We love looking at bloggers for inspiration. We’re often in awe by the amount of talent and dedication of the DIY Blogger community. Many DIY Bloggers are influenced by runway trends, street style looks or materials at local stores. Using these ideas, they create pieces that replicate store bought items. Rather than keeping these gems to themselves, they generate an audience by sharing their crafts and welcoming others to tackle their projects as well. Following step by step guides each blogger demonstrates how to achieve the desired demonstration. Even though we have tons of ideas about how to use our trims we’re often amazed by the creations we come across. Feel free to tweet, or Facebook us some of you own DIY projects. We’d love to see what you’ve created!
Here are some of our favorite DIYs that are perfect for spring.
Ribbons can be used for many purposes. Due to the many types of ribbons there are many ways they can be used. We’ve dedicated this post to some of our favorite ribbon bracelet tutorials. Inspiration & Realisation uses silk ribbon and charms to create a wrapped charm bracelet. This bracelet is perfect for those summer days when you want to throw on a lightweight piece of jewelry. The chain bracelet has been a staple among the blogger community. The ribbon and chain contrast adds a hard and soft edge to any outfit. Trinkets in Bloom also toughens up her ribbon adding spikes to the often delicate trim. We can’t wait to try out all three DIYs.
Check out M&J for a large supply of ribbons and trims.
Mixed prints have continued to receive mixed reviews from the public. Some people admire the daring looks while others argue that certain pieces simply don’t match. One designer that specializes in mixing prints is Mary Katrantzou. Each of her pieces are crafted with some of the more outlandish textiles yet they offer an elegant and sophisticated presence. We became very inspired by the unexpectedness of her pieces that we opted to create our own patterned shirt. Using our M&J Ribbons, we transformed an ordinary shirt into something extraordinary
25 MM French Double Faced Satin Ribbon in Aqua Style# 54789
25 MM French Double Faced Satin Ribbon in Black Style#54789
1″ Imported Chromspun Grosgrain in Aqua Style #02224
15MM Grosgrain Fantasy Ribbon in Wine Combo Style #34304
5/8″ Grosgrain in Polka Dot Style #39005
Prior to setting anything down, lay your ribbon down on your shirt. Make sure you like the way each ribbon looks next to one another. Once you have okay’d the pattern remove the ribbon. At this point you should just have your shirt lying down on a flat surface.
One by one, glue each piece of ribbon down in a straight line. Place a small amount of glue on the ribbon and spread it out with the nossel of your glue.
This will prevent bumps in thinner pieces of ribbon.
Continue to glue down each piece of ribbon untill your pattern is complete.
If you had used a button up shirt flip your shirt inside out. By doing so you will be able to see where both sides meet and needs to be cut. Once you have assessed where the center is cut all four pieces of ribbon.
Now that the shirt has dried, cut the additional ribbon off of both sides. We used the seams as a means of measurement.
We wanted our shirt to have a more refined appeal so we added our polka dot ribbon as a finish.
After gluing the ribbon down we held it for several seconds, tucking in all of the excess fray strands.
Since we had some leftover ribbon lying around, we opted to glue it down on either side creating a slimming appearance.
We’re so happy with the way our our ribbon accented shirt DIY turned out.
Jazzi McGilbert of Jazzimcg has been on our radar for some time now. We’re loving everything from her fashion forward DIYs to her amazing style and somewhat addicting posts. Her honesty and straight forward antics are something we look forward to each day. Who else would notify bloggers they’ve been busy with a selfie from the doctors office? Her fun loving LA/NY vibe is something we truly love not to mention her killer DIYs. Click on each of the images for the full tutorials.
DIY: Richard Nicoll Inspired Ribbon Cuff
Few films have had such a powerful impact on fashion in the way that the Great Gatsby has. The fashion sense of the roaring 20’s has influenced retailers and those counting down the days for the May 10th release. Brooks Brothers and Tiffany & Co created costumes for the films but we have been seeing an astonishing number of customers coming into M&J looking to recreate Daisy Buchanan’s Tiffany & Co headpiece. The ART DECO fashion of the ‘20s was nothing short of amazing and we’re certainly glad it’s back.
Not only did the 2013 Met Gala bring art enthusiasts and fashion designers together, it brought our city together. Each year that the Met Gala takes place the city becomes a bit more vibrant. The punk theme truly brought nostalgia to the city and encouraged everyone to dress the part. We loved how each starlet had fun with their looks and we’re dying to DIY our own punk project.
FEATHERSSarah Jessica Parker rocked a Giles gown with a custom Philip Treacy headpiece and plaid Louboutins
Kristen Dunst wore a Louis Vuitton feathered frock
Amar’e Stoudemire’s pregnant wife Alexis Stoudemire wore a feather enhanced Giambattista Valli couture gown.
Kristen Stewart opted for a lace embellished Stella McCartney pantsuit.
Rooney Mara, the co-host of the evening selected an ivory lace Givenchy gown with zipper accents.
Cameron Diaz donned a sleek blue Stella McCartney dress.
Sienna Miller was very punk in her Burberry ensemble.
Mother’s Day is dedicated to celebrating moms everywhere. What could be better than showing mom you truly care than creating something especially for her. Take your childhood skills up a notch with this swoon worthy jewelry box DIY. Moms everywhere will be wondering where they can get one.
Jewelry Box (The Container Store)
Magna Tac Glue
Upon opening each of the 20MM Loose Sequin packs, we mixed them together in the top of our jewelry box. We then laid our jewelry box on its side which created an easy work surface. We placed a small amount of Magna Tac glue down quickly placing a 20MM cup loose sequin on top.
As we became more comfortable with the process, we progressed from gluing down one sequin at a time to gluing down many at once. We placed a strip of glue down and placed a row of sequins.
We repeated this process for each side of the jewelry box.
The greatest part about a DIY often comes in the middle of a project. During this time, you may question what can be tweeked or come up with something new. During this time, we noticed our jewelry box was missing something and picked up some of our Double Faced Silk Ribbon in Pink.
We put a small amount of glue on our Double Faced Silk Ribbon and wrapped it around the side of our jewelry box top. This added a bit of elegance and charm any mother would certainly love.
We took the remainder of our Double Faced Silk Ribbon and finished off our jewelry box by creating a bow.
Since the Kentucky Derby is going on this weekend, we felt it was the perfect opportunity to share our love for oversized hats with you. The Kentucky Derby gives you an opportunity to show off your movie-star persona and rock one of your favorite hats. We know you’ve secretly tried it on every morning questioning if you could pull it off —you can! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Kentucky Derby approved hats but you can be sure to find us at M&J embellishing some of our own. Be sure to share picture of your DIY Derby-style pieces.