Lauren Conrad on Her Engagement: “I Had No Idea It Was Coming”

Bride-to-be and queen of all-things twee Lauren Conrad is opening up about her recent engagement to boyfriend William Tell, saying that she was completely oblivious to the fact that her longtime beau would be popping the question this year.

“I had no idea it was coming,” the former The Hills star tells Cosmopolitan.“I thought he would wait until he finished law school.”

In fact, the reality star-turned-fashion designer says her boyfriend didn’t even consult her when it came to pick an engagement ring.

“He didn’t even ask my friends, which was a bold move. He said, ‘I know you, and I know what you like,'” she says “And I love it. It’s perfect.”

“William hates it when I say this, but he really is a very nice guy, and when you meet a nice guy who also manages to keep your interest, that is the dream,” she gushes.

Conrad and Tell, a former guitarist for Something Corporate, got engaged in October after the Orange County native proposed one fine weekend. The couple were originally set up through friends.

Though Conrad and her former co-stars — Kristin Cavallari, Heidi Montag and Whitney Port — all got engaged (or even hitched) at a young age, the fashionista and soon-to-be smug married says girls shouldn’t rush to the altar.

“You have the rest of your life to be married. Enjoy falling in love. When girls get caught up in the timeline, it becomes more about the wedding than the marriage. You should be with someone with whom you could elope this weekend and be happy,” she tells the publication. “If you’re going to settle down, it should be with someone you can’t stop thinking about. Especially if you’re in your 20s. If I were single in my 60s, I would totally settle. I would!”

Flip through the gallery above to see Conrad’s latest spread with Cosmo.