There was a time, not that long ago, when Lauren Conrad was the very embodiment of young, hot Hollywood. These days, though, she feels a kinship with a different demographic -- quirky senior citizens. Chatting with Ross Mathews on the Monday, June 10, episode of Chelsea Lately, the former Hills star joked that she's like an old woman in a young woman's body.
"My friends make fun of me because I collect teacups and saucers," Conrad, 27, told Mathews of her penchant for frequenting flea markets. "Inside I'm like 80."
The best-selling author -- whose eighth book, Infamous, is out now -- went on to say she's "always" at the Pasadena Flea looking for ideas for her fashion designs. "The quirkiest little things I love," she gushed. "I do it a lot for inspiration for my lines."
"I love things that feel found or there's just a little bit of charm to them," she added. "Especially for your home or something you're going to wear, you don't want it to look like everything else."
Conrad has indeed come a long way since her days on Laguna Beach and, later, The Hills, which often found her clubbing at Hollywood hotspots with costars Audrina Patridge, Heidi Montag, and Lo Bosworth. In the July issue of Marie Claire, she says she's over that scene.
"It feels done for me. I'm OK with it being done," she tells the mag. "I destroyed my voice when I moved to L.A. There are polyps all over my vocal cords because I was in a lot of loud places. If you listen to the first episode of Laguna, my voice is completely different."
Now that she's older (both physically and emotionally), she prefers quieter activities, like hanging out with boyfriend William Tell, 33, at her parents' house in Laguna. "My family loves him, so they love when we come to visit," she told Us Weekly at a recent event in New York City. "We spend a lot of weekends there hanging out by the pool and doing nothing."