Chains can be used in many forms especially in editorial prints. Chains can be considered glamorous, punk, gangster, or even precious based on how they are styled. Each of the following editorials have used chains in a series of ways yet one thing remain the same they are all created from similar metals. Similar to chains, people are born the same but shaped differently based on their culture, or upbringing. Fashion editorials may be selling clothes but they have can be considered an art form as well. Next time you pick up one of your favorite magazines try and examine the meaning or relevance of the glossy editorial. You may be surprised what you come across.
Chunky chains have been a DIY favorite here at M&J. These statement making trims can update any outfit in a matter of seconds. We came across three great chunky chain tutorials that we couldn’t wait to share with you. Bromeliadliving’s Runway Inspired Necklace Tutorial is sleek and elegant. While both I SPY DIY and Nest of Posie used bright colors to accent their chains. We can’t wait to try out these easy and fun DIYs.
Celebrities are often the first people to replicate runway trends. Chunky chains have been all over the place and we’re certainly loving the look. These chains can be styled in many ways depending on how you style them. We love looking at celebs for even more inspiration. People love to hate her, but Kim Kardashian can do no wrong with this simple peplum dress and chunky chain necklace. The chunky chain adds excitement to the neutral number. Cameron Diaz’s diamond encrusted chain has a perfect amount of glitz and glam. Gwenyth Paltrow and Rihanna dressed up their outfits with the statement making piece. No matter how you style your chunky chains be sure to show them off. This is one trend you won’t want to miss.
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
- She laughs at our jokes
- She’s always there to point out our mistakes
- She always has a huge smile on her face whenever she sees us
- She gives the best hugs
- She’s kind and understanding
- She’ll stop what she’s doing to help us out
- She convinced dad to get us a puppy
- She’ll take us to the doctor even when we’re old enough to go on our own
- She pretends to enjoy doing our laundry
- She stocks the fridge with our favorite foods
- She’s a great cook
- We inherited her goofy laugh and witty sense of humor
- She tries to stump us on celebrity gossip…never going to happen
- She brags about us to her friends
- She always has dinner on the table when we come home
- She surprises us with things that she thinks we’ll love
- She’ll help us when she knows we have a lot on our plate
- She always listens to us
- She’s taught us so much about who we really are
- She always knows what to say…because she’s the best mom in the whole wide world!
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there…
It’s not too late to show mom you care this Mother’s Day. Rather than buying her something she already has, make her something she never even knew she wanted. Each of these DIYs are quirky and fun gifts any mom will cherish. A Girl and a Glue Gun created an easy to make sunglasses pouch that will make any mom smile. U-Create Crafts will make mom chuckle with their Pin-it pin cushion. The irony is so clever we wish we had though of it first. If neither of those are for you, maybe you’ll love Alpha Mom’s Sandpaper printed t-shirt tutorial. We can’t wait to try all three.
Don’t forget to tweet us @Mjtrim all of your Mother’s Day DIY Projects #mjtrimming
Do you have Gatsby fever? So do we. We’ve been eyeing the amazing Gatsby collection at Tiffany & Co all week long. Even though most people have been raving about Daisy’s headpiece we can’t get enough of her bracelet. The intricate pearl and diamond piece is truly stunning. For those of us who can’t afford the jewels at Tiffany’s you can create them with our M&J goods.
The Great Gatsby
First cut 5 small strands of the Pearl Rosary Chain about 5 ½ inches long each. These will comprise the bracelet part of the finished piece.
Attach jump rings to each end of the strands and connect the ends of the strands to the adjacent strand(s) using more jump rings. The idea is to attach the strands together in adjacent rows so that they don’t get jumbled together in a mess of pearl chains
Once the ends of your chains are linked together, make a little chain of jump rings and attach it to one end and on the other end attach the lobster claw closure to the jump ring on the center pearl strand. At this point you should have an 5-strand pearl chain bracelet that is adjustable and has a lobster claw closure.
In the center of the pearl strands, link each strand to the one(s) adjacent using jump rings so that the five strands hold together. This is important because it allows you to attach the Rhinestone Pearl Flower Applique to the jump rings running down the center of the pearl strands so that it is attached to the entire pearl chain bracelet and not just one strand. Again, this will help to keep the five strands of the bracelets stacked in neat little rows rather than getting jumbled together.
Cut a three inch piece of your Pearl Rosary Chain, and on the other end of the Rhinestone Pearl Flower Applique sew the end of this short piece of Pearl Rosary Chain. This will form the ring part of the jewelry piece.
Make a loop with the 3 inch piece of chain and attach the end to the base of the strand of pearl chain to complete the ring.
And there you are: your very own Daisy Buchannan party piece.
To wear it, slip your finger first through the ring at the top and make sure the appliqué sits comfortably on the top of your hand, then close the bracelet around your wrist and you’re ready to go.