If anyone else is spending this wintry day wishing they were re-living their high school years watching the summery, deliciously drama-filled Laguna Beach, Kristin Cavallari just gifted us with a Laguna throwback so gloriously 2004 that you'll swear Hilary Duff's "Coming Clean" was playing in the distance. Cavallari's recent Instagram photo with Stephen Colletti certainly warmed up my nostalgic little heart, despite the fact that I was fiercely Team LC in the battle of Colletti's ever-fickle high school heart. This picture is literally what early 2000s throwbacks are made of, with Cavallari in a jean jacket grinning from ear to ear with her arm draped around around Colletti's neck. Both are tanned and showing off their pearly whites because this is Laguna and in Laguna everyone is equal parts stunning and laid-back California cool.
It's a rare throwback for Cavallari, who usually centers her Instagram around her current ventures and family life with hubby Jay Cutler. The old "Stephennnnnnn" photo isn't as random as you'd think, though — it's all part of her upcoming new book, Balancing in Heels, which hopefully promises even more old-school Laguna mems. But since it's impossible for me to wait that long — it comes out in March and I'm impatient — let's take a trip down memory lane with even more Laguna throwbacks below. *cue Hilary Duff*
1. Team Kristin Wins #ThrowbackThursday
I'll forever be Team LC, but Team Kristin won the Internet with this one.
2. A Guys Of Laguna Reunion
The familiar faces here are Stephen, Dieter, and Trey. Look how they've grown!
3. That Stephen/Kristin/Talan Love Triangle
Second only to the Kristin/Lauren/Stephen love triangle, of course. Talan was so underrated.
4. Gang's All Here
Talk about #SquadGoals (and early 2000s California style). There was a legit period in my life where I wanted to dress like them all.
5. Talan & Stephen
So young. So Laguna.
6. Talan & Lauren
7. Talan & Stephen Kissing Kristin
This photo opp could have been more awkward than it was, but it kinda seems like all parties are game. Even Kristin is having fun!
8. Kristin & Talan Thinking Everything Is So Hilarious Because They're On An MTV Show
(Probably not the actual motivation behind the laughter in this picture.)
9. And A Pre-Hills Lauren & Heidi
LC is an actual California Barbie doll. Heidi is looking quiiiite a bit different. And Talan is stoked.
And may we never forget:
Long live Laguna.