I don’t think any of us have been able to avoid the cold weather creeping in this week (unless you’re lucky enough to have been away somewhere lovely on holiday), so in the spirit of keeping things upbeat, I thought I’d take a closer look at the style of the quintessential California girl Lauren Conrad. So let us transport ourselves mentally to the beautiful sunny pastures of the Hollywood hills, where the gorgeous Miss Conrad resides and most definitely flies the fashion flag for off-duty LA cool.

First gracing our screens when she was just a youngster in the reality show Laguna Beach, Lauren was an instant hit with the teenage population of America. Her fame then skyrocketed worldwide as she fronted the cast of reality TV phenomenon The Hills. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept of the show (and may or may not have been living under a rock for the past 10 years), it can only really be summed up as one of the most self-indulgent addictive TV series there ever was, following the everyday lives of impossibly attractive twenty-somethings as they face the trials and tribulations of love, live and friendship in LA. Oh how I miss it!

Despite the stigma attached to reality TV, Lauren Conrad’s career has literally gone from strength to strength in recent years, giving her the opportunity to write six books, two style guides and even curate an incredibly successful lifestyle website. I suppose it figures really, if there were any one person in the world whose lifestyle you’d choose to emanate, it would most definitely have to be Lauren’s.

This year has also marked an incredible landmark in Lauren’s life as she married her longterm boyfriend William Tell in a beautiful rustic Californian setting. And my word, to say the pictures will take your breath away is an understatement. I just couldn’t resist including a few…

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So here it is, the look that everyone wants: effortless ‘California Girl’ perfection. So just how is it that Lauren always looks so camera ready, even just popping to the shops?  The first noticeable similarity looking through her photos is her choice of eyewear. Lauren is rarely seen out in the day without a pair of fabulous bug eye sunglasses, strategically matched to her chosen bag and footwear (be it flats, heels or boots).

The second key to a look like Lauren’s is layering, so start by grabbing your favourite pair of jeans, then (perhaps most importantly for all of us living in the UK) assess the weather situation outside. If it is cold and rainy fear not, this is the perfect excuse for you to crack out the woollen jumpers, stylish leather boots and wack on your most oversized scarf.

If, by some stroke of luck, it is a warm sunny day then this is your time to shine. In this case, look for a smart, sheer shirt and pair it with some open-toed heels. If you’re feeling particularly daring then you could even swap the jeans for a pair of tailored shorts but that is completely down to you depending on the tanning situation. As I completely sympathise, we are sadly not in the position to have natural glowing tans all year round in the UK so if you’re planning this look for a particular occasion it could be worth researching some local spray-tan salons for that added ‘California glow’.

A classic black Chanel handbag obviously wouldn’t go amiss either but we can leave that as a work in progress for now ;-)


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