There is no room for error. Lauren Conrad may have gotten her start by starring in MTV’s Laguna Beach The Hills, but she’s forever “done” being followed around by all the cameras.
“I shared a lot,” Conrad, 36, exclusively told Us Weeklyon Thursday, June 28th while promoting her recipe at the Planet Oat Marketplace popup. “I feel like it’s just a privilege to have my privacy [now]. I appreciate it.”
After making a name for herself on MTV, the fashion designer was a staple of MTV for many years. Laguna Beach. The show debuted in 2004 and also stars Stephen Colletti, Kristin Cavallari, Lo BosworthAs they navigated the high school ups, downs, and more.
Conrad was the face of Teen Reality Soap for two seasons. The Hills — a spinoff that followed her as she attended fashion school in Los Angeles. Conrad, who had been with the company for five years, decided to retire in the penultimate year so that Cavallari (35), could take her place.
While some of the California native’s former castmates still find themselves immersed in the world of reality TV, Conrad toldUse that she is “done” with that life. She and her husband William Tell did briefly consider stepping back into the spotlight so Conrad could highlight her businesses, but ultimately, it “just didn’t feel right” for their family.
“If I’m able to do it not that way, then I’d prefer it,” she admitted.
The Lauren Conrad Beauty author may not currently be living her life for the cameras, but she still has to grapple with if — and when — she’ll share her Laguna Beach and Hills archives with her sons Liam James, 4, and Charlie Wolf, 2.
“We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” she told UsThursday “I don’t know [but]That is something I think about. I’m like, ‘Oh, like when does that come up?’ I feel like [they’re] too young. It’s confusing. We’ll see way down the line.”
For now, the entrepreneur is mainly focused on finding a balance between being a mom, wife and business owner — something she finally feels she’s getting better at doing.
“Working moms have a really hard time just setting aside time for themselves,” she explained. “I think that looks different from every person. I’m still figuring it out, but I’m definitely in a much better place than I was a few years ago.”
Being a mom on the go is exactly why Conrad decided to partner with Plant Oat Marketplace — they provide delicious plant-based items that make life easier, especially for anyone with dietary restrictions, like Conrad and her brood.
“Our whole family is dairy-free and we don’t eat a ton of meat, so I’m always looking for alternatives and different recipes,” she explained to UseThursday. “I was really excited to work with Planet Oat on these because my brother’s fiancée has a tree nut allergy. So when we are all together, it’s actually the perfect ingredients to make them safe for everybody.”
Conrad has a simple method for relaxation when it is about her self-care.
“It doesn’t take a lot. I just want a glass of wine and nobody to bother me,” she said. “I need like 30 minutes and just leave me alone.”
Reporting by Christian Garibaldi