Month: August 2015

Storage 101

Pre and post wedding life means a lot of new… well, everything. Especially stuff. A lot of stuff. Your stuff, their stuff, shared stuff – and all of it needs a place to go. We’ve highlighted our favorite chic Storage 101 finds to give your new things a new home. Moorish Box This keepsake box fuses function and form, making it perfect for all the little things that matter most – think heirlooms, rings and birthday cards. So pick your favorite color, or even get all three. Daisy Place Snail Mail Tray Real mail is starting to feel so vintage, right? Place this letter tray on any free counter space for an old school touch. Plus, this precious piece of porcelain is great for keeping track of all those RSVP cards. Seagrass Basket, Set of 3 Throw all your blankets in a basket to give your living room an extra-homey feel. Make sure to keep them close to the couch for easy access. Takara Tray A Storage 101 must-have, this wooden tray holds all your essentials and looks great atop any ottoman …

The Best Food Trucks To Have At Your Wedding

Gone are the days of chicken or fish because now no Pinterest-worthy wedding is complete without food trucks. Not only do these meals-on-wheels offer a variety of inspired cuisines, but this route is budget-friendly, too. When treating your guests, you certainly get more bang (and flavor) for your buck. Plus, with so many options, if Asian-fusion Italian tacos don’t appeal to your senses, you can hop on over and grab an artisanal waffle doused in seasonal syrup. Here we’ve highlighted our favorite food trucks that will no doubt be driving through a wedding circuit near you. Takumi Taco When you can’t decide between sushi or tacos, how about a combo of the two? The Spicy Tuna Taco tastes so good it will have you wondering why you didn’t think of this hybrid first. Eddie’s Pizza These thin crust made-to-order pizzas are everything you wanted to eat at your wedding, but never thought you could. They’re so delicious that you’ll be smuggling them up to the honeymoon suite – guaranteed. Milk Truck Aged Gruyere, Wisconsin blue and Vermont cheddar …

Do’s and Don’ts of Wedding Toasts

So you’re close enough to the couple that you are toasting them at their wedding. Maybe you asked them, or they asked you, or you just sort of found yourself in front of the room holding a microphone- whatever the case, it’s happening. Even if public speaking isn’t your ‘thing,’ follow these simple do’s and don’ts to make sure your speech is a hit! Do: be nice! This is a toast, not a roast. Don’t: try to one up the toast before you. It never works. Do: get some fresh material. If you know the rest of your crew is standing up too, make sure you have some original content. Don’t: be the person who talks too much about themselves. Do: remember to say I love you! That’s why you’re here, right? Don’t: down a bottle of tequila to calm your nerves. Just don’t. Do: go off script, just a little. Be yourself, no one wants to listen to a robot! Don’t: panic if you go off script! See above and move on. Do: smile! …

Wedding Party Gift Guide

Wedding planning is stressful enough and far too many couples say it’s the little things that often cause the most pressure. Our Wedding Party Gift Guide is here to help alleviate some of that stress. We’ve highlighted thoughtful presents your friends will love so you can focus your energy on the more important parts of the wedding process, like seating charts and not getting caught by your boss for planning your reception on the job. Oh and the best part? Everything is under $50! For the friend who loves their coffee:For your favorite caffeine freak, our Coffee Service 4-Piece Set is the perfect way to get their fix. This traditional four-piecer comes with two sugar holders, one cream holder and one matching tray to hold it all. For the friend who is superstitious:Try these Woodland Park Elephant Salt & Pepper Shakers for your friend who loves their lucky charms. Elephants are known to bring good luck all over the world and an upward-facing trunk is even better! For the friend who always loses their keys:We all have that one friend who is always late, …

Accent Pieces You Both Will Love

Accent pieces give your home that instant makeover you’ve always wanted without breaking any ground on construction. On one hand, your landlord will be grateful, but on the other, you may be starting some unnecessary conflict on the home front. See, sometimes your styles don’t always mesh – think your shabby chic nightstand with your partner’s neon marquee from Fenway Park. Separately charming in their own right, but together… not so much. We’ve highlighted our favorite design-conscious pieces you both will enjoy. Areaware Bank Pig Save up for vacation the old-fashioned way with this stylish piggy bank. A hyper-realistic silhouette with a modern finish is just what your bookcase needs. Jaipur Geometric Pillow Accent pieces aren’t just limited to bright colors – a mix of textures makes a big difference too. Try this pillow with embroidered details and pompom trim to step up your sofa game. Bulbrite A-Shape Vintage Loop Filament Bulb 4-Pack Pop these bulbs right in your existing light fixtures for a vintage-inspired style that would make Thomas Edison proud. Jonathan Adler Backgammon Set Talk …

Summer Catch: Date Night for Two

Whether you catch it yourself or start with a store-bought filet, we have the perfect fish dish for date night. Chef Gregg Drusinsky of Seamore’s has graciously shared his famous fish taco recipe for you to enjoy in the comfort of your kitchen. Yummy yellow tail with a crunchy zing – what’s not to love? And for the cooking-challenged, this meal is all about preparation and mixing as opposed to oven-watching and precise measurements, so no excuses and let’s get started! Seasonal Fish Tacos Yield: 4 servings FOR THE PICO DE GALLO: 4 beefsteak tomatoes, diced 1 large red onion, diced 2 jalapeños (diced, seeds removed) 1 bunch cilantro, washed and chopped 4 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped 1 teaspoon cumin 1 tablesoon kosher salt FOR THE BLACK BEAN PUREE: 1 small can black beans, drained 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/2 cup olive oil 1 tsp black pepper FOR THE TACOS: 8 fresh corn tortillas 16 ounces yellow tail flounder filet, cut into strips 2 tablespoons canola oil for searing the fish Kosher salt to …

Stefanie Cove’s Wedding Do’s & Don’ts: The Big Day

Your wedding day is finally here- take it all in! Whether you’ve been planning this day since you were five years old or for only a matter of months, the big day is always over in a flash. All I can recommend is to enjoy every moment! For these do’s and don’ts for the big day, we’ve turned to celebrity planner and Zola Tastemaker Stefanie Cove. 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 | Don’t Be Nervous Calm your nerves. Weddings are such joyous occasions, but they can also be very stressful and a big monument of life. Vowing to dedicate the rest of your life with one person is no small matter …