Nicole Richie
is a true style maven!

The "Fashion Star" mentor graces the cover of the February issue of Marie Claire Mexico, where she's dishing about what she learned on her reality show, "The Simple Life."

"I had already traveled a lot around my country and abroad, but I had never experienced America quite like when we were doing the show," the brunette beauty told the mag. "Before that, my whole world was between Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Alabama and Atlanta, where my parents come from, and I was also familiar with some of the southern ways and customs, but being in the central states was something completely new to us. Traveling is essential because it helps you grow. Learning about different cultures and beliefs is a wonderful process."

Nicole may have grown from her reality show experiences, but she certainly has grown apart from her onscreen partner-in-crime, Paris Hilton.

"Paris has been part of my life since I was 2 years old," the 32-year-old explained. "There's a strong friendship between our families and we'll always know each other."

The House of Harlow designer has certainly cleaned up her act since "The Simple Life," enjoying being a mother to 6-year-old daughter Harlow and 4-year-old son Sparrow with hubby Joel Madden.

"Motherhood makes you way more conscious of how you distribute your spare time," Richie said. "Kids are so precious that your priorities change completely."

So, how does she find a balance between business and family?

"I think that's a global struggle and we, all women, are constantly trying to find a solution," she said. "I'm like any other working mother trying to make things work and dealing with this situation one day at a time. I have an amazing family and they've all been very supportive, my parents live only ten minutes away and my husband and his twin brother help me when I need it."

It sounds like she has a great support system.

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