Month: February 2015

Wedding Planning at Your Fingertips: $3000 Sweepstakes

Let’s face it – planning one of the most blissful days of your life can be downright stressful and overwhelming. On top of choosing a caterer, flowers, a dress, and that perfect first song to dance to, you have to pick a venue, register for gifts, decide on bridesmaids dresses, etc. Now that’s a daunting checklist.  Lucky for you, we’ve partnered with two of our favorite tech-forward friends – Weddington Way and Thumbtack – to make planning your wedding a breeze. So, sit back, take a deep breath, and learn how the three of us combined will make the process and your life that much easier: Zola   We’ve got you covered for all things registry. Create a completely customizable registry and add the gifts, experiences, and honeymoon & cash funds that fit your style, all in the same place. You’ll have access to your registry anywhere, anytime with our iPhone app, and our Registry Concierge will be there every step of the way to help you and your guests with whatever you need. Weddington …

5 Ways To Spend Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! How are you spending today? While red roses and chocolate might immediately come to mind, we thought up some alternative ideas for you to consider doing with your special someone. Dinner at a restaurant is a classic that we’ll always love, but for those seeking something unexpected, here are some fresh dates ideas you both will love: 1. Spa Day Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to get pampered together – most spas offer holiday specials for couples! 2. Couples Cook-Off Take a cooking class together at a culinary school or take a crack at a new recipe from the comfort of your own kitchen. 3. Dancing Take a Tango class to spice up your moves or dance the night away at a local Salsa club. 4. Rock Out Whether it’s jazz or rock, relive the song that was playing when you first kissed or snag tickets to that band your partner has been dying to see. We always love a good concert! 5. Wine Tasting Take a trip together to a winery or tour the brewery of …

Friday Faves: Valentine’s Day Edition

We’ve got the Valentine’s Day spirit in full force here at Zola, so we thought we’d use this edition of Friday Faves to round up some of our favorite sweet treats and moments. Enjoy! Chocolate For All Occasions  Ginger Snap Crusted Chocolate Mousse Tarts, Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes, No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars… the list goes on and on. Who needs Valentine’s Day to indulge in these chocolatey treats – we’ll be enjoying them all year long. See more on Bell’Alimento. 14 Ways To Be Romantic #1: “Say I love you with actions.” Camille Styles is helping us get into the Valentine’s Day mood with a sweet roundup of ways to be romantic. The DIY Touch Everything is more personal when it’s homemade. We love these DIY gift boxes from A Beautiful Mess. See how you can make Alphabet Brownies and Glazed Cakes. Mini Flower Bouquets Sometimes the little gestures say just as much as the big ones. Put a spin on the classic Valentine’s Day bouquet by going mini! Style Me Pretty has steps to creating …

5 Smart Ideas For Your Wedding Bar

What makes a wedding memorable (and sometimes overwhelming to plan) are the little details that speak to who you two are. So, we’ve brought in the experts to share their tips on planning one of the most fun parts – the wedding bar! Read up on Wedding Party’s advice on how to make the drinks at your wedding just as special as the big day itself. 5 Smart & Creative Ideas to Elevate Your Wedding Bar You’ve been planning for your wedding day for months, and after you’ve walked down the aisle and said your “I Dos”, the most important part of your big day is over. But that’s also when the fun begins! All the most important people in your life have come from around the world to witness the start of your marriage… and party. So when it’s time for the reception, you want to make sure that they’ll have a great time. One way to make your reception extra-delightful for your guests is to incorporate fun, personalized details to your wedding bar. Love this idea but …

Forget What Saturday Is?

Forget what Saturday is? Well, you New Yorkers are in luck because Zola is here to save the day! Introducing Cupid-On-Demand. We’ve curated a limited selection of Valentine’s Day gifts from our favorite places in NYC and are offering delivery on Friday and Saturday (in NYC only). Keep scrolling to find out what you can order. The Goods Ranging from traditional gifts like flower arrangements, chocolates, and dinner reservations to more exotic ones like an intimate painting kit and adult twister game, find something for your sweetheart just in time.   Pictured: 1. Pretty In Pink Bouquet from Peartree Flowers 2. Quality Meats Reservation for Two + $200 Gift Card 3. Francois Payard 18 Piece Box of Truffles 4. Francois Payard 12 Piece Box of Parisian Macarons 5. Adult Twister 6. Park Avenue Winter Reservation for Two + $200 Gift Card See more of what Cupid-On-Demand has to offer here. Not in New York City? Don’t worry. We love Valentine’s day so much that we’re celebrating all week long. Enter to win our #ZolaLoveStory giveaway by showing us a picture of what love …

A Tactical Guide to Valentine’s Day

Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day can be overwhelming and intimidating. If Pat Benatar is right and love is a battlefield, then it pays to be prepared. So, we’ve heeded the call and asked our go-to guy Joshua David Stein, renowned restaurant critic, radio host, and news director, to create the “Tactical Guide to Valentine’s Day.” Read up for your own good below! V-14 Days: Tactical Decisions It is time now to discuss the objective of your Valentine’s Day campaign. Step one, as Sun Tzu wrote, is know thine enemy. The same goes in love as in war. Establish the basics: Does your partner enjoy the trappings of Valentine’s Day or, rather, does your partner shun the traditional flowers and balloons as trite ordinance of shallow affection? Will breakfast in bed delight her or will she see in your French toast only the threat of crumbs? Remember, you are not wooing an abstraction. There is a real woman who shall receive your efforts. Gather intelligence by any means necessary. Set up a battery of tests. We suggest a screening …

#ZolaLoveStory Official Rules

INSTAGRAM/TWITTER CONTEST RULES ZOLA Instagram/Twitter Giveaway OFFICIAL RULES NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. 1. SPONSOR: The sponsor of this Giveaway is Zola, 394 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY, 10013. 2. GIVEAWAY PERIOD; ENTRY METHODS: The Zola Instagram/Twitter Giveaway (the “Giveaway”) begins on February 9, 2015 at 12pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) and ends at 11:59pm EST on February 14, 2015 (the “Giveaway Period”). The Zola computer is the official time-keeping device for the Giveaway. During the Giveaway Period, entrants must do all of the following: 1) Post a photo on Instagram or Twitter of what love means to them; 2) Include the hashtag #ZolaLoveStory in the caption/comments on their post and tag @ZolaRegistry. The winner will be announced on Instagram and Twitter and will be notified via email on February 17, 2015. 3. ELIGIBILITY: The Giveaway is open only to legal residents of the United States who are at least 18 years or older on the date of entry. Employees, contractors, directors, and officers of Sponsor and Instagram and Twitter, each of …

New Arrivals on Zola

New Arrivals On Zola

New week, new arrivals. We thought we’d highlight some new home items from our favorite brands this Monday. Get inspired below! Coyuchi Coyuchi brings the inherent beauty of natural materials into your home, designing all its products with reverence for the planet – using only natural fibers, sourcing materials carefully, and processing them minimally. Inspired by traditional textiles, this brand creates unique, contemporary designs that suit modern living. Its textiles are rustic yet elegant, substantial and soft – with the most pure fibers and quality construction for texture and hand feel that you’ll enjoy for years to come. Some of our favorite new Coyuchi products:      1. Mojave Gathered Quilt 2. Watercolor Printed Diamond Set 3. Shaded Herringbone Kitchen Towel Set Surya For over 35 years the name Surya has been synonymous with high quality, innovation, and luxury. Surya designers and weavers masterfully create some of the most versatile products to bring out the best in every room. Encompassing an expert understanding of the latest trends in fashion and interior design, each Surya product is a …

Friday Faves

With Valentine’s Day a week away, and love on everyone’s mind, there’s no better time than a roundup of our favorite posts for Friday Faves. From wedding details we love to the perfect cocktail for the 14th, get inspired for Valentine’s Day, your special day, or even a cozy date night in below! It’s All In The Details    The little things are what count. We loved the details from this Swedish wedding featured on Style Me Pretty. New Ways To Eat Nutella Nutella. Enough said. You’ll easily go through many a jar with these three mouthwatering recipes (Nutella Caramel Popcorn With Bacon and Hazelnut – yes please!) from Refinery29. A Cheers-worthy Drink Toast to each other with a drink made for V-Day. Get the recipe for this festive Raspberry Rose Cocktail on Camille Styles. A Honeymoon With Stunning Views After seeing a view like this, we’ve certainly caught the wanderlust bug. Next stop on our list of places to go? Positano + the Amalfi Coast. See more shots on Honestly WTF. A Cake For Cheese-Lovers We love cheese at Zola, so we fell head …

12 Golden Rules of Decluttering

With the winter chill in the air, our routine has been to come home, kick off our boots, toss our bags on the floor, and plop right down on the couch the second we walk through the door. The result? Ultimate coziness but total clutter – i.e. stuff everywhere. So, we thought we’d turn to our friends at POPSUGAR to get their golden rules of decluttering your home and keeping it clean. Has your place been looking a little . . . clogged up lately? Well, it may be time to do a little cleaning up! However, if you’ve been following these rules below, you wouldn’t need a decluttering session as your home is guaranteed to be clutter-free. 1. Get rid of duplicates If you have duplicates lying around, get rid of them if they are not necessary. Keep the better duplicate and trash or donate the other. 2. Get rid of things you haven’t used in a year So you keep telling yourself that you’ll use it eventually, but if you haven’t touched it in a year, chances are …