Category Archives: Accessories

Oct 22, 2017

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

10.22.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Oct 22, 2017

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 ForYourParty.com

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

10.22.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Oct 22, 2017

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photo by Corbin Gurkin

With awards season in full gear, we’re seeing many of Hollywood’s leading men dressing to the nines on the red carpet.  So, today we’re sharing the top tips on properly wearing a tuxedo.

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One of our favorite guides to dressing for black tie comes from a 2012 New York Times article.

Tip #1: Shoulder fit is crucial

Tip #2: Put on a bowtie and be sure to know how to tie your own knot

Tip #3: Take a good measurement of your neck

Tip #4: In a Standard two-button suit, the break should be at your belly button

Tip #5: Shirts feel better with a taper

Tip #6: The half inch rule on the cuff is a must

Tip #7: Pant legs should have a modest break on the toe

Tip #8: No cuff on tuxedo trousers

Tip #9: Avoid lots of detail on the shoes

Tip #10: A simple steel watch with black leather strap is best

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photo by Corbin Gurkin

There are of course ways to show a bit of individuality or make a statement. One can be with the shoes you pair with the ensemble, like the Ralph Lauren loafers this wedding party chose. Of course, the bow tie is a great opportunity to try something different, and pocket squares becoming the hottest accessory- we like these by Ramply & Co.

10.22.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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