Jessica took Daisy along for some shopping in New York after her fun weekend with the Pussycat Dolls in Vegas. Jess is looking much happier these days and it's not just because she's found a great guy. While in Vegas, Extra grabbed a moment with Jess to chat about life these days. Here are highlights:

  • On the next year:
    “I'm so’ really going to be the year where I am no longer the girl with potential – I am the butterfly!”
  • On her hair:
    “I’m happy to be a brunette because it reflects who I am now.”
  • On life (and her hair):
    “There’s a lot of discovery and that’s what’s so amazing and humbling about life… everyday there’s a new discovery whether it’s as simple as hair color or a new friend in your life, a new person in your life.”
  • In summation:
    “I’ve got to get my life together and become the woman that I’ve always wanted to be and just love life and love who I am.”

I have to admit I have softened up on Jessica again since her divorce, but the butterfly and brunette comments both seem a little weird to me. Wasn't it her blonde girl act that got her famous? Anyway, it sounds like she's got a couple of good men to thank for her newfound happiness. Not just John but her hairstylist and BFF Ken Paves, too!

There are times, however, when her new look betrays her -- like last night's Costume Institute Gala. Check it out here.