First post of the new year! Hello 2018!

2018 has arrived and I am so ready for the great things this year has in store!

Today, I wanted to showcase my outfit from last night’s date night! And also my new hairstyle! I am trying out a super curly style for the new year, you like?

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For our date, Shawn and I went to MidiCi, which is a yummy customized pizza place. After dinner, we went to the movies and saw Insidious: The Last Key and it was a pretty good movie.

I wore a blue and white button up which I tied in the front to add a bit of personality to it.

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I paired the button up with indigo jeans from ASOS and chunky heeled sandals from Nordstrom Rack.

I saw the wall featured in the pictures when we were leaving MidiCis and on our way to the movies and I was like “I have to take a pic here!” So I did 🙂

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This year I will be blogging more, putting myself out there more on social media and by handing out my new business cards, and I will continue to be as positive as I can be!

Hope you enjoyed this date night inspired post and my first post of 2018. Cheers to many more posts to come and have a lovely weekend!

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My 2017 Hairstyles

2017 was definitely the year of change in numerous aspects of my life. One aspect in particular was my hair!

I tried sooo many unique and fun hairstyles this year. Below is a timeline of all of my 2017 hairstyles.

February – Bantu Knots

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This look made me feel powerful, bold, and more in tune with my african american culture.

March – 2 braids

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I tried out a simple look that required little upkeep.

May – Shoulder length bob with bangs

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My first wig ever!! I wanted a look I never had before and so I went for it and loved it. Everybody thought I straightened my real hair which meant the wig looked super realistic.

June – Side frohawk

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Using bobby pins on my natural hair I pinned part of my hair down and let the other side go free!

July – 4 cornrows

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I loved this look because it gave me a 90s Alicia Keys vibe.

September – Lemonade braids
Beyonce inspired braids slicked to one side. This look too a while to do but was definitely stunning.

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October – Braided buns

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This was the month I moved to LA so I wantrd something modern, trendy, and fun so I went with this Minnie Mouse-esque looked.

November – Flat twist out

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For my birthday, I wore my natural hair and rocked my twist outs, which surprisingly turned out a lot better than I thought.

January 2018
….who knows what look will be next

I hope you all have a Happy New Year celebration. 2018 will be great!

I Have Business Cards!

As we get closer to 2018 I am trying to cross off a few goals I have left to achieve on my 2017 goal list.

Rebranding myself a bit and putting myself out there more by creating business cards was on the list and they have finally arrived.

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On my cards, I wanted to showcase my writing background so I went with a writing utensil theme. Since coral is one of my favorite colors, one of the reasons why I titled this blog after it, I wanted to pick a color that was in the same family as it to include on the cards.

I went for a simple and clean look to easily get my point across to possible employers, friends, and assosiciates. I also featured my social media accounts from Twitter and Instagram.

I designed and ordered them from Vistaprint and chose to use recycled paper. Help save the environment people! 🙂

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If you know anyone looking for a writer, blogger, freelancer, or journalist, send them my way! My contact info is on the cards.

How do they look? Thoughts, comments, and critiques are appreciated!

Mulling over Mules

Mules for a Monday! Yes, I have given into the mule trend, but it’s a stylish fashion statement.

These red mules are from Topshop and add a great POP of color to any outfit. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, mules are slip-on shoes that are taking the fashion world by storm.

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They come in different types of fabrics such as leather and suede. Some also come adorned with buckles, fur, or pearls. Heeled mules are also just as trendy as flat mules!

The ones I am wearing are called the Angelina Flat Mule, made from real leather, and are a deeper shade of red. I paired them with a striped Lush wrap dress purchased at Nordstrom!

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The dress has a snap button closure at the chest to avoid being too lowcut and a string belt to tie around and cinch your waist.

Since the dress is so colorful, you can easily match it with almost any color shoes. I also recently purchased my first watch ever, a simple Brass Plum marble watch with faux leather straps.

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The great thing about this dress and the mules are their versatility. I could easily throw a blazer over this dress with a nice pair of pumps and have a decent interview outfit. I can also kick off the heels and blazer and add some Converses for a fun day in the park.

I could wear the mules with a dress like I did today or with a tshirt and jeans for a more casual look. To me, purchasing clothing that is versatile is the best fashion tip I can offer.

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What’s a great fashion tip someone gave you? Did you fall in love with the mule trend?

Leave a comment below and let me know. Make the most out of your Monday and your week!

Last month of 2017!

It’s December! The last month of 2017 has arrived. Can you believe it?

This month I am focusing on self love and care. As the year comes to a close and holiday season approaches everything can seem overwhelming.

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Take time this month to reflect on the positive things that happened to you this year. If you didn’t meet all the goals you wanted to meet this year that’s ok because next year you can push harder, work faster, and you can get it done.

Don’t give up on yourself and don’t hesitate to take time out each day or each week this month to meditate and reflect on 2017.

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In this post, you’ve seen 2 new pieces in my wardrobe! I purchased these items as a self care moment, I’ve been working hard and haven’t shopped in a while so I decided to splurge a bit.

The 2 new items are my Topshop denim jacket and lavender Asos pants! I paired the jacket and pants with a mesh vneck top by Lycra, and my go to comfy black TOMS.

Make time this month to do something you love and enjoy because self love and care is important and should be practiced every day.

Ways to practice self love and care:

1) Meditate with music or in silence

2) Try a new activity to expand your horizons (yoga, hiking, acting classes)

3) Treat yourself to a spa day

4) Shopping trip

5) Watch a childhood movie you loved watching growing up

6) Write a list of 10 things you love about yourself or 10 things you are good at

7) Drink more water

8) Say positive affirmations everyday (I am intelligent, creative, etc)

Hope you use some or all of these tips this month. Take care lovelies!

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What I Wore Wednesday

Happy hump day! I hope your week has been great and productive so far.

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Today, I am showcasing an outfit I wore to work recently. As some of you may know, I currently work at Nordstrom and specifically in the Young Contemporary department also known as YC.

YC consists of three subcategories/brands: Savvy, Brass Plum/BP, and Topshop. Savvy has special occasion items such as dresses, jumpsuits, and blazers.

BP, a Nordstrom exclusive brand, has everyday wear such as sweaters, tshirts, blouses, and jeans. BP also carries dresses, but are more casual than the Savvy dresses.

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Topshop, one of my favorite brands, carries a mix of BP and Savvy-esque items. It is a trendy, low price, but high fashion brand.

Topshop carries everything from leather jackets, to sequined dresses, to embroidered jeans, to fur vests! Anything trendy and up and coming in the fashion world Topshop has.

Working in YC allows me to dress more casual than I would have to dress if I was in another department, but also allows me to be trendier. The outfit seen throughout the post definitely represents what YC is all about.

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I paired a Forever 21 Rugrats bodysuit with super comfy green cropped ASOS pants. To add more color to this look and accent the colors on my bodysuit I wore a lightweight linen Halogen cardigan as a layering piece.

To wrap up my look, I paired the outfit with red TOMS. What do you think about this look? And I hope you learned something new about YC brands!

Have a wonderful rest of your week lovelies.

1 Month LA Update!

Today, I’ve officially lived in LA for one month!

It is crazy how quickly time flies. It still feels like I just got off the plane at LAX!

I transferred to a Nordstrom here so I am working there full time and part time I am a maternity stylist at A Pea in the Pod! But the first week and a half here, Shawn and I did some sightseeing and exploring of different parts or Los Angeles. Below are a few pictures of the places we’ve been!

LAX (of course!)

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Koreatown

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Hollywood Hills

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Fig at 7th in Downtown LA

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The Grove

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Westfield Century City

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Echo Park

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Echo Park was one of my favorite places to visit because it was so beautiful and I work on the Century City mall so I get to see that lovely place on a regular basis.

An important task to do when you move to a new location is explore, explore, explore! You must familiarize yourself with different parts of your city and know how to get around town.

This was just a little sneak peek into my life here in LA. More updates and pictures from different sights will be up in the following weeks.

If you live in LA now or have ever visitied, let me know in the comments below some of your favorites places to go visit. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!