Let’s Wear White…Before and AFTER Labor Day

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Face it, fashion has no rules, but there is this one rule every fashionista knows, but we all somehow avoid it anyways… “Do not wear white after Labor Day.” Well, the question we ask is WHY NOT wear white after Labor Day? Here is your daily dose of fashion inspiration. Say yes to wearing white before, during, and after Labor Day.

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All white outfit with a pop of blue. Love it !

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This white maxi skirt is so simple but does the outfit just right!

M&J Trimming - Were-Wasting-Time-Toting-Around-Extra-LayersEverything white from her bag, to her shoes…Gorgeous! The sweater shirt is a great addition for those breezy days.

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White + Denim = Perfection !

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Faded jeans, white tee, neon pink bag…Comfort and style. You cannot go wrong with this outfit.

Back to School Essentials 101

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It’s Back to School season! How excited are you to be back in school? Or if you’re a parent, how excited are you for your kids to go back to school? Well, whether you’re a student looking for some quick tips on how to dazzle up your style this year, or a parent just looking for more ways to be creative this school year, you have clicked into the right place. Here are some great tips for the upcoming school year. Remember to focus on your studies, and stay fashionable!

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Lesson#1: Lunch Box – This is by far one of the most creative, yet so simple, DIYs. Lunch is a very important meal of the day, so bring it to school in style. Personalize it with your choice of pattern and button.

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Lesson#2: A Stylish Backpack – Check out these creative DIYs for styling up your backpack! Loving the studded, ivory backpack, it’s so chic!

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Lesson#3: Fancy Bookmarks – Never lose track of that last page. These adorable button bookmarks are perfect for bookmarking homework pages, study pages, or just book marking that favorite book of yours.

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Lesson#4: Personalize Your Supplies: This is such a great way to add a personal touch of creativity to your school supplies. Personalize your supplies with these easy and quick tips for your school supplies can have a little sense of fashion as well. Such a fun project to do by yourself or with the kids.

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Lesson#5: Stay Organized – Organization is key to a successful year. Keep your books stored, and your supplies together with this simple supply organizer.

 

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.

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“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

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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.

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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.