What’s In My Bag

What's In My Bag || Runway Chef I’ve always been a big fan of the ‘what’s in my bag’ posts or magazine articles, mostly because I’m a nosy person (guilty as charged), but also because I love seeing if there is anything I’m missing out on or absolutely need in my life/in my bag (because I don’t already carry an entire drugstore around). I never used to carry much in my bag…actually, that’s a lie. I’ve always carried a lot in my bag. I still carry a lot. The difference is that now it’s all organized. I switch bags frequently so I’ve wisened up to organizing all my stuff in a mini pouch then I just grab the pouch and throw it in a bag. This also ensures that if makeup spills, it’s only spilling inside the mini bag, not all over your nice purse. Whether you’re looking for a few new things to stock up on (any excuse to go shopping right ladies??!) or you’re just nosy (like me), I hope you enjoy this peek at what’s in my bag.

Also, I’d love to know, what’s in your bag that you just can’t leave home without?

What's In My Bag || Runway Chef Lotion // Good not only for dry skin and hands, it also works to tame fly-aways, keep eyebrows in place, and (in an emergency) as backup deodorant

Bobby pins and hair ties 

Mini mirror

Bandaids // Because walking around NYC can give you lots of blisters

Mini bottle of concealer


Blotting papers // These are a lifesaver on hot, sweaty days

Mascara // Can also double as eyeliner in a pinch, just turn the wand vertical

Chapstick, tinted lip balm, and a mini lipgloss

Mini perfume sample

Eyelash curler

Nail files (regular, sapphire)


Nail buffer // In case your nails need a quick shine on-the-go

What's In My Bag || Runway Chef Umbrella // I’ve learned in NY, you never know when the weather is going to change and there is nothing quite as bad as getting stuck out in the rain, sans umbrella

Business cards & card holder

Mini notebook & a pen // You never know when an idea is going to hit you…

Sunglasses // As with the umbrella, you never know when the weather is going to change, so it’s best to be prepared

Tide pen // This has been a life saver more times than I can count


Metro card



Not pictured: a snack, water, hand sanitizer, my vitamins (I take a probiotic and digestive aid with every meal), Emergenc-e (in the winter), Tums and Advil

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Monday Motivation

Lately there’s been so much going on in my life, finding the motivation to get through my to-do list has been slim-to-none. And productive Mondays? Forget about it!  I mean let’s be honest. Who ever is motivated to get through a Monday is not human…or they’ve drank 10 pots of coffee….. But seriously, if I happened to come upon a genie and he said he would grant me one wish, it would be to get rid of Mondays. I.Hate.Mondays!

With that being said, I have too much to get done NOT to be motivated. These are five things I’ve been doing to help me get through my never-ending lists, and as it is Monday, I figured there was no better day to share.

1. Use the Pomodoro Technique- The gist of this is that you work 25 minutes, take a 5 minute break and after 4 “pomodoros” you are rewarded with a longer break. You can either use your own timer, or get the handy-dandy app that keeps track of how many pomodoros you have completed and your most successful day.

2. Make a Fun Drink- Whether it’s iced coffee or tea, a delicious smoothie, a juice or a protein shake, I’ve always found myself to be more energized with a healthy, yummy drink in my hand. Check out my drink board on Pinterest for some ideas (or make the one pictured below-raw oats, frozen banana, almond butter, Greek yogurt & milk)

3. Dress the Part- Aka, put some clothes on! I know this may seem obvious, but lots of people (myself included) don’t want to get out of their pj’s which consequently makes it hard to accomplish anything other than sleeping. So if you’re to-do list says “gym time”-get your workout gear on. If you need to clean, put on your cleaning clothes. And getting dressed like you’re going out and about (i.e. doing your hair, putting on some make-up,etc) will give you the boost you need to accomplish your goals.

4. Pump up the Jams- Being motivated while listening to Michael Buble swoon? Ya, that’s not going to happen. Make yourself a fun playlist, something that will get you moving and maybe even singing and dancing ( a little Spice Girls never hurt anyone!). This is one of my favorite playlists that gets me moving (and yes maybe there are some LFO & Aqua songs…don’t judge!).

5. Reward Yourself- With anything in life, if you work hard, you should get rewarded. So after you cross a few things off your list, give yourself a break and  take a nap, catch up on reading (50 Shades anyone?!), journal, bake cookies, do some Facebook stalking, run around in circles… basically whatever makes you happy.

What are some ways you motivate yourself?

Happy Hour

Nothing makes me happier than neat & organized spaces (just ask my poor fiance, who puts up with my very psychotic OCD).  Since a large portion of my free time this week has been dedicated to organizing our kitchen, here are some of my kitchen happinesses (and yes, a lot of them have to do with organizing!).

A bowl of limes brighten up our counter top

I have been looking for baskets like these forever (to hold things like potatoes & onions) but everywhere I found them they cost $30..a piece! No thank you! So imagine my happiness in finding them at a dollar store at the much more reasonable price of $6 (I’m still puzzled by things in a dollar store always costing more than a dollar….anyone else with me on this?!)

Nicoise salad (lettuce,tuna,hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes, green beans, steamed potatoes & Dijon vinaigrette) for a late night simple yet delicious supper

Wine bottles & stoppers recycled to display our most frequently used vinegars and oils

A little green (fresh basil) to brighten up the concrete jungle we live in

Our china cabinet-turned-bar has safely made its 3rd move and is all set up and ready for cocktails & company.

DIY: Jewelry Storage, Part 2

This post is slightly over due (blame it on my mild addiction to pumpkin).
I really didn’t mean to leave you hanging, er, should I say leave your earrings hanging??!!

Ok, seriously though. I don’t know about you, but I have so many earrings and I never know where to put them. They used to end up tangled or piled on top of the 3 hooks in my jewelry box and this was just not working well for my jewelry selection. If you feel the same way, read on.

To make this board you will need:
(all of the sizes can be adjusted to whatever you need)

A bulletin board
Fabric (enough to cover the board plus about 2 extra inches)
Tacks-decorative or plain tacks and crystals to make your own
Fabric Glue

The easiest way to complete the board is to lay your fabric out with the front side facing down. Place the board face down in the middle of the sheet of fabric. Fold in the fabric and secure it with tacks and/or glue. Let dry. While it’s drying, make your decorative tacks by securing a crystal (choose whatever size or colors you would like…I used black) with a little glue on the top of the tacks. I found the best way to make this is by placing all the tacks in a bulletin board, placing the crystals on, and then leaving them to dry for about an hour. Back to the board, decorate it with ribbon and the tacks in which ever way you like (because the fabric was a bit busier I decided to keep the ribbon on just the corners).

DIY:Make-Up Brush Holder

If you are anything like me (which I sure hope you’re not, because I’m kind of crazy), you like everything to be super duper organized and in order.

And sometimes some things just can’t seem to get in order. Case in point, make-up brushes.  They just kinda sorta don’t belong anywhere. Usually they are awkwardly strewn about the bathroom, the counter, the living room, the bed….or wait, is that just me who is such a slob-ka-bob?

Regardless, of my make-up clutter, the point is my poor little brushes were homeless. Ikea rescued them.

With just a couple items and a few dollars, I was able to make a cute and colorful little organized home, so now my brushes are happy they aren’t homeless and I’m just happy they’re organized. Win-win!