Saturday Six – April Recap

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It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a Saturday Six!  I love these posts because it’s just a fun way for me to quickly share six things with y’all.  These are some of the things I’ve been loving in April. 😊

1. Let’s kick things off with my latest YouTube video.  Yesterday I posted a video all about Hunter Boots.  I wear my rain boots all the time, so I thought it would be fun to create a video about my experience with them.  Leave a comment on YouTube if you have Hunters and let me know what you think about them!

Hunter Boot Collection and Full Review 2017

2. Royal Highnies PJs.  I fell in love with these insanely soft PJs while vacationing recently in 30A.  The Royal Highnies team was kind enough to send me a care package which I gave a sneak peek of on Instagram Stories yesterday.  I ran a full test on these jammies by sleeping in them last night and I’m not exaggerating when I tell you they are the softest I have ever felt!

Royal Highnies Pajamas Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Royal Highnies Pajamas Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

3. Bistro Chairs.  I’ve had my eye on bistro chairs ever since we visited Paris.  I snagged a pair of these chairs for $175, which was an awesome price.  The quality is amazing and they’re going to be so adorable on our patio!

Wayfair Paris Bistro Chairs Outdoor patio angela lanter hello gorgeous

4. Biore Self Heating Mask.  Another post from my Instagram Stories is this mask.  It’s a one minute self-heating mask that feels so nice on your skin.  You can purchase a box with 4 masks for only $7.50 here.

5. Homegoods Lanterns.  I’ve been a Homegoods fiend for a while now.  I love that you can walk in and discover something new for your home that you didn’t know that you couldn’t live without.  The downside?  It’s almost always impossible to find a matching pair of anything.  I did score these amazing distressed wood lanterns this week for $25 each.  I can’t wait to see them on our new patio table!  In case you love them as much as I do, I found them on Wayfair for you to shop as well!

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6. Chrome Nails.  After man years of acrylics, I decided to take a break from them this week.  My nails were pretty long because I only had an overlay at this point, so I decided to go with a gel manicure.  I chose this rose gold chrome gel polish and I’m totally obsessed.  I don’t know the name or brand, but I can tell you that my nail tech used a bright coral gel polish then applied a fine, loose glitter on top for the chrome affect.

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Do you have any new discoveries this past April that you’re dying to share?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Hunter Boots, video review by Angela Lanter

Hello Home: Kitchen Counter Stools

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My last post I chatted about starting the process of decorating our new home in LA and y’all seemed to love the idea of me sharing the process.  With that feedback, my newest series was born: Hello Home.  We were so inspired by the beautiful homes and interiors in 30A that we want to pull from those interiors as inspiration for our home.  I like to describe our style as “Coastal Americana.”  I love light, bright and airy spaces filled with beautiful neutral pieces.  I want our home to look bright and clean while feeling cozy and inviting.

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I figured why not kick off this series with the decision currently plaguing me: kitchen counter stools.  Seems like a not very big decision, I’m sure.  To us, it’s a big decision though.  I’m currently writing this blog post from my kitchen counter.  Our kitchen is the hot spot of our home.  We eat our meals at the bar, (obviously) work there and sometimes watch tv from there.  I want to choose quality counter stools that will endure the heavy use we put them through. But I also want them to be comfortable for long sit sessions while also looking beautiful.

If you remember this post, we had the Corrine Linen Counter Stools from Pier 1.  These natural colored stools are incredibly comfortable and were definitely a great purchase for our old house.  We brought them to the new house, and they look very out of place.  Our kitchen is primarily white with grey, so the dark legs and bronze hardware stick out like a sore thumb.  Not to mention, we only had two of these counter stools, and our new island calls for three.

I’ve been married to the idea of the Restoration Hardware Round Cane Back French Stools forever.  After spending tons of time scouring Pinterest and Houzz for inspiration, I’m now prepared to go another direction.  I wanted to share some of my favorite counter stools with you in case you too were in the market for some new furniture.

Before we hop into the current counter stool selection, I wanted to debunk a Restoration Hardware misconception.  Most people hear RH and think, “It’s sooo expensive.”  You are right in certain situations, like rugs.  However, my beloved round counter stools in the basic combo (Burnt Oak/ Sand Belgian Linen) are $243 each (Member pricing, which is a must do!).  If you look at the lookalikes I found online, they’re both higher priced at Wayfair and World Market.  Both of these retailers are found to be “cost effective” to most shoppers, yet their prices for RH inspired pieces tend to run even higher!  The quality of RH cannot be beat, I know that from experience.

Hello Home Decor angela lanter hello gorgeous

As you can see, I’ve been looking at multiple different styles of counter stools.  I like each of them for a different reason and each would look great.

Bistro:  I fell in love with bistro chairs when we visited Paris.  Every time I see a bistro chair, I smile and remember Paris.  I purchased bistro chairs for our outdoor dining area, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to also incorporate them indoors.

Wicker:  These chairs fit perfectly into the “Coastal Americana” feel.  Unfortunately, they don’t tend to be comfortable.  That can easily be remedied with cushions, but I’m not sure if I want cushions tied onto my counter stools.

Bench:  I first saw a bench counter stool in a home decor store on 30A and thought it was such an awesome piece.  The problem is that your bound to sit close to your bar mate whether you want to or not.

Round Back:  This style was where my design heart was all along.  I think round back upholstered chairs are so beautiful.  I do worry that they’re too formal of a design in a more casual, laid back space.

Farmhouse:  These chairs are a classic design and now even come with a padded seat.  I’m not sure if they’re too basic or if they’re just the right look.

I think I made a decision on which stools to buy!  Feel free to leave a comment with your favorite style or guess on which one I chose!

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Fresh New Life Goals for Spring

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At this point, I’m as tired of apologizing for my absence from Hello Gorgeous as you probably are of hearing my “sorry’s”.  After a very transitional past two months (actually, more like past year) we are finally back home in LA and in our new home.  Here’s where the plot thickens…  We’re in a basically empty new home.  Someone had the bright idea of starting from scratch with the furniture since it was a new space.  Hint: it wasn’t Matt.

Anyways, I’ve been knee deep in wood, linen and rug samples, and quite honestly, I’m enjoying every second of it.  We’ve been in design mode since we arrived back home.  It’s really perfect timing when you think about it.  Personally, I associate Spring with fresh starts, new goals and clean slates.  Yes, that’s what New Years is all about, I know, but I never seem to really get motivated to start things up until the temperatures start to warm up.

I wanted to do a check in with my Gorgeous Girls about fresh, new goals for 2017.  Many of you set goals on January 1st, but many of your goals have changed in the past few months.  This is a great time to reassess what you realistically want to achieve over the course of this year.

Fresh New Goals for Spring Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Fresh New Goals for Spring Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Fresh New Goals for Spring Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Fresh New Goals for Spring Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Fresh New Goals for Spring Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

What are my goals for 2017?  I’m so glad you asked!  I want to focus on our home.  I want to create a space that is warm, inviting and cozy.  With all of the traveling we do, I want our home to be our haven.  When we return to our house, I want to walk in the door, take a look around and uncontrollably sigh out of relief to be there.

I also want to make my health a priority.  I have barely exercised at all of the past year.  Honestly, it’s embarrassing.  Heart disease runs rampant in my family, so I can’t afford to not take care of myself.  I’ve been running with Matt the past couple of weeks and started doing yoga at home.  My goal isn’t to lose weight, but to be healthy and toned.

I try to make healthy choices about my diet pretty consistently (of course I like to splurge as well) but I want to buckle down even more this year.  I plan on including more fruits and veggies in our menu.  I share a lot of my recipes on Snapchat and Insta-Stories.  I recently posted a Healthy Breakfast Ideas YouTube video, so check that out if you missed it.  Let me know if you’d like to see a blog post or video about what I eat in a day or what’s in my fridge, as well as more recipes.

I plan to be more consistent with scheduling time for my daily devotions as well.  I have to remind myself that my body is my temple.  God gave me only one body and put me in charge of caring for it.

Let me know in the comments section what your goals are for the rest of 2017.  I’m considering sharing some of my home design process on my blog with y’all, so let me know if you’d like to see some of my design inspiration.

Photos by Kara Coleen.

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