Month: March 2015

Iced or Hot? Coffee & Tea Registry Essentials

No matter what type of caffeine gets you out of bed, we believe you should register for yours together. Starting your mornings off right will set both of you up for a great day, so be sure to put some of these morning beverage essentials on your registry. Now, the only question is, do you take milk or sugar? For the couple that loves tea… Upgrade your tea arsenal with some of the suggestions below. Whether you like herbal or black tea, these gifts will help steep your cup to perfection. 1. Berghoff Studio Glass Teapot 2. Le Creuset Whistling Kettle 3. Vietri Forma Mug 4. Jansen + Co My Mug Giftbox, Set of 4 5. Breville One-Touch Tea Maker 6. Kinto Unimug For the couple that loves coffee… For those of you who need a little extra kick, check out these essentials picked just for you and your morning cup of joe. Don’t miss the recipe at the bottom that Nespresso crafted exclusively for Zola!    1. Iittala Taika Coffee/Tea Mug 2. Kinto Carat Coffee Dripper & Pot 3. Menu Sugar Bowl with Lid 4. Nespresso VertuoLine …

Beginner’s Guide To: Dinnerware Materials & Quality

Ever wondered what accounts for the variance in prices between different types of plates and mugs? Have asked yourself what the actual difference is between “porcelain” and “fine china, ” or more importantly, what type of dinnerware you should actually register for? You’re not alone. We sat down with Zola Buyer, Victoria, to answer these questions and break down the different materials your dinnerware is made of, so you can decide which kind is right for you. What materials am I dealing with? All dinnerware is made out of ceramic. The word “ceramic” comes from the Greek word keramikos, meaning “of pottery,” and the earliest ceramics were made entirely out of clay. Today, however, ceramics take many different forms. Clay-made items are still called “ceramics,” or sometimes “earthenware,” but there are also different materials, properties, and methods of production in the mix like stoneware, porcelain, and bone china. So, what’s the difference between them? Earthenware vs. Stoneware Earthenware is simply product made out of clay. Stoneware, on the other hand, is made from a special type of …

Double Date Night Ideas

Solo time with your significant other is crucial, but double dates are the perfect way to squeeze in that quality time without sacrificing your social life. We rounded up our top picks for some fun, low-key date night ideas that are best enjoyed with another couple along for the ride! Outdoor Concert With spring right around the corner, musical festivals are very much on our minds. Grab a couple with similar music tastes and take in a show. Dance parties on the lawn are way more fun with some friendly dance-off competition! Cook-Off Invite your favorite foodie friends over for a night of culinary competition. Pick a main ingredient and see what each couple comes up with. Too many cooks in the kitchen? Not a problem! Someone can play mixologist and whip up a signature cocktail to accompany the main event. Game NightClassic party games might sound a little cheesy, but there’s no denying that a few rounds of Characters will likely end in laughs. Charades, Catchphrase, Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity are all no-fail fan favorites that …

Healthy Breakfast Ideas For Any Day Of The Week

A new work week means a fresh start, and with the weather warming up, we’re going back to our New Year’s resolution to eat healthier. Here are 5 healthy breakfast ideas we’ve been meaning to cook. Try them with us! Chia Pudding This is a breakfast option that you can easily make the night before. Just add milk – regular, almond, or coconut will do – to a few tablespoons of chia seeds and store it in your fridge overnight. The seeds will absorb the milk while you’re sleeping, and you can enjoy your pudding the next morning. Add fresh or dried fruit for some flare, and try this Banana Nut Chia Seed Breakfast by The Lean Clean Eating Machine. Poached Egg Avo Toast  We know avocado toast has become a trend of sorts on Instagram, but regardless, we can’t get enough. Packed with healthy fats and nutrients, you’ll kickstart your morning in the best way possible. Add a poached egg for protein and sprinkle some salt + pepper flakes for extra flavor like Pinch of Yum does. Banana & Almond …

The Perfect Personalized Gift: DIY Tile Photo Coasters

Sundays are the perfect time for fun activities that you wouldn’t generally have time for during the week. Today, we’re getting artsy with POPSUGAR‘s steps to making your own DIY photo coasters. So, grab a bottle of Mod Podge, print out your favorite photos, and get crafty! Perfect for any special holiday, a set of these tile photo coasters will cost less than $5 to make. The square tiles from your local home goods store makes this DIY a unique way to showcase your favorite Hipstamatic and Instagram snaps. All you need is some Mod Podge and a bit of felt to complete this fun project. Stack and wrap the finished photo coasters with a ribbon, and you’ve got the perfect gift for someone special. These coasters are so cute, you’ll probably end up making another set for yourself. What You’ll Need: Four 4-by-4-inch white tiles Four 4-by-4-inch square pictures Scissors Mod Podge Foam brush Felt Hot glue gun Length of ribbon Clear spray sealant Directions: 1. Pick up small white tiles at your local home goods …

Keeping Adventure Alive with #ZolaCouple Kean & Corina

This week, we spent some time getting to know #ZolaCouple Kean & Corina, who met when Kean asked Corina out on an OKCupid date. She was just about to delete her profile, when she got a message from Kean, saying, “Hey. Hi. Wanna go on a hike sometime with me and my dog?” Her friends loved how cute and refreshing it was and made her promise to go on a date with him…and the rest is history! Get to know this awesome couple below, see what adventure means to them, and check out how they’re registering for newlywed life. Let’s Talk Wedding: How did you get engaged?  We got engaged on a regular, normal day. We went to see Guardians of The Galaxy (PG 13!) and after played a game of Scrabble. Then, Kean asked me to go outside in the front yard and light a paper lantern with him. He threw a ring at me and practically jumped across the street in anticipation. I yelled yes over the car honks. Advice for planning your wedding? Get the big items out of the …

Friday Faves

Spring is in the air, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring you this week’s edition of Friday Faves. From wedding trends and details we love to your next sweet indulgence, we have a feeling you’ll enjoy this roundup. Something Blue One of the many details we loved from Talia + Bryan’s wedding was how she incorporated something blue. See the other stunning details from their big day on Green Wedding Shoes. Wedding Trends Keep your eyes peeled for these 8 trends, courtesy of Domaine Home. Fresh Florals Brighten up your desktop background with this wallpaper from Justina Blakely. Working will instantly become cheerier! Flashback Friday: Molly Sims’ Bridal Party Style Me Pretty turned back time to Molly Sims’ spa day bridal party. Not only is she one of our favorite Zola Tastemakers, but she also offers amazing advice on how she stayed stress-free in the days leading up to her wedding. Treat Yourself This Friday we’re ditching the cocktails and celebrating the weekend with Dessert For Two’s recipe for Salty Chocolate Chip Cookies With Caramel. Images || (1) John …

Spring Awakening: Inspired Registry Picks

This warm week of weather has us in a spring state of mind. Even though there’s officially 9 days left of winter, we’re all about spring. Get inspired for this season with bright colors, fresh florals, and a few organizational essentials (ahem, spring cleaning). Decorate Bright Eye-catching colors will liven up any room, instantly brightening everyone’s mood. Here are our top picks:    1. Pehr Designs Berkeley Hatch Pillow 2. Coyuchi Diamond Chambray 7-Piece Kitchen Towel Set 3. Jonathan Adler Pop Highball Glass 4. Iittala Kastehemli Footed Bowl 5. B By Brandie Birkin Appetizer & Dessert Plate, Set of 4 6. Fotostrap The Classic Fotostrap Freshen Up With Florals Bring the outdoors in with floral prints and products.      1. Villeroy & Boch Anmut Bloom Espresso Saucer 2. Acaciaware Flower Tray 3. Villeroy & Boch Anmut Universal Teapot 4. Rorstrand Mon Amie Bowl 5. Chilewich Dahlia Placemat 6. Kate Spade New York Oliver Park Sugar Bowl With Lid Get Organized Yes, we do mean spring cleaning. Luckily, these gifts will help you get organized in no time. 1. OXO Good Grips POP Container Set 2. Handy Cleaning Services 3. Miele S7280 Jazz …

A Lesson on Tray Styling

Trays have come a long way from being just a basic cafeteria carry-all. With the slew of new, stylish options available, trays are a fabulous way to display your trinkets and treasures alongside less-chic items (we’re looking at you, TV remote). Try these organizational tricks-of-the-trade for creating a stylish storage solution that works in any room. Office Keep colorful supplies organized on a crisp tray in a solid color for a workspace that’s functional yet personal. A stack of metallic boxes and a bowl of coordinating golden paper clips in a small bowl gives a girly-glam feel to Brie Emery‘s office space. BathroomThink you can’t make cotton balls look cool? Think again. We love the look of fresh blooms alongside your basic toiletries on more masculine wooden tray, like Villeroy & Boch’s Artesano Original Rectangular Tray. Set a truly serene scene by throwing in a crisp bar of soap or scented candle. BarThe bar tray is the perfect way to serve up a classic cocktail. Try displaying bottles on a modern mirrored piece like the Butler’s Tray from GoHome. It’s a dramatic art …

5 Wedding Trends Just In Time For Wedding Season

With so many trends swirling around the web, we’re turning to the wedding decor experts at Love Detailed, who are breaking down their five favorite 2015 wedding trends. From aisle to table, and every detail in between, here are some trending ideas just in time for wedding season and for your big day. 1. British Invasion We’re finally setting our tables for spring! Brits sure know how to throw a tea party, and lately we have been inspired by the English tea garden style. Set an uncovered wooden table with mixed china, pressed glass, and wispy florals for a quaint, rustic, chic feel. 2. Pearls Are a Girl’s Best Friend What’s old is new! Pearl accents add a vintage feel and air of elegance to any design. Channel your inner Coco Chanel and incorporate pearls into any aspect of your wedding; they will look gorgeous anywhere! With pearls, you can guarantee that your wedding will be two things: “classy and fabulous.” 3. Something Blue While white wedding gowns are a classic look, the 2015 runways are highlighting grays, pinks, …