Sparkle by Cara Alwill Leyba || KappaCino Book Club

Sparkle || Cara Alwill Leyba || Kappacino book club

Sparkle is a pretty pink book that offers the reader a guide to living a kick-ass life. That’s a big statement to make from a book that has actual sparkles on the front. But does it deliver the goods to help us live a better life?

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The book

This book is a self-help for women who need some sparkle in their lives. Women can be some of the hardest critics of themselves and we constantly compare ourselves with each other. Cara wants to do away with this and wants us to start celebrating ourselves. This book is her guide to living a deliciously dazzling, wildly effervescent, kick-ass life. Her words, not mine. Rather than focus on “perfection”, we should focus on the perfection that is us.

Thoughts on the book

I’ll be honest, I was kind of on the fence about this book. At the moment, I am going through a self-help, improve myself thing. That’s why I got the book. But for me, it wasn’t exactly what I needed. That does not mean that it is a bad book, in fact quite the opposite. I have pretty good self-esteem and I am pretty comfortable with who I am. This book is better suited for those of you who are starting out on your wellness journey. If I had found this book 5 years ago, I’d be all over it!

Thoughts on the Author

Cara Alwill Leyba is a lifestyle and wellness coach who started the blog Champagne Diaries. Cara is a woman who had lived through the crappy part of life when you are filled with self-doubt and came out the other side. She now has her site here and has written a few books. She recently launched the start of her clothing line (and I am completely raging that the sweatshirts have sold out already! I need one!)


If you are new to the idea of self-empowerment, then this book is a great place to start. It is bubbly and sparkles which is what you need sometimes. Despite my initial thoughts about it not being for me, it did prove very useful is shaking off the funk and getting my head into a better place. I would strongly recommend, that if you don’t drink, don’t start drinking champagne for the sake of it. Even Cara suggests sparkling water as a substitute. Why? Well, when I first read the book, I decided to celebrate my recent successes (something I don’t normally do) and drank a full bottle of prosecco before proclaiming my undying love for my dog.

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