Q&A with Lauren Conrad: Must-haves for summertime

May 1, 2013 at 9:20 p.m. ET

What hasn't Lauren Conrad done? She's starred in two hit reality shows, written multiple books, launched a beauty website and built a successful brand for herself. So when we were looking for a celebrity to give us her 'surviving summer' tips, we figured there was no one better than LC herself!

Lauren Conrad's summer tips

SK: What's your favorite summertime party song?

Lauren Conrad: For summer, I like anything with an up-tempo beat. Summer is always about fun and relaxing.

Malibu Island SpicedSK: What's your go-to summer cocktail?

LC: Summer is all about warm weather and less layers so I try and stick to low-calorie cocktails whenever possible. I recently teamed up with Malibu to launch their newest spirit, Malibu Island Spiced. It's only 70 calories per serving and has a hint of vanilla and cinnamon along with the well-known coconut flavor, so it's really tropical and light. I light to drink it over crushed ice or even with some coconut water.

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SK: If you were to create a 'surviving the summer' must-have kit, what would you include?

LC: My 'surviving summer kit' would include the following things...

  • Sunscreen: Mineral sunscreen (I also use baby sunscreen on my face)
  • Sunglasses: Everyone needs a pair of oversized shades
  • Polish: I love a retro red nail for summer
  • Hat: A wide-brimmed hat is a must-have

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SK: If you were to have a Netflix binge to beat the heat, what one show would you watch all afternoon?

LC: I don't watch much TV, but I must confess that I am a New Girl fan.

SK: Sun bathing or tanning — which do you prefer?

LC: Sun bathing for sure. I try not to tan, but there is nothing better than being by the water reading a book.

SK: What's one summertime fashion trend you're most excited for and why?

LC: I love the bright color choices people make in the summer. It gets us out of the basic black rut.

SK: What are your favorite activities to do in the summer with friends?

LC: Relaxing at the beach, enjoying friends and some downtime is never a bad thing.

SK: What's your favorite summer date night event?

LC: Since the weather warms up in the summer, it's always romantic to take a walk after dinner or during sunset.

SK: Where would you love to vacation and why?

LC: Anywhere there is sand and water.

SK: What's your summer workout routine?

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LC: I try to work out year round as it makes me feel good. I enjoy changing things up, so working out with a trainer, kickboxing and hiking are things I like to do.

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SK: What are your favorite bathing suit brands for summer?

LC: My favorite brands for good bikinis are L*Space or Missoni.

SK: What are you hoping to do this summer?

LC: I will be working hard as I have a book, Infamous, out in June, so I will be on a book tour and hopefully able to find some time to relax when it's done!

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