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.

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Cape Cod

Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef I used to go to Cape Cod every year with my family, but once we moved to the Midwest the Cape trips, sadly ended. I’ve been trying to make it back out there ever since Mr. RC and I became East Coasters once again, and finally, this year, we did (thanks to some friends who invited us to rent a house with them). The only thing that I remembered was the candy store, which indicates two things- 1) It’s been so long since I’ve been to the Cape that I’ve become too old to remember anything and 2) Clearly I had my priorities straight when I was a kid! Since I didn’t remember anything, and Mr. RC had never been, we had a fun few days exploring the Cape. 

P.S. I apologize in advance for the overload of pictures, but you know what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words….

Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef {The dunes at Head of Meadow beach in Truro}

Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef {The house we stayed at was in Eastham, so we ended up grabbing breakfast at The Hole in One 2 out of the 3 mornings that we were there. They’re known for their donuts, but we weren’t overly impressed by those. They weren’t horrible by any means, they just weren’t our favorite donuts. However, we loved their iced coffee (Iced Hazelnut Cream), asiago bagel with bacon and spinach cream cheese, and the cinnamon muffins dubbed “The Tom Bomb”. Also, it was very reasonably priced (everything in the above picture was around $6).}

Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef {The first day we had lunch at the The Friendly Fisherman. The prices were average for the Cape but pricey if you were anywhere else. However, the clam strips and fries were well-seasoned and cooked just right. The coleslaw was so-so, but who really cares about that when you have seafood, right?!}

Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef {The day we went to Provincetown we had lunch at Bubala’s…We had the fish tacos and the lobster roll. The food was very good and the seafood was super fresh. They have an in-house fish filet-er, which definitely made a huge difference in the taste of the tacos, and the prices were perfect for what you get.}

Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef {The Head of the Meadow beach was not only a beautiful (almost deserted) beach with pristine sand and pretty blue waters, but it was a great place to spot seals. We easily saw at least 200 hundred seals, if not more, and since seals are one of my favorite animals (Hello Andre!) this was by far one of the highlights of the trip for me.}

Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef {Since there were 6 of us staying in the house we thought it would be fun to have a lobster boil one night. We got these big boys from the same place that we got our clam strips (here) then Mr. RC did the boiling for us.}

Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef {The candy store I remembered from my childhood days in the Cape}

Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef {On our way out of the Cape to go to the Berkshires, we stopped in Plymouth so we could get one last fill of seafood. We ordered the fried clams and shrimp cocktail at the Lobster Hut. We were both a bit surprised to find that it was actually a little better than the place in Eastham and it was considerably cheaper.}

Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Well, here’s hoping it won’t be so long until my next trip to the Cape….and if it is, at least I’ll remember more this time (thanks to good ol’ blogging and technology)….

Newport, R.I. Part 2 + Marriott Rewards Perks

Newport R.I + Marriott Rewards “I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Millennial Central for Marriott Rewards®. I received Marriott Points to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” 

Last week you may have seen when I shared a few pictures from our weekend getaway to Newport, R.I. This week, however, I wanted to share a little bit more about where we stayed. In my continued partnership with Marriott Rewards® (remember my first post here?), my husband and I chose to stay at the Newport Marriott Hotel. You can find out a bit more about our stay as Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite members and some of the perks we enjoyed in this short (and very awkward/funny) video I made. Also, apparently, my favorite word is “ummm”….looks like my career in acting is out the window!

As I mentioned in the video, you can find out more about the Marriott Rewards program and enroll for free at Marriott.com/rewards, and of course, don’t forget to nominate a loved one for a fun surprise party over at the yearofsurprises.com (the 3rd nomination period is August 1st-31st). The entries are based on merit (not a random drawing) so get those creative juices flowing! For all the official rules and details hop on over to yearofsurprises.com/rules.

Travel Diary: Newport, R.I.

looking out to sea Over the weekend, Mr. RC and I took a quick trip to one of our favorite coastal town getaways- Newport, R.I. On Saturday we grabbed some day drinks with friends at the Midtown Oyster Bar, before heading to dinner at a Newport staple, The Black Pearl (if you ever go, make sure to get the fried brie). Sunday morning we grabbed brunch at The Clarke Cooke House, perused a few of the stores, hiked over to the breakers and the mansions, and then made our rounds for a few treats (see the pictures below) before heading back to the city. While it certainly was a quick trip, I’ll take all the time by the sea that I can get.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Newport,R.I. Marina

Cupcake Charlie's, Newport These cupcakes were so good…we went back twice (#sorrynotsorry). The first time we got chocolate sea salt caramel (swoon) and the next day we got funfetti and peanut butter and jelly.

Cupcake Charlie's Newport,R.I. mansions Through the mansion gates

The Breakers, Newport The breakers

Newport Mansions Honey, I’m home!

Rhode Island mansions Newport,R.I. Newport Mansions mansion gates The Breakers Newport Mansions Just another one of my homes, er I mean, the Newport mansions

Del's Lemonade Getting a Del’s is always a top priority when we’re in Rhode Island

Newport Travel Diary Newport,R.I. travel diary sailboat masts Newport Travel Diary

By the Sea

H&M striped skirt Just like I was apparently not ready to face the camera yesterday (I somehow ended up with only pictures of me looking away…I blame the photographer!), I’m so not ready to face this very long and very busy week. On the bright side, we spent the weekend in one of our favorite places, Newport, RI. It was short, but the weather was perfect and I got myself a Del’s, so it was definitely sweet. In true nautical fashion, I brought lots of stripes to wear. So many stripes in fact that I somehow was short a sweater to throw on during the cool morning. So in true Alyssa fashion, I “stole” my hubby’s sweater and hello, comfy, cozy outfit by the sea! 

long cardigan, striped skirt, Converse shoes tan sweater, white shirt, striped skirt nautical fashion summer neutrals Newport,RI Old Navy Shirt // Brooks Brothers Sweater (borrowed from Mr. RC, similar here & here) // H&M Skirt // Converse Shoes // Chanel Bag