MTV’s Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County debuted when I was in sixth grade. I remember watching in awe as the beautiful Lauren Conrad weaved through high school drama with her best friends (and of course the super hot surfer boys!). I was equally excited when Lauren got her own spin-off, The Hills, which of course our very own Hello Giggles co-founder Sophia Rossi produced!
Lauren, who went to college for fashion on Laguna Beach and was a Teen Vogue intern on The Hills, has made a name for herself in the past eight years in the fashion industry with her chic clothing lines, The Lauren Conrad Collection, LC by Lauren Conrad and Paper Crown. Not only has Lauren proved that she is an amazing and fun designer, she has also become a New York Times best-selling author! She has six titles under her belt including the L.A. Candy triology, Lauren Conrad Style, Lauren Conrad Beauty (due out in the Fall) and her newest book, The Fame Game.
Recently, Lauren was in New York City for her novel, The Fame Game book tour and I had the opportunity to talk to her a little after the Q & A. We talked about HelloGiggles, the HelloGiggles Los Angeles UCB Shows, and basically we just gushed about our mutual love for co-founder Sophia (Lauren exclaimed, “I love her so much. She is like my sister! I even dedicated one of these books to her!”).
Here are some of the questions that Lauren was asked at the signing:
Was this book harder or easier to write than your L.A. Candy series?
It was definitely easier the second time around. I knew how to stick to deadlines and all that. I knew what I was in for.
What are your favorite spring trends?
I really love the color palate this season; everything is this beautiful color of a melted summer popsicle. I’m going to Coachella for the first time with my friends this year, so I’m also excited for all the fun accessories.
What advice would you give someone who wants to get into the fashion industry?
Get all the experience you can. Being in the atmosphere and accumulating all the knowledge is very helpful. I’ve worked at everything from trunk shows to internships to sitting in on marketing meetings. Everything has helped me be a better designer.
Who is your favorite designer?
Phillip Lim. He makes thing so beautiful and so simple at the same time.
What are your favorite stores to shop at?
I basically just shop online for the most part because I can do that late at night once I’ve finished my work, but probably Barney’s New York. Oh, and Urban Outfitters! I get so many clothes there!
Do you have any movies coming out or anything?
I can’t act, so that’s not really an option. But I do have a couple of cameos. My friend just made this movie and asked if I would be in it, so of course I said yes. I only had like three lines but even that was a struggle!
Can you tell us a little bit about your lifestyle blog [LaurenConrad.com]?
It’s such a fun space to talk about cooking, interior design, things like that. It basically feels like you are hanging out with your girlfriends, trading ideas and tips. I get so many ideas from all my fans there—they are so creative!
Where do you get the inspiration for The Fame Game?
I feel that I have an interesting story to tell and a fun way to do it. Reality TV is so glamorized – I wanted to show what really happens behind the scenes. I would write things and my editor would question them, saying ‘I’m not really sure if that seems believable,’ and I’d say ‘No! That really happened. I didn’t even make that up!’ Its crazy what really goes on behind the scenes.
When I cracked open the book The Fame Game on the way home from the signing, I was giddy when I read that HelloGiggles had a shout out on page 12!
The Fame Game is a spin-off of Lauren’s previous series L.A. Candy. The novel revolves around 19-year-old Madison Parker, who Lauren describes as “the mean girl who lacks sensitivity, the girl that you love to hate. She’s the girl that says the things you think in your head but don’t have the nerve to say out loud.” While Lauren admits that this series is not as close to her life as the previous one, she definitely drew on her real life experiences in the reality TV and young Hollywood world.
While reading the book, I felt like I was back home in Hollywood with the references to the Los Angeles hot spots interspersed throughout. I really enjoyed the read and it made me want to re-watch The Hills series! I definitely recommend The Fame Game, everyone should go out and pick up a copy! To see if Lauren is visiting your town on her book tour check here!