Travel Daydreams- Sorrento, Italy

Travel Daydreams- Sorrento, Italy || Runway Chef While everyone is off gearing up for Black Friday and planning how to score the best deals for every single thing they need want in their life, I’m just over here scrolling through my Pinterest travel board, dreaming up my next trip. One place that keeps sticking out to me? Sorrento, Italy.  Of course, it’s no secret that I want to visit Italy. My family originates from there, and I have relatives who live in Italy so I would love nothing more than to immerse myself in the country (and let’s be real, I’d also love to immerse my face in lots of wine, pasta, and gelato!).  While I’m dying to visit Rome, Milan, and Tuscany, Sorrento is one place I can’t get out of my head (obviously not much has changed since I made this list a few years back). The beautiful water, the colorful houses, the fragrant lemons (read: limoncello), and, of course, the food. It truly looks like a dream! I’ve decided that before I turn 30, I must make it there. I may or may not have already looked at places to stay on this website. And I may or may not have already made a list of some of the things I want to do once I get there. Just a little proactive (read: persuading the husband) planning, you know?!? Here are some of the things I’d love to check out in Sorrento:

  • Check out Piazza Tasso
  • Rent a scooter to explore the area
  • Do a Limoncello tasting to find the best one (Cliche, I know, but I had to because we’re limoncello fanatics…we even made our own once!)
  • Explore the Amalfi Coast
  • Visit Chiesa di San Francesco to see the beautiful gardens (You must look them up if you don’t know what I’m talking about, they are so gorgeous!)
  • Hunt down the best local dishes and some fresh seafood
  • Learn the history of Sorrento
  • Go hiking to see the beautiful views

Looks like the only thing I need now is a plane ticket…and of course, to convince Mr. RC that we’re going!

Have you been to Sorrento? If so, do you have any recommendations for local food or local spots to check out? I’d love to add them to my list of things to-do once we finally travel there! 

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Island Girl

Island Girl || Runway Chef It’s Monday morning, it’s officially November (how?! why??!), we may or may not being getting snow soon, and here I am torturing you with tropical pictures. Life is so cruel and unfair sometimes, isn’t it? Don’t worry, though, I’m also torturing myself because these pictures were taken over a week ago. I’ve long since returned to our very untropical Brooklyn apartment (sad face). When I see these pictures, one thing comes to mind- “Island in the Sun” by Weezer. Actually, I take that back. Two things come to mind. “Island in the Sun” and why am I not on an island in the sun? Excuse me while I go console myself with a tropical beverage…

Island Girl || Runway Chef

Island Girl || Runway Chef Island Girl || Runway Chef Island Girl || Runway Chef Island Girl || Runway Chef Old Navy Dress, Earrings (in stores) & Shoes (old) // Forever 21 Sunnies // Vintage Bag

Clever Travel Packing Tips

Clever Travel Packing Tips || Runway Chef #travel #traveltips I don’t get to travel nearly as much as I’d like to (because in my dream world I’d like to travel every other day), but I still do my fair share of flying, road tripping, and weekending away. When I first started traveling, I would pack a giant suitcase, a mini suitcase, a carry-on, and one bag….just for myself. To say I was “moving in” would be a gross understatement. Over the years, through necessity (aka someone *cough* Mr.RC *cough* forced me) I’ve narrowed down my packing to half of a suitcase and no carry-on. It was no easy feat (Hello! Of course I need 10 pairs of shoes to go to the beach….What if I decide to go running? What if it gets cold? What if a shark eats one of my flip-flops? I mean…..a girl has got to have her options!), but these packing tips have helped me learn to make the best use of my suitcase space, and, ultimately, make traveling a whole lot easier.

Clever Travel Packing Tips (How to pack Socks & Shoes) || Runway Chef #travel #traveltips 1// Store socks inside of sneakers

Clever Travel Packing Tips (How to pack Earrings) || Runway Chef #travel #traveltips 2// Attach earrings to a button to keep the back and earring together

Clever Travel Packing Tips (How to pack Hats) || Runway Chef #travel #traveltips 3// If you’re traveling with hats, fill the hat with smaller items (like tshirts and underwear). Then roll another tshirt and place it into the ridge on top of the hat. Gently pack other soft items around the hats to help them keep their shape.

Clever Travel Packing Tips (How to pack Necklaces) || Runway Chef #travel #traveltips 4// Use a straw to prevent necklaces from tangling

Clever Travel Packing Tips (How to pack Liquids) || Runway Chef #travel #traveltips 5// To keep liquids from spilling, remove the cap from the bottle. Place a small piece of plastic wrap (or a piece from a plastic bag) on top, then tightly screw the lid back on.

Clever Travel Packing Tips (How to pack Rings) || Runway Chef #travel #traveltips 6// Place rings on a large safety pin to keep them from getting lost

Clever Travel Packing Tips (How to pack Bracelets) || Runway Chef #travel #traveltips 7// Clutches pull double-duty by providing bracelet storage

Clever Travel Packing Tips (How to pack Clothes so They are Wrinkle-free) || Runway Chef #travel #traveltips 8// Wrap items that wrinkle easily in tissue paper (can be used or new) to prevent excessive wrinkling while the items are packed in a suitcase. Once you arrive at your destination, immediately hang the clothes on hangers, and be sure to hang them in the bathroom when you take a shower so that the steam can remove any other wrinkles.

Clever Travel Packing Tips (How to pack Alcohol in Your Carry-on) || Runway Chef #travel #traveltips 9// Did you know you can actually bring alcohol on a plane? Yeah, I didn’t either (until recently, thanks to my blog friend Jess and my bestie for both letting me know). While I would prefer a horse tranquilizer prior to flying (Can you tell I hate flying?), a drink (or two) is better than nothing. As with other carry-on liquids, the bottles must be less than 3.4 ounces (most nip bottles are around 1.7 ounces) and they must fit into a quart-size plastic bag. Mr. RC and I each took 4 in our carry-ons on our recent trip to Punta Cana.

I’d love to know, what clever travel packing tips do you have?

6 Ways to Prep for a Beach Vacation

6 Ways to Prep for a Beach Vacation || Runway Chef #traveltips #healthytips Whenever I find out that I’m going on a tropical getaway, I usually come up with some elaborate plan as to how I’m finally *finally* going to get a 6-pack. I head to my favorite grocery store, find my favorite beer, pick up a 6-pack and head to the check-out lane. Kiiiiidddddddinnngggg! My real plan for a real 6-pack usually involves lots of smoothies, an intense routine of daily hour-long ab workouts, military-style runs around the neighborhood, and basically swearing off food until said trip. If you know me, I’m sure you’re laughing by now because we both know me swearing off food is the biggest joke ever. I mean have you seen my blog??! Two days ago I posted a dip compromised of cheese, beer & bacon. Yesterday, I was in the kitchen up to my eyeballs in cupcakes, chocolate, caramel, cookies, cream, and butter. “Diet” is not exactly a word that is in my vocabulary. Instead, I subscribe to the philosophy “everything in moderation” (and by moderation I clearly mean moderately testing all foods to make sure they are ok!). When it comes to preparing for a beach vacation, I’ve learned to adopt the same philosophy. Starving yourself and stuffing green juices down your throat isn’t going to give you an instant 6-pack, but incorporating a few of the below healthy tips into your vacation prep will help you put your best foot forward once you hit the beach.

Lemon Detox Water 1. Drink detox water // When I’m gearing up for the beach, I usually start making at least half my daily water intake some kind of detox water. At the minimum, you’ll want to make sure you’re having at least one glass of detoxifying water a day. 

2. Avoid foods that cause bloating // Broccoli, brussel sprouts, onions, beans, lentils, peas, asparagus, cabbage, sugarless gum, apples, frozen dinners, processed foods, carbonated beverages,  and some dairy products can all cause your stomach to expand. To insure a flat stomach try incorporating some of these items into your diet: lemons (hello lemon detox water), avocados, kale & spinach (both can be added to smoothies), eggs, nut butters, bananas, salmon, and non-fat Greek yogurt (also good for those probiotics).

Orangeberry Smoothie via @runwaychef #breakfast #healthy #fruit 3. Replace a snack with a smoothie // I’m all for snacking but I’ve found that one of the easiest ways for me to cut a few extra calories prior to a trip is to replace a snack with a smoothie. Plus, it’s a great way for me to pack lots of nutrients into one small beverage. Here are some of my favorite smoothie combinations. I also love this orangeberry smoothie.

6 Ways to Prep for a Beach Vacation || Runway Chef #traveltips #healthytips 4. Incorporate dietary supplements // Part of my daily vitamin routine is to take a probiotic and digestive enzyme with every meal. To see effective results this is something that you need to incorporate into your daily routine well before your vacation. However, there are some other effective ways to get probiotics in your system in only a couple weeks time. My favorite way is with yogurt, but I also really like drinking probiotic beverages. We discovered GoodBelly juice by accident, but now we love drinking it. We even add it to seltzer water for a “soda”. My favorite flavor is the Pomegranate Blackberry.

5. Cut portions in half // This is a habit I try to do on the daily, but it’s one I especially make sure to stick to leading up to a trip. It’s hard to completely resist the urge to have a cupcake or a slice of pizza, so cutting the serving in half ensures I won’t feel guilty now and I won’t binge later.

DIY Pumpkin Scrub 6. Use a body scrub // I always make sure to use a good body scrub prior to leaving on a beach vacation. My favorite is this homemade pumpkin scrub (perfect for this time of year) because the coffee helps with cellulite, the pumpkin is full of enzymes, and the coconut oil is moisturizing.

How do you prepare for a beach vacation?

Casual Monday Celebration

Casual New England beach attire- cozy sweater, striped shirt, linen shorts & TOM'S @runwaychef I know it’s typically Fridays that are casual, but this week we’re doing Casual Monday. Because I say so. Also, because this week is little ol’ RC’s 3rd birthday and I kind of forgot to plan something (#badblogger). So because I forgot plan an actual celebration, I’m celebrating by having a Casual Monday. Also, I’m gifting you all with the present of a Casual Monday. I’m sure your bosses will totally understand. “Ummm why are you wearing shorts and a tshirt today?” “Oh because, Runway Chef is celebrating her birthday and she said I could.” “Runway who?! Blog what?? You’re fired”. Ok, on second thought maybe I won’t gift you with Casual Monday. But don’t worry, I’ll be celebrating Casual Monday, I mean RC’s birthday, enough for the both of us.

As always, thank you all for your unending support of RC. This little blog has grown so much in its 3 short years and I’m one proud momma. It certainly has been a lot of work (yes, it really is more than just slapping some pictures and words up on the world wide web…who knew), full of lots of ups and downs, but those of you have been a constant support have made it all worth it (and those of you who haven’t been a constant support, well….no Casual Monday for you!). I’m excited for so many upcoming opportunities, projects and continued growth and I’m even more excited to continue sharing this journey with all of you! Hope you all have a wonderful week!

P.S. In case you couldn’t tell, we took these pictures on our Cape Cod trip, which you can read more about here.

Casual New England beach attire- cozy sweater, striped shirt, linen shorts & TOMS @runwaychef Casual New England beach attire- cozy sweater, striped shirt, linen shorts & TOMS @runwaychef cozy beach sweater @runwaychef Casual New England beach attire- cozy sweater, striped shirt, linen shorts & TOMS @runwaychef Casual New England beach attire- cozy sweater, striped shirt, linen shorts & TOMS @runwaychef Casual New England beach attire- cozy sweater, striped shirt, linen shorts & TOMS @runwaychef Casual New England beach attire- cozy sweater, striped shirt, linen shorts & TOMS @runwaychef Casual New England beach attire- cozy sweater, striped shirt, linen shorts & TOMS @runwaychef Casual New England beach attire- cozy sweater, striped shirt, linen shorts & TOMS @runwaychef H&M Sunnies // Old Navy Shirt (very similar) & Shorts (on sale for under $10) // Michael Kors Sweater // TOMS Shoes

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