DIY Summer Sandals 3 Ways

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Summer is synonymous with sandals, which is all we’ve been wearing since June 21st! We’ve been seeing a lot of simple sandal styles as well as more elaborate ones, but sometimes those trendy sandals can cost a little more than you bargained for. Here are three of our favorite ways to “step up” your sandal game without breaking your budget.

Chained-Sandals

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Glue or sew chain trim to the straps of your sandals for a shining accent! Try to choose a chain that is the same width as your straps!

Cameos on Sandals

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If your sandals have wide straps, we would suggest taking advantage of that space with a row of floral cameos!

Braided and Leather Trimmed Sandals

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Black basic sandals are essential, but if you prefer yours with a little more oomph, add a strap of braided leather trim or studded leather trim.

Trend Alert: Pale Gray Decor

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Word on the street is that the hottest colors in home decor might actually be the coolest. We’ve been seeing pale gray everywhere from bedrooms to kitchens and studies. But why the sudden obsession with this seemingly cold shade? minimalist-interior-in-pale-palette-makes-the-views pop-9It’s clean and modern, without looking as stark and dramatic as black or white.

Astounding-white-living-room-decor-idea-with-grey-sofa-and-cushion-931x538It’s the perfect canvas for subtle pops of color.

 

e9896efcc74df26477c240d227a44909It can be downright cozy in a bedroom when using the right textiles.

 

industrial-hanging-pendant-lights-and-grey-interior-wall-decor-1030x602It’s a great neutral to mix with warm browns.

 

14438973120_1feeb773fb_oIt’s a great color for the minimalist, and a perfect choice for couples who don’t want something too masculine or feminine.

DIY: Shimmering Nail Art

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Did you know that the items we sell at M&J aren’t only great for fashion and accessories? You can also use them to beautify your nails! We used some of our smaller Swarovski crystals to add a shimmering accent to a fresh manicure. You can switch out the colors to match or contrast your nail polish for a customized look that’s all your own!  DSC_0487 What You’ll Need:

Polished nails

SS20 Rose AB Swarovski Flatbacks

SS20 Aquamarine AB Swarovski Flatbacks

SS16 Crystal Swarovski Flatbacks

Nail Glue

TweezersDSC_0488 1. Once your nails are painted, dab a little glue onto your ring finger, or whichever finger you’d  like to be the accent nail.

DSC_0490 2. Apply each rhinestone on your nail individually, using tweezers for more precision. Start with bigger rhinestones first, otherwise you may not have room for them later.DSC_0502 3. You can stop at one stone, or continue adding rhinestones until your entire nail is covered.

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M&J On the Today Show

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If you were tuned into Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda on Friday, you may have seen some of our star trims in the spotlight during Bobbie’s Buzz, a segment focused on the most current fashion trends. This segment highlighted the DIY craze, and featured three different types of DIYs to take your outfits to the next level!

Our favorite DIY of the three was definitely trim-centric, and featured an ingenious way to add trim to your outfit without ever having to touch a needle and thread.

Watch the video to see the crafty way you can attach trim to your favorite pieces!

Nail Art DIY Roundup

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If you’ve ever wanted to imbue more personality into your outfit without going the accessory route, why not accessorize with your digits? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite nail art DIYs that are sure to add flavor to any outfit, and are perfect for a night of pampering.
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This designer-inspired DIY comes in a beautiful knit that’s reminiscent of stitches, and you know how we love all things fashion!

image (3)A bold, graphic nail is just the thing to add some sharp contrast to a soft look.

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Watercolor is such a hot trend right now, and we love it even more on nails!

ManiMonday11This fruity mani is perfect for long days of summer. We feel refreshed just looking at it!

 

Runway Beauty Inspiration

Today we’re doing something a little bit different, and switching gears away from clothing an home decor. Today we’re turning our focus onto beauty, an element that is arguably just as important during Fashion Week as the fashion! Take a look at some of our favorite bold and daring looks from shows of  gone by.

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Chanel is always the picture of sophistication, but models rocked a playful winged and glittered liner at Paris Haute Couture Week this year! 2b09e232be96d32b0bfdb43f39ba737d

It was go gold or go home at Alexandre Herchcovitch where gilded brows reigned supreme.

elle-fall-2014-nails-libertine-h-xlnLet it sparkle at Libertine, with embellished names that are sure to cause a scene!

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The models at Zac Posen wore a bold red lip, with a flourished and feathery liner!

image (1)The nails at Honest were beautifully sculpted AND included a little bit of bling, the perfect combination of class and sass!

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Vera Wang likes to keep it simple with ethereal silver lids and brushed up brows.

 

Color Story: Coral

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This week we’re highlighting a color that screams summer to us! One you’ll find in your brightly colored fruit smoothies, the toes of bikini-clad beach-goers, and dappled on the skin of your summer peaches. We’re talking about coral, a color inspired by the vibrant reef!

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277aea0b1301ee1741b5842eb024bbc4A bright color like this is perfect for celebrations, making it a go-to for wedding and party planners.

 

 

a30d5fb7374216c77ed6b79fe1d54156The lace overlay lends a little demure mystery to a bold coral dress! It’s the perfect color for the warm summer months.

 

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156634421d2f3000cadfbcb7259c7cace7d9c311a66362c064b1a5832dc06cca This vibrant shade is great for adding personality to your home decor. It looks fantastic when paired with blues and green, just like it does in the ocean!

Yarn Bombing

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We love to beautify our lives with home decor and fashion DIYs, but what about a DIY that beautifies the world? If you haven’t heard of yarn-bombing, it’s the practice of covering unexpected places, spaces and things in colorful yarn! Said to have been established in Texas as a way for knitters to get rid of scraps of yarn they didn’t need, yarn bombing has taken the world by storm with these artistic displays spanning the globe from Japan to Sweden. They can cover anything from a park bench to a school bus, and are usually “painted” in a rainbow of color! Have you seen these works or fiber art before?

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How would you DIY + Beautify your city?

Summer Party Inspiration

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The nights are bright and light, the weather is warm and the kids are out of school. Summer is one of our favorite seasons because it’s the perfect time of year to get together with friends and family, and enjoy the good weather. So why not throw a summer party to celebrate the season? These photos are all the convincing you need.

Summer Party Paper LanternsBrighten up the summer nights with strings of  lights and paper lantern.

weddingdetails_2Take advantage of the best summer fruits with a berry topiary.

Sea Glass TablescapeSavor your time by the sea with a sea-glass tablescape.

Watermelon LemonadeCool down with a glass of pink lemonade.

smores-stationSummer is nothing without s’mores! Make a s’more bar to create customized confections!

 

DIY: Nautical Knot Necklace

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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.

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