Happy Hour

tomato can flower pot {Old tomato can turned flower pot}

We kicked off last weekend by going on a double-date with one of my dear blogging friends and her husband, who were in the city for her birthday. We had such a blast hanging out with them and it reminded me of all the wonderful connections and friendships that blogging has brought to me. Connections to a new brand, a budding entrepreneur, to people who live right next door or on the other side of the country, people who love bacon and Chanel as much as me, to a girl who went to the same college as me, and most importantly, to people who have become truly wonderful friends. I know I (along with plenty of other bloggers) have said it before, but when I started blogging, I certainly had no idea so many connections could be made through this space. The relationships that have developed out of blogging are truly an unexpected blessing, and definitely one of those little things that makes me super happy!

I’d love to know, what makes you happiest about blogging? And if you’re not a blogger, what’s making you happiest this week?

outdoor lights {Enjoying a double-date rooftop pizza dinner overlooking lower Manhattan with one of my best blogging friends and her hubby}

chocolate and cherries {Chocolate + cherries = one sweet snacking combination}

Lobster ale {A beer I tried strictly on a name and looks basis….for the record, I didn’t like it, but I guess that’s what I get falling for something on looks alone}

shag carpet {Taking some more baby steps to get the apartment finished..finally got our living room rug down and have started organizing our coffee table tray}

Mr. Rogers quotes {This quote, from one of my favorite people growing up, seemed appropriate for today’s post; via}


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Lobster Landing {Lobster roll lunch spot in Connecticut}

Do I want to be funny? Inspirational? How about motivational? Or maybe just plain informational? These are the thoughts that run through my head as I sit down to type out each week’s Happy Hour post………Who am I kidding?! That’s a total lie. The thoughts that actually run through my head consist more of “I wish I had another one of those lobster rolls”, “I would so much rather be back at the beach”,”What are you going to write Alyssa?”, “I could go for a happy hour cocktail right now” “Alyssa! Focus! You need to write something!”…Ya, well this week’s “something” is what you just read. Neither inspirational nor motivational, but as they say “That’s all I’ve got for now kids”.

Hope you’re all having a great week and, in case you missed it, I’m giving away 2 gift cards for FREE ICE CREAM. It’s almost too easy to enter…simply leave a comment with your favorite ice cream flavor on this picture or here on Facebook, and that’s it! Winner will be chosen by random on Sunday, the 20th.

old records {The start of our record collection}

antiques {Some vintage finds from over the weekend}

summer squash {Unusually shaped squash…apparently this type is referred to as “Eight Ball”}

fabric {Fabric to make new covers for our bedroom pillows}

Happy Hour - A Weekly Round-up of Happy Things on Runway Chef {via}


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buoys {A wall of buoys that reminds me of my favorite state, Maine}

There’s an intense amount of ocean infused into this week’s happy hour and that’s because nothing makes me happier than the sea….and my favorite holiday…and fireworks….and lobster rolls…and long weekends…and birthdays…and lots of time with my husband. So considering all of those things happened over the last week, I’m one very happy girl right now. The only thing killing my vibe? A killer case of sun poisoning that both I and the Mr. got (#sunscreenfail)….and the fact that this coming weekend isn’t another long one (womp, womp).

I’d love to hear what you enjoyed most about your long holiday weekend in the comments below!

Jones beach {Finally made it to the beach}

lobster dinner {Mr. RC’s birthday dinner- crazy good lobster rolls from a place on our summer to-do list}

summer nights {Summer nights}

fireworks {Fireworks on the 4th, of course}

advice from the ocean

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Brooklyn Backyard {A peek through the back door curtain at our backyard at dusk}

This week is extra happy because a) it’s short and b) it includes one of my favorite holidays. While I’m very much looking forward to both of those things, I’ve also been enjoying this past week a lot because, drumroll please….we’ve finally (mostly) finished our backyard makeover (cue a very happy dance)! Needless to say Mr. RC has had to force me to come inside and go to bed most nights, despite my pleadings to just sleep on our patio couch (because, who doesn’t want to go camping in Brooklyn?!). Of course, a full post of the backyard makeover will be coming soon, but until then enjoy the sneak peeks here (and on Instagram via #operationbkbackyardmakeover).  I hope you enjoy the rest of this very short week!

chocolate covered almonds {My favorite after-lunch treat as of late- chocolate covered almonds}

bookshelf styling {Color coordinating the books on our bookshelves}

french bulldog art

{A frenchie figurine my Mom gave Mr. RC and I}

metal letters {One of my favorite parts of our backyard- these BK letters}

life quotes {This week’s quote via a print my Mom gave me}


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NYC skyline {Despite the cell phone quality, this is one of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken of the city. It was taken on my walk home through the BK Bridge Park after rS School Night. I shared a snippet of this on Instagram, but I just had to share the full length picture here.}

Despite my best efforts, sometimes I just can’t seem to stop working. Just one more Instagram, just one more e-mail…I’m sure you can relate. So not only was I super excited for my Mom and brother to visit (as I hadn’t seen them since Thanksgiving), I was also thankful to have something that forced me to stop working. Playing tour guide is always a fun job, but even more so when it’s for my Mom and younger brother (who had previously only been to the city for my wedding}.

Hope you’re all having a great week!

watermelon {Enjoying the first of many watermelons}

Jane's Carousel {A stop at Jane’s Carousel while showing my Mom and brother around Brooklyn}

mini grapes {The newest addition to our garden- a mini grape plant…how cute are those tiny clusters?!}

Jeff Koons Split-Rocker {Marveling at Jeff Koons Split-Rocker…I can’t believe that’s all live plants!}

Walt Disney Quote {Don’t give up!}