What Empowers You? Plus…New Style Alert!

Hello lovelies,

Happy April! I know it seems like I may have abandoned my blog, but don’t worry I am here and doing my best to post blogs when I can!

Recently, I had an amazing meeting with Chardelle Moore, a talented multimedia journalist for Fox45! I spoke with her about getting into my the field and about my career aspiration of becoming a fashion correspondent!

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Chardelle Moore and I

This meeting made me feel so empowered because I know that I have the ability to achieve my dream goal and I have many events coming up that will be stepping stones towards my dream.

Today I also wanted to spotlight my new protective hairstyle. This hairstyle is simply 2 long braids.

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The purpose of this look aside from making me look stylish is to give my real, natural hair a break from my hands being in it.

This style allows my hair to grow over the 2-3 week span I keep them in.

Not only is wearing them good for my hair, but also they empower me. These braids make me feel fierce and strong.
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Having my hair pulled off of my face highlights my features more which is great! It also makes me feel in touch with my African American roots.
Find something that empowers you this week, something that makes you feel strong and fierce! It can be a book you read, a song, anything at all!
Leave a comment below stating whatever it is that empowers you. Enjoy your week!
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Fresh & Fulfilled February

Happy 2nd day of February everyone! Can you believe that one month of 2017 has already gone by? It’s amazing!ff2

Are you all sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions so far or achieving all the goals you set for yourself? Hopefully you are and if you need a little push, I believe in you! 🙂

I came into 2017 focused on my future, planning, career, relationships, and of course my goals.

Recently, I decided to set small, progressive goals for every week in February and possibly even after this month. I am doing this because goal setting is important, keeps you balanced and on track, and it definitely feels great when you achieve them!
ff1This weeks goal was to focus on self-love and take extra care of my body. As you mightve seen in my previous blog post here, I made a smoothie which was delicious, healthy, and great for my body.

I also did a cleansing facial wash which was relaxing, refreshing, and left my skin feeling super soft and smooth. Sometimes you have to take time to focus on your body and just love yourself a little extra!

Would you be willing to give the weekly goal setting challenge a try? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Enjoy your weekend lovelies ❤

22nd Birthday Post

Hello everyone and Happy Holidays!

Last Friday, I celebrated my 22nd birthday! Yay! This year is special because I have big
things planned in regards to my future, life goals, and career goals.

Because of all of the exciting things I have planned for the year to come I am dubbing it: Year of Change ❤

Stay tuned for the amazing things to come 🙂 Now back to my birthday lol…

My lovely boyfriend Shawn and I had an exciting day. We first went to the National Aquarium where neither of us has been in over 10 years.

The aquarium had 3 new exhibits: Australia, Rain Forest, and Jellyfish exhibits.My favorite was the jellyfish exhibit where I found my new favorite sea creature, the Blue Blubber Jelly.

They are super cute! From the aquarium, we went to Kona Grill, an Asian and all things grilled. The food was delicious.

Then we ended the night with a comedy magic show at Illusions Bar and Lounge which was hilarious and very entertaining. Overall it was a great birthday and I loved my outfit. Get the look details below!

Orange jumpsuit: Windsor Store ($30)
Green Heels: Nordstrom Rack (on sale for $25) (plus my employee discount lol)

PS: My hair is also totally different! Post about this new look coming soon *hugs and kisses*

Happy Holidays!!!

2 Year Blogoversary!!

It’s been 2 years since I started Coral Buttons back in junior year of college!

I am happy with the direction in which my blog is going and it can only get better from here. This post will be a simple, fun one!

I will answer a few questions about myself/my blog and also post links to a few of my favorite blog posts over the past 2 years.

Well let’s begin!

How old are you?
I am 21 and turn 22 on November 18th ~ #scorpio

What’s your ultimate career goal?
To be a fashion reporter or on-air correspondent on ENews!

Who is your career role model?
Zuri Hall who is a young, beautiful and talented African American woman who is currently an ENews correspondent and has done so much already in just 28 years.

Favorite type of clothing and shoes?
Definitely dresses and I love flats. Flats include TOMs, Converses, ballerina flats, etc…I love them all!

Who is your fashion role model?
Stacy London because not only is she super stylish and has an excellent sense of fashion, but she uses her fashion skills to help other women on shows like “How Do I Look” and “Love, Lust or Run.” She teaches people how to dress and how to love themselves.

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for 2.5 years and I love it. March 2014 I big chopped and cut off all of my hair and have been growing it out bigger, healthier, and more beautiful ever since.

What did you study in college?
I studied Communication Arts and Theater & Drama and got my Bachelors degree last December.

Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging for a Online Journalism class in college and I picked fashion as my topic because that is what I love and the career path I plan on going into.

Why the name Coral Buttons for your blog?
I chose Coral Buttons really randomly actually. I was having a lot of trouble picking out a name so I googled things to help me. One source said combine 2 random things relating to your blog topic and make that your name. I went with coral since it is one of my favorite colors and buttons because they are simple and relate to clothes just the right amount. Hence, Coral Buttons was born!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself in Los Angeles, California with my now boyfriend, but future husband. I am working in the fashion industry either writing for a fashion magazine, reporting fashion or celebrity related news on a local news station, or fulfilling my ultimate career goal and corresponding on ENews!

Thanks for reading a few answers to some fun questions! Below are links to a few of my favorite blog posts so please check them out by clicking the titles ❤

Attire Academy – A post focused on a fashion video I edited and recorded by myself

A look back at my time in Seoul – A post recapping my study abroad experience in Seoul, South Korea

Traveling through Time – A post where I discuss vintage clothes and try some on

The Book of Me: Future Edition – A post where I write about my life in the future as small excerpts in a book

I hope you had fun learning soome new information about me and my lovely blog. Follow Coral Buttons to keep updated with all the exciting things happening in my life.

Thanks for stopping by,

Love, Tati ❤

 

 

 

The Book of Me: Future Edition

This post is actually a story I wrote for my creative writing class. It is special to me because I wrote about how I envision myself in the future. I talk about my dreams and aspirations for the future and I think it turned out pretty cool ^-^ So without further ado, here is ~~

The Book of Me: Future Edition

Chapter 1: Talking with Tati

micShe is the host of a talk show called “Talking with Tati.” She is standing on stage wearing a strapless coral jumpsuit with a gold belt, gold statement necklace, and sparkly gold shoes. Elle Magazine voted her one of the best dressed hosts on television. One day she interviews musicians and actors and another day she interviews scientists and YouTube stars. She speaks exquisitely about current fashion trends, women’s health and beauty tips, natural hair, and current world events. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind and share her point of view. On every episode she tries to encourage, educate, and inform her fans in some way. At the end of every episode she leaves her viewers with a motivational quote. “Always aspire for greatness. If you believe in it, you can achieve it,” she says as she flashes a big smile and waves goodbye to her audience.

Chapter 2: Glamour Shot

red carpetThanks to her successful hosting career, she now gets an opportunity of a lifetime. She is walking the red carpet. “So this is what it feels like to have dreams come true,” she says in her head as she steps her first silver heel onto the red carpet. She wowed in a teal Versace mermaid gown that she paired with silver chandelier earrings. Her pear shaped frame is perfectly accentuated in the gown. Her silver and gold tattoo jewelry glistens as the bright lights hit them. Her long, curly natural hair bounces as she struts down the red carpet. She looks gorgeous and feels like a movie star. She stops to strike poses as the cameras flash all around her. She occasionally blows kisses at the young girls cheering and waving to her. She’s happy to be a role model for so many girls. She waves like a princess to the cameramen and fans as she gracefully exits the red carpet.

Chapter 3: Her Start

Her red carpet moment gained her even more success. A host asks her onto his show and wants her to speak about how she got to where she is today. She talks of going to college and majoring in communications and finishing a semester early. She speaks non-stop startabout the people she met who helped her along the way. “Reaching out and asking for help is something I had a problem with, but I soon learned how to do it. I am so grateful for the people who helped me,” she says with tears in her eyes. She mentions how she moved from Baltimore to Los Angeles, after her college days and got her “big break” when she ran into a producer looking to create a new show. “I guess I was in the right place at the right time,” she says with a smile.”

Chapter 4: A Normal Life

Even with her luxurious lifestyle of hosting, talking to celebrities, and red carpet homeappearances, she still leads a normal life. She has a loving family that keeps her grounded throughout all of life’s chaos. She has a husband, a scientist by day and a game developer by night. She has one child for now, Caleb, who is three years old. She wants at least 5 more children and she definitely wants to adopt an Asian baby girl. Her family is what motivates her to stay strong and fulfill all of her dreams. She may not be the richest, but she feels the happiest she has ever felt in years. She has a career she loves, a husband who is super supportive, a wonderful son, and many more goals to achieve. She is truly blessed and happy, and that’s all she ever wanted to be.

…This is who I want to be, one day. This is who I will be, one day.