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 ❤





Korean Cap for a Casual Day

It’s been over 2 years since I went to Seoul, South Korea to study abroad and I am ashamed20160906_141143 to say I only wore this beautiful baseball cap I purchased there about 3 or 4 times since then.

But today I decided to dust it off and rock it in one of my more casual looks. I really haven’t worn the cap because I never know how to wear it!

I always dress up girly or preppy and never felt that the cap would look great with the outfits I’ve worn in the past. Recently, I went to Forever 21 and purchased 2 plain t-shirts, one olive green and one burgundy.

Once I purchased these casual tees, I knew that I could wear 20160906_141343-1my cap with one of them. My cap is white and has a floral pattern in shades of orange, red and green and the brim of it is bright orange.

I paired my cap with my olive green shirt, white high waist shorts, and dusty orange sandals. I am really proud of myself for rocking this look because I rarely ever dress casual!

I feel like this look is something I can do over and over again and not get tired of it. Not only is it simple and chic, it is also super comfy and easy to chillax in.20160906_180810

And yes, these shots in the post are shameless bathroom selfies, minus the shot of my sandals lol


Do you have anything in your closet that needs some dusting off?  Leave a comment below and tell me what it is ❤

A Look Back at my Time in Seoul

Its crazy to think that this time last year I was just returning home from my planemonth-long trip to Seoul, South Korea. This was my first time on a plane and my first time leaving the country. As you can guess, there was a mixture of fear and excitement during the whole way there.

I’m obsessed with the Asian culture so I’m truly happy that my first experience abroad was to an Asian location.  My first plane ride was 13 hours yukatalong. I was actually more excited about riding in a plane than nervous, which was a good thing.

After that plane ride I had a 2 hr layover in Narita International Airport in Tokyo, Japan, which was super exciting because Tokyo is #1 on my travel bucket list. I could only stay at the airport though, but it just felt great to be in Japan.

I took a lot of pictures of the items I saw in the shops in Tokyo such as the Yukata pictured above and vIncheonarious food and souvenirs.My next plane ride was from Tokyo to Incheon Airport in Seoul.

I stayed in Incheon Airport overnight because the actual program didn’t start until the next day, July 1st. The next morning all I could think about was the people I would meet, food I would try, and the awesome time I would have during my stay in this amazing and beautiful new country.

SWUMy Resident Assistant (RA), Kevin, picked me and a few other students up from the airport and we all rode a bus to Seoul Women’s University (SWU) where we would all stay for the next month. Students from all over the world came to SWU for this program in Korea titled Bahrom International Program or BIP for short. Joey Yoo was the person in charge of the BIP aroom in Koreand he did a great job at running it!

Everyone lived in dorms with Korean girls who attended SWU. My room number was 505! I made great friends with my room RA Kevin and the 6 Korean students who were my roommates, as well. A picture of my room is shown on the right! ^-^

So many awesome events were prepared for us during this adventure. All of us had to attend classes on topics such as Korean dance, costume, food, language, and film.

In the classes we got to learn a Korean dance and how to danhanboksce with a fan. We also watched a classic Korean film.  I tried on a traditional Korean costume called a Hanbok, which was super pretty (pictured ….) and we learned how to bow while wearing the Hanboks (pictured on the left).
In one class we made traditional Korean food and got to taste it.Speaking of food…I love Korean snacks and desserts! I got addicted to these delicious cookies called Couque Dasse and a shaved ice dessert called Bingsu (pictured on the right).
When we weren’t in class we got to visit numerous places and landmarks throughout South Korea such as the border between North and South Korea, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Gyeongju, and Icheon Pottery Village. We also went on a cruise of the Han River and saw a NANTA Performance!

All of the dorm rooms participated in a talent show for $15,000 Won, Korean money. There were fun Trick Eye Museumcompetitive games we played for snack prizes. We also got to learn how to play traditional Korean instruments!

One of my many favorite parts of this trip was called Homestay. As the name suggests, the students from other countries got the chance to spend one entire day and one night at the home of one of theclosing ceremony Korean students. It was an amazing day because I got to visit an optical illusion museum and watched Korean dramas at my Homestay buddy’s house. It was great to see how another culture eats and lives on a daily basis.

Of course this post doesn’t describe everything I did on the trip because that would take foreverrr, but it does give a wonderful overview of my time there. And sadly, after 4 amazing weeks in Seoul, I had to go back home. There was a really emotional closing ceremony that everyone attended where we had to say goodbye to all of the SWU girls we m505 sillyet and the RA’s and the other staff.  To the left is my RA Kevin and the ladies of 505 being silly on one of our last days together 🙂

There was never a dull moment during this trip and I truly feel blessed to have been able to attend BIP and live on SWU’s campus! This was a trip of a lifetime and I definitely plan on going back some day.

Until next time Seoul, Ahn Nyeong Hee Ga Se Yo (goodbye in Korean)!!! ❤

Products I’m Loving: For The Body!

Happy Holidays! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas spent with friends, family, and loved ones!

I am thankful each day for my friends, family, boyfriend, and my fellow bloggers and followers ^-^

Today I am spending the day relaxing in the house with my family, so I decided to blog! And during my relaxation time I came up with a new post idea.

The new idea I came up with is “Products I’m Loving!” In these posts I will be talking about items I am loving for the face, body, hair, clothing items, jewelry, and any other items I love!

The “Products I’m Loving” post for today will be all about products for the body. Enjoy 🙂

Dove Deodorant Advanced Care

I love all Dove products, but my favorite has to be the Dove deodorant. I sweat a lot, unfortunately, but Dove Advanced Care works perfectly. It keeps my sweating under control and makes my underarms feel smooth. My deodorant has the lovely fragrance of pomegranate. Also, when you put it on, it is a pale white color, so it is barely noticeable, which is awesome for sleeveless dresses and tank tops.

Rose Foam Face Cleansing

This product is really special to me because I got it as a gift from one of my roommates when I was in Seoul, South Korea! When mixed with water, this cleanser becomes really foamy and soapy. After I wash it off, it leaves my face looking bright and clear. Not only does it make my face feel super smooth, but it also makes my hands feel silky smooth as well. Do this two times a day, morning and at night, and your skin will look flawless and acne free. In addition to making my skin feel amazing, it also smells like a bouquet of fresh roses!

Nivea Touch of Sparkle Body Wash

My roommate recommended this product for me and I am so happy that she did! This body wash is amazing. The container says that the body wash is moisturizing and illuminating and it certainly is. After the first wash, I knew that this product was great. Only pumping once or twice onto a shower pouf allows you to clean your entire body. This is also a huge container, so I know it will last me a while. The scent is Diamond Powder and White Calla Blossom; I am not sure how those two items smell individually, but together they create a marvelous aroma.

Skintimate Strawberry Tangerine Shaving Cream

If the title doesn’t make you want a smoothie, the smell of this shaving cream definitely would. Not only does it smell delicious, but it also makes shaving ten times easier. Every lady wants to have smooth and hairless skin, this shaving cream will help you meet that goal. Just like the body wash mentioned above, you just have to use a small amount of the cream and you can shave an arm, leg, underarm, etc. You won’t have to worry about razor bumps after shaving either. I’ve been using Skinitimate shaving cream for a few years now and no razor bumps at all. If you are looking for a new shaving cream, this is an excellent purchase!

I hope you all enjoyed this list! Continue enjoying your holiday everyone! xoxo

happy holidays