The amount of chic leather fashion pieces available this fall is crazy – no longer is it just for girls in their “Livin’ on the Edge” days. From ladylike to rocker chic to the classic LBD, we sorted through all the options to bring you the best silhouettes and shapes. Click through to see our favorites.
The classic LBD gets an edge when dressed up in glamorous black leather – this will be your go-to piece for the season and totally worth the investment! Once Upon a Time actress Ginnifer Goodwin turned heads with this dress and a pair of orange platforms.
Lauren Conrad, famously known by her TV nickname LC, has come a long way since her MTV days. The former Laguna Beach and The Hills star has branched out, solidifying herself as a mogul and entrepreneur. From launching her first collection, The Lauren Conrad Collection, in 2007, to becoming a New York Times best-selling author of L.A Candy, Sweet Little Lies, Sugar and Spice, and Lauren Conrad Style, Lauren Conrad isn’t slowing down anytime soon. With over 2.5 million Twitter followers, we can’t get enough of this golden girl either.
From gracing numerous magazine covers to appearing on talk shows, Conrad works behind the cameras as well. Conrad developed and currently runs two successful websites, Lauren Conrad, a website about style, dining, primping, and decorating, among other topics and Beauty Department, a website about tips, trends, and hair and makeup how-to’s.
The 26-year-old California native chatted with PageDaily about her upcoming book, The Fame Game, (it’s slightly darker than her previous ones), her favorite beauty products, and the best advice she’s ever gotten.
MW: Congratulations on your latest book, The Fame Game. What’s it like publishing a book?
LC: Writing and publishing a book is really surreal. I have always loved to read but never imagined one day I would be a New York Times bestselling author. I am so humbled and grateful my fans like the books as much as I enjoy writing them.
MW: Lauren Conrad Style is all about being effortlessly chic. How do you define your personal style?
LC: I like to say I am modern chic. Romantic and feminine with a hint of playfulness.
MW: What are some of your upcoming projects?
LC: I am currently working on the second book in The Fame Game series as well as a beauty book called Lauren Conrad Beauty, due out October, 2012. I am also designing LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s and my new line Paper Crown, that includes feminine dresses, tops, bottoms, and menswear inspired basics.
PageDaily Picks from the Spring 2012 Paper Crown collection:
Wildflower Dress in Multi Dot Print, Lily Skirt in Brushed Bloom Print, and Celsia Blouse in Nude are all perfect additions to your spring wardrobe.
MW: What was the inspiration behind LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s Spring 2012 collection?
LC: Color. I love using color for spring and we have some great pieces in a really cool orange/red color. Also floral. What is spring without it.
PageDaily Picks from LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s:
LC Lauren Conrad Colorblock Accordion-Pleat Dress, $68.00, and the LC Lauren Conrad Floral Mock-Layer Dress, $64.00, both fun, flirty and inexpensive.
MW: How do you stay in shape? Do you have any specific foods or workouts that you swear by?
LC: I like to eat clean especially when I am really busy and traveling. Lots of veggies, simple lean proteins and no red meats. I always carry almonds and carrots with me. And I try to exercise when I can.
MW: What are some of your favorite beauty products?
MW: What are your must-have accessories?
LC: I love accessories that look like they were given or found rather than bought. Something that appears vintage even if it isn’t. Something that a friend or family member passed down to you.
MW: If you could be in any other profession, what would it be?
LC: I always dreamed of being a designer and I cannot imagine what I would do if I wasn’t. Perhaps I would work with animals.
MW: What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
LC: Follow your dreams, do the research and take the steps to make them a reality. Also, stay true to who you are.
MW: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
LC: My dad always told us that old cliché “if you do something you love you will never work a day in your life.” I take that to heart.
MW: What are your guilty pleasures?
LC: Pizza and shoes.
MW: What do you always have in your purse?
LC: My Blackberry.
For more information on Lauren Conrad, visit her website.
Photos courtesy of PMK*BNC
Keep: Ombré Highlights
OK, so ombré’s been around for awhile–but there’s a reason why: The two-toned look works on anyone. Whether it’s golden streaks like Rachel Bilson’s, or warm caramel highlights for a blondie, the ombré look is great for enhancing hair color without the commitment of a full dye job. This is one hair trend we won’t might bringing into the New Year.
Toss: Half-Buzzed Hairstyles
Half-buzzed hairstyles certainly had their moment this year. From Cher Lloyd to singer Cassie to Project Runway winner Anya Ayoung-Chee, it seemed like the shaved ‘do popped up just about everywhere. Unfortunately the half-buzzed hair, looked just that: half-done. Leave it in 2011.
Sport Shiny Hair
To get an attention-grabbing hairdo, celebrity stylist Mark Townsend says to add a large dollop of Dove’s Body and Lift Mousse ($4.29, Drugstore.com) to damp hair, and blow dry it with a round brush. Divide hair into 3-inch sections and spritz some flexible hold hairspray onto each section before wrapping it around a 2 inch curling iron. Add extra shine by rubbing a small amount of Dove’s Nourishing Oil Leave-in Smoothing cream ($5.59, Drugstore.com) through hair.
Get Legs Mini Skirt Ready
Most women give their razors a long break in the winter and keep their legs covered, but great looking stems are sure to get a second glance. Get smooth skin with the Venus Embrace razor ($10.99, Drugstore.com) and Prtty Peaushun ($36.00, B-glowing.com), a cream with light-reflecting particles that will firm skin and camouflage imperfections.