Summer to Fall Transitional Fashion

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When it comes to transitioning from summer style to fall fashion, the change doesn’t always have to involve buying an entirely new wardrobe! You can keep key summer pieces, and transform them into fabulous fall outfits. How? Strategic layering.

M&J Trimming: Shorts with Tights Combination for Fall

M&J Trimming: Shorts with Tights and Flannel TopDon’t throw your shorts to the depths of your closet just yet! Pair them with a pair of tights and you have a chilly-weather alternative to pants. Make the top portion of your outfit scream fall with a flannel or chunky sweater.

M&J Trimming: Fall RomperThe same rules apply for rompers too! Tights and a cardigan are all you need to make this look fall appropriate. Switching out sandal for booties is also an easy way to alter your seasonal style.

M&J Trimming: Maxi Skirt with Leather Jacket

M&J Trimming: Maxi and Leather Jacket ComboDon’t say goodbye to your maxi skirt or dress! Pair it with a leather jacket or sweater! Adding black accents or earthy neutrals help to tone down summer brights.

How do you transition your wardrobe from one season to the next?

 

DIY Tray Roundup

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If you’re looking for an easy DIY to make just in time for hosting season, we have five incredible DIY trays that will add a special decorative touch to your home! Whether you make them for a friend or for yourself, these practical DIYs will fit right in among your favorite pieces.M&J Trimming: Gold Zig Zag Tray DIYAdd glamour to a basic white tray with shimmering gold zigzags!

M&J Trimming: Pressed Flower TrayThis incredible pressed-flower tray from Say Yes can capture the beauty of any season!

 

M&J Trimming: Glitter Jewelry TrayA little glitter can make anyone smile, and a lot of glitter will have us grinning from ear to ear! If you’re in the market for a glittery jewelry tray like this one from A Beautiful Mess, stock up on glitter and make one this weekend!

M&J Trimming: Chalkboard Tray

What’s better than breakfast delivered in bed? Breakfast delivered in bed with a personalized chalk message added! Make this adorable chalkboard tray from the Pretty Blog, and we guarantee your next Mother’s Day/anniversary/birthday will be that much sweeter.

M&J Trimming: DIY Bone-Inlay Inspired Tray

A beautiful tray like this one from Centsational Girl definitely deserves to be front and center! We love the bone-inlay inspired pattern.

DIY: Jacquard Trimmed Tray

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If you’re looking for an easy way to jazz up a tray, why not make something practical as well as pretty? We added beautifully embroidered metallic jacquard to a simple silver tray to give it versatility, and add a dose of color! This DIY is perfect for making as a gift for your favorite party-host friend. Or simply add it to your coffee table!DSC_0417Materials:

60mm Metallic Rose Jacquard Ribbon

Tray

E6000

Scissors

DSC_0418 1. Cut a yard of jacquard in half so that you have two 18″ pieces.

DSC_04202. Fold one length of jacquard in half and glue the ends together.

DSC_0423 3. Add  glue to the bottom of the tray.

DSC_0424 4. Attach the folded jacquard to the end. Repeat on the other side.

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Embroidered Decor Inspiration

At M&J we carry a diverse array of beautiful embroidered jacquard, and with good reason! Our intricately embroidered trims and ribbons can turn even the most basic items into elaborate pieces. We love using our jacquard ribbons to trim pillows, curtains and much more because we think embroidery is such a fun and unique decorative element!  While mostly seen on pillows, embroidery can be used in many different ways, even as art!84c30a1c998c75bef53010ee21b2affb

M&J Trimming: Embroidered Bedspread

M&J Trimming: Sea Life Embroidered Pillows

M&J Trimming: Embroidered Wall Art

M&J Trimming: Embroidered Black Cushion

 

Cozy Dorm Room Inspiration

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If you’re a college-bound youth stressing about how to decorate your space, prepare to be worry-free! We’ve found some of the cutest dorms to inspire your style. Not only are they the perfect places to both study and relax, but they also prove that you don’t need a lot of space to make a cozy crash pad.
M&J Trimming: Palette Bed Room with a ViewMix and match pillows for fun pops of color against a neutral view.

M&J Trimming: Bunk Bed Dorm

Take your bed to great heights and utilize the space underneath for a secluded study spot.

M&J Trimming: Dorm RoomAdd greenery for a touch of natural, and pillows to make your bed a functioning couch!

M&J Trimming: Girly Dorm Room Don’t forget the details! Photos and pieces from home will remind you of the good times and keep you from being homesick.

M&J Trimming: Cozy Dorm RoomAdd a sofa for guests. They’ll appreciate having a spot to sit, and it makes the room even more comfortable and inviting.

 

Next Level Birdhouse Project

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When birdhouse cages come into mind, do you think of outdoorsy decor? Well, we sure do. But we’ve found some pretty cool ways on how to use these cages in your home, minus the bird, and make them part of your indoor decor. Get inspired by some of the amazing ways these birdhouses are being used in the more non-traditional way.

M&J Trimming - Gothic Birdhouse Theme

These gothic themed birdhouses are beautiful! Gives your home a more vintage feel to it. The candles are a great touch, but you can also replace them with some roses and vines.

M&J Trimming - Birdhouse ElegancePure birdhouse elegance! This is so serene and peaceful. I love how everything is beautifully put together.

M&J Trimming - Birdhouse Storage

So adorable! And a great source of storage too!

M&J Trimming - Birdhouse Wall Display

Great way to fill up some empty wall space. Love how they used the birdcage as a 3D portrait. So artistic!

M&J Trimming - Birdhouse Key Holders

Always misplacing your keys? Well, so do we! But these adorable birdhouse key holders should help.

 

DIY: Trimmed Bird House

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This week’s DIY is definitely one to tweet about! Although many of us city-dwellers don’t have the opportunity to hang birdhouses in our backyards, that doesn’t mean we can’t use them at all! We used trim, paint and rosettes to flip a basic bird house into an adorable bird cottage! This bird house might not be able to withstand the elements, but would look adorable as a decorative piece. Make a few and cluster them around your living room or bedroom for an instantly shabby-chic look.
M&J Trimming: Birdhouse DIY Materials:

Bird House

27mm Butterfly Pleat Taffeta

3/4” Carnation Rosette

E6000

Scissors

Paint

Paint Brushes

DSC_04311. Paint your bird house your desired colors. We chose a soft blue and white.

DSC_04362. Glue pleated trim to the rim of the bird house roof.

DSC_04413. Glue down rosettes in desired areas, and let dry.

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Best Dressed Bicycle-Riding Beauties

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As it starts to get mildly cooler, we’re prepping for one of our favorite fall activities, bike riding! Of course riding a bicycle is fun no matter what time of year it is, but there’s something inherently magical about riding during autumn. M&J Trimming: Bicycle-Riding Outfit with Denim Skirt and Puppy Stay on-trend with a denim midi skirt, and don’t forget to bring your playful pooch with you!

M&J Trimming: White Bicycle and Backpack The perfect outfit for riding a bicycle is everything in this photo from the hat to the tips of her shoes!

M&J Trimming: Bicycle-Riding Outfit with Coat This mid-length coat is the perfect length for a leisurely ride.

M&J Trimming: Red Bicycle and Grey OutfitIf you have a bike that pops, a neutral outfit will keep your prized mode of transportation in the spotlight!

M&J Trimming: White Dress and Blue Skirt This classic outfit will make you look picture perfect when paired with a beautiful cobalt bike!

Change the Way You Use Tassels

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We felt very inspired with our Tassel Necklace DIY earlier in the week, that we found some very interesting and inspiring ways to use tassels. Tassels are a great piece of work to add to just about anything you can possibly imagine. Check out how people are using tassels for jewelry making, adding some details to their favorite pair of shoes, and even making a chandelier piece of out it.

M&J Trimming - Curtain Tassel Tie-Back

Tassel tie backs are great for any room in the house that has curtains.

M&J Trimming - Tassel and Pom Pom Chandelier

Pom pom and tassel chandelier! What an adorable way to use these two together! This is too perfect for a girl’s bedroom.

M&J Trimming - Tassel Earrings

These are so pretty! They feature different color nylon thread for that personal touch. Mix and match your favorite colors to make these awesome tassel earrings.

M&J Trimming - Yarn Tassel Knob Bobbles

Check out this creative door knob accessory. Love how the mixture of colors all come together. So cute and looks really fun to do!

M&J Trimming - Tassel Shoes

OhEmGee ! They are to die for. Re-own those worn out heels and turn them into a pair of brand news shoes with this tassel sandal DIY.

Tassel Necklace Round-Up

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Time to get inspired with these awesome tassel necklace DIYs! Tassels are not made of just nylon thread. Check out these inspiring pieces that features tassels made out of suede, chain, and even a t-shirt! They will surely make you want to go out and create your own.

M&J Trimming - DIY Suede Tassel Necklace

This suede tassel necklace is just…PERFECT! The suede cording is soft, so it’s very comfortable for the skin.

M&J Trimming - Beaded Tassel Necklace

Isn’t working with beads so much fun? Try mixing up the color of the beads for an extra personal look.

M&J Trimming - DIY Ring and Tassel Necklace

So simple, yet so adorable! This necklace was made with just tassels, jump rings, and some rope, and of course your choice of closure. Very easy, and fun to make.

M&J Trimming - Metal Tassel Necklace

Check out this tassel made out of chain! I love this piece since you can dress it down for those casual days, or dress it up for those eventful ones.

M&J Trimming - T-Shirt Tassel Necklace

This is beyond creative! Transform your t-shirt into a tassel necklace. If you can’t wear that favorite shirt of yours, turn it into a statement piece and fall in love with it all over again.