Lauren Conrad may have started out on TV, but her résumé shows more diversity than the average small-screen star. The California girl, who formerly starred in Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and The Hills, is now a published author and budding fashion designer. Though her books are aimed at teens, the L.A. Candy novels have also attracted adults eager for a fix. "I think people like to just sit back and escape. Do some light reading and get their minds off of things," Conrad said in an e-mail interview. "There is no age on a guilty pleasure."
The three-book series follows the escapades of L.A. girl Jane and her friends, who are cast in a reality show. The girls' loyalties shift as they navigate relationships and the spotlight. The trio ends with Sugar and Spice, which finds Jane and BFF Scarlett dealing with their respective boy problems when Jane discovers some unsavory facts.
Conrad will also be signing a book, Lauren Conrad Style, which offers tips for putting together hair, makeup and accessories in addition to clothes, to form cohesive looks. "It isn't about trends. It is about a wardrobe and looks that are timeless," Conrad said. Her own style tends toward simplicity and day-to-night items, like the boyfriend blazer from her LC Lauren Conrad collection for Kohl's. "I take it on every trip. Dress it up, down, business and pleasure." She might even be wearing it during the reading. The event begins at 2 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble on Maynard Road. —Sarah Ewald