Our Social Media Star Shares Her Spotlight Picks!

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Genesis Pinales is our social media rockstar, and is always in-the-know about the latest trends in fashion and accessories. She’s been working with M&J for over 4 years, and definitely knows a thing or two about trims, buttons and everything in between. When she isn’t pinning, instagramming or blogging, you can find Genesis surfing the web looking for newest social media and fashion trends, or catching up on her Cosmo. Check out her top favorite picks and how she uses them for more than just embellishing.

M&J Trimming - Brilliance Flatback Crystal

“In love with the new Brilliance collection, and Crystal is one of my favorites. I use Brilliance when creating rhinestone nail art and making embellishments. I can embellish an entire outfit with these little sparklers!”

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“I think this buttons is great for just about anything, whether you’re making earrings, adding some sparkle to your shoes, or even some shimmer to a wedding bouquet. There is a color available for any outfit!”

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“This Sheer Satin Edge Ribbon offers the best of both worlds with a sheer organza center and satin edges. It’s classic, but still offers textural interest. This ribbon is perfect for events, from bridal showers to wrapping gifts!”

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“Probably my all time favorite lace! It’s beautiful and very detailed, and its scalloped edges make it easy for me to add length to just about any pair of shorts or skirts that I own.”

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“Spikes and diamonds will never go out of style! That’s why the Rhinestone Spike Chain is one of my top picks. I use it to trim the collar of a sweater or a clutch to add some “pop”.”

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“I love all things vintage, so I adore the Renaissance-themed design of this button. Its great for cardigans and making jewelry. I’m a big fan of using this button as a closure when making bracelets for my friends.”

DIY: Greek Key Trimmed Lamp

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This week’s DIY is super simple, but incredibly chic. We took one of our favorite patterns, Greek key, and added it to a basic white lamp shade. The result? A lamp that looks fabulous, and is easy and inexpensive to make.DSC_0835

1 3/8″ (33mm) Greek Key Jacquard

Sobo Glue

Scissors

Lamp Base

DSC_08361. Wrap the trim around the base of your lampshade to see how much trim your will need.

DSC_08372. Cut to the length you will need

DSC_08393. Apply glue to the base of the lampshade.

DSC_08384. Place your trim on the areas with glue.  If your lampshade has a seam, start there.

DSC_0844Continue wrapping the trimming around the lampshade until it covers the entire length of the base.

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Greek Key Decor Inspiration

From chevron to stripes, we love all types of patterns at M&J Trimming! They immediately add interest and perk up plain pieces. From fashion to home decor, we’ve seen a lot of patterns take seasonal center stage and reign as the “it” pattern. But today’s we’re talking about a pattern that will always make a comeback: Greek key. Also known as the meander, this pattern features a repeating line motif that can add Mediterranean charm to any home.
M%J Trimming: Greek Key DoorsThis ornate door featuring Greek key is definitely the gateway to paradise. M&J Trimming: Greek Key Staircase RunnerThis Greek key runner is perfect for adding pizzazz to an already elegant stairway.

M&J Trimming: Greek Key PoolRecall the Greek Isles with a Greek key-tiled pool.

M&J Trimming: Greek Key Blue and White Tea CupsEven your tableware should rock a bit of Greek key. These blue and white teacups and saucers are so beautiful!

M&J Trimming: Living Room with Greek Key CarpetAn easy way to add impact to a room is through a patterned rug, and this blue key carpet looks perfect!

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

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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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