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Jessica Alba's New Book: Like GOOP, But With More Colorblocking

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Gwyneth Paltrow isn't the only actress dishing out lifestyle advice for the masses these days. Following last year's successful launch of The Honest Company— an eco-minded baby-care and household-cleaner company—Jessica Alba just wrote a book about how to live "the Honest life."

Like Gwyneth's lifestyle site GOOP, The Honest Life is advice from a wealthy celebrity for not-wealthy non-celebrities on how to live a fulfilling life. And like GOOP, it somehow totally works, even though it probably shouldn't. Jessica is relatable and has great taste. The book is cute and has good advice. It's hard not to like it.

Part of the appeal is in how, well, honest Alba is. Alba admits she makes compromises, and doesn't apologize for it. Traditional deodorant, for example, is a toxic sin she can live with. "When I'm on a talk show or on set for a 17-hour day and I'm not trying to be funky, you gotta do what you gotta do," she told us in an interview. (For the record, she smelled perfectly lovely at the time of the interview.)

"Honest style" is another subject matter she shares her thoughts on. "To me sustainable fashion is stuff that you're not going to throw out, it's stuff that you're going to love and wear," she told us. The book dedicates a chapter to fashion that includes advice developing personal style, the basics every girl should have in her wardrobe, and other standard topics. And somehow, it's not annoying when she suggests Celine, Narciso Rodriguez, and Givenchy "at the high-end."

Below is a complete list of Alba's favorite shops, per The Honest Life. Even if it's not your style, it's hard not to appreciate a woman who doesn't mind listing C&C California next to Chanel:

· Azzedine Alaia
· Brook&Lyn
· Brooks Brothers
· C&C California
· Celine
· Chanel
· Cheap Monday
· Dolce & Gabbana
· Earnest Sewn
· Elizabeth & James
· Elle MacPherson Intimates
· Flight 001
· Frederick's of Hollywood
· Gap
· Givenchy
· H&M
· J Brand
· J.Crew
· Kate Spade
· Levi's
· L.L.Bean
· Narciso Rodriguez
· Prada
· Proenza Schouler
· Ralph Lauren
· Roger Vivier
· Seven For All Mankind
· Simone
· Spanx
· Svpply
· Target
· Theory
· Topshop
· Tory Burch

· The Honest Company [Official Site]
· All The Fashion People Who Made Fast Company's "Most Creative People In Business" List, and Why [Racked]