Happy Birthday Hello Gorgeous!

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Happy Birthday - Hello Gorgeous by Angela Lanter

Happy Birthday - Hello Gorgeous by Angela Lanter

Happy Birthday - Hello Gorgeous by Angela Lanter

Happy Birthday - Hello Gorgeous by Angela Lanter

This past Sunday, January 15th, marked the 4th Birthday of Hello Gorgeous.  I can’t even believe it’s been four whole years since Matt & I embarked on this incredible blog and YouTube journey together.

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Happy Birthday Hello Gorgeous Angela Lanter 4 Year Blog Anniversary

Happy Birthday Hello Gorgeous Angela Lanter 4 Year Blog Anniversary

Happy Birthday Hello Gorgeous Angela Lanter 4 Year Blog Anniversary

Happy Birthday Hello Gorgeous Angela Lanter 4 Year Blog Anniversary

Let’s be honest, I’m always looking for an excuse to celebrate with cake…  That’s normal, right?!  Really though, four years of being my own boss and living out my dream job is definitely cause for celebration.  I wanted to take a few moments to thank those who have truly made Hello Gorgeous what it is today.

Of course, Matt is the #1 person on my thank you list.  He encouraged me from the beginning.  Matt even came up with the name, Hello Gorgeous.  He takes my photos, films and edits my videos and is my partner in everything I do.  All in all, we make a really great team.  My best decision in life was marrying this handsome man of mine.

One of my earliest decisions as a blogger was when I chose to be represented professionally.  My reps, Lauren & Dustin, have easily been my best business decision to date.  They have made my life as a blogger and YouTuber so much easier and just overall been a blessing.  Love you both!

Whenever you see a website or design update to Hello Gorgeous, Chase is always the one behind the work.  He is my go-to and I’ve recommended him to basically every one of my blogger friends.  Chase, I honestly don’t know where I’d be without you!

Then there’s my cousin Jenny, who helps me keep my sanity behind the scenes when things get crazy.  Also, I can’t forget my sweet friend Julie, who’s not only my sounding board in all areas of my life but just overall a total boss babe.  I often say that I want to come back as Julie in my next life, lol.  Oh, I can’t forget my mom, who just so happens to be the original Gorgeous Girl herself!

Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank each one of you incredible Gorgeous Girls.  There would be no Hello Gorgeous if it weren’t for each one of you continuing to support me and read/watch my work.  You keep me motivated to continue on this journey.  I love creating new posts and videos.  I get excited to wake up each morning and get to work.  I love what I do and I especially love who I do it for.  Thank you so much for being a part of my Gorgeous Family.

In honor of our 4 year mark, I’d like to remember a few of my favorite posts we’ve created:

Quite honestly, my favorite YouTube video to date is one I haven’t even posted yet…  It’s scheduled to go live in the next two weeks, and trust me, you’re going to love it!

Again, thank you for being a part of the Gorgeous Family.  I can’t wait for another year on this journey with you!


What I’m Wearing:

Pink Floral Dress (Under $60!)  //  essie Nail Polish in “Smokin'”  //  Ardell Wispies Lash  //  Jouer Liquid Lipstick in “Dulce De Leche”  //  Birthday Cake  //  Flower Bouquet

Girl Talk Tuesday: My Most Awkward First Date

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Being that we’re only one month away from Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be the perfect time to start a love series on Girl Talk Tuesdays.  First up in this series, I’m sharing my most awkward first date experience.

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If you know me personally, you’d know that I’m naturally just an awkward person.  I’m that girl who trips on the red carpet and falls flat on my face in front of a crowd of people….  Yep, I’ve actually done that one before.  I also somehow always manage to spill something on myself every time we go out to dinner.  When you hear the words, awkward first date, coming from me, you’d think that the awkwardness would 100% be on my side…  Surprisingly, in this instance it wasn’t me, and trust me, I’m a horrible first date.

Girl Talk Tuesday My Most Awkward First Date Ever Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Girl Talk Tuesday My Most Awkward First Date Ever Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Girl Talk Tuesday My Most Awkward First Date Ever Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

In my opinion, all first dates are awkward.  You don’t know what to talk about or how to act.  You’re both nervous, so neither of you are really acting like yourself.

A first date can go bad for many reasons.  It could be that you got cat-fished and your date shows up looking nothing at all like their profile photo.  Or it could be something as simple as there’s just no chemistry.  I had a first date, right before I met Matt, that went pretty darn good…  Until the guy texted me the next day that he needed to poop and didn’t have any toilet paper.  Huh?  Listen, I’ll be the first one to die laughing over some good potty humor… But not on the first date.  I mean, what are we, 12 years old?  Men are supposed to be on their very best behavior at first, so when they’re letting their crazy/weird/gross show that early on…  Run for the hills, ladies!

Let’s take a trip down memory lane to, “Angela: The College Years.”

My cousin (and BFF), Martina and I went to college together and scheduled our classes around the same lunch hour during our freshman year.  At some point during our lunches, we started to notice a really good looking guy who we nicknamed, “Hot Boy.”  Honestly, neither of us can even remember what his real name was now, lol!

One day, during lunch, Hot Boy came over and initiated a conversation with Martina and I.  We quickly found out that he was a model (totally made sense, you don’t even know) and he seemed like just a really nice guy, based off our 3 minute conversation.  Long story short, after we all hung out at a party, he finally asked me out.  I was on cloud nine.

In hindsight, the only thing I knew about Hot Boy, was that he was, well, hot.  My only reason to be excited to go out with him was the way he looked…  Totally shallow, but I guess that’s what crushes usually are, superficial.

When I got to the restaurant for our date, I was so nervous.  Like weirdly-shaky kinda nervous.  Those nerves quickly calmed and were replaced with first confusion and eventually sheer boredom.  Hot Boy was a newly reformed model after being an overweight teen, he explained.  Once he got in shape, he realized he was model material…  He went on and on and on about his good looks.  I was bored to death and couldn’t get out of there fast enough.  I’d rather have watched paint dry then go on a second date with him.  He honestly had the personality of a wet mop.  No jokes, no flirting, just story after story about his body and his looks.

Listen, Hot Boy was a nice guy, he wasn’t rude and weirdly, he wasn’t even cocky.  He had no clue how he sounded, I think he really was just excited about his new modeling career.

Moral of the story: don’t judge a book by its cover.  Just because a guy is attractive doesn’t mean he’s the total package.  It may take a million bad first dates, but they’re all worth it once you’ve met the one.  To all my single ladies out there, don’t settle.  Wait for Mr. Right.  He’s out there.

Oh, and about Matt and my first date?  I lived up to my true self.  I was totally awkward.  We met at Starbucks in North Canton, OH to have coffee together and I wouldn’t even order a drink because I was so incredibly nervous that I knew I’d spill it on myself.  So we had a coffee date where Matt had to drink coffee by himself.  But clearly it worked out for us. 😊

So tell me, what was your worst first date?  Leave a comment below and tell your story!


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My Blogging Purpose: A New Direction

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Angela Lanter - Hello Gorgeous Outfit: Cold Shoulder Top, Skinny Jeans, Heels, Necklace, Ring and Bracelet.

Angela Lanter - Hello Gorgeous Outfit: Cold Shoulder Top, Skinny Jeans, Heels, Necklace, Ring and Bracelet.

Angela Lanter - Hello Gorgeous Outfit: Cold Shoulder Top, Skinny Jeans, Heels, Necklace, Ring and Bracelet.

Angela Lanter - Hello Gorgeous Outfit: Cold Shoulder Top, Skinny Jeans, Heels, Necklace, Ring and Bracelet.

Angela Lanter - Hello Gorgeous Outfit: Cold Shoulder Top, Skinny Jeans, Heels, Necklace, Ring and Bracelet.

Angela Lanter - Hello Gorgeous Outfit: Cold Shoulder Top, Skinny Jeans, Heels, Necklace, Ring and Bracelet.

Angela Lanter - Hello Gorgeous Outfit: Cold Shoulder Top, Skinny Jeans, Heels, Necklace, Ring and Bracelet.

Angela Lanter - Hello Gorgeous Outfit: Cold Shoulder Top, Skinny Jeans, Heels, Necklace, Ring and Bracelet.

My Blogging Story” post was a piece I had rolling around in my head for some time.  I never anticipated it becoming my most commented blog post ever!  In that post, I shared the creation and history of Hello Gorgeous, so now I’d like to share the purpose of Hello Gorgeous.

From the beginning, my mission statement has been: Hello Gorgeous is a place where women can visit for inspiration and leave feeling a little more gorgeous.

My heart has always been to help women to feel more gorgeous in their own skin.  I have attempted to help my readers by providing fashion, beauty and lifestyle inspiration that is easy (and affordable!) to recreate at home.  Most importantly though, I use my words to encourage my readers.

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blogging with a purpose angela lanter hello gorgeous

blogging with a purpose angela lanter hello gorgeous

blogging with a purpose angela lanter hello gorgeous

blogging with a purpose angela lanter hello gorgeous

blogging with a purpose angela lanter hello gorgeous

blogging with a purpose angela lanter hello gorgeous

blogging with a purpose angela lanter hello gorgeous

I’ve always been a talker.  One of my nicknames as a little girl was “Motormouth,” ha!  I have a natural affinity for words…  Just ask my husband, lol.  When I was young, I’d beg my mom to buy me blank hardback books so I could write my own stories.  I thought I’d definitely be a published author one day…  And, in a way, I kinda am.

When I first began blogging, I felt like a little girl again.  I loved the writing process.  It was the most magical creative outlet for me, only next to giving someone a makeover…  I’m all girl, y’all, ha!

Somewhere along my way, I found myself feeling the pressure of what my beloved industry had become.  I stopped writing about the things that I love.  I fell into the rut of quicker, easier content.  I began to write the bare minimum to accompany the outfit photos, which became my new focus.  I became purely a fashion blogger.  Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with being a fashion blogger, I want HG to be more than just fashion.

How I did I lose my blogging focus?  I entered the rat race.  I felt the pressure of keeping up with my peers.  Bloggers around me were growing faster on social media and I couldn’t figure out why.  It began to consume me.

Then, one day, I woke up.  Praise the Lord.  It hit me like a ton of bricks: popularity, or internet fame, wasn’t why I began blogging.  I began blogging because I loved writing and sharing my passions with other women.  My dream was to build a successful blogging business that was created and ran by me.  I had achieved that!  So then why was I getting caught up in the comparison game?

I decided right then and the answer was change.  I was merely surviving because of the amount of pressure I was putting on myself.  I run everything on my own, so I was working basically every waking minute of the day.  I decided that I wanted to thrive in my blogging career.  I chose to change my perspective, to stop looking at my peers success and comparing myself.  No longer would I see other bloggers as pressure for me to do more, but I would see their work as inspirational and beautiful content.  Basically, I decided I would just do me.  That’s the beauty in being your own boss, you only answer to yourself…  But at times, I’m the strictest, most judgmental boss I’ve ever had, lol.

After the shift in my mindset, I realized that I just desperately wanted to connect with my readers.  I wanted to be able to pour into their lives in some way.  What I craved was community with my Gorgeous Girls.  To hear from them about their own lives and which topics I could write about that would positively impact lives.

Hopefully you’ve noticed the changes.  Sadly, the frequency of blog posts has declined, but the quality has improved.  My motto is now quality over quantity.  By choosing to invest more time and brainpower into my content, I’ve rediscovered my love for writing.  I’ve always loved beauty and fashion, duh. I  also love connecting with my readers by sharing, empowering, encouraging and inspiring.  Now, I’m spending my time researching and diving into topics like relationships, marriage and self-improvement.  I’m still spending long hours every day working on my content, especially behind the scenes, but I love every minute of it.

This blogging journey has allowed me to make some incredible girlfriends and create a platform in which to connect with my readers, who I lovingly refer to as my Gorgeous Girls.  I want to continue to build a comfortable environment where my GG’s can visit and gain makeup and hair tips, style inspiration and so much more.  In 2017, I plan to fire up Girl Talk Tuesdays again, which has proven to be, by far, my most popular series ever.  I’m doing this blogging thing in order to share, build and grow right alongside you.

I have gotten to know many of you through this incredible journey and feel as though I have a whole network of girlfriends that I’ve never even met before.  There are times that I have wondered if all this work is really worth it…  Then I’ll receive a few words of encouragement in the form of a comment on my blog or social media.  Knowing that I’ve had even the slightest impact on even one woman’s life makes every second of work I’ve put in 100% worth it.

Thank you for joining me on this journey.  For reading my words and sharing your own with me.  I love that you take time out of your busy life to spend a few minutes with me…  In fact, I appreciate your participation more than you can possibly know.  Thank you for helping make 2016 Hello Gorgeous’s most successful year yet.  I can’t wait to share more of my life, heart and journey with you in this new year.  I have so many fun ideas and plans, so I hope you’ll continue to stick around. ♡

Sending all my love to each one of my Gorgeous Girls.

Photography by Valorie Darling.


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