Lauren Conrad’s Guide to a Stress-Free Friendsgiving

E! Holiday Guest Editor Lauren Conrad shares her helpful insights, shopping tips, and more.

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It seems like holiday preparation starts earlier and earlier every year. It can be easy to get caught up in creating a picture-perfect holiday celebration and sometimes that can get a bit stressful. Thankfully, we have an expert on hand, ready to impart all of her knowledge about hosting, gifting, decorating, and everything in between. The one and only Lauren Conrad is our E! Holiday Guest Editor through December.

Lauren is the editor-in-chief of her lifestyle website, where she curates the best fashion, home decor, beauty, food content, and more. She has an ever-growing brand at Kohl’s, LC Lauren Conrad, which has size-inclusive apparel for women, children’s clothes, jewelry, accessories, footwear, and bedding among its many products. Lauren has also used her platform to empower others, specifically through The Little Market, which is a nonprofit marketplace with a goal to connect shoppers with artisans from around the world. The Little Market just launched a new eco-conscious collection of gift wrap and accessories that have been hand-dyed in India.

In the coming weeks, Lauren will share her recommendations for all things holiday, starting with her editor’s letter and Friendsgiving tips below.

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Lauren Conrad on Holiday Hosting, Traditions, and Her Plans for Christmas

Lauren Conrad is the queen of throwing fun and festive soirées, so it makes sense that she’s on theme and on trend during the holidays. This year, she plans to make things extra special now that her one-year-old son Liam is “a little more aware of the [Christmas] holiday.”

But instead of hosting a grand party (like the ones we’d always see on The Hills), Conrad’s Christmas morning is a lot more laid-back than we imagined. Over the phone, the lifestyle and fashion designer told HelloGiggles the mini-tradition she and her family always do this time of year.

“We do Christmas morning at my in-laws’ house and my mother-in-law gets us all matching pajamas, which is really sweet. I think that’s one of the things about starting your own family, is that you create your own traditions.”

While she doesn’t know exactly what those traditions will entail with her husband William Tell and their son, she confessed they plan to “figure it out in the next couple of years.” One thing is certain, though. Now that her son is a bit older, she revealed Santa will be making a stop at their house (wink, wink).

“We’ll do Santa for the first time this year, or should I say, Santa will visit us, which is really exciting.”

For Conrad, it seems like things have come full circle. Last year, she created the Baby’s First Christmas ornament at Kohl’s, and this year she brought it back for her holiday décor collection. “We did one last year because last year was my baby’s first Christmas,” she said. “People really liked it, so we did a new version this year.”

On the topic of Christmas, Conrad also told us how she de-stresses during the holidays—especially after hosting a get-together. “I try not to make plans afterward. I think it’s important to block off some time for yourself so that you can actually enjoy all of the events,” she said. Compared to her old days of throwing parties on The Hills, she feels like she has mastered the art of hosting.

“I think I’m a little more organized as a host now. I think that with anyone, after years of entertaining, you sort of learn. Even just calculating how much food and how many beverages you want to have for guests, I think those kinds of things and little details make a big difference.”

Her best advice when entertaining guests? “A really important lesson is to know what you’re good at and what you’re not good at.”

“The ultimate goal of any event is to make sure everyone has a good time, and that you’re not stressed during your event. Because if you’re running around trying to do last-minute things and you’re stressed out about everything, I think your guests don’t have as much fun, so you want to be able to enjoy your own parties.”

If you don’t feel like hosting (and hey, we don’t blame you), but you still want to get into the festive spirit, Conrad shared the best way she makes her home “smell like the holidays.”

“One of the things about Christmas is the way your home smells. In the past, when I’ve done parties around the holidays, I usually do a bit pot of cider, which is basically apple juice with some cinnamon sticks and cloves, a couple of orange slices, but you simmer it for a couple of hours and your whole house smells like the holidays, which always helps to set the mood.”

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s only a matter of time before Conrad shares her matching pajama sets from her mother-in-law and her son’s first Santa experience. As for us? We’ll be taking note of her hosting and décor tips.

Source: HelloGiggles


Lauren Conrad Jokes About How Son Liam Has Begun Walking

Amid her growing fashion empire, Lauren Conrad is also excited to watch her son William “Liam” James continue to grow up.

“He is walking. He gets into everything and he started walking around a lot,” the mother of one tells PEOPLE about her 13-month-old child’s latest milestone.

“He started really [walking] a month and a half ago,” says Conrad, 32, who redesigned her LC Lauren Conrad Denim collection for Kohl’s.

“Now he is running, which is scary because they’re like little drunk men,” The Hills alum jokes, adding, “They’re just constantly falling over and you’re like, ‘Oh my God!’ ”

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Lauren Conrad’s Business Is Empowering Women Around The World

The former star of MTV’s “The Hills” has created a full lifestyle brand, from clothing lines to books. Now Lauren and her best friend Hannah Skvarla have cofounded The Little Market, an online nonprofit shop featuring products made by female artisans from around the world. As they prepare to open their first brick-and-mortar store, Fast Company met up with Lauren to discuss the company’s goals and how she takes big leaps in life.

In the intervening years, Lauren Conrad has had a hand in everything from clothing lines to books, cultivating a uniform aesthetic along the way. More recently, she has focused on the nonprofit she founded with best friend Hannah Skvarla, The Little Market. The women-empowering company works with female artisans all over the world, especially in areas where women have more restricted rights, to help them sell their wares, which range from handbags and accessories to home goods and baby gear. It’s a business model Conrad could better appreciate after hitting a recent milestone in life.

“We’ve, in the last few years, become mothers and that’s only motivated us more,” Conrad says, referring to herself and Skvarla. “Because when we’re talking to women, their number one is always ‘Take care of my children,’ ‘Send my children to school,’ ‘I want only good things for my children,’ and I think we just understand that so much more now.”

Source: FastCompany


Lauren Conrad Talks To Architectural Digest

Earlier this month, when Lauren Conrad posted a photo of her new haircut—a lobbed-off version of her widely admired blond locks—her 6.3 million Instagram followers practically became unhinged. The simple snap received more than 325,000 likes and nearly 3,000 comments. This is the power of the former MTV reality star.

But Conrad, who gave birth to her first son with husband William Tell in July, practically gave a verbal shrug to the uproar. “Less hair is less time,” the busy mom and founder of The Little Market responded. “I don’t have time for a lot of hair.”

Other things besides her hairstyle have changed, too, since Conrad has begun juggling her career and motherhood. As the cofounder of The Little Market, an online business selling ethically sourced products made by artisans around the world that empowers and supports women, Conrad has spent the past four years traveling internationally to source products. This could mean anything from Tunisian ceramics to hand-blocked quilts. Before she started this journey with her cofounder Hannah Skvarla, Conrad admits she hadn’t traveled much outside the United States. But since the birth of her son, Liam, she has since put travel—though certainly not work—on hold.

Case in point: Conrad, whose life is now more appropriate fodder for HGTV than reality television, recently finished a kitchen renovation project in her Los Angeles home. “I really like kitchens to be bright and light, so I just did it in all white and brass. Actually, my contractor made fun of me because I had white subway tile, and he called me boring, which is fair,” she says, laughing. “So for the first time, I brought color into my kitchen! I brought in a very pale blue-green-gray color as a little hexagon backsplash, so that was a big step for me.”

Conrad alternates, she says, between decorating her own homes in Southern California with or without a designer. “I’ve redesigned several times, and I’ve done it completely on my own and also with a designer to do the heavy lifting where I knew what I wanted and would show her pictures and say, ‘I want this,’ and she would find me several options at different price points,” she explains. “So I’ve done it all different ways. I enjoy doing it myself and doing it slowly if I can—you don’t want to open a catalog and find your living room layout on one page.”

One way Conrad prevents this (besides slapping her own hand when she finds herself using too much white), is to fill her home with personal items. “I think your home should be comfortable and filled with things that make you happy and really represent your aesthetic,” she says. “I think it’s fun when you get to learn about a person when you go into their home, or on your shelves you have things you’ve acquired over the years of travel, or gifts handed down from the family. It’s really fun to put together a home, and it should represent you and the things you love.”

Thanks to her work with The Little Market, which has a home decor–heavy selection and now works with 56 artisans, this is easy for Conrad. “I definitely have a lot more pillows,” she says, laughing. “I never really paid much attention to decorative pillows, but that’s something we do a lot of in The Little Market because so many places have these amazing textiles but they’re not really sure how to sell them. Pillows have become our go-to when we see these beautiful fabrics, like, ‘Let’s make a pillow with it, because I want it on my couch!’”

The company has also simplified the art of gift giving for Conrad, whether it be for a friend or significant other (she says her husband particularly loves the company’s quilts). And, as a new mom, there’s nothing better than a quality time-saver. “If you don’t have time to decorate, just fill your home with flowers. That’s the best thing I’ve come up with,” she shares. “We recently threw a birthday party for my mother-in-law, maybe a month after my son was born, so I didn’t have time to put together a ton of stuff. A friend of mine’s a florist, and I just filled the house with flowers—it felt decorated.”

Source: Architectural Digest