Written by Melanie Burton, April 26, 2016

The former Hills star chats to NW about life after telly…

Who didn’t drool over Lauren Conrad’s OTT life when she starred in noughties reality show The Hills? Well, after catching up with the reality TV star-turned-lifestyle entrepreneur, we can report that she’s as fabulous as ever!

Her stunning new book Celebrate – a hosting bible covering everything from baby showers to New Year’s Eve soirées – has just hit shelves, but while she loved pulling it together, Lauren reveals to NW that she’s now enjoying not celebrating!

Yep, when the babe turned 30 in February, she told her musician hubby William Tell, 36, that a party was off-limits and it was his turn to take control and organise a holiday.

“The last thing I wanted to do was throw another party, because it had been my life over the last year,” she says.

“So we actually went on vacation to Cabo and it was really nice. I didn’t want to plan anything – I just wanted to hang out in Mexico. We went with a few friends and then my parents surprised me and joined us. It was great!”

It’s certainly a far cry from spending her 20s fighting with the likes of Heidi Montag and Kristin Cavallari at glam parties in Hollywood’s hottest clubs on The Hills!

So how does she feel about being partly responsible for the reality TV revolution?

“I don’t want any credit for that!” she laughs. And while she’s reinvented herself as an expert on entertaining, she has no plans to have Heidi and hubby Spencer Pratt around for brunch any time soon…

It’s been six years since The Hills ended – do you still get a reality TV fix by watching shows like Keeping Up With The Kardashians?

No! I don’t watch much reality TV. The only reality shows I watch are like Shark Tank. I think once you’ve lived it, it’s a little different on the other side. I think most of the shows these days just go in for shock value.

Do you keep in touch with any of The Hills guys like Heidi or Kristin? No.

Unlike some of the others, you’ve gone on to have a really successful career. What’s your secret?

I’ve been very lucky to work with some very smart and talented people, and I think we’ve been able to build a brand that is an honest one. It’s something we all love doing and we’re lucky to be able to call it work.

Your new book is called Celebrate – does this mean you’re having parties all the time?

I try to! I think celebrating in general is great and it doesn’t have to be a big party. Sometimes dinner parties are just so much fun.

For more on Lauren, and her top tips to dinner-party perfection, pick up this weeks issue of NW magazine, on sale now.