Month: June 2015

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, try this Lemongrass and Lime Cooler Recipe. The Appetizer Think light. Start your meal off with a simple summer salad. Avoid creamy dressings and fatty ingredients such as bacon. Include lighter cheeses and summer fruits. We love this Strawberry Balsamic Salad Recipe for a healthy summer appetizer. For serving, check out Royal Copenhagen’s Fluted Salad Bowl. The Main Course  Fish is a great, healthy weeknight meal option. It’s easy to make, quick to cook, high …

Beginner’s Guide: Coffee Makers

If you’re like us, you love nothing more than waking up to that cup of coffee in the morning, which makes your coffee maker an integral appliance in your kitchen. So, to help you pick the right one for your registry, we made a quick guide to walk you through the options. What is it? Coffee makers are an appliance that allow you to brew coffee in your own home. For many people, they are the most used item in their kitchen. I need this if… You need this. Period. How many do I need? You really only need one coffee maker, but if you’re an avid coffee drinker, it doesn’t hurt to double up. This way you can make that slow drip coffee on the weekends and get out the door quickly with your single serve cup during the week. Which kind is right for me? 1. French Press This accessory brews a very strong cup of coffee. It’s easy to use – boil water, mix with coffee grounds in the french press, let …

An East Village Dinner to a Proposal in Mexico: #ZolaCouple Lisa and Nick

For this #ZolaCouple, a small restaurant in the East Village of New York City is the center of happiness. From a chance meeting that lead to them being set up, to the best birthday celebration years later, their romance has a beautiful symmetry we can all be inspired by. How did you meet? Lisa: I was at a late dinner with friends in the East Village (NYC) at a restaurant called Graffiti. It’s a cozy, hole-in the-wall with communal tables and one of my friends, Ara, knew the couple that was sitting literally across from us, Josh and Ali. By the end of the night, Josh and Ali had texted their friend, Nick, that the two of us should meet. Two days later Nick texted me and asked if I wanted to get together… and here we are. Thank you Ara, Josh and Ali!! How did you get engaged? Nick: After some careful planning and some nervous travel with the ring, I decided to propose on our vacation in Mexico. I decided that the concert festival that …

How to Make and Wear A Flower Crown

Here at Zola we love flower crowns. They are beautiful, elegant, and seriously make you feel like a goddess. But if you’re looking to get that chic, whimsical look, you cannot do it with fake flowers and pre-made crowns. Stumped on where to begin? Follow our quick tutorial on how to make the perfect headdress. When to Wear it  When it comes to your wedding, there’s no occasion that’s wrong for a flower crown. Wear it instead of a veil on your big day, or have your bridesmaids rock them at your bachelorette party. Here’s some inspiration for  incorporating this magical look in all of your events.   How To Make It  You will need floral wire, floral tape, floral wire cutters, scissors, flowers, and greenery. 1| Measure the Wire Make sure the flower crown fits perfectly to your head. Cut a two-foot piece of floral wire and hold it up to your head. Cut off any excess wire if the piece is too long. 2| Add the Greenery Cover the wire with greenery as the base layer of the crown. 3| Mix in …

Friday Faves

It’s almost the weekend! To make this day sail by a little faster, we’re bringing you inspiration for all parts of your life. From delicious pina coladas to delicate flower crowns, we’ve rounded up our favorite things from the blogosphere this week for your viewing pleasure. Happy Friday! Outdoor Chandeliers  We loved the lighting at this outdoor summer wedding in Santa Barbara. This couple decorated a patio with string lights and added a touch of timeless elegance with these chandeliers. Frozen Pina Coladas  There’s really something special about pina coladas in the summer. The perfect island drink can be brought straight into your own home with this delicious recipe that will always hit the spot. Eclectic Farm House Décor  This home interior featured by SF Girl By Bay really inspired us. A perfect mixture of rustic and chic, this home tour is well worth sharing. Delicate Flower Crowns  For this DIY wedding in Virginia, all of the bridesmaids wore beautiful flower crowns and we loved it. This simple touch brought the whimsical feeling of the wedding …

Summer Lovin’, We Go Together

When it comes to outfitting your kitchen, there are some items that just aren’t complete without their counterparts. For those foods that go perfectly together, make sure you have the matching kitchenware duos that will help you create these irresistible combinations in your own home. Chicken And Waffles For breakfast, lunch, or dinner – these two foods are just better together. Register for the Cuisinart 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker with Pancake Plate and the Cuisinart Compact Deep Fryer to create this delicious meal in your own home. Butter and Toast Arguably so, nothing goes better together than butter and toast. Register for Magimix by Robot-Coupe’s Vision Toaster and Emile Henry’s Modern Classics Butter Pot so you’re prepared to create that go-to breakfast you’ll continue to adore. Affogatos and a Summer Day A match made in heaven, there’s nothing better than espresso and ice cream together on a hot summer’s day. Register for Nespresso’s VertuoLine Espresso & Coffee Machine and Duralex’s Picardie Tumbler, Set of 6 so you can enjoy this caffeinated treat all summer long. Pizza and Anything A combination with endless possibilities – though we …

Inspiration for Your Summer Bridal Shower

Before you get married, you’re going to be showered with love by your closest friends and family. If you’re a bride, you’re probably not planning these festivities yourself, but of course there’s no harm in pointing your bridesmaids and family in the right direction. See below for some inspiration for that perfect summer bridal shower. Citrus Punch Serve refreshing drinks that everyone will love on a hot day. Citrus is a crowd-pleaser during the summer months so make sure to include slices of fresh lemon or lime for garnish. Naked Cake  Choose an unfrosted cake. These exposed desserts have a more natural feel and will go perfectly with fresh flowers and summer décor. Wild Flower Arrangements Mix local flowers with classic white roses for your floral decorations. These arrangements will scream summer and give your party an authentic, seasonal look. Fresh Berries Serve fruit that’s in season. Have bowls of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries scattered about your table. Golden Accents Have minimalist decor with a slight flare by using small golden accents throughout your party. From flatware …

Registry Tips: 6 Ways to Make Gift Giving Easier for Your Guests

Gift giving shouldn’t be a hassle. We know how thankful you are that your friends and family are helping you kickstart newlywed life with amazing gifts on your big day, so why not make it as easy for them as possible? Even before those gushing thank you notes go out there are a few things you can do to make them feel appreciated, which is why we’ve put together some quick tips to help you build a registry that’s more convenient for your guests. Register Early Give your guests time to pick their gifts for all of your wedding festivities. Guests will want to purchase gifts for your engagement party and bridal shower, so get your registry set-up soon after you’re engaged. Remember, you can always add or exchange gifts later. Register Online Make sure your registry is easily accessible for all of your guests. Whether they live out of town or just have busy schedules that make it difficult to visit a store, guests will appreciate the ease and flexibility of being able to do their shopping on-the-go.  Promote Your Registry Put …

New on Zola

Looking for some new inspiration for your wedding registry? You’re in luck – with a new week we’re bringing you a whole set of new products. So start Monday off right by browsing our favorite new arrivals on Zola. Farmhouse Pottery      We simply adore these newly added items to the Farmhouse Pottery collection at Zola. These sturdy cooking and baking dishes are truly unique and will bring a modern farm aesthetic into your home and give it that rustic feel. 1. Windrow Pie Dish 2. Harvest Bowl 3. Beehive Baker 4. Cheese Stone Fort Standard     Small home good items with large contemporary industrial style. Fort Standard‘s bowls, bottle openers, and marble trivets are ideal for the modern home. 1. Large Standing Bowl 2. Crest 3 Bottle Opener 3. Small Standing Bowl 4. Triangle Trivet Yves Delorme    Get cozy with these plush bedroom and bathroom essentials. The new additions from Yves Delorme are the finest quality. 1. Athena Duvet Cover 2. Anti-Allergy Pillow  3. Etoile Bath Mat 4. Etoile Bath Towel, Set of 2 …

Healthy Outdoor Activities to do Together

Looking for a new way to bond as a couple? To inspire your summer weekends, we’ve put together a list of ways you can be outside and do something healthy together. So get off the couch, enjoy the sunshine, and get a workout in while having fun with your fiancé. Go For A Hike … or a walk, or a run. No matter what pace you go at, explore some nearby woods or beach together. You will get to breathe in the fresh air and will feel relaxed and energized by the end of the day. If you enjoy it enough to go again, register for a proper hiking pack from Thule. Go For A Bike Ride A bike ride can be a real journey, so explore together during these warm months. Whether you go out on country roads, or through your city on bike paths, this activity will release your endorphins and create lasting memories for the two of you to treasure. If you end up loving this activity, register for an Annual Bike Share Membership for Two or …