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Eva Mendes

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Happy 41st birthday, Eva Mendes!

The actress—and Ryan Gosling's longtime ladylove—has been looking hotter than ever since the birth of daughter Esmeralda Amada in September. We first spotted the actress out seven weeks after Esmeralda's Sept. 12 arrival looking, well, as if she hadn't given birth seven weeks prior (an insider credited the actress' bounce-back to breastfeeding, a high-protein, low-carb meal delivery program and taking short walks with her baby). The actress looked cool and comfortable in a slim-fitting pair of black pants and tall brown booties.

Meanwhile, on a Dec. 11 Ellen Show appearance, the star stunned in a flirty, poppy-red swing dress from her own line with New York & Company. (We'll take one in every color). And we definitely took note of Eva's sexy date night look with Ryan back in January—the hot momma made heads turn in a clingy leopard-print mini dress, bouclé-print blazer and black peep-toe platforms (she also wore her signature head-wrap for just a dash of boho appeal).

Mendes had another cute dressed-down moment in a pair of Mother jeans (fitting!) while out and about in Los Angeles in February, proving that mommy-chic just comes naturally to her.