Kristin Cavallari in her jewelry line, Emerald Duv.
Kristin Cavallari has earned her multi-hyphenate status. Her rise to household name started on cult-following mid-00s reality shows Laguna Beach and The Hills, but more recently she's successfully launched a shoe line, Kristin Cavallari by Chinese Laundry, released a lifestyle book, Balancing In Heels, and relaunched her jewelry brand, Emerald Duv. Plus, she's married to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and is mom to the couple's three children. And, even though she's most commonly thought of as the ultimate California girl, she actually spent part of her childhood in Barrington and currently resides in Chicago with her family.
Here, Cavallari gets candid on the inspiration behind Emerald Duv, what it's like to be a working mom, and where she hangs out in Chicago.
Why was it the right moment to relaunch Emerald Duv? KRISTIN CAVALLARI: The first year of Emerald Duv was a learning experience. We wanted to come back strong, really knowing our customer and her aesthetic. Our girl is the girl on-the-go who loves fashion but doesn't want to spend a fortune. She's effortless, timeless, and refined.
What inspired the name Emerald Duv? KC: My partner, Chelsea [Bulte], and I both have babies born in May. The birthstone is an emerald and since there are two of us, we thought “duv” was cute because they come in pairs.
What makes your line so accessible to mothers, especially? KC: Each piece is dainty enough to be worn every day, the collection can be dressed up or down, and everything is easily mixed and matched with whatever is already in your closet. And nothing is too big or crazy so kids won't be pulling on them!
How has your style changed since you’ve had children? KC: It's really stayed the same. I'm pretty no-fuss. I dress more for comfort than anything else, unless I know I'm going to be photographed.
What is your number-one tip for working moms? KC: Don't beat yourself up. It's a constant battle of "I'm missing this at home”, then feeling as though you’re missing out on work. At the end of the day, we're all trying to do our best and we should give ourselves more credit for that!
What inspired you to get into fashion in the first place? KC: I've always been a huge ‘shoe girl’ so having my own footwear line has been such a dream come true. I loved doing accessories so much that jewelry was the next natural step. I want everything to be affordable; you don't have to break the bank to look and feel great.
How does designing for jewelry differ from designing for your shoe line? KC: They are actually very similar—I'm constantly pulling ideas and inspiration from the runway, while traveling, fashion magazines, etc. When it comes time to sit down and design a collection, I send off my final ideas to my business partner at Emerald Duv, Chelsea Bulte, and Shayna at Chinese Laundry. Then my designs are turned into sketches and sent back to me for tweaking. We go back and forth until we find our perfect design.
Which fashion icon has been your biggest role model? KC: Kate Moss will always be my number one. Street-style or dressed up to the nines and she kills it.
You recently released your book Balancing In Heels. What was your favorite part to write, and what was the hardest? KC: My favorite part was the health section because I'm slightly obsessed with health info. I also love sharing the things I've learned over the years. The hardest part was the introduction actually! I did that last and to sum up the book in a couple pages was tougher than it seems.
What is your number one summer fashion/beauty tip? KC: Keep layering, even in the summer! It makes outfits more dynamic. And do hydrating masks year-round as well. Clogged pores can be from dehydrated skin.
What’s your go-to accessory to complete an outfit? KC: Booties or a hat. They make any simple outfit look chic.
Where do you hang out around Chicago? KC: At home! We are huge homebodies. But when we venture downtown it's usually for dinner and we love Gilt Bar, Siena Tavern, Chicago Cut, and Balena.
Even though you’ve been on Laguna Beach and The Hills, you spent some time in the Chicago area when you were growing up. How did your time in the Midwest affect your success? KC: I think my Midwestern roots help keep me grounded. LA is fantasy land and I think I would be a different person had I grown up there.