GOOP Hints at the Cost of Living Like Gwyneth Paltrow

PHOTO Gwyneth Paltrow attends the National Movie Awards 2010 at the Royal Festival Hall

Have you heard the one about the busy mom who asked actress Gwyneth Paltrow for life advice and Paltrow said, "Get a personal trainer, a celebrity stylist, a $2,000 coffeemaker and you'll be just fine?"

That's essentially what happened in the latest edition of GOOP, Paltrow's weekly-ish newsletter that dispenses droplets of wisdom on how to eat, exercise, organize, and generally, be like her. After a reader e-mailed Paltrow about "finding a good balance between having a career and being a mom," the actress took it upon herself to document a "manic" day in her life and have two of her friends do the same.

Were her intentions good? Sure. Was her heart in the right place? Certainly. But here's the thing: Paltrow and her pals are not like everyone else. She is an Oscar-winning actress who is married to the front man of a major rock band. In 2009, they raked in $33 million.

Friend No. 1, Juliet de Baubigny, is a partner at a venture capital firm that invests millions in companies such as Google, Apple and Facebook.

Friend No. 2, Stella McCartney (daughter of Paul McCartney), is a fashion designer whose 2010 sales topped $23 million.

Their tips don't come cheap. Below, an approximate breakdown of how much it would cost to follow some of the life advice listed in the latest installment of GOOP:

"I've found that having a trainer come to my house on a Monday really motivates me -- she's knocking at the front door so going back to sleep is NOT an option." Average cost of an hour-long session with a personal trainer, according to the National Board of Fitness Examiners: $60 to $70.

"When I got downstairs this morning at the crack of whenever, the coffee machine said "ERROR 8" and wouldn't let me make the cup I had been dreaming about. This begs the question: is it odd to dream yourself to sleep thinking about the next morning's coffee?" Cost of the Jura Capresso Impressa Z5 Espresso & Coffee Maker, which is prone to flashing "ERROR 8:" $2,300.

"I'm currently obsessed with the Tracy Anderson Method and do the Perfect Design DVD three times a week. I even take the DVD traveling!" Cost of the Perfect Design DVD set: $79.95.

"I bring my iPad and use the Flipboard app to curate my social media (Facebook, Twitter and categories that are important to me: business, technology, style, design, fashion)." Cost of an iPad: $499 to $829.

"I have acupuncture at 9.30pm at night. It's a wonderful end of the day." Average cost of an acupuncture treatment, according to the Society for Acupuncture Research: $60 to $100.

"If I'm really in a rush I have a Shaklee vanilla shake." Cost of Shaklee's vanilla shake mix: $57.55.

"A great time saver is to have a weekly blowout. This means that you don't need to wash your hair each day -- the time that you save with a blowout can save you minutes in the morning." Average cost of a blowout in New York City: $60.

"I was given an amazing present of a makeup lesson with Wallet Lubrich. She taught me how to do my daily makeup in 5 minutes. No joke, I can dress, do my make up and be out the door in 15 minutes." Average cost of a lesson from a makeup expert in New York City: $100.

"Got home and had a fitting with super stylist Elizabeth Saltzman for the upcoming Nashville trip (what to wear, what to wear?) from 1-2." Average cost of an hour-long session with a celebrity stylist: $200.

Estimated average cost for a portion of the GOOP life: $3,606.50.

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