Happy Hour

Happy Hour || Runway Chef {Hello Juno!}

Call me crazy but I’m in love with all this snow we have covering the ground. Ok, maybe don’t call me crazy….you’re calling me crazy, aren’t you??! Because only crazy people like cold weather, right? Repeat after me: hot chocolate, hot chocolate, hot chocolate… And let’s be honest, I’m not that crazy. I mean, we live in the Northeast people. We’re supposed to get snow! 

After Juno (or NorBeaster or whatever it was called….side note, why do we name blizzards, again, and who comes up with these names?!) hit, the Mr. and I decided to go out exploring. It’s always cool to walk around NY when it’s shut down….eerie, but cool. We snapped a few pictures, narrowly avoided the wind knocking us over several times, and made it home just in time for a big pot of homemade chili with all the fixins’ and a batch of warm cookies (see below). So call me crazy, but I was happy as a clam…or should I say snowman, since clams are more summery, right? But snowmen eventually melt so are they really happy?? Whatever….you get what I’m trying to say.

Did you get snow where you live? Are you a fan or do your prefer warmer weather?

Happy Hour || Runway Chef {Looking up to find some cool architectural details}

Happy Hour || Runway Chef {Roses hanging to dry}

Happy Hour || Runway Chef {A snowy walk to check out the blizzard at the water’s edge….and just in case you were wondering, that glowing green thing on the left is not the ghost of winter storms past, it’s just the good ol’ Statue of Liberty}

Happy Hour || Runway Chef {The results of the blizzard (at least in our kitchen)- fresh baked Snickerdoodle cookies}

And in place of my usual picture quote at the end, check out these 25 beautiful quotes about snow!


Happy Hour

Happy Hour || Runway Chef {A pretty little bouquet of flowers on my nightstand makes waking up much easier}

Without even realizing or planning it, the majority of this week’s HH pictures ended up with some form of flowers, pink, gold, or hearts. That can only mean one thing- Valentine’s Day is on it’s way! I’m not such a fan of the holiday in the “let’s be lovey dovey romantic” way (because, let’s be real, if I only loved Mr. RC one day a year then we’d have far bigger problems than who’s taking the trash out), but I do love the holiday for all the sweet notes and tasty treats it brings with it. I mean, you guys know me….would I ever pass up the opportunity to celebrate something that includes chocolate?! I think you know the answer to that one! And on that note, I’m off to scheme up vday treats….

Happy Hour || Runway Chef {Reason 1,789,678 that I love thrifting- these vintage gold-rimmed tumblers scored for less than $0.50 a piece}

Happy Hour || Runway Chef {A wall of hearts}

Happy Hour || Runway Chef {I couldn’t resist adding more gold to my desk in the form of a new stapler & paper clips from the Target dollar section (raise your hand if you think that is the best section of the store!)}

Happy Hour || Runway Chef {By far the thing that made me the happiest last week- when the server at one of our favorite restaurants surprised me with a big bowl of their roasted garlic in the middle of our dinner! #garlicaddict4eva} 

Happy Hour || Runway Chef

Happy Hour

Happy Hour {fireworks over the Statue of Liberty} || Runway Chef {NYE fireworks}

Thank you all for your comments on Monday’s post. I loved, LOVED, loved hearing how you are all motivating yourself to become better people in this new year (I just might be snagging a few of your ideas for myself!). It’s so nice not only from an accountability stand point but also a community stand point to see that we’re all working hard to be the best versions of ourselves in 2015! Yay!

We started the New Year off with a bang, quite literally. After a night of hors d’oeuvres, bubbly, and scrabble (I am unbearably aware of how old this makes us), we bundled up in 10,000 layers and headed to the water’s edge in our neighborhood to catch the fireworks shattering over Lady Libs right as the clock struck midnight. It was bitter cold but totally worth it. The year may have only just begun, but those fireworks, dazzling in the midnight sky, were a great reminder of all the bright and exciting things ahead!

Happy Hour {moose napkin rings} || Runway Chef {The reason I mainly shop for Christmas things after Christmas? The crazy good sale prices! I scored these napkin rings for $1.50 each at Sur La Table (I can’t find the link online, but they have other holiday things on sale for 75% off). I also got these, plaid mugs that match this, and some ornaments.}

Happy Hour {handmade wooden cutting board} || Runway Chef {I loved all of my Christmas gifts this year, but this cutting board was, hands down, my favorite because it was handmade by my little brother. I know several of you loved these, which he also made, so we here at Runway Chef headquarters are working hard to get his “momager” to allow him to sell his handmade wooden pieces on our site. We’ll keep you updated when we get a deal negotiated ;) }

Happy Hour {oversized gold paperclips} || Runway Chef {Oversized gold clips make organizing my DIY binder planner much more fun}

Happy Hour {blood oranges} || Runway Chef {Couldn’t let one of my favorite fruit seasons go by without documenting it! Who else loves blood oranges?}

Happy Hour {life goals} || Runway Chef {2015 motto via}


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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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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