Kyly Clarke's new book ‘True To You’

Kyly Clarke have dedicated her new book to her baby daughter but it's really a homage to Kathy Bates' fragile character from Fried Green Tomatoes.
 True to You is a miniature coffee table book
containing some of Mrs Michael Clarke's favourite uplifting mantras. The glossy tome is page after page of bite-sized "thoughts for an inspiring life" with various photos of Clarke – the model and candle maker – fondling herbs, sitting at a laptop and almost eating a strawberry.

Broken up into six chapters including "Mind, Body, Spirit", "Relationships" and "About Kyly Clarke", the new mum has produced the literary version of saccharine. Together with her husband, Clarke launched her latest project last week over an intimate lunch at Paddington's The Royal Hotel. The perfect setting given Sydney's affluent Eastern suburbs types appear to be her target audience. The $25 book is an extension of her lifestyle blog, Lyfestyled, where readers are encouraged to make "all aspects of your life beautiful. From your fitness routine to your fashion philosophy to your home decoration plan."

Part Gwyneth Paltrow 'Goopness', part therapy session, True to You does not endorse ramming cars in your local shopping centre car park screaming "Towanda", instead Clarke suggests a more serene outlook: "You can either be happy or right: you choose. Book now available all online bookstore.

Here are three things I learnt from reading True to You:

1. The downward-facing dog is better for you than an actual puppy

"The happiest people are in touch with their spiritual sides. This doesn't necessarily mean they follow an organised religion, just that they value peaceful and harmonious activities like yoga, reading, going for a walk or meditating."

2. Comedy is dead

"When someone makes a sarcastic joke at your expense, jump on board and agree with what they say. This gives them nowhere to go, and you can brush it all off with a smile."

3. Christmas will be affordable this year
"The greatest gift you can give another human being is to listen to them with your full attention.

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