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.

20180710_125942

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

20180710_124621

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 this 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.

20180710_125120

20180710_125433

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 🙂

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.

20180710_124909

Advertisements

The Mondrian Wall

Los Angeles is full of art! Every few blocks there’s either a wall painting, a stylish modern building, or an awesome tourist spot where you can take gorgeous photos.

20180620_175729(0)

Recently, I found a photo spot called the “Mondrian Wall” here in LA.The wall is on the side of an art store called, Artist & Craftsman Supply LA.

It’s super colorful and makes for a perfect photo op.

20180620_175748

At the wall, I wore a black, ruched, bodycon dress. I decided to go with a black dress to make the colors behind me on the wall pop.

I paired my black dress with yellow Vans and Quay, cateye shades. This is a look that definitely can be dress up for a nighttime dinner or kept casual like how I wore it.

20180620_175726

I challenge you this week to find a new photo spot in your city. You may have to walk a few blocks or drive a different route, but it will be worth it!

20180620_180043

Visiting La Brea Tar Pits!

Hey everybody!

These past few days in LA have been scorching hot, only 90 degrees and above!

20180606_140423

When it’s hot and sunny, it’s great weather to explore . Recently, I visited La Brea Tar Pits. The Tar Pits are a fossil excavation site along with a museum.

20180606_125829

You learn about California’s history, prehistoric creatures, fossils, and nature. It’s interactive, family freindly, and definitely worth going to if any of the topics I mentioned previously interests you.

20180606_142802

Pictured above is a mural showcasing the numerous animals, now extinct unfortunately, that surived and thrived before us.

My boyfriend Shawn and I, also went to a 3D movie that was playing at the museum called “Titans of the Ice Age.” I learned a lot of new fun facts; it was definitely informative and exciting.

We also walked around outside of the museum to visit the various tar pits where excavations are taking place to this day. Excavations occur when scientist and paleontologist go down into the tar pits and dig up the fossils of dinosaurs, mammals, birds, and sometimes even humans.

Tar Pits

Path near one of the excavation sites

For this bright, sunny day I wore yellow pants that fit similarly to joggers.

20180606_12451120180606_124517

I paired my yellow pants with a black, wrap top and checkered slip-on Vans. It made for a sporty chic look.

The lush flowers and trees around the museum made for a perfect backdrop.

20180606_124629

What do you think of this look? And please visit the La Brea Tar Pits if you are in the LA area, you won’t regret it.

Have a great week lovelies!

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.

20180407_182729

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.

20180407_182858

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.

20180407_182841

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?

20180407_182900

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

20180407_182808

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 😄)

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

20180328_093435

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 go from the bottom to the 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! 🌻

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.

20180320_095048

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!

20180320_095007

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.

20180320_094954

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.

20180320_095103(0)

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!

20180320_095133

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!

20180309_093747

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.

20180309_093738

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.

20180309_093722

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

20180309_093852

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!

20180309_093805

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!