Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays {2014 Woodsy-Inspired Christmas Decorations} || Runway Chef The Runway Chef halls are finally decked! We’ve tied, trimmed, accessorized, greenery-ized, glitzed, and glammed up just about everything we can in the apartment and I couldn’t be happier with the cozy outcome. We decided to go for a woodsy, simplistic theme, using many things we had on hand or found outdoors. Bonus- it made our decorations super affordable! I hope you enjoy these pictures and I’d love to know in the comments if you have decorated your home for the holidays, and, if so, do you have a theme (what is it?) or a favorite decoration.

Happy weekend!

Home for the Holidays {2014 Woodsy-Inspired Christmas Decorations} || Runway Chef {Mercury containers and an old copper pot filled with greens + Christmas cookie cutters hung from red ribbon}

Home for the Holidays {2014 Woodsy-Inspired Christmas Decorations} || Runway Chef Home for the Holidays {2014 Woodsy-Inspired Christmas Decorations} || Runway Chef {Our homemade Advent calendar (with only a few stars/days left) and Frenchie treat jar (both last seen here)}

Home for the Holidays {2014 Woodsy-Inspired Christmas Decorations} || Runway Chef {Our entryway table- Santa Claus, the mini tree where we’ve been transferring our Advent stars to, and a box filled with greens, oranges, & wine corks (‘cuz we’re classy like that!)}

Home for the Holidays {2014 Woodsy-Inspired Christmas Decorations} || Runway Chef Home for the Holidays {2014 Woodsy-Inspired Christmas Decorations} || Runway Chef Home for the Holidays {2014 Woodsy-Inspired Christmas Decorations} || Runway Chef Home for the Holidays {2014 Woodsy-Inspired Christmas Decorations} || Runway Chef {Manger + globe = Joy to the World (Get it??! Get it?!)}

Home for the Holidays {2014 Woodsy-Inspired Christmas Decorations} || Runway Chef {My golden owl dressed up with a few greens}

Home for the Holidays {2014 Woodsy-Inspired Christmas Decorations} || Runway Chef {Our rustic, woodsy-themed Christmas tree}

Home for the Holidays {2014 Woodsy-Inspired Christmas Decorations} || Runway Chef {Tip: For an affordable, easy tree skirt, use a cheap blanket scarf}

Home for the Holidays {2014 Woodsy-Inspired Christmas Decorations} || Runway Chef {We couldn’t find a tree topper we liked so Mr. RC made this rustic star one out of twigs and twine}

Home for the Holidays {2014 Woodsy-Inspired Christmas Decorations} || Runway Chef {Record player, Christmas book, and a mini metallic tree

Home for the Holidays {2014 Woodsy-Inspired Christmas Decorations} || Runway Chef {Coffee table centerpiece- a piece of birch bark, various sized mercury glass containers with red and green candles, and a few sprigs of greenery}

Home for the Holidays {2014 Woodsy-Inspired Christmas Decorations} || Runway Chef {The shape of a deer head cut from gold wrapping paper & attached to a wooden board painted black, a display of mini nutcrackers & greenery, silver stars hung above the couch, and Christmas themed pillows (white furry ones are old ones from Target, the blue velvet & Merry Christmas one are from H&M)}

Home for the Holidays {2014 Woodsy-Inspired Christmas Decorations} || Runway Chef

Happy Hour

Happy Hour || Runway Chef {Making gingerbread cookies}

Well, it worked. I got some snow after I ranted on and on about not having any last week. Sadly, it was barely here long enough for me to step outside and enjoy it. But it did motivate me back into more festive spirits. Of course, baking cookies, enjoying more of the Christmas lights in our neighborhood, and listening to carols by our tree didn’t hurt, either. Also, can we talk about the fact that Christmas Eve is one week from today?! Holy red santa claus! I am so not ready! If you’re still gift searching (like me, per usual), don’t forget to check out my gift guides, Hostess Gift Ideas, Grab Bag/ Secret Santa Gifts, an easy DIY gift, and the Rugged Retro Men’s Gift Guide, for more ideas.

Happy Hour || Runway Chef {Brown paper packages tied up with string}

Happy Hour || Runway Chef {Birch bark for Christmas decorating…full decoration reveal coming Friday}

Happy Hour || Runway Chef {An early Christmas present (seen in the Grab & Gift Gift Guide) that I’ll be especially thankful to have on next week’s 11 hour drive}

Happy Hour || Runway Chef {These scentsicles (c/o) have been filling our whole apartment with one of my favorite scents of the season}

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22 Things To Do in NYC in the Winter

22 Things To Do in NYC in the Winter || Runway Chef #nyc #winter Whether you live in NY or you visit the city in the colder months, no one can deny that it is a winter wonderland overflowing with magic come this time of year. Christmastime in the city has to be one of my absolute favorite things about living here. The decorations, the store windows, the festive activities…I love it all! The Mr. and I have done a few of the things on this list before, but there are many still waiting to be checked off. Have you done any of these things in NY? If you don’t live in NYC, what special holiday things do you do where you reside?

1. Go in search of the best hot chocolate…I hear City Bakery has one of the best but so far we’ve only tried (and loved) the Max Brenner one at Bryant Park.

2. Check out the trees- Of course I’ve seen the Rockefeller Center one and The Plaza one, but the Mr. has yet to see the Plaza one and neither of us have checked out the one at the Met or The Palace Hotel.

3. Take a walk while it’s snowing

4. Photograph Central Park after a snowstorm

5. Walk over a snow covered Brooklyn bridge

6. I still have yet to go skating here in the city, but I’m determined to make it to at least Bryant ParkCentral Park, or Prospect Park this year.

7. Look at store windows (Bergdorfs always has some of the best, in my opinion

8. See the holiday trains in Grand Central

9. Go to Rolf’s (I’ve avoided in the past because it is oh so cliche and touristy but I’ve decided it just has to be done)

10. See the lights in Dyker Heights (we loved them so much last year that we couldn’t wait to go this year)

11. Visit Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science

12. Fondue and wine by the fire at Black Mountain

13. See a tree lighting (our neighborhood is having theirs this weekend)

14. Visit the Veuve Clicquot Pop-Up Champagne Bar

15. Walk around our neighborhood, hot chocolate in hand, to check out the Christmas lights

16. Warm up with the French onion soup at Balthazar

17. Check out used bookstores for old Christmas books and records

18. See a showing of the Nutcracker

19. Spend an afternoon cozied up by the fire at the Bowery Hotel

20. Donate a coat to the New York Cares Coat Drive

21. Get the epic-sounding pot pie at the Nomad Bar (if I can convince Mr. RC that’s truly worth a full $36, which, hello truffle and foie gras, it is!)

22. Head to Camp for s’mores by the fireplace

Grab & Gift

Grab & Gift -Grab Bag & Secret Santa Gift Ideas || Runway Chef #giftideas Grab bag/Secret Santa/co-worker gifts can be some of the hardest to figure out. Here to solve your gifting woes are a variety of items from pretty to silly, girly to manly, and fun to functional all for $30 or under. Now grab and gift away….

Paper Products
Gemstone Desk Calendar ($16.99)
Funny Desk Calendar ($14.99)
Doughnotes Note Cards ($8.99)
Drink Calendar ($26.00)

Get Techy With It
Tech Gloves ($24.00)
On-the-Go Phone Charger ($19.99)
Iphone Speaker ($7.95)
Cork Flashdrive ($19.95)

Deck Your Desk
Mini Indoor Bonsai Tree Kit ($16.00)
Mini Tabletop Pool Table ($23.16)
Candy Rock Display Plate ($25.00)
Tape Dispenser ($9.99)

Drink Up
Flask in a Book ($13.99)
To-Go Insulated Tumbler ($18.00)
Carry-on Cocktail Kit ($24.00)
Flask Mittens ($24.00)

Fun(ctional)
Neck & Shoulder Heat Pack ($20.99)
Silly Mug + Coffee Shop Giftcard ($10.00)
Lunch Box ($9.99)
Business Card Holder ($20.00)

Happy Hour

Happy Hour {gold and copper wrapping paper} || Runway Chef {Gold & copper wrapping paper}

Mr. RC and I have been little elves going to town decorating the Runway Chef headquarters (aka our home) yet I’m still struggling to fully get into the holiday spirit. No matter how many pine candles I light (and trust me, I light a lot {see below}) and how many Christmas songs I listen to, it hasn’t hit me that Christmas is just 15 days away (yikes!). I’m totally blaming the weather for this one, though. I don’t know about where you live, but here in NYC, it’s literally rained buckets for what seems like an eternity and a day, yet not a flake of snow in sight. So I’m over here praying for a blizzard and a fireplace so that I can really get into the Christmas spirit. Despite how the weather has been acting, I’m going to go ahead and say that I’ll probably get the snow before I ever get the fireplace (I suggested bringing our fire pit inside but the Mr. thought our landlord wouldn’t be too happy with us, I can’t imagine why….).

How are you getting into the holiday spirit?

Happy Hour {warm socks} || Runway Chef {New cozy socks for warm feet and magazine reading by the tree}

Happy Hour {advent calendar} || Runway Chef {Last week’s homemade ornaments turned into this week’s DIY advent calendar…each day we take a star and hang it on our mini tree}

Happy Hour {holiday candles} || Runway Chef {You could say I have a thing for holiday scented candles…}

Happy Hour {frenchie cookie jar} || Runway Chef {Our version of having a pet, a frenchie cookie jar}

Happy Hour {T.S. Eliot Quote} || Runway Chef