As our inboxes at WhoWhatWear can attest, Lauren Conrad is a trendsetter in her own right. Her knack for mixing youthful, affordable pieces, from such places as Urban Outfitters and Nordstrom, with high-end designer items makes her a sort of poster girl for the pocketbook-conscious and fashionably current young woman.
If that wasn't enough, her time as a FIDM student, intern at Teen Vogue, and oh yeah, designer of the Lauren Conrad Collection, more than qualify her to take on our Guest Editorship. Today, for your viewing pleasure, let us direct your attention to the lovely Lauren as she dishes on tantalizing spring items including Jimmy Choo's colorful pumps, a few delightful frocks, and a peek at her own handiwork in her charming, laid-back collection.
Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin ($8.37)
The authors of this tough-love diet book (a former model and model booking agent, of course) give you a straightforward plan for getting slim. It's not for the faint of heart or foodies-the book espouses a vegan lifestyle, meaning no meat, dairy, sugar, refined flour, or artificial sweeteners-but people like Victoria Beckham are fans of the tome.
Vitamin A Cosmo Ring Halter ($66) and Celebrity String Bottom ($66) in Citron
Vitamin A offers styles and colors to be mixed and matched to your particular fancy, and unique touches like spectacular gold lining featured in this year's spring collection.
Foley + Corinna Sequin Zebra Stripe Tunic ($462)
One thing Conrad has mastered is the art of picking the ideal party dress (harder than you'd think!). One of her go-to shopping stops is the Foley + Corrina store in LA for on-trend fun looks like the above black-and-white number. Conrad's exact zebra dress is available at the LA shop (8817 Melrose Avenue, 323.944.0169).
Lauren Conrad Collection Whitney Dress ($170)
Named for a certain pal of hers, this sweet summer dress has an a-line skirt, thick spaghetti straps, and a built-in bra. It's made from a soft modal jersey blend (no wrinkles!) and comes in five earthy colors.
Rose Gold Name Plate Rings (price upon request)
Lauren had these rings specially commissioned from the Beverly Hills boutique 14-Karats Ltd. They have a wide variety of stones and fittings, and work to tailor to your needs. Visit the website or ring them at 310.551.1212.
mark. Juice Gem Lip Gloss in Berryliscuous ($5)
Sadly for us civilians, Conrad's exact choice won't be available until July (darn insider information). However, you can get a super similar color right now with mark's Glow Baby Glow Lip Gloss in Hot ($5). Also be sure to check out another one of Conrad's must-haves: On The Edge Liquid Eyeliner in Cleo ($5). She uses the smudge-proof, fast-drying liner for her signature cat eye look.
Jimmy Choo Advent Peep-Toe Heels ($615)
The exact shade Conrad picked will unfortunately not be available Stateside, so call your UK-based friends and have them snag a pair for you. Readers here will be happy to know that a black leather version ($595) at Jimmy Choo and there's a silver pair ($615) at Footcandy. -ALLISON WOOD
Photo of Lauren, courtesy of Getty.