Blake Lively Gets ‘Attacked’ By Bees and Still Makes Her Own Birthday Cake

09/02/2014 at 10:16 AM ET

Blake Lively
Courtesy Preserve

What a way to celebrate your birthday, Blake!

The actress-turned-lifestyle guru, who turned 27 on August 25, celebrated her big day with what else, a homemade birthday cake and a “fake party.” Let us explain.

Lively took to her site Preserve to document her milestone, which sounds like it didn’t get off to the best start. The birthday beauty got stung by bees just as she was finessing up a photoshoot for her site.

“I felt an electric shock of energy — was it excitement that I was about to turn another year older?,” Lively wrote. “As it happens, I wasn’t being greeted by the onset of spontaneous aging, but rather a full-fledged bee day. Attacked. All over. Everywhere. I was shaken. I was swollen….What better way to recover than throw a fake 27th birthday party for myself?”

So Lively’s baking passion and decorating instincts kicked it, and it looked like she pulled out all the stops.

“I looked for the nearest vanilla cake and decorated it. Step one of therapy complete,” she wrote. “I then found the basin that I use to make giant hot fudge sundaes in, and instead, I made a flower interpretation of a sundae (complete with spoons, two gumdrops squished together to look like a cherry and baby’s breath acting as whipped cream.) I pulled out all my favorite Preserve treats — necklaces, that in my mind, represent candy drops, candles that smell like birthday cake (dear lord it’s the best thing you’ve ever encountered), messy hot fudge, sparkling tassels with complementary lanterns and little votives that remind me of the dolls who marked so many of my earlier years.”

The result, a beautiful “party” that ended with Lively holding her perfectly decorated vanilla cake — topped with a giant, glittery “27” and sparklers.  Let’s hope husband Ryan Reynolds also got in on the fun — or, at least a slice.

—Michelle Ward

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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blah blah blah on

OMG she said ALL THAT….GGGGeeeezzzzLooouuuiiissse!

Kate on

Were the from the “Artisanl Honey makers” on Preserve

Catherine on

So does she just keep vanilla cakes on hand at all times in case she feels the need to decorate something??

comprehensionpeople on

Catherine, the cake was “home made” not a box cake. So, I presume NO!

Brettan on

It says she “looked for the nearest vanilla cake & decorate it”, which, to me, sounds like she “found” one at the store. It looks like it too. Especially the icing and the sprinkles. Pop some numbers & a few sparklers in and VOILA!

Noneya on

Still don’t see what all the fuss is about her………..