It’s a Love Story, Just Say Yes (to the Puffer Vest)

It's a Love Story, Just Say Yes (to the Puffer Vest) {puffer vest, cable knit sweater & distressed denim} || Runway Chef Do you remember way back in the deezy when everyone went on an Old Navy polar fleece vest bender? I’m talking polar vests all day, every day. In my attempts to be a “cool” kid, I jumped on the polar bandwagon and somehow convinced my Mom to let me use my hard-earned babysitting money to buy the vests in several colors (but not all the colors, which I’m pretty sure resulted in me telling her that “my life is like so totally over!”). My favorite was the burgundy colored one, which I wore like it was my freakin’ job. Eventually, the trend faded, taking with it what had become my second skin. At that point I was convinced I had had more than enough vests for one lifetime and vowed never to wrestle my arms into another one again. But Old Navy manages to get me every time (and no they are not paying me to write this, I just really love their clothes). Mr. RC was the one who actually spotted the vest. He’s been on a bit of rugged, outdoorsy kick, and in his mind, the puffer vest fit both categories perfectly. I reluctantly took it home, begrudgingly tried it on, surpisingly liked it, but decided not enough to keep it, took it to the store to return it…..and somehow ended up back home, vest still in hand. I’ve since worn it several times, each time mentally thinking my husband was right about this vest all along (but don’t tell him I said that!). My love for vests has since been rekindled and I’ve come to accept that apparently, Old Navy vests and I are just meant to be…

It's a Love Story, Just Say Yes (to the Puffer Vest) {puffer vest, cable knit sweater & distressed denim} || Runway Chef It's a Love Story, Just Say Yes (to the Puffer Vest) {puffer vest, cable knit sweater & distressed denim} || Runway Chef It's a Love Story, Just Say Yes (to the Puffer Vest) {puffer vest, cable knit sweater & distressed denim} || Runway Chef It's a Love Story, Just Say Yes (to the Puffer Vest) {puffer vest, cable knit sweater & distressed denim} || Runway Chef Old Navy Vest (plus sizes online, regular sizes still available in stores), Sweater, Bag & Denim // American Apparel Turtleneck // Target Booties (similar)

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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

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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

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Red Plaid Season

Red Plaid Season {marled sweater, distressed white denim, plaid scarf, and plaid flats} || Runway Chef Some people have pumpkin season. Some have hunting season. Still others have tv show seasons. But me, I’ve got red plaid season. Right now, I’m all about that plaid, that plaid, no stripes. Ok, that’s not entirely true…nothing could make me give up my stripes permanently, though plaid puts up a pretty good fight. Given my current state of a plaid love affair, it was impossible for me to pass up on these shoes (the 50% off didn’t hurt either). Since I’ve bought them, I’ve been mixing and matching all of my plaid scarves, shoes, shirts, and whatever else I can find together (#cantstopwontstop). Even our Christmas decorating is getting a little dose of plaid this year. I think it would be safe to say that I’ve gone mad for plaid….

Red Plaid Season {marled sweater, distressed white denim, plaid scarf, and plaid flats} || Runway Chef Red Plaid Season {marled sweater, distressed white denim, plaid scarf, and plaid flats} || Runway Chef Red Plaid Season {marled sweater, distressed white denim, plaid scarf, and plaid flats} || Runway Chef Red Plaid Season {marled sweater, distressed white denim, plaid scarf, and plaid flats} || Runway Chef Red Plaid Season {marled sweater, distressed white denim, plaid scarf, and plaid flats} || Runway Chef Red Plaid Season {marled sweater, distressed white denim, plaid scarf, and plaid flats} || Runway Chef Red Plaid Season {marled sweater, distressed white denim, plaid scarf, and plaid flats} || Runway Chef H&M Sunnies // Old Navy Earrings, Sweater, & Flats // Forever 21 Scarf (similar) // Timex Watch c/o // Aeropostale Jeans // Chanel Bag

Cozy Cardigan

Cozy Cardigan || Runway Chef #winterstyle Heeeeyyyy-ooo! Happy Monday guys! Did you miss me?! I know I missed you (in a totally non-creepster way). I also sure missed my routine. After several days of gobbling (and consequently wobbling), I’m glad to be back into the swing of things. Thankfully the only extra layers I’m returning with are items that I bought on Black Friday (I think I burned off all the extra turkey and stuffing pushing my way through the crowds). Did anyone else head out for Black Friday? I usually avoid it like the plague (I’ve only gone one other time in my life), but seeing as I hadn’t done much to stock up on winter clothes I figured I should take advantage of some of the killer sales going on. And speaking of killer sales, the deals just keep on rollin’ thanks to Cyber Monday. Here are a few of my favorites:

Ann Taylor  // 50% off your entire purchase with CODE: CYBER50

Asos // 30% off with CODE: ILOVEMONDAYS

Brooks Brothers // 30% off select styles + 10% off your entire purchase

Dorothy Perkins // 30% off site wide + extra 10% with CODE: EXTRA10

Express // 50% off sitewide + free shipping

French Connection //  30% off site wide with CODE: 30FCBF

6PM // 15% off with CODE: 6PMCYBMON113020141535

Old Navy, Gap, & Banana Republic // 40% site wide (including my cute beanie) with CODE: CYBER

Urban Outfitters // Take $15 off $75, $25 off $100 and $50 off $150

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