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

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How to Get Really, REALLY, Motivated

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Hello pretty,

So, can I be real for a sec? I don't know about you, but there seems to be a wave of "motivational posts" going around the web that frankly just do not motivate me. Some examples include:

-- Another woman's six pack abs
-- A scene of someone working on a remote island
-- A photograph of a Birkin bag with a quote about "getting money"

Now before you think I'm nuts, allow me to break it down for you.

All of those things are pretty pictures. They stimulate your brain for a second into thinking, "I want that!" But, if that's all we're seeing, it's short lived momentum.

I want to know WHY you have those six pack abs. And I want to know your struggle getting there. I want to read about how you sat on the couch in a flood of tears and felt worthless before you felt strong. I want to read about how you battled with your own inner demons and came out on the other side stronger, healthier, and better for it.

I want to know everything about what working on that remote island actually MEANS to you. I want to read about how you felt trapped in your cubicle for 7 years before you finally got the balls to quit that shitty job so you COULD work on that island. I want to hear about how your boss broke you down one too many times until you finally got the courage to get your shit together and walk away. I want to read about your emotional breakdowns along the way and how you pulled through them.

I want to know why you decided to invest in that Birkin bag and just how you did it. What did you sacrifice to make that purchase? How did you get to a place of wealth consciousnesses where you actually felt OKAY with spending 10 grand on a purse? Were you scared shitless when you handed over your credit card to pay for it? If so, HOW did you handle that?

See what I'm getting at here? Motivation goes far beyond a pretty picture or a quote. Motivation is what drives us at the core. Motivation is in our struggle as well as our triumph.

So think about it for today: what will REALLY motivate you to make a positive change in your life? Are you sick of feeling embarrassed to wear a tank top? Are you sick of sitting home crying when you're getting dressed for work in the morning because you feel so fucking miserable in your own skin so you MUST make a healthy change? Are you so mind numbingly bored at your day job that its affecting every area of your life (right down to your sex life, even)? Are you feeling so underwhelmed that its causing you to drink more, eat more, and spend more money you don't have? Are your feelings of worthlessness becoming so overly abundant that you are consumed by your fear?

What is REALLY happening inside? Write it down today in all its grit and honesty. Read it. Read it out loud. Read it to your best friend.

And then get to work.

With love & bubbles,
Cara

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Are You Operating on a CHANEL Frequency?

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Hello beautiful,

For one second, I want you to close your eyes and think about the way you look at a Chanel purse. Now, think about the way you treat a Chanel purse. I guarantee your whole demeanor changes when you hold one in your hands. You probably stand a little taller, and feel a little more glamorous, worthy, and beautiful.

That's because Chanel equals luxury. We associate that brand with being a high-end, exclusive, premiere quality experience. Notice I used the word "experience" and not product? That's because Chanel goes far beyond a caviar leather handbag. Chanel is the way you feel when you walk into the boutique. Chanel is being poured a glass of champagne while you wait for your exquisite purchase to be delicately packaged up behind a black velvet curtain. Chanel is being greeted by your first name when you walk in, because you've obviously been there before, and your sales person obviously knows you adore the finer things (he even has your cell phone and texts you when a hard-to-find item comes in to the shop). 



Now I want you to come down from that French leather high for a second, and think about the way you run your life and your business. Are you operating on a Chanel frequency?

- Are you nourishing your body with high quality, delicious, nutritious foods?

- Are you pampering yourself with regular self-care rituals like massages, blow drys, empowering workouts, and manicures?

- Are you pricing your services at a premium so you can enjoy a fabulous life of luxury without stressing out over money?

- Are you attracting your dream clients and working with people who inspire you and fulfill you on a daily basis?

- Are you putting up a velvet rope in front of all the things that do not serve you or make you feel absolutely wonderful?

It's no secret that life and business are tightly intertwined. And if you aren't running both like a luxury brand, then you are doing yourself and your clients a major disservice.


If you're ready to become the Chanel in a room full of Dooney & Bourkes, then head over and apply for my 90-day private platinum coaching program. Isn't it time you took your happiness and success to the next level? 

Click here to apply for the program!

With love & bubbles,
Cara


Psssst! Want some help turning your business into a luxury brand but not quite ready for one on one coaching? Click here to download my Create Your Champagne Life: #GirlBoss Edition home study program! A 30-day action plan that will inspire you, transform you, and change your life, right from the comfort of your own home.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Check Out My Interview with Laura Yamin!

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Just a few short years ago, I was sitting in a cubicle wondering how I could possibly go on another day. Hustling in a 9-5 (or more often, a 9- FOREVER), commuting 3 hours roundtrip every day, and totally unfulfilled, I felt trapped in a life that did not feel like my own. I knew I had so much more talent and creativity to share with the world. I just had to face my fears and take that leap.

A lot of people ask me how I was able to turn my little blog, The Champagne Diet, into a full-fledged career including an international coaching practice and 3 Amazon best-selling books. Although it took 7 years to build up my brand (all while working full-time at MTV), I made it happen. And I could not be more excited and grateful that I took that chance on myself.

Click here to listen to my new interview with Laura Yamin where I talk all about my journey: odd jobs, my road to publishing, my morning routine, my thoughts on balance (hint: I think it's bullshit), and more. I'm bearing it ALL in the hopes that it inspires someone who is struggling with this decision and knows they're meant for more.

Thank you so much Laura for featuring me and my story!

Access the interview here: http://www.laurayamin.com/11/