Blake Lively was viciously attacked recently by a swarm of bees ahead of her 27th birthday. The pre-“Bee-Day” attack left her shaken and swollen, but the actress was a good sport about it.
Lively took to her Preserve blog and detailed the bee attack.
“I spent the week leading up to my big day shooting content for Preserve’s coming months. (I can’t wait to share what we captured with you.) Just yesterday, the final day of the shoot, I felt an electric shock of energy– was it excitement that I was about to turn another year older? Was it nerves? Why did it feel like agony? I like getting older… I think.
“But this felt terrible. Does your butt quite suddenly (and painfully) deflate when you turn 27? Because mine hurt like hell… then my neck, back, legs and forehead. And oh my hands! They were shriveling. It felt like I was being shot by dozens of tiny invisible darts. I felt like the Wicked Witch, melting, melting, burning, melting…”
Blake Lively’s suspicions were confirmed when she looked up and saw an angry swarm of bees that were intent on giving her the sting of her life — birthday celebration or not.
The Gossip Girl star would have preferred that her milestone be marked by extra-sensory experiences and marked epiphanies. Instead, Blake discovered she was under attack by bees, and her cosmic moment had to wait — at least until she took evasive action and found cover.
“I don’t know enough about insects to say if they were wasps, honeybees or Mother Nature’s miniature flying tasers. What I DO know, is that just moments before we were in the midst of a gorgeous fall fashion shoot. Now, I was a Monty Python sketch; running at top speed in no particular direction, whipping my arms and h ands around like I’d just discovered they were growing out of my shoulders without my previous knowledge. There was a terrible sound piercing the air too… I was later informed this sound had emanated from my very own mouth. I’d prefer to never hear it again. Along with everybody else on the East Coast.
“I was shaken. I was swollen. I had to stop what I was doing to recuperate and/or shrink…”
Blake Lively had somewhat of an out-of-body experience. She had choices: Mope about the fact that your rear-end was inflamed from stings and bee venom or take life by the horns and not sweat the small stuff? She did the latter.
— Preserve_Us (@Preserve_Us) August 25, 2014
The Adaline actress busied herself by decorating a cake. Next, she eyed a basin, typically used for creating hot fudge sundaes and made a flower version of it (complete with spoons, two gum drops squished together to look like a cherry, and baby’s breath acting as whipped cream).
Finally, Blake did something that became the most important part of her bee-sting therapy: Lively dug out several accessories and candles. She then arranged them in such a way that the scene reminded her of carefree moments when she was just a little girl. Suddenly, the bee stings didn’t really matter.
She was turning 27 soon, but the experience, especially the manner she handled the crisis, reassured her of one essential thing in life: age is nothing but a number — and stings from attacking bees don’t define you. But they sure in the heck hurt.
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