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For those of you who haven’t yet read Cheryl Strayed’s inspiring memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, you are missing out. Wild tells the true tale of a woman coping with grief and despair who finds herself again while solo hiking 1,100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. This fantastic book skyrocketed to my list of all time favorites and will most likely join your top list as well.

Following the death of her beloved mother, Strayed (pictured above, with Reese Witherspoon) allows her marriage to crumble and turns to drugs and promiscuity as means to escape. She realizes she needs to do something drastic to regroup and recover her sense of self and positivity. Strayed decides to hike through California and Oregon on her own, just her and her enormous backpack “Monster,” alone with her thoughts. Along the way, she finds herself, hope, and optimism once again (but returns home with less than half of the toe nails she had when she left).

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Reese Witherspoon was so moved by Strayed’s story that she optioned the rights to the autobiography before the book was even published. Based on the trailer, Witherspoon seems to embody Strayed’s story beautifully, despite being far from the age Strayed was (25) when she took the journey. Talk of award nominations is already swirling about for the actress,  38.

In the film, Witherspoon goes au natural with no makeup, messy/dirty hair, baggy t-shirts, shorts, and hiking boots. Strayed was barely able to bathe while on her trip so this had to be reflected in the film. She also turned to heroin at times prior to the hike, so the actress’s looks had to display those of a drug abuser during parts of filming.

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But the movie star wanted to make sure she balanced out her on-screen look with some major glamour while attending the movie’s multiple premieres.

The mother of three looked absolutely radiant on the red carpet in London on Monday, Oct. 13, while attending the Wild premiere. This multi-print Stella McCartney gown is one of the star’s most flattering looks to date. The dress featured a snake print that covered most of the upper bodice with sheer cutouts covered by black lace embroidery.

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The Oscar winner also dressed to impress last month while attending the film’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. The blonde bombshell flashed some décolletage in a cut-out LBD by Saint Laurent that showed off her beautiful shape and lean legs.

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Reese looks as good as ever! Her beauty choices are also particularly stunning, with kohl rimmed eyes, bright, perfectly lipsticked lips, and hair worn down to show off its longer length and swoon-worthy shine.

Wild was directed by Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee, with a script written by Nick Hornby. The film co-stars Gaby Hoffmann, Laura Dern (playing Stayed’s mother, amazing casting!), Michiel Huisman, Charles Baker, Kevin Rankin and Thomas Sadoski, and will be released in theaters on December 5.

I could not recommend more that you read this book, preferably before the movie’s release. It will make the movie, which is sure to be outstanding, mean even more to you. And check out the new trailer below!

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