10 Moments Where We Asked, "Why Can't I Be Blake Lively?"

10 Moments Where We Asked, "Why Can't I Be Blake Lively?"

She's everything we want to be and more.

She's beauty, and she's grace... She's Blake Lively. You're lying if you say you aren't in love with Blake. She's everything every girl wants to be: elegant, beautiful, married to a really, really hot guy, famous, humble, graceful, classy, and just incredible. And after almost ten years of obsessing (in a so not-creepy way) over Blake, I decided it was time to reflect on all of the moments that she has had the American female population in awe.

1. Every episode of "Gossip Girl".

As the "It" girl of the Upper East Side, Serena Van der Woodsen stolen our hearts from episode one until the finale. She was stunning and elegant and absolutely perfect, and no matter how many times she made a stupid choice, we still loved her. And no matter how many times she went from Dan, to Nate, to other hot guys, to Dan, to Nate, to more hot guys and then ultimately to Dan (sorry if I spoiled the show for you, but you knew it was gonna happen. also, she deserved better than Dan), she still rocked.

2. When she started her own company, Preserve and also when she gracefully ended it.

Yeah, that's right. Blake started a company solely to help people. And when it started to become something she didn't want it to be, she ended it with class:

"We launched the site before it was ready, and it never caught up to its original mission: It’s not making a difference in people’s lives, whether superficially or in a meaningful way," she told Vogue. "And that’s the whole reason I started this company, not just to fluff myself, like, ‘I’m a celebrity! People will care what I have to say!’ It was so never meant to be that, and that kind of became the crutch."

Alright, Blake. Keep stealing our hearts, it's totally fine.

3. Every magazine cover she's been on.

Yeah, I may or may not have bought that magazine while in the checkout line at Publix.

4. When she makes her usual appearance on the Red Carpet.

Blake manages to stay out of the tabloids, except for when she's a knock out on the Red Carpet. No surprise there, though... right?

5. Oh yeah, and that time she married Ryan Reynolds.

Words can't describe, so I just decided to put two GIFs and leave it at that.

6. ... and then she still looked fabulous with a baby bump.

She manages to still look better than most human beings while pregnant.

7. When we found out she was going to be the star of "The Shallows".

You know you hate scary movies, but you also know you're going to see it anyways.

8. And also, "Age of Adeline"...

It's uncanny how Blake's character, Adeline, seemed to never age, yet neither does Blake... funny, right?

9. Every L'Oreal commercial you've ever seen.

My hair will never look like that, but I'm glad hers does.

10. And lastly, the one we've all been waiting for. The moment we all fell in love with Blake Lively.

"The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" might actually be one of the greatest movies I'll ever see. Not only that, but it's also the starting point of my love of Blake Lively. In her role as Bridget, Blake stole the hearts of the 10-12 year-old female population with her long blonde hair, fit body and killer smile. We wouldn't be where we are today with our "girl crush" for Blake if it wasn't for this film.

So, here's to you, Blake Lively. Your grace, charm and beauty is admirable, your husband is beautiful and your life is awesome. May you never stop leaving us in awe.

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.

I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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