Happy Hour

candles {Loved the candle display in this shop}

You guys. This book I talked about last week is seriously amazing! I feel like I should just start summarizing my daily readings from this book for every Happy Hour from here on out. Don’t worry, I won’t because that would be boring and unoriginal and totally like plagiarism (le duh). But seriously you need to read this book (and no this is not a sponsored post)! Here’s why- Yesterday I worked until about 2am Monday night/Tuesday morning. After little sleep, I was rudely awakened to the fact that I am clearly no longer in college and pulling all-nighters is something that is so far in my past I barely even know what the name means. So here I am fumbling around half asleep, eyes opened no wider than paper thin slits, sitting down to do my daily social media……and my site is gone. WAIIIIITTTTTT?! My site is gone!?! Ensue full-blown, wide awake intensely panicked call to the Mr. After 5 minutes, he manages to calm me enough so that I can regain composure and put my business face on and get the site fixed. Lesson learned- Alyssa needs more than 4 hours of sleep to function. So what does this have to do with the book? Well, every day’s reading always seems to be fitting into something I’m dealing with in life (and I’m sure most of you are dealing with as well), and go figure, yesterday’s reading just happened to be about how life isn’t fair. Clearly, if I didn’t know that before yesterday, now I do. Annnnnd this has officially become the longest happy hour post ever, so on that note, I hope you’re all enjoying this week and, unlike me, getting plenty of sleep!

striped bikinis {New bikinis for upcoming beach trips….obviously, I hate stripes!}

succulents {A rustic succulent display}

Red Hook Brooklyn {Our neighborhood}

dried flowers {Loving the simplicity of this single dried flower stem displayed in my kitchen}

sometimes we fall down quote

 

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Staten Island Ferry {The Staten Island Ferry (because you obviously couldn’t tell)}

While my days are all different depending on what’s going on, one thing that is always the same is my morning routine. I get up at 7 (ok, maybe 7:30) then spend some time journaling/praying/reading. During this time, I recently started reading Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff (and it’s all small stuff). The most recent chapter was about living in the present moment, learning to keep your attention on what is actually happening, not what has happened or what may happen. I couldn’t help but smile, not because I’m actually good at living in the present (on the contrary, all that I do is constantly worry about what went wrong in the past and what can go wrong in the future), but because of these posts. Living in the present I may not be good at, but living in the present via a HH post, now that’s something I can do!

How do you practice living in the present moment?

Governor's Island {Exploring Governor’s Island}

Black Eyed Susan {A sea of yellow beauties}

hawk {A hawk we spotted on Governor’s Island}

banana bread {Giving me homemade food is a guaranteed way to win me over so when I met up with a new blogger pal and she gave me some of her Sea Salt Caramel Banana Peach & Walnut Bread I knew instantly that we would be friends! Also, do yourself a favor and go make this instantly! It’s amazing!}

give every day the chance

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Happy Hour - A Weekly Round-up of Happy Things on Runway Chef {Celebrating my friend’s blog‘s birthday, complete with fun balloons & a rooftop photoshoot done by Mr. RC}

Mr. RC and I packed a lot into last weekend, just like we’re planning to pack a lot into the month of August. After all, it is the last official full month of summer so we want to make the most of it. We spent Sunday night planning out an itinerary that included lots of things on this list, with a hefty dose of goals (both business & personal) thrown into the mix. Here’s hoping we can stick to it!

Hope you’re all having a great week and thanks for reading!

Prime Meats, Brooklyn {Brunching at Prime Meats}

arm party {Added my custom bracelet made by the coppersmith at this event to my arm stack…also, I know you’re wondering why my bracelet says ‘and’ and it’s because, guys, I just can’t get enough of the word. Kiiiidddding! I was actually going for mine and Mr. RC’s initials but they didn’t have a ‘&’ so ‘and’ it is! In my opinion, it just makes the bracelet that much more special….}

Musuem of Natural History {A sunday afternoon spent wandering the museum with friends}

Serving Tray {Mini trays from brunch that look identical to the old tv dinner serving trays my Grandmother has} 

To begin, begin {via}

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tossed salad {A salad topped off with goods from our garden (green beans, cherry tomatoes, peppers, & herbs)}

Soooo, July is basically over. Which means summer is basically over. Which means we are officially into the second half of the year. Full stop. Can we discuss how this happened? Preferably over a few of these, because, let’s be real, I’m going to need some alcohol to numb the pain of another month slipping away. I mean, I’ve only gone to the beach once, (forget about going to a pool), I can’t remember the last time I grilled a hamburger on our grill, and I have 2 brand new swimsuits that I have yet to wear. Either I clearly need to plan my life better, 2014 just needs to slow down…..or I just need to have another one of these!

Hope you’re having a great week and savoring these last days of July! 

NYC photos {Old black & white photos of NY I bought at a garage sale long before NY living was even on the horizon. Now, 4 years later, I’m pulling them out of storage as they finally fit in our NY apartment.}

Arsenal vs. Redbulls Soccer Game {After Runway Chef, the thing that Mr. RC is a biggest fan of, is the English football (soccer) team Arsenal. This past weekend, they came to NY to play against the Red Bulls so of course we had to go. Mr. RC requested a picture of the soccer game be included in this week’s HH post, and obviously I couldn’t say no!}

chickens {A couple months back, on one of our walks, we happened upon some chickens…in Brooklyn…I know. I was shocked too. Now, I make a point to go by that park and visit with the chickens on a regular basis. Not only do I love seeing something so country in the city, but it also reminds me of my Mom and brother, who raise chickens in their backyard.}

gold brackets {Gold-spray painted brackets look so much better then plain ol’ black brackets…but then again, what doesn’t look good with a little metallic spray paint?!}

If you never try you'll never know {source unknown}

 

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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}