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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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, Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

Cooking For Two: Staying Healthy During Wedding Season

It’s wedding season! Which means many of you are spending weekend after weekend traveling far, drinking lots of champagne, and loading up on cake. To balance out these celebrations, we’ve put together some nutritious weeknight meal ideas to keep you feeling healthy all summer long. The Drink During the week, start detoxing a little bit. Replace the wine or mixed drink with a simple lemonade or flavored water. You can easily make this drink the night before and have it waiting for you in your fridge (we love Iittala’s Ultima Thule Pitcher). For a fun citrusy drink you can make at home, Read More