L.A. | Travel Diary

“Bumping California Love On The West Side…” ~ T.I.

You know the rest of the lyrics to that quote…

One of my best friend’s turned 30, and I couldn’t wait to get back to L.A. to celebrate with him. We have been friends for 19 years, and he’s been there for me through everything under the moon and the stars in the sky. There was no way I was going to miss his special day. I took a 7 A.M. flight early Friday morning at his request. I’m not a morning person, but all of his wishes were being granted just because it was his special day.

I landed around 9 A.M. that morning, and met up with my friend Antwon who flew in from Atlanta and arrived the same time. It was a little chilly when we arrived, but that quickly changed. I planned to be cute the entire trip, and ended up wearing T-shirts, jeans, and kicks everyday. So moving on… We met up with Dwain, and as soon as he said “I have a surprise for you!” – He pulled out some customized decorated flasks with our names on them, and in that moment I knew my life was over and that I was probably gonna die! The first thing on his list of things to do was grab early morning michelada’s and mimosa’s. I’m not complaining, because I’m down for those two things ANY time!

We later headed to The Parlor out on Melrose for a quick dinner and some drinks before hitting the town. I had their Salmon. I wasn’t disappointed. There were amazing views of L.A., live music, and just overall good vibes.

Saturday morning Antwon and I took advantage of Dwain ‘sleeping in’ and headed to The 14th Factory. Simon Burch had the most incredible exhibit. It was personally my favorite part of the trip. I literally lost myself in the art and design in each part of the factory.

Later that day we headed to change, drink some Frosé’s, and danced the night away at The Abbey. Yea it’s a gay bar! They had Frosé though! Lol! It’s actually diverse. I had the best time.


By Sunday I was working on very little energy, but we met up with some close friends and had the most amazing brunch at The Church Key. Bottomless Bellini’s were calling my name. Their Chicken and Waffles was a staple on their menu. I also had a side of fried eggs, and Jalapeño’s. If you know me then you get it. We were there having the best time catching up, singing, laughing and just enjoying each other while celebrating Dwain.

Listen- When I tell you by Monday I was ready to go! LoL!!! I literally partied the entire weekend, and I couldn’t wait to get home to get some well deserved R&R. Before my flight we headed to Santa Monica to relax on the beach before it was time for me to head to the airport. My guy’s know I’m a mermaid at heart, so I refused to leave without heading to at least one beach! It was hot as hell outside and I was sweating out my blowout, so I needed a beach.

On the way back Dwain begged me to move back. To be honest, I didn’t realize just how much I missed the west coast until I was there. Who knows though…

Here We Go…

“The Only Thing Standing Between You & Your Goal Is The Bullshit Story You Keep Telling Yourself As To Why You Can’t Achieve It.” ~Jordan Bellfort

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I had an interesting talk with a good friend of mine recently, and he mentioned Blogging Over Wine. He loves to see people do what they love, and in regards to me, how blogging is ‘My Thing.’ He reminded me that I’d never truly feel fulfilled unless I nurture my gift and how doing so is the key to abundance, opportunity, health and wealth. He can get really deep…

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a visual of what I wanted my life to be. I’ve always been lost in a book, or overcome with peace when playing the piano. I would feel inspired easily and often and would achieve these tiny moments of enlightenment from things as small as a quick conversation with a stranger, to watching and listening to the waves from the ocean rush ashore.

Blogging Over Wine started years ago, and everything was going great. I needed some ME time though. I needed a break. Some time to reflect, and figure out not only what I wanted for myself, but for my blog.

I’m undeniably a fan of people like myself. People who are driven, outspoken, and experienced. People who trust themselves and are confident in who they are. Those are the kind of people that this blog is for. The things you’ll read about over the course of this blog will highlight all things that we exude – such as being beautiful, benevolent, brave and bold.

Over the course of the last couple of years I’ve experienced what has finally felt like “real life” for me. That included a series of accomplishments such as climbing up the corporate ladder in my career, some lessons in love and relationships, unforgettable adventures and a boundless admiration for the young woman that I’ve become. Inevitably, with all things new and exciting in my life, I still housed a feeling of dissatisfaction. What was I missing? Well, I wasn’t utilizing my gift.

I’m no longer just Blogging Over Wine. I’m blogging over Ralijah. So with that being said everyone, come take this journey with me…