Happy Hour No. 25

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.Sharing a behind-the-scenes look at September 2018These monthly posts are 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 about our September 2018!

CaseyBlack sunglasses with a brown leather jacket

  • For Christmas, I got these black sunglasses from my dad and I absolutely loved them…that is until they mysteriously disappeared! I didn’t want to spend the money to get new ones and just wore some cheap black ones this summer. But I kept missing those sunglasses, so I decided to buy another pair. I’m so happy I did. They’re so glam and I wear them on repeat (especially when I’m not rocking any eye makeup).
  • Ever since I started fertility treatments my hair has been falling out a bit (I keep telling Bridget I feel like I’ve aged a decade in the last year. Ugh). They equate it to how women lose hair after having a baby (like little baby hairs around the face). I’ve been a little self-conscious about it, so I decided to get a few clip-in extensions to wear for special occasions. I got these ones in the color “butterscotch.” I wore them to a wedding recently and they definitely made my hair look fuller and more voluminous. Speaking of which…A maroon dress perfect for fall weddings
  • I’m on a new hair product kick! I used to just buy cheap dry shampoo, but I tried out a travel size of this dry shampoo from Drybar and it is sooooo much better than the cheap stuff! I feel like I use a lot less and I don’t need to respray at all. I’m trying to wash my hair less and my new dry shampoo and this volume blast are really coming in handy on day 2 and day 3 old hair!
  • Just finished the third book in the Crazy Rich Asians series and saw the movie too. I loved reading this series, especially because Finn is heading to Singapore for work next week! I keep trying to get him to read the series, but I suppose he will experience the culture first-hand when he gets there (well, maybe not the extreme wealth. But the food!). I also finished My Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. Loved them both. Now onto another pick from this list of favorites


  • I own this SUPER cozy pulloverthis SUPER cozy pullover, but I saw this look alike on sale for $23 (!!!) and I immediately added it to my cart. It hasn’t arrived yet, but I’ll keep you posted!
  • I bought this onesie (in nude) for Ben’s Halloween costume. Finding a nude onesie proved way harder than I expected it to be! Any guesses what he’s going to be?Date night look with fall blazer
  • This blazer is one of my favorite fall pieces and I saw that a lot of your purchased it after I shared this post. Anyone else wearing it on repeat lately?! I feel like I’ve ALREADY gotten my money’s worth and it’s only September!
  • I’m looking for new work to weekend flats. Any recommendations? I like these, these and these but want to make sure they’re extra comfy so I can rock them all day long at work.
  • I’m still in pursuit of the perfect skincare routine (update coming soon!) and was intrigued by this natural cleanser. But it’s a cleansing oil, which scares me because I’m naturally a little oily. And I actually like how dried out my face feels after a good wash, although I do know that can contribute to the production of more oil. Does anyone use oil cleanser? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Link Love

Casey Updatescasey and finn apple picking

Finn and I are both big fall lovers. I love the chillier weather and all the things that come with the new season. Whereas I’m pretty sure his love for fall comes from the fact that football season is back. Ha! This year we decided to make a fall bucket list to squeeze in as much fun as possible into the next few months. Finn visiting the goats at apple hollerApple picking in Wisconsin at apple hollereating an apple in the apple orchard

I’m sharing the entire bucket list next week on the blog (a lot of you guys asked to check it out!), and we actually already crossed a few things off our list. Most notably, we went apple picking in Wisconsin to this orchard. It was such a fun day and we ended up with so many good apples.Letter board with fall quote

Another task on our list was to make an apple pie. We did our best, but after a crushed crust we ended up transforming it into an apple cobbler. Still absolutely delicious and so much fun to make together. Stovetop potpourri recipe for fall I also ended up making applesauce and a stovetop potpourri from the crazy amount of apples we picked. I’m planning to share the stovetop potpourri on the blog in the coming weeks. So good!

We also had a wedding mid-September for good friends of ours (which I chatted about in Wednesday’s post). It was at the coolest venue (Savage Smyth). The ceremony was held outside with a gorgeous backdrop of the Chicago skyline. Then we headed inside for lots of dancing & champagne. A fun night for sure!

Holiday Photo Shoot

If you guys watched our Insta Stories over the weekend, then you may have seen a glimpse into our holiday content. Yes, we know we’re crazy type-A but we wanted to get it all done before we start Bridget’s kitchen renovation (which kicks off tomorrow!).

Shooting our christmas card in september

We’ll be shooting our annual Dream Tree in the coming weeks too. Blogging life is crazy, you’ve gotta work 2-3 months ahead of time. But we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Bridget Updates

This month we’ve been settling into our new routine with Matt being home on paternity leave, which has been an amazing adjustment for all of us.

this month Ben turned 7 months oldMatt and Ben get to spend so much time together, Matt is literally on Cloud 9. Plus, Matt has also taken on A LOT of the responsibilities around the house, which has made our nights and weekends a lot less hectic and stressful.

using weekends to catch-up on behind the scenes workBecause of this, I was able to spend time prepping for the kitchen renovation (demo starts TONIGHT!), prepping for our holiday shoot, and even spending almost an entire day downtown with the Finns reviewing Playbook finances, plans, goals, etc.

So although we don’t have a ton of “fun” to share from this past month, it’s been a very productive one behind the scenes because we have a little extra time on our hands.

ready for a kitchen renovation this month on the blogNow we’re gearing up for our kitchen renovation, which I know is going to be pure craziness. Make sure you are following along on instaStories for live updates, but of course, I will be sharing them here on the blog too!

I’m feeling just about every emotion as the hours pass by. I’m so happy to get home and start demo-ing tonight, but also SO nervous about what’s in store.


The Year of Casey

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I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m a Chicago gal teaching you how to design, DIY, and maintain your home…by yourself! Learn more about me right here.

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