Monday, February 10, 2014

How to Create Your Dom Pérignon Life on a Korbel Budget

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Whenever I talk about creating a "Champagne Life" I get a very similar comment: that sounds expensive. And I can understand why! When we talk about champagne, a myriad of words come to mind. Glamour, luxury, celebrity, indulgence are just a few thoughts that a glass of champagne might bubble up (pun totally intended). And while channeling your inner Zsa Zsa Gábor can be ultra fab, that's not what I'm talking about here. Creating a Champagne Life has very little to do with money and very much to do with self-worth.

The main concept behind The Champagne Diet is creating a lifestyle that invites only the best of the best: the best relationships, the best work, the best foods, the best friends, the list goes on. It also means celebrating life every single day. And the best part? It is completely possible to elevate your every day with just a few small intentional, inexpensive tweaks.

When is the last time you took a long, peaceful bubble bath? Or turned off your phone and read a book for a half hour? Or bought yourself a beautiful bouquet of flowers? Only until you value yourself enough to indulge in the things that make you happy are you able to tap into the deepest part of yourself. The part that is creative, exciting, joyful and grateful every single day.

I've had a busy couple of days, so I knew that yesterday I had to clear out some time for myself. I picked up a bottle of Yellowtail pink bubbly (which retails for just about $10 bucks and happens to be deeeee-licious), lit my candles, and relaxed with my feet up next to my little bouquet of $8 silk flowers I found at TJ Maxx. I spent the early evening setting my intentions for the week and letting go of all the stress and thoughts that do not serve me (which luckily is completely free to do. Seriously. Dreaming and planning has no price tag yet it's so costly not to do it). Look at this photo and tell me this does not look like the most luxurious scene?

For this week, think about a few ways you can create your Champagne Life. Tweet me or leave a comment on Facebook and tell me what your plans are!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Photo Shoot Sneak Peek!

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Photo by Sassy Mouth Photography
Photo by Sassy Mouth Photography
Photo by Sassy Mouth Photography

photo by Sassy Mouth Photography

Do you know how sometimes things just happen and you truly feel like the stars aligned for you? That's how I felt when Jessica from The Confetti Bar emailed me earlier this month. She was writing to let me know she discovered my books and blog through Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou (who did the interior illustration for Sparkle) and wanted to collaborate on a project. I immediately checked out both of her sites, fell in girl love, and knew I had to work with her. I'd been looking for someone to shoot photos for the relaunch of The Champagne Diet, and when I discovered she did creative styling I literally squealed. A photo shoot with glitter, confetti, champagne and sparkles? Talk about perfection. 

And then it got even better. She suggested we work with Marisa from Sassy Mouth to shoot the photos. I took one look at her work and the deal was sealed! I spent yesterday up in Connecticut at the Sassy Space (which is basically a wonderland of fun and festive props). We laughed, drank pink champagne, and worked our butts off producing some amazing shots. The pic above is a sneak peek of the bubbly fun that ensued. I will post more as soon as they're ready!

Thank you Jessica and Marisa for bringing my brand to life!


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Are You Ready to be Fearless + Fabulous?

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What would you do if you weren't afraid? That is one of my favorite questions to ask people. We are all filled with so many fabulous ideas and plans, but sadly there is one nasty little word that gets in the way: fear. 

Not this year!

I am officially declaring the theme for 2014: Fearless + Fabulous! And I'm so dedicated that I've decided to make it the title for my third book: Fearless + Fabulous: 10 Powerful Strategies for Getting Anything You Want out of Life, coming this Spring!

So buckle up, ladies! We're kicking fear to the curb (while wearing our sexiest, most sparkly stilettos, of course!) 

Are you ready to join the movement? Like and share! 

More soon!


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Don't Get Jealous, Get Inspired! 3 Ways to Turn Jealousy into Inspiration

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Let's be real here. We've all felt jealous at some point in our lives. Whether it was the girl in high school who got all the hot guys, or the friend who just bought that big house, or the chick who landed an awesome feature in a glossy women's magazine, it's impossible to not feel a tinge of "Why Not Me?" when someone gets something we want. But jealousy doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, if you channel that energy properly, you can quickly use it to light a fire under your own butt and get inspired. Watch my latest video to learn how!

Monday, December 16, 2013

When in Doubt, Recharge: 5 Ways to Boost Your Energy

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To say the past two months have been crazy would be an understatement. Between traveling overseas, coming home and getting sick, and planning 2014, I have been just a tad bit overwhelmed. I am currently in "yes" mode, meaning that I'm saying yes to everything that aligns with my vision (both personally and professionally) and figuring out the details afterward. Fortunately, there are a lot of things that fit with that vision. Unfortunately, I am still a one-woman show working a full-time job. 

And yesterday the reality of doing it all came crashing down on me. I was exhausted, I felt myself getting sick again, and I was indulging in the Sunday Blues. Do I really have to trek into my job  tomorrow in the freezing cold? God, am I really getting sick AGAIN? I am so sore from that damn Yoga flow video. Why do I bother? I was in full-on pity party mode and not even a big fat glass of red was going to pull me out of it. 

So what did I do? I dug deep and imagined what I'd tell you gals. I turned inward and figured out exactly what it would take to reset my system, both physically and mentally, and I did it. And I'm going to share it with you.

1. Take the day off: Call out sick, cancel dinner plans, leave the dishes in the sink. The only way to stop the train into Crazyville is to pull it into the station and take a serious time-out. If you keep pushing, you will crash and burn.

2. Ask for what you need: I knew I was on the edge yesterday so I called my mom and told her I was turning my phone off and she could call my husband's phone if she needed me. I told my husband I needed to be alone. Ask for what you need. Your loved ones will understand.

3. Unplug: I say this over and over again, but it bears repeating. Log off Facebook, stop checking Instagram, and power down the laptop. We are constantly alerted and pulled in by technology and it can make you bat shit crazy if you don't manage it. Step away from the electronics and go bake a cake or something.

4. Pamper yourself: This one seems obvious but it works miracles. A hot bath with lavender oil and Epsom salts can seriously keep you from committing homicide. Go get a massage, a manicure, or whatever is within your budget and schedule. Allow yourself to relax and be in the moment.

5. Sleep! Last night I went to bed at 8:30 pm and I woke up at 7:30 pm. I slept 11 hours and woke up feeling like a new woman. So many of us underestimate the power of a good night's rest, but you've got to do sleep or your body and brain will never have a chance to recharge. 

Struggling with finding balance in your life? Need some fabulous accountability partners to help you slow down, breathe, and actually start living? Then you don't want to miss the 2014 "Sparkling Start" virtual group workshop. Click here to learn more.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Are You Ready to Live the Life You've Imagined?

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Hello, gorgeous! 

Can you believe another year is nearly over? I don't know where the time goes, but I do know one thing: when the New Year is upon us, I start to do some serious soul-searching. 

What have I accomplished this year?
Am I where I want to be? 
What am I doing to move myself forward in 2014?
Do I have a team around me to help support me achieve my goals?
Am I doing everything possible to raise my vibration and stay on the right track?
Am I aligned with my true self?
Am I truly, deeply, genuinely happy?

I am pretty sure most of us are asking ourselves those very same questions and that's precisely the reason I launched the "Sparkling Start" workshop at this very time last year. I sold out the first two workshops in January and continued hosting them all through 2013. And the results were major.

Check out some of these reviews:

"I decided I needed some guidance in the New Year and I saw a post from Cara about her Sparkling Start Group read and I was sold! Cara challenged me to look past my insecurities and develop a plan with respect and support. The way Cara pulled the group together was through strong, clear direction, which I found easy to share my thoughts and learn that I was not alone in so many aspects of my life. I am still working on my goals and now I feel I have the strength I needed to push past the blocks I had previously placed in my own path. Cara’s coaching and the overall experience is one that I recommend highly!" - Annette C.

"Kicking off 2013 by registering for Cara's first "Sparkle Sessions" group workshop was one of the best decisions I've made. Cara's coaching, coupled with the input and support of nine other amazing participants, helped me take some serious steps towards designing the life I want to live. Cara's workshop taught me to focus on a few simple concepts that enabled me to map out a plan for my year. It's amazing to feel like I'm back in the driver's seat of my own life, and I look forward to working with Cara again in the future." - Lisa DeNoia

So how exactly does all this sparkly goodness work?

In this intimate virtual group workshop, we will kick off the New Year with clear intentions and strong action plans to live our most effervescent lives. Each group is filled with positive, motivated women who are all dedicated to designing lifestyles they are excited about. We'll spend five powerful weeks together determining how we want to feel, declaring the goals that will get us there, supporting each other, and holding each other accountable for those goals and feelings. Whether you're ready to change careers, create a new, healthy lifestyle, find love, or finally make yourself a priority, I can promise that this experience is for you.

The live sessions will be held via a call-in and here are the dates/times:

Thursday Jan 2  8 PM ET
Thursday Jan 9  8 PM ET
Thursday Jan 16  8 PM ET
Thursday Jan 23  8 PM ET

Thursday Jan 30  8 PM ET

This year's course will be more robust than ever to ensure you are fully guided and supported as we transition into 2014. I'm pleased to announce that in addition to our weekly calls, you will receive the following:
  • A custom "Sparkling Start" vision worksheet to help you prioritize your goals and dreams
  • Access to a private Facebook group for ongoing support in between calls
  • A weekly video sent to you each Monday to set the tone for the week (the first video will arrive on January 1st).
  • A complimentary 20 minute laser coaching session with me
  • Unlimited email access to me for questions, support, or quick coaching around a certain topic for the duration of the workshop
  • An mp3 recording of each call in case you have to miss it or would like to play it back afterwards
  • A curated reading list I've created of books and materials that I've found extremely powerful for my own personal development that I am excited to share with you

The investment for this program is $299 (and it can be made in 2 installments if necessary).

I hope that you'll consider joining, I'd be honored to work with you. Please feel free to reach out to me with questions!

Cheers to a healthy and happy New Year!


Friday, December 6, 2013

Coffee and Compassion

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"I don't live up to anyone's expectations. I live to make myself happy and proud. You don't have to follow the status quo and be like everyone else. Half the world is doing it all wrong."

These are the words that came from a homeless man in Starbucks this morning, who in between truly blowing me away with his wisdom, danced to Stevie Wonder and smiled at babies. Yet I seemed to be the only person among a sea of busy New Yorkers to appreciate this man.

As I waited for my coffee, I observed his every move and hung on his every word. He was trying to make eye contact with people while he spoke, although nobody really looked back. He seemed happy, yet at one point I heard him mutter, "I don't want these thoughts to leave. I'm getting good ones today." My heart broke for this man who appeared to have all of his possessions in an old, ratty suitcase. He smelled of cologne which signified that he did care about his appearance, even though the rest of the patrons seemed to look at him in horror or just completely ignore his presence altogether. 

I thought about this man's life. Where did he grow up? Who were his parents? What was the path that led him to this very moment where he stood alone in Starbucks, sharing his thoughts with anyone that would listen? What were his struggles? What were his deepest desires?

It got me thinking about the way we treat each other as humans. I recently watched a phenomenal documentary with my husband called The Human Experience. If you haven't seen it, make a plan to this weekend -- it will change your life. The film reminded me of one very big concept: compassion. In today's age of multitasking, and our constant connection to technology, it's easy to become detached from feelings. It's easy to look down at our iPhones while we walk past people living in the street. It's easy to forget that there is a world beyond Facebook.

The man I saw this morning reminded me that we're all human beings who deserve compassion. We owe it to each other to slow down and take time to understand where we're coming from. We owe it to each other to get out of our own universe for a bit and look beyond ourselves.

We often learn our greatest lessons from the people we least expect it from, and this morning, I definitely did.