Blake Lively’s had a pretty good few years.
After finishing up her long-running TV series Gossip Girl she’s shifted effortlessly into film roles with top-tier directors Oliver Stone and Woody Allen, and started a family with husband Ryan Reynolds.
2016 might just be the summer of Lively, though. Her movie The Shallows became a box office hit and cemented her as an actress capable of carrying her own film. In a season of mediocre sequels and remakes, her shark-based blockbuster stands up as proof that you don’t have to reboot some crusty old 80s franchise in order to produce a hit.
Lively’s also had an interesting time on social media. She sparked some controversy earlier this year after a controversial “LA face with an Oakland booty” post, but had the backing of Baby Got Back maestro Sir Mix-A-Lot.
To mark the summer of Lively – and with today (August 25) being her 29th birthday – here are 29 of her very best Instagram uploads…
Super proud of the shirt Lindsey Thornburg and I collaborated on for @preserve_us ! (Tip: open your mouth when you smile –like you're having the time of your life– when you're, in fact, terrified you're going to break your ankle because of what an epic-ly uncoordinated person you are. I are. Am. I am ….but we're not talking about me. Of course. This is just a random tip. ???)