Today, Conrad is 28 years old, she's praised for her style, she's a best-selling author, a fashion designer and her personal life is going pretty great, too.
Thinking back, Conrad decided to write a letter to her 18-year-old self.
"In light of my 10-year reunion, I've been doing a little reflecting," she started the letter, which is featured on her personal blog, along with a picture of the old Laguna Beach cast. "Well, 18-year-old Lauren, here's my advice…"
Conrad made a list of three points: Wear sunscreen, enjoy being young and be an individual.
The blonde beauty started off by explaining how she previously wanted to be tanned so badly, that she didn't think twice about sun damage, but she also didn't appreciate just being young.
"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. So many things are new when you're that age and the level of responsibility is still low," she confessed.
Lastly, Conrad wished that she'd been more of an individual during her teens, explaining how, for so many years, she had the same friends and was stuck in the same environment, that when it all changed she should have been even more independent in her decisions.
"Then, 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," she wrote. "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."
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