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We’re Moving VLOG

2016 was quite a year for our little family.  We experienced a few ups and our fair share of downs. Matt took on my favorite role yet, as Wyatt in Timeless, which had us moving from LA to Vancouver.  Watch our VLOG of our biggest move yet…

moving from Los Angeles to Vancouver VLOG featuring Matt Lanter and Angela Lanter

It’s so strange to think how different our lives look now compared to this time last year.  So much can change in 365 days.  Change is often uncomfortable, but it is necessary.

I noticed a lot of questions on YouTube about Soka during our trip up the West Coast.  Because our car was totally packed out and we spent very long hours on the road, we decided to leave Soka at home in LA with our friend, Crystal (Soka knows her as Aunt CeCe).  We were only in Vancouver for about 5 days before flying down to San Diego for Comic Con.  I drove up to LA after Comic Con and stayed home for the week, packing up the rest of what we needed while moving…  And doing a ton of purging.  After that, Miss Soka and I flew up to Vancouver to officially move into our new home.

Moving tends to always set the urge for a good purge (I should trademark that rhyme haha!)  If you missed this post all about purging your home, check it out now.  The beginning of a new year is also a great time to start fresh, hint hint!

I’m currently back home in LA for a couple of weeks and the purging is back in full force.  I’ve been working my way through our house, cabinet by cabinet.  Oh girl, let me tell you…  It feels GOOD to be in an organized house.  I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time focusing on anything in a messy, cluttered room.

My plan for this week is to majorly purge my closet.  I’m planning to try on every pair of jeans and pants I own.  I want to start off 2017 with a closet full of only the things I really love.  I’m considering opening my Poshmark store up again…  I’ll keep y’all posted if I do.

Now that the holidays are over, I’m excited to pick things back up here at HG.  I’m ready to get back into my Girl Talk Tuesday series and start creating fun new videos for 2017.  I’d love to hear from you about what you’d like to see more or less of in 2017 on HG.  I’d really appreciate if you could take a few moments to leave a comment below to let me know what would make you happiest to see from me this year.  Is it more lifestyle blog posts?  Maybe more outfit posts?  Or would you prefer more YouTube tutorials?  Whatever it is, please let me know below.  Scouts honor, I read each and every comment I receive!

I love my Gorgeous Girls so much.  I am so thankful for each and every one of you in my virtual family.  I’ll never get over the fact that you care enough to read what I write or watch what I post.  There’s nothing I’d love more than to have some real face-to-face girl talk over coffee with each one of you.

I’m so happy that HG has become a hub where I can connect with each of you.  I love that I can chat with each one of you beautiful babes about whatever topic is at hand (how fun was our Gilmore Girls post?)!  So here’s to a new year together.  A new year filled with happiness, love and laughter with my Gorgeous Girls.

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One Night in Wine Country

Lovely outfit for summer days - Angela Langer - Hello Gorgeous

black comfy romper open back wine country overnight stay sonoma, CA angela lanter hello gorgeous

black comfy romper open back wine country overnight stay sonoma, CA angela lanter hello gorgeous

black comfy romper open back wine country overnight stay sonoma, CA angela lanter hello gorgeous

black comfy romper open back wine country overnight stay sonoma, CA angela lanter hello gorgeous

black comfy romper open back wine country overnight stay sonoma, CA angela lanter hello gorgeous

black comfy romper open back wine country overnight stay sonoma, CA angela lanter hello gorgeous

Back in July, we made the long drive from Los Angeles to Vancouver.  Matt & I were both excited to take on the West Coast.  Honestly, there are so many more incredible places to see and explore in California than I ever even realized.

The first night of the trip we stayed in a very underwhelming hotel in Big Sur.  We really wanted to stay at Post Ranch Inn, because we heard so many incredible reviews, but it was totally booked.  The next morning, we spent about an hour exploring Carmel-by-the-Sea and totally fell in love with it’s charm (see photo here).  I definitely want to go back and stay at Doris Day’s hotel.

The second day of travel, we stopped for lunch in San Francisco then headed up to Wine Country for the night.  We used Hotel Tonight (coolest app, and no, this isn’t sponsored!) and found the most amazing little resort tucked away deep into Sonoma at an amazing price.

black comfy romper open back wine country overnight stay sonoma, CA angela lanter hello gorgeous

black comfy romper open back wine country overnight stay sonoma, CA angela lanter hello gorgeous

Kenwood Inn and Spa Sonoma, CA wine country stay angela lanter hello gorgeous

Caudalie bath shower beauty products Kenwood Inn and Spa Sonoma, CA wine country stay angela lanter hello gorgeous

We spent the night at Kenwood Inn and Spa.  I wish we had more time there to enjoy the spa, but we were on the move (literally).  When we pulled up and saw the gorgeous Tuscan style inn covered with ivy, nestled in the middle of wineries as far as the eye could see, we felt like we were back in Italy.  It was absolutely a dream.

We walked into our room (upstairs level with pool view) and were blown away with how incredible it was.  The room was so spacious.  The gorgeous white bed was plush and inviting.  The sitting area in front of the fireplace made you want to settle in for days.  The balcony had an adorable table and chair set overlooking the pool.  The staff had a bottle of champagne waiting us for us on ice.  After our stay at Kenwood, I’m totally convinced we need heated floors in our bathroom…  Now, I just need to convince Matt!

Our room and bathroom had a very luxurious, spa feel.  When I spotted the Caudalie shower products, that was it.  Stick a fork in me, I was done.  A hotel after my own heart.  I love Caudalie.  It was the perfect touch to a great overnight experience.

We had both dinner and breakfast at the Inn.  Both meals were fabulous.  The grounds were meticulously groomed.  Everything about Kenwood was a dream.  If you are planning a trip to Wine Country anytime soon, be sure to check out this hotel.  It’s honestly in my top 5 hotel experiences, and believe me, I’m a hotel snob.

This cute little romper is what I wore to dinner with my hubs (photo here).  It’s made from the softest tee shirt material and is so comfy.  Honestly, I would wear this romper every day of my life, it’s that comfortable.  It’s rare to find a romper with a turtleneck, the turtleneck is exactly what caught my eye.  I love that there’s a cut out in the back for a touch of sexiness.  This romper is perfect for a date night.  It was a bit chilly at night in Wine Country (it’s Northern California, duh Ang) so I threw on a sweater.  FYI: My outfit is a bit wrinkled…  We were living out of a suitcase, lol.

I love wearing my hair in a top knot with high neck/turtleneck style tops.  I haven’t filmed a YouTube tutorial on this bun yet (leave a comment below if that’s something you’d like to see me post!)  But click here for a tutorial for the perfect messy bun in under 2 minutes.

My Wine Country Outfit:

Turtleneck Romper  //   Leather Mules  //  Sole Society Fringe Handbag c/o (ON SALE, $35!)  //  Leopard Cardigan  //  Similar Earrings  //  Rose Gold Watch  //  Rose Gold & Crystal Bracelet

Sizing Info:  Wearing romper in size Small.

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30A Travel Guide

ASOS off the shoulder green $25 dress angela lanter hello Gorgeous

ASOS off the shoulder green $25 dress angela lanter hello Gorgeous

ASOS off the shoulder green $25 dress angela lanter hello Gorgeous

ASOS off the shoulder green $25 dress angela lanter hello Gorgeous

ASOS off the shoulder green $25 dress angela lanter hello Gorgeous

I first discovered the magical land of 30A last summer while we lived in Mobile, AL.  We were living in Mobile while Matt filmed USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage.  On the weekends, we traveled to the coast (along the panhandle) to soak up some sun and just relax.  Over July 4th weekend, Matt took me to Seaside, FL to watch fireworks and I fell madly in love.

Every time I talk about 30A in person or online, I get the question, “What is 30A?!”  30A is the gorgeous stretch of highway that is made up of white sand beaches between Destin, FL and Panama City, FL along the emerald coast.

The Pearl hotel rosemary beach, FL review 30A travel guide angela lanter hello gorgeous

Where We Stayed on 30A:

Last summer we made several trips to the area and ended our summer in the South with a week long stay in Seacrest Beach, which is located between Seaside Beach and Rosemary Beach (I couldn’t find the listing for the house we rented last summer unfortunately).  In this blog post, I talked about how we had originally planned to visit Seaside Beach in June, but our trip was moved, due to my Mawmaw’s passing, to July.  Because we lost our original rental property, we decided to stay at The Pearl in Rosemary Beach.  I was skeptical because I always prefer to have a condo or house when we visit the beach, especially in Florida, but we were both pleasantly surprised by our experience.

The Pearl hotel rosemary beach, FL review 30A travel guide angela lanter hello gorgeous

The Pearl hotel rosemary beach, FL review 30A travel guide angela lanter hello gorgeous

Room:  We originally had a single room with a pool view and promptly asked for a room switch because of several issues with the room we were given.  The resort was at capacity, but the very next day they switched us to a larger king suite with a balcony overlooking the street.  The room was fabulous!  The bed was super lush and was made up with multiple pillows for a great sleep experience.  Every night, The Pearl delivers a fresh baked treat to your room with turn down service, which was something fun to look forward to after an evening out.  The location is fabulous because it’s situated in the heart of Rosemary (which isn’t big, I know) and there are multiple restaurants within close walking distance to choose from.

The Pearl hotel rosemary beach, FL review 30A travel guide angela lanter hello gorgeous

What We Ate:

Speaking of restaurants, I gotta tell you about the food on 30A.  We’re big foodies (obviously you know this if you follow me on any form of social media).  Here’s a run down of our favorite spots on 30A plus what we like to order there.  The above photo is of the green smoothie offered at the Pearl Hotel.  This was so delicious that we ordered one every single day we were there!

Mexican:  

La Cocina Mexican Grill in Rosemary.  The best queso dip we’ve ever had.  In our lives.  This is not an exaggeration.  The taco salad is another must-have, but order extra beans.

Pizza:  

Bruno’s Pizza.  The best taco pizza you’ll ever taste.  Insanely delicious.  We make it a point to order a taco pizza every 30A trip from Bruno’s!  We also have had the Hawaiian pizza, which is good, but the taco pizza steals the show.

Seafood:  

Stinky’s Fish Camp.  Man, oh man.  This is the food that will be served in heaven.  I’m sure of it.  The wait is worth every single minute the moment you taste your first bite of Stinky’s goodness.  For appetizers, don’t miss the blue fin ahi tuna on sweet potato chips with grilled pineapple.  We always order the snow crab legs entree.  Whatever you do, do not miss out on their grits.  The creamiest, smoothest grits I’ve ever had!

Edwards:  This quaint little restaurant is located conveniently across from The Pearl.  The wait is another long one, but totally worth it.  The courtyard area brings back fond memories of some of my favorite spots in the French Quarter.  The menu isn’t huge, but it doesn’t need to be.  Everything we tasted was phenomenal.  We loved the grouper filet and salmon salad.

Bud and Alley’s:  Another don’t miss spot.  They’re known for their crab cakes.  We know Bud & Alley’s for their entire menu.  We’ve been twice or three times now and every time the food was out of this world good.  They’re located in the heart of Seaside and I love dining on the back patio at night.  My must-have is their grits.  I can feel you judging me…  I’m a grits girl!  I can’t get grits in LA or Vancouver, I gotta take advantage when I can, you know?

Donuts:  

The Donut Hole.  I’d consider myself a donut connoisseur, and this place offers the best donuts of your life.  I’m not kidding.  They somehow manage to make every single donut beyond delicious.  My personal favorite is the chocolate angel.  Honestly, everything they make is incredible.

What We Did:

There seems to be always something going on.  Whether it’s live music or a movie in the town square, you can always find something to get into.  Be sure to check 30A.com for a calendar of events.  Our recent trip occurred over the 4th of July and we had the best seats to an amazing fireworks show.  There’s nothing like sitting in the sand watching the fireworks over the ocean.

When we vacation, we like to take things slow.  We don’t typically need things to keep us busy, we love a nice dinner out, a walk on the beach and a movie in bed.  That’s exactly how we spent our evenings this trip and it was perfect.

How We Got There:

If you plan to fly in, you have the option of Panama City Beach or Destin.  We flew into Destin and it was about an hour car ride to Rosemary Beach.  Panama City is significantly closer, we will probably fly in there in the future.  I would suggest a car rental if you want to explore the area outside of the beach town you stay in.  It’s a good 15 minute drive from one end of the beach highway to the other.

Seaside vs. Alys vs. Rosemary… Which Beach We Love:

Here’s the thing about 30A, each town you drive through has a totally different feel than the one before it.  I love the colorful homes in Watercolor, the Americana feel of Seaside, Mediterranean feel of Alys and New Orleans/Caribbean feel of Rosemary.  They each have their own different feel, all amazing in their own way.  Regardless which beach town you choose, you feel like you’re a world away from home…  Exactly what vacation should feel like!

Now that I’ve been several times, I still think that Seaside is my favorite of all the towns along 30A.  Matt’s would probably be Rosemary because he feels like it looks like a pirate town at night with the striped awnings and gas lamps lighting the cobblestone streets.  They’re all extremely family friendly, you really can’t go wrong with any of the towns.  I just love the shops and food trucks that are in the heart of Seaside.

Tell me, have you visited my favorite place on earth?  If you have, which beach town is your favorite and why?  Leave a comment and let me know.  Feel free to ask any questions about my favorite beach in the world!


Off the Shoulder Mini Dress ($25! Comes in many different colors!)  //  Oversized Striped Hat (sold out); similar hat (50% off!)  //  Rose Gold Aviator Sunnies  //  Large Monogram Necklace  (Use code: HELLOGORGEOUS20 until 8/31 for 20% of +$50 orders!)  //  Pineapple Stud Earrings  //  Bikini Top  //  Bikini Bottoms

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