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Lauren and Her BFF Dish On Shoes, Travel, and Toilets

Lauren Conrad is today’s InStyle.com guest editor! Check back throughout the day for exclusive content from the lifestyle guru herself. Go to instyle.com/laurenconradday.

Between designing her two clothing lines, penning multiple books, and running laurenconrad.com, Lauren Conrad somehow managed to launch The Little Market with her best friend, Hannah Skvarla. The Little Market gives female artisans in developing countries the opportunity to sell their goods to a broader market. Below, Lauren and Hannah interview each other on The Little Market, their friendship, their travels, and their style.

Hannah: What’s your favorite memory of our friendship?
Lauren: My favorite memory is when we traveled to Bali together, which was one of our first big trips we went on years ago. I had never been anywhere like that before. It was the most amazing trip and so much fun. It was what made me want to travel more.

Hannah: How would you describe your style?
Lauren: Classic, California girl, feminine.

Hannah: Where’s the coolest place we have traveled together?
Lauren: My favorite trip of ours is probably Africa. That’s when we were visiting different groups looking for a cause to work with, and ended up coming up with the idea for The Little Market.

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Ask Lauren: How to Love the Body You Have

Here on LaurenConrad.com we post a lot of blogs about slimming down, shaping up, and getting fit. I’ll be the first one to admit that I love to read diet and fitness tips because I think a healthy lifestyle is important. But behind all of this talk of toning up lies the heart of what it means to be healthy: Loving the skin you’re in and treating it right. One reader recently wrote a comment that really inspired me and sparked a conversation on the blog. She explained that “loving the body you have” is a great way to be confident, but that constantly working to improve our health is what’s really important. I was happy to see this interesting take on the whole idea of “slimming down” and “shaping up” because it showed me that our readers are quite intuitive about body image. In a nutshell, here’s what one reader, Halie, wrote:


[Being healthy] shouldn’t be about appearance, it should be about health. Love yourself so much that you want to be healthy. Once I let go of trying to be skinny or perfect and focused on the idea of loving my body so much that I gave it the very best treatment, I got healthier.

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Lauren Talks Diet and Fitness

While some stars take an extremely disciplined approach to “shedding for the wedding,” Lauren Conrad‘s not sweating it — literally or figuratively.

“I’m not a huge fan of the gym, to be honest,” Conrad told PEOPLE at Wednesday’s Malibu Island Spiced Summer Soirée in Miami, where she wore an Aqua dress and made floral leis. “When I have to go to the gym and put an hour in, I’m just staring at the clock”.

The former star of The Hills is also surprisingly easygoing about what she eats. “I really love food … I’m not good at dieting,” she said. “I try to make smart choices but just eat a little bit less.”

But don’t expect to see Conrad in anything but tip-top shape for her upcoming wedding to law student William Tell — she gets her workouts in the California way. “I just like getting out, like going on a hike, going on the kayaks, going for a run on the beach,” she explained.


Conrad also appreciates a healthy cocktail (see: the Truvia-sweetened spiced rum she’s fronting) and she’s been turning her fiancé into a fan as well. Sneakily. “Boys never want sugary drinks, but I feel like with these it’s like slipping your little kid broccoli,” she said. “They don’t know you’re giving them a low-calorie beverage.”