Ten years after the cast of Laguna Beach graduated from high school, Lauren Conrad is reflecting on her days as a drama-filled teenager.
In a new blog post for LaurenConrad.com, the star has written an open letter to her 18-year-old self, offering up three, very solid pieces of advice based on what she's learned in the past decade.
First, she tells her younger self to wear sunscreen. “When I was a teenager, tanning was the mode du jour and I was all about getting that sun-kissed (or tanning bed orange…) glow. I felt invincible, and never thought twice about the skin damage caused by UV rays,” she writes. “Nowadays, I’ve learned to embrace my natural skin tone in the hopes that it will mean less wrinkles and a lower risk of skin cancer as I get older.”
Second, Lauren advises the teenage "L.C." to enjoy being young. “They say that youth is wasted on the young, and I couldn’t agree more,” says Lauren. “When I was 18, I was in a hurry to grow up. Instead, I wish I would have taken a beat to just enjoy being young.”
Lastly, the fashion designer instructs her 18-year-old self to be an individual. “For the first time you get to go off on your own and make real, conscious decisions about where you want life to take you. You get to choose your school, your major, and what kind of person you’ll become. So when you’re making these decisions, be an individual. It’s the best way to discover who you really are.”
After Laguna,Lauren kept us glued to our screens on The Hills, where – amidst plenty of drama – we followed her young-adult life as she attended design school and landed a fashion magazine internship. The star now has two womenswear lines, LC Lauren Conrad and Paper Crown, as well as a successful lifestyle brand under her belt.
Lauren recently became engaged to her longtime love, William Tell. The pair are expected to tie the knot at the end of the year.