It’s a Love Story, Just Say Yes (to the Puffer Vest)

It's a Love Story, Just Say Yes (to the Puffer Vest) {puffer vest, cable knit sweater & distressed denim} || Runway Chef Do you remember way back in the deezy when everyone went on an Old Navy polar fleece vest bender? I’m talking polar vests all day, every day. In my attempts to be a “cool” kid, I jumped on the polar bandwagon and somehow convinced my Mom to let me use my hard-earned babysitting money to buy the vests in several colors (but not all the colors, which I’m pretty sure resulted in me telling her that “my life is like so totally over!”). My favorite was the burgundy colored one, which I wore like it was my freakin’ job. Eventually, the trend faded, taking with it what had become my second skin. At that point I was convinced I had had more than enough vests for one lifetime and vowed never to wrestle my arms into another one again. But Old Navy manages to get me every time (and no they are not paying me to write this, I just really love their clothes). Mr. RC was the one who actually spotted the vest. He’s been on a bit of rugged, outdoorsy kick, and in his mind, the puffer vest fit both categories perfectly. I reluctantly took it home, begrudgingly tried it on, surpisingly liked it, but decided not enough to keep it, took it to the store to return it…..and somehow ended up back home, vest still in hand. I’ve since worn it several times, each time mentally thinking my husband was right about this vest all along (but don’t tell him I said that!). My love for vests has since been rekindled and I’ve come to accept that apparently, Old Navy vests and I are just meant to be…

It's a Love Story, Just Say Yes (to the Puffer Vest) {puffer vest, cable knit sweater & distressed denim} || Runway Chef It's a Love Story, Just Say Yes (to the Puffer Vest) {puffer vest, cable knit sweater & distressed denim} || Runway Chef It's a Love Story, Just Say Yes (to the Puffer Vest) {puffer vest, cable knit sweater & distressed denim} || Runway Chef It's a Love Story, Just Say Yes (to the Puffer Vest) {puffer vest, cable knit sweater & distressed denim} || Runway Chef Old Navy Vest (plus sizes online, regular sizes still available in stores), Sweater, Bag & Denim // American Apparel Turtleneck // Target Booties (similar)

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5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips

5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips || Runway Chef One of my favorite things about the holidays is how everything gets elevated to the next level, making even the most ordinary things feel special. One area that is especially fun to glam up is holiday beauty. Whether it’s for a Christmas party, the annual family photo, or a quick change from work to a festive get-together, here are a few effortless ways to elevate your holiday glow. Bonus: I’ve included a few links to beauty-themed gifts at the end of the post.

5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips {Glam Hair} || Runway Chef 5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips {Glam Hair} || Runway Chef Glam up your hair // If you don’t have time to throw you hair into a fancy up-do, simply add a bit of glam to your hair using a jeweled hair pin (lots of good options here), or, if you don’t have a hair pin, use a fancy vintage pin. Carefully secure it with a bobby pin and you’re good to go. 

5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips {Glitter Nails} || Runway Chef 5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips {Glitter Nails} || Runway Chef Boost your mani // Add on a coat of glitter nail polish. Not only will it quickly make you look party ready, but the glitter will also help distract from any small chips in your base coat color. If you’re really short on time, just give one or two nails a coat for an accent nail.

5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips {Red Lips} || Runway Chef 5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips {Red Lips} || Runway Chef Power up your pout // If you don’t have time to do a complete face of makeup, make sure you pump up your pout. Red is a no-fail classic this time of year (see tips on how to find the perfect shade of red), but to make sure the color stays you’ll want to triple up on your products. First, line your lips with a nude pencil. Next, apply a thin coat of chapstick or vaseline. Follow that with a couple of applications of your favorite red lipstick (I’m loving this one right now), and finish the look with a red lipgloss.

5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips || Runway Chef Add a little holiday shimmer // Another way to quickly take your face from everyday makeup to party-ready makeup is to add on highlighter. Dab it on your cheekbones, in the corners of your eyes, under your nose, and under your lips. Just don’t go overboard or you’ll look shiny instead of sparkly.

5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips || Runway Chef 5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips || Runway Chef Putting on the spritz // No holiday outfit is complete without a spritz or two of your favorite fragrance. Or, use the holidays as a time to be bold and try a new scent. Current one that I’m loving: Elizabeth Arden Untold (which, by the way, also makes a great gift!).

Bonus tip: While you’re wrapping presents, make sure you save any scraps of tissue paper. They work perfectly as blotting paper.

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Party in Sequins + Velvet

Party in Sequins + Velvet || Runway Chef I know it’s pretty cliche, sequins and velvet for the holidays (I never….), but I couldn’t help myself. I scored this skirt on major sale (we’re talking less than $10) last year and anytime something super festive (hi holidays!) rolls around, it just begs to be worn. Since I’m becoming all grown up and shiz, all sequins all the time doesn’t cut it the way it did when I was 5 (well, except maybe if I’m visiting Vegas…) so I decided to slightly simmer down the sequins with a festive touch of velvet (a vintage blazer that was my Mom’s), the classic white shirt (did you catch Thursday’s 3×3 post on 9 ways to wear this closet staple?), and my favorite blue booties

What’s your go-to holiday look? I’ve included a few festive pieces at the end of this post if you’re still looking for something.

Party in Sequins + Velvet || Runway Chef Party in Sequins + Velvet || Runway Chef Party in Sequins + Velvet || Runway Chef Vintage Blazer (similar) // H&M Blouse // Joe Fresh Skirt (similar) // Kushyfoot Tights c/o // Report Signature Booties // Chanel Bag // Forever 21 Sunnies // Old Navy Earrings // Etienne Aigner Bracelet c/o // Elizabeth Arden “Red Door” Lipstick c/o

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3×3- 9 Ways to Wear a White Button Down Shirt

3x3 Style- 9 Ways to Wear a White Button Down Shirt || Runway Chef Sometimes being basic isn’t such a bad thing. Take the basic white button down shirt, for example. It’s so versatile it can literally be worn for everything from the office to a holiday party to a casual outfit and even as pajamas (ok, maybe that last one is stretching it a little far….). And yet, it’s a staple that many of us our lacking in our closets. Perhaps you think you’ll look like you’ve got a waitressing uniform on or maybe it stirs up dark and ominous memories of pant suits and office cubicles (yes to both for me). But look a little closer (go ahead, I’ll wait). A white button down is merely a blank canvas for the person you want to be today. Add denim and you’ll look casual, sequins have you ready to party, and trousers help you to look polished and elegant. Today, the 3×3 ladies decided to make a case for the basic white button down by showing you 9 ways to wear one. One thing to note- as with other closet staples (LBD, handbags, denim, etc) it’s advised to find a tailored, quality piece when it comes to picking out a white shirt. However, finding “the one” can take some time, so I recommend having a more affordable option to temporarily fill the white shirt void in your closet. I myself have yet to find the perfect white shirt soI’ve been filling in with a $20 H&M one. I’ve linked a bunch of white button downs in a variety of price ranges and styles at the bottom of the post so keep scrolling to get your shop on. But first….hop on over to Grace and Luci‘s sites to get their input on this classic closet staple.

Row 1 // Sporty Dressy Attire, Classic Chic, Cognac Layers

Row 2 // Polished Dressy (coming Monday), Party Ready (full outfit coming Monday), Cozied Up

Row 3 // Casual & Colorful (coming Monday), Cropped Sweater, Summertime Denim

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Red Plaid Season

Red Plaid Season {marled sweater, distressed white denim, plaid scarf, and plaid flats} || Runway Chef Some people have pumpkin season. Some have hunting season. Still others have tv show seasons. But me, I’ve got red plaid season. Right now, I’m all about that plaid, that plaid, no stripes. Ok, that’s not entirely true…nothing could make me give up my stripes permanently, though plaid puts up a pretty good fight. Given my current state of a plaid love affair, it was impossible for me to pass up on these shoes (the 50% off didn’t hurt either). Since I’ve bought them, I’ve been mixing and matching all of my plaid scarves, shoes, shirts, and whatever else I can find together (#cantstopwontstop). Even our Christmas decorating is getting a little dose of plaid this year. I think it would be safe to say that I’ve gone mad for plaid….

Red Plaid Season {marled sweater, distressed white denim, plaid scarf, and plaid flats} || Runway Chef Red Plaid Season {marled sweater, distressed white denim, plaid scarf, and plaid flats} || Runway Chef Red Plaid Season {marled sweater, distressed white denim, plaid scarf, and plaid flats} || Runway Chef Red Plaid Season {marled sweater, distressed white denim, plaid scarf, and plaid flats} || Runway Chef Red Plaid Season {marled sweater, distressed white denim, plaid scarf, and plaid flats} || Runway Chef Red Plaid Season {marled sweater, distressed white denim, plaid scarf, and plaid flats} || Runway Chef Red Plaid Season {marled sweater, distressed white denim, plaid scarf, and plaid flats} || Runway Chef H&M Sunnies // Old Navy Earrings, Sweater, & Flats // Forever 21 Scarf (similar) // Timex Watch c/o // Aeropostale Jeans // Chanel Bag