OnlyOnAOL: You won't believe Lauren Conrad's groovy secret talent
By: Donna Freydkin
Lauren Conrad has perfect hair. Flawlessly, unfussy style. And an easy, friendly air about her.
Plus, she has a secret talent. And we're not talking about her penchant for putting on parties with pizzazz.
"I don't know that I have any surprises. I do a cute 'moonwalk.' It's not great," she says, requesting that the name of the dance be put in quotes because her version is not a proper one.
Somehow, everything Conrad does turns out great. Now, she's released her party-planning book, "Celebrate." It details how to throw a perfect bachelorette bash, a clambake or a baby shower.
"I wanted to write the book because like a lot of things, when I start learning about something I want to share it with people. I spent the last few years planning a lot of parties. I was learning these things. I wanted to create one book that had it all. It took about a year and a half. Whatever you're comfortable with is what you share. It's nice to be able to share personal things about yourself. There's a lot of planning that goes into an event," she says.
(Above, watch our interview with Drew Barrymore, whose book "Wildflower" we also loved).
Conrad married musician William Tell in 2014, and the wedding was a labor of love. She baked the apple pies herself, with her best girlfriends. As for keeping the post-nuptial magic alive, it takes work.
"It's nice to do something unexpected. One of us is responsible for the plan. Just something a little different. We try and do nice dinners as often as we can. We go out to a nice dinner. It's good to put on heels and a tie. We race bumper cars. That's really fun. Going bowling. It's important to have fun. Even planning a night in is really nice. Him making me dinner and us doing a puzzle," she says.
In her spare time, Conrad is also a designer, the creator of the LC Lauren Conrad clothing line. She's tireless. "I'm caffeinated and doing it," she says of her current press tour. "I don't need as much sleep as I thought I did. This book was a lot of work. Once it was written, we had to throw parties and shoot them. It was really fun."
When she plays hostess with the mostest, what sticks with her?
"I think it's when someone compliments a very small detail. When people notice them, that's such a compliment. Whether it's personalized name tags or a centerpiece," she says.
Conrad says she's a detail-oriented, but not a perfectionist. Once she gets to the point where she's not having a blast at her own event, she takes a step back.
"It's important to enjoy the party yourself. A stressed-out host is someone who is not having a good time. The whole reason you're there is to be together and to celebrate. If you're stressing the food, it overshadows the purpose of you being there," she says.