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

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!


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!



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 and 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


Bellissima Italy

There is something magical about Italy. Picture-perfect vistas, charming towns, an air of romance and of course…the food. For our 10th wedding anniversary my husband & I spent two weeks discovering “Il dolce far niente” (the sweetness of doing nothing) in beautiful, inspirational & bellissima Italy.

On the beach in Montersosso al mare, Cinque Terre. Vivid colors, the beautiful sea….this photo is definitely going on my inspiration board. Perfection.


Lounging on the Italian Riviera in my Kushcush Wallflower bikini!


The vistas of Italy…grapes on the hillside, terra-cotta houses…amazing.


The Italian cocktail…a Campari at sunset (aka: the apertivo!).


Uh, I could eat these colors with a spoon.

Loving the white-washed and pastel coat of adorable Vernazza, Cinque Terre.

*** Angelo happy as a clam…er’ I mean, mussel.


Hello Torino! The U2 tour continues in Torino, Italy…


The rock star pose…Bono and the U2 famiglia!


Swimming, reading + eating pizza = bliss in Vernazza, Cinque Terre.

Wearing my Kushcush Coquette Maillot.


Beautiful Lake Como (no, we didnt see George Clooney).


Stepping back in time…quaint and quiet Varenna on Lake Como.


Our  hotel in Bellagio… so much history, Im still convinced it was haunted! Or maybe it was the huge thunderstorms and lightening crackling over the lake & alps. Either way = spooky!


Bellissimo…my husband Angelo looking oh so handsome after a day of shopping in Milan.


The Duomo…absolutely stunning.


Mama’s got a brand new bag…shopping Miu Miu in Milano.


Awww, now that’s amore… xoxo


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.

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Designer diary

So excited that my new Resort 2011 collection is almost finished!! Cant wait to share it with you all… inspired by travel, I’m coveting a serious vacation just looking at these dreamy new pieces!


In other behind-the-scene news, the office is busy, busy, busy these days getting everything prepped and ready for market. Jayne from the Apparel News stopped by the studio today to pull some pieces for her new ‘trends’ story which means we are officially into the season… hello swim 2011! I have about 400 unanswered emails  (sorry everyone!) and have been diligently crazed scouting locations for our lookbook photo shoot, casting models and finalizing the collection. Whew! Wish me luck! ~KC