?

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Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have been married for 11 years. The couple got married in 2012 at a former slave plantation in South Carolina, a location that the couple is "unreservedly sorry for," Reynolds told Fast Company in 2020.

How did Blake and Ryan meet?

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds met on the set of their film Green Lantern in 2010. After they filmed the movie, they ended up going out with other people, until a train ride changed everything! “Next thing you know, she was going to Boston, and I was going to Boston,” Ryan says on an episode of the SmartLess podcast. “So we got on a train and rode together and then, you know, I was just begging her to sleep with me.” Their relationship quickly evolved to the one we know and love today!

Was Blake Lively married before Ryan Reynolds?

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Ryan Reynolds is Blake Lively's first husband, but before they got married, the actress dated her Gossip Girl costar Penn Padgley and also reportedly dated Leonardo DiCaprio. Ryan Reynolds was married to MCU star Scarlett Johansson from 2008 to 2010.

Who is Blake Lively's half sister?

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Blake Lively's half-sister is Robyn Lively. Robyn also works in Hollywood, just like Blake's brother Eric Lively and brother-in-law Bart Johnson.

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Thanks to Sean Kaufman and Rain Spencer (as well as all the pros behind the camera), the best TV scene of 2023 came out this summer when The Summer I Turned Prettygave us Steven and Taylor (played by Sean and Rain, respectively) dancing to Frank Ocean's cover of "Moon River." I absolutely lost my mind! This series is one of the best teen dramas around, and good news for fans of all things Cousins Beach: we're getting The Summer I Turned Pretty season 3! Here's everything we know about the new TV show— including a look at our convo with lead actress Lola Tung!

When will The Summer I Turned Pretty season 3 come out?

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Jackie Chung (Laurel) and Sean Kaufman (Steven)

We were hoping to see The Summer I Turned Pretty season 3 return in 2024, but thanks to the industry strikes during the summer of 2023, it looks like we might not get our first episode until 2025. Okay, TBH that's a total bummer (just because we can't wait to watch!!), but here's hoping it will premiere in the spring of 2025 — to make the summer even better!

Lola Tung is currently starring as Euridyce in Hadestown on Broadway, and will be in the show until March 17. During the official press day, she told me that while she doesn't know too much about Belly's arc this season, she's just as excited to return to Cousins Beach as we are!

"I'm just very excited to be back with everyone and to be able to step back into Belly's shoes, I'm super excited," she says. Since she's done with Hadestown in March, she should be able to start filming in late March or early April. And if there are any scenes without her, the team would be able to start filming before then! According to the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, The Summer I Turned Pretty season 3 is officially in pre-production.

Where can I watch The Summer I Turned Pretty season 3?

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Christopher Briney (Conrad), Lola Tung (Belly)

The Summer I Turned Pretty season 3 will be available to stream on Prime Video, which is where you can watch season 1 and 2 right now!

Who's going to be in The Summer I Turned Pretty season 3 cast?

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Gavin Casalegno (Jeremiah), Lola Tung (Belly), Christopher Briney (Conrad), Sean Kaufman (Steven) in The Summer I Turned Pretty

Considering the third book, We'll Always Have Summer, revolves around Belly, Conrad, and Jeremiah, we're expecting The Summer I Turned Pretty cast to include Lola Tung, Christopher Briney, and Gavin Casalegno. We're also hoping to see Sean Kaufman, Rain Spencer, Jackie Chung, and Rachel Blanchard again!

How old are the characters?

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Lola Tung (Belly) and Christopher Briney (Conrad)

In season one, Conrad is going to be a freshman in college, while the rest of the characters are still in high school. And at the beginning of season 2, Steven graduates from high school!

How many episodes will there be?

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Lola Tung (Belly), Christopher Briney (Conrad), and Rain Spencer (Taylor)

The Summer I Turned Pretty season 3 will have 10 episodes instead of eight like the previous two seasons!

Where is The Summer I Turned Pretty filmed?

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Even though The Summer I Turned Pretty is set on the coast of Massachusetts, the show is filming in Wilmington, North Carolina. This city is actually pretty well known in Hollywood — projects like Iron Man 3,One Tree Hill, and Outer Banks have filmed there! As someone who grew up going to Wilmington every single summer, I can promise you it's just as pretty as it looks (and the fair from season 2 is just as fun!!)

Is there a 4th Summer I Turned Pretty?

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Christopher Briney (Conrad), Lola Tung (Belly)

There is not a fourth The Summer I Turned Pretty book, but that doesn't mean the show has to end with season 3. They've already changed a few details from the books — namely, adding the Stephen/Taylor relationship reminds me of how Gossip Girl gave us Chuck and Blair, a fan-favorite ship that wasn't in those books either! I'm excited to see how the story (and the characters) continue to grow and evolve!

The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 3 Announcement


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Prime Video announced the renewal on August 3, right before episode five of the second season hit the streaming service. Just like the season two trailer, Taylor Swift's "august" plays in the background and I'm in tears.

“We’ve been delighted to see the passion with which fans have embraced The Summer I Turned Pretty,” Amazon and MGM Studios' head of television Vernon Sanders says in a press release. “Jenny Han is a gifted storyteller, whose fans have been clamoring for the third chapter of this story. We’re excited today to share the news that they have a lot more Summer to look forward to."

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