Better Homes & Gardens & NYC Weekend
Long before we were bloggers, we were blog readers. So it’s safe to say that one of our favorite parts about blogging is connecting with the authors behind some of our favorite daily reads. Recently we were able to hang out with lots of our blogging buddies at the Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker Event.
When BHG invited us to the event a few months back, we RSVP’ed “YES!” in about 2 seconds flat after realizing…
- It’s held in one of our favorite cities (NYC baby!)
- Lots of our blogging buddies would be there! (Like Emily, Laura, Summer…)
- It was an opportunity to network & connect with inspiring talent in the design world
It was only a 1-day event, but it was a jampacked day! (So jampacked that we barely had time to take pictures. So many of these photos are c/o Avi Gerver Photography)We heard from the new editor-in-chief of Better Homes & Gardens, Stephen Orr, and got to learn about the future of the magazine.
We also attended a few sessions on how to better brand ourselves, so we could continue to work with amazing publications like BHG.
But we even had some hands-on classes too. Our favorite? Flower arranging!
We learned a lot from flower pro Matthew Robbins, and we’re so excited to put his tips into practice. In fact, we left so inspired that you may be seeing more crazy blooms around here instead of just roses, hydrangeas, and alstroemerias all the time! (P.S. That’s Jessica from Four Generations One Roof…who was adorable btw)
The best part of the day was hanging with some of our favorites and chatting IN PERSON instead of online. Plus these views at the cocktail hour didn’t hurt either.
It was a wonderful day and we feel honored to be included in a group of such amazing talent!
2 MORE DAYS IN NYC…
Bridget had to leave me to head back to that day job of hers, so the night of the event..I had Finn fly into NYC so we could spend the rest of the weekend in NYC. He hasn’t ever really experienced NYC as an adult, so it was awesome exploring the city side-by-side.
On our agenda? Mostly eating and drinking.
We ate Brooklyn style pizza at the famous Grimaldi’s, we dined on lobster rolls by the Hudson River, and we drank some late night beers at McGee’s (which for any of you How I Met your Mother fans out there…it’s the pub MacLaren’s is based on!)
We tried to keep all of our meals pretty light (typically splitting an appetizer or entree), so we could dine again a few hours later at another spot. We called it our own version of NYC tapas.
Our big event for one of our days in town was a trip to Citi Field for the Yankees vs. Mets game. It was so much fun and the stadium is pretty darn amazing. Such a nice facility (with amazing food options!) I’m pretty sure that husband of mine appreciated the sports-themed date night #wifepoints
On our second (& final) day in NYC we were hardcore tourists. We took an hour-long boat ride to see the Statue of Liberty, walked the Brooklyn bridge, headed to Times Square at night, and did our best to enjoy all of the awesome sights of the Big Apple.All in all, a quick but wonderful trip with my bestie.
Until next time, NYC!
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.