Giveaway: WIN A Book and a Bikini!

There are few things I’d rather be doing than relaxing on the beach with a good book. And while it may be cold outside (or an absolute tundra as the case may be), my 2011 swim collection and a sunshine-y new paperback are about to hit stores. To celebrate, we’re doing a giveaway to get you into an utterly optimistic state of beach bliss!

Win a fabulous Kushcush “Milla” bikini and a copy of the adorably inspiring book Meeting Your Half-Orange by Amy Spencer!


On Harper Bazaar’s “Hot List” and #1 on Star Magazine’s “Must List,” Meeting Your Half-Orange: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match is an inspiring and charming read that reminds us to look on the bright side in life and love. Although I’ve been blissfully married for 10 years, I love the message in the book (so did Glamour, Cosmopolitan UK and Jillian Michaels!) and found many areas of life to apply the book’s power of positive thinking. Read for a healthy dose of optimism or share with your single girlfriends. And for a daily dose, check out Spencer’s blog at TheDatingOptimist.com.



If you don’t have a beach trip planned yet, well, what better way to look forward to one than with a HOT new bikini (hello, healthy body inspiration!) and an optimistic book to read on the sand. Kushcush has been worn by Kim Kardashian, Jessica Biel, Nicole, Ritchie, Audrina Patridge and Nicky Hilton. And if you win the giveaway, it will also be worn by you! This “Milla” style is part of the Spring 2011 line and flattering on all body types – so good, the style made the UsWeekly Buzz-o-Meter because they thought so, too!


HOW TO ENTER:

Contest runs from Tuesday, January 11th to Friday, January 14th at 12 midnight.

To Enter: Comment below with one thing you “love” about yourself or your life. Maybe you love your friends. Or your job. Or your quirky sense-of-humor. Or your freckles. Or, uh, maybe you love your taste in bikinis and dating books. That’s it. Just tell us what you love in the comment box below and you’ll be entered to win!

Every Kushcush bikini reads “Love Your Bikini ” on the tag. Now it’s your turn… tell us what YOU love!

Happy thoughts and best of luck!

xoK

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Note: Contest is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. One entry per person. We’ll choose the winner from comments on TheDatingOptimist.com and DesignerStyleDiaries.com in a random drawing. Be sure you are using a working email with your comment, as we’ll be notifying you via email after January 15th if you’ve won to get your address and bikini size.

SI Swim Sneak Peek!

In some behind-the-scenes photos tweeted by the SI Swim crew, we spotted our ‘Coastline’ bikini being photographed in a top secret locale for the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition!

“Major pretty happening!!!” tweeted SI’s MJ Day along with the sneak-peek pic. Fingers crossed this major pretty moment makes it to the actual issue due out next month! xoK

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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.

The Top 10

In their former identity, Park Vogel crafted perfectly cut tanks, tees and cashmere that added just the right amount of style to wardrobe basics. I’ve been a fan for years (and not just because they are in the adjacent design studio and I could shop their sample sales on my way from the elevator…although yes, shopping in the workplace is fabulous).

Now known as Vogel 10, design director Vanessa Vogel and her team hand curates a list of 10 coveted must-haves every month from their new line of equally luxurious closet staples as well as designer collaborations .  This month it’s a wardrobe inspired by a Greece getaway and includes my ‘Riviera’ bikini in black! Check it out here!

The Look: Safari Sophisticated

We received a lot of calls in the Kushcush studio after Kim Kardashian rocked my ‘Mallory‘ bikini on vacation in Costa Rica. While we cant help you get KK’s signature curves, we can help you channel her sultry, sophisticated style.

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The inspiration: Kim Kardashian in Costa Rica

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Get The Look:

1. Start with a safari chic print in either a cover-up or swimsuit. Stay away from colored animal prints and anything too brash.

2. Pair with a clean, neutral solid. If a white bikini like Kim’s is not your style, choose a darker palate with rich blacks and beautiful coco browns like I chose below.

3. Add the luxe. Choose oversized sunglasses in neutral colors or with metal detail. Cap it off with a chunky bracelet. Keep in mind you’re at the beach so your accessories should be inspired by nature like the chunky wood bangles Kim’s wearing or a studded leather wrap.

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The Look: Safari Sophisticated

Mazzy bikini in Luxe Leopard (sale $80), Beaux gauze-weight cover-up in Black ($178) all by Kushcush. Accessorized with leather wrap bracelet and Michael Kors sunglasses.