Angela talks ‘redefining style’ and becoming a real ‘trendsetter’ in our bite-size interview.
The creator of the lifestyle blog Hello Gorgeous, Angela Lanter has a passion for sharing homemaking, beauty and fashion tips that has inspired legions of fans. Today, Angela gives us ‘the bite’ on our hot questions. Be inspired!
What kind of ‘trendsetter’ would you categorize yourself as?
A Brave Trendsetter.
You have some great videos where you share very astute and handy tips. How do you feel you have redefined style through your passion for blogging?
The reason I started my blog in the first place is because I wanted it to be a place where my followers could come and leave just feeling a little more gorgeous no matter what. I want girls, no matter what their size or shape, leave feeling more stylish and a little bit more gorgeous.
What made you decide to become a blogger? Were you nervous or anxious when you first started out? If so how did you deal/overcome this?
So the way I started my blog honestly is that I really really love Pinterest. I love to cook, I love to craft and I used to do hair and makeup, and freelance back home in Ohio. My girlfriends used to come over to my house and see all these different things I was doing and be like “Why are you not blogging?” When I got married, my husband and I had to move to New Orleans. I decided to quit my job so that I could go with him. That was the perfect time for me to try (blogging). So, yeah, once we moved, I’m like ‘You know what, I can dive in, I can do this’ and I just did. I never looked back. Yeah, I wasn’t nervous at all because it was all the things that I loved to do, I was talking and blogging and writing about all the things I really enjoy.
There’s always going to be someone who doesn’t like something you’re doing and as long as you’re comfortable with yourself and you’re comfortable with what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. You know, as long you are happy with yourself you can’t listen to what anyone else says. Follow your heart and do what you want to do. So, honestly, I have answered back a couple people (on youtube). Whenever I confront someone who is being a bully online, I just kill them with kindness. Whatever it is they’re saying, I address it but I say it in a very sweet way and I answer their question.
You know, if they were in front of me, I would say, what is it about me that offends you so badly (laughs). I just feel like it takes so little to be nice to someone but people just choose to be mean and I don’t understand it. You never know what someone is going through. You never know why they are lashing out. Also, you never know how old they are. That’s the problem with the internet. They could just be doing it to get a response out of you. I feel like that’s actually the case 9 out of 10 times.
What is your favorite quote or motto that you live by?
(laughs) My favorite quote or motto is actually, “If you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all.” I mean it’s so simple but it’s so true. If you can’t say something that’s going to be uplifting to someone else, that’s empowering, don’t say it.
Don’t get caught up with all these guys (laughs). When you’re dating it’s not the end of the world. Let it go. That’s what I would say.
What is your ‘go to’ affordable brand of makeup that makes you feel flawless and why?
Oooh… so if I have to say just one brand of affordable make-up, its L’oreal. You know, I only like certain things they make. I guess it’s kind of like that anywhere. You like your specific brand of mascara, you like your certain brand of eyeshadow, but L’oreal is all around, I feel like the best product that is reasonably priced.
What tips do you think every girl should know/use?
Be comfortable in your own skin and don’t feel like you can’t try something out. For example, I always thought diet pills were a no-no. But then someone recommended a totally natural diet pill called PhenQ. I thought it worked wonderfully and didn’t have any negative side effects. Just be comfortable and try new things. Don’t get in a rut. Be adventurous.