Learning Something New

Marriage is one of those things where you become so close with the other person, that they start to tell you things about yourself that you didn’t even know. Case in point:

Scene: lovely cafe in Kusadasi, Turkey.

Husband: you know how one of your two front teeth is more yellow than the other?

Me: no…

Husband: oh. Never mind.

End scene.

See how much you can learn about yourself when you’re married?
FYI I used whitening strips last night.

Lazy Technology

Can I just tell you how lazy I’ve become.  I wanted to take a quick pic at my desk to put on my computer, so I used my canon camera instead of my iphone (proximity, iphone charging in other room, camera at the desk), and I actually got annoyed with myself because I didn’t want to have to “plug-in” my camera to the computer to upload the picture – using the cord that is already at the desk.  I couldn’t do it wirelessly, and I actually groaned.  Really?  Plus my iphone just “dinged” a text msg so I have to get up anyway.

And last night, I had to actually “print out” my ticket to an event instead of just being allowed to show it on my iphone.  And again, it annoyed me.  And I’m not even a lazy person!  I go out of my way to take the stairs instead of the elevator.  “Yes Paul, we are walking alongside the moving walkway at the airport because we are only lugging 2 suitcases each and a bag on our shoulders and we can handle it”.  See?

And yes, I’m trying the icloud, but my operating system on my Mac is the one before that one.  So while the ipad and iphone are synced, I still have to plug in.

Omg what is happening to us and our technilogically lazy and impatient attitudes.  I remember in college I didn’t want to take my cell phone to class because I thought it was rude.  See how respectful I am?  Well, that lasted freshman year anyway….

I just have to say, thank God gmail lets you log into multiple accounts at once.  ‘Nough said.

 

Oops.

I was the fifth wheel on Monday for lunch and it was pretty great.  My sister-in-law and my nephew, my girlfriend and her son, and me.  Fortunately, I have Ike and I was able to bring him along as my “son”, but as soon as I got there he ditched me for the bitch in the back (read: their dog Delilah) and I was quickly the 7th wheel.  That’s okay though.  I was stoked to get some observation time in a real Mommy and Me group, even if it included Pinot Grigio and chocolate covered almonds (a must for my future group).

It was really a fun time, complete with breast feeding, a poop explosion, nursery rhymes on the tube and a second glass of wine for me.  So I made quick plans to do it again next week, as we headed out the door.

We got about 10 mins away when my phone rang.  It was my brother calling, asking if I forgot anything.  I couldn’t think of what…until he said I had a furry friend in his backyard.

And this is why I’m not a mom yet.  Because I left my own son in someone else’s yard.

Good thing he likes babies. Maybe he’ll watch after my first kid.

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PS. P totally got off the plane from Nashville that night, only to come home to realize he left something on the plane which I had to go get from lost and found today.  Must run in the family.

Somebody’s Jealous

Wow, it has been quite some time since I’ve written a personal post.  Trying really hard to get those “business” ones out once a week, and I’m sad to say I have had nothing crazy happy lately to blog about personally.  I’m sure that’s not really true, weird shit happens to me all the time, but for now, we’ll say it’s been a lower rate of crazy the past 2 months.

That is why, I have been extremely beyond generous 🙂 and decided to help out my friend with her baby so she can get some work done a few hours a week.  I know, I’ve been told by 4 people that I am crazy, or rather that she is crazy because she is trusting me with a really little baby (10 weeks) and no one seems to think I can do it.  Partly me included.  But it was amazing to see everyone have the same facial expression/reaction when I told them! She’s clearly a pretty relaxed mom.

That said, my own little one (ahem, Ike), has been extremely jealous the past 2 weeks when the babe is over.  He has brought me every single toy to my feet just so I will pay attention to him instead of the baby.  And then he just hovers.  It’s amazing.  He’s learning a very important lesson in sharing.

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Hello. Down here! Just sitting under the desk to be as close as possible to the action.

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I’ve got my eyes on you….

 

Holy Moly!

It’s 2013!  It has been one crazy, amazing year, and I thank you for taking the journey with me!

If you would like to continue to do so, please head over to my shiny, new blog, http://www.christinalogandesign.wordpress.com.  Apparently, it makes more sense to have the name of your business in the title of your blog.  So I guess that’s what I’m doing.  I’d love for you to follow me over there.  I will be keeping this blog too for my random life and funny things that my husband does (like when he asked me yesterday to bring him his pair of “rugged” brown shoes and I had to take pictures of 6 pairs before I found the right ones he was talking about).  But all weddings and events will be on the new, official, CLD blog.

See you over there!

xo,

Christina

http://www.ChristinaLoganDesign.wordpress.com

How to Blog…(huh?)

I struggle with this sucker a lot.  I tend to be a bit of an over-sharer (sorry everyone) and then have to go back and edit…a few times.  Ironic considering I don’t even have a personal FB page because I think no one needs that much info about me.  Huh. Anyway, I love to write. I could write all day because of this annoying stream of conversation that runs through my head all 24 hours.  I should really get up and do a 2am blog one day when I’m up from hearing my dog pace back and forth on the hardwood faux wood floor asking me to let him out, and see what sort of inspiration I get from the late nighter/early-risers…and I digress…

But how to blog (um, successfully?) is really a tricky topic here.  Because no, I am not, and will not, ever be a typical wedding blog.  Insert name of any millions of blogs, here.  Plus they do a pretty darn good job, there doesn’t need to be another them.  I have way too much of my own personal voice involved, so I can’t really fill that niche of everything is beautiful all the time…because everything is not beautiful all the time, or we wouldn’t need help or second opinions.  We all can use a second opinion.  I like the process of making things beautiful as much as the end result.  And while I’m happy to reshare things on pinterest, this is a place for my own “stuff”, no repeats.  So let’s cross that off the list.

And I am not (allowed) to be a big over-sharer, even though I swear sometimes the most bizarre “stuff” happens in my life that I really do feel some people may actually want to know.  Perhaps I could even help someone out.  P-lo disagrees.  But, we already have that in MODG.  Thanks to her for filling that niche.  Plus my husband is nowhere as willing to be up on the plank as B.

Next.  I love to organize and I love DIY and I love crafts so so much…to an extent. But I am not nearly as (your choice):  cheery, excited, talkative, crazy, as my fave organized blogger…and who in the world has enough to say to blog every day.  She does.  And she says a lot let me tell you. Every. Day.  Honestly, I have to skim through a lot of them.  Sorry.  But good work.

So I thought, I could be like my favorite designer (so chic) and only blog when I actually have an event!  The whole minimalist thing, once a month, content, done.  But everyone tells me that’s not the way to blog, and it’s probably true because only super established people can be like “listen to me when I speak. now go away”, and still be rockstars.  That’s her.  We’re friends.  Kinda.

And while I like to think that I am possibly changing the world and making things better for everyone, one blog at a time with my dog on my lap (no really, he helps me brainstorm ideas),
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I’m not sure events or organizing can ever be as inspirational as world movements like out and around…okay, sometimes they feel like it, I admit.

So what I’m left with is some opinions and personal stuff–but not too much…some of my own weddings and events–but keeping true to things I work on rather than everyone else’s work…some organization work–but not knocking down any walls…a happy medium of minimalism–but not too much and not little…and some changing the world stuff, obviously.  But does that make a good blog?  And how much text is too much?  Are you even still reading???  Yeah, probably not.

Test. If you made it to the end, reply and send me your favorite blog (besides mine) so I can take a little glimpse into their blogs and gently “borrow” some ideas on how to be a better blogger.  Then tell me why you like it, is it their voice, the thing that they do, what you look for in a blog (like a first date), because that’s the whole point, right?  To get something from a blog and I want to GIVE.  I’m a giver. I look forward to your feedback.

Sweet Somis Love!

I’m not gonna lie.  I’d never even heard of Somis, CA when I got the call one afternoon from Michele, mother of the groom.  Not that that would stop me in a million years from heading their way, so I set out for a sweet little town just beyond Camarillo where there were beautiful farms, rolling hills and the gorgeous Julie about to wed her beloved Jared.

The wedding took place in the mother of the groom’s backyard which was right on a golf course (yes, my husband is drooling). Talk about a house to dream for with a backyard that was built nothing short of an entertainer’s haven (and then I began to drool!).  I couldn’t have been more excited to meet Michele and learn all about her past as an event planner.  She did an amazing job with this wedding and asked me to step in to follow through with her vision.  I mean, she actually worked on Brad and Jen’s wedding – as in the Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston.  Ridiculous.

The day was full of tatooed men (yup, Jared is a tattoo artist) and sweet little ladies, and home made DIY flare that transformed the countryclub pool area into another world.  Thanks to a lot of hard workers, this wedding turned out beautifully.

Event Coordinator: Christina Logan Design

Photographer: Stacey Millet Photography

Flowers: Michele Craft & helpers

Lighting: Brite Star Lighting

Venue: Somis Country Club

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Katie & Kyle, Santa Barbara Beauty!

It is just over a month since the gorgeous nuptials of Katie and Kyle Jones!  We had so much fun at La Cumbre Country Club for this perfect Santa Barbara fall day.

I absolutely adore Katie and Kyle.  Katie and I even went to USC at the same time, I just wish I’d known her when we were there, because she is hysterical and intelligent and quite the catch! Kyle, pay attention!

Katie chose gorgeous soft periwinkle, blue and peach as her colors, and boy did they pop against her gorgeous lace gown!  So happy to have been a part of it all!

Venue: La Cumbre Country Club

Wedding Coordinator: Christina Logan Design

Photography: Jillian Rose Photography

Flowers: Stella Bloom Flowers

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Bumble Bees and Babies!

We are going through some sort of crazy heat wave over here in LA!  Because it is hotter than heck, and someone actually used the word “humid” yesterday, which is a rarity over here.  It’s as though the summer is protesting to being over and I am not going to complain about it!  You know, those perfect nights where it’s warm out at midnight and you don’t even need a jacket on but feel perfect in a sundress.  We were dancing away to Dave Matthew’s Band concert last night and I couldn’t have asked for a better time!

Another even more memorable occasion this weekend was the sweet and chic shower for Kate yesterday at the Four Seasons, Beverly Hills.  It was a gorgeous afternoon on the outdoor patio of Culina Restaurant, and the laughter and baby bumps were out in full force (her BFF who threw the shower was also pregnant!).  Since Kate decided to not know the sex of the baby, it was a beautifully subtle bumble bee theme.  After all, it’s pretty hard to make the Four Seasons look any better than it already does!

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Malibu in June!

I am so thrilled to FINALLY get to show off these pictures of the beautiful Mr. and Mrs. McColl who were married on June 2nd at Malibu & Vine!  I had so much fun in the whirlwind of wedding planning with Betsy & Dan.  They hired me only a month before the wedding, so it was crunch time and we had a lot on our plates!  But when you see these two so madly in love here, you can tell it was so much fun to help them with all the little details. Trust me, these pics were worth the wait!  Michael + Anna Costa Photography shoot only in film (when was the last time you heard that!), so while it may take a little longer to get the photos back, you can just see the magic that happens behind the camera.  Thank you for sharing these gorgeous pics and congrats again to the happy couple!

Wedding Planning: Christina Logan Design

Venue: Malibu & Vine at Malibu Country Club

Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography

Flowers: Tina’s Flowers

Cake & Desserts: Susie’s Cakes

Make-up: Lauren Feist

Hair: Canyon Salon

Dress: Mon Amie

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