Category Archives: Accessories

Dec 13, 2017

Mrs. Box by Jose Villa

(Image by Jose Villa for Mrs. Box)

So, the holidays are a huge time for engagements- and maybe you are one of the lucky ones who received one of these beauties. Now, it’s time to be getting back to work and out and about to be sharing the good news and showing off your new piece. We’ve asked our Cos Bar resident beauty expert, Kori Mahoney for her favorite products and advice on keeping your hands and nails show off ready as the temps have finally dropped!

Tara Guerard Soiree by Elizabeth Messina

(Image by Elizabeth Messina)

For starters, using a coarse hand scrub (like the Cle de Peau Beaute body exfoliator or La Mer Body Refiner available here) to smooth the skin and get rid of any flakiness followed with a nice, non-greasy hand cream. There are so many hand cream options available, so it’s really up to you as far as what you like in terms of texture and fragrance.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Corbin Gurkin

(Image by Corbin Gurkin)

Look for those containing anti-aging benefits such as Vitamin C or sunscreen (even in winter months)! Kori recommends hand cream by Omorovicza and Rich Girl Broad Spectrum by Deborah Lippmann. Reapplying throughout the day, especially after hand washing is key. Sleeping in cotton gloves while wearing hand cream underneath can soothe severely dry skin.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Elizabeth Messina

(Image by Elizabeth Messina)

Don’t forget the nails! A manicure is where your personality can really shine through. We recommend a classic pale pink (such as Essie’s “Ballet Slippers”) for your wedding day, but you might choose a chic red nail for the early days of engagement (I LOVE the name of this Bobbi Brown- Scotch on the Rocks!). Have fun with it and remember that your hands will be in many of your wedding day shots. Have your nails done professionally for your special day and make sure to take your color and a fresh topcoat along with you in case of an accidental chip.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Corbin Gurkin

(Image by Corbin Gurkin)

12.13.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Accessories, Beauty, Bridal, Bridal Style, Fashion, Photographers, Weddings | Comments >>
Dec 13, 2017


Today, we’re sharing some new websites we think you should know about. My BFF, Nicki Clendening, owner of Scout Designs NYC, has found a new way to spread her exquisite taste and collectible items with her new shop, Beetle.

Beetle Collage

images from Beetle

Ever since I’ve known Nicki she has always had an eye for objects, and she is an avid traveller and collector. So, Beetle is now a place you can go to shop her finds. The above is a sample of some of my favorites.

Screen Shot 2017-04-07 at 2.20.15 PM

image from Thebault For Two

Since I’m on my last week of no carbs for lent, this amazing Zucchini Pasta recipe from Thebault For Two is at the top of my list. The author of this relatable and approachable cooking blog is the sister of one of my favorite fun brides, and I’m loving following along for some of the family recipes.


image from Co

We just celebrated  with Hampden Clothing for their 10 year anniversary.  Hampden is a fashion forward hot spot here in Charleston, and she happens to carry one of my most favorite designers- Co. While in the store recently, I spotted this sequined stunner by Co, and thought it could be the most amazing top for a mother of a bride, or with fabulous white formal pants for a bride’s friday night ensemble.

Hope you check out some of our newest favorites on the scene.

12.13.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Accessories, Art, Charleston, Fashion, Gifts, Interior Design, J'adore!, New York, Uncategorized | Comments >>
Dec 13, 2017


Finally, it’s warming up outside and those warm spring and summer days by the water are right around the corner. A popular party theme this time of year are variations on the nautical or yachty theme. Today, we’re sharing a sweet nautical rehearsal party with tips and ideas.

scenery Collage

Of course, this is easier said than done, but try to sweat the weather. Threatening clouds loomed all day, and after an off shore shower, Corbin Gurkin caught this rainbow on film- you can’t pay for that kind of scenery!


One of our favorite nautical color palettes is blue and white with natural elements (i.e. sea grass, jute, twine, etc).  Lettered Olive designed a ship and map image, which we screen printed onto a large table runner at Spoonflower.  Lettered Olive also created a custom emblem of oars and life saver used for the invites and menus. Also, sometimes the littlest details like the oyster shell salt and pepper cellars can what guests notice the most.


One long table accommodated all of the guests for this intimate celebration. So, to keep the budget and decor simplified, clear glass containers wrapped with jute rope held easily planted succulents and different shapes and sizes gave the “centerpiece” depth and dimension. We varied simple candles as well between tapers and votives in complimentary clear glass holders.

Food Collage

You can also use your food and beverage selections as details. Simple cocktails like champagne and bourbon were elevated with printed rope and knot striped paper lined trays and printed cocktail napkins (a great place for more nautical notes). Being by the coast, we’re so lucky to be able to serve an abundance of seafood- often caught sustainably and locally. Ask what your locale is known for when planning your menu..Here, we served salmon sashimi rolls in ice “trays”. The ice sculpture was more of a tiered display of different sized trays for varying cold items. A great place to get printed cocktail napkins and stirrer sticks or other embellishments is


Lastly- enjoy friends and family, good conversation and company!

12.13.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Accessories, Entertaining, Event Design, Event Planning, Food and Drink, Parties, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>