Halloween DIY: Medieval Chain Headpiece

If you’re anything like us, you have Game of Thrones fever, and that fever is bound to inspire a lot of really cool costumes for Halloween! Whether you want to transform into a fair maiden or gallant knight, this regal chainmaille-inspired headpiece is the perfect accessory for your outfit.

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What You’ll Need:

6mm Colored Metal Chain

28mm x 16mm Oval Jewel With Holes

E6000

Pliers

DSC_04391. Measure silver chain from the tip of your forehead to the mid back of your head, and then measure gold chain going around the length of your head. Close the gold chain, and attach the silver chain in the middle.

DSC_04452. Take Two pieces of chain and connect to the tip of the first chain. These two pieces should be longer on the sides to create a “U” shape. Measure, cut, and connect to the back piece.

DSC_04383. Take three long pieces of chain in varying lengths. Connect these pieces to the sides of the U-shaped chains on the side on your head.

DSC_04524. Add a stone to the front of your headdress where the gold and silver chain meet. DSC_04495. Create a small “U” out of chain and attach it to either side of the area where the stone is.

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If you want to see what other items we have to create the perfect Medieval Renaissance look, check out our Medieval Renaissance shop. For other costume materials, visit our Halloween Store!

Favorite DIYs from September

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September brought a lot of fun and fashionable DIYs to the table, and it was hard not to get swept up in the excitement of the month that also happens to coincide with Fashion Week! Now that September is coming to a close,we look forward to creating some of the awesome DIYs that we saw throughout the month. DIY-Pearl-collar-and-sleeve-t-shirt-We adore this t-shirt from Love Maegan because it’s super simple, but the pearl accents take it to the next level.

DIY-Giant-Gem-Rings-1-600x900DIY your own bling with this tutorial from Studio DIY! These funky rings are great for birthdays, Halloween, and any other event that calls for outrageous props!

screen-shot-2014-09-09-at-7-53-44-amMiss Kris Turner created a sweatshirt that’s perfect for bringing some sequined style to the chillier fall nights!

10654847_677255675699554_1165292889_nErica Domesek of PS I Made This created a colorful and timely veil that looked almost identical to Angelina Jolie’s, and we were lucky enough to have her in the M&J Bridal Salon recreating this stylish and sentimental look.

 

Chainmaille Inspiration

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With the rise of shows like Game of Thrones, it’s no wonder that this Halloween we’re expecting to see a lot of kick-butt warrior costumes. Even though you may think your medieval attire might only be fit to wear one day of the year, you can rock knight-esque styles with just a little bit of chainmaille!
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Color Story: Burnt Orange

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Fall is finally here! Saying goodbye to summer is bittersweet, but the lazy days of summer are forgotten almost immediately when you throw socks, hoodies and pumpkin spice everything into the mix. One of our favorite aspects of the season are the warm and earthy colors, like burnt orange. This hue perfectly captures the color of the changing autumn leaves and gets us in the mood for all things fall. e6f27a260da5b27c3c2928da081dc1fe

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Add it to your decor for a splash of color. You can go contemporary or rustic with a color like this.

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0c0415157337bf988c49086e0403acbbThe ultimate color to add to your autumn wardrobe. It looks great with neutrals and is great for layering since it isn’t too bright.

Trend Alert: High Contrast Decor

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If you have a bold personality and want your decor to reflect that eccentric quality, give high contrast a try. This style is identified by bringing in elements that are essentially opposites of each other. While one might assume this translates into a busy and overwhelming room, the end results of high contrast rooms are often really impactful and dramatic. High Contrast Black and White BedroomA classic pairing is black and white. We love the additional botanical elements to infuse the room with a natural element as well as a dash of color.

High Contrast Dining with Mustard Accents

High Contrast Kitchen with Red ChairsKitchens are usually a central hub of activity, and your space can reflect that with accents of bright colors!

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High Contrast White Accessories Against Black WallIf creating an entire room with a high-contrast color scheme seems scary, start with a small spot in your house first to test out this trend!

Milan Fashion Week Recap

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This week Fashion Week flew to Italy: the land of beautiful women, extravagant meals, and some of the most skilled designers in the world. We saw everything from larger-than-life dolls to muted desert fashions, and the eclectic air of Milan really made this week a standout for us during Fashion Month! 011_AG19090At Moschino it was night of the living dolls with a collection inspired by America’s most iconic toy, Barbie! Everything was saturated in bubblegum pink and pop culture, a common theme in the past few seasons.

dolce-and-gabbana-summer-2015-women-fashion-show-runway-012The looks at Dolce and Gabbana were full of passion and drama, much like the Italian brand and designers themselves. The looks were rich in color and embellishment, with Baroque-elements.

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Giorgio Armani Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 September 2014Giorgio Armani’s collection was all about neutrals with patterns reminiscent of desert sands. There was also the occasional touch of animal print, in the most subtle approach.

 

 

 

DIY: Fall Foliage Ribbon Wreath

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Happy first day of fall y’all! To celebrate the season in style, we’ve created a beautiful wreath decked in autumnal ribbons and festive flowers. This wreath can be used throughout the season, but it’s also highly customizable which means you can replace the colors for every season!

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What You’ll Need:

Branch Wreath

1 1/2″ Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon in Tuscany, Rudbechia, California Poppy, Midas Touch

3” Faux Leather Flower Pin

Patent Leather Flower Pin

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1. Cut your ribbons into 8″ strips.

DSC_09262. Weave the strips through branches and tie piece by piece.

DSC_09373. Keep repeating until you cover the entire wreath.

 

DSC_09424.  Pin the flower pins on the wreath.

DSC_09495. Loop a long piece of ribbon through the top to hang.


Outdoor DIYs for Fall

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Fall is one of our favorite times of year because of the gorgeous colors of the seasons. One of our favorite ways to display the shades of autumn is with outdoor decor. Check out some of our favorite ways to decorate your doors!
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Wrap fall flowers and shrubs in burlap for a rustic feel that’s perfect for the season!

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Burlap-Stenciled-Outdoor-PillowGet comfy in the great outdoors with a printed burlap pillow.

Autumnal Entryway Inspiration

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With the first day of autumn falling shortly upon us, we thought it was appropriate to welcome fall into out homes by embracing the season as the first thing guests see upon entering the home. Fall brings in a warmer, richer set of colors, and the first chills of the season make the home a welcome respite for those looking to warm up. What better way to represent the season than by making your entryway as autumnal as possible? Check out these beautiful decor setups that are perfect for the start of the season! 7b492b4bebcce5933c08d2d468c6b8eb (1)

 

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Fashion Photography Spotlight: David LaChapelle

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David LaChapelle is an American photographer known for his references to art history with a modern spin. Although he is well-known in the commercial world and has taken some of the most iconic celebrity photos, as of 2006 he stepped away from the commercial world and began the journey back to his fine art roots. Some of his most popular pieces feature Amanda Lepore, a regular at M&J Trimming!

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