Kristin Cavallari: ‘I’m very fortunate to sort of have everything’


Kristin Cavallari is Bella New York magazine’s March cover girl. I am not familiar with the print magazine but I really like Bella LA’s online magazine, it’s great for local gems and tips. Kristin is best known for her role on The Hills and Laguna Beach, neither of which I have seen; one of my freshman college roommates was from Laguna Hills, I feel like I lived it already. Since finding fame on reality TV, Kristin has gone on to produce a jewelry line, a pretty cute shoe line for Chinese Laundry and marry Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

Even with little knowledge of Kristin, I really felt for her at the end of last year when, soon after the birth of her 3rd baby, a girl named Saylor, her brother Michael went missing only to be found dead from hypothermia.

2016 is turning out to be better for Kristin as she begins her first book tour for her memoir/lifestyle book, Balancing in Heels: My Journey to Health, Happiness, and Making it All Work, which sort of fits with her lifestyle app. I always laugh at a 29-year-old writing a memoir, I guess the edge is you haven’t forgotten anything. For her exclusive with Bella, Kristin admits to being quite fortunate:

Kristin Cavallari is among the first to acknowledge that she’s a pretty fortunate person.

The Hills star is just 29 but already has a doting husband, three beautiful children, a career as a fashion designer and actress and now she’s adding author to her resume.

‘I’m very fortunate to sort of have everything,’ she told Bella magazine.

She told Bella the key to her being able to juggle so many things is the fact she’s in a position to be able to choose her own hours.

“I have a shoe line and a jewelry line, and I can work on those from anywhere,” she says. “And with the book [Balancing in Heels], same thing, you know, I could write it in my spare time, when the kids are sleeping or my husband [Jay Cutler] could watch them and let me write for a little while, and so I’m very fortunate to sort of have everything.”

Kristin says she’s “had to pass on a few really exciting opportunities” career-wise that would’ve kept her in L.A., but she’s maintained a robust professional life. “Who knows what will happen in five years, but right now, my priority is my family,” she says.

[From The Daily Mail and E! Online]

I have poked through the sample of Balancing in Heels on Amazon; I do love the title. The book looks fairly standard and much more about her life instead of, say, our lives. I like that she talks about Jay’s Type 1 diabetes and includes some recipes for that. As I said, I currently have a bit of a soft spot for Kristin so I am going to wish her well on her ventures. I do bristle at how casually she says she fit in writing a book. I have never written a lifestyle book but I have written a book and even with a supportive husband and sleeping children, writing it didn’t fit so tidily into my schedule.

I appreciate that she acknowledges the advantages she had to pursue her various endeavors, at least she is not trying to equate herself with the common person’s life. She told Inquisitr that in the book, “I really talk about my relationship with Jay — and I don’t sugarcoat anything. I’m very honest about the fact that we don’t have a perfect relationship. But we’re doing everything we can to make it work.” Theirs was not an easy trip down the aisle so good for them for continuing to work on it.


Photo credit: Gilles Toucas Photography/BELLA New York magazine, WENN and FameFlynet Photos and Getty Images

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  1. Jayna says:

    I’ve never heard of any line she has. She has lived off of her reality TV days for fame for years, usually blasting it. She’s a bore who married a rich guy, who doesn’t want his wife working really, and now is an expert on having everything? LOL Alrighty then.

    • Birdix says:

      Agreed. I grew up in LB and girls like her are a dime a dozen. My mom used to laugh that my friend and I were the only two non-blondes getting off the bus and teachers would ask me if I was Latina for having brown hair. Weird small town to grow up (Laguna Hills doesn’t count, completely different world 10 miles away). Her brash confidence, certainty of her the value of her own opinions and wisdom–have seen it so often in kids here. Still love this town though –Kristin is the unpleasant, shallow, rich side of it that was highlighted in the show but there’s so much more to Laguna.

    • Bridget says:

      I don’t knoe, have you seen her line of clip in faux bangs? That’s a quality venture if I’ve ever seen one.

      Kristin is good at overselling herself. She is your pretty standard reality TV girl, with a few minor side projects with the kinds of brands that work with reality girls. She ended married to Cutler because she saw the writing on the wall that she’d gone as far as she could with acting and reality TV and married a pro athlete (though I don’t think Jay Cutler would have been anyone else’s first choice). I don’t even know what will be in this book, a re-hashing of the Stephen-LC days? A behind the scenes look at The Hills? Though of course she described writing a book that way, it’s not like she wrote it herself.

  2. Alex says:

    Yeaaaaa she also doesn’t vaccinate her children so….nah

    • Kitten says:

      I avoid the vaccine topic around here because as a child-free person I don’t think it’s my place to tell parents what decision to make in terms of their child’s health. But the problem with the vaccine issue is that one parent’s decision to not vaccinate their child could affect the health of another child…So it’s a bit more complicated than passing it off as just a personal choice.

      Anyway, Kristin has always irritated me so maybe that’s why I’m not surprised that she’s kooky.

      • Mltpsych says:

        Non vaccinating can affect adults. Whooping cough can still be caught and is making a pretty big comeback after it had all but been eradicated. I got it and coughed for about 3 months, sometimes so hard I could not do my job.

      • Polkasox says:

        Vaccination affects everyone. Lots of adults are immunocompromised & very much at risk for contagious diseases.

        I don’t care for her. She seems very vapid. My mother in law met both of them a few years back & neither were very friendly. The rumors of him being a jerk seem to be true.

      • Kitten says:

        You guys are absolutely right and I didn’t mean to overlook that aspect of it.
        It really is a public safety issue.

      • Alex says:

        Yea I don’t because it is a health issue for everyone. I have a friend that can’t get a whooping cough vaccination because of allergies and the outbreak here put her in danger. I have zero sympathy for people that don’t vaccinate

    • Cait says:

      My grandfather didn’t have most of the use of his body because of polio, and immunodeficiencies run in my family. To me, vaccination is a public health issue. The fact that she specifically references non-peer reviewed anecdotal I-know-a-person-who-knew-a-kid-who tripe as evidence for not vaccinating hurts my brain. So many members of my family weren’t able to be immunized, and relied on us to help keep us safe. And had Salk been around earlier, maybe my grandfather would have been able to use the right side of his body.

      But it’s easy for many to dismiss history, like iron lungs and Roald Dahl’s impassioned letter about measles in the wake of his daughter’s death. We don’t see major outbreaks of rubella these days, so the Kristins of the world can gloss over WHY we don’t see those major outbreaks.

      When my oldest daughter was 6 weeks ago and starting daycare, someone in her classroom hadn’t been vaccinated, and my daughter ending up catching rotavirus. Kristin can’t possibly relate to the terror of being locked out of a PICU room while your baby is given a spinal tap to rule out meningitis. I hate that so many rely on celebrities for their expert knowledge of pediatrics, rather than, you know, pediatricians.

      (And yeah, adults? Get your TDaP updated.)

  3. Jegede says:

    I’m not a fan but I do feel she’s had a very rough couple of months.

    So good luck as time goes on :)))

  4. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    My first reaction to her statement that she has everything was to b very afraid for her, sort of in a superstitious way. She’s only 29. When I was 29, I thought the world was my oyster, too. That’s so young, and it seems like anything is possible. But she has certainly accomplished an amazing amount and she has known real sorrow with her brother’s death and she sees that her marriage isn’t perfect. So maybe she has something to say. I won’t read it because I’m just not into such a high maintenance life, but good luck to her.
    ETA: when I wrote that, I didn’t know any of the facts from the comments above me. Hmm. My admiration starting shaking with Jayna’s comment and collapsed with Alex’s.

    • OhDear says:

      I don’t follow her closely, but I was going to say that she seems surprisingly well-aware and…decent, especially given how she started out on reality TV. But then the vaccination thing…

    • Sabrine says:

      Her husband seems creepy to me and she is overly bright (airhead). Not vaccinating her children is a clue. She was a one trick pony and hasn’t had anything going on for years so I’m not sure why she still gets media attention.

      I also had whooping cough a few years ago. It was awful, the endless coughing and gagging. There should be consequences for people who don’t vaccinate their children.

    • BRE says:

      It’s hard to take life advice from someone that has never really struggled financially. Between her parents money and her reality show money she really has had it quite easy. Even if she doesn’t have a nanny now she still has someone the cleans the house, do the laundry, buy the groceries and cook. I think most moms would find “balancing” much easier if they had that sort of help.
      Honestly I don’t see that marriage lasting. They broke off their engagement and later started to date when she just “happened” to get pregnant. Honestly, I think she saw her ticket to money, fame and lifestyle she is used to. In 10 years she will probably be on some desperate housewives show.

    • Priya says:

      I think she’s probably unhappy and trying very hard to make Jay Cutler really love her. He’s either cheating on her already or destined to cheat on her. So she has to say those positive things out loud to make it seem like they’re real and not gnawing at her heart.

  5. Elisabeth says:

    except children who are immune to polio #fail

  6. ldub says:

    I’m still an LC girl……..I’ll pass.

  7. Louise177 says:

    It’s really annoying that anybody can become a lifestyle guru because of a little bit of fame.

    • my3cents says:

      It’s so easy nowadays to just snap your name on to something and actually consider it “work”.
      Today she’s really really into shoes so of course she designed a line (poor untalented souls who actually need to learn design!) really into jewelry- so of course she’s totally qualified to design a line as well. And well she learned to write so of course she can write a book!
      Silly people work is so easy!the hardest part is picking what to do tomorrow!

  8. Sb says:

    She looks like a blond Farrah from teen mom so I just kinda lump her into that group.

  9. Lucy2 says:

    I feel badly for her and her family regarding her brother, but I can’t get behind anyone who publicly contributes to the anti-vaccine problem.
    Also, when someone only works sporadically and has help to take care of day-to-day chores, I really don’t want to hear about how they balance at all.

  10. Neelyo says:

    ‘I’m very fortunate to sort of have everything’

    …except vaccinated children.

  11. Kate says:

    Meh. Lifestyle books are the new fragrance endorsements, everyone has one. And they’re all a bunch of impractical crap.

  12. Nancy says:

    She is indeed lucky. If not for reality tv, The Hills, she would probably be pouring my coffee this morning. People of a certain age can’t remember a time when actual actors and actresses were on television as opposed to a rich family, housewives, idiots on the Jersey Shore, etc. I guess luck is the right word, unlike her children who will be exposed to diseases that were dead and thanks to people like her will resurface. You go Kristin…..

    • Miss M says:

      It wasn’t the hills. She was in Laguam Beach, non?
      The Hills was after that eith Lauren Conrad as the main reality star.

      *info straight from things i wish I didn’y know list*

  13. Sea Dragon says:

    Bet she wouldn’t have talked about having a challenging marriage if it wasn’t widely known that Jay is a first class douchbag.

    • Pix says:

      Agreed. I am surprised she goes there. Cutler has a serious attitude problem and I bet being married to him is no picnic.

    • Kitten says:

      This. He seems like a nightmare.
      And that face.

    • Tate says:

      Yep. I am a life long Bears fan and can’t stand the guy. Douchebag extraordinaire

    • Jessica says:

      They’re actually pretty well matched in the “douchebag” area. Unfortunately, I know quite a bit about Jay and Kristin. Neither is a picnic in the park. Their poor kids.

      While Jay is close to his family, Kristin doesn’t care that much about her own immediate family (parents and brother), except when they can serve some sort of purpose for her and she can namedrop them in interviews. While Kristin and her brother might have been close some years ago, in latter years, not so much.

      Kristin’s mother and one of her cousins approached Jay at a pre-season football event to talk up Kristin. Jay wasn’t on Kristin’s radar any more than she was on his. Kristin’s mother married two rich guys, so I guess she wanted her daughter to follow suit. It’s even more amusing when you consider that Kristin hadn’t been spending any time in Chicago, until Jay agreed to that first date.

  14. Livealot says:

    So far I like her tone and perspective. Good for her. I’m going on 32 and God knows I wanted exactly what she has at 30. ((Cries)). I think I was probably the most fab between 22-27, then ish just went left. I digress, congrats girl!

  15. Cassieeee says:

    She filmed a movie in my town once and walked around offering services to anyone with cocaine.

  16. Fiorella says:

    Jezebel has this weird feature on her “500 days of Kristin” usually I get annoyed with how over the top snarky they are but admittedly Kristen is pretty mockable with her tweets/instas or whatever. I’m not totally on board with how often they mock her but it has opened my eyes to how little she strikes me as someone who is actually capable of writing a book.

  17. Lakeridge says:

    If it was a movie then it must’ve been at least 6-7 years ago according to her imbd. Hopefully she’s moved on from the white powder since then.

  18. wow says:

    She grew up with a privileged life. It’s cool that she acknowledges that and isn’t acting like she’s being put upon.

    Sad about her brother though. That is tough news.

  19. Mar says:

    Her husband is a jerk and that’s no secret.
    Her shoe line is pretty awesome I must admit, for Chinese Laundry. I have 3 pairs of her booties.

  20. me says:

    She was on the show Laguna Beach and then she took over the lead role on “The Hills” when Lauren Conrad left the show. I say “role” because it was all so fake and they admitted it. Kristen came off as a total b*tch on both shows. I’m not sure if that’s how she is in real life but damn no one liked her.

  21. DottyZ says:

    LULz at her finding time to write. I’m sure having a ghostwriter helps make that all the more possible.

  22. Almond shake says:

    After skimming through this post, I’m still confused about what she actually does for a living. Also, I thought she was at least 40 years of age. Nothing wrong, with that; she just has a mature looking face.