First time doing my own box braids!

Happy Friday!

Hope that you had a great week and are ready for your weekend! For the past few months I’ve been thinking about braiding my own hair, but never took any steps towards actually doing it.

Earlier this week I decided to turn my words into actions. I brought 6 packs of Kanekalon jumbo braid hair, a hand mirror, and I was ready to go.

It took 6.5 hours, but was so worth it and I know that I will get faster and better with practice. How does it look?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and enjoy your weekend lovelies!

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Exploring Santa Monica

Before I get into my Santa Monica exploration, I wanted to say Happy May!

I can’t believe its already been 6, going on 7 months since I’ve been living in LA. I decided that May, and going forward, I want to take more time to explore what California has to offer me!

Since Santa Monica Pier is a hotspot, I made that my first exploration spot for May. Santa Monica is lined with cool shops and restaurants, a lovely beach and the pier full of rides, food spots, and attractions.

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The view from the pier is so amazing!

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My boyfriend, friends, and I walked the boardwalk and admired the ocean view. We rode the ferris wheel and also ate at Bubba Gump’s; it was my first time ever eating there and it was delicious.

We didn’t swim, but we definitely enjoyed the water and sand on our feet.

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I paired a bathing suit top, worn as a crop top, with shorts from Forever 21 and bright yellow Birkenstocks I got from Nordstrom.

It was a perfect beach day outfit. I definitely recommend visiting Santa Monica Pier if you are vacationing to Los Angeles or California.

Have a beautiful day everyone!

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Little Red Dress From Express

Happy Monday, hope your week is off to a great start.

Today’s featured look is a little red dress from Express. This is actually the dress I purchased for my college graduation 2 years ago and it still fits great and is in perfect condition.

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I’m obsessed with the side cutout detail on this dress because it adds just the right amount of sexy. I paired this dress with my Topshop mules for a simple, sophisticated look.

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I found this wooden structure in a walkway near my job and I had to get a picture in front of it. I like choosing artistic backgrounds for my pictures because i feel like the scenery is just as important as the pose and outfit.

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Of course, the wooden structure allowed me to try new poses as well which was fun. What do you think of this look and background?

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How important is scenery for you in your photos? Let me know in the comments below and have a great week lovelies!

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Acknowledge your Glow Up!

Happy Thursday lovelies, I hope your week has been great so far.

It’s Day 29 of Motivational March and if you follow me on Instagram at Coralbuttons, you already know what the goal for today is, but if not here it is: Acknowledge your Glow Up! (Hence the title šŸ˜„)

If you don’t know what I mean by that, no worries, I’ll explain!

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I posted the picture above on IG to show how I changed over the last four years and to acknowledge my glow up. Urban dictionary defines the term “glow up” as: “To goĀ fromĀ the bottomĀ to theĀ top to the point of disbelief. An incredible transformation.”

Not saying I was at rock bottom in 2014, but I wasn’t as healthy or confident then. I just big chopped and that was the shortest my hair had ever been so I was adjusting to that and I was in college stressed about everything.

My style was still evolving and changing and my eating habits weren’t the best. This year, I’m happier, more positive and healthier.

My confidence is boosted because I practice self-love and self-care a lot more. “Positive” is a word that comes out of my mouth on the regular because I surround myself around positive people, do things beneficial for my life, relationship, and career, and make sure to take time to just sit and be happy.

In four years, I graduated college, continued my relationship with my highschool sweetheart and moved across the country from Baltimore to Los Angeles. It’s not about bragging about your accomplishments, it’s about recognizing how much you’ve grown!

Take time to acknowledge your glow up today. You are amazing!

Spring is here! šŸŒ»

Happy second day of spring everyone!

Spring is my favorite season because everything is starting to blossom and grow after a long winter. We get to see flowers and trees full of life and birds and bugs enjoying nature.

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Continuing with my color for 2018, I wore a ruched, olive dress that I purchased from Nordstrom and paired it with black heeled sandals I got from Nordstrom Rack.

The dress is currently on sale for only $23.40 and comes in burgundy, black, gray, pink, and olive like I’m wearing. You can shop for it here!

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I love this dress because it is very figure flattering and lightweight, perfect for cool, spring days.

Back home on the east coast my friends and family are experiencing a snowy spring day. In LA, we are getting ready for spring showers.

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As you already know, I love the rain, but a lot of people see rainy days as gloomy days. Since LA and California overall is pretty dry, it will be nice to get some rain showers, especially since rain is essential for the beautiful spring flowers to bloom!

Recently, I’ve been loving the ruched dress and ruched top trend. It’s a slimming silhouette that flatters every body shape.

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How do you feel about the wrap trend? How do you like to wear it? Shirts, bikini tops, dresses?

Let me know in the comments below. Also, I hope Motivational March is still going well for everyone!

For day 2 of spring and day 21 of Motivational March here’s an encouraging quote from an amazing role model, Michelle Obama: “We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.” Remember to take time today to show yourself some TLC. #selfcare #selflove

Enjoy the rest of your week lovelies!

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Green is my color for 2018!

Happy Friday lovelies!

Hope you had a great week and I hope you are still going strong with Motivational March. I’ve recently fallen in love with the color green and noticed that a lot of the clothes I’ve been purchasing have been green!

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My friends and coworkers tell me that shades of green such as olive and emerald look great on me, so I am starting to embrace the color. Be prepared to see a lot of green on my blog this year!

For the outfit featured in this post, I paired a green crop top from Forever 21 with a pair of black, ribbed knit flare pants from Topshop.

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I love Topshop because their clothes are super trendy and comfortable. These pants have a lot of stretch in them and makes my legs and booty look great. To finish off my green look, I wore lime hightop converses.

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I would consider this look sporty chic with a dash of cozy. Do you have a color set for your 2018 wardrobe?

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And I didn’t forget today’s goal for day 16 of Motivational March: work towards breaking a bad habit and starting a new good habit!

Tell me what bad habit you are breaking and replacing with a good habit and your color for 2018 in the comments below!

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Warby Parker x Coral Buttons

Happy Tuesday! Hope Motivational March is still going well for everyone.

Today’s post is super special because I am helping Warby Parker announce their new,Ā  Quintessentials collection!

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I am super excited to team up with Warby Parker to announce their new collection because I have neverĀ helped a brand announce a launch before!

In case you are wondering what Warby Parker is, it’s an American glasses brand founded in 2010.

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The Quintessentials collection are eyeglasses and sunglasses perfect for the warmer weather we will be getting in spring and throughout summer.

The glasses silhouettes compliments and flatters any face shape and are timeless, so they will definitely stay trendy years from now.

Two of the collection styles, Harris and Hunt are acetate-based glasses. Hunt also comes in two sizes, regular and large.

Harris

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Crystal Smoke with Silver

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Oak Barrel with Reisling

 

Hunt/Hunt Large

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Paloma Crystal with Reisling

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Jet Black with Gold

The other 2 collection styles Raider and Abe, are metal-based glasses. Abe comes in regular size and large silhouettes as well.

Raider/Raider Large

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Rose Gold

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Gold

 

Abe

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Gold

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Polished Silver

 

My personal favorite out of the collection is Raider Large in Rose Gold. I love all things rose gold so when I saw that pair, it was an instant fave.

I would wear them with a colorful sundress and sandals!

You could easily rock Abes with a fun maxi dress, denim jacket and sandals. Harris glasses would go great with a button up shirt, skinny jeans and flats.

For Hunt, I would pair them with a fun graphic tshirt, jeans/leggings, and some bright sneakers.

The glasses start at $95 and are newly released today, March 6th! Also, for every pair of Warby Parker glasses sold, the brand donates a pair of glasses to someone in need!

How would you rock them? What style is your favorite and why? Let me know in the comments below!

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Also, the goal for day 6 of Motivational March is create a mantra to say daily that will uplift and motivate you.

Enjoy the rest of your week lovelies!