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Jessica Simpson says “being pregnant for two years took a toll.”
She and fiancé Eric Johnson, a former NFL tight end, have two children, daughter Maxwell Drew Johnson, born May 1, 2012, and son Ace Knute Johnson, born June 30, 2013.
Her hefty weight gain during her first pregnancy was a hot topic in the tabloids. She says she was “constantly hungry” and had a “big appetite.”
Simpson, 33, says she didn’t pack on as many pounds with her second pregnancy. Still, she says, whenever she went to the doctor and stepped on the scales, “I would say, ‘Really, I could gain that much weight in one week?’ ”
Simpson is back to her pre-pregnancy weight before Ace but won’t say what it is.
“With Maxwell, I vegged out and laid around. I knew I didn’t have to watch what I was eating for the first time in my life. I kind of let loose, and I gained a lot,”
says the singer, actress, fashion designer and celebrity spokeswoman for Weight Watchers. Many remember her incredible figure in cutoff shorts and skimpy tops from her role as Daisy Duke in the 2005 movie Dukes of Hazzard.
Simpson says she lost more than 50 pounds on Weight Watchers after Maxwell was born. She’s 5-foot-3. Weight Watchers tells members that a healthy weight range for a person of her height is 113 to 141 pounds.
When she got pregnant for a second time, Simpson says she gained “what a normal pregnant woman would gain. I did put on a good amount with Ace,” but she won’t give the exact number.
The difference between the pregnancies was that she was already leading a “healthier lifestyle” during the second pregnancy, and she kept exercising, working with her personal trainer three times a week and going on “walks with Eric, my almost-husband. I tried to get 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. I wasn’t trying to lose weight. I didn’t mind gaining weight.”
When the doctor gave her the OK after Ace was born, Simpson says, “I jumped back on Weight Watchers.”
She followed the company’s new Simple Start plan, a two-week program that doesn’t require people to count points. It provides a shopping list and menu of options for meals and snacks, as well as splurges such as a glass of wine or serving of ice cream.
The plan is based on studies that indicate that weight loss during the first month of dieting is very predictive of both short- and long-term weight-loss success, says Gary Foster, co-chief scientific officer for Weight Watchers. “We want to keep it simple and structured, because those two things drive success,” and if people experience success, they are more likely to stick with it, he says.
“I saw the results really quickly,” Simpson says, and then she went back to the PointsPlus program.
As far as preparing the family meals, Simpson says she has “somebody who comes in and helps out. I do want to make sure I stick with the right recipes, and obviously my schedule is a little jampacked.”
She describes herself as “an OK cook. I’m not one of the best. Eric is really good at chopping vegetables. I’m not good at chopping.”
She gradually increased her exercise and now is going full speed ahead on that.
One day recently, she walked 18,000 steps. “With both kids, I’m running up and down my stairs a million times. Kids can keep your metabolism going. Eric and I go on walks together. I try and walk about 4 miles a day consistently. It makes me feel better.”
Exercise helps her
“with all the hormones I have to deal with. Working out and being active overall makes me a happier person to be around. I let out so much more anxiety if I go out and walk and talk to Eric, who is basically my therapist on our walks.”
In addition to walking, Simpson’s physical activity includes doing somersaults in the backyard with Maxwell.
She is also working with personal trainer Harley Pasternak four days a week for 45 minutes. “It’s a lot of resistance training, lots of lunges and squats. There are bursts of cardio throughout the workout as well.”
Simpson is on a mission “to be the best version of myself and to feel great. I want to be a great mom and a great example to my kids.”
For years, there has been a lot of publicity about Simpson’s weight cycling. “People are going to talk about this no matter what. I might as well choose to live a healthy lifestyle.
“It does get old having people harping on how much you weigh or your body after pregnancy. I need to feel comfortable in my own skin. People are going to pick me apart no matter what I do. I’m always going to have critics out there who will make a story out of something.”
With two children a little over a year apart, Simpson says she and Eric “have our hands full. It’s so much fun. Every day we don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s fun to watch them interact. They definitely keep our lives busy but full of smiles. We laugh a lot.
“I’m the luckiest girl in the world to have Eric with me and by my side, and he’s an unbelievable dad.”
The couple is in the middle of wedding plans.
“I’ve been pulling all kinds of sketches for dresses and colors. It’s a good goal for me. It’s good for me to feel the best I’ve ever felt when I walk down the aisle.”
About having more children, she says, “I can’t even think about being pregnant again right now.” But, she adds, “I would never say never.”
Opening up about how her public pregnancies and her fame affect her parenting, pop superstar Jessica Simpson revealed four tips she wants her children to know on a guest blog post for “Parent.”
She began simply, by writing, “My pregnancy with Maxwell, specifically because she is a girl, made me realize that I wouldn’t be able to protect her from everything I had been through as a woman.”
She also opened up about her documented pregnancies, saying, “my struggles with my weight and body image have played out in front of the world. As hard as that has been, the hardest part is to realize that with all the hurtful and harsh criticism from others, I have been the hardest on myself.”
“Raising Maxwell makes me realize that I don’t want her to see me beat myself up for things like food choices or numbers on a scale,” writes Simpson. “I don’t want her to learn anything like that from me.”
She continued, stating,
“I want her to know her value, rather than spending her energy fighting negative voices from within, I want to teach her to figure out what is truly right for her rather than worrying about what anyone else thinks.”
As for the four pieces of advice she presented to daughter Maxwell and son Ace, she wrote:
“Build a great support system. A strong family and wonderful friends keep me headed in the right direction every day!”
“Learn to accept compliments as graciously as you give them. Don’t dismiss them – soak up the positivity and give it back as often as you can!”
“Find a partner who really supports and listens to you in the good times and the bad.”
“Be original. The world will try to fit you into a mold, but carve your own path.”
Jessica Simpson had shed 70 pounds of baby weight after giving birth to daughter Maxwell on May 1, 2012. Imagine her surprise when five months later, the Weight Watchers spokeswoman learned she was pregnant with baby No. 2. She and fiancé Eric Johnson welcomed son Ace via planned C-Section on June 30, and since then, the Southern superstar has been working hard to get back in her famous Daisy Dukes.
“When I had Maxwell I gained a lot of weight. More than I thought I would,” Simpson tells Tumblr’s MomFeeds blog. “And when it came time to try to take it off, it felt overwhelming. Stepping on the scale and seeing that number was really scary. With a toddler on the run and an infant to look after, I knew I needed a plan that’s simple and fits into my life along with the support that’s so important to my success. I know Weight Watchers works so I got on the plan again.”
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Simpson is earning a reported $4 million to endorse the program. The 33-year-old mom of two has been sticking to her plan and even recruited friends to join her group.
“Most of the women in my group have been my friends for years. Not only are we very close, but we’re also all going through some of the same things in our lives,” the singer shares. “It makes it hard to not be accountable for what you’re doing. And we spend so much time together that we’re helping each other make better choices, whether it’s choosing the menu for a business lunch or deciding where to go out for dinner on the weekend.”
Having a strong support system is crucial, according to Simpson. “We celebrate each other’s successes, talk about challenges and how to tackle them,” she says.
Known for her killer curves, the former Fashion Star mentor says it hurts to know that people are so focused on her figure. Even so, she feels more comfortable in her skin than she has in years.
“I’m a lot more confident this time around. With Maxwell, I didn’t think about the weight I was gaining, and the first time I stepped on a scale and looked at the number—I mean, that wasn’t a number I had ever even considered—I was faced with a pretty serious truth,” Simpson says. “But since I had already done Weight Watchers, I didn’t put on as much weight with Ace and I just know a lot more now.”
Simpson says her children sometimes crash meetings, but Johnson usually keeps them occupied elsewhere in the house. “Maxwell usually gets some attention from everyone, and Ace is always an attraction because he is still a baby,” she shares. “But they’re pretty good about giving us our time, and Eric’s a very hands-on dad. He’s not afraid to go two-on-one.”
Johnson, 34, is helpful in a multitude of ways.
“The great thing about Eric is that when he played football, he was always conscious of his weight and either gaining or losing, so he knows what it’s like and he’s helpful,” Simpson raves. “Plus, he loves me and always makes me feel beautiful, so he’s awesome.”
Simpson doesn’t consider herself a “perfect” parent, but she does enjoy helping fellow first-time moms like BFF CaCee Cobb.
“She’ll call me and say, ‘He won’t stop crying! What should I do?’ I love that I’m considered an expert!” she tells MomFeeds. “But it’s great to have the perspective from the first one already. You know, you’ve just got to keep calm and roll with things. And it helps to have a good sense of humor. I try to make her laugh.”
Looking vibrant in a royal blue dress and heels, Jessica Simpson admits that yes, this pregnancy was indeed a surprise.
“We were definitely extremely shocked,” the Fashion Star mentor tells Ellen DeGeneres with a laugh Wednesday. “Apparently, protection just went out the window. I feel like I’m always pregnant. We’re very happy.”
But while Simpson, 32, is being more careful with her health this time around, expecting her second child with fiancé Eric Johnson has made her extra tired.
“It’s the complete opposite. With Maxwell [now 10 months], I felt amazing. I could do everything, eat everything,” she says. “I had a lot of energy. This time around, I’m exhausted. Eating Tums — that’s my snack of choice.”
Simpson is also being more judicious with nutrition after working hard to drop more than 60 lbs. after delivering Maxwell.
“I was doing Weight Watchers and I felt super healthy,” Simpson notes. “I’m not really craving as much, [plus] I know how hard it is to get off so I’m trying to make healthier, wiser decisions.”
Whatever her weight, Simpson says Johnson — a former NFL tight end — never made her feel unwanted, even at her heaviest.
“Apparently Eric still wanted me,” she jokes. “So I can gain as much weight and I will have a husband-to-be that loves me.”
Chids DeGeneres, pointing to Simpson’s bump: “Apparently he did.”
Feeding into rumors that the singer and fashion designer is expecting a son, the host had two onesies made up for the mom-to-be. One referenced a baby brother; the other a sister.
“You can’t have both,” DeGeneres teases. “You can only have one.”
As Simpson demurs, the host makes her own choice, handing her the brother outfit.
“Maybe I’ll take this one,” Simpson said with a laugh, hinting but confirming nothing. “If it’s a girl, she might call him ‘bro.’”
How gorgeous does Jessica look! Can’t take my eyes off of her =) Amazing!!
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!
Blonde bombshell Jessica Simpson may be ready to give birth any day now, but that doesn’t mean the soon-to-be mama is settling down anytime soon. The 31-year-old pop singer, who’s often confused for being a ditz thanks to her infamous “chicken or fish” line from 2003’s reality series, “Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica,” is actually one of the top fashion moguls in the country. As a businesswoman, she enjoys success with the Jessica Simpson Collection, a multi-million dollar empire featuring 22 categories, including shoes, handbags, and fragrances, just to name a few. Even as the Texas native prepares to welcome a baby girl alongside new fiancé and NFL player Eric Johnson, she never fails in showing off her dangerously high heels, scoring magazine covers, and launching new projects showcasing her stylish side. Currently, Simpson is serving as a celebrity mentor for “Fashion Star,” NBC’s new TV competition about discovering the next great brand. In a recent roundtable Simpson reveals what it’s like to work with aspiring designers from around the country, her favorite shopping tips, as well as those pesky rumors about a possible maternity line.
How did you get involved with this show?
Jessica Simpson: (Executive Producer) Ben Silverman actually approached me to do this project. Apparently, I was on their radar because of developing the Jessica Simpson Collection from the ground up. Now it’s got amazing legs to run on and I’ve had such a great time just diving in and seeing what I can do. And I really have created more of a passion for fashion over the years just being involved with the business and all of the small details. You know, all of the blood, sweat, and tears that go into making a shoe. There’s so much that goes into each item of clothing and so many people are involved. It’s great to see that unfold and have a successful business. I think teaming up with this show was a perfect fit. I couldn’t turn it down because I felt like it was great for my collection, but it was also important for me to talk to these up and coming designers, mentor them, show them the ropes, and really try to lead them in the right direction.
What was it like working with Elle MacPherson in ‘Fashion Star?’
Jessica Simpson: Elle was amazing to work with. She’s such a beauty icon, so she was definitely stunning to watch, but she also has such a great presence about her and she’s a very professional person. I enjoyed getting her opinions on all of the clothes because she’s launched a really successful line of her own and she’s been in the business for so long. I created a great relationship with Elle and I think people are going to love everything she wears. And of course, her body’s rocking.
It seems that you’re trying to find the next Calvin Klein over the course of a season. How difficult is that when you’re also catering to the needs of a now audience with a show like ‘Fashion Star?’
Jessica Simpson: Well, I think any designer can understand what people need to be wearing right now is the biggest and best step that you can take. Instead of putting your ego first you put the buyer ahead. I think that’s a really important thing to know, what the consumer is waiting to wear. That’s the hardest part, but it’s also the easiest. It makes for the best business. I think we definitely found that in a lot of the designers on the show, but there are a couple that stand out and will be around for a very long time.
Will you also be performing?
Jessica Simpson: No, I’m not performing, but I do get to have my very first Jessica Simpson Collection runway show, so that is a huge dream come true. That’s a part of the finale. It’s a big moment for me and you’ll definitely see me very overjoyed.
Since the pieces need to be wearable and relatable to the everyday woman, how do you keep the challenges exciting for the viewers week-after-week?
Jessica Simpson: Most of the challenges are pretty simple. I think simplicity is one of the hardest things to do as a designer. The simple pieces are always the ones that sell the most. They’re your everyday wear. We really wanted everybody to create a closet, more than anything, for America and pay attention to the details. Just everything that goes into building an empire. All of these designers needed to be capable of everything that was going to come their way. But I think that when it comes to clothing there’s no way you’re going to be disappointed. You’ll definitely see with all of the designers the challenge that it is to actually do something simple.
What did you think was important to bring to the show as a mentor? Did you look at anybody else on shows similar to this for clues on what to do?
Jessica Simpson: No, I really didn’t watch any other shows in going into this. This part of fashion has been my life for the past six, seven years. So, I really just wanted to be there, hang out, talk with the designers, and make sure they did have a vision that listens to the buyers and what they want. That’s really important, to be able to give Macy’s the colors that they’re wanting or the styles they’re selling best on their floors. I wanted to help because they’re great designers. That’s one of the great things about the show because we don’t have to go through the terrible designers to get to the great ones. We have 14 great designers and it’s about picking the one that really has a vision and can be around for the next 20-30 years. It’s not just about being creative. It’s about being business savvy as well.
What’s the biggest lesson you learned when starting your own collection? How does that translate to the show and for those looking to make a name for themselves?
Jessica Simpson: At the beginning, I thought everything I wanted to create was right. But look, I don’t wear flats, I’m very, very pregnant, and it’s my biggest selling shoe in the Jessica Simpson Collection, so I had to give in and be like, ‘Okay, well 90% of America wears flats.’ I really had to teach myself that it wasn’t just about everything I would wear. It’s about looking at a person and giving them an overall look. Everybody is different, so it’s really about understanding their sense of style and making it cohesive in my brand.
A lot of times singers get badmouthed for wanting to be actors, designers, or whatever the case may be, but like you said, this has been your life for a long period of time. You’re actually good at it and you’ve had a lot of success. What does it mean to have a high standing in the fashion world?
Jessica Simpson: I never expected to do what I’ve done in the fashion world, but I feel very blessed to be here. We started off with accessories, so I originally thought I was just going to do shoes and handbags. With the success of that it just gives you more opportunities, so the sky’s the limit. Even with music, acting, and being a mom, I know that I can do it. Life is always about expanding and that’s how we grow. I’m just really happy to be where I’m at and I’m proud to say that I get to do everything I love.
Is your pregnancy inspiring you to release a maternity line?
Jessica Simpson: Yes, I definitely want to do a line of maternity clothes eventually. I came up with some designs, but I haven’t really loved anything yet. The point of launching a maternity line is to do something different. I’m not buying any maternity clothes. I’m wearing clothes in bigger sizes. So, I really want to make a maternity line that’s comfortable, but really stylish for people because I believe we all deserve to feel and look good. It’s a little bit harder because people don’t want to spend a lot of money on maternity clothes because you’re only pregnant for almost 10 months. It’s a harder business, but I feel like it’s something we will do eventually.
You’ve been an inspiration to so many people throughout the years. What’s the one piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to be on ‘Fashion Star?’
Jessica Simpson: The funny thing is that now I’ll go to work, talk to some of the designers on our team and be like, ‘You should totally be on ‘Fashion Star.’ It’s such a great opportunity.’ So, I don’t know. I think that you really just have to be a very creative person who wants to sell more than just to your local town. There are some designers who like to play it safe. They really aren’t meant for ‘Fashion Star.’ We like daring designers and those that will really listen to mentors and buyers. It’s about understanding the business. It’s definitely a mix of someone who’s really creative and someone who really understands the business. If you don’t know the business yet you can learn because Lord knows I came into this not knowing anything about it.
Speaking of inspiration, what are you getting from the young designers you’re working with?
Jessica Simpson: I think just seeing their drive and excitement reignites a fire within me and makes me want to go back to those beginning stages of fresh creativity. I definitely was inspired by all of these designers to be even more involved in our collection. And with a lot of them I learned how to fabric shop and I’ve never really done that before.
What do you think is going to make people go out and buy these designs when there’s not a huge name attached to it?
Jessica Simpson: When you watch the show you’re going to have your favorites. You’re going to see these designers and their backgrounds. You’re going to fall in love with them as people, so it doesn’t really matter if they’re famous or not. You don’t really compare people together as designers. You find yourself rooting for more than one person.
How much of a part does your mentoring play in the end result of the designs?
Jessica Simpson: There are definite moments of surprise, shock, what the heck did you do, and I would have never thought of that. But yes, there is a lot of pressure as a mentor because you don’t want to tell somebody to do the wrong thing. For me, I feel it’s on my shoulders if they took my idea and the buyers were like, ‘No you’re eliminated.’ So, I really encourage people to listen to their own inner dialogue. I’m there just to tweak things along the way, but I don’t really give too big of an idea. I don’t want any blame. I do trust my instincts and I think you’ll see they really are receptive to what the mentors have to say to them.
Will you be influencing the contestants on the show to create personal baby wear?
Jessica Simpson: Well, I didn’t know I was pregnant when we shot the show, so you won’t be seeing that. But I do walk around everywhere wanting to shrink things baby size nowadays.
We won’t be seeing you on the show pregnant at all?
Jessica Simpson: No, no, no, we shot in the early summer. That way we could have all of the clothes manufactured and ready to buy before the show came on. It will be amazing to see myself with a waistline. I’ll be like a big blob sitting on the couch watching myself thin (laughs).
What’s your advice for shoe shopping on a budget?
Jessica Simpson: I definitely think that color trends are fun. Of course, it’s always important to have a great black and nude shoe, but right now I’m loving neon and color blocking. If you want to be that person who walks down the street and gets compliments on your shoes I would definitely go for color block. But the great thing about our collection is that we can do all of the wild, fun things, but make it comfortable. There are things that drive me crazy about certain shoes. If I see a shoe and the stitching isn’t tonal I have a panic attack. Everybody in the company knows not to show Jessica a black shoe with white stitching on it. There are tons of little tricks that go into making the perfect shoe, but I think color and comfort are really important, plus different heel sizes. Even though I prefer 6 inches a lot of people like a 4 or 2 inch heel.
What are some tricks shoppers should be looking out for?
Jessica Simpson: Let’s see, what’s a good trick? Well, I have these shoes right now in the collection that are a nude wedge with fluorescent orange on the bottom and around the ankle. You don’t have to wear them with something fluorescent or black, you know? I think it’s great to mix all of the colors together, but there’s something so sexy about a nude heel on light skin. It really elongates the leg. If you throw the pop of color then it makes a difference to what you see.
How can women dress well on a budget?
Jessica Simpson: I should probably budget myself more. But in the Jessica Simpson Collection we do focus on making our budgets affordable for people and putting together an amazing closet for the consumer. I feel there should be one piece you splurge on. I always splurge on shoes because it can help you put together a really simple outfit for cheap. Also, the big trends right now are all of the colored and printed jeans. You can find them in the $40-60 range and we have that in our collection. Buying fun colors and being able to mix and match things is really important, but there’s that splurge item. You can then build around that.
At the time that you were approached to do ‘Fashion Star,’ you already had so much going on in your life. How do you manage it all?
Jessica Simpson: Fashion has been number one in my life and career. I just thought it was a great way to be able to wear the Jessica Simpson Collection, have the world see it, and really give people an insight on how a business runs. I think ‘Fashion Star’ definitely helps me show everybody how broad the Jessica Simpson Collection is and how many different licensees we have. It was a great way for me to really put the collection on a pedestal and have people see how far it has come.
Is motherhood going to change that for you?
Jessica Simpson: No because we’ve had so much success that going to approval meetings and being inspired isn’t hard at all. It’s a really relaxing career for me. I mean, I travel to New York and made it to Paris for Fashion Week, but other than that it’s really just a career that all I need to do is stay inspired. I don’t see that leaving anytime soon.
What an amazing interview! I love how smart Jessica is and how aware of everything going on in the business. You go girl!