Must-Have: The Honest Life by Jessica Alba
Last week I was invited by The Honest Company and The Moms to attend a meet and greet with Jessica Alba at the Mondrian in Los Angeles (fun fact: I used to do the hotel’s PR) to celebrate the launch of her new book, “The Honest Life.” The afternoon event was lovely – manicures, light finger food, cocktails, and of course, a chance to chat with Jessica in-person about her new book and all things Honest.
First, let me tell you about Jessica.
She was lovely. Very pretty, looks the same in real-life as she does in the media. Taller than I expected, though not as tall as me…as my mom kept randomly pointing out when she saw the picture above.
Smart. She is obviously very passionate about the topic of clean living and its effects on us and our kids.
Focused. She has clearly done seven million press interviews and meet and greets and knows exactly how to get her message across.
And kind. We were all on a tight schedule but she never seemed rushed or anxious to move on or impatient. We even snuck in an extra minute to talk potty training and kids’ birthday parties on the side.
Now let me tell you about the book. It’s a great, simple, easy-to-follow guide to what Jessica calls “Honest” living, focused on home, style, beauty, parenting and food.
Each section offers some of her personal tips (my fave? She layers a natural deodorant under a regular commercial one that is packed with chemicals to create a barrier of sorts for days when she needs the extra protection), input from industry experts, key things to watch out for and/or try, and fun, glossy photos of Jessica living “honestly” at home.
It’s the kind of book you can read cover-to-cover (as I did) and then keep handy as a quick reference when you’re making your grocery list or want to find a good non-toxic lipstick to try or a VOC-free paint for your new baby’s nursery.
It is not-preachy – she admits up front that she is not a martyr of modern clean living, she just strives to do her best every day (I know that feeling) and wants to share the knowledge she has accumulated.
It is easy to read and follow. Her three main tips? Take your shoes off at the front door, open your windows as often as you can, and read labels. Figure out what you are putting into and onto your body and the little bodies you love. Easy, I tell ya.
And honestly (pun intended), it is inspiring. I put it down and spent the rest of the weekend airing out the house, making a trip to the farmer’s market and second guessing every product I came in contact with.
I think “The Honest Life” is a must-have for any modern mom (or woman, for that matter) who just wants to live a little better, a little cleaner, a little slower, a little simpler…without sacrificing style.
In a nutshell, it’s for you and me.
*not a sponsored post. I was gifted a copy of Jessica’s new book for the purposes of this review but opinions (as always) are all mine…honestly. 😉