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Our Favorite Things to Buy from Amazon

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Matt and I have been members of Amazon Prime for years now.  I’ve become totally dependent on my membership and use it for multiple things around my house and in my life on the regular.  In honor of Amazon Prime Day tomorrow, I thought I’d create a really fun post about the things we Lanters regularly depend on Amazon for.

First up, beauty.  As you all know (maybe all too well) I’m a huge fan of Korean skincare.  Unfortunately, Korean skincare products aren’t readily available at your local drugstore here in LA.  When I take my annual trek to Koreatown for a beauty raid, I stand in the aisles for what seems like hours trying to decipher what each product is and what it does.  Shopping these products online may not be as fun (hello, you can smell or test them!) but there are reviews for most products in English.  That’s actually how I first discovered and tried Laneige, and y’all know what a fan of that brand I am!

Amazon Beauty Faves:

Matt uses Amazon to purchase mostly electronics and camera gear for our home and business.  His big purchases, such as lenses, typically come from B&H Photo.  Day-to-day type product, such as clips, paper backgrounds, memory cards and various other accessories all typically come from Prime.  Electronics are to Matt what makeup is to me.  Needless to say, we have a lot of electronics and accessories in our house.

Another normal purchase for us is our coffee.  We both prefer low acid coffee due to heartburn, so lately we have been using Tieman’s Fusion Coffee.  We both are happy to report no heartburn since we’ve been drinking this coffee!

When I have a particular fashion piece I’m looking for, I find that I often have good luck shopping on Amazon.  I’ve been in the market for a pair of pink Nikes and found this awesome pair recently.

I buy most of our vitamins also from Prime.  I hate standing in the vitamin aisle at Whole Foods staring blankly at hundreds of bottles not knowing which one to pick.  Again, I prefer shopping online for supplements because I can read reviews before pulling the trigger.

Travel products are another must buy on Prime for me.  I recently purchased a few travel organizer products to help me travel more efficiently.  I ordered this compression system to help to keep my clothes wrinkle free while maximizing my suitcase space.  I also ordered an undergarments bag, pill travel case and a dirty laundry bag.  I hate traveling home and mixing our dirty clothes with our clean clothes, so I’m hoping our next trip to the beach will be much more organized.

Travel Faves:

What are your favorite products to buy on Amazon?  Leave a comment below and let me know what I’m missing out on!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for my picks from Prime Day!

Hello Home: Patio Furniture Edit

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The home decorating is still underway!  It’s just taking a loooong time.  We’ve been focusing on our outdoor space since summer is here.  Matt & I do a lot of entertaining, so our outdoor space is almost as important as our kitchen and family room.  I’m trying not to rush any decision and I’m just taking my time choosing each piece.  I’d rather go without a certain piece for a while than throw away money buying something I don’t 100% love.  My dear friend, Lo, told me it takes a full year to get your house the way you want it…  I think she’s right!

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Summerton Teak Loverseat with Cushions  //  Indoor/Outdoor Rug  //  Calistoga Dining Table (sold out); similar here  //  Indigo Dining Bench  //  Del Mar Bistro Chairs (Set of 2)  //  Wood Glass Lantern  //  Fire Pit  //  Chaise Lounge Chair

I wanted to share with you the pieces I’ve chosen so far for our outdoor area.  If you’re familiar with LA, then you know that yard space is hard to come by.  We do have a small patch of grass next to our pool, but not a whole lot of space in general to work with.  I wanted to choose pieces that are the most usable and small space friendly.  We have a concrete patio that extends from our house that measures just about 6′, which is the primary area that I’m working with.

Dining Space:

For the dining space, we needed something that sat as many people as possible while still fitting on the concrete patio.  We chose this concrete topped dining table from Pottery Barn and paired it with a bench.  I love bench seating for small spaces because when the table isn’t being used, you can tuck the bench under the table.  I have always wanted bistro chairs since I first saw them in Paris 5 years ago, so I knew I had to work them into our new home in some way.  I chose these chairs from Wayfair and they are awesome quality.  They stack nicely away for storage and they’re so cute in person.

Pool Area:

We went through several sets of chaise lounges at our other house so we knew that we wanted to invest in better quality chairs this time around.  We chose these chaise lounges from Pottery Barn…  And they still haven’t arrived.  We ordered them on 4/21 and the cushions arrived almost immediately, but the chairs keep getting pushed further and further out for delivery.

Fire Pit Area:

We moved our fire pit from our other house and it remains one of our most used pieces of furniture.  It’s four years old now, but this one I linked is a smaller, similar design.  Our fire pit is from Restoration Hardware and is connected to our gas line.  We set it on this neutral outdoor rug from Pottery Barn, which I love.  We bought two teak loveseats for either side of the fire pit (which is rectangle shaped) and hung our tv on the outdoor wall.  We had a heck of a time finding sofas to fit our patio because they could only be a max of 60″ wide.  Because we wanted the sofas to be positioned around the fire pit, that restricted our size even more which meant a sectional was out of the question.  I really wanted Restoration Hardware sofas, but didn’t love any of their pieces that fit within our size guidelines.

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9 Spring Cleaning Tips and Hacks

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I love spring cleaning.  There’s something so satisfying in ridding your home of the clutter.  If you missed my post, “5 Tips for Purging” you should check it out.  I talk about practical ways to start the purge process.

Spring cleaning isn’t just purging…  It’s actually a good deep clean.  I tend to lean a bit towards the OCD side when it comes to cleanliness level.  I like my home to be spotless.  Messes make me crazy.  I can’t focus when I’m surrounded by mess.  Living in a house full of boxes these past three weeks has just about driven me up a wall.  Matt & I made some moves this weekend though and got a lot of our unpacking finished.  Let me know if you’d like to see an organization post on my closet.

Speaking of closets, with all the unpacking, we boxed up tons of stuff to donate or give away.  I saved some special pieces to add to my Poshmark shop, so if you live in the US and you’re interested in shopping my closet, be sure to follow me there.  If you’re new to Poshmark, use code: JTHJG to get $5 off your first order. (This is not sponsored BTW… I just love Poshmark!)

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nordstrom sweater dress angela lanter hello gorgeous

nordstrom sweater dress angela lanter hello gorgeous

nordstrom sweater dress angela lanter hello gorgeous

nordstrom sweater dress angela lanter hello gorgeous

nordstrom sweater dress angela lanter hello gorgeous

9 Spring Cleaning Tips and Hacks

  1. Give your towels a refresh.  Ever notice that your bath towels start to lose absorbency?  I’ve found that’s usually because of fabric softener build-up.  Every so often, I like to use this trick to freshen up my towels: One cycle with hot water and one cup of white vinegar.  Then run them through a second cycle with cold water and half a cup of baking soda.  Dry as normal.  I first discovered this remedy on Pinterest about five years ago and I couldn’t believe the difference it made in my towels!
  2. Wipe down your baseboards and blinds/shutters.  These two jobs are perhaps my least favorite housekeeping tasks.  I prefer using my vacuum attachment first to remove dust then going over them with a damp microfiber cloth.  If you have a baseboards hack, please let me know…  I’d love to find a way to make this job less painful.  I also use a damp microfiber cloth on our plantation shutters.
  3. Deep clean the microwave.  This one isn’t terrible.  I fill a bowl with water and several drops of vanilla extract.  I microwave my water/vanilla concoction for at least three minutes then immediately wipe down the inside of the microwave with a cloth.
  4. Clean out your hair drawer and brushes.  Oh girl, you’re not fooling me…  We all have a hair drawer that holds our dryer, curling iron, brushes and about 1,000 loose bobby pins.  I try to empty mine out every single spring and start from the bottom up.  I clean out all dust and debris from the drawer (and all of my bathroom drawers for that matter).  Collect all the loose bobby pins, hair clips and bands and throw out the ones that have seen their day.  I now organize my bobby pins and hair ties into small glass jars to keep things tidy.  I also clean out all the nasty hair from my brushes and combs and deep clean them in hot soapy water.  Trust me, you’ll feel such a sense of relief the next time you open that drawer and see clean brushes and organization where there was once craziness and loose hairs.
  5. Deep clean the fridge, freezer and pantry.  Check expiration dates.  Toss the stuff you know no one is going to eat.  Remove the shelves and trays and clean them with hot soapy water.
  6. Don’t forget the utensil drawer and tupperware cabinet.  I couldn’t believe how many pieces of tupperware I had without matches.  Those things are like socks; their matches just always seem to come up missing!
  7. Flip the mattresses.  Unless you have a pillow-top of course.
  8. Clear out that magazine rack.  I’m guilty of constantly letting my magazine stacks grow way too large.  I love the idea of donating your magazines to local women’s shelters or doctor’s offices to repurpose them…  Just be sure to remove your name and address from the cover.
  9. Give your purse and wallet some TLC.  Trash all the old receipts, expired coupons and credit cards.  If your wallet and handbag need repaired, now’s the time to do it.  Your shoe repairman typically also works on handbags, so stop in and get that zipper fixed, lining stitched and bag shined up.

What are your favorite spring cleaning tips, tricks and hacks?  Let me know in the comments section below!

Photography by Kara Coleen.

What I’m Wearing:

Sweater Dress (sold out); similar here  //  Steve Madden Edit Booties  //  Henri Bendel Marquis Convertible Clutch

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