Hair Spotlight: Marley Twists

Happy Friday!

Today I wanted to showcase my most recent hairstyle, Marley Twists!

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I’ve been getting my hair braided/twisted by other people for the past few years and I realized that I save money by doing my own hair and it’s also a cool skill to have. After numerous youtube videos and attempts, I’ve begun to master doing protective styles on my own hair.

This is actually my first time twisting my hair, the other times before this I did box braids. The purpose of the twists is to be a protective style for my natural hair, meaning it gives my real hair a break. My hands aren’t constantly in my hair and my hair grows while it’s in the twists.

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It took me almost 7 hours to do this marley twist style so if you are planning on learning how to do your own hair, make sure you set aside one of your days off to do it and have a few movies or tv shows to binge while doing it.

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I would eventually love to do a video showcasing me doing my own hair. Stay tuned for that!

What protective styles do you like? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

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Dresses are my fave!

One clothing item I could wear forever are dresses! They are so easy to wear and have a style for every occasion. 20180913_133532Want to go for a walk, but still look cute, wear a sundress. If you are going to a party, wear a cocktail dress. Attending a black tie wedding, a fit and flare gown will look gorgeous!

Any event you need to attend, you can wear a dress for that occasion. I wore the dress pictured in this post is for a dinner date with my boyfriend Shawn. 20180913_133357I wanted to wear something flattering, but also fun. The bold pattern on my dress, paired with the pop of orange makes this a stylish look. The best part of this dress is that it has pockets!

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All my ladies know that we love when dresses have pockets, it makes the outfit 10 times better ๐Ÿ™‚

I actually recieved this dress as a gift from one of my former coworkers so I’m not sure how much it cost. The shoes I paired with the dress are white BP flats from Nordstrom that cost around $20.ย 20180913_133326

What’s a clothing item you could wear forever and never get tired of? Maybe it’s a dress for you to or maybe it’s button up shirts; let me know in the comments below. And don’t forget to relax and stop and smell the flowers often!l20180913_133606

California Crop Top

Can you believe that September is almost over and in a few days it will be the first day of fall!? It’s crazy because in LA it still feels like summertime.

It’s been consistently in the 80’s or high 70’s these days. That’s why the outfit shown below is perfect for a sunny, September day.

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I wore a blue crop top with the word California on it, adorbly decorated with flowers and butterflies. I paired my crop top with denim cut-off shorts and yellow Vans to accent the flowers in my top.

My top is $15 from Topshop, my shorts were $20 from Forever 21 and my Vans were a gift!

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I recently realized that I don’t smile often in my pictures, so I made the decision to smile during every photosession from now on. I can have more serious photos taken as well, but I want to make sure I get a few smiling shots in the mix since it is outside of my comfort zone.

I love my smile, but for some reason I just don’t feel like I photograph well when I’m smiling, so I want to break down that wall I have on myself and challenge myself to embrace my smile more in pictures.

I posted the pictures featured in this post on IG @coralbuttons, so if you follow me you saw my caption saying: “Smile more, #lifeisgood” and it’s true so smile and make the most out of your day everybody!

Is there something you want to improve on when it comes to your style or your photos? Let me know in the comments below!

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Secret Swing at Elysian Park

Happy Monday beautiful people. I hope your September is off to a great start!

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Today I want to take you to a land far far away…well not really far away but moreso up in the air. I recently visited a hiking trail in Elysian Park in LA to try to find a secret swing and to my surprise I found it!

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It’s called the Secret Swing because it is up a secluded hill and not many people know about it unless you did some research like I did. I really wanted to visit the swing because the view is amazing.

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To visit the swing I wore a simple black maxi dress paired with floral vans. Shawn and I rode a Lyft to the bottom of the hiking trail and from there its just about a 5-7 min hike up to the swing.

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I wouldn’t reccomend swinging too hard on the swing because it is very high up and there is no fence to protect you from falling. Gently sitting on it like I did will still make for a great shot.

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If you are in LA and want to do an easy hike I definitely reccomend visitng Elysian Park and the Secret Swing.

Do you like the view? Would yoy be scared to sit on the swing? What do you think of my outfit? Let me know in the comments below and have a great week!

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Teal Takeover

I’m excited for today’s post because I get to talk about my favorite color, teal!

In case you have no idea what teal is, it’s a gorgeous shade of blue-green.

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I love teal because it looks great on literally everything. Teal clothes, jewelry, shoes, even hair, are all gorgeous.

My OOTD is a lovely, teal and floral crop top paired with teal cropped trousers and white flats. I love the sleeves of this top because it resembles the ones seen on a kimono.

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This top was an affordable $17 from Nordstrom! My trousers were $20 from ASOS and have a side zipper which I love much more than the traditional front zipper and button combo.

My flats are also from Nordstrom and cost around $25. I love the bow detail on them!

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Teal is just one of those colors I feel looks great on me! It’s the perfect shade to match my complexion and hair.

What’s your favorite color and how do you think it looks on you? Let me know in the comments below and have a lovely week!

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Visiting the Beverly Hills Sign and #LevelingUp

Happy Saturday! Hope you lovelies are enjoying your weekend so far.

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I just had to acknowledge how shocked I am that I have been living in LA for almost 10 months! It’s crazy to think that around this time last year, the thought of moving from Baltimore, Maryland to Los Angeles seemed like a distant dream.

Your dreams sometimes have a funny way of working out because about a month later in September 2017, my boyfriend Shawnย  and I were booking our one-way tickets to fly out to LA in October.

Now here I am 9.5 months later still exploring all the places the city has to offer! LA is huge, there’s so many little neighborhoods that make it up. I’ve already traveled to some like Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City, Manhattan Beach, DTLA,ย  Century City, and most recently, Beverly Hills.

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I actually worked a part time job in Beverly Hills for a little while when I first moved here so I knew the area pretty well. I realized a few days ago that I’ve been all around Beverly Hills, but never to the Beverly Hills Sign!

To go see the sign, I wore a geometric print, shift dress from Boohoo and chunky heel sandals from Nordstrom. The dress was $15 and the heels were $17, super cute outfit under $40. I love a good sale ๐Ÿ™‚

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Recently, I’ve been listening to Ciara’s new song “Level Up.” If you haven’t heard it yet definitely go listen to it here and watch the music video. It’s upbeat, fun, and definitely makes me feel empowered.

Along with the dance challenge that is going viral, Ciara also started a challenge where her and other celebs are saying how they plan to level up in these next few months of 2018. By level up she means grow, flourish, and overall become a better and greater version of yourself.

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Here’s my list ๐Ÿ™‚

1) Practice yoga & meditation daily

I recently started reading “Strala Yoga” by Tara Stiles. She combines yoga and meditiation to achieve inner peace. Doing this daily allows me to be calmer and less stressed and it’s a great workout!

2) Spend time each day to work on my dream and passions

I work at Nordstrom currently, but I also have other dreams and career options I want to have one day. Make sure you work your day job, but also make sure you are still actively pursuing your dreams and what you are passionate about as well.

3) Update my vision board to reflect new goals and aspirations

Having a vision board/ journal helps keep your life organized. You should update it every few months or whenever a new goal you want to meet comes up. Having this allows you to clearly see your goals laid out and you can check off what you achieved and what you are still working towards.

4) Practice self-love and care regularly

This goes along with yoga and meditation that I mentioned above, but I wanted to put it in it’s own category because it is so important. When work, your family, your significant other, friends, etc consumes so much of your time, sometimes you lose yourself in all of that. Make sure you are taking time to treat yourself whether it’s watching Netflix for an hour or two or taking a spa day, remember you are just as important as everyone and everything else in your life. Take care of your body, spirit, and mind!

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Let me know in the comments below what places to explore in LA if you have any suggestions and also tell me how you plan to #LevelUp for the next few months and so on! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Relaxing on Manhattan Beach

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

The perks of now living in Los Angeles is that beaches are literally miles away. I visited Santa Monica pier a few months ago, you can read that blog post here and recently I decided to visit Manhattan Beach.

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Manhattan Beach is fun, family friendly, and also has a pier like Santa Monica beach.

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The waves were crashing, kids were giggling and playing games on the sand, and the weather was perfect, not too sunny and not too chilly.

I wore thisย Misguided one piece bathing suit to the beach for the first time and I loved it. It’s flattering and just the right amount of sexy.

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The suit has a low-cut, V neck and it has thin straps for a little side boob action and a scoop back. The lips on the suit gave it an edgy, flirty touch.

I actually can’t swim so learning how to swim can be my excuse for going to the beach often ๐Ÿ™‚

There’s so many beaches in California, I can’t wait to visit them all. What’s one of your favorites in LA or California?

Let me know in the comments below and tell me what you think of this Misguided one piece bathing suit! Enjoy your weekend lovelies.

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