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Shopping Santee Alley with Lauren Conrad

“It’s not where I’d normally come to shop,” Lauren Conrad says of Santee Alley, the heart of downtown L.A.'s fashion district. But the star of the MTV reality show “The Hills” accepted an invitation to peruse the area’s vendors and select a complete outfit for $100. “I like finding bargains,” she says. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
“I shop just about every other day,” Conrad says, but her usual haunts have valet parking and air-conditioning, rather than the open-to-the-air racks of Santee Alley. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
A banded fedora tops off Conrad ‘s casual outfit. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
Shoe choices seem to be endless in the Alley. As she gets the hang of bargaining, Conrad counters a $28 price on pale gold pumps to a budget-stretching $25. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
Conrad surveys the large array of chains, bracelets and earrings at one of the many gold-jewelry counters. She spends her last $6 on clip-on earrings and a gold necklace. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
Sometimes all a T-shirt needs is a little trim. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
Conrad got two looks with her $100 budget. This one features a fedora, T-shirt and walking shorts. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
A teal jersey dress is the highlight of the second outfit Conrad put together. (Don Bartletti / LAT)