Meet: Tradesy

Who doesn’t love online shopping? Not only does it make life easier (from buying clothes, supplies, groceries… anything!), it really makes wedding planning a lot easier too! With the ever-favorite Pinterest, people can now click on things they love and be directly transported to thing they want to buy, instructions on how to make something, and a whole lot more. (You are following us on Pinterest, right? Just checking.)

While hunting down a few items for my fall wardrobe (because wedding planner attire really does change for those cooler temps!), I stumbled upon Tradesy. At first, it seemed like another version of eBay, a little bit of Rent the Runway, and a lot of other consignment clothing sale sites. But then I saw the link for “Weddings,” and got pretty curious. And then I couldn’t leave my desk for a few hours.

Tradesy Weddings does not just have some pretty awesome deals for wedding attire (if you are OK buying slightly-used things… but holy cow you can find some good deals on Vera Wang here!), but I loved how many things you can find for wedding decor here!

**Quick note on wedding decor: if you are a Do-It-Yourselfer (like CLD is), you actually will end up with a ton of things left over after the big day. Between Nashville and Los Angeles, we have dozens of leftover candles, mason jars, painted wine bottles, lights, wedding cake stands, and so much more that we find inventive ways to re-use.

That’s why I loved the “Wedding Miscellaneous” category of Tradesy. So many of those smaller items, hard-to-find oddities, or even big-ticket times can be found here. I found beautiful hanging-glass votives that would awesome for an outdoor reception, some inexpensive chuppahs that would be easy to spruce up, and some very cool vintage candlesticks that would look gorgeous amongst flowers in a long-table centerpiece.

And there is more than decor: paper items, custom goods, shoes, accessories, veils–if it had to do with weddings, there was a good chance you’d find it here! So many vendors offer free shipping, or local pickups, and Tradesy promises hassle-free returns, fraud protection, and everything you would expect from a great online vendor. And on the flip side, if you are an adventurous online salesperson, this might be the place to go when you need to clean out the wedding decor from your own storage space (the only charge a 9% commission fee). Happy shopping!

 

Indulge: July Summer Sips

Can you believe it’s already July? No matter where you are at, summer sun is shining and temperatures are going up! At CLD, we are cooling off with some of these awesome, refreshing drinks that feature in-season ingredients (with a non-alcoholic sipper for Christina, of course!).

Indulge and enjoy the heat!

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Who doesn’t love fresh summer berries? And if you are going to drink wine in the heat, a great rose is the perfect pairing. After a few weeks in the Hamptons, these two ingredients came up all the time, so let’s marry the two! This drink was also inspired by the Mason Shaker’s “The Frenchie”

Ingredients;

– A handful of your favorite berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)

– A wedge of lemon

– 5 mint leaves

– A glass (5 ounces) of light rose wine)

Toss all ingredients in a shaker and muddle well. Add ice, shake and strain into your favorite wine glass. Top with extra berries and mint leaves.

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

9c3c977e5e586e8d3c6061c4147c87c4Make this by the pitcher!

– 1 cup fresh lemon juice

– One cup simple syrup (infuse with mint or vanilla bean for extra yumminess!)

– 2 cups water

– 2 cups sparkling water or soda

– One pint strawberries, sliced

Add lemon juice, simple syrup, water and half of the strawberries to a pitcher and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to let strawberries infuse. When ready to serve, strain out the infused berries, add soda and fresh strawberry slices and serve.

Watermelon Cooler

839d788599cd8420ba2480dc4174546d– 1/2 cup watermelon juice

– 4 slices of cucumber

– 1/2 ounce lime juice

– A few mint leaves

– 2 ounces of vodka

– Sparkling water

Muddle cucumber, mint, lime juice and vodka in a shaker. Top with ice and watermelon juice and shake. Serve over ice and add sparkling water.

Enjoy those hot summer temps and these luscious drinks responsibly 🙂

 

Inspire: Red, White & Blue!!

Happy 4th of July! We know we are a few days early, but this gives you plenty of time to get inspired by this fun holiday!

With that sad US soccer loss yesterday, we think everyone could use some good cheer from the good ol’ red, white and blue! Check out some of more recent decor inspirations for the big day!

Mason jars are an all-American classic and so easy to paint!

Photo Courtesy of Addicted2DIY.com

Photo Courtesy of Addicted2DIY.com

Wood pallets have been all the rage lately!

Photo and project by BobVila.com

Photo and project by BobVila.com

Remember our cool wine bottle tutorial? Why not paint them blue and add beautiful red flowers?

Image courtesy of Instyle.com

Image courtesy of Instyle.com

You know we love our chalkboards 🙂

Photo from thegoldensycamore.com

Photo from thegoldensycamore.com

Easy garland tutorial!

Image courtesy of Spoonful.com

Image courtesy of Spoonful.com

As mentioned last Friday, pop some festive bubbly!

Image courtesy of Chandon.com

Image courtesy of Chandon.com

Need that perfect outfit for fireworks?

Styling and photo from Instyle.com

Styling and photo from Instyle.com

Decorative nails can easily go a bit over-the-top, but these are simple and classy.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Can you get more all American than Martha Stewart’s Apple Pie?

Image courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

Image courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

Fantastic idea for paper lanterns, just add red stars and streamers!

Image Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

Image Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

We hope everyone has a fun, safe and festive fourth!!

 

Indulge: Cinco Para Dos!

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner… on a Monday (sad face).

So why not get the party started a little early this weekend? We have a few recipes here that are just the right size for two so you can perfect them for the crowd you might have on Monday!

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Chunky Guacamole

Guac afficionados unite! Avocados have finally become readily available almost everywhere, so this tasty treat is easy to always have ready.

1 ripe avocado

1/4 cup diced white onion

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Juice from 1 lime

Salt and Pepper

Your favorite hot sauce

Dice or cube the avocado (here’s a great tutorial) and put into a bowl. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the avocado, then top with onion, cilantro, a good sprinkle of salt, 2 big grinds of pepper and as many dashes of hot sauces as your heart can handle!

Want your guac chunky? Run a small knife across the ingredients to slightly break up the avocado more, then stir ingredients together. Want it nice and smooth? Mash everything with the back of a spoon, a potato masher, or puree in a blender.

And another fun tip: if you don’t want to have that dreaded feeling of, “I went through the whole bag of chips again!” pick up a bag of baby bell peppers. Slice them in half and you have the perfect little dippers!

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Citrus Margaritas for 2

I have this adorably small pitcher that holds just the right amount of liquid for about foursmall margaritas–once again perfect for 2!

Variety of citrus: lemon, orange,, grapefruit

6 ounces Tequila (a gold tequila works best for this, like a reposado or anejo)

2 ounces Triple Sec

2 ounces Agave Syrup

4 ounces fresh lime juice (about 4-6 limes)

Kosher salt

Slice up your citrus (about half of each type of fruit and put slices in a pitcher. Add all remaining liquid ingredients and gently stir with a spoon. You can slightly bruise or press into the citrus slices to release their flavor.  Fill the pitcher with ice and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. When ready to serve, grab your favorite (small) glasses and run a slice of lime around the rim of the glass. Put the glass in a small layer of salt to coat and garnish your glass with a slice of citrus. Half pint mason jars work great for this!

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Enjoy everything responsibly and have a great Cinco de Mayo!!

 

 

Celebrate: Megan & Lee

Malibu and Music: could there be a better combination?

When we first met Megan and Lee back in January, those were the 2 major focal points for their upcoming wedding in March. The venue was to be Malibu West Beach Club (a CLD fave!), where they wanted to incorporate the beautiful scenery and beach elements. For music, both Megan and Lee are amazing musicians, so every musical element was selected with care. The result? Fantastic!

This amazing couple pulled off quite a feat with planning the whole wedding in under 3 months, but with clear communication and hard work, everything came together! There were even a few magical music surprises: singer Kenny Lattimore sang the processional and the mother of the groom sang opera!

Megan and Lee were such a blast to work with, from their creative ideas to their DIY attitude, not to mention their beautiful baby girl stealing the spotlight!  We also had the pleasure of working with an amazing team of vendors that made this stunning Sunday wedding spectacular.

Thank you so much to Megan and Lee and congrats to the beautiful couple!

Venue: Malibu West Beach Club
Wedding Coordinator: Christina Logan Design
Photographer: Haoyuan Ren
Flowers: Diane Carvotta
Lighting & Decor: CFS Design
Make-up & Hair: Elite Makeup Designs
DJ: DJ Malski and Music-To-Go Entertainment
Catering & Rentals: Pierre’s Catering
Desserts: Frosted Cupcakery

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Inspire: Easter eggs CAN be cool…

You know that spring is here with the arrival of fresh blooms, pretty pastels… and Easter decorations and ideas blowing up the blogosphere and Pinterest boards! While back in the day the dyeing of Easter eggs seemed to only be a (messy) childhood activity, things are a bit different now. Egg dyeing and decorating has become quite the art form!

We here at CLD love our arts and crafts and with Easter only a week away, we might go a little crazy with a few of these amazing Easter egg ideas. Here are a few of our favorites:

Hold up. Here’s a quick reminder of how to prep your eggs for dyeing and decorating:

1) Put eggs in a sauce pan in one single layer.

2) Cover with cold water, covering eggs by at least 2 inches.

3) Put the pot on the stove and bring to a boil.

4) Once the water is boiling, take the pot off the stove, cover the pot and let it stand for about 12 minutes.

5) After time is up, put eggs in cold water to stop the cooking process.

6) Make sure eggs are completely cooled before using and clean the shells with a paper towel dipped in white vinegar.

Now, onto the cool stuff we are dye-ing to try!

Gold Leaf Eggs.

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Inspiring Messages. Easy, all you need is a happy thought and a sharpie!

 

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Ombrè Eggs. Still on trend!

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Awesome calligraphy, great way to practice!

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Stamped eggs.

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Silk-dyed eggs.

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Modern Eggs. Uses paper maiche eggs for less mess!

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We hope you have a great weekend of crafting!!

Inspire: Pink Ombré & Love Quotes

Valentine’s Day is only a week away, folks! CLD absolutely adores this holiday, not just because it celebrates the main thing that powers weddings (LOVE), but also because it comes with so many colors, flowers, and themes to get inspired by!

Our Los Angeles CLD office decided to host a Valentine’s Day party a little early and we actually were inspired by some of our own previous events and projects. We opted for décor that was a little rustic (mason jars), but peppy (pink ombré shades with metallic accents) and with a twist of thoughtful (by using some favorite love quotes).

Rustic: Mason jars, we could not live without you. Not only are they a key staple for storage in the kitchen (or for shaking up drinks in a pinch), but they are fabulous as flower vases. They come in so many sizes, almost any type of flower arrangement can work with them. When placing flowers around food or candles, you want flowers to be a little on the lower side so you don’t end up knocking things over! Half pint (or one cup) mason jars fit the bill beautifully, and they can be spruced up with little bits of lace, twine, burlap, or gold metallic paint (see our tutorial on painting glassware).

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White hydrangeas are great flowers for mason jars as one stem takes up a lot of room and they can be cut low.

White hydrangeas are great flowers for mason jars as one stem takes up a lot of room and they can be cut low.

Pink Ombré: One of our favorite floral pieces of 2013 was this amazing floral display on the escort card table at Brittany & Chris’ wedding at Casa del Mar. While we wish had the time and talent to put something like that together, we went the more simple and straight-forward route. We picked 3 varying shades of pink roses, cut them low for smaller mason jars, and made them the main display on the dining table.

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Thoughtful: After scrolling through our quotes Pinterest board, we decided to spread the whimsy feeling by incorporating some of our favorite love quotes throughout the party. We can’t lie, we actually have a healthy selection of chalkboards in storage to use at our weddings, so we got a little creative with some sidewalk chalk! We also printed a few of our favorites on colored heavy stock paper!

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Indulge: Super Bowl Sunday!

Weddings may be CLD’s forte, but even we love to mix it up with other events. Case in point: Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner and CLD is definitely celebrating!

Hopefully your invites have already been sent, but we have a few great ideas if you are in need of last-minute inspiration. Football parties are traditionally on the more casual side, but that doesn’t mean that the food cannot be delicious! One way to satisfy a wide variety of tastes (and food allergies or diet preferences)? A small buffet that allows your guests to customize their treats.

A taco bar is easy to assemble: have a few large bowls of sautéed veggies with spices and different meats, then put out the assorted condiments alongside. Be sure to have the basics, like sour cream, a few salsas, some chunky guacamole, lime wedges, cilantro and black beans. Have both corn and flour tortilla taco shells for everyone to enjoy.

Another cool option? Pizza bar. To save time, order in a few large plain pies and ask them to be cooked slightly underdone and pre-sliced. Have out small bowls of a wide variety of toppings. Feel free to go beyond basic pepperoni and veggies, and maybe try prosciutto, pear wedges, gorgonzola crumbles or sundried tomatoes. Guests can assemble their own slices and you can finish them off in your oven for about 2-4 minutes at 400 degrees.

Finally, no CLD event would be complete without some original cocktails! We do not have any team allegiances here (as the Titans nor the Eagles made it this year), so we’ve come up with tasty treats for both teams.

Bucking Bronco

1 oz Pendleton Whisky

1 oz Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

0.5 oz lemon juice

1 oz soda water

Garnish with  lemon wedges!

Seattle Not-So-Skinny Vanilla Latte

3 oz cold coffee

1 oz half and half

1.5 oz Kahula or coffee liqueur

0.5 oz Vanilla vodka

These can be assembled ahead of time in individual mason jars and stored in the fridge. When guests arrive, put the jars out in a basket next to an ice bucket. Everyone can throw a few ice cubes into their drink of choice, then shake away and enjoy!

Pre-measure ingredients into individual mason jars.

Pre-measure ingredients into individual mason jars.

Shake them up and enjoy!

Shake them up and enjoy!

No matter which team wins, CLD hopes all of our readers have a fabulous and safe Super Bowl Sunday!

Halloween Creepy Cocktails!

DSC_0164So lately we’ve brought some great ideas for Halloween, from table scapes and decorations to some yummy treats. The only missing piece? Cocktails! Cap off your spooky Halloween 2013 with one of these delicious, yet devilish, drinks:

Caramel Apple Punch

Serves 6

 6 oz Spiced Rum

6 oz Caramel Flavored Vodka

1 bottle Sparkling Cider (refrigerated)

1 apple, thinly sliced

In a pitcher, combine the rum and vodka and stir. Put in the fridge until ready to serve. When guests arrive, add the entire bottle of cider, and very gently stir.

Divide punch between six, ice-filled glasses. Wedge a few apple slices along the side of the glass or on top and serve.

Black Magic

Serves 1

 1.5 oz Patron XO Café Liquor

1.5 oz Vanilla Flavored Vodka

1.5 oz heavy cream or half and half

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake vigorously to make the cream nice and frothy. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

We hope these drinks add (safe) some fun to your Halloween party this week!

Happy Halloween from Christina Logan Design!

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How to make an easy Boutonniere

I have definitely made a few boutonniere’s in my day (and pricked a few fingers), but it’s always good to learn some new tricks from a professional!  Thanks again to Lotus & Lily for our fab workshop.  Here is a little trick I learned that I’d never seen before.

You actually don’t put the wire into the flower!  You’re going to fold it in half and bend the edge to make a little cradle.
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Then you put the flower next to it for support, and use floral tape to fasten the two together so it sort of leans on the wire.

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And next you choose some other fun little flowers to spruce the main flower up.  These accents give it a real ‘pop’!  Now I may have gotten a little carried away and put a lot on there, but you can make it as big or small as you need!  This picture shows the back/side.  You will want to pin it with the little guys in the front and the long pink against his jacket.  Clip at the appropriate length and you’re all set!
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