Month: October 2015

All Black Everything: Halloween Edition

With Halloween on our minds, we’ve pulled together our darkest finds that will certainly add a little magic to your home. From accent pieces to multi-function appliances, these all black must-haves prove that clean lines in a classic shade will never go out of style. Shot Glass, Set of 4 Sparq Home – $25 Dare to take the perfect shot every time with these handmade soapstone shot glasses. Pop them in the freezer for your liquor indulgences or heat them in the microwave when the night calls for sake. Either way, you can’t go wrong…unless you take too many, that is. Midnight Candlesticks Add some drama to date night with these vintage-inspired candlesticks. Their high-gloss glass finish makes for a glamorous touch in our favorite monochrome palette. Carbon Fiber Hinged Storage Box Keep your secrets safe in this unassuming carbon fiber storage box. Sleek, clean lines make a perfect hiding spot for all things miscellaneous. Queen Anne Mirror Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who has the best taste of them all? This regal reflector, aptly named after Queen Anne …

Fun-Loving Free Spirits and #ZolaCouple: Kate & John

For these two charismatic actors, the walk down the aisle was years in the making. Read on for Kate and John’s one-of-a-kind story and laid-back advice for throwing a killer party. How did you meet? We met in an elevator in 1996 at our talent agency’s office in LA (we are actors and voiceover artists). I was living in NYC – John, a native New Yorker (raised in Jersey), had just relocated to the West Coast. We became fast friends and stayed close until we fell in love in 2011 (when I made LA home base), and then got married 18 years later in Big Sur! How did you get engaged? John had gone on a work trip to the Supanova Convention in Australia, solo, for two weeks. That’s the longest we had ever been apart. When he got back, he popped the question. He had to wait for the ring to be delivered by FedEx, so I was in my robe at home! He got down on one knee right inside the front door. What …

How To Plan a Wedding in Five Months While Working Full Time

With her wedding just days around the corner, busy-bee Zola bride Whitney still found the time to share with us her tips and tricks for pulling off wedding planning in a matter of months. Read on for the scoop on how to maximize your time while pulling off a dream wedding.  ______ As a little girl, I didn’t fantasize about how fast I could plan a 110-person party. But three decades later, a quick engagement offered a fairy tale appeal. My fiancé Brett and I got engaged over Memorial Day weekend and are getting married on Halloween. The story of our five-month engagement promptly began the weekend after we got engaged. While Brett performed groomsman duties in another wedding, I spent the downtime on the phone interviewing planners and checking venue availability. Brett would tell you I spent the whole weekend doing this, and by Sunday he declared: “There won’t be a wedding if this goes on for a year.” The average engagement is 14 months, only a third of engagements are less than a year, …

Game Night Essentials

When the mercury dips and it’s hard to muster up the energy to leave the house, bring the party indoors with game night. Whether you’re into some friendly or not-so-friendly competition, these classic games are sure to keep your bookie in business, too. Wobble Chess Set This traditional chess set is updated with a twist that will shake up even the most seasoned player. Its concave texture allows the rounded pieces to move – wobble, if you will – for a fun take on the classic. Talk about a statement piece! Roulette Bring the rush of Vegas right into your very own home. This authentic model is made way smaller than its casino counterpart but still hurts just as bad when you lose. Bonsu: it still looks great on your bar or bookshelf long after the thrill is gone. Rope Poker Deck Set Sleek, clean lines make this leather card case a luxe must-have. This double deck plays everything from Poker to Go Fish – just don’t place any valuables on the line with this one. Wood Stacking Block Lawn Game …

Sag Harbor Sweethearts and #ZolaCouple: Lacey & Josh

While Lacey and Josh’s love story starts in a dive bar, their adventure as husband and wife has just begun. Read on to realize how this Zola couple enjoys stress-free adventures, great food, and time spent with loved ones! How did you meet? We met at a dive bar called Murf’s Backstreet Tavern in our hometown of Sag Harbor, New York. How did you get engaged? We live in Southampton, NY right near a bay, and we have a place we like to kayak to right nearby – we call it our secret beach. We planned on a kayak ride to celebrate our three-year dating anniversary, and he brought the ring and proposed on our secret beach! What was the first thing you did after you got engaged? We paddled back to shore where our two best friends, Anthony and Shea, were waiting for us with champagne! Then we walked back to our house and got dressed – Josh had arranged a party bus to come so we all got in and then went and surprised all …

Sweets for Your Sweet: 6 Must-Do Desserts for Couples

We consulted our friends at Reserve again for this last post of their series. Do you and your significant other find yourselves planning meals around what’s for dessert? Whether you’re an expert on the sweet stuff or just appreciate a sugary treat, restaurants these days are upping their game when it comes to the grand finales of their incredible meals. Whatever your pleasure — pies, cakes, ice creams (or heck, even waffles!) — get ready to be blown away by these restaurants’ latest drool-worthy creations. New York City ABC Kitchen – Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sundae A mighty mountain of salted caramel ice cream, candied peanuts and popcorn, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. ABC Kitchen & Michelin starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten invite you to enjoy their award-winning cuisine, curated in alignment with the farm-to-table movement. Cosme – Husk Meringue with Corn Mousse The most instagrammed dessert of 2015, a showstopper born of a happy accident (accidentally crushed pastries filled — on-the-fly — with sweet corn cream) has changed our lives forever. Inside a chic, softly lit space, Chef …

Best Movies to Watch While Writing Your Vows

Writing your own vows is hard, to say the least. How do you possibly fit every single thing you promise to your partner for the rest of your life in just a few sentences? You want to make sure you hit all the key points, but you don’t want to sound cliché. You want vows that are unique and personal, but you don’t want to encourage a snooze fest in the pews as you get into all the details. We took some tips from the pros, aka Hollywood writers who have been making weddings look picture-perfect for years, and pulled together our favorite movies for some vow-spiration. When Harry Met Sally… Truly a classic about the age-old search for a connection and finding lasting love and friendship. There is more to this movie than just the restaurant scene, you know! Titanic You’re in for the long haul with this one, and Jack and Rose’s ill-fated romance will, at the very least, make you want to hold on to your love for the rest of your life. Crazy Stupid Love Steve …