Month: June 2015

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 …

An East Village Dinner to a Proposal in Mexico: #ZolaCouple Lisa and Nick

For this #ZolaCouple, a small restaurant in the East Village of New York City is the center of happiness. From a chance meeting that lead to them being set up, to the best birthday celebration years later, their romance has a beautiful symmetry we can all be inspired by. How did you meet? Lisa: I was at a late dinner with friends in the East Village (NYC) at a restaurant called Graffiti. It’s a cozy, hole-in the-wall with communal tables and one of my friends, Ara, knew the couple that was sitting literally across from us, Josh and Ali. By the end of the night, Josh and Ali had texted their friend, Nick, that the two of us should meet. Two days later Nick texted me and asked if I wanted to get together… and here we are. Thank you Ara, Josh and Ali!! How did you get engaged? Nick: After some careful planning and some nervous travel with the ring, I decided to propose on our vacation in Mexico. I decided that the concert festival that …

How to Make and Wear A Flower Crown

Here at Zola we love flower crowns. They are beautiful, elegant, and seriously make you feel like a goddess. But if you’re looking to get that chic, whimsical look, you cannot do it with fake flowers and pre-made crowns. Stumped on where to begin? Follow our quick tutorial on how to make the perfect headdress. When to Wear it  When it comes to your wedding, there’s no occasion that’s wrong for a flower crown. Wear it instead of a veil on your big day, or have your bridesmaids rock them at your bachelorette party. Here’s some inspiration for  incorporating this magical look in all of your events.   How To Make It  You will need floral wire, floral tape, floral wire cutters, scissors, flowers, and greenery. 1| Measure the Wire Make sure the flower crown fits perfectly to your head. Cut a two-foot piece of floral wire and hold it up to your head. Cut off any excess wire if the piece is too long. 2| Add the Greenery Cover the wire with greenery as the base layer of the crown. 3| Mix in …