Motivational March

Happy first day of March! If you follow me on Instagram @coralbuttons then you already know that I dubbed this month as Motivational March.

I decided that each day in March I will set small daily goals to achieve. Some days it will be personal or health goals, other days career goals, some days a blend!

Goals for Day 1:

Say 3 positive things to myself

I’m starting the month off right by continuing to stay positive and keep negative thoughts out of my mind and mouth. More positive energy you put out, the better you feel.

Say a positive thing to 3 people

Why not spread the positive vibes! Everybody can use encouragement because you never know what someone is truly going through. I want to help uplift others however I can.

Drink 3 bottles of water

I’m doing this to strengthen my hair, nails, and skin and because I want to take better care of my body! Putting healthy food and more water into my diet allows me to feel less sluggish and more productive.

Are you going to join me for Motivational March?

Write down your own daily goals in the comments below and stop by Coral Buttons weekly (sometimes more!) to stay updated with my goal progress.

Have a great weekend!

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3 Month LA Update!

I’ve been living in Los Angeles for 3 months already! At times it is still surreal to think that my boyfriend and I packed up and moved across the country but it’s so real.

We celebrated our first Christmas and New Year’s Eve in LA and the first one away from our familys. It was a bittersweet moment.

I was excited to be celebrating in our new home and excited to be living in LA, but of course I missed my family. I called them all and talked to them about my plans for the holiday and got a little emotional but ensured them that I am still loving the decision to move here.

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Thinking about the journey to LA 

Both New Year’s Eve and Christmas were very low-key and relaxing days. We made a nice dinner and enjoyed tv and movies and just spending the holiday together. Also, as you may have noticed from one of my past posts, I experienced my first few rainy days in LA.

As I mentioned in the “Rainy Day” post previously, I am a pluviophile so I love and find peace and joy when it rains. If you know anything about LA or California, you know that we don’t get a lot of rain here so I was happy to see some rainfall especially since the air and plants get really dry here.

We also explored a new area, Griffith Park where we went up into the hills and visited an observatory, saw the hollywood sign in the distance, and saw an amazing sunset. More details of that adventure can be found here.

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Snapshot of the Griffith Observatory

The weather here is great, it doesn’t feel like winter at all which is weird but nice. Overall, we are healthy, happy, and making the most out of our time here.

The goal is to explore much more of the city in the upcoming months and make more memories that will last forever.

Any questions about my journey to LA, why I moved here, or any topic you can think of? Ask away in the comments below and enjoy your week!

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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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A Pep Talk with Yourself

I felt like dressing up a bit today so I went with this professional-chic look.

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I paired a black pinstripe blazer with a black fit and flare dress, and black booties. Yes, it’s a lot of black but is still chic and simple.

I prefered keeping the blazer unbuttoned to show off the dress more. These ankle booties are definitely on trend for fall this year along with embroidered booties and thigh high boots.

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Todays outfit made me think of the quote, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”

With a huge change coming at the end of this month, I’ve been thinking a lot about goals and what I want to achieve in life.

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Wearing this outfit made me feel empowered, strong, and like I can achieve anything I set my mind too.

Every once in a while you have to have a pep talk with yourself to get you motivated and inspired again. I hope this read made you want to chase after your goals full force.

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Paris Fashion Week Inspired Photoshoot

In honor of Paris Fashion Week (pfw), since I can’t physically be there i had my own pfw inspired photoshoot.

20170929_100931It’s still warm for Fall here in Baltimore so I went with a summery look under a jacket that is perfect for Fall weather.

My crop top is from an online designer named Rhiverxx. The shirt says Melanin Goddess which I love because it embraces my love for being a beautiful, strong, black woman.

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The croptop is lightweight and has a racerback. I also love it because, as you may not notice from the pictures, I can go braless while wearing it!

Paired with my top I wore black shorts with a white floral print. I purchased them from Forever 21 on sale for only like 5 bucks!! A great deal if I do say so myself.

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The sandals that I am wearing are from Payless, an affordable store with some stylish shoes!

The duster/bomber jacket is from the lovely Zendaya’s clothing line, Daya by Zendaya. This rose gold color was definitely on trend this summer so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it make its way into fall clothing as well.

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Since I was channeling paris fashion week vibes, I tried out a few different poses and angles and I think the shoot turned out quite well.

Sometimes you have to imagine yourself in the environment you eventually want to be in at some point in your life. Just because you couldn’t make something happen this year doesn’t mean give up on your dreams or goals.

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I’ll be at Paris Fashion Week one day, whether modeling clothes, being a stylist for the models, hosting the backstage action or the show itself, or maybe being one of the designers. I may not be exactly sure where I will end up, but I know my future is bright.

Keep envisioning yourself where you want to be. Live life to the fullest. I believe in you!

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Enjoy your Sunday lovelies!

Protective Style Tips- Wigs!

Hello lovelies. Hope all is well 🙂

Can you believe that June is one day away! Wasn’t it New Year’s Day like a few days ago??

As I mentioned before, I consider 2017 the year of change because I have a few big goals I am achieving this year.

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So with me focusing on change this year I decided to switch up my hairstyle and try out a wig. Not only is it a cute look to try, but also gives my real hair a much needed break.

The first tip when it comes to wig shopping is deciding which hairstyle you think will fit your face. I went with a shoulder length bob with a bang. It’s simple and easy to upkeep and when I had relaxed hair, bobs were my go-to style so I knew it would look okay!

The second tip is wig maintenance. Making sure the hair is clean, straightened or curled (depending on your hairstyle), and washed when necessary.

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The third tip is braid up your hair underneath the wig so that your hair lies flat. The fourth tip and most important tip in my opinion is making sure your natural hair under the wig is properly taken care of.

Don’t neglect your natural hair because you have a wig on!!!

Make sure your hair is moisturized, braided up, and, in short, properly protected. Still wash your hair as often as you did before wearing the wig.

The fifth tip is to enjoy every moment with your new look and love the fact that you can take it off and go back to your usual hairstyle whenever you want to.

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Hope this post peaked your wig interest! Enjoy the rest of your week!

I Made A YouTube Channel!

Happy Friday lovelies!

The weather is beautiful, I’ve been keeping busy with work and focusing on some of my goals!

One of my goals that I finally achieved was starting a youtube channel. Since I want to be a fashion correspondent, I need some “on-air” experience so a Youtube channel is the perfect way to get some!

On my channel I plan on discussing hair, beauty, fashion, and lifestyle, similar to what I discuss right here on Coral Buttons.

I hope that my channel gets me one step closer to fulfilling that fashion reporter dream and not only that, I also hope that my channel can be a source of encouragement to anyone who needs it.

I plan to include positive, inspirational, and uplifting messages in every video! Only one video is up for now, but don’t worry more fun and fashionable videos are in the future.

Have an amazing weekend!

P.S. Link to Talking with Tati: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfRCYTaXdggQqqoqK4xkQVw