Helping Hand: My Styling Session with the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Hi everyone! I’m only on the second stop of my book tour and it’s been pretty amazing so far. I’ve met many wonderful people along the way, and I know the rest of the tour will be just as fantastic.

Prior to my book signing in Milwaukee, I had the opportunity to host a very exciting style session with three lovely ladies, Brianna, Abby and Melissa, from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. With the help of my friends at Kohl’s, I was able to treat each girl to a few of the latest pieces from my LC Lauren Conrad collection from Kohl’s.

I had a really nice time talking about fashion and style but I also wanted to learn a bit more about each girl. I found that each girl had her own inspiring journey, and we talked a bit about what it is like being a teen and how to deal with those days when you don’t feel your best. Despite what they were going through, I was so impressed that these girls all beamed with positivity and poise when the told me their stories. They were all class acts.

Throughout the years, I’ve come to learn that everyone has good days and bad days. But what truly defines our character is not the bad things that happen to us, but instead how we handle that negativity. Talking to Brianna, Abby and Melissa inspired me to do my best to always look on the bright side and face difficult times with a smile.

I have no doubt that these three girls are going to do big things one day. Here are a couple photos from our style session. I hope you enjoy them…
Helping Hand: My Styling Session with the Children's Hospital of WisconsinHelping Hand: My Styling Session with the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

What has inspired you to be positive lately? Do you have any special stories like the one I’ve shared with you today?

Please leave your stories in the comments below so that I can read them.

XO Lauren

Photo: Kohl’s
Categories: Helping Hands, Lauren Conrad
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  • Amy Breckenridge

    lauren, i absolutely love your dress and shoes here! such a pretty, feminine outfit. all 4 of you girls look beautiful! :) what a special visit.
    xoamy
    http://www.cupcakesncouture.com

  • Rachel Trampel

    I’ve been waiting to see more pictures of you with bangs, LOVE LOVE LOVE! You look so gorgeous! And what a great event!

    http://www.rachelslookbook.com

  • Zoe g. Bullard

    What a great experience! I work in a children’s hospital, and I know how important special visits and opportunities are for the kids in the hospital. The patients are so inspirational and strong and we can learn a lot from them, especially about staying positive and seeing the best in every situation.

    Where is your dress from? I love it!

  • Niki Rust

    What a great post! This is something I have been living out lately….having graduated last year from law school and not being able to find a job, it has been a real struggle. But then, one day I decided I needed to be positive during this whole experience and so, I have taken strides to use this unemployment time positively! I have started volunteering at an immigration non-profit (which is my dream job), taking Spanish lessons, and un-doing all the damage law school stress has done to my health. Remembering to stay positive has definitely made me take advantage of opportunities and helped a lot through this process!

  • Renuka

    absolutely love reading about people doing good for others in this world :)

    for more good, please visit my blog: http://www.pocketfulofperspective.tumblr.com

  • rikkebjerring

    i really love your dress, Lauren ! where can i buy it ?

  • Ashley

    I LOVE stories like this one. I have become somewhat familiar with the work of Children’s Hospital’s because my younger brother was diagnosed with a rare type of leukemia a few years ago. The hospital has done MANY wonderful things to keep my brother and the rest of my family positive and happy as well as informed. They had tons of positive, supportive and very intelligent staff in and out of his rooms and they made connections with us and built relationships, which really count in times of distress. In Michigan there is a program similar to Make a Wish called the Rainbow Connection and they worked with my brother for the majority of this time in the hospital to make a wish of his a reality. I am happy to say that as of very recently, my brother is now cancer free! :) I love these types of posts. Helping others is important for so many reasons. The good feeling you get from it is just a bonus. http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

  • Maribelle

    Lauren,

    Thank you so much for coming to visit us, with or without power and lights. :) You are doing wonderful and inspiring things.

    ps. Thanks for the tip about the Stila eye liner.

    -Mari

  • Ashley Lorraine

    Lauren,

    It’s so nice to see a celebrity using their powers for good. Keep it up, you’re very inspiring.

  • ConnnieTang

    Lauren you are so amazing and inspiring!!

    http://www.connnietang.com

  • Tracy Young

    Hi Niki,

    I can completely relate to how you are feeling about having a college degree and not being able to get a job in the career field of our choice. I have recently been terminated from my job that I held for almost 10 months (the reason was pretty bogus…) and it has been an intense ride for me an my emotions these last few weeks. It’s a hard battle to overcome termination and trying to beat out other interviewees who probably have much more experience in the field than I do.

    I’m trying so hard to stay positive through all of it, especially because I feel like the company’s reason for terminating me is starting to determine who I am. It has been my mission lately to stay positive and remember that no business can determine who I am or take away an identity that I’ve worked all of my life to have. My happiness now lies completely in my husband and our children (our animals lol).

    The positive that has come from my situation is my former co-workers who have been completely supportive of me finding a new, better job and being in shock about my termination. They have offered to be references for me and can’t believe I was terminated. It helps so much to have that support.

    I wish you the best of luck in your job hunt. Thank you for sharing your story – even though it’s not quite like mine, it helps to know I’m not the only one who is having difficulty getting an entry level position in my field! I too graduated in 2012!

  • Tracy Young

    Also, I definitely need to take up volunteering! But I’ve actually been completely satisfied staying at home, spending quality time with my animals and finally getting to crafting projects I’ve never had the time or energy to do before unemployment. I love to scrapbook and have taken major steps to get started on that, and of course have been scouring Lauren’s site and the internet for all sorts of easy, DIY home redecoration projects! Love the creativity that has come from this situation!

  • Tracy Young

    Hi Lauren,

    I know you probably get comments like this all the time, but I just wanted to say thank you so much to the effort you and Team LC put into updating your website with such worthwhile information. Lately I’ve fallen victim to unemployment due to termination (reason = bogus, but I was ready to quit a few months ago so I chose not to fight it) and when it first started wondered “”What on Earth am I going to do to fill my time?”” I found your website when I had my job and tested out a couple of the DIY crafts, and now that I’m unemployed I spend WAY too much time on your website because of all the awesome crafts it has on it! If I don’t make use of the craft(s) you have, I become inspired from the ideas and Google what I could do. Your website has inspired me to be creative with crafts at home for my own personal benefit, and for decoration’s sake. My husband has been in shock at how crafty I’ve become!

    Also, I hardly ever buy brand name clothes but just HAD to go to Kohl’s to check out your summer line. I LOVE YOUR LINE! And your bedding, my grey one is my favorite! So pretty! I’m not so much a ruffles and lace fan on their own, but they way you style them together is the perfect combination. Your clothes have helped me feel more girly (I was born and raised a tom boy) and can’t wait until I have a job again so I can buy more clothing items from you!

    I have been a fan of you since ’04 in the LB days, and am just now going through the Hills. I know it’s not reality, and I’m just so proud of you for deciding to leave when you did. I think it made a statement that you’re not going to let Network or fans decide how you live your life. I am happy for all the success that has came your way!

    Ok, sorry this is so long!

  • Niki Rust

    First, I’m sorry to here that. Losing a job is never fun, it takes a lot out of you both emotionally and mentally. Secondly, I am so glad you shared your story too! I was hoping that by sharing my story, I would find others who are going through the same thing. Keep your chin-up!!! And the best of luck to you!!!

  • Karie Obremski

    Thanks for sharing this, Lauren!

    Three weeks ago I had surgery to correct my legs. I had my left leg straightened and this story really boosted my confidence. You are right that everyone has good days and bad days and that it’s always better to look on the bright side of situations. This time around during my 3rd surgery I am doing much better.

    I always try to keep my spirits up, up, up!!

    xoxo. Karie (:

  • Faith Mckinnie

    Lauren Conrad, you’re such an amazing person. I was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin, and moved to Los Angeles when I was just a baby. I was also at your book signing at the grove, you’re such a positive role model and a great leader to all. Xoxox faith

  • Maggie

    Lauren you are such an inspiration. I love that you took the time out from your busy book tour to do this for them. It was so nice meeting you in Milwaukee! You probably wouldn’t remember, but I was with my twin sister and little sister! PS- I love your bangs, you are such a doll!

  • Maggie

    Lauren you are such an inspiration. I love that you took the time out from your busy book tour to do this for them. It was so nice meeting you in Milwaukee! You probably wouldn’t remember because you met so many people, but I was with my twin sister and little sister! PS- I love your bangs! I should have told you when I met you but I was so speechless and flabbergasted. I was just in awe I was standing in your presence. You carry yourself so well and truly are an inspiration to girls and such a great role model. You are such a DOLL!

  • Hannah Tyler

    Lauren,

    My sister just commented to you (underneath mine) but I’d also like to comment to you as well. We are twins from Milwaukee and we met you with our youngest sister. I just want to tell you what an amazing role model you are and you set a great example for young teens/adults.

    We recently lost our step dad this last March due to a 3-month battle of esophagus cancer. It was so devastating and we miss him so much.

    It’s common(especially as a girl) to worry about what new material items you are going to purchase, what you look like, stress about money, what you drive, worry about flaws.

    After his death, none of those things material things matter. We watched him fight hard for what seemed like a week but it was rather a 3 month battle of cancer. It really made us think that there is more to life than clothes, shoes, purses, what you drive, or what you look like. When you watch someone you love fight hard, it really makes your ‘problems’ seem less like problems. He lived his life to the fullest and treated everyone with kindness; always putting himself first. Our step dad has inspired me to be more positive.

    As much as you have inspired me to love fashion and makeup, those are just accessories. What’s really important is how you treat others. Through his death it showed us people don’t remember you for what you wear, or how you dressed- They remember you for your kindness & how you treated others.

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to meet you yesterday. I’ve been a fan since LB & The Hills days. You, of course, were my favorite <3
    We will never forget meeting you.

    XoXo,
    Hannah from WI

  • Hannah Tyler

    Lauren,

    My sister just commented to you (underneath mine) but I’d also like to comment to you as well. We are twins from Milwaukee and we met you with our youngest sister. I just want to tell you what an amazing role model you are and you set a great example for young teens/adults.

    We recently lost our step dad this last March due to a 3-month battle of esophagus cancer. It was so devastating and we miss him so much.

    It’s common(especially as a girl) to worry about what new material items you are going to purchase, what you look like, stress about money, what you drive, worry about flaws.

    After his death, none of those material things matter. We watched him fight hard for what seemed like a week but it was rather a 3 month battle of cancer. It really made us think that there is more to life than clothes, shoes, purses, what you drive, or what you look like. When you watch someone you love fight hard for their life, it really makes your ‘problems’ seem less like problems. He lived his life to the fullest and treated everyone with kindness; always putting himself first. Our step dad has inspired me to be more positive.

    As much as you have inspired me to love fashion and makeup, those are just accessories. What’s really important is how you treat others. After his death it showed us people don’t remember you for what you wear, or how you dressed- They remember you for your kindness & how you treated others.

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to meet you yesterday. I’ve been a fan since LB & The Hills days. You, of course, were my favorite <3
    We will never forget meeting you.

    XoXo,
    Hannah from WI

  • Jenna

    Oh my gosh! You are honestly my idol. I love you LC!

  • Hannah Tyler

    Lauren,

    My sister just commented to you (underneath mine) but I’d also like to comment to you as well. We are twins from Milwaukee and we met you with our youngest sister. I just want to tell you what an amazing role model you are and you set a great example for young teens/adults.

    We recently lost our step dad this last March due to a 3-month battle of esophagus cancer. It was so devastating and we miss him so much.

    Our step dad has inspired me to be more positive.It’s common(especially as a girl) to worry about what new material items you are going to purchase, what you look like, stress about money, what you drive, worry about flaws. After his death, none of those material things matter.

    We watched him fight hard for what seemed like a week but it was rather a 3 month battle of cancer. It really made us think that there is more to life than clothes, shoes, purses, what you drive, or what you look like. When you watch someone you love fight hard for their life, it really makes your ‘problems’ seem less like problems. He lived his life to the fullest and treated everyone with kindness; always putting others first.

    As much as you have inspired me to love fashion and makeup, those are just accessories. What’s really important is how you treat others. After his death it showed us people don’t remember you for what you wear, or how you dressed- They remember you for your kindness & how you treated others.

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to meet you yesterday. I’ve been a fan since LB & The Hills days. You, of course, were my favorite <3
    We will never forget meeting you.

    XoXo,
    Hannah from WI

  • Hannah Tyler

    Lauren,

    My sister commented to you but I’d also like to respond to you as well. We are twins from Milwaukee and we met you with our youngest sister. I just want to tell you what an amazing role model you are and you set a great example for young teens/adults.

    We recently lost our step dad this last March due to a 3-month battle of esophagus cancer. It was so devastating and we miss him so much.

    Our step dad has inspired me to be more positive.It’s common(especially as a girl) to worry about what new material items you are going to purchase, what you look like, stress about money, what you drive, worry about flaws. After his death, none of those material things matter.

    We watched him fight hard for what seemed like a week but it was rather a 3 month battle of cancer. It really made us think that there is more to life than clothes, shoes, purses, what you drive, or what you look like. When you watch someone you love fight hard for their life, it really makes your ‘problems’ seem less like problems. He lived his life to the fullest and treated everyone with kindness; always putting others first.

    As much as you have inspired me to love fashion and makeup, those are just accessories. What’s really important is how you treat others. After his death it showed us people don’t remember you for what you wear, or how you dressed- They remember you for your kindness & how you treated others.

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to meet you yesterday. I’ve been a fan since LB & The Hills days. You, of course, were my favorite <3
    We will never forget meeting you.

    XoXo,
    Hannah from WI

  • Ana Sofia

    Lauren, you and these tree girls are an inspiration…Brianna, Abby and Melissa inspired me to be thankful for everything I have and look to difficult times with a smile. And you have a huge heart, helping people. This is one of the reasons I am a huge fan of you :)

    Xoxo,
    http://mmthanwords.blogspot.pt/

  • Tif

    How were you in my hometown, doing a book tour none the less, and I was not aware of it!? It would have been awesome to meet you! :(

  • Sofia Alleyne

    Great Looks!! Your styling session with the children’s Hospital of Wisconsin…

    http://www.discountpleasurecentre.com.au

  • debora f

    I love your dress!!!!!!

  • court

    I volunteer for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin every Monday in the ICU. I think its so great that you went to visit these girls, because I play with the patients and to just see them smile is honestly the best reward I can get. And I can only imagine how those girls got to feel for that day. I love meeting new patients and playing with them. I’m sad to see there not there the following week, but its such a nice thing not seeing them there every week.

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  • Maria Ayala

    What has inspired me to be positive is when I think about people who are positive just to be alike. Like people who say “”I woke up today, that is a good enough reason to say I have a good life”” and people who are grateful for friends and family and everything they have. It makes me want to be more like that. Because I’m such a pessimistic person but when I see someone like that it inspires me to think of life as more of a gift then something to have to live through.

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