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.






Let’s catch up!

I’m looking for the perfect faux fur vest that’s a light brown color (with dark/light brown and white all mixed together). I can only find solid black or solid brown. Any ideas?

I love this one from Nordstrom, and it’s a really good price!

I love that you’re sharing instagram stories. Will you be back on snapchat any time soon?

I try to snap. I just like instagram better. I’ll try though.

Could you link some of your favorite over the knee boots? I’m looking to buy some and don’t know where to start…

Sure. Check below for my fave’s!

What’s your Thanksgiving menu looking like?

I’m not sure yet. I’ll be working on that this week.

Trying to figure out how many bridesmaids are “too much”? How many bridesmaids are you having? Any advice?

On your day you set the rules. The way my list looks I’ll probably have nine.

I can’t help but notice you are so happy in your relationship with your ‘guy.’  – but I’m curious how were your past relationships and how did you get through any rough breakups?

I was in a relationship for a really, really, really long time. Leaving that relationship and dealing with the end result was really hard for me. Keeping busy, being surrounded by my family and friends, and of course wine always helped. Having that good support system, traveling and so forth made each day easier.

I love your teapot. Could you share the brand and where you got it from?

It’s a Mackenzie Child’s teapot from Neiman Marcus.

My husband and I are taking a short trip to Houston right before Christmas. I am looking for some restaurant suggestions. Maybe something for lunch in River Oaks, and any good dinner recommendations?

You came to the right person. Potenté just happens to be one of my favorite restaurants. I was able to have a private dining experience before they opened up to the public and they have a phenomenal menu. My favorite being the lobster bisque and lamb. Brasserie 19 is amazing. Steak 48 is a fave of mine, and Caracol is also one I love.

Skylar and Aven are the cutest! I love your conversations with them. How did you get them into cooking and at what age?

They were really little when they started cooking. Skylar never wanted an easy bake oven. She always wanted to do the real thing. Aven followed in her footsteps. By the time they were 4 and 5 we were making dinners together. They also take cooking classes.

Do you find people look at you like you’re a celebrity when you’re shooting in busy areas?

Noooooo- they probably think I’m weird, and I always hate to take a photo when someone is around. I don’t pose correctly because I feel awkward.

I saw your workout on your Instagram story. You looked like you got a really good workout in. What kind of cardio and work out do you do?

My cardio consists of jump rope. That’s the only kind of cardio you’ll ever see me do. I hate to run so a treadmill or elliptical is out of the question. I don’t want to run outside because if I stop I’ll think people are saying ‘ahhhhh she couldn’t make it down the street!’ However, jump rope is really good for you and it works out your entire body. You burn way more calories, and quicker that what you would running on a treadmill and so forth. So I do that and select strength training a few times a week. I jump rope everyday.

Where did you get your dutch oven?

My red one is from Target. A Giada De Laurentis brand that has been discontinued. My white one is Le Creuset from Williams- Sonoma. They’re both very good. If you’re looking for some fairly priced, I’d check out target though.

How many times a week do you cook?

I cook five to six times a week depending on my mood. LoL!

I know you bought Matcha tea. I have been wanting to try it. I’m wondering what your thoughts were on it…

I’ll post about that later this week so stay tuned!


Somewhere, Lately

“I’m A Monster. Everyday Is Halloween.” ~ Lil Wayne

Let’s Blog Over Halloween!

I personally feel like I say this way too often, but here it goes again – please excuse my lack of posts on the blog. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been giving my best attempt at prioritizing what needs to be done right now among work, the blog, the business side of it, and other ventures that I’m passionate about, but have yet to find the time to explore. A few weeks ago I was consistent with my posts. The month of October has kicked my ass! This was the busiest month for me. I’m ready to start fresh for November and bring you the content you all deserve!

I love Halloween. I love scary movies. I love dressing up. I love how everyone gets a chance to get creative and show it all off. I love it!!! Here’s what we did this weekend.

Friday I picked the kiddos up, and headed to Scream On The Green at Discovery Green. They’re in this phase where they don’t want to really dress up, but they kind of do want to dress up. We decided to paint their faces and head out to Discovery Green.

What I love about Scream On The Green is that it’s very family friendly. It’s not the typical door to door trick or treating situation. I love the live music in the park, and that they set up game stations where the kids play a game to win their treats. They had a blast.

Saturday we woke up and Skylar and Aven made breakfast. They love to cook. They’re pretty good at it too. We spent the day just hanging out, then got ready for a night at the museum.

This year we decided to have a party and spend our Halloween with some friends at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. We went as The Royal Queen Nefertiti and Pharaoh Akhenaten.


Sunday we started the day off with Shipley’s. My favorite doughnut place. Nothing tops it. Literally N O T H I N G tops Shipley’s. I laid around watching Stranger Thing’s until it was time for our sushi date. Skylar and Aven L O V E sushi. They were so excited to go try Sozo. They had a really good selection of sushi and it did not disappoint.

How was your Halloween weekend? I’d love to hear all about it!!!

Have A Great Halloween- xx


Fall Beauty Trends

“When Ya Lipstick Cost $48 You Can’t Afford To Be Kissing Fuckboys.” ~Anonymous

Exactly! My lipstick is W A Y too expensive to be kissing anybody! Blow me an air kiss and swerve, lol!

Let’s Blog Over Makeup!!!

So yesterday I went to Sephora to get O N E thing, and came out with a bag full of goodies, and depleted bank account. It’s justified. I wanted N E E D E D everything I bought, yo te lo juro! Side Note: I always tell people that when they go to Sephora, they should leave their wallets and bring cash so that they won’t go overboard. I never T R Y (to) do that, but it never works out that way.

Moving forward- I didn’t have time this past week to go check out Rihanna’s new beauty products, and I had the perfect time to do it yesterday. Luckily for me, everything I wanted, even my foundation shade was available! I have to admit, I fell in love with all Fenty products. Rihanna came through!

Here’s what I bought:

Fresh Rose Face Mask. I got a sample of this a few months ago and have loved it ever since. It makes my skin clear, toned, and soft. The smell is incredible. I use this twice a week. I’d say it was definitely worth the price tag.

The True Cream Aqua Bomb by belief – An ultra-lightweight, oil-free gel-cream that instantly cools and refreshes skin while providing intensive hydration. This is hands down my favorite moisturizer. I love that it leaves my skin feeling refreshed, moisturized, and without making your skin feel oily.

I needed some new fall lip colors, so I picked up this Flash Jumbo Pencil in every color, and this Cream Lip Satin Liquid Lipstick in Rose Wood and Burnt Sienna, and this one as well. I get tons of compliments when I wear this in Always Red. It stays on, it doesn’t smudge, and I love that it’s very bold in colors.

I’ve been using Tom Ford Mascara, but I decided to try something new. I opted for Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.  I love the volume and fullness that it adds, not to mention it extends and curls your eyelashes.  I also picked up a new brow pencil.

Now for F E N T Y- Did I mention I love Rihanna’s products??? I used the Matte Longwear Foundation to a dinner date with a friend of mine last night, and I received so many compliments. I like that it’s lightweight and has amazing coverage. I was matched with the 330. Considering my skin will continue to get more fair as we hit the fall and winter months, I’ll probably need to be matched a few more times. I also picked up the Kilowatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife! I saw this and just about died!!!! This highlighter is beautiful on. It put the rest of my highlighters to S H A M E! I am so impressed with this product. I also added the Match Stix Trio. 

I’ll be doing a makeup tutorial soon, along with my reviews for some of my favorite products, so keep watch for that!!!