LC let’s Glamour in on how she keeps her fashion lines stylish and eco-friendly by collaborating with green partners such as Blue Avocado and Repreve. Lauren recently launched a line of eco-friendly lifestyle bags that help keep plastic bottles out of the landfill by using Repreve. Check out the full article to get up-to-date on Lauren and hear more on how Repreve helps her design green!
"What Do You Think of My Pink Office?"
Lauren Conrad asks this with a laugh as we sit down in the Los Angeles headquarters of her new fashion label, Paper Crown. The 26-year-old’s career may be taking off, but just one look at those unabashedly girly-girl walls tells me that Conrad is not going to trade her California sundresses for power suits any time soon. She is powerful, though: Three years after leaving MTV’s seminal reality series The Hills, Conrad boasts three fashion lines—The Lauren Conrad Collection, LC Lauren Conrad, and Paper Crown—as well as a thriving new website called The Beauty Department and a brand-new novel, The Fame Game, a fast-paced beach read about ambitious girls on a reality show (it’s a spin-off of her best-selling L.A. Candy trilogy). Conrad’s also single for the first time in years. She recently split from actor Kyle Howard, whom she’d been dating since 2008. As we munch on a dish of colorful jelly beans (what else?), the peppy Conrad tells me how things look from a mogul’s perspective.
GLAMOUR: You’re newly single, and you’ve already been linked to a lot of famous guys. Stephen Dorff is just the latest. So: Life’s busy?
LAUREN CONRAD: I wish I dated as much as people thought I did! It’s really funny because almost everyone that I’m reportedly “dating” is a friend of mine. About half my friends are guys, and I’ve always gotten along really well with guys. You just have to laugh at it.
GLAMOUR: But does it make new guys hesitant to approach you, because they’ve heard that you’re linked to someone else?
LC: I feel like most guys I meet aren’t reading Us Weekly. Anyway, it’s not bad if somebody links you to one of your friends. For me, it serves as a distraction from my actual dating life. I can go and date people and not be bothered!
GLAMOUR: So you’re not dating Colton Haynes from Teen Wolf? LC: I’ve known Colton since he was 16. But I could do a lot worse. He’s wonderful. He has, like, a 12-pack.
GLAMOUR: And how does it feel to be single now after a long time in a relationship?
LC: It’s nice to not feel like I’m prioritizing work over someone else.… It’s terrible, that nagging feeling that you’re not paying enough attention to someone. Now I’m really just able to focus on everything I’m doing. All of my girlfriends are single right now too, so we’ve been having fun.
GLAMOUR: You’ve managed to stay friends with your exes before. Are you friends with Kyle?
LC: Not yet.
GLAMOUR: Is there a window before an ex can become a friend?
LC: There is, yeah. But I’m still good friends with all of my other ex-boyfriends, I think. There was something you had in common, and you obviously cared for each other and spent time together. I don’t think you have to lose it altogether.
GLAMOUR: Your new book is about a bad girl who loves to cause drama on her reality show. Does any of that draw on your time in Hollywood?
LC: Yes, definitely. I knew people who called the paparazzi on themselves! Their point of view is “They’re going to photograph me anyway, and this way I get paid half of what they make.” I could never bring myself to do it, but it was kind of fun to write it from that point of view.
GLAMOUR: Are you able to watch other reality TV, like The Real Housewives or The Bachelor, or do you just complain to your friends, “Look how scripted that is!”
LC: I do! I’m always so bad about continuity errors, or all the little tricks they do; they cut and paste together these voiceovers. But you have to know that these poor editors have to make something out of nothing sometimes, because so much money goes into every shoot.
GLAMOUR: What’s another trick we might not know about?
LC: During shooting, the producers would send us quick text messages telling us what to talk about. They couldn’t walk through the shot, so they’d just text me, like, “Say something quick about this story line.” That’s why we were always checking our phones!
GLAMOUR: You’re awfully considerate when you talk about the crew on these shows.
LC: I was really lucky. You see the crew more than you see your friends and family. One producer, Sophia, is still one of my best friends. I think it’s funny because you’re never supposed to make eye contact with the crew during a shoot. Sometimes you want to turn to a friend and you can’t!
GLAMOUR: Did you watch the series finale of The Hills?
LC: I didn’t ever watch it.
LC: I swear on my life! I only watched the last minute and a half at the finale party.
GLAMOUR: People often say that reality stars are famous for doing nothing. Did you feel like you had to prove yourself?
LC: I did, and it was very frustrating because I almost wanted to send critics my weekly schedule and say, “This is my ‘nothing.’ ” I would film all day, and then I had several other businesses on the side: In the last season I was running a clothing line and writing a novel. I work really, really hard.
GLAMOUR: Have you gone on any nice vacations lately?
LC: I just went on vacation with two guy friends to Cabo. They called me Grandma because I kept covering them in sunscreen, and I wore a muumuu and a giant hat. Meanwhile, my mom wears a bikini—and I have a really beautiful mother—and on vacation with my family I got mistaken as the mother…twice. People thought I was my mother’s mother!
GLAMOUR: Do you worry about paparazzi at the beach?
LC: On the vacation to Cabo, I wore a bathing suit on the beach for the first time in years. Usually I’m just petrified. A couple of years ago someone zoomed in on my cellulite and it was so mean. I took it really personally. I haven’t worn a bathing suit in L.A. in years because of that.
GLAMOUR: Do people get what the paparazzi are like?
LC: I think people have a better idea of what it’s like now because of [TMZ] and all those videos. They used to just show a photo of someone leaving a nightclub with their eyes half closed, and people would say, “Oh, they’re so drunk.” I’m like, “They’re blinking!” It gives me really bad anxiety to have a bunch of grown men yelling and snapping photos of me.
GLAMOUR: You wrote in a short essay for Glamour (see page 220) that you despise karaoke.
LC: I made a list of things outside of my comfort zone, like karaoke, that I want to do this year. I want to go to a movie by myself—I’ve never done it before!
GLAMOUR: Tell me about your new line of eco bags.
LC: I’m actually partnering with a company called Blue-Avocado. I recently spent about three days straight watching PowerPoints on global warming, reclaimed plastic, and how it’s turned into fabric. It was really interesting, but I left afraid the world was going to explode the next day. I called my dad and said, “Dad, we’re doomed.” I became obsessed with this thing called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It’s a mass of plastic that’s bigger than Texas in the Pacific Ocean. I’m looking into a trip out there.
GLAMOUR: You’ve said it’s important to design your new clothing line, Paper Crown, for women of all shapes.
LC: You have to! There are certain things where, if you’re curvy, you can’t wear them. A lot of times I tend to design for girls with no boobs because I have no boobs, but then you go and sell it and that’s one of the biggest comments: “I have really big boobs—what do I wear?” Every time we’re designing now, we’re looking out for the boobs.
GLAMOUR: Your old Hills nemesis Spencer Pratt recently tweeted you a happy birthday.
LC: I didn’t know that. I don’t look at what people tweet, unless I’m following them.
GLAMOUR: He said he wishes you the best, and he thanks you for finding Heidi. And his birthday wish for you is “to find true love like Speidi.”
LC: That’s really nice. I mean…yeah. The show is what brought a lot of us together, and when it was gone, we didn’t have anything in common anymore. [Laughs.]
GLAMOUR: Even though you’re no longer on camera 24/7, is it hard to maintain a sense of normalcy?
LC: For me, the best way to stay grounded is to surround myself with friends and family who knew me way back when. There’s nothing like cleaning my mom’s dishes or taking out the trash to remind me that I’m no different than anyone else.