Month: June 2015

Wedding Gifts that Keep on Giving

During the time leading up to your wedding, and directly after your big day, you’ll be inundated with gifts from friends and family. Your face will light up when you receive everything from that fancy flatware to the special vase you’ve always wanted.  If you want the fun to continue, we’ve put together a list of our favorite gifts that keep on giving. The Bouqs Company’s Regular Bloom Subscriptions Get the gift of beautiful fresh flowers to liven up your home for a whole year. With The Bouqs Company’s Regular Bloom Subscription you can pick your favorite bouquets, choose the frequency and timing you’d like to receive them, and constantly be reminded of your wedding day with floral deliveries. Cooking Classes This is the present that gives and gives. Register for a cooking class for two and once you’ve settled into your newlywed life, experience this together. Not only will you enjoy the class and build a memory, but after it you’ll be able to cook like a pro! If you live in New York, enjoy …

Wedding Planning Advice from #ZolaCouple Sara and Jesse

This newly married #ZolaCouple fell in love over Nationals games, buffalo wings, and cheap beer. What’s their trick to planning a wedding while balancing demanding jobs and taking care of their dog Lou? A “no computer at the dinner table” rule that allows them to compartmentalize their various responsibilities while putting each other first. How did you meet? Jesse and I met while participating in a walk for the homeless with mutual friends on the National Mall in DC (where we live) in November, 2010.  However, we re-met and hit it off further at a neighborhood bar in February 2011 – and the rest is history! We fell in love over Nationals games, trips to local beaches and lakes, and buffalo wings with cheap beer :). How did you get engaged?  Jesse and I became proud parents to a 10-week-old Brittany Spaniel, Lou, in July 2013 – a week after we moved in together. Lou has been our best friend and has completed our family ever since that day. Jesse of course had to include him in our engagement story, …

Destination Inspiration: Wellfleet, MA

Cape Cod, Massachusetts boasts some of the most breathtaking views on the East Coast. The seaside town of Wellfleet not only inspires wanderlust but also supplies a style that’s perfectly aligned with our not-so-secret love of all things nautical. From oysters to ocean views, this idyllic New England destination is perfect for a  romantic getaway or girls’ weekend. Check out some of our favorite things to do for a stylish summertime escape! 1 | Soak Up the Sun at the Cape Cod National Seashore No trip to the Cape is complete without a visit to the beach! Hit up Marconi Beach to catch some rays and stick your toes in the sand. Set up the Picnic at Ascot Beach Shelter on windier days, and tote along a Coyuchi Mediterranean Guest Towel for drying off in style. 2 | Hit the Dance Floor at the Wellfleet Beachcomber Situated adjacent to the sand and diagonal to the dunes, the ‘Comber is the perfect place for good food and live music. Don your dancing shows for a night of jamming out to the likes of Deer Tick and G. Love, and …

Preserving Spring’s Most Coveted Fruit with Strawberry Jam

Wish you could enjoy spring and summer’s fresh berries all year long? Before they go out of season, we’ve partnered with our friends at POPSUGAR to bring you a delicious strawberry jam recipe. Get ready to be eating this on toast, sandwiches, and muffins long into those winter months. INGREDIENTS 2 pounds ripe strawberries, quartered 2 lemons, juiced 3 tablespoons fruit pectin 1 1/2 cups sugar DIRECTIONS This recipe only makes one pint of strawberry jam, so it’s up to you whether or not you would like to process the jar or simply put it in the fridge after the can reaches room temperature. I’m of the nature to process any canned items I make, whether or not I plan on opening them that week. I think it helps destroy any looming bacteria, is an easy way to clean off the cans. Most importantly, I love that satisfactory snap when the can is processed correctly. After the sugar dissolves, taste the berry mixture to make sure it is sweet enough. Depending on the ripeness of the …

Versatile Furniture to Register For

Outfitting your home doesn’t stop at cookware and dishes. When building your wedding registry, don’t forget about those stools you’ve been eyeing or the coffee table you’ve been wanting. If you’re thinking about registering for furniture, here are some versatile pieces that will fit perfectly in any room in your home. Zuo Corinthian Stool  This accent piece is the perfect pop of color for your home. With crossed wooden legs and a simple cushion that comes in aqua, mustard, or sunkist shades, Zuo’s Corinthian Stool is a great addition to your living room or bedroom. Jonathan Adler’s Jacques Lucite 2-Tier Table  Use this as a bookshelf, a nightstand, or as a place to throw your keys down in your entry way. Jonathan Adler’s Jacques Lucite 2-Tier Table has a glamorous chic design you’ll both love. Design Ideas’ Maisai Bench  Use this as a table on your porch or as a bench in your mudroom. Design Ideas’ Maisai Bench is simple and durable, making it an ideal addition to your home. Zuo’s Match Chair, Set of 2 Add a touch of modern …

DIT: Grow Your Own Herbs

Love cooking with fresh herbs? This summer, grow your own fresh sage and basil in your backyard or windowsill by following these easy DIY tips. Not only is this a great way to spend the afternoon together, but these plants are something you will use all year long. 1| Pick Your Herbs Grow as many plants as you think you’ll use and have room for or love to cook with. Pick from basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, or dill. These all are regularly used in the kitchen, easy to grow, and need little tending to. 2| Pick Your Pots Don’t settle for boring pots. Get creative and make your small herb garden a thing of beauty. You can use mason jars, tin cans, or decorate ceramic pots with paint and string. 3| Plant Your Herbs  You can either buy seeds or young plants. We suggest the latter – save yourself time, let the professionals do the seeding, and buy your herbs after they’ve already sprouted. Make sure to repot soon after purchasing them using organic potting soil and …

Already Live Together? Register for These Things

Today, many couples live together before actually tying the knot. This means many of you already have tons of kitchen appliances, dinnerware, and home goods. But if you have a fully stocked home and think you have no need for a registry, think again. When it comes to building a wedding registry for couples that already live together, the focus should be on upgrading items and collecting memorable pieces. Your guests will want to buy you gifts to celebrate your big day no matter what so give them a little guidance as to what you actually want. Here are some of our top suggestions for you: Fancy Cookware Even if you have pots and pans, you should register for Le Creuset Cookware. These items are simple, beautiful, high quality, and will last you a lifetime. Upgrade by registering for these and donating whatever you already have.  Prep Bowls Start off your life as newlyweds by focusing on decluttering your home. Throw out all of those mismatched plastic bowls you have lying around and register for Duralex’s Lys Nesting Prep/Mixing Bowls. Whether you’re …

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 …