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What to Wear to Your Baby Shower

What I Wore to my Baby Shower Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous
What I Wore to my Baby Shower Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous
What I Wore to my Baby Shower Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous
What I Wore to my Baby Shower Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous
What I Wore to my Baby Shower Angela Lanter Hello Gogreous
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Last month, Matt and I traveled home to Ohio to celebrate baby girl Lanter.  We were so blessed with a beautiful baby shower hosted by our family.  The shower had so many special touches and the most gorgeous decor.  I’ll be sharing a detailed blog post this week with tons of shower photos.  If you are planning a baby shower soon, then don’t miss this post because our family came up with the most creative ideas!

I wanted to blog about my baby shower outfit because I had such a hard time choosing what to wear.  I’m a Pinterest girl (duh) and it’s always the first place I go for inspiration.  Honestly, I was a bit disappointed…  Pinterest didn’t have the outfit inspiration that I expected to find.  I know I can’t be the only mama-to-be looking for some ideas on what to wear to her shower, right?

When I started thinking about my look, I knew I wanted to wear a dress, but I had specific things I was looking for…  The day of the shower, I was only going to be 27 weeks pregnant, so I wanted to wear something that put my bump on full display.  During my pregnancy, I’ve been wearing mostly form-fitting clothes.  Funny enough, I actually feel most comfortable in tighter clothes than I do in the typical loose maternity wear.  I think I may be an odd duck because it seems like a lot of women want to wear looser fitting pieces while pregnant…  Not me, lol.

My dress checklist looked something like this: it needed to be form-fitting, a step up from casual (but not too dressy) and also feminine.  I placed several online orders for dresses from different retailers, but the second I tried on this light pink number, I knew I had found my baby shower dress.  I chose the Emma Long Sleeve Dress from Susana Monaco in “Nude” and I sized up to a Small, which ended up being the perfect fit.  On ShopBop I could tell the dress would be more of a soft pink than a nude and it turned out to be this lovely shade of baby pink.  Since I could only see the dress online, I wasn’t sure how stretchy it would be…  The material ended up being the softest, stretchiest material and absolutely perfect for a baby bump!

Here’s the bad thing about Ohio, especially in the Fall…  You never know what kind of weather you’re going to get.  We were so blessed with a sunshiny, beautiful day.  Honestly, I chose the perfect outfit for the occasion and the weather.

I wore Badgley Mischka heels on my wedding day, so of course I wanted to keep with tradition and wear them on baby shower day.  I chose the Kiara platform pumps and they ended up being way more comfortable than I expected.  They run true-to-size and I love Badgley Mischka because their quality is always amazing.  These heels matched my dress perfectly!  I’m wearing them in “Blush Satin” and they’re currently ON SALE for 40% off!

Jewelry is something I like to keep simple for events that will be photographed.  The reason I feel that way is because a lot of accessories tend to be trendy, and I didn’t want to look back and regret any trendy choices.  I skipped a necklace and instead wore my everyday diamond stud earrings.  I chose two bracelets: a pave link bracelet from Baublebar and a gold rhinestone stretch bracelet from Charming Charlie.  My Charming Charlie bracelet was so complimented but sadly it’s sold out online.  Below I linked severals similar options for you to shop, and the best part is the reasonable price point.

My mom surprised me with this darling pink and gold sash to wear during the shower from Bridal Bling N Bowtique on Etsy.  It was such an adorable touch to help make this mama-to-be stand out.

I can’t forget about undies.  Finding the perfect undies and bra for a tight dress while pregnant is NO JOKE, lol.  I hate, HATE panty lines.  I went with a pair of high-waist Commando briefs because they’re so stretchy and lightweight.  As for bras, my most recent favorite is my Third Love Classic T-Shirt bra.  Third Love’s website has you take a test and do your own measurements so you get the truest bra fit possible…  Love!

Last but not least, let’s talk beauty.  I wanted to keep my hair simple but pretty, so I went with my go-to curls.  I did use two tracks of clip-in extensions (from The Hair Shoppe here in LA).  In case you haven’t already seen this, here’s a tutorial of how I curl my hair using a curling wand.

My makeup was focused on clean, glowy skin with bold lashes and a nude lip.  Leave a comment below and let me know if you’d like to see me recreate this makeup look on YouTube.

Let me know in the comments below what you wore or are planning to wear to your baby shower.  Did you have a hard time choosing or finding the right look like I did?  I’m hoping this post will help some mamas-to-be out there who are searching for the perfect outfit!

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DressSusana Monaco  //  ShoesBadgley Mischka (ON SALE 40% OFF!) [c/o]  //  Pave Link Bracelet:  Baublebar

Gold/Rhinestone Bracelet:  similar herehere and here  //  Maternity Sash: Bridal Bling N Bowtique [c/o]

Bra:  ThirdLove [c/o]  //  Shaping UndiesCommando [c/o]  //  Nail PolishEssie “Angora Cardi” [c/o]  //  LipstickMAC

 

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The Perfect Everyday Dress for Fall

The Perfect Everyday Dress for Fall Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

The Perfect Everyday Dress for Fall Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

The Perfect Everyday Dress for Fall Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

The Perfect Everyday Dress for Fall Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

The Perfect Everyday Dress for Fall Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

The Perfect Everyday Dress for Fall Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

The Perfect Everyday Dress for Fall Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

The one article of clothing I’ve come to really appreciate during pregnancy is a dress.  There’s nothing more restrictive than a waistband and a dress is the easiest workaround to that problem, if you can even call it a problem lol.

I bought this dress last month and sized up to a Small.  I knew that the wrap design would work perfectly with my bump because I saw how it fit the model online.  This non-maternity dress so figure flattering that I think every girl should have it in her closet this season.  It comes in five different colors, is under $60 and I’m really thinking about buying it in either black or nude, since I love it so much.  It’s soft, stretchy and something I’ll wear even after the Littlest Lanter arrives.

Now that I’m 7 months pregnant, I’m wearing a lot of maternity pieces, such as jeans.  But, I’m also wearing mostly non-maternity tops and dresses that are either my size and loose-fitting or just sizing up on new purchases.

I purchased this cozy plaid scarf at a small shop while visiting Copperhill, TN.  I’ve tried to find one online in this aqua, orange and white combo, but didn’t have much luck.  Instead, I rounded up my favorite plaid scarves for you to shop at the bottom of this post.  There are so many cute scarves out this season.  I’ve already purchased a couple, but now I have about 5 more added to my shopping list!

I paired this dress with teal tassel earrings and a pair of gray peep-toe booties.  I really enjoy mixing different shades of of the same color, for a neutral but chic look.  This light gray dress with darker gray booties combo is darling for Fall.

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Dress: Leith (Under $60! 5 different colors)  //  Earrings: Baublebar (Under $40)  //  Booties: Johnston & Murphy  //  Watch: similar from Charming Charlie  //  Nail Polish: Essie “Angora Cardi”

 


Here’s a round-up of the plaid scarves I’m loving for Fall.  The best part?  They’re all under $50:

 

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My Favorite (Not So Scary) Fall Movie List

Fall is that time of year when you want to cuddle up by the fire, hot apple cider in hand, and watch a movie.  My hubby and I have a list of movies for Fall and Winter (see my list of favorite Christmas movies in this blog post) that we watch every year.

My Favorite (Not So Scary) Fall Movie List Angela lanter hello gorgeous

Since we’ve been traveling the past +8 days, we missed out on some of our normal seasonal movie time, so now we’re playing catch up.  We try to watch one of our favorite films every night in October leading up to Halloween.  It’s become a yearly tradition that we look forward to each year.

My Favorite (Not So Scary) Fall Movie List Angela lanter hello gorgeous

It’s no secret that I’m a classic film lover.  My love for the golden era of cinema has rubbed off on Matt and it’s become a hobby that we now enjoy together.  As you can see by my list below, there are quite a few classic films, maybe even a few that you’ve never heard of before.

My Favorite (Not So Scary) Fall Movie List Angela lanter hello gorgeous

I’m not a fan of horror films.  I’ve been known to get nightmares from movies like Jumanji and even certain episodes of Game of Thrones…  I know, I’m a chicken.  I just don’t find it enjoyable to get scared.  So if you’re a scaredy-cat like me, then rest assured that this list is Angela-approved…  Not one of these movies gave me nightmares lol!

My Favorite (Not So Scary) Fall Movie List Angela lanter hello gorgeous

Favorite Fall Movies:

As you can see, the majority of these picks are Halloween related, so I’m going to separate them out for you below by category.

Halloween Movies for the Classic Film Lover (Not Scary):

  • Arsenic and Old Lace.  I’m a big Cary Grant fan.  In my opinion, he’s the definition of a gentleman.  I love this film because we get to see a silly side of him not often shown in his work.  This movie begins with a Halloween introduction, but it’s not your typical horror flick.  It’s fun and goofy; it makes you laugh at the characters wild antics all the way through.  Matt and I already watched this last week and loved it all over again.
  • Two on a Guillotine.  This lesser-known 1964 thriller is definitely more on the serious side compared to “Arsenic and Old Lace” but it still doesn’t classify as scary in my book.  It’s a fun movie about a magician’s house that is booby-trapped with all sorts of creepy fun traps.  Honestly, the scariest part is the background music.
  • Young Frankenstein.  Another goofy one, but such a classic!  This one has adult humor at moments, but it’s really the Monty Python of Halloween films.  I found myself laughing pretty hard in a couple of scenes.  Gene Wilder is brilliant in this movie.
  • The House on Haunted Hill.  A 1950’s classic that is meant to be scary, but the effects are pretty bad, so you won’t be scared at all.  The story is creepy and fun, it’s the perfect black and white Halloween flick.  It’s the first movie we watched this season; it actually streams for free on YouTube.
  • Escape to Witch Mountain.  A Disney movie from 1975 that isn’t scary in the least.  This movie made Kim Richards of RHOBH a child star.  This is just a fun one to watch.  I’ve yet to see the sequel, but maybe this week we’ll get a chance to catch it.
  • Meet Me in St. Louis.  I’ll take any chance I can get to watch a Judy Garland movie.  This movie is also on my Christmas list, but it has a really fun Halloween scene that depicts how the holiday was celebrated in the early 1900’s.  It’s the perfect film to watch during Fall to help gear you up for both Halloween and Christmas.
  • Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  Bette Davis and Joan Crawford starring in the same movie, need I say more?  I think Bette Davis’ performance is incredible in this film.  My guess is you’ve probably already seen this one, but if not, then you’ve definitely heard of it.  The “scary” moments also have such bad effects (compared to our movie standards nowadays) so you probably won’t find yourself frightened.  It’s still a fun, creepy one to watch if you enjoy psychological thrillers.
  • Stand By Me.  Probably the most popular movie on this list.  This flick from the 1980’s is not really meant for Halloween, but the creepy-ish moments make it worth adding.

Fall Movies and Film Noirs:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird.  Surprised that this one made the list?  Well, if it’s been awhile since you’ve seen it, then think back to the Halloween scene.  It’s October in the 1930’s in a sleepy Alabama town.  I love the deeper message of this film and think it shows Gregory Peck’s finest work.
  • Legends of the Fall.  This is my favorite Brad Pitt movie, with “Meet Joe Black” being a close second.  It embodies Autumn in every way.  It’s heartbreaking and raw, so get your tissues ready…  But it’s a great seasonal flick.  Matt has never seen this before so we’re planning to watch it as soon as Halloween is over.
  • Double Indemnity.  One of Matt’s all-time favorites.  Double Indemnity is the reason he loves Barbara Stanwyck.  It’s such a smart, snappy film and Barbara Stankwyck shines in it.  Her character is strong, independent and downright sneaky.
  • The Rope.  My favorite piece of Hitchcock’s work.  This psychologic thriller meets film noir is so smart.  It feels like the entire movie is just one continuous scene.  It’s not scary, but it is very smart and you’re guessing the entire time how the plot is going to play out.
  • Laura.  My mom was named after this movie!  It’s a classic noir and it’s the reason why I now love Gene Tierney.  It’s another smart script that leaves you guessing till the very end.
  • Nobody’s Fool.  We’re big Paul Newman fans at the Lanter house.  This is one of our favorite pieces of his work.  It’s gritty and shows a side of Paul Newman that you wouldn’t necessarily expect, unless you’ve also seen “Hud.”
  • Harry Potter.  Matt and I rewatch all of the Potter films each year between October 1st and Christmas.  We love the magic of Hogwarts.  So far, we’ve only watched the first movie this year, so we have some catching up to do.

Not-so-Scary Halloween Movies:

  • Hocus Pocus.  My favorite!  It’s not Halloween until we see the Sanderson Sisters.
  • Addams Family.  Another must-see each October.
  • Hotel Transylvania.  This animated film is sweet, lighthearted and funny.  We really enjoyed this one.
  • Nightmare Before Christmas.  Another one we make sure to watch between October 1st and Christmas.
  • Corpse Bride.  I think this animated movie is totally underrated.  Perfect for just a little bit of spooky, family night in.
  • Casper.  Two words: Devon Sawa.  He was the only reason I wanted to see Casper (holy huge crush!) but I ended up really loving this movie as a kid.
  • Death Becomes Her.  This is another one of Matt’s favorites.  Not truly a Halloween movie per-say, but still fun for this time of year.  I love any movie with Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep is an added bonus!  One of my favorite things about this movie is the Old Hollywood tie-in…  It also stars Isabella Rossellini, who is Ingrid Bergman’s daughter.  Yep, I’m that big of a classic cinema nerd lol!

Fall TV Shows to Binge Watch:

  • Gilmore Girls.  Where my GG fans at?!  You already saw this one coming, didn’t you?  You know how much my heart loves Lorelai and Rory.  We’re planning to watch Season 1 because it’s the perfect show to gear you up for the holidays.
  • Stranger Things.  To say that we’re excited for Season 2 would be the understatement of the year.  This show is creepier than I would like, but the 1980’s nostalgia sucks me right in.  So good!
  • The Adams Family (series).  Because they’re creepy and they’re kooky.  Duh.
  • The Munsters.  I grew up on Munsters reruns on TV Land.  Just a lighthearted and fun tv show.
  • Bewitched.  My mom loved this show as a kid and then turned me onto the reruns as a little girl.

What are your favorite Fall movies and tv shows to watch each year?  Do you think I left a must-see off this list?  Leave a comment below and let me know!

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Dreamers by Debut Cable Knit Sweater (under $60!) [c/o]  //  Madewell Maternity Skinny Jeans [c/o]  //  Steve Madden Norri Boots (Under $80! similar here)  //  Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis  //  ThirdLove T-Shirt Bra (so comfy!)  //  MAC Nude Lipstick


 

I'm wearing Dreamers by Debut Cable Knit Sweater, Madewell Maternity Skinny Jeans, Steve Madden Norri Boots, Louis Vuitton,ThirdLove T-Shirt Bra, MAC Nude Lipstick. Angela Lanter, Fashion Blogger, pregnancy outfit. Fall outfit, fall fashion trends.
I'm wearing Dreamers by Debut Cable Knit Sweater, Madewell Maternity Skinny Jeans, Steve Madden Norri Boots, Louis Vuitton,ThirdLove T-Shirt Bra, MAC Nude Lipstick. Angela Lanter, Fashion Blogger, pregnancy outfit. Fall outfit, fall fashion trends.
I'm wearing Dreamers by Debut Cable Knit Sweater, Madewell Maternity Skinny Jeans, Steve Madden Norri Boots, Louis Vuitton,ThirdLove T-Shirt Bra, MAC Nude Lipstick. Angela Lanter, Fashion Blogger, pregnancy outfit. Fall outfit, fall fashion trends.
I'm wearing Dreamers by Debut Cable Knit Sweater, Madewell Maternity Skinny Jeans, Steve Madden Norri Boots, Louis Vuitton,ThirdLove T-Shirt Bra, MAC Nude Lipstick. Angela Lanter, Fashion Blogger, pregnancy outfit. Fall outfit, fall fashion trends.
I'm wearing Dreamers by Debut Cable Knit Sweater, Madewell Maternity Skinny Jeans, Steve Madden Norri Boots, Louis Vuitton,ThirdLove T-Shirt Bra, MAC Nude Lipstick. Angela Lanter, Fashion Blogger, pregnancy outfit. Fall outfit, fall fashion trends.


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