2nd Anniversary Gifts for Her

2nd Anniversary Gifts for Her @runwaychef #anniversary #giftideas Last week I shared 2nd anniversary gifts for men, but let’s be honest, we all know it’s really the men who need help finding gifts for the women ;) So men, if you’re getting ready to celebrate your 2nd wedding anniversary her are a few gift ideas to get your lady based on the traditional theme of ‘cotton’. And ladies, feel free to share/tweet/email/Facebook/send-by-carrier-pigeon this post to your husband…a couple subtle (or not so subtle) hints never hurt nobody!

1. A Bouquet of Cotton Stems in a pretty vase

2. Cotton Scented Candle 

3. His Hers Pillows (a joint gift that will make a woman far happier than the man)

4. Cotton Candy (yes this was on the list for men, but let’s be honest, EVERYONE likes cotton candy + you could always give it in the “gift bag” of a designer handbag, just saying’….)

5. Sheets (another good idea for a “joint” gift)

6. Bathrobe (You can even get it personalized with initials; also, think about pairing it with soft slippers and a nice eye mask or even a spa day) 

You can see ideas for 1st anniversary gifts for women here.

2 Years

Happy Anniversary! || Runway Chef Happy Anniversary Mr. RC! You make every day better just by being in it and without you I would be completely lost. You are the butter to my bread, the sprinkles to my funfetti cake, the logo to my Chanel bag, the runway to my chef, the breath to my life….

Happy Anniversary! || Runway Chef

Photos by Lesley of Kensington Blue; See all the details of our wedding here or in our SMP feature

2nd Anniversary Gift Ideas for Him

2nd Anniversary Gift Ideas for Him @runwaychef #anniversary #giftideas As I mentioned before, the Mr. and I will be celebrating our 2nd anniversary on Monday. Last year I shared 1st anniversary gift ideas and the post went over so well that I figured I’d make it a yearly ritual. Traditionally, 2nd anniversary gifts are cotton…..so I bought my husband a cotton farm. From now on he’ll be supplying the cotton to make my custom clothes, which means my shopping bill we go down and let’s be real, that’s like me giving him a whole other gift. Obviously kidding, because you better believe if I have the money to buy a cotton farm, I also have the money to skip the whole farm thing and just buy the clothes (and bags and a trip around the world and maybe a boat…..too much for a 2nd anniversary?! I think not…). Cotton jokes aside, I’m a bit old-fashioned and a sucker for tradition, but I do like to add an updated spin on things so here are my picks for 2nd anniversary gift ideas for men-

1. Sneakers (Nike offers customization options…you could get initials or your wedding date added to the back of the sneakers)

2. Cotton candy (Fluffpop offers Gourmet flavors such as Lychee, Caramel & Pumpkin Spice and they offer a special anniversary option)

3. Cotton Cologne

4. Personalized Toiletry Bag (also like this one)

5. A jersey from his favorite sports team 

6. A tie and pocket square set (you could also get them initialized or custom-made)

Click here for 2nd anniversary gift ideas for her.

Wedding Week: Favorite Moments

wedding in Liberty State Park

If you’re not in wedding mode, I’m sure this week has been a total bore for you. But the good news for you, is that it’s back to regular posting next week (I’ve got lots of fall goodies coming up!) and the good news for me, is that I’m back to writing only one post a day (I won’t go into details, but let’s just say it’s hard enough putting together one post, forget about two). Thank you all so much for the sweet comments and compliments on our wedding. It was truly the best day of our lives and I’m so happy that I have been able to relive it by sharing these moments with all of you. It isn’t easy picking just a few favorite moments (can’t the whole day be my favorite moment?!), but I did my best. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

bride and mother-of-the-bride

{Sharing moments with my Mom- (L) helping me get into my dress, (R) right before she walked me down the aisle}


{Drinking mimosas all morning doesn’t mix well with a corset and nerves…this is me running/sneaking into the church to use the bathroom prior to the ceremony, where I stumbled upon the Rockettes rehearsing…which technically means the Rockettes were at my wedding, right?!}

fall wedding {My Mom giving me away…right before she turned, stepped on my veil, and almost caused me to fall down! I wish I was joking…}

bride and groom in limo {Getting ready to ride off in the limo}

wedding {With my sister and my brother}

funny groomsmen picture

{Mr. RC is probably going to kill me for sharing this, but I mean how could I not?!}

wedding shoes

{Wedding feet and wedding date}

champagne toast {Sharing a private toast with my husband, before we joined the rest of the party}

first dance

{Our first dance}

bride and groom cutting cake {Being “scolded” after I smashed cake in Mr. RC’s face….by the way, smashing cake in someone’s face is really fun…for the smasher at least, probably not for the smashee}

NYC wedding {One of my favorite shots of the group walking through the 911 memorial in Liberty State Park}

Other favorites seen on past posts include pictures under the willow tree, eating sweet treats from our candy bar, snapping photos in our photo booth, the incredible food, saying our vows, watching our slideshow and definitely our sparkler entrance.

In case you missed any posts, you can see our looks here, the venues here, all our DIY details here, how we made our own photo booth and candy bar, and how I did my own wedding makeup and hair here.


All pictures taken by our incredible wedding photographer Lesley of Kensington Blue

DIY Wedding Makeup and Hair

DIY Wedding Makeup and Hair

Full disclosure- I never set out with the intention of doing my own makeup or hair for our wedding. It just kind of happened. I was so busy getting all the other details in place, I completely forgot “Hey, I might want not want to scare people when I walk down the aisle!”. I went on a trial with a makeup artist (who should be renamed a make-up witch)…she was rude, condescending, frequently got annoyed with things I said or did, she poked me in the eye with an eyeliner pencil (which was somehow my fault, according to her), she asked me to buy several hundred dollars worth of makeup for her to use at my wedding, oh and to top it off, she wanted to charge me $700 dollars. Thanks, but no thanks! I quickly realized doing my own wedding makeup would be far more reasonable and a lot less painful.

DIY wedding makeup

Here are my DIY wedding makeup tips (with all product details listed at the very bottom)-

Prime- It should go without saying, but make sure that you are taking good care of your skin. Washing, toning, removing makeup, and lots of moisturizing are all key to having a great base for the rest of your makeup. One of my favorite moisturizing/get-even-toned-skin tricks is to simply rub a few drops of Vitamin E oil on my face. Facials, peels, masks, scrubs, etc are all great ways to get your skin in tip-top shape, but just be sure to do them at least 1 1/2-2 weeks out. If your skin reacts badly, you will still have enough time to heal up before your big day. And don’t forget about your lips when you’re prepping your face; get your wedding ready with a quick sugar and olive oil lip scrub or even a little brushing with your toothbrush.

Prep- In addition to caring for your skin, make sure you do other prep work before you’re big day. Get your brows plucked, shaped and groomed. If you choose to get a spray tan (I did), do so two days in advance, so the color has time to settle and look natural. Another huge trick that helped me in doing my own wedding make-up was getting eyelash extensions. I have naturally invisible eyelashes, not to mention mascara can be a pain (especially with all those tears of joy), and since I had gotten my lashes done in the past, I knew I would like the results. It was definitely worth it, both for the sake of my wedding and my honeymoon afterwards.


Base- Another important step is making sure you have a good foundation, one that stays in place, doesn’t look oily, covers evenly, and doesn’t look caked on. I don’t wear foundation, so finding one I liked wasn’t an easy task. Since I wasn’t paying to get my make-up done, I decided to splurge on a really good foundation, and I ended up getting Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere. That stuff is a total dream, and completely changed my foundation-hating heart. If you already have a foundation that you use, great! But if not, I recommend either going to a beauty store or a makeup counter and having a professional help you pick your shade and the type that is right for your skin.

Going along with foundation, I would also recommend having a good under eye concealer (I like bareMinerals), cover-upa primer, a make-up sponge, and a foundation brush. Once your foundation and concealer layer is on, set everything with a thin veil of translucent powder.

Eyes- Next, you’ll want to focus on your eyes. Because my ceremony was during the day and my reception wasn’t until later, I went for a lightened up smokey eye. I primed my eyelid with Lorac’s “Behind the Scenes” primer. Then I used a combination of the pink and light brown from Chanel’s “Mystic Eyes” as my base. I filled in the crease with the brown from Chanel’s “Lilium” topped off with Chanel’s “Illusoire”. Next I used an eyeliner brush to line my eyes in a combination of the dark brown from the “Mystic Eyes” and the black from Lorac’s “Movie Star” topped with a waterproof liner. I finished the look off Chanel’s “Emerveille“, focusing it on the corners and my brow bone. My biggest tip for eye make-up is to do what you normally do, then add just a touch more. You don’t want it to look like you have a ton of makeup on, but, keeping lighting and photography in mind, I would recommend things like accenting your crease more or lining your inner lid and corner with a shimmery, lighter shade. Also, this is not the time for experimenting; stick to neutral colors and use shadows that you already have and are familiar with. All the shadows I used were ones I use on a regular basis so I knew exactly how to work with them and exactly how they would look. Of course, don’t forget your eyebrows- brush them, fill in spots with a pencil (use an eyeliner pencil one shade lighter than your brows), and keep them in place with a coat of clear mascara.

Chanel No. 5

Face- I finished off my face with a pop of blush, a dusting of bronzer, and some highlighter to help contour my cheekbones. Again, use shades that you are familiar with and don’t put extreme amounts on. You want to look like you, not like a clown. As with my eyes, I used all products that I knew and had been using on regular basis.

Lips- Line your lips then gloss up those puckers with a neutral lipstick and gloss. I hadn’t previously been into lipstick, so this was another splurge for me, as I wanted to make sure I had a shade that matched my skin tone. It’s also kind of cool because now anytime I wear that lipstick it reminds me of my wedding day. A note about lips- if going bold and bright is your thing, do it, but just make sure to keep your eyes relatively neutral. Likewise, if you go big with the eyes, keep the lips toned down. If you aren’t sure what the heck you want to do, neutral will always be a safe choice.

DIY wedding beauty tips

Finish- Once you have your look exactly how you want it, spray it with hair spray. No, I didn’t just jump to talking about hair. Seriously set your face with hair spray. Of course, make sure you hold the can about 5 inches from your face and close your eyes (duh), but hair spray will ensure your makeup isn’t going anywhere (a trick I picked up from a runway make-up artist).

Don’t Leave Without- Lipstick and lipgloss, blush and brush, bronzer and blush, concealer, blotting papers, bobby pins, hair ties, mini hair spray bottle, perfume…whether you have them in a clutch, you leave them in the limo, or one of your bridesmaids holds onto them, these items will be your touch-up saviors.

how to do your own wedding makeup

Last Advice- Just remember to be you. You don’t want to walk down the aisle and have people only see your makeup or have your husband wondering if his bride got lost because he doesn’t recognize you. Like I mentioned already, this isn’t the time to buy all new makeup and try fancy new tricks, or trendy looks, or bright colors, or crazy highlighting. Stick to what you know and use colors, shades, and products that you’re familiar with. Splurge on things like foundation or eyelash extensions, not eyeshadows and powders (you can get such good quality ones at drugstores, no splurge is necessary). When you look back at your wedding pictures, you’ll be much happier with a classic, clean, neutral look that lets you shine through.

DIY wedding hairstyles

Here are my DIY Wedding Hair Tips-

I almost feeling silly saying this (because it’s so freaking easy), but the most affordable way to get your hair done for a wedding, is to get a blow out. Now, I know I’m lucky that I have several blow bars right where I live, but your local hair salon could just as easily give you a blow out. For my hair, I woke up very early Saturday morning and got a blow out at the Drybar. I contemplated getting one of their up-do’s (incredibly affordable as far as wedding up-do’s are concerned), but decided I liked my hair better down. Once I was back in my hotel room, I simply styled it how I liked, by pulling some of my hair back on one side and securing it with bobby pins. My bridesmaids all chose to do their own hair, but a place like the Drybar would be also be great for handling a bridal party group. Plus, you can’t really beat $40 for a wedding ‘do (or a regular ‘do, for that matter).

DIY wedding hair and makeup

All pictures taken by our incredible wedding photographer Lesley of Kensington Blue