Thursday, December 27, 2012

Cara Leyba Blog Tour

As women, we have become professional self-critics. We've become so convinced by society that we need to attain a level of perfection that just isn't real. Whether it's trying to get skinnier, look younger, get that promotion, please our parents, get fuller lips or rid ourselves of cellulite -- we're on a never ending mission to change and it always makes us feel like crap.

Instead, why not focus on all the fabulous qualities we already possess? There is so much to celebrate when we look at all of our accomplishments. In this straight-up girlfriend's guide, lifestylist and wellness coach Cara Alwill Leyba encourages women to discover what makes them sparkle so that they can design the lives they desire and deserve. So raise your glass and toast yourself. You're about to start shimmering, shining, and dazzling every day. Because isn't everything better when it sparkles?
my review:
I really enjoyed this book and am glad that there is a book out there written by some one who cares about you as a person, not as someone who doesnt fit in to society standards. I am one of them and after reading this book, I am finding my sparkle and no matter what society says I am happy with me and I think this book will be a wonderful encouragement to anyone who has trouble with loving you for you! So thank you Cara for this great book!
Tell us about yourself.

I'm Cara, and I'm an author, life coach, and radio host from NYC. I work full-time at MTV Networks in advertising, but my true passion is connecting with and empowering women. I run a blog called The Champagne Diet, which encourages women to celebrate themselves, live effervescently, and always leave room for champagne. I truly feel that life is meant to be lived passionately, and we as women need to be kind to ourselves. There's so much negativity and criticism in society, so I want to inspire women to feel good and let that all go. I live in NYC and am married to a wonderful man named Ryan and we have the most adorable dog-child named Yoshi. Life is good.

What inspired you to write this book?

I wanted to write a book that hadn't been done before. Although I am a life coach and have read my fair share of self-help books, I wanted to write something for women that made them feel good. I didn't want them to feel like they had to change everything about themselves in order to be happy. Sparkle really helps women feel like they already have everything they need in order to live the lives they want, it just helps them recognize those things and celebrate them.

What are you working on next?

I'm not totally sure! There will definitely be a follow-up to Sparkle. I have a few ideas right now, but really want to ask my readers what they want to see more of, because after all, I write for them. So if anyone has any suggestions, please email me your thoughts!

Who inspired you to become a writer/author?

In the 4th grade, we had a school project where we had to write and construct our own book. I remember this project so vividly and that's truly where I fell in love with the idea of writing and publishing. I wrote a book called "The Cat Who Couldn't Fit In" about an orange cat who lived in a town of all black & white spotted cats. The orange cat got made fun of, so he made a white sweatsuit with black spots all over it and wore it to school so he could fit in. The black & white cats felt so bad after realizing how out of place he felt, and they wound up accepting him as is. The storyline was so fun to write and I actually did all the illustrations myself and constructed the book out of canvas boards and felt. I wrote my "About the Author" on the back cover and from that moment on knew I was meant to write for the rest of my life!

What character in any book would you like to have a dinner date with and why?
I know this technically isn't fiction, but I would love to have a dinner date with Jen Lancaster in any one of her memoirs! She's one of my favorite writers and she just seems so funny and smart. I'm sure we'd talk for hours!

Author Bio:

Cara Alwill Leyba is a best selling author, and certified life and wellness coach from New York City who empowers women to live their most effervescent lives and celebrate themselves. She encourages women to indulge in the things that make them happy, and swears that every woman can live a "champagne life," no matter how busy she is or how tight her budget.

Her blog, The Champagne Diet, boasts a following of thousands of loyal readers and has been featured in Glamour, Shape, Cafe Mom, Daily Mail UK, MSN Australia, AOL UK Lifestyle, and a host of other publications worldwide. Cara's writing has been featured in The Huffington Post, xJane, Mind Body Green, MTV News, and many other sites.
Cara regularly appears on the “Ask Dr. Fritz” radio show on WWRL New York, where she helps host Dr. Fritz answer questions from callers about love, career, family, relationships and more. She also hosts her own lifestyle and wellness show, "Uncork Your Best Self" on Blog Talk Radio.

Cara's first book, SPARKLE, became an immediate #1 bestseller on Amazon in both the Happiness and Self-Esteem categories upon hours of its release. She celebrated the release of her book with a book signing in New York City this past fall.

When she’s not popping bubbly, blogging, or working with her coaching clients, Cara spends her days leading a digital advertising team at MTV Networks. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and dog-child. For more on Cara visit

Connect with Cara!

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Want to learn how to sparkle? Join Cara's "Sparkling Start" workshop next month and kick off 2013 in glittering, shimmering style! 

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