Lauren Conrad

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With a successful clothing line under her belt, a number of books to her name and a growing empire to helm, Lauren Conrad is one fashionista we can't help but admire. 

The former reality star has made a name for herself well outside the world of television and has long impressed us with her down-to-earth charm and sassy sense of style.

When we had the opportunity to catch up with her recently, we couldn't help but ask about her latest obsessions.

Here's what she shared:

You always look great! What are you doing to get in shape for summer?
My favorite workout is anything outdoors. I, like so many other people, am excited to see the sun coming in. I'm a big hiker…it's a little more pleasant than being inside a gym.

What is your favorite fashion item right now?
I just recently got a Cambridge satchel bag in nude. It's so pretty! 

Do you have a celebrity style crush?
I don't really have a person I look to to copy. I think when it comes to dressing yourself, inspiration is all around, so I just don't really have one person.

What are three items you think every woman should own?
A nice pair of jeans, a good-fitting blazer and a basic white top—whether it be silk, cotton, chiffon, button-down, tank, doesn't matter. Just a nice staple you can kind of wear with anything.

We know you love to entertain at home. Do have any favorite recipes?
Every year I try and find something new, whether it's for a barbecue or just an easy side dish. I kind of try and do my own twist on things...We usually post something on the site where we'll do barbecue foods but with a little healthy twist.

What about a favorite cocktail?
I love setting up, like if you're going to be entertaining, a little bar so people can mix their own. Obviously Malibu Island Spiced will be a staple at my bar since I've recently partnered with them…I actually just really like it with coconut water. That's my favorite way to drink it.

What are you listening to right now?
I listen to Pandora a lot because I'm not great at making a mix. I usually steal all of my friends' playlists to be honest!

Are you currently reading any good books?
I just read a book that was so good, but it's not out yet. I actually know the author. It's called The Never List. It's a little dark but it was so good, like one of those books you can't put down!

What are you currently obsessed with? Tell us in the comments below!

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