Growing up, she said she never liked to wear the same outfit twice. “I had to be very creative, because I couldn’t go out and buy different outfits. My mom’s been my stylist since I was born. I was a preacher’s daughter, so I did have an image I had to uphold,” she said.
Simpson described her personal style as “classic…Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan, Michael Kors. I like sleek and beautiful. I also like the fun, quirky stuff such as Lanvin and Alexander McQueen. Valentino is a definite inspiration for me,” she said. “I love dresses. I love short skirts and showing off my legs. Sometimes I have to try and hide the boobs. I love wearing a suit jacket with a pair of cutoff jean shorts, and a great fun necklace with a T-shirt. I’m pretty simple. My style never gets too complicated.
“I don’t always like to dress up. I like to have something dressy and mix it with something casual. If it’s sequins, I still think it can go with shorts. In L.A., you always need somewhat of a jacket. It’s chilly at night.”
Describing herself as a “homebody,” Jessica lives in a secluded 5,500-square-foot home in Beverly Hills, once owned by Ellen DeGeneres, which she purchased for around $5 million in December 2005. Her parents live about 15 minutes away. During the evenings, she’s more likely to be found sprawled out on the couch than crawling the nightclubs. “In my downtime, I’m wearing sweats and on my couch catching up on TV shows. My fiancé is really into art, and I am, as well. We’ve been watching a lot of fun documentaries and going to art galleries and hanging out with some cool painters. My house is my little château. I like to stay home with my friends and cook, or we all order in. My house is a revolving door. I always have at least five people over all the time.”
Simpson said she even met Johnson in her own home. “He was out with some of my friends, and I was at home. One of my friends said, ‘You should come back to Jessica’s house.’ He came to the door and said, ‘This is Eric Johnson, and I said, ‘Who?’ And he said he was coming to hang out. And I haven’t let him leave the house. We got engaged at the house. It’s one of those rare stories.”
Will he work in the family business?
“No,” the women replied in unison.
“Eric’s a great guy. He’s taking art classes at UCLA. He’s very artistic. It’s nice to have an artistic athlete. You don’t find that too much,” said Jessica. Together they hike, bike, and live with a five-year-old Airedale terrier, who came with Eric. “We’re very relaxed. It takes a lot to get us stressed out. We talk through everything. You’ll see him off in the corner, and what’s Eric doing? He’s just meditating.”
“He’s a nice man for Jessica because she has such a crazy life. He’s a great balance for her,” added Tina.
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