Pink & Lace Look for a Non-Traditional Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day has always been my favorite holiday. I’m such a die-hard romantic where all things lovey dovey, cute, sweet, and couple related makes me extra happy!

Even though every day spent with your significant other should be just as important as Vday, it is still fun to have a day solely dedicated to being over the top romantic!

With Valentine’s Day comes lots of pinks, reds, and whites. I’ve always seen Vday as a day to wear a dress and heels.

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To prepare for the holiday this year I tried to go for a non-traditional look that is still romantic, but also a tad bit edgy.

I decided to pair a white, lace crop top from Forever 21, with a light pink poncho from Kerisma. Throughout the day numerous people asked was the top and poncho one piece and complimented my look for styling it as such! 🙂

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With my top and poncho combo, I also wore brown Hudson jeans and black, military-style heeled boots from Nordstrom. I feel like this look was a perfect balance of chic, modern, and romantic.

How do you feel about non-traditional Valentine’s Day looks? Leave a comment below!

Kehlani’s ‘SweetSexySavage’ Promotes Self-Awareness, Honesty, and Growth

This isn’t going to be a traditional blog post featured on Coral Buttons, because I couldn’t let another day go by without showing love to one of my favorite artists!

Yesterday, Kehlani released her debut album titled SweetSexySavage! I actually first fell in love with Kehlani and her voice on America’s Got Talent when she went on the show with a group of teens and kids from Oakland as the band Poplyfe.

I rooted for them the entire season to win 1st place, but they got 4th which is still pretty awesome. From AGT, Kehlani eventually went solo and I’ve been following her music and growth ever since. Speaking about her debut album, I believe that she couldn’t have chosen a better title.

All of the songs on the album can fall into one of the categories of either Sweet, Sexy, or Savage. I am not sure if that’s what she was going for, but I love it and made a fun little game out of deciding which song falls into which category.

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Now let’s get into why I love this album and love what it promotes. Kehlani is a 21 year old young woman who has been through a lot of heartbreak, drama, chaos, and sadness like a lot of us (I am only 22 myself!). She genuinely poured her heart out into this album and she was an open and honest book with the experiences she discusses.

I don’t want to put specifics about each individual song because you may want to listen and form your own opinion, but I will list a few of my personal thoughts 🙂

In her songs she discusses finding and losing love and happiness and struggling with personal issues. You can’t please the world when you yourself aren’t fulfilled and happy.

SweetSexySavage is also a coming of age story where she tells us that she has been through some rough patches and she may not have dealt with all of the issues of her past, but she is still here and stronger than ever before.

It is hard to pick just one favorite song from SweetSexySavage, but I think I will choose “Piece of Mind” as my fave!

I could go on and on about how amazing her album is, but that’s no fun. Go out and listen for yourself! It’s definitely worth listening to! Also, she is coming to perform in Baltimore in April and I am definitely going!  ❤ #SSS

Know Your Love Language <3

Let’s face it, dating is hard. Giving someone your undivided attention, sharing your personal thoughts and feelings with another person, and putting a lot time and affection into someone is not an easy task, but it can be done.

Knowing your Love Language can help make you and your significant other’s dating experience much easier.

What is a Love Language?

Your Love Language shows you your emotional communication preference, how you like to receive love from others, and shows whoever you are dating how they can love you in the best way possible.

There are 5 types of Love Languages:

Words of Affirmation: this Love Language affirms other people by using words.

Acts of Service: people who use this Love Language need a partner who shows that actions speak louder than words.

Receiving Gifts: what makes people feel most loved is by receiving little gifts from their significant other

Quality Time: these people seek and need undivided attention from their partners

Physical Touch: with this Love Language, people believe that touching is the best way to show love to one another

Knowing your Love Language and knowing your partner’s can help you both express affection to each other in the best way possible. These Love Languages can help you connect with your significant other with a sense of intimacy and fulfillment.

Once you both know how to properly love each other, you two will have a better understanding of one another, will have better communication, and your love life overall will improve.

Now don’t think single people should be left out of this Love Language test. Being single is an even bigger and better reason to know your Love Language. Once you discover how you should be and want to be loved, when dating, you can seek out someone who will satisfy your needs.

My Love Language is mainly Words of Affirmation with a close runner up being Quality Time.

Take the Love Language Test here and if you are in a relationship, get your significant other to take it as well! Get on the right track to improving your love life ❤

Make Your Own #RelationshipGoals

Everyone has seen pictures on social media of couples hiking, riding bikes, working out together, hugging and kissing each other, and the list can go on and on. Most of the time those pictures have the caption “#relationshipgoals.”

A lot of individuals and couples strive to meet these relationship goals they see across social media. I say, make you own #relationship goals!

Each relationship is different. What works for one couple may not work for your relationship. You have to find what interests you and your significant other and just do it!

Maybe traveling isn’t your favorite activity to do, but maybe you are very creative and artsy. Instead of trying to travel the globe because you saw that was someone on Facebook’s relationship goal, why not have a cute and cozy arts and craft night at home with your partner.

Relationship goals don’t have to be huge, elaborate, and/or expensive. A walk in the park, a nice night indoors making cookies, or even a Netflix movie marathon can be a relationship goal you set.Be-With-Someone

The only relationship goals that should be standard across the board is finding someone who can make you happy, treat you fairly, and love you unconditionally.

Now I’m not saying that you can’t have the same relationship goals as other couples. I know I do, but majority of the goals should be based on your own likes and interests.

You should be able to have fun in your relationship and be able to communicate with one another about any and everything.

You may not know how to create your own #relationshipgoals. These simple steps to help you out:

1) Make a list of traits/activities that are important to you or fun to do when in a relationship
2) Make sure your goals are reachable
3) Ask your significant other to help you set goals for your relationship
4) Don’t set too many goals, so you won’t get overwhelmed
5) Celebrate when you meet your goals!

What are some of your #relationshipgoals? Know that your goals can change over time and that’s not a bad thing!

ABC Dating! <3

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Feel like you are in a relationship rut? Maybe you’ve run out of date night places. Why not try Alphabet Dating to give you and your significant other fresh, fun, and new date night ideas!

A- Afternoon tea
B- bake a cake, cupcake, or your favorite sweet treat
C- create a couple handshake
D- double date with your best friends
E- eat at a new restaurant
F- fishing trip
G- go karting
H- hot air balloon ride
I- ice skating
J- jazz concert
K- karaoke
L- laser tagging
M- movie marathon
N- nighttime hike/walk
O- observatory visit
P- petting zoo
Q- quiz each other on your relationship/likes/dislikes, etc.
R- ride horses
S- see sunset/sunrise
T- trampoline date (checkout Skyzone!)
U- UrbanQuest
V- volleyball game
W- watch the stars/clouds together
X- Xbox gaming
Y- yoga class
Z– Zumba class

Once you complete this list, why not start over. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy your new dates! ❤

10 Little Ways to Make Your Partner’s Valentine’s Day Better

My favorite holiday is in exactly one week…Valentine’s Day!

I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day, even as a little kid in school giving cards to all of my classmates ^-^ Now that I am older and in an relationship, VDay is even more fun!

Here are 10 little ways to make your partner’s VDay even better. Enjoy!

1) Make them a list of all the things you love about them!

2) Cook them a romantic dinner. Include all of his/her fave foods!

3) Write them a cute, lovey-dovey poem.

4) Have a movie marathon. Watch all of his/her fave movies!

5) Give them a relaxing back rub.

6) Visit your favorite date spot!

7) Agree to do something fun and spontaneous!

8) Leave little love notes everywhere for them to find.

9) Dress nicely for them, even if you’re aren’t going out.

10) Say I love you!!!

Remember, Valentine’s Day can be every day. let your significant other know you love him or her each day of the week. xoxo ❤

New Year News

Happy New Year everyone!!download

2015 is going to be a big year for me because a few important events/milestones will be taking place this year. I decided to write a post sharing these awesome events with all of you lovely people!

Let’s take a look at my 2015 🙂

Completing college in December

This event is scary and exciting. I am graduating college a semester early, so that is exciting because I am out of school and into the “real world” before most of my peers and others in my field. It is scary because I don’t know where the real world will take me.  I will graduate with my B.A. in Communication Arts and a minor in Theatre. The career goals I have in mind are: Screenwriter, Writer for a fashion magazine, Wedding Planner, Interior Decorator, Reporter or Host, and/or Feature Writer.

                                                                      My three year anniversary

pic anniMy boyfriend Shawn and I will be together for three years on April 25th. We met during our junior year of high school and during senior year we became a couple. We’ve been in a long distance relationship mostly for the entirety of our relationship because he stays in our hometown for college and I live on campus in a town about an hour to an hour and a half away. That might not seem like a very long distance but when neither person owns a car, an hour away from each other is a long distance. Even though we don’t see each other as much as we like, our relationship grows stronger each day. ❤

Turning 21

This won’t be taking place until November, but it is still a pretty significant event. drink_cbconnectionEverybody calls 21 the “legal” year because this is the year where people can drink freely, go to casinos, gain access to more clubs, and much more. I don’t party often nor will I be drinking often, so turning 21 isn’t really a big deal to me. It’s just another year older and another year wiser, with the perk of getting more “adult” privileges.

 Going to driving school

This event is long overdue. I wanted to go to driving school and have my license during high schdriving_school-318145114_stdool, but there was a lot going on and finances were tight so I wasn’t able to attend. But luckily things are better now and I have the money to afford to go. Going to driving school is super important to me because as a Communication Arts major, most of the jobs I am looking into require traveling to places and if I don’t have my license I lose out on a lot of opportunities. I hope to own my first car by the end of this year or the start of next year!

I hope you enjoyed reading about events that are happening in my life this year. Set goals for yourself and try to reach those goals this year. No dream is ever too big or too small, don’t give up!