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Kristin Cavallari at Daltile 'A Modern Gala' - New York during Fashion Week on September 10, 2019

Daltile, the industry leader in tile, natural stone and countertop, announced they are working with Cavallari on a campaign called “Design Your Life,” which highlights the brand’s wide range of high-style solutions for any project or space. The campaign, which debuted in April, was shot by celebrity photographer Dennis Leopold, known for photographing A-listers like Rihanna, Margot Robbie and Kim Kardashian.

The new partnership was celebrated on September 10 in New York during Fashion Week where we were able to catch up with the mom-of-three to find out about how she’s using Daltile in her home and how she balances business and motherhood.

So, why did you decide to partner with Daltile?
KRISTIN CAVALLARI: I really look at your home as an extension of your individual style. And in that sense, I really think that it should be part of fashion. So, I partnered with Daltile because they’re able to come in help you customize rooms in your house to represent your personal style. I’m actually in the middle of re-doing a bathroom right now, and I’m using them. They just have really cool materials. I went for a darker, almost concrete looking material. We’re doing a very modern moody bathroom, and they had endless options. They’ve been a dream to work with, and I’ve loved every second.

Why did you decide to re-do a bathroom?
KC: We’re building a pool house and needed a bathroom. They’re going to do all the tile.

Does this partnership with Daltile suggest an expansion of Uncommon James into the interior design world?
KC: You never know! We have Uncommon James home, which has more accessories. But, for now, Daltile was just very on-brand for me. They’re very fashion-forward and have really cool materials.

How do you think your interior design style has changed over the years?
KC: I think that my home aesthetic really matches my personal style. When I’m designing jewelry, everything I do is simplistic. I don’t like anything too perfect. I like having a balance between masculine and feminine or edgy and girly. With that being said, I think our house is kind of farmhouse rustic with little modern contemporary touches.

You’ve expanded your brand so much. What would you still like to tackle?
KC: I’m going to launch something spring 2020. I’m hesitant to say what it is yet, but it’s another accessory. I’m going to really start focusing on like the face. Victoria Secret owns the body. Uncommon James necklaces and earrings are top sellers always have and always will be. And so how else can we capture that face and represent that as a lifestyle?

Looking back to your Laguna Beach days, did you ever think you’d be where you are now?
KC: No! It’s crazy. I still have to pinch myself. I’m so knee-deep in it all that I have to remind myself to take a step back sometimes and be like, wow, this is really cool instead of just being so laser-focused on the future. It’s a dream

What can we expect on the next season of Very Cavallari?
KC: The first episode is crazy. There’s so much drama. It’s heartbreaking drama for me, and I don’t want to spill too much, but it’s happening. When I decided to go back to reality TV, I made a commitment. I’m going to put out what’s really going on in my life. You guys will just have to wait and see.

How is this reality TV experience compared to your past ones?
KC: This has been such an amazing experience, and I’m so thankful that I went back so that I can end with a good taste in my mouth. Being an executive producer on the show, I’m working with a team of people that really value my creative direction, and it’s a collaborative effort.

Besides your businesses and being on TV, you also have three kids! How do you balance it all?
KC: Honestly, Jay has helped so much. I couldn’t do it without him. My kids are also in school. My boys are in school Monday through Friday, and my daughter goes three days a week. That helps with balancing my time. And you know, it gets crazy when I’m filming, and I go to the office every day. But, I take my kids to school, then I go to the office, and I can leave at two o’clock if I want to go pick them up. So, I have that flexibility, which is really nice. And I have a routine I stick to. I’m home every night for dinner no matter what. Every weekend I’m with the kids. Obviously once in a blue moon, I have to go away like to the Emmy’s next week. But for the most part, I’m not hanging out with friends on the weekend. I’m with my kids and Jay, and I love it. We choose to do that because we love our family. When I’m dying, I’m not going to think about those extra hours I put in with Uncommon James. I’m going to remember the time with my kids. That’s what matters.

Article by Manhattan Magazine

On September 28, 2004, the first episode of a show called Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, aired on MTV and changed the landscape of reality TV for years to come. Following the lives of a handful of beautiful California teenagers attending Laguna Beach High School, the show blurred the lines between scripted situations and real emotions and relationships in an indulgently entertaining concoction that audiences around the world now absorb like second nature. The show focused on the classic Good Girl vs. Bad Girl dichotomy, pitting the wholesome senior Lauren Conrad against the fabulously villainous junior Kristin Cavallari in the battle for the show’s resident Dream Boyfriend and alpha girl status.

My mother attended Laguna Beach High, and when the show first aired we sat down to watch together and compare it to her reality of a beach town adolescence in the 1970s. “This was… not quite it,” she told me, and wandered off before the second commercial break. At 13 years old, I was naturally mesmerized, as I was ravenous for depictions of the high school experience that awaited me the next year. Confronted with the image of Cavallari lounging in her pool alone, talking on her cell phone in what was surely the most self-assured California girl drawl I’d ever heard, I was quickly pulled into the very appealing drama of the show, fake or not.

When The Hills returned just a few years later with Conrad and new best frenemy Heidi Pratt (née Montag) at the center, audiences including myself were already more hip to what they were being sold. Keeping Up With the Kardashians would come on the air just a year later, turning reality TV into a viably lucrative career path, but first there was unfinished business of manufactured feuds to complete. Once again, Cavallari was called upon to play the Girl All the Bad Guys Want (and the good girls hate), reflecting a feminine binary that still somehow made sense in the waning years of the early aughts (her return episode was literally called “The Bitch Is Back”). The planet of young, hot LA kids intersected the Kardashian world with the addition of Brody Jenner, who Cavallari and Conrad were set up to fight over. When the series ended with the curtain being pulled back to reveal a literal Hollywood set, it was as shocking and surreal a revelation as any in TV finale history, if not because we truly thought it was real all along, but because we could never pretend to believe so again.

That still left Cavallari with nearly a decade’s worth of branding as a mean party girl shadowing her every move. She pivoted right, moving to the Midwest with her new husband, NFL quarterback Jay Cutler, and quickly became a mother to three children and the designer of a jewelry line, Uncommon James. A recent return to reality television has her reflecting on the impact the format has had on her career and her own personal development. In a candid interview, PAPER caught up with Cavallari about her new show, Very Cavallari, which focuses on Cavallari’s life now as she runs the Uncommon James flagship and raises a family, the scripted nature of reality and why being cast as the mean girl was all for the best.

Kristin covers CVLUX Magazine for the Summer edition.

Mother. Actress. Writer. Designer. Entrepreneur. Yes, reality television alum Kristin Cavallari is doing it all, but don’t let her superhuman resume fool you—she’s definitely one of us.

In preparation for our phone interview, I spent some time looking over everything Cavallari has done in the past few years, which turned out to be everything from competing on Dancing with the Stars, to guest starring in television shows and small films, to charity work involving PETA and HIV/AIDS. When I bring up her go-getter personality, though, she’s quick to point out that it’s not a one-woman show. “The fact that Jay is home all day, every day right now … he’s the reason I’m able to do half of what I do,” she says, referencing her husband of two years, Miami Dolphins quarterback, Jay Cutler. Make no mistake—the hard-working mom of three loves her work, but her real passion is her family. “Five o’clock comes and every night we’re eating dinner as a family—that’s the most important thing to me,” she says. “It’s important for me to wake up in the morning and make the boys’ breakfast, pack their lunches … I make sure that certain family things are a priority. Everything else is secondary.”

Looking back on Cavallari’s life, this state of mind isn’t surprising. While most of America still recognizes her as the perky teenager from the MTV reality show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, and later The Hills, Cavallari wasn’t born into a life of glamor and glitz. “I lived in a suburb of Chicago throughout my entire junior high years and my mom lived here,” explains Cavallari, who settled in both Los Angeles and Chicago before finding a home in Nashville with Cutler. “Moving back to Chicago wasn’t a shock for me because I had experienced it before. But I do think, because of living in L.A. and Southern California for so long, it was still an adjustment.” What kind of adjustment? “I remember I had no clothes!” Cavallari laughs. “No winter jackets … I had to buy this stuff. But to be honest, I prefer having my kids grow up in a place that has four seasons. Snow days for me were part of my childhood, and I love that my kids are experiencing that. It’s just a different way of growing up.”

At the very least, it’s different from how Cavallari grew up. After moving to California to attend Laguna Beach High School, fame came calling in 2004. She would spend three years of her life being documented alongside the lives of her friends, and then another six as part of a spin-off series from Laguna Beach castmate Lauren Conrad— but don’t expect someone who grew up in the spotlight to share that same glimpse behind the curtain. “It’s funny, because yeah, I was on reality TV, but I’m actually a very private person when it comes to my family,” Cavallari says. “But I do realize that’s what people really resonate with and that’s what they connect to, so I try to find a happy medium and a happy balance.” Still, there’s a line, and that line isn’t a surprise. “People ask me all the time why I don’t show my kids’ faces, but they didn’t sign up for this world,” says Cavallari. “I did. And I want them to choose if that’s a life and world that they want to be in. I don’t want to rob them of that decision.”

Does she wish that social media existed in the days of Laguna Beach, for her own sake? Well, that’s a different matter entirely. “It’s interesting, because people will comment with things like, ‘oh you’ve grown up a lot.’ Yes, I have grown up a lot, but also this has always been who I am,” says Cavallari. “And in the same breath, yes, of course I’ve matured quite a bit since I was 18, 19, 20, but the core of me has always been the same.”

Fast-forward to 2018, and the girl who was once known for being part of Lauren Conrad’s “love triangle” is, in every sense of the word, satisfied. She’s happily married, and her wedding day is one that’s still fresh in her mind. “Not to sound cheesy, but literally the entire day was so perfect,” she shares. “Our reception was so fun. We had about 120 people and it was truly our closest friends and family; it felt intimate to us. We really focused on three things to make it perfect in our eyes, so that was really good food, great booze, and really good music. We had a five-person motown band and every single person was on the floor.” She credits her relationship right now as “the closest we’ve ever been,” explaining, “we know each other so well and we’re so incredibly comfortable with one another. And I would take our relationship now over what it was in the beginning.”

Aside from her children, Cavallari’s current pride and joy is her jewelry line, Uncommon James. “I started this company by myself and I’ve never had that kind of creative freedom in my life, and it’s so satisfying,” she says, and I can feel the excitement in her voice radiating through the phone. “It’s so freeing. It’s the hardest job I’ve ever had and I love every second of it. I love jewelry—I think that accessories make or break your outfit. But it’s more about owning a company for me that’s so fun. It’s the most challenging thing for me, besides being a mom, that I’ve ever done. Uncommon James hasn’t even been around for a year, and I’m already opening my own brick and mortar—which is scary as hell but it’s also really exciting.”

As we speak, Cavallari is preparing for a short book tour to promote her new cookbook True Roots: A Mindful Kitchen with More Than 100 Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar. “My cookbook is truly a passion project of mine—I’m such a healthy eater and I’m just excited to share with everyone that being healthy doesn’t mean boring,” she explains. “You’re not missing out on anything. I really think that you can eat anything as long as you’re choosing the right ingredients … this cookbook is how I eat on a daily basis. I honest-to-God make everything in this cookbook all the time; it’s how my family and I eat. I’m a home cook who loves to cook healthy and I’m doing this to share that with my fans, who are excited about eating healthy and want to get on track.

Cavallari’s tour will take her to New York, Nashville, and Chicago, and she’ll take her children with her to Chicago to see her mom. Even though Los Angeles isn’t on the list of promotional cities, I have to ask the obvious question— is there a possibility of having a play date with new moms (and former Hills co-stars) Audrina Patridge and Heidi Montag.

“We talk about it all the time!” Cavallari assures me. “It’s just hard because they’re in L.A., and I’m in Nashville. But I’d love to. Audrina and Heidi both reached out to me a lot and I love that I was able to be there for them because when I had Camden, my oldest, I had no one I could turn to for advice or for any kind of help. So being able to be there for my co-stars and my ‘normal’ friends, too, I love nothing more.”

Work, family, business success—life seems to be coming at Cavallari fast, and for a while, that’s what she always wanted. “My whole life, I always wanted to be older,” she says. “I always wanted to be in the next phase of my life, but now I just want everything to slow down. I wish I could’ve just enjoyed being 18.” She pauses, as if she’s reflecting on the journey she’s had so far, the one that’s taken her from small-town suburbia to the beaches of Hollywood and back to the grounded, simple, family-oriented life she knew before all her fame and fortune.

“Just enjoy the journey and enjoy the moment.”

For a girl who once wanted to grow up too fast, Cavallari is now making sure it all counts.