Is Gwyneth Paltrow Out of Touch With Reality?

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Gwyneth Paltrow in 2008

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Gwyneth Paltrow in 2008

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has redefined the word "basic" with her recent summer fashion tips. On her website, the starlet outlines this year's must-haves, which total a decidedly not-basic $18,301.

Seemingly unaware that 18k is closer to some of her reader's clothing budget for an entire decade, we have to wonder if the star is losing touch with her audience - or reality. While she looks gorgeous, the mother of two has made some recent statements that fall somewhere between bragging and oblivious.

Paltrow's recently published cookbook, My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness gives interesting insight into her charmed life. Her "essential" kitchen items include "earthenware bowls, butcher block countertops, Global knives, a Vitamix blender, and a Le Creuset Dutch oven." You're also going to need some organic duck. Gwen shares a disaster story, saying "One evening when I had my wood burning stove going, I realized I hadn't thought of desert." We're guessing anyone fortunate enough to have a wood burning stove can identify? Perhaps the most telling portion of the book is the substitutions chart, which appears to be Paltrow's attempt at simplifying things. You'll be happy to know that if you don't have "agave nectar" on hand, you can just use "brown rice syrup" instead. Gee, thanks Gwen.

Need a cure for your hangover? According to Gwen, you should just hop in your sauna. Describing herself as a "lush," she says that she rarely gets hangovers because of her super-duper cure, which involves a cold shower and relaxing in her sauna. The actress complained that people perceive her as "uptight" and stuffy. Maybe it's because she continues to "recommend" things that are irrelevant to her fans. Of course there are perks to being a star, but recommending things some of her fans can only dream of owning isn't doing her any favors image-wise. If you have a sauna handy, let us know how Gwen's cure works for you.

Let's also not forget that she named her two kids "Apple" and "Moses." Is she giving them trendy monikers that will set them apart from the crowd, or is she dooming them to a lifetime of teasing and jokes? While there's something to be said for being unique, you have to wonder if her children will appreciate - or hate - her choices. Since she grew up answering to the not-uncommon name "Gwyneth," she'll never fully appreciate being named after a fruit, the fate she handed her daughter.

So, is the blonde beauty losing it? Maybe it's the four varieties of salvia she has growing in her garden. It sounds like life is pretty comfortable for the star, and if she is lost in her own reality, it doesn't sound like such a bad place.

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