Month: September 2012
She has an adorable baby, a handsome fiance — and she’s on her way to having a brand-new body. So it’s no wonder that Jessica Simpson often has a smile on her face. “She’s just in the happiest place I’ve ever seen her in,” her best friend CaCee Cobb tells iVillage. “Even on her worst day, she’s still happy with her life.”
Cobb admits that the new mom to 4-month-old daughter Maxwell (with fiance Eric Johnson) has come a long way since they first became friends 13 years ago. And while the Fashion Star mentor (who’s also the new Weight Watchers spokesperson) has fully converted to “responsible” mom, Cobb can still remember a time when she thought of Jess as the “dirtiest girl” she’d ever met!
Read on to find out how Jessica is encouraging CaCee to lose weight, why her fiance Johnson is like “Superdad,” and why CaCee thought Jess was joking when she first told her they were engaged.
How did you and Jessica meet?
It was back in ’97, I guess. I worked in the A&R department [at Columbia Records], and I worked on all of Jessica’s records. We had a very different type of relationship at first. We would talk on the phone all the time — work-wise. When she started to go on tour they were looking for a road manager, and they offered me the job. I was like, “Sure, but is that gonna be weird? We don’t really know each other.” And the crazy thing is that the first day out on the road with her, something happened with our travel and it screwed up. I didn’t have a hotel room, so we had to sleep in the same room in the same bed. The first day we even traveled together!
That’s one way to get to know each other!
Yeah, we sat up all night. It was like a slumber party. We just hit it off immediately, and we’ve been literally best friends since ’99 I guess.
What do you think it is that makes Jessica such a good friend?
She’s one of those people that whenever you’re going through something she will totally take it on. As if she’s right there in it with you. I mean, it’s gotta suck on her end because she’s totally investing every bit of her time and energy into someone else’s problems. And she’s always there for me. I’ve showed up at her house at night saying, “I’m spending the night!” No matter what’s going on in her life, she always makes time.
She’s known publicly for being this goofy, fun girl who doesn’t take herself too seriously…
Oh, yeah! She’s a dork. But I’m a dork, too. And I think that’s probably the reason we are so close. She never takes herself too seriously, and I love that about her. Going through everything she’s been through and owning a billion-dollar empire…It’s just insane because she’s still the exact same person she was when I met her.
Are there any goofy moments you’ve had with her that stand out?
I always tease her because I’m very OCD and very organized and clean. [She used to come stay with me in Dallas] and she would just totally ransack the whole apartment. She used to wear contacts, and I remember watching her one time sitting in my bed and taking her contacts out — and she’s throwing them on my floor! I asked her, “Why do you throw your contacts on the floor? That’s so rude.” And she was like, “Oh no, they dissolve. Don’t worry about it!” And I will always remember thinking, “This girl is the dirtiest girl that I’ve ever met.”
Now Jessica is engaged to Eric. Do you remember the first time she told you about him?
I don’t remember exactly, but I do remember thinking, “Okay, you met this guy.” And I really didn’t think anything of it. And then the next thing I knew, it was her birthday and we were all going to Italy together. I was like, “Okay, well this might be pretty serious!” But I liked the fact that I didn’t know anything about him because in the past she’s had relationships with people who were in the public eye — and not to say that they’re not great guys, but Eric is just so amazing! It’s really great to see her with a guy who’s just really down to earth, very humble, very smart and literally adores her. I couldn’t imagine her having a baby with anyone else in this world. Honestly, he’s the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
How did you react when she told you they were engaged?
Well, she called me, and she had me on Bluetooth, and I didn’t even realize it. She was like, “Okay, are you ready for this? I’m engaged!” I sat up and said, “Shut up! Are you serious?” I thought she was joking ’cause it happened really quick. But then she was like, “Yeah! We’re both here in the car!’ I was like, “Oh! Heeeey!” Ten minutes later I was geeked out of my mind driving my car over to her house to celebrate with them. It was amazing.
You’re the godmother to Jessica’s 4-month-old daughter Maxwell. What’s Jessica like as a mom?
It’s almost like she’s a different person. When she got pregnant I was like, “Oh God. This is going to be interesting!” She’s so great. I remember one time, while she was pregnant — one of our friends who has a kid was just saying, “You know it’s all about getting the baby on a schedule. That’s most important.” And I remember Jessica saying, “Well, Eric and I just kinda go with the flow. We’re not really gonna enforce schedules.” And now that she has Maxwell, I don’t think that we could be more on a schedule! Everything is scheduled. It’s fascinating to see Jessica organized and responsible.
So, she really has changed!
Now we’re not late for dinner reservations. We’re not late anywhere.
Has your friendship changed since she became a mom?
I’d like to say we’re closer. I’ve always looked at Jessica as a younger sister. When we met, she was 19 and I was 23, so I was going through way different things than what she was going through. Now the roles have totally changed. She talks to me about being a mom and being so happy and in love. It’s just different ’cause I was always the more…I don’t even know how to explain without it sounding weird.
It’s like she’s have more grown-up experiences?
Yes. And she’s experiencing them first. Which is weird when I used to experience them first.
You mentioned that you love Eric as a partner for Jessica. How is he as a dad?
Oh he’s amazing. He’s great. He’s Superdad! I’ve never seen anything like it. He’s totally raised the bar amongst all of our friends. I tell my fiance [actor Donald Faison], I’m like, “You’re gonna be like that with our kid, right? ‘Cause I’d be devastated if you weren’t!”
You’re doing Weight Watchers with Jessica. How are you encouraging each other?
Well, she encourages me. I wish I could say I was encouraging her. She’s pretty much the inspiration and the leader in the whole group. If you would have asked me that when we started, I would have not been thinking that. But she works hard. She watches everything she does. She is really trying to be the best mom that she can be, and she’s in such a happy place that you can’t even compete with her.
You’re both engaged. Are you helping each other with wedding plans?
Well, I wish that we could say that we were planning stuff. I’ve been engaged a little over a year, and I don’t even have a date yet. It’s really been so much about Maxwell that we’re not even missing anything about planning a wedding. We just sit and play with the baby all the time. There’s no rush.
How have you seen Jessica transform over the years?
I think the biggest change that I’ve seen — especially now since the baby’s here and she’s been with Eric — is that she has just found that confidence and happiness with herself. She’s just in the happiest place I’ve ever seen her in. Even on her worst day, she’s still happy with her life. If things get hard or rough, she’s just like, “Well, I’ve got Maxwell and I’ve got Eric. It’s never gonna be that bad.”
I love the interview so much, it tells a lot about Jessica and Cacee’s friendship. They’re both such amazing women, I can’t praise them enough! :)
September 22, 2012: Jessica and Eric were spotted at Fig & Olive in Los Angeles with Stephanie and her husband, out celebrating Stephanie’s birthday! How gorgeous do the ladies look! Happy Birthday Stephanie :)
Enjoy the pictures!
It’s been four months since Jessica Simpson gave birth to baby Maxwell and like most new moms, the experience has completely changed her life. We sat down with Jessica to get an update — on Maxwell’s sleep schedule, Eric as a dad and the surprising thing she worries about now (that never used to bother her!)
I Try Not to Compare
“I think that we can easily put expectations on our children just by comparing them to other children. I obviously want to know that my daughter is healthy, that I’m doing the right thing in taking care of her and she’s getting all the nutrients that she needs.”
“But, I think that as parents, we do a lot of comparing and we don’t really focus on our child in their own individuality. Taking away all the comparisons is a really healthy way to parent — and not focus on the percentiles and all that kind of stuff.”
Eric Is Sexier
“Watching him as a dad is probably one of the sexiest things I have ever seen. There is something about having these big hands on this little baby that is, by far, one of the sexiest things in the world.”
I’ve Become a Germaphobe!
“I’ve never been germ-a-phobic at all. And when we were on the plane and I was wearing socks and normally when I get up to go to the bathroom — I know it sounds bad — but I don’t put my shoes on. I just have socks on. And this time I was like ‘That is SO disgusting!’ My daughter’s going to be sitting in my lap!”
“But I have to keep from obsessing about that kind of stuff because she has to build her immune system up and I can’t completely protect her from everything. So I definitely have found myself to worry more now as a mom than I ever have — just about the small thing that I never would have thought of in the past.”
Sleep Is So Important
“We don’t have a nanny in the day, but we did have a night nurse in the beginning, and it’s really helped me stay sane. Anybody that can be there [helps] — even if it’s a relative who can help you so you can sleep in the first couple weeks of being home from the hospital. You have much more of a clear head. It’s really hard in the beginning and nobody can prepare you for it. But I really did get lucky: Maxwell is able to sleep through the night!”
Not Knowing Everything Is Okay
“I think all moms just want to make sure that they’re doing everything right, especially first-time moms. You’re going into it really not knowing what to expect even though there’s books written on it and you can try and get all the information you can. You really don’t know until you have them in your arms and you take them home — what choices and decisions you’re actually going to be faced with every day.”
These beauties were uploaded today to iVillage.com – so so cute! :)
Exclusive! 6 Easy Ways to Recreate Jessica Simpson’s Gorgeous Nursery
When you’re having a baby girl, it can be hard to look past pink when thinking about the nursery. But, with the help of designer Rachel Ashwell of Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture, Jessica Simpson chose to keep daughter Maxwell Drew’s room sweet, yet sophisticated.
Ashwell recently spoke with iVillage about Simpson’s nursery decor — which included pieces from Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic along with vintage finds — and gave these tips for how you can recreate the gorgeous look in your baby’s room.
Start with colors or styles, but not both. “When you mix up a color palette and you mix up a style, that’s when you start getting a mish-mosh,” Ashwell says. “Choose one or the other.” Simpson opted for shades of lavender and mauve with touches of pink and aqua.
Go vintage. Ashwell used a mauve/beige butterfly print vintage wallpaper to cover one wall of the nursery, and also brought in a mauve and beige flower-painted mirror with a “real wonderful patina.” The designer says she scours flea markets and other vintage fabric outlets to make one-of-a-kind pillows: “Jessica probably has 40 in her house, including the nursery.”
Don’t forget lighting. A chandelier adds a special flair to nursery design. Ashwell’s Capri style fixture is hand-made using glass beads and crystals. “It feels a little bit like a gypsy jewel and [Jessica] was all over it,” Ashwell says. “She felt that it was really lovely.”
Add personal flavor. To bring Simpson’s personality into the space, Ashwell says she added red cowboy boots and a Texas star.
Optimize your space. Because the family hosts so many visitors, Ashwell says they added a daybed to the room that’s also a trundle. “It’s great to have that possibility of extra sleeping space,” she says.
Get creative. Ashwell turned a dresser she found in Texas into Maxwell’s changing table. “It’s a lovely pale, turquoise color,” she says. “It has the functionality of the drawers below and then we just made an anchored changing table top for it. So again, that’s a really one-of-a-kind piece, that serves a function without compromising safety and lends itself to transition. When little Maxwell is 5, it’s going to have an evolution.”
September 20, 2012: Jessica Simpson celebrates her fiance Eric Johnson’s birthday with friends and family at Shutters at the Coast Cafe in Santa Monica, Calif.
I know these come a bit late but better late then never right? :) I hope you enjoy these photos of Jessica visiting Katie Couric on September 10th and GMA on September 11th!
I wanted to let you know my friend Stephen just launched a new Ashlee Simpson fansite! It’s amazing I think and I would like to share it with you. Click below to visit http://notimefortears.net :)
Aww so many adorable photos today! I really love them, check them out!
Credit: Kristin Burns via iVillage.com :)
It’s been a whirlwind two years for Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson! Together since the spring of 2010, the happy couple (pictured in N.Y.C. on Sept. 11) met at a party at her house and have been crazy about each other ever since. They were engaged about six months after they started dating and by the sound of what Simpson told iVillage exclusively, they’re a perfect match. “He loves very easily — as do I — and I think that together, [we’re] just a really healthy combination.”
Daddy’s Little Girl
Eric and Jessica welcomed daughter Maxwell Drew four months ago, and the star told iVillage that seeing her fiance with their baby is not only extremely sexy, but it’s also very gratifying. “It’s really great to have given him a blessing like this — to be able to bring [Maxwell] into his life,” she tells us. “It makes me feel really good that I could do that for him”
We know how Jess feels about her honey, but did Eric get the thumbs up from her tight-knit circle of friends? Absolutely! “Eric is just so amazing!” gushes Jessica’s best friend CaCee Cobb to iVillage. “It’s really great to see her with this guy that’s just really down to earth, very humble, very smart and literally adores her. I’m happy it’s really grown to this, and I couldn’t imagine her having a baby with anyone else in this world other than him.”
Read more at iVillage.com!
Jessica shared these 2 precious images via her official app! So beautiful! Happy Birthday Eric!!
Daddy’s 33rd Birthday! Last year at Daddy’s party, Maxwell was in my belly. This year she’s in my arms!
Click the image to check it out! I love it, so full of tips and pics! :)
Also check out this adorable pic of Jess & Maxi!