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Lauren Conrad's Summer Style Essentials

Lucky went behind the scenes at Lauren Conrad's cover shoot to find out what keeps the quintessential L.A. girl looking so gloriously sun-kissed and California chic. From her must-have hair-prep product to versatile everyday basics (cutoff denim shorts, pretty white camisole), the former reality star and current Paper Crown designer spilled her secrets. Best of all, other than a splurge-worthy Missoni bikini, none of her picks will bust your budget.

Missoni bikini: "I love the way Missoni bikinis fit. They are definitely a favorite."

For a stripy Missoni suit similar to Lauren's, try this option.

LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's shoes: "I love this platform from my Kohl's line. It is the perfect shoe to wear with a '70s flare jean."

Kohl's carries six summery shoes from Lauren's line.

White Camisole Top: "I love easy silk camis for layering in the summer. One like this can be dressed up or down."

For a breezy white cami like Lauren's, try this.

Cutoff Denim Shorts: "While the fit changes throughout the years, denim cutoffs will always be summer staple for me. This year I prefer a looser fit with a slightly higher waist."

For a similar look, try this pairof comfy cutoffs.

Striped sweater: "I wear sweaters year-round, and when the weather gets warmer, I opt for an open knit like this one. I also like the nautical feel of the navy and white stripe."

Get a similar cropped sweater here .

Paper Crown floral dress: "This is one of my favorite dresses in the Paper Crown line. I love the way it moves."

Get it (available in July) at a store near you.

Nars Body Glow: "This gives your skin a beautiful sheen. I apply it to my legs before venturing out in a mini."

Moroccanoil: "I work this through the ends of my hair before blowdrying. It smoothes my hair without weighing it down."

Josie Maran Protect 40+ SPF: "I wear this under my makeup to protect my skin."

RGB nailpolish in Punch: "I love this pretty pink for summer."

Rosebud Perfume Co. Strawberry Lip Balm: " I always carry flavored balms in my bag. I prefer them over a sticky gloss, especially in the summer time."

All Photos: Raegan Glazner

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