Happy Hour No. 8

To us, Happy Hour is a time to sit back, relax, and catch up with friends. It’s a time to chat about everything and anything, and that’s exactly what we bring to DIY Playbook’s monthly Happy Hour.happy-hour-graphic
We want these monthly posts to be a chance to catch up with friends and bring just a little extra happy to your day. So grab your coffee (or champagne) and let’s catch up!

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  • After our flats post, I ended up getting these lace-up flats for spring. I’m so excited to start wearing them once the weather gets a little bit nicer. Stay tuned for an update on how we’re liking our new flats later in April.casey-work-11
  • I upgraded my hair dryer last year to this one and it was a game changer. How the heck did I get by so many years with my old, beat up one? This one dries my hair sooooo fast (granted my hair is pretty thin, but still!) Plus it’s not too heavy, so my arms aren’t tired after drying.
  • During the winter my skin can get incredibly dry, so I recently picked up this night cream from CVS. It’s thick and hydrating and my skin just soaks it up. I’ve never been a big night cream gal, but so far I’m loving it.
  • I’m so ready to start wearing spring clothes! I’ve got my eye on these sandals and may have to throw these jean shorts into my online shopping cart too!


  • I scored this tank & this shirt at Target and I’m super excited to start injecting a little Spring into my closet. I’m making a conscious effort to buy items that are versatile and very “me” & I think these two shirts fit the bill. Plus, they were pretty affordable (in true Target fashion) so I’m excited to give them a try! <– I’m styling the tank tomorrow on the blog!
  • I decided on these $19.99 flats vs. these $65 flats for our most recent mission to find comfy work flats. I’m giving both an equal shot at work and collecting all my data so we both can report back soon.


  • I scored this brown leather pouf at HOMEGOODS recently for $100. I’ve never seen a brown one there so I scooped it up immediately… even though $100 is usually a bit more than I’d like to pay. But then I saw a similar one on Wayfair for $200 and didn’t feel so bad about the splurge. Anyone know where to find affordable poufs? I remember how excited I was when we scored this one for my sister’s nursery at the Land of Nod outlet on sale for $35 (reg. $79), but honestly have never seen such a great deal since.


  • After lots of search, I finally decided on a barn door handle and installed it earlier this week. I can’t wait to show you the finished product on Friday, but until then… here’s the link to the best hardware I came across. The pulls are a bit pricey, but they’re specifically made for barn doors so it came with screws thick and LONG enough to fit through our 2″ door.

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  • We were so honored to chat with Mr. Fix-It himself, Lou Manfredini, last week on WGN Radio here in Chicago. It’s always fun connecting with Chicago people who share our love for DIY so connecting with Lou and some of the listeners after the show was such an honor! You can listen to us at around 43:00 with this link.
  • Filing this kitchen makeover under “DREAM KITCHEN”
  • Good tips to style a fireplace mantle
  • Spending money on experiences, not things <—loving this idea!
  • Items to get rid of in every room in your house. Do you agree with this listletterfolk-thanksgiving-hallway
  • You guys know how much we LOVE our Letterfolk signs and although we wish we changed out the letters more often than we do, they bring some serious fun (and motivation!) into our homes. We bought ours here (and love them!), but our friend Mandi just started selling these similar boards for a better price so we wanted to give you guys the heads up if you’re in the game for your own letter board!minted_diy_playbook
  • Another sale alert! Our favorite place to buy art, Minted.com, is celebrating 10 years by providing the best sales of the year (competitive with their black friday & Cyber Monday sales). Shop their amazing art selection here and be sure to use the following coupon codes for an even better deal:
    • Free Shipping = SHIPFREE
    • Buy 3+ Party Items and get 15% off your Party Purchase = no code necessary
    • $10 credit toward wedding stationery samples = 10FREE
    • Check out the DIY Playbook’s favorites here (in our Minted store).4th_birthday_DIY_playbook-2

The survey results are in from our 4th birthday week and we’re reminded once again how AMAZING YOU GUYS ARE! Wow, we could not be more grateful for all of your kindness and all of your ideas, advice, suggestions, & encouragement. We sat down at a coffee shop one afternoon and went through every single piece of feedback and discussed how we could take your advice to make the blog even better. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy days to provide such valuable feedback. You guys seriously rock!

The one new component from the survey this year was the “fun facts” you guys shared about yourselves. We were incredibly humbled by the amazing group we have tuning in everyday (including a corporate pilot, ballerina, professional opera singer….) How cool are our readers?! We were cracking up at some of the hilarious fun facts about you guys and it makes us want to hang out with each and every one of you in person. 

Casey Updates

I recently got back from a trip to Phoenix with my mom, sister, and grandma. We’ve been going out there every March since I was a kid to get some R&R and escape the cold of Chicago for a long weekend in the sunshine.

meme-jan-casey-lizIt’s always such an easygoing weekend with my favorite women, but this year was bittersweet because my grandma is selling her Arizona house and moving back to Missouri full-time. We spent lots of time helping her pack up and ended up spending our afternoons looking at old family pictures and listening to stories from her childhood.

Here’s a gorgeous photo we found of my grandma’s parents before heading off on their honeymoon. My grandma guesses it was about 1918…

casey-old-family-photosIsn’t it stunning? I love how it captures their young love and the style of the time. Could you imagine being so dressy to travel today?!  I need to frame it and display it somewhere in our home. Still searching for the perfect, special spot. meme-arizona-houseI’m away from home again this weekend, this time visiting Finn’s sister and her husband in Houston! We’ll be celebrating his 30th birthday and spending time in their new house. Can’t wait to catch up and explore Houston while we’re there!

Bridget Updates

This month has been very busy with office projects. I swear almost every weekend I’ve spent planning, DIY-ing, or cleaning up after the mess in the office.
full-office-wayfairDon’t get me wrong I’m SO excited for the progress and am obsessed with the look so far, I just feel like it’s been extra busy around here because of the XL to-do list. The great news is that the project is wrapping up (kinda?) and hopefully I will get a little bit more free time back on my hands soon. Until then though, I still plan on shiplapping the back wall probably over the next few weeks. The other side of the room also needs some attention so I need to figure out what I’m going to do over there and then update you guys on the progress!

St.PatricksDay_Flowers_Bridget_Irish-2But before I get into that larger project and that whole NEW mess, Matt and I are spending a little down time in DC for his birthday! It’s been our tradition to check out a new baseball stadium for his birthday for the past three years and so this year we are headed to see the Nationals’ Park, while also making a vacation out of the trip. Does anyone have any recommendations for the DC area? Tourist attractions, restaurants, bakeries, ideas of what to see/do…. we are all ears and would love your feedback! And as always if you want to follow along on our travels, be sure to follow our Instagram.


  • H Buchanan

    Have fun in DC! A lot of the Smithsonian museums are free to go through (or ask for a small donation, it’s been a while since I’ve been) but they’re very cool! My favorite is the museum of American History! Also, the Cherry Blossoms are supposed to be incredible to see!

    • Thanks Heather! Yes, that’s what I’ve heard…. I’m excited! Thanks for the tips!

  • Erin

    I’m in the DC area! for tourist attractions: I recommend the newseum — it is pricey but completely worth it, if you want free – definitely the American history museum – that’s one of the most interesting. if the weather’s decent do take a peek at the cherry blossoms – however the weather has been messing with them so I don’t think they’re as amazing as they usually are! georgetown is always fun to walk through — never gets old. but i wouldn’t drive, i’d either ride a bike or take one of the circulator buses to get there.

    for restuarants – it really depends where you’re staying. I’m always a fan of our local chain — matchbox — it’s a good mix of american food but they do it right! for breweries — i think it’s a bit on the snobbish side but Churchkey does good beer. Founding Farmers — they do great local stuff — I did just go to their sister restaurant – Farmers & distillers — the food was fine but i wasn’t too impressed with the food – but their glazed donuts are worth a drop in. and I’m not even a donut person!

    I’d try Etto for some good pizza. i’m a pizza fiend! and while churchkey is somewhat near nationals stadium. I’d also try Eatbar which is also in the area.

    Georgetown Cupcakes is so overrated, but if you really want to go — go to the one in Bethesda – that never has a line. the one in georgetown does, and I think it’s ridiculous! instead try baked & wired which is also in georgetown.

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girls – great post!

  • Trang

    Houston!?! My parents moved there last summer so I go visit every quarter. We are taking a family trip there next month. I grew up there in the elementary years and it’s changed so much. My husband has never been there so I plan on showing him around the town when we visit. Have a great visit and let me know what you get into while there.

    • That is so crazy Trang! We are super excited to get away to the warmth. I’ll let you know what we do while in town!

  • Thanks so much Linda! It’s actually from my grandma, she works at an Irish store on the southside of Chicago and she bought it for me. She says they get them shipped from Ireland. =) I love it and think of her every time I wear it.

  • Hi gals, I have just returned from our spring break vacay. I have been without internet, and while it was kinda nice to completely unplug, i missed my daily dose of diyplaybook! Casey, what an amazing girls getaway weekend you had and that picture is amazing. I love vintage photos like that, such a cool piece of family history! Bridget, that pouf you scored at home goods has me green with envy! It looks amazing in your office, such a nice compliment to those bookshelves. I am loving your office! Can’t wait for the final reveal!
    I love that off the shoulder blouse you got from Target, I may have to single white female you on that one! Are you too young for that reference? I squeezed in a quick trip to Target while in LA last week and picked up these blush colored cargo pants:
    http://intl.target.com/p/women-s-utility-jegging-cargo-pocket-pink-mossimo-153/-/A-51702189 and I love them! Word to the wise, size down as they are super stretchy!

    • Kerri,
      Awwww, we hope your trip was amazing! “Daily dose of DIY Playbook” <— this made our day… thank you!! We're happy you're back and all caught up 😉 And isn't Target the best?! Thanks for the fit tip, can't wait to check out these pants!! And LA?! How amazing!!

  • Julia,
    You are the SWEETEST!!! haha “proud owner of your coffee table” literally made me LOL.

    Thank you SOO much for all of these recommendations. I can’t wait to check them out. And I’ll have to note your recommendations in my recap post after the trip. Sincerely, thank you!! xo, B

  • Kara

    I’m in DC! If you’re into beer, I highly recommend Churchkey, though I haven’t found it to be snobbish like the other person mentioned. They have 50 beers on tap plus hundreds of bottles, and great food. They have a sister brewery, Bluejacket, which is actually right near the baseball stadium. The food there is also great. If you’re here on a weekend, definitely check out Eastern Market. Its part farmer’s market, part flea market. Its also not too far from the baseball stadium, so you could possibly go there before the game, depending on what time first pitch is. As for museums, the Newseum is awesome. You could spend the entire day there. I agree with another commenter…the Library of Congress is awesome. I also really enjoy the guided tour of the Capitol building, so you could hit that and the Library of Congress at the same time. Just a couple blocks from there is Good Stuff Eatery (for burgers & shakes) or We, the Pizza (for pizza). Both are owned by a former Top Chef competitor and are great. There’s also an amazing exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum called Inifinite Mirrors. You need tickets to go, but each morning they give out some tickets for same-day timed entry. You just need to go early to get tickets. I could go on and on, so if there is a specific cuisine you’re looking for, let me know!

    • Wow, this is AH-MAZING!! Thank you for all these tips/suggestions…. I can’t wait to map it all out. I honestly can’t thank you enough, Kara!!! This helps sooooo much!