when i interviewed jessica alba, a few months ago, i asked her about her favorite natural beauty products. this led to a conversation about her upcoming book, The Honest Life, where she said she would be sharing her favorites, along with many other great things. of course, it piqued my interest and i knew it was going to be a book i wanted to add to my collection.
it’s obvsiouly not a a novel, but i found myself staying up late, several nights in a row, reading every sentance. the tag line of the book is “living naturally and true to you.” yes and yes! jessica says, “i decided to write this book becuase i was sick of being told that ‘healthy,’ ‘safe,’ and ‘eco’ meant ‘boring,’ ‘beige,’ and blah.’
i assumed there would be chapters on beauty, cleaning products and babies and so forth but i had no idea that the book covered topics such as decor and creating a space that’s cozy, clean and totally you (i loved seeing where jessica likes to shop and learning a bit more about her decor style). the chapters cover topics such as honest food, honest clean, honest beauty, honest style, honest home, honest baby and honest inspiration. all bases covered! each chapter is overflowing with, honest goodness and valuable tips and tricks that are easily implemented.
i loved seeing how jessica organizes her closet, what basics are always in her diaper bag, and how she manages traveling with little ones (she has a serious packing system).
while i appreciate her approachable writing style and i loved flipping through and looking at the beautiful photos (and taking peeks into jessica alba’s closet, nursery and so on), what i love most about this book is that a reference book.
one of my absolute favorite things in the book is a very detailed and understandable list of dishonest ingredients. it’s a really quick go to explaining what is what and why it is not good. if you are like me than then you care about knowing what is in your food and products. and . . . if you are like me, than you have likely read about these ingredients (many times) but seem to miss a lot of the in between details. now i have a cheat sheet (and can at least now pronounce these words – ha).
this is the kind the kind of book that you mark up, keep close by, and consult often. i’ve pulled it out before cosmetic shopping. i’ll be implementing a closet organization tip this week and tonight i’m checking back for some ideas on cooking with grains.
the honest truth (and my honest opinion) is that i love The Honest Life and i’m pretty certain you will too.