Lauren Conrad says her hair takes 7 hours to do, plus pictures of her office

What are some of your favorite local hangouts?

I love my salon. My hairstylist Kristin Ess opened up her own little studio. It’s fun. She’s fantastic, is a close friend, and is thankfully very flexible with my schedule. I’ll be working all week, and I’ll come in at like 7 at night. My hair takes seven hours, so sometimes we’ll order take out and drink champagne. We also like to fool around a bit, so it probably takes a lot longer than it should!

Wait, seven hours?! Explain please!

Well, I usually wear extensions!

Rest of the interview is at the source, but it's pretty boring TBH.

Everything in Conrad's office telegraphs her brand of youthful sophistication—take, for example, the soft pink walls and glittery leather that bears the company's name.

Conrad's more than a designer and a beauty maven—she's also an author! Here, two of her books sit in her office.

The name "Paper Crown" has a rather sentimental story, according to Conrad. "When I used to go to my grandma's house, I would put on dress-up clothes," she says. "We had construction paper there, and we would make crowns. I love the idea of creating your own glamour out of something that was pretty simple."

At left, Conrad wears Paper Crown's London Coat in tan, from the Fall 2012 collection. At right, inspiration snippets are pinned to an artful bird cage.

Conrad loves her Chanel perfume. Here, several bottles are artfully arranged on a mirrored tray, along with her precious tiara.

Conrad is known for her flawless looks when it comes to beauty, and she revealed to us that her often-imitated hairstyles take up to seven hours to perfect in the salon!

Conrad's design sketches for a potential upcoming collection.

Conrad's sweet tooth, manifested in a tray of pink taffy.

Conrad's style icons are more old-fashioned than contemporary. "We're more likely to pull a photo of Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot as opposed to something off a website from today," she says.

Conrad in her signature New Year's top hat and the party dress she plans to wear to ring in 2013. To the right is her mood board, a hodgepodge of her inspirational images for upcoming collections.