For those of us who came of age rooting for her on Laguna Beach and The Hills (and now stalk her Pinterest), it can be easy to forget that Lauren Conrad isn't actually our real-life best friend, which is exactly what happened last week when I saw her engagement announcement on Instagram and squealed with excitement. I caught up with the busier-than-ever designer to talk beauty, fashion, and Halloween — and yes, she's just as nice as you imagine.
You've recently partnered with Downy and California Closets. What's your best tip for having an organized closet?
"The trick is regularly cleaning it out. A couple months ago when I moved, I found all these great things I hadn't worn in years. If you're someone who loves clothes, it's difficult to part with them. I associate my clothes with memories, so if it's a dress I wore on a great night out, I don't want to get rid of it even though I'll never wear it again. But whenever I'm unsure about items, I put them away in a suitcase and the rule is if you don’t open the suitcase after 6 months to a year, put everything into a bag and donate it."
What pieces do you always gravitate toward, whether you're designing for your line or pulling from your closet?
"I love dresses. They're the most fun to wear and the easiest because you're not dealing with separates — you just add shoes and a bag and you're done. I always gravitate toward lighter tones, softer silhouettes, a more romantic palette. I'll mix it up with black leather so it's more seasonal and weather-appropriate, but I just tend to love prettier things."
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"Right now, I've been wearing Chanel Chance — the one in the pink bottle."
Heels or flats?
"I'm more of a flats person. I love heels, but when I'm bouncing around to different appointments all day, they just make things too difficult."
"I know it's a faux-pas, but I usually end up mixing a few to match whatever color I'm wearing. Bite and Stila make great ones."
"I find that the more products I use, the more issues I have, so I rotate every night between a mild wash and a light scrub and I use Egyptian Magic ($37) on my skin morning and night. Once a week, I do a light peel, like HydroPeptide."
What's always in your bag?
"A light powder and red lipstick."
Any game-changing tricks you learned from your makeup artist or hairstylist?
"[The Beauty Department's] Amy Nadine taught me how to contour, which made all the difference, and Kristin Ess taught me how to perfectly curl my hair. It sounds so simple, but for most of my friends, when they're struggling with their hair, it's with a simple wave or curl. I usually curl mine away from my face."
What are you going to be for Halloween?
"My costume for this weekend is the tooth fairy — I'm basically like a giant ball of tulle. I'm trying to figure out what to do for my hair, since the tulle is knotted at the shoulders and puffed out, so probably a really messy, tousled updo."
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