Month: June 2015

Already Live Together? Register for These Things

Today, many couples live together before actually tying the knot. This means many of you already have tons of kitchen appliances, dinnerware, and home goods. But if you have a fully stocked home and think you have no need for a registry, think again. When it comes to building a wedding registry for couples that already live together, the focus should be on upgrading items and collecting memorable pieces. Your guests will want to buy you gifts to celebrate your big day no matter what so give them a little guidance as to what you actually want. Here are some of our top suggestions for you: Fancy Cookware Even if you have pots and pans, you should register for Le Creuset Cookware. These items are simple, beautiful, high quality, and will last you a lifetime. Upgrade by registering for these and donating whatever you already have.  Prep Bowls Start off your life as newlyweds by focusing on decluttering your home. Throw out all of those mismatched plastic bowls you have lying around and register for Duralex’s Lys Nesting Prep/Mixing Bowls. Whether you’re …

Secret Romances and Scavenger Hunts: #ZolaCouple Carol and Zach

This #ZolaCouple started off their romance in secret. Afraid to throw off the dynamic between a close group of friends by dating each other, Zach and Carol snuck around for a full month before being outed. A year and a half later, Zach planned a scavenger hunt that lead to a proposal and now the two are in full wedding planning mode. How did you meet?  We met at the California Delta the summer of 2009 through mutual friends. At that time, we were both dating other people and lived on opposite coasts. It wasn’t until early 2012 when we both lived in the Bay Area that we became good friends. We were part of a close knit group of couples and were the single ones. We dated other people on and off for awhile, but it soon became clear that we were growing into more than friends. Afraid about the dynamics of the group, we started secretly dating. The secret lasted no more than a month. How did you get engaged?  Carol: Zach asked …

Friday Faves

The beginning of a weekend means another Friday Faves! If you’re like us, you’re itching to ditch the office and get out to the beach. So to help take your mind off the ticking clock and get you through the day, we’re bringing you our favorite inspiring posts from the wedding, décor, and lifestyle blogosphere. Engagement Photos Full of Southern Charm  Engaged couple Robert and Amberley enjoyed dinner at Historic Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston for their engagement photo shoot. The resulting pictures are dreamy and elegant and have us obsessing over their southern charm at its best. A Whiskey Punch to Sneak Into The Park  When you live in a city during the summer, it can get uncomfortably hot. For those of you that are looking for a little refuge from the sweltering concrete jungle, this whiskey punch recipe from Food52 is for you. Its author, Kendra Vaculin, promises that with each cup, the heat won’t seem so bad. Summer Necessities  Can’t wait to get to the beach? To help you remember those summer staples, Treasures and …

Style Trend: Nautical Prep

Bring the taste of New England summer into your home. Navy and white stripes, rope accents, and lots of anchors are inspiring today’s most popular looks. So if you love east coast sailing trips, lobster rolls, and fishing on the rocky shores of Maine, check out these must-have collections to embrace that nautical style trend. Michael Aram’s Rope Collection Get the rough texture of maritime ropes with sleek stainless steel materials. From an ice bucket to a jigger, equip your entire home bar with these seaside treasures. 1. Rope Cheese Board with Knife 2. Rope Ice Bucket 3. Rope Jigger Thomaspaul’s Collection    The ultimate nautical collection. Deck out your home with images of whaling ships, oversize anchors, lighthouses, and various sea creatures with Thomaspaul’s shower curtains, pillows, and towels. With distinctive nautical prep colors, this collection is the perfect addition for preppy chic. 1. Anchor Shower Curtain 2. Whale Grain Sack Pillow 3. Maritime Hand Towel, Set of 3 4. Lobster Tea Towel Authentic Models Objects    From paperweights to cocktail shakers, these accessories will make any …

Cooking For Two: Staying Healthy During Wedding Season

It’s wedding season! Which means many of you are spending weekend after weekend traveling far, drinking lots of champagne, and loading up on cake. To balance out these celebrations, we’ve put together some nutritious weeknight meal ideas to keep you feeling healthy all summer long. The Drink During the week, start detoxing a little bit. Replace the wine or mixed drink with a simple lemonade or flavored water. You can easily make this drink the night before and have it waiting for you in your fridge (we love Iittala’s Ultima Thule Pitcher). For a fun citrusy drink you can make at home, try this Lemongrass and Lime Cooler Recipe. The Appetizer Think light. Start your meal off with a simple summer salad. Avoid creamy dressings and fatty ingredients such as bacon. Include lighter cheeses and summer fruits. We love this Strawberry Balsamic Salad Recipe for a healthy summer appetizer. For serving, check out Royal Copenhagen’s Fluted Salad Bowl. The Main Course  Fish is a great, healthy weeknight meal option. It’s easy to make, quick to cook, high …

Beginner’s Guide: Coffee Makers

If you’re like us, you love nothing more than waking up to that cup of coffee in the morning, which makes your coffee maker an integral appliance in your kitchen. So, to help you pick the right one for your registry, we made a quick guide to walk you through the options. What is it? Coffee makers are an appliance that allow you to brew coffee in your own home. For many people, they are the most used item in their kitchen. I need this if… You need this. Period. How many do I need? You really only need one coffee maker, but if you’re an avid coffee drinker, it doesn’t hurt to double up. This way you can make that slow drip coffee on the weekends and get out the door quickly with your single serve cup during the week. Which kind is right for me? 1. French Press This accessory brews a very strong cup of coffee. It’s easy to use – boil water, mix with coffee grounds in the french press, let …

Stefanie Cove’s Wedding Do’s & Don’ts: The Tablescape

The tables at your wedding can be one of the focal points in your venue. Do you want a rustic look? Something a little more modern? Are you having a buffet? Sit-down dinner? These are all things to think about as you design the looks of your tables. We’ve turned to celebrity planner and Zola Tastemaker Stefanie Cove to get her tips and tricks for the perfect table. Stefanie has established herself as one of the preeminent event producers in the world. With 15 years combined experience in the hospitality and event planning industries, and as the managing partner at Yifat & Oren Associates, Stefanie has unparalleled knowledge of how to seamlessly orchestrate an event, domestic or destination, from inception through completion. Molly Sims, Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, and Behati Prinsloo all count Stefanie as their meticulous yet calm wedding planner extraordinaire. 1 | Do Think About the Overall Look There are so many things to consider when designing your wedding tablescape. Look, design, and aesthetic come to mind first. Factors like functionality, comfort and how the finished …