Kushcush in Heaven

When I started Kushcush seven years ago, my husband gave me a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition book with a sweet note of encouragement written on the inside cover.

Now, seven years later, the new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit book Heaven by world renowned SI photographer Walter Iooss contains a photo of Marisa Miller wearing one of my swimsuits. It’s a gorgeous book and feels like a small moment of coming full circle.

Available online at Amazon.com.

Kushcush in SI Swimsuit issue!

Fabulous day! So excited to share that Lindsey Vonn is wearing my red Diana bikini in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue! So hot, check it out… we’re on page 84!!

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I come from a long line of skiers so I’m especially thrilled to have Olympic Skier (and fellow Minnesota girl!) Lindsey wearing my suit! She is amazing & we’ll definitely be cheering her on in Vancouver!

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The Diana style as seen on Lindsey is available in Luxe Black and Red for $176 at Kushcush.com. Click here to shop!

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Paradise in St. Lucia

After our romp in the snow, my husband and I headed south to the warm island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean. We were welcomed to our jaw-dropping sanctuary at Jade Mountain (my line of swimwear is carried in the resort boutique!). Indulgent luxury combined with the beauty of nature. Pure blisssss….take a peek!

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The smell of coconut, sea spray (love the fabulous things it does for my fine hair), vibrant fruits and flowers, the tropical glow on my skin…. this is the reason I design swimwear.

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Stresses of the city fade away…sunrise yoga over-looking the ocean, fresh-squeezed tropical juices, indulgent massages and ayurvedic treatments at the Jade Mountain spa. Total relaxation.

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Designed without a fourth wall, our room opened to a breathtaking view of the Piton mountains and Caribbean sea…complete with butler service, sundeck and private infinity pool (yes, in our room!).

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Diving in!

{Wearing my Kushcush ‘Lucia’ style in emerald green}

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On the beach with everything I need… my husband, a pina colada, sunscreen and a good book.

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Kushcush in paradise….loving my new collection!

{Wearing my Kushcush ‘Riley’ bikini‘Beaux’ Cover-up}

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The good life… Sailing the St. Lucian seas.

{Wearing my Kushcush ‘Coquette’ maillot in blush lace}

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Ahhhh….pure relaxation.

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Wild ride….zip lining through the rain forest!

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Room with a view….Angelo enjoying a local Piton beer in our sanctuary.

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Inspiration everywhere….watching the sun set from under a thatched umbrella.

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Behind the shoot: Vita Fede campaign

It’s a wrap! I just finished styling the Vita Fede photo shoot for their new campaign (the new collection is amazing). Check out some behind-the-scenes action from the set!

{The look}

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Mood board and inspiration photos. Edgy beautiful and masculine + feminine looks define the mood.

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{The wardrobe}

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At Kathy Walker showroom pulling stunningly modern silk looks for the shoot.  Next stop was French label Gerard Darel who’s blazers nailed the masculine + feminine mood with a distinctive Parisian-cool factor.

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{The Shoes}

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A favorite find for the shoot, a pair of fabulous Dolce & Gabbana black patent lace-up oxford heels. Loveeeee. They went with everything!

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{The model}

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Mia from Elite Model Mgmt. I love model style and Mia arrived on set looking great in a chunky sweater dress, thigh highs and distressed boots.

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{The prep}

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Steam it like you mean it! My assistant Sarah prepping wardrobe backstage.

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{The hair}

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Luke created big volume on the model’s fine hair with extensions and several coats of hair spray.

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{The makeup}

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Bring the drama! Make-up artist Andre Sarmiento gives Mia a flawless smokey eye.

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{The shoot}

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On set! Angelo from InHouseLA getting the shot. Inside scoop: the 800 images taken will be narrowed down to 8!

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{It’s a wrap}

Pop champagne! xxK

Hot in Hollywood

It might be chilly outside but oh baby, it’s hot in here! LA spot du jour, Voyeur, hosted the annual UsWeekly ‘Hot Hollywood’ Party last night to celebrate all things, well…. HOT.

With burlesque dancers lounging above head, a gifting suit in the back and an open bar serving up Skyy vodka cocktails, everyone’s favorite love-to-hate celeb magazine, UsWeekly, packed the house with guests like LL Cool J, Audrina Patridge, Taryn Manning, Joel McHale, Jenna Fischer, Mya and Bridget Marquardt.


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Feeling a little under the weather, I didnt have a lot of energy for wardrobe. I added an instant style update to my favorite LBD by adding some chic pattern-knit tights and a cream velvet wrap trench.

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Office Hottie: Jenna Fischer. I love the dry, witty humor of The Office and so enjoyed chatting with Jenna (aka Pam) and her fiance, Lee. Jenna and I use to work in advertising together back in the day (we were both assistants!)…and said she recently wore a Kushcush bikini I designed on a SELF magazine shoot (love that!). She is just lovely and can we have a moment on how flawless her hair & makeup were? So polished & pretty!

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Hot Mom: Julie Bowen. If you haven’t seen Modern Family, you should tune in immediately if not sooner. It’s quirky, documentary style is like The Office meets Desperate Housewives. So funny! Julie Bowen, who’s hilarious on the show and so cool in person, was on hand rocking the leopard trend. The dress looked great, but unforch the coat just felt a bit frumpy & was not working for me.

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The Hot ‘Girl Next Door’: Bridget Marquardt. Looking sexy as always, Bridget partied with friends in her amped-up LBD and bright pink shoes. Kushcush Scoop: Bridget recently wore a Kushcush bikini on her Travel Channel show Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches and told me it was one of her favorites!

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Spotted: Kristin Cavallari. The black straps and layered zippers are New York fierce with an overt sex appeal. I love the look but it was feeling a little ‘another time, another place’ for me. Perhaps too edgy and serious for a mainstream mag party celebrating all things like hot ‘n stuff.

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Spotted: Taryn Manning. The silver dress… flawless. The detailed black leather jacket…love. Together? Um, not so much. She looked sooo hot in this silver mini but I really wanted her to take the jacket off! Without the jacket and perhaps a pair of nude ankle boots….now that is LOVE!

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Spotted: Audrina Patridge. Love the look! The draped dress, the pretty hair, bracelets on both wrists (a new trend Im loving!) and fabulous grey heels. Spot on & so perfect for the event.

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Spotted: Mark Salling (aka Puck from Glee). This picture does not do him justice! With his little faux hawk and bad boy sex appeal (aka: the..I couldnt be bothered to dress up for the party, so I just threw on this plaid shirt), Mark is turning everyday life (like high school choir?) into something oh so much sexier…

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