Lauren Conrad gives StyleCaster a tour of her L.A. office. The 26-year-old designer and best-selling author talks about her collection, her style icons and her favourite local hangouts!

Lauren Conrad is definitely a role model for girls around the world. At just 26, the lovely designer and New York best selling author has managed to create two clothing lines, a beauty book, a website, and a second fictional book series. Still, it seems that Lauren is a realistic girl.

StyleCaster had the opportunity to visit Conrad at her L.A. offices and take a peek at her process. Talking to the StyleCaster, Lauren explains the story behind the name of her collection, Paper Crown.
"We thought of a lot of different names. We wanted something a little bit feminine, a little bit whimsical but not too young. I was talking about when I was younger and the idea of “dress up” and how much fun it was. When I used to go to my grandma’s house, I would put on dress up clothes. We had construction paper there, and we would make crowns. I love the idea of creating your own glamour out of something that was pretty simple, so it made sense for the name," she says.

There's no doubt whatsoever that Lauren Conrad is an amazing sartorial inspiration due to her fabulous, unique style. Growing up in the public eye, the lovely star strongly believes that style is very important when it comes to building a brand. But does Lauren have any fashion icons who inspire her?
"There’s not one person that I say I want to look like. When we’re pulling up photos for inspiration, we tend to pull photos from years and years ago. We’re more likely to pull a photo of Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot as opposed to something off a website from today," she says.

The beautiful designer also shared with StyleCaster one of her recent splurges. "My mom was a great bargain hunter, which I love because it kind of taught me how to dress high and low. I love wearing designer pieces with something I found at Target. But I recently splurged on a Goyard leather carry on. You don’t have to check it, and you can wear it at the airport with a T-shirt and jeans and it still looks great because it pulls the whole outfit together," she confesses.

Speaking about her favourite local hangouts, Lauren explains in the interview that, "I love my salon. My hairstylist Kristin Ess opened up her own little studio. It’s fun. She’s fantastic, is a close friend, and is thankfully very flexible with my schedule. I’ll be working all week, and I’ll come in at like 7 at night. My hair takes seven hours, so sometimes we’ll order take out and drink champagne. We also like to fool around a bit, so it probably takes a lot longer than it should!"

Photos & source: StyleCaster