Coffee Talk

Let’s Pour This Coffee & Chat…

I’ve gotten my Masters degree in the HR, but I have no experience. I don’t want to start at entry-level, but it seems that with my lack of experience that is my only option. I’ve been wondering if you have any suggestion for climbing the HR ladder?

You have everything needed on paper to grab the attention needed to get you in the door. However, lack of experience is something you definitely want to acquire. I’m learning that most companies are now more interested in people who have that experience, and it’s been making up for having a degree. Not to say a degree is not needed. It’s just that now I’m noticing that the degree is the added bonus. I say start entry-level to gain that experience needed and maybe find a mentor. Stay up to date with HR regulations and policies as they are ever evolving. Network. There is always an HR Mixer going on here in Houston. That can be another great way for you to get your foot in the door and take advantage of amazing opportunities.

I have recently broke up with my boyfriend. He was a little abusive mentally, a cheater and everything bad in between. I stayed because I was used to him only, he was a great provider, and contrary to all the bad it was mostly good. When it finally ended, he ended things because he wanted to see what was out there. Truth is I’ve been so happy since the breakup. However he feels he made a mistake and wants me back. He won’t leave me alone. He keeps calling, emailing, anything he can do to reach me. Since I’ve refused to take him back he says things like I’ll never find better, or no one will love me more. I slipped up and had a little meeting with him, but I don’t know what I should do. My friends said I should block him and move on. When it was time to move on with your life how did you handle removing them from your life? Was it the best move to open the doors to meet new people? I feel like if I don’t close the door, then he’ll always be there…

G I R L ! Drop and Block him! My last relationship was like that. It was very dysfunctional. When it was time to end things, it was hard for me at first. Even with all the wrong that happens, you still go through the pain of losing someone you’ve been with. Like your ex, he too tried to come back, and he keeps trying to come back. I changed my number, deleted my email address, and my social media. When I finally started to come around social wise, the first hint of him, he got blocked. When leaving a relationship, they say the best way to move on is find something new, but I don’t think so. I think that’s the time for you to really look at what you want, and to heal from your situation. When you least expect it the right person will come along.

What were your most dependable workout shoes this year? I’m planning to jump back into a workout routine January 1st and need some good options! Also, what do your workout’s consist of?

You’re asking the wrong person this question. My trainer says I need velcro toddler shoes because my laces are always coming untied. I haven’t been working out, but my diet is completely changing in the upcoming year. It’s so hard to work out with all the holidays and eat right with all the food. My workout usually consists of jump rope, tons of weight squats and anything he feels like killing me with that day. I may try to do a video showing how my workouts work.

I really loved your relationship Q&A. I also loved how direct, open and honest you were with a side of funny. Considering what you are going through it has to be really hard, and it’s admirable that you continue to maintain your relationship and continue to grow. Claps Hands For You! Are you going to touch more on the relationship topic in the future? I think we’d all be interested to hear what you have to say.

Thank you! I’ve received a lot of positive feedback from that post. People that know me and see my relationship would have never imagined that we were dealing with that, and everyone has offered their support to not only me, but my guy as well. I can truly say that we have an amazing group of friends, family, and my readers are just as amazing. I have been thinking about touching more on this topic, but it’s something that would happen some time next year if it does.

Will you be posting more recipes in the future? Each one I’ve tried has come out so good. Where did you learn to cook?

I’m so glad to hear that!! I will be posting more recipes, but it’ll probably be clean eating. My body is tired of alcohol, heavy food, and junk food.

Hi Riley. I recently came across your blog as I was stalking Perez Hilton and saw that he liked and followed. LOL (i’m not crazy). It eventually led me to reading every single post on your blog and scrolling through your instagram. I saw that you gave one of your commenters the finger and I decided you’re someone I can get with! I was thinking of starting a blog, but I’m a little afraid of the criticism or not getting the support. Any Advice?

LOL!!! I was so shocked when that happened!!! I woke my guy up out of his S L E E P ! ! !  I usually don’t just give people the finger. It’s usually a friend of mine. Other people I ignore. My guy is probably my biggest supporter next to my mom. Don’t get me wrong everyone around me is so supportive, but he and my mom are the biggest. Some advice they always tell me is that people will always have something to say or criticize, but at least you tried. Everyone isn’t brave enough to go after their dream.

I’m in Houston and I was looking into attending something fun for the new year. Is there anywhere particular you’ll be?

I will particularly be at home. We’re having a small New Year’s thing at home. We’re going to cook, light some cigars, and toast to 2018.

I’ve noticed that you’ve taken a few quick getaways, but you haven’t posted about it on the blog. I’m dying to know where you’ve been and where you’re going in 2018!

I’ve been meaning to post so many things on here, and I just did not have the time. I’m going to do so much better next year. We have a few trips coming up that I’m so excited about, so stay tuned to that.

I love your style. You never disappoint!!! What is your inspiration, and have you thought about starting a line of your own?

Thank you! My style has evolved so much from when I was younger, but I think that goes for everyone. I wouldn’t say that I had inspiration exactly. I just know what I want to look like in my head, and I look for the pieces that makes my vision sort of come alive if that makes sense. I don’t know if I’ll be starting a line, but that is something to be considered.

Hello! I was a reader even back when you were Blogging Over Wine. I liked that you incorporated your favorite books. It was always my favorite part and something I looked forward to. Have you thought about bringing it back?

I absolutely have!!! There’s some great books that I’m going to be sharing very soon!!!

That’s all the questions I have time for today. Don’t forget that I’m giving away $1,000 to Nordstrom. So don’t forget to subscribe and follow me on Instagram @Ralijah. You have until January 2nd.


After Christmas Sales

Let’s Blog Over SALES, SALES, SALES!!!

There are T O N S of After Christmas Sales going down right now so here is a quick post for you girls sharing all of my favorites!

American Eagle 

$40 off $150+ | $25 off $100+ | $10 off $50+ with code: MERRY

Ann Taylor

40% off with code SHOP40 + up to 70% off all sale items


up to 50% off

Banana Republic

60% off everything


50% off entire purchase

J. Crew

Take 30% off final sale items with code CHEERS


Select styles are up to 50% off + FREE shipping


20% off sale styles


25% off all sale items with code JOY25


Don’t forget that I’m giving away $1,000 to Nordstorm!!! Make sure you follow me on Instagram and Subscribe to the blog. For more details, see my post about it here.


Good Luck!!!





Surprise, Surprise!! | $1000 Nordstrom Giveaway

“I Like My Money Where I Can See It. Hanging In My Closet.” ~ Carrie Bradshaw


Let’s Blog Over This $1000 Nordstrom Giveaway…

I hope everyone had the B E S T Christmas! We did! Now that it’s over, and 2018 is near, I wanted to give one of my readers a gift. Does New Year, New You ring a bell? I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you all the chance to win $1000 to Nordstrom to ring in the New Year! Exciting Right? This giveaway is open internationally and runs from 12/26 until 1/02! All you have you have to do to enter is complete as many entries in the rafflecopter widget below (bonus points if you complete all of them!). So make sure to follow me on Instagram @Ralijah & subscribe to the blog!

Good luck!



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Holiday Gift Guide For Him | Under $200

Let’s Blog Over Gift Giving For Him!

I don’t know about you, but as simple as men are,  for me it can be a bit difficult shopping for that perfect something for them. I’ve put together a gift guide for you to give you some ideas. The best thing about this list is that almost everything is under $200!

I love everything about this Wool Coat. It’s not only classic, but a stylish staple piece that can be worn over and over again.

This Ralph Lauren Scarf is the perfect accessory to almost any outfit this fall and winter.

Throne Watches have been one of my favorites brand of watches for years now. It’s kind of splurge, but this classic watch is a must to add to your guys watch collection.

These Topman Ripped Jeans are perfect!

Suede Chelsea Boots are a must have for any wardrobe.

Ralph Lauren Pajama Pants to lounge around in.

If your guy loves jazz, this book would be perfect.

My guy is always traveling, so this Ted Baker Duffle Bag is perfect.

I have the Tom Ford version of these, but these Ray-Ban’s are classic.

For your photographer, this Polaroid Camera is a must have!

Master & Dynamic Earbuds in black and gold.

By now I’m sure everyone knows how obsessed I am with these Old Skool Vans. Everyone is getting a pair of these.

This classic Burberry Card Case is in someone’s Christmas stocking already.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @Ralijah for updates and snaps!


Faux Fur | Style Guide

Faux Fur

Let’s Blog Over Faux Fur!

I never thought to blog about this, but I posted a photo on instagram and a few of you messaged me about my jacket and my top, so I figured I’d do a post about it for you ladies and some gentlemen!

Now that we’ve officially entered the holiday season i’ve been seeing SO many great faux fur options and had to share this one with you. I love a good statement jacket so in today’s post i’m sharing tons of great faux fur options …at all price points!

Pink Faux Fur

Seriously how cute is this pink coat?! If you’re going to go faux fur you might as well go allll out right?! This jacket is so bright and girly that I wanted to keep the rest of the look monochromatic and let the jacket do the talking. I dressed mine up by pairing it with black distressed jeans, and a gooseberry intimates body suit, but you could easily pair one of the jackets in today’s post with denim and ankle boots as well for a little more dress down/casual vibe.

Style Guide Gooseberry Intimates

Similar Coat Here |Similar Body Suit Here| Black Skinny Jeans | Heels

Here’s a roundup of all of my favorite Faux Fur pieces.