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Fresh New Life Goals for Spring

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.

What I’m Wearing:

Top: Sold Out; similar ruffle top here, here, here and here  //  White Jeans: Hudson

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Tied-Neck Floral in NYC

CeCe Floral Print Tie-Neck Dress, Pink Pumps, Crossbody Bag. Angela Lanter Outfit

CeCe Floral Print Tie-Neck Dress, Pink Pumps, Crossbody Bag. Angela Lanter Outfit

CeCe Floral Print Tie-Neck Dress, Pink Pumps, Crossbody Bag. Angela Lanter Outfit

CeCe Floral Print Tie-Neck Dress, Pink Pumps, Crossbody Bag. Angela Lanter Outfit

CeCe Floral Print Tie-Neck Dress, Pink Pumps, Crossbody Bag. Angela Lanter Outfit

CeCe Floral Print Tie-Neck Dress, Pink Pumps, Crossbody Bag. Angela Lanter Outfit

We spent a few days last week in NYC.  I’ve tried to count how many times I’ve been to NYC and I believe it’s been about 10 times now.  During all of those trips, I had never made it over to the beautiful Macy’s store in Herald Square, but this trip I finally stopped in.  I never realized what I was missing until now!  The store is seriously breathtaking.  I was blown away by the gorgeous window displays and floral arrangements all over the store.  It was such an awesome experience.

Macy's CeCe Floral Tie-Neck Dress Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Macy's CeCe Floral Tie-Neck Dress Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Macy's CeCe Floral Tie-Neck Dress Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Macy's CeCe Floral Tie-Neck Dress Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Macy's CeCe Floral Tie-Neck Dress Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Macy's CeCe Floral Tie-Neck Dress Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Macy's CeCe Floral Tie-Neck Dress Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

I grew up shopping at Macy’s.  Our wedding registry was even at Macy’s!  It has always been one of my favorite retailers.  Because I’m such a frequent shopper, I’m always on the look out for new finds.  My favorite find recently has been CeCe Clothing.  I love their designs and choice of beautiful, bright colors.  Their pieces are great quality and selection is always fabulous.  This floral tie-neck dress couldn’t be cuter for Spring!  I paired this dress with hot pink pumps for the perfect pop of color.

What I’m Wearing:

CeCe Floral Print Tie-Neck Dress  //  Hot Pink Pumps  //  Similar Crossbody Bag

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Thank you to Macy’s and ShopStyle for partnering with us to create this post.

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How to Style a Spring Sweater + Life Update

Anthropologie Sweater, Levi’s Kick Flare Jeans, Black Pumps (SO comfy!),Henri Bendel Marquis Convertible Clutch. Angela Lanter Outfit - Hello Gorgeous Blog.

Anthropologie Sweater, Levi’s Kick Flare Jeans, Black Pumps (SO comfy!),Henri Bendel Marquis Convertible Clutch. Angela Lanter Outfit - Hello Gorgeous Blog.

Anthropologie Sweater, Levi’s Kick Flare Jeans, Black Pumps (SO comfy!),Henri Bendel Marquis Convertible Clutch. Angela Lanter Outfit - Hello Gorgeous Blog.

Anthropologie Sweater, Levi’s Kick Flare Jeans, Black Pumps (SO comfy!),Henri Bendel Marquis Convertible Clutch. Angela Lanter Outfit - Hello Gorgeous Blog.

Anthropologie Sweater, Levi’s Kick Flare Jeans, Black Pumps (SO comfy!),Henri Bendel Marquis Convertible Clutch. Angela Lanter Outfit - Hello Gorgeous Blog.

Anthropologie Sweater, Levi’s Kick Flare Jeans, Black Pumps (SO comfy!),Henri Bendel Marquis Convertible Clutch. Angela Lanter Outfit - Hello Gorgeous Blog.

Anthropologie Sweater, Levi’s Kick Flare Jeans, Black Pumps (SO comfy!),Henri Bendel Marquis Convertible Clutch. Angela Lanter Outfit - Hello Gorgeous Blog.

Anthropologie Sweater, Levi’s Kick Flare Jeans, Black Pumps (SO comfy!),Henri Bendel Marquis Convertible Clutch. Angela Lanter Outfit - Hello Gorgeous Blog.

Anthropologie Sweater, Levi’s Kick Flare Jeans, Black Pumps (SO comfy!),Henri Bendel Marquis Convertible Clutch. Angela Lanter Outfit - Hello Gorgeous Blog.

I can hear your questions through my computer screen this morning asking where the heck I’ve been lately.  I’ve tried desperately to keep up with my YouTube posting schedule as well as my blog and social media accounts, but honestly…  Life happens.  I’ve had this amazing sweater (and several other great looks) ready to share with y’all for weeks now but life has been moving at light speed…  Which is why I wanted to give you an update and share what the past two months have looked like in my world.

Spring outfit update angela lanter hello gorgeous

Spring outfit update angela lanter hello gorgeous

Spring outfit update angela lanter hello gorgeous

Spring outfit update angela lanter hello gorgeous

Spring outfit update angela lanter hello gorgeous

Spring outfit update angela lanter hello gorgeous

Spring outfit update angela lanter hello gorgeous

Spring outfit update angela lanter hello gorgeous

In January, we purchased a new house in LA and put our home on the market.  That would be a normal life event for most people, but we happened to be living in Vancouver, BC at the time.  Basically, we’re nuts.  Speed ahead to middle of February.  Matt finally wraps on Season 1 of Timeless, just in time to get back to LA and move into our new house (our other home had sold).  Instead, he booked Pitch Perfect 3, and finds out he has to go almost immediately to Atlanta to begin work on that film.

To break it down for you, this is what crazy looks like:

Tuesday:  Matt films his last Timeless scene, wraps late that night.

Wednesday:  We drive our loaded-down truck to Seattle to meet our friend Jesy.  Jesy picks up truck to drive to LA, we get on a flight and land in LA that evening.

Thursday:  Packing crew arrives at our home EARLY in the morning (we weren’t even unpacked yet from our Vancouver bags).  We get the keys to our new home.  Notice a strange odor in the master bathroom in old home, don’t know what it is.

Friday:  Odor in the old house is stronger, Matt determines it is coming from the attic.  Matt leaves to start work in Atlanta.  I begin losing my mind.

Saturday:  Moving crew arrives early in the morning, move everything into new house.  I’m completely overwhelmed, have totally lost my mind, start to unpack the house alone that night.

Sunday-Tuesday:  Packing crew returns and helps me unpack bulk of the house.  Truck arrives from Seattle, unpack that dang thing too.

Wednesday-Thursday:  Still trying to unpack the house and organize while prepping for the move to Atlanta.  Also had several meetings/events to attend for my short time in LA.

Friday:  Matt returns home to LA.

Saturday:  Appliances delivered, Vancouver large items delivered.  Pack to leave for two months to Atlanta.

Sunday:  Fly to Atlanta with Matt & Soka.

Somewhere in the mix, we found out a tree rodent jumped from our neighbors fruit tree next door, on to our roof.  That animal somehow got lodged in our roof/attic area and died, which meant we had to have the exterminator out to remove all of the attic insulation and replace it.  In our +6 years of living in that house, nothing had ever happened like that before.  Of course it would happen in all of our craziness while Matt was gone.  The new homeowners thankfully moved into a home with a fresh new attic space and we had +$6,000 less to our names.  It is what it is, right?

To add to the insanity, I decided that this would be the perfect time to start fresh with furniture.  This means, we only take the mattresses and formal living room furniture, everything else we’ll buy new.  I didn’t think this one out…  We have a house with almost no furniture and full of our personal crap.  I did make one big decision though.  While here in Atlanta, we bought our new family room sofa and had that delivered.  That was a big accomplishment for me.  I have an extremely hard time making decor decisions, I second guess every single thing I do, to a fault.  I buy things, return things, replace things, return things…  It’s a vicious cycle that I can’t seem to break.

Since being in Atlanta (which we LOVE being here by the way!) we have taken road trips to Chattanooga, Copperhill/McCaysville, Savannah, Charleston and Thomasville.  Every time we get a chance to travel, we hit the road.  I also went home to Ohio for a long weekend and we spent several days in Washington DC.

Basically, we’ve been on the move nonstop.  Our time in Atlanta is coming to an end very soon and I’m so sad to be leaving.  I would 1000% move here to the South in a heart beat.  I still have travel coming up- NYC next week, then we’re headed to the beach for a much needed week of relaxation.  I’m planning to get on track with a posting schedule and have enlisted some help to keep me more organized and less crazy.  My question to you- would you like to see travel guides for some of the places that we’ve visited?  We’ve had such amazing travel experiences these past two months, so I wanted to offer to post about them, if you’d like.  Please comment below and let me know!

Moving on to this look…  First of all, everything I’m wearing (except the heels) is ON SALE!  SCORE!  Here in Atlanta, we’re starting to get those warmer temperatures, but up North, it’s Spring, but it’s still chilly.  This beautiful sweater is the perfect piece to wear on those in between weather days that are sunny, but not warm enough for a simple tee shirt.  Paired with my (favorite) cropped denim, this outfit makes for an adorable casual date night look.  Honestly, I’d wear this look just about anywhere, I love it so much!

PS- Whew!  I feel better after venting my life’s story to y’all.  On a scale of 1 to 10, how crazy do I sound?  LOL!

Photos by Kara Coleen.

What I’m Wearing:

Anthropologie Sweater (ON SALE 50% OFF!); Similar sweater also ON SALE!  //  Levi’s Kick Flare Jeans (ON SALE 60% OFF!)  //  Black Pumps (SO comfy!)  //  Henri Bendel Marquis Convertible Clutch (40% OFF! Also comes in Peach)

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