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

Festive Frocks & Party Pieces

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

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

Shop White Button Down Shirts

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