Tag: Fashion

Designer Picks: Steven Cohen

DSC_0226Steven Cohen, Vice President at M&J Trimming, makes sure that customers have access to the most stylish and trendy trims in town! As the head of purchasing and sales, all potential new items have to go through him before they make their way onto the store shelves. Working at the familybusiness since the age of 14, he has four young daughters who can’t wait to follow in his footsteps. He can always tell which trims are trending, and gave us a few of his top trim picks! (And yes, they are ALL online.)


DSC_02381” CHEETAH PRINT METALLIC RIBBON* – This ribbon is, quite literally, wild. It’s a fun ribbon that combines two of today’s most popular trends: metallics and animal print. Use this ribbon to wrap birthday presents or add it as an accent to home décor. (*This item is not currently available. Check out other metallic ribbon options and our jacquards in fun prints.)

DSC_02442″ LARGE RHINESTONE LEAF TRIM – This is probably one of the most versatile rhinestone trims that we carry. DIY brides come in all of the time requesting this trim because they can make it into a bridal belt, and use small sections to create brooches for their bridesmaids.

DSC_0242LARGE FUR POMPOMS – Before you know it, we’re going to be having one of our famous New York autumns, and this pompom is the perfect addition to your cold-weather accessories. Add it to your hat or use it as a toggle on your cape!  DSC_024923MM 3-ROW PEARL AND RHINESTONE TRIM – This trim is a trifecta of rhinestones, pearls, and chain. It looks incredible on gowns, clutches, and it can even be used to create a necklace.

DSC_02481 5/8″ TOOTH PENDANT WITH CAP – It seems like everyone is trying out the hippie-chic look these days, and this pendant makes an awesome necklace for that style. It also comes in a lot of colors, so all of your festival friends can match!

1″ RUFFLE TRIM WITH PEARL CHAIN CENTER – This trim has a lot going on, but it all works together beautifully. The chain gives the ruffles and pearls just the right amount of edge, and keeps it from looking too delicate.

DIY: Nautical Knot Necklace

We’ve been going nuts over knots the last few days, and we’ve finally decided to do something about it! We wanted a nautical-inspired accessory that could add a little class to any outfit, while also looking casual and simple. We created a knotted necklace using twist cord and tape in red and navy, but you can customize the materials to make this knotted necklace in whatever colors and styles you like!

Nautical Knot Necklace Materials

What You’ll Need:
3/16” Rayon Twist Cord (keep the ends secured with tape to prevent fraying)
1/4” Heavy Apron Tape
Jump Rings
E6000
End Caps
Lobster Clasp
Scissors

Nautical Knot Necklace Diagram1. Using two sets of two cords, create the knot above by following the arrows above.

Measuring Nautical Knot Necklace2. Measure to make sure the necklace is your desired length, and cut off any excess.

Nautical Knot Necklace Gluing Apron Tape3. As you cut, add glue and apron tape to the ends. Cut and glue each end one by one to prevent fraying.

Nautical Knot Necklace End Caps4. Add E6000 to the inside of the end cap, and insert the cord tip into the end cap.

Adding Jump Rings to Nautical Knot Necklace5. Attach jump rings to each end cap, one jump ring for two cords.

Adding Lobster Clasp to Nautical Knot Necklace6. Add a lobster clasp to one end of the necklace.

Nautical Knot Necklace

Drop Earring Inspiration

 

 

As of late, we’ve been seeing a lot of beautiful statement stud earrings. And why not? They’re dainty, small, and can be worn without being too distracting. While we’re huge fans of these tiny ear gems, we’d also like to give a shout out to their longer and more flashy counterparts. The beautiful earrings below are some of our favorite dangling “drop” earrings. We love these types of earrings because not only do they provide extra bling, but they also seem to dance when you move, a feature that is found in almost no other jewelry! c6b5d7702c4b9efd4fad36c2875d203b

 

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What are your favorite types of earrings? If you prefer the stud, would you be willing to give the drops a try?

 

Coachella 2014 Fashion Recap

 

Coachella ended on Sunday, but the fashions from the event offer us a sneak peek to what to expect for summer style! Check out some of our favorite styles from the last two music-filled weekend!les_meilleurs_looks_du_festival_de_coachella_rosie_huntington_whiteley__336662657_north_545xRosie Huntington Whiteley looked like a vision in white! The billowy, off the shoulder dress captures the free spirit of the festival perfectly.

Chanel Iman at CoachellaDespite the desert weather, boots were all the rage. If you want to rock this trend, keep the boots short and pair with a dress for an unexpected look!

 

 

Diana Agron at Coachella

Alessandra Ambrosio at CoachellaMatching two-piece patterned outfits were so popular this year! Check out this patterned look that Alessandra Ambrosio rocked.

Crochet and Lace CoachellaCrochet and lace continue to be a popular option for those who want to add a dash of delicate femininity to their outfits! We know we’ll be seeing this trend everywhere come summer!

What was your favorite fashion trend at this year’s Coachella festival? Sound off below!

Bookish DIY Roundup

Books are a wonderful way to escape from the mundane, dive into a new adventure, and ultimately spark creativity. We hope that the creative spark from reading will ignite you to make the DIYs below that are either inspired-by, made from or used for books!
Wallpaper Covered Books from A Merry Mishap

Do you love cohesion in your home decor? Wrap your hardcover books in wallpaper a la A Merry Mishap to give them a harmonious vibe!

Sweet Paul Book Shelf

If there’s a vintage book that’s beyond repair, make it into a shelf with this fabulous tutorial from Sweet Paul Magazine!

Clutch Made from a Book from Wishes at 11:11

Take your favorite book with you wherever you go with this Book Cover Clutch from Caroline Womack!

Book Planter from Wednesday Custom Design

Go green with this cool Succulent Book Planter from Wednesday Custom Design! Succulents are a great choice for beginning gardeners because they don’t need much maintenance or watering!!

Book Binding 101 from Design Sponge

If you prefer not to DIY using books, you can always DIY your OWN books with this tutorial from Design Sponge!

So which book-themed DIY will YOU be making this weekend? Stay tuned because we will be showcasing our own bookish DIY this Tuesday!

Velvet Inspiration

Throughout history velvet has always been associated with nobility. Not only was this remarkable fabric historically made with silk, its creation was labor intensive. No wonder it was reserved for royalty! Luckily, there are now easy and cost-effective ways to make velvet, so buying something made of velvet won’t cost you the Crown Jewels!

Velvet Ribbon Spools

Every present you wrap with velvet ribbon somehow seems more precious.

Siamese Cat on Velvet Lounge

Even a cat can understand the appeal of velvet! It’s so soft and luxurious, and you feel a little more special just being around it.

Velvet Earrings

Velvet Belt on Embroidered Dress

With its unique texture and finish, it can tone down a piece with a lot of sparkle.

Plantation Design Reiki Pillow

When you really think about it, it’s no wonder that velvet is so special!

Nutcracker Ballet Inspiration

For some, a sure sign of the season is the Nutcracker ballet. Graceful dancers glide across the stage portraying a Christmas story full of sweet treats and brave toys. This magical event is inspiring for the season, and for its fashions. We love the light and airy styles of ballerinas. There’s something so simple and elegant about the delicate attire worn by these professional dancers.

Black and White Ballerina Photos Ballerina with Full Pink Skirt

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Ballerina in White Dress

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Billowy ballet skirts add ethereal charm to any outfit. Switch out your a-line for a day, and try a more voluminous option!

Clara and the Nutcracker Ballet

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Ballet Class from Vogue

Anna Selezneva By Patrick Demarchelier For Vogue Russia

Louboutin Ballet Shoes

Of course ballet wouldn’t by quite the same without a beautiful pointe shoe. Ballet flats have transitioned from a dancer-exclusive shoe to a modern staple. From basic to bedazzled, these shoes are the perfect solution for the woman who wants to be stylish without wearing heels. If you love flats, but want to infuse them with more ballerina style, check back on Tuesday for ballet-inspired DIY.

DIY: Men’s Winter Vest Upgrade

With winter well on its way we thought it would be appropriate to DIY a winter accessory, and even more fun to DIY a male accessory. We asked one of our male coworkers to help us out with this project, and decided to DIY his go-to winter vest. The end result is pretty awesome, and made for an easy and fun DIY.

Materials needed:

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Step 1: attach nail head trim (6-Row Plastic Square Trim style# 44401 – black) to lower vest.

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First, apply the multi-grip glue to the first 2 or 3 inches of the trim. When the glue is evenly added to the trim, place the trim on the lower part of the vest and wait two minutes. Then begin to the sew the trim onto vest.

*Notes* We decided that we would glue and sew the trim onto the vest for a strong hold, but you can glue or sew only if you feel confident that will hold. We will also be adding the trim onto the vest in stages so it will look even.

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If you are going to glue and sew,  you should space out the distance between where you put glue on your trim, space out your glue so that you only have 2 or 3 small portions glued for support and then sew over the rest (this particular trim has a nice spacing in between the rows of nail head, it’s a very good trim for even a beginner to start sewing on).

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Step 2: Nailhead front pocket flap –

For this step we decided to embellish the flap of the front pocket but you can embellish any part of the vest or coat.

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Take your 7MM x 25MM curved spikes with screws, and something sharp to use for assistance, we used a screw driver. Ideally, you would want to use M&Js revolving hole puncher, (style # 55246) but anything sharp is fine.

First,  punch a hole through the flap. After the hole is made, make sure u keep your finger on the whole to keep its place, if you’re using a thicker fabric for a vest the hole can literally just drop out of sight on you.  Then you take the screw to the back of the nailhead, push it through the back of the whole and then screw it into its spike from the front. We also used a flathead screw driver to further tighten the screw and spike together.

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And that’s all it takes to completely transform an ordinary vest into your own creation.

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The M&J Blogger Challenge Box

Want to do your own Blogger Challenge? 

Blogger Challenge Box PictureThese are the supplies we gave each of the bloggers that participated. 

8MM Foldover Elastic in Grey-Style No. 25068

Metal Clip in Matte Gold- Style No. 30438

Embroidery Thread

Flatback Rhinestones

1.5″ Double Face Satin Ribbon in Wild Berry- Style No. 44334

Rayon Weave Ribbon in Fuchsia/Multi-Style No. 58325

4MM Metallic Vinyl Braided Bolo in Gold- Style No. 48588

E-6000 Craft Mini Glue

Send us pictures of your own creations! #MJTRIMMING

Evening Wear DIY

Lace Belt D.I.Y

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With Paris Fashion Week rounding up, we are beyond obsessed with anything and everything black and white. The major trend highlighted at every show inspired us to create this lace belt. This Chanel inspired D.I.Y will spruce up a plain white tee or a fab gown ready to be taken out on the town. Check out our selection of elegant lace and beaded trims on our site.

SUPPLIES:
Beacon Magna-Tas 809 Glue

3″ Rigid Lace from M&J Trimming

Grossgrain Bow from M&J Trimming

Mundial 8.5″ Dressmaker Shears Scissor

SuppliesSTEPS:
1. Cut lace in half based on the floral design(One side will be larger than the other depending on which lace was selected)
2. Fold the thinner piece in half3. Glue both halves together creating a thicker piece (You can match the lace or mismatch for a more romantic touch…)

4. Pick up the leftover piece of lace and lay this piece under the now thicker band making sure it is centered.
Step 45. Using your Beacon Magna-Tac 809, now glue down this piece for an additional layered look
0066. Be creative! We glued on a bow, but feel free to add brooches, rhinestones, chains or studs! Make this lace belt your own canvas
0077. Ta Da!

Want to try your hand at making a stylish evening accessory?  See our selection of elegant trims on our site and don’t forget to posts photos of your DIYs on Instagram (#MJtrimmingDIY) and Pinterest (@MJtrim) so we can see!