Monday, July 27, 2015

Keep Going (Trust Me!)

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Hello beautiful,

Right now, I want you to take a deep breath and realize that in this very moment, you are exactly where you are meant to be. No matter how much you can't stand your boss, or how freaked out you are that the money isn't rolling into your business as quickly as you'd like it to be, or how scared you are to publish that post. Whatever is happening in your life is setting you up for the very next moment, and it's going to be wonderful.

For those of you who don't know, I've been at this for a while. I launched The Champagne Diet blog back in 2008, with absolutely no idea of what it would eventually become (and I still don't know where it's going, but the thought alone gives me goosebumps!) When I began my blog, I didn't even have a personal Facebook page. I launched a Twitter account at the suggestion of one of my friends to try and build my platform. I literally started at Ground Zero.

Here's an example of what the early days of The Champagne Diet looked like:



Crazy, right? That little blog has now turned into a coaching practice that has allowed me to leave my full-time job at MTV, 3 bestselling books that have taken me to London and Paris to meet readers and fans, a massive social media following that I get to inspire and uplift daily, sponsorships and partnerships with brands like Moet and SoulCycle, TV appearances around the country, features in magazines like Glamour, Shape, Cosmo South Africa, Marie Claire UK...the list goes on. I share this all with you because if you would have told me ANY of that back in 2008, I would have laughed and told you that you were insane.

Please believe me when I tell you that every single thing is possible. I want you to know that if you keep showing up, it will happen for you. Keep showing up even when it feels like you're talking to a brick wall. Keep showing up even when there's $40 in your bank account. Keep showing up when you host a live call and there are 2 people on the line (because those 2 people will most likely become your most loyal fans). Keep showing up and have faith that the right people will show up when it's meant to be. Every single thing is lining you up for success. You've just got to keep going.

PS -- My next Create Your Champagne Life: #GirlBoss Edition LIVE workshop is nearly sold out! If you're ready to work through some MAGIC with me and an intimate group of like-minded, fabulous female entrepreneurs, then click here to check it out. You are seriously going to LOVE it. 
 
With love and bubbles,
Cara


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Authenticity is Magnetic. Are You Being True to You?

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When I launched my life coaching practice, I did not follow a road map. I had a blog called The Champagne Diet, and by every rule in the book, I should have changed that name to “Cara’s Life Coaching for Women” or something equally as boring. In fact, I even bought the domain “CoachingByCara.com” when I first started out because I considered using it for a split second (luckily that thought faded fast).

Early in my career, I remember being inundated with opinions on how I should act, what I should look like, and how I should run my business -- and I hated all of it. I invested in business coaches because I wanted to soak up every drop of information and learn from the “power players” – or so I thought. I spend thousands of dollars – even taking a loan out against my 401k – to pay for programs to ensure I would be set up for success and give myself every chance to grow my business the “right” way. I will never forget the day I sat down with my first business coach and she handed me a sales script. It was a two-page document filled with dry dialogue that made every inch of my insides shrivel up. I was mortified when she asked me to read it aloud and reenact a client conversation and pretend I was trying to close a sale. I walked out of her office that day and vowed to never, ever follow advice like that again.


I quickly realized I could not be anyone but Cara and that meant incorporating all the things I love into my brand, even if some of those things happen to be champagne and Chanel ;) 
Since that experience, I built my business around my gut instincts. I decided to create things from my heart; things that I wish existed. And the results have been magic. All of my books have hit various best seller lists and my coaching workshops and programs sell out and often have waiting lists. I attribute my success to being unique and being confident in who I am, even when it doesn't look like everyone else.

Authenticity is magnetic. I encourage you to look at your life -- and your business -- and ask yourself if you're being authentic. Are you being true to yourself? Don't worry about doing things to get people to follow you. Focus on your passion and your individuality and those who are meant to be there, will. 


With love and bubbles,
Cara


PS -- More to come on this topic in GIRL CODE! Make sure you click here to get on the list and stay updated on the new book, out in August!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Every #GirlBoss Needs a Life Coach

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Hey ladies!

Can we get real for a sec? Sometimes we get so caught up in our work and our businesses that we forget who we are as women. Sometimes we are so busy building our careers that we forget to build our lives.

As a Master Life Coach and 3x bestselling personal development author, I know how  know how important it is to work on your mindset way before you can think about your business. I know how important it is to address issues like fear, self-care, confidence, self-love, and allllll that other good stuff before we can even think about attracting our dream clients or nailing down our marketing strategies.

I love working with #GirlBosses because there is such a unique style of work to do. Women entrepreneurs need a very specific style of life coaching from someone who has been in their shoes and GETS IT. 



I'm excited to announce that I have two ways that you can now work with me if you are a fabulous female entrepreneur who is ready to take your life and your business to the next level. Life and business go together like strawberries and champagne. Let's get them both right.

PRIVATE COACHING

I'm taking on a limited number of clients in my private platinum 90-day coaching program. Together we will push through your fears, help you develop the confidence you need to REALLY do this thing called entrepreneurship, let go of all of your limiting beliefs and negative self-talk that does not serve you, and deal with all the stuff in between -- there is SO much stuff in between! (If you think your unresolved issues with your ex isn't stifling your success, think again, mama! lol ) 

If you're looking for dedicated guidance, mentoring, and someone to challenge you to be your BEST self, then click here to apply for the program. Let's make the second half of this year the best half of this year!


GROUP COACHING

My next 30-day Create Your Champagne Life: #GirlBoss Edition LIVE workshop kicks off Wednesday, August 12th! If you're looking for a group of like-minded, empowered, and inspired sisters to support you in your journey, along with 30 days of coaching including 4 LIVE calls with Q&A, a custom workbook with fun, fabulous, and game-changing assignments, a private, members-only Facebook group for support, then click here to grab your seat for my next workshop. And the best? All calls are recorded so if you have to miss anything, you can always catch up and listen to the playback!

Please note: the dates on the page linked above are outdated. The next workshop will be held on the following dates. Thanks for your patience as we update the site! You can still grab your spot, just note the current dates!

Create Your Champagne Life: #GirlBoss Edition LIVE Workshop

Tuesday August 11  9 PM ET
Tuesday August 18  9 PM ET
Tuesday August 25  9 PM ET
Tuesday September 1 9 PM ET


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Why You MUST Make Empowerment Part of Your Life (and Career!)

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So in case you haven't noticed, I've been on a bit of a high since my Fearless & Fabulous Summer Soiree at She Winks this past Monday night! It was a surreal evening of female empowerment, talent, creativity, passion, love, and support all under one glamorous roof and I truly could not be more pleased with the way the event went.

Before I share some photos of the evening, I just wanted to express my deepest gratitude toward Ramona and Julie of She Winks lash studio. I found these two beauties early this year when desperately searching for a clean, posh, glamorous space I could go to have my first-ever set of mink lash extensions done before a series of live television appearances. If you don't know me well, then let me fully disclose that I am pretty much a diva when it comes to cleanliness and good practices with beauty routines (but really, if you're reading this blog, then I know you are too). So when I was researching lash extension studios, I did my homework. I refused to go anywhere that looked even remotely sketchy, and I was simultaneously on the hunt for an ultra glam space that would serve me a glass of champagne -- or two -- to help me keep my eyeballs closed for an hour (I am just a tad bit high energy. Are you shocked?).

Enter She Winks.

I mean, just walking into this space instantly makes you feel so feminine and gorgeous! Is this not a match made in Champagne Diet heaven!?


The wall next to the mirrors where you can check out your beautiful new eyeballs!



And hello? Marilyn Monroe and Coco Chanel quotes ALL. OVER. THE. WALLS. Need I say more?


Not only was She Winks a gorgeous space, but my stylist Stacy did a phenomenal job on my lashes and seriously has been making me look like and feel like a living doll for months. Seriously, she is major.

So me being the business woman that I am, I immediately started researching She Winks because I just knew I had to connect with whoever was running this beauteous brand. I read up on Ramona and Julie and knew I had to meet them in person to learn more about their journey. After a night of cocktails, girl talk, and bubbly bonding, I decided to feature them both in my upcoming book GIRL CODE (more on that soon). Their passion, energy, and drive to succeed is infectious. And by the end of our night, we had our June 15th Fearless & Fabulous event all mapped out.

Because that's how bosses roll.

We decided that we wanted the evening to be all about what we're most passionate about -- empowering other women. We all expressed our disappointment that there are not enough events to encourage the growth of other women entrepreneurs or even other women who just want to be better in their lives and/or careers. Sadly, negativity often takes over and not enough women focus on lifting one another up. We are on a mission to change that, and you can certainly say last night was our kick off. 

The studio was nearly packed right at 7 PM on the dot, even despite some treacherous thunderstorms, and for that I am so grateful. As the woman piled in, everyone began to mingle and sip on champagne provided by the ultra fab Moet (I mean, hello? Could we have done better?), and delicious and healthy hors d'oeuvre provided by Figure Friendly Kitchen. Soon, we were ready to be inspired. I decided to do a reading from my book, Fearless & Fabulous: 10 Powerful Strategies for Getting Anything You Want in Life, because I have found the common denominator among women who feel stuck or blocked in some way is fear. Click here to catch a short video clip of my talk. I've got lots to say on this topic.



Here I am explaining something serious with my hands. Hashtag I'm Italian.


After my reading I opened up the floor for Q&A, and we all had a chance to connect. I think this was probably the most powerful part of the evening.  We all share the same fears, the same insecurities, and the same challenges as women. It doesn't matter what your background is, what your passion is, or where you are headed. Every single one of us has dealt with so many of the same issues along the way and I believe it's so crucial that we openly share that. You never know who you are inspiring by sharing your story. Again, this is why GIRL CODE is going to be a game changer. I get chills when I think about it. 



After tears and more champagne (don't worry, we laughed too!), and a delicious dessert table provided by Jessweets Bakery, it was time to sign some books and meet some amazing ladies!





With the She Winks Mommies, Julie and Ramona!

I got to meet my longtime client, Brianne, in person for the first time! How fab is that?


Look at these delicious clean eats from Figure Friendly Kitchen! You. would. die.



One of my former coworkers from MTV came out to show her support, how amazing is that? #WomenEmpoweringWomen


Desserts by Jessweets Bakery. Yes, those are shots in the strawberries. Guess they knew who they were dealing with!

Could I have snagged a better champagne sponsor!? Moet for the win!

The night wrapped up on such a high note, it's hard to articulate if you weren't there. If I was ever more sure of my calling in life, it was last night. Being around such positive women who just want to share and be inspired was a blessing. Meeting so many of you who have been impacted by my books or my words truly made me feel so thankful and so motivated to keep living and breathing The Champagne Diet brand. When you embrace every single thing about yourself, when you openly share your story, when you look to help others in a genuine way, and when you constantly look for ways to add sparkle to your life, big things happen.

Last night was a glittering example of everything that I teach in my Create Your Champagne Life: #GirlBoss live workshop. In this upcoming 30 day live course, we learn how to go from competition to collaboration (I mean, could this event be a better example?), how to raise your glam vibration, how to turn your envy into inspiration, to be your own brand, and how to view life through a set of lashes where EVERYTHING is possible. I have 2 spots left for the next group. Check out the deets here if you want to learn more. 

So once again, thank you to every single woman who showed up last night. Thank you to every single woman who is reading this. I can't wait to continue connecting with all of you. You are all more amazing than you know.



With love and bubbles,
Cara


Friday, June 12, 2015

My 4th Book, GIRL CODE is Coming Soon!

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Check out the cover! Isn't she lovely?


I am witnessing a phenomenon. It seems as though a growing group women entrepreneurs all around the world have discovered the secret to success and happiness in both their lives and careers. It’s almost as though there is a hidden, underground world of power playing females who have all cracked a magical code: they think positively, they support one another, and they truly believe they can have it all -- and you can, too.

There is something dynamic that happens when women genuinely show up for each other. When we lose the facades, when we cut the bullshit, and when we truly have each others backs. When we stop pretending everything is perfect, and we show the messy, beautiful parts of ourselves that all look awfully similar. When we talk about our fears, our missteps, and our breakdowns. And most importantly, when we share our celebrations, our breakthroughs, and dish on what works.

There is no reason to hoard information, connections, or insight. Wisdom is meant to be shared, so let’s start sharing what we’ve learned to make each other better. Let’s start building each other up.


Let’s live up to our potential and start ruling the world.

Enter GIRL CODE.

I decided to write this book because I wanted to chronicle the tools and strategies I share with my clients that have helped them change the way they work and live. I wanted to tell my story; about how I built my entire brand by lifting other women up, and I wanted to share the stories of what goes on “behind the scenes” in this glittering, glorious world of women’s empowerment and straight up girl power. I’ve also included stories and interviews with other fabulous female entrepreneurs who are living by the same set of rules. This book will show you that with a few simple mindset shifts, you too can crack the “girl code” and start having a happier, more fulfilled, and confident life and career.

This book is geared toward female entrepreneurs, professional women, “side hustlers” (those with a day job who are building a business on the side), and anyone in between who wants to become a better woman. This book will not teach you how to build a multimillion dollar business. It won’t teach you about systems or operational processes. But it will teach you how to build confidence in yourself, reconnect with your “why,” eradicate jealousy, and ultimately learn the power of connection. Because at the end of the day, that’s what life and business is all about.

Click here to get the latest updates on GIRL CODE and receive empowering and inspirational emails about this very topic!

With love and bubbles,
Cara

Monday, June 8, 2015

Are You a Visionista? How to Host a Powerful Vision Board Party

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Hello beauties!

I hope everyone had a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend. I was lucky enough to spend mine in the Bronx co-hosting a vision board party for some lovely ladies. Champagne, sunshine, and inspiration....is there anything better?

We kicked off our day in true Champagne Diet style with a bubbly toast and set our intentions for the afternoon. 


My bestie Tara was gracious enough to host the soiree in her sprawling yard, and she showcased her decorating talents with a to-die-for tablescape to get us in the mood for feeling fearless, fabulous, and ultra-feminine.



Before getting down to business, I had the ladies fill out a custom worksheet that I created so that they could get into a glittering mindset for the day. I am obsessed with powerful questions and as soon as my clients start filling them out, they become hooked too. I mean, how often are we really checking in with ourselves? How often do we give ourselves that gift? We need to do it more often, in my opinion.


Then the crafting began! If you haven't created a vision board before, it sounds way more intimidating than it is. Anyone can do it. All you need are some old magazines, a poster board, scissors, and a glue stick. Champagne is a lovely touch, obvs. There's no need for perfection. It's your time to get creative. I also usually frame my boards so that they can become a part of my home decor. The trick with a vision board is that you must keep it in front of you, in a space where you'll see it often. 


Another thing I love to point out to women is that your vision board can literally be about anything. I've made ones focused on career, fitness, travel...the list goes on. Sometimes you don't even need to choose your theme in advance, you'll just begin flipping through your magazines and become inspired. 

Kind of like Angelica was ;)


The day was a smashing success and I'd literally do these parties every single day if I could. I truly believe that when women come together and connect on a real, raw level, we can create magic. When we cut the facades, lose the bullshit, and share our fears as well as our triumphs, we realize that all of the beautiful, messy, weird, amazing parts of ourselves all look awfully similar.


So are you inspired to host your own vision board party yet? A lot of people have been asking me how to get involved with an event like this. I host these parties by request for small groups like bachelorette parties, birthdays, or just a gorgeous "girls day" like the one we had yesterday. If you're interested in having me host a Champagne Diet vision board party for you, shoot me an email. Let's plan something fabulous!

With love & bubbles,
Cara


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Are You in Queen Mode?

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Hello gorgeous,

What have you done for you lately?

Yes, you! I can bet my Chanel 2.55 bag that you have been bending over backwards for everyone around you: your parents, your kids, your partner, your friends. I'll even venture to guess that you are feeling a bit of....shall we say, resentment for the fact that you are always the one everyone calls when they need something. Am I right?

Think about your car for a second. If you keep driving and driving for miles and never refill your gas tank, your car dies. You get a quick warning, but never an apology. That car just stops working until you fill the tank again.

Well don't you think we need to fill our tanks, too? I'm always amazed at how obsessed we are about recharging everything in our lives except for ourselves. We carry our cell phone chargers around in our purse to make sure that we plug in before our precious lifeline dies. Hell, I know I've even stopped off in a Starbucks to drink a coffee I really didn't need just to get some juice to my iPhone. God forbid I miss a few minutes on Instagram!

So why is it so hard to make sure WE "fill up" so to speak? I'm not sure, but I do know how important it is, and I'm here to be your little reminder.



This weekend, I want you to think about how you can shift into "Queen Mode" and start taking care of YOU. Consider me your permission slip for self-indulgence. Can you book a pedicure? Cancel those dinner plans you really don't want to go to anyway? Pick up a great book (ahem...) and sink into a bubble bath to read a few chapters? Stock your fridge with nourishing, delicious foods instead of ordering greasy Chinese takeout again?

All of those things may seem frivolous, but they are anything but. In fact, they are crucial to your health and well-being.

Taking care of yourself is not a luxury, it's a necessity.

And if you really want to treat yourself to the ultimate act of self-care, I am still enrolling a limited number of clients into my private platinum 90-day coaching program. Let's be honest: it's hard to get this stuff right alone. You need support, guidance, and accountability to build these moments of indulgence into your life AND your business. I absolutely love to be the "permission slip" you need to change the way you think, work, and live. And I love watching my clients transform into the Queens they were always meant to be. Click here to learn more about the program and fill out an application, or feel free to reply directly to this email if you have any questions.

Have a magical, indulgent weekend!

With love & bubbles,
Cara