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The Hills 10-Year Anniversary Q&A!

05 / 12 / 16

I can’t believe it has already been more than 10 years since The Hills first aired! The Hills was a huge part of my life — the hardest years of dating, making mistakes, and learning who I was were spent on TV. Looking back though, I laugh a lot at the drama and can see things from a different perspective.


To be honest, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into because there weren’t many reality shows at the time, so there was no way to prepare ourselves for what it would bring on. It seemed like it would be a fun experience and I went for it — I wore my heart on my sleeve.

Now that I’m 30, it is very interesting to look back on my 20-year-old self on The Hills. As embarrassed as I am about some of the things that were caught on camera, it comforts me knowing that many viewers were able to relate to the things that we were going through.


There are so many things all of you don’t know — behind-the-scenes drama, situations between cast members, and more — because none of it made sense to address on the show. So, because I have been getting nonstop questions about The Hills on Twitter, I wanted to do a special Q&A portion and answer some of your burning questions in honor of the recent 10-year anniversary!

Q: Was the entire show fake?
A: No but there were a lot of blurred lines. In the beginning, it was about 4 girls becoming friends, living in LA, having fun, dating, and working and that was pretty genuine. But towards the end of 2nd season and into the 3rd is when it started becoming more and more blurred, especially when the men became a big part of the show. Everything kind of shifted and it only escalated when Lauren left because they needed to bring in new people and scenarios and manipulated situations. It turned into a real/fake version of our lives.

Q: Do you ever watch the episodes?
A: Honesty time: I haven’t watched The Hills since the finale:)


Q: How did you and Corey reunite?
A: We kept in contact and reunited toward the end of The Hills. I didn’t want to throw him into the drama because I knew he was a good guy and he had no idea what he would be getting himself into. Corey actually went with me to the finale of The Hills and we became a solid couple shortly after:)

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Q: Was the show scripted?
A: No it was not scripted, but we were definitely guided by the producers. Towards the end it was somewhat verbally scripted, if that makes sense. It was all about confrontation and drama and the producers would egg us on in a way.

Q: What’s your biggest regret from The Hills?
A: That I didn’t get a therapist (haha!). I could have used some good life-coaching…

Q: Did you really believe Lauren messed with Justin or was that just for the show?
A: That was actually a real rumor.  A mutual friend of ours called me and told me that he was there and didn’t want to tell me but knew he wouldn’t be able to look me in the eye if he didn’t come clean. I was devastated and couldn’t believe it at first. Then, neither of them would call me back or respond to my texts and the producers, of course, wanted me to talk about it on camera, which took some pushing. That friend has since passed and I really don’t care about what happened anymore. I’m happy where I am now and the past is the past!


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Q: Who do you still keep in contact with?
A: I speak to Kristin, Heidi, and Brody from time to time.

Q: Did Justin ever apologize to you for playing you?
A: Haha oh man! That question!! Again, there were some very blurred lines with us and I’ll spare you the details.  He did apologize to me years ago for the way he treated me on the show and how everything played out. Justin has a good heart and I wish him the best!

Q: Do you talk to Lauren?
A: No I haven’t talked to her since The Hills finale.

Q: What was your diet and exercise routine?
A: It really hasn’t changed too much. Although we did have a personal trainer on The Hills… we would train with him once or twice a week and film while doing it. I always eat fairly healthy and exercise regularly… it’s all about consistency!

Q: Justin has done some interviews saying it was only a working relationship and then others he says it was personal which one was it?
A: I have been asked this question a few times, as well. Long story short: Justin and I met before The Hills. I was working at Quixote Studios  and he was there on a shoot assisting the hairstylist. We were both ironically from the OC and he slipped me a paper with his number and offered to do my hair.  He was a charmer…

So, we started hanging out and got to that weird ‘what are we’ point.  He filmed bits for the 1st season doing my hair, but they never made it to air because he wasn’t really into it. We kept in touch and were ‘together but not together,’ if that makes sense. It was a confusingly interesting time to say the least! We had a real connection and love for each other, but we were both also VERY young.


Q: Did you really date spencer?
A: Absolutely NOT!! That was the first moment I knew I could no longer trust the producers. I was on my way to the airport with friends for a Vegas trip and they called me that morning asking me to stop at Pinkberry on the way and said it would only take a few minutes. I did and they had me sit at the table by myself outside and I had no idea what the heck was going on. Then all of a sudden I see Spencer walking up with roses!!!!! I was like omg your kidding me!!!! I gotta go….

Soon after that night, we headed to a new club Heidi was working at and we were all in a group, but Spencer and I were held back so we would be seen walking in together. I was not into the fabricated drama at all, but it sucks viewers in and people love watching that stuff.

Q: What did you think of Justin and Kristin?
A: In the beginning I thought it was super weird and just plain random. Then, I took myself out of that situation, refused to go to the ‘Malibu beach house parties,’ clubs, etc. because I knew that if I did show up, they wanted fights and drama and tears… and I didn’t want to be a part of that anymore. Kristin was in it for the drama and the show didn’t seem to really care. At that point, The Hills had transformed into a whole new cast and show in comparison to what it originally started off as.  Plus,  I was dating someone else at the time and had no desire to keep getting thrown into the fire pit!

Q: What do you wish you could go back and change?
A: Hmm… That’s a tough question. I think if I could go back, I wouldn’t let guys get in between our friendships! And I think I would have said no a lot more and yes to other things.


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Q: Do you miss everyone? Or that time in your life?
A: Well at the time, that was my life. We all became a little family and the bigger The Hills got, the more we stuck together because no one knew or understood what we were going through. The best memories for me from The Hills were definitely all the trips we took! To Costa Rica, Hawaii, Miami, and Cabo… we actually had a lot of fun and bonded with each other, as well as the producers, on and off-camera.


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Q: What’s the biggest change you have gone through since the show ended?
A: Well, I’m pregnant right now!!:) And getting married to my best friend and lover:)! I finally feel like I have a grip on my life and I’m doing what makes me happy. My 20’s were amazing and filled with tons of curve balls and learning experiences that helped me become the person I am today. Now, my 30’s are a whole new journey… But this time, I know who I am and what I want:)

Babymoon & Third Trimester Update!

05 / 10 / 16

Our recent trip to Hawaii was the perfect babymoon to end our travels as a couple before we welcome our little girl into the world! This particular trip was extra special because we went to visit my little sister and did a ton of fun activities and relaxation — a Jurassic Park tour, walked along the beach, lounged by the pool, and basically anything that remotely resembles relaxing.

Now that I’m in my third trimester, the fatigue is kicking in again. I get cramps, pregnancy brain, and need Corey to help me put on my boots on a daily basis. Acupuncture has helped a ton with the final stretch, but I’ve definitely cut back on my pilates and yoga classes as the pregnancy progresses. We don’t have much time left to go, so we are focusing on getting the nursery ready and beginning to nest, which is why comfort has become a HUGE factor when it comes to my outfit choices.  

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Outfits like this one have become my go-to (if you couldn’t already tell). Not only is this dress an easy option to throw on in the morning, but it also doesn’t have any ties, seams, or waistbands that would be uncomfortable for my bump! AND…everything I’m wearing is under $100! 

I can’t believe the count down is on to meet our baby girl! In the meantime, you can find me lounging around in this maxi dress until I can finally see my toes again:) 

Dress: Similar HERE and HERE

Shoes: Nordstrom

Bracelets: Nordstrom

Necklace: BaubleBar


What is your go-to outfit?

Throw The Best Memorial Day Party

05 / 05 / 16

It isn’t every day we get the luxury of having a three-day weekend, which is why it is no surprise that the only thing better than getting the day off is being able to attend a fun party instead. From barbeques, to beach days, and brunches, chances are you’ll be attending or throwing some form of party this Memorial Day. But, putting together an amazing party isn’t as easy as it seems!

A lot of pressure comes with hosting a fabulous soiree. Not only does everything need to go as planned, but you also need to make sure your guests are having a good time. So, whether your Memorial Day consists of drinking on the beach or spending quality time with family, here is a detailed guide of everything you’d need to throw the best Memorial Day party ever!



Create your own mimosa bar!

(ShopBop’s surprise sale of 40% off select items is happening NOW, but it is ending soon so don’t miss out!)

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Make sure you have a fun, festive cocktail (or dessert) for your guests to enjoy! Check out this spiked, summer popsicle recipe from You & Lu



Easy, Breezy Maxis

05 / 04 / 16

My recent trip to Hawaii was a true test for my maternity wardrobe and I’m happy to announce it was a complete success! No one likes lugging around a 100-lb luggage (especially since I’m pregnant!), so I had to pack very strategically to ensure I was not only bringing enough clothes, but also that the items in my luggage would work with my bump AND the Hawaii heat. Needless to say, my suitcase was stuffed with floor-length skirts, maxi dresses, and every flow-y piece I have!


This particular outfit is one of my favorites because I love that the pattern of the skirt compliments my belly! I can easily secure the tie waist band above my bump and the soft material hangs down to create a maxi skirt that is shorter in the front and longer in the back. I paired it with a simple black crop, sun hat, and brown flats because I love the simplicity of it! The skirt is beautiful enough as it is, so I didn’t want too many distracting elements to draw away from it.

This look is perfect for spring and summer and you don’t even need to be pregnant to wear it!  Non-pregnant wearers will have a little more length in the front, but the outcome will be very similar. 

Skirt: Free People


Shoes: Steve Madden

Hat: Nordstrom

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Mother’s Day Gifts Under $100!

05 / 02 / 16

Mother’s Day is a special time of year because we can give our moms the attention they deserve. It isn’t that we are ungrateful, it’s just that we tend to forget about all of the sacrifices our moms have made for us over the years, which is why Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show your mom just how much you appreciate her!

This Mother’s Day is extra special for me! Not only is it my first Mother’s Day as a soon-to-be mom, but it is also one of the last major holidays before our little girl arrives. So, whether you’re shopping for your mom, mother-in-law, or even a friend, here are 10 gifts under $100 dollars that will make for the best Mother’s Day yet — but won’t break the bank!