DIY: Monogrammed Leather Accent Tote Bag

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Canvas tote bags are practical and great for running errands. But truth be told, they’re a little plain. Make your tote bag stand out with classic details that will instill your DIY creation with a preppy and sophisticated vibe, and avoid the question of paper or plastic once and for all.

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What You’ll Need:

Canvas Tote
Faux Leather Bias Binding
E6000
Scissors
Fabric Pen
Flatback Crystal Rhinestones

 

DSC_00711. Glue the faux leather trim on top on the canvas handles of your tote.

DSC_00882. Once the glue has dried, use E6000 to glue the trim across the top of the bag.

DSC_00903. Use small pieces of the trim to cover the edges of the bag.

DSC_01084. Write your initials, favorite word or phrase out lightly in pencil, and when you’re happy with the marks, go over it with your fabric pen.

DSC_01145. Finish your tote off with some sparkling accents by adding small flatback rhinestones to the top and bottom of your design!

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Leather Detail Fashion Inspiration

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When it comes to leather, even the tiniest detail in this luxurious material can elevate a piece from average to outstanding. Today we’re giving credence to one of our favorite materials used in one of our favorite ways because it’s not always about the main event. Sometimes the drama is in the details.
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51cc234f88782e77c05ab8f0be8eeb1eOutwear is perfect way to display leather accents! From a back of buttons to an understated trim, leather was made for the great outdoors.

d412b8802e4db9a2fc39eb79762cc70cGet flashy with leather elements on an embellished evening gown, like this one from Pucci. Leather adds edge to any look.

55a5e61a90871788b31318646011fa41Great in small doses too, like as the shoulder on this adorable sweater. Comfy meets chic!

Tote Bag DIY Roundup

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Tote bags aren’t just the perfect beach bags, they’re also great for carrying those books to your next class, picking up groceries, or holding your lunch for the workday ahead! These DIY tote bags are perfect for that transition from summer to fall, and they are inexpensive to make so you can make one for every season!
IMG_4181This DIY from For the Love Of shows you how to give your tote bag the paint chip ombre treatment.

 

simple-sequin-tote-bag-craft_zpsffa05c74This simple sequin tote from Madigan Made has just the right amount of sparkle!

tote10Cupcakes and Cashmere knows how to keep things classy with this preppy DIY tote!

No-Sew-Canvas-Tote-BagThis tote from Homey Oh My was made completely from scratch, and no sewing was involved! Can you believe it?

leather-tote-15Dare to take on leather sewing with this cool, classic leather tote from Melly Sews!

 

 

Color Story: Fuchsia

2014 was the year of Radiant Orchid, a cool toned medium-pink that captured the fashion, decor and beauty world by storm; but today we want to give a nod to one of Radiant Orchid’s close cousins: fuchsia. Fuchsia is a bright reddish-purple that takes its name from the equally beautiful fuchsia flower. This color would look beautiful in any season because it’s vibrant enough for summer, but rich enough for winter.

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A fuchsia dress is one way to liven up a room! It’s as dramatic as red, but a little more modern and playful.

 

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946a0a6b838a111e0c78b874c2adf852A popular choice for bride, this bold color is perfect for accenting more muted colors.

 

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And don’t forget about home decor! Adding fuchsia to your room is a fantastic way to make any room more lively!

 

Designer Picks: Steven Cohen

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DSC_0226Steven Cohen, Vice President at M&J Trimming, makes sure that customers have access to the most stylish and trendy trims in town! As the head of purchasing and sales, all potential new items have to go through him before they make their way onto the store shelves. Working at the familybusiness since the age of 14, he has four young daughters who can’t wait to follow in his footsteps. He can always tell which trims are trending, and gave us a few of his top trim picks! (And yes, they are ALL online.)


DSC_02381” CHEETAH PRINT METALLIC RIBBON – This ribbon is, quite literally, wild. It’s a fun ribbon that combines two of today’s most popular trends: metallics and animal print. Use this ribbon to wrap birthday presents or add it as an accent to home décor.

DSC_02442″ LARGE RHINESTONE LEAF TRIM – This is probably one of the most versatile rhinestone trims that we carry. DIY brides come in all of the time requesting this trim because they can make it into a bridal belt, and use small sections to create brooches for their bridesmaids.

DSC_0242LARGE FUR POMPOMS – Before you know it, we’re going to be having one of our famous New York autumns, and this pompom is the perfect addition to your cold-weather accessories. Add it to your hat or use it as a toggle on your cape!  DSC_024923MM 3-ROW PEARL AND RHINESTONE TRIM – This trim is a trifecta of rhinestones, pearls, and chain. It looks incredible on gowns, clutches, and it can even be used to create a necklace.

DSC_02481 5/8″ TOOTH PENDANT WITH CAP – It seems like everyone is trying out the hippie-chic look these days, and this pendant makes an awesome necklace for that style. It also comes in a lot of colors, so all of your festival friends can match! DSC_02891″ RUFFLE TRIM WITH PEARL CHAIN CENTER – This trim has a lot going on, but it all works together beautifully. The chain gives the ruffles and pearls just the right amount of edge, and keeps it from looking too delicate.

Loft Space Inspiration

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New York, and many other bustling metropolitan cities are an ideal place to live. The access to culture, entertainment, and public transportation cannot easily be rivaled. But there is a setback to living in a beautiful, boisterous city: lack of space. More and more urbanites are living with less, and making the most of the small spaces they have. One great way to save space, while also adding dimension to a studio, is renting a lofted apartment. These tiny abodes, show just how much you can do with limited square footage!
airy-and-fresh-Scandinavian-bedroom-with-upstairs-closet.-by-Pikcells-Visualisation-StudioRooms can be simple, clean and modern; with white helping to widen the room.

0d7cc3acea9f8341ff5f9c74493d750aMake your footwear a focal point with a pair on each step!

3778c0ea1fafaec1af30c33dc53cdff7Lofts don’t have to be modern and minimalist. They can be feminine and shabby chic too!

159cb97a5fbc080629735500046be6f1The best tip to keep your studio looking spacious? Keep it tidy and clutter-free!

 

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29443c4ba66bf2e9e55ae9c90e895f3eWood floors and and exposed brick can add warmth to any small space, making it a cozy alcove.

 

DIY: Party Hats

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With our 78th Anniversary coming up we have parties on the brain. From cake to candles, all we can think about is fun celebrations! Our next DIY highlights our recent obsession, and aims to create an upgraded party staple using trims, crystals and colorful card stock!

DSC_0073What You’ll Need:

Card Stock Paper

Citrine Flatback Rhinestones in SS20 and SS34

Capri Blue Flatback Rhinestones in SS20 and SS34

Light Siam Flatback Rhinestones in SS30

Emerald Flatback Rhinestones in SS30 and SS34

15MM  Mini Pom Pom Loop Fringe

23MM Box Pleated Chromspun Edging 

Scissors

E6000

Hot Glue Gun

Hole Puncher

Thick String

Tweezers

 

Pompom Party Hat
DSC_00791. Cut a circle out of your card stock.

DSC_00812. Cut a line into the center of the circle.

DSC_00843. Start to curve the paper to form a cone, and glue in place.

DSC_00904.  Glue your 15MM Mini Pom Pom Loop Fringe around the rim of the hat.

DSC_00975. Punch a hole on each side and put through the thick string on each side.

DSC_0102Make a knot on the inside. Cut string to appropriate length to tie around your face.

 

 

 

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 DSC_01091. Create the cone from card stock as shown with the first hat.

DSC_01172. Take your 23MM Box Pleated Chromspun Edging and starting from the top, glue down going around the cone in a spiral.

 

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Crystal Party Hat
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1. Create the cone from card stock as shown with the first hat.

 

DSC_01262. Glue crystals onto the cone with E6000

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Forget Fraying Ribbon

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We’ve all been there, you use a cord or ribbon to tie a bow, and the next thing you know your beautiful bow is just a bundle of threads. If you’ve dealt with fraying ribbon, and you want to know how to stop your ribbons in their tracks, you are not alone. In fact, it is one of the most-asked questions we get at M&J! There are a couple of ways to keep your trims intact.

1. It’s all about the cut. Cutting ribbon in an inverted “V” shape doesn’t only look great, it also keeps the ribbon from unraveling.

DSC_00982. When working with twisted cord, always tape the pieces that you’re going to cut. We will often do this in the store because without taping the ends, the cord will untwist and become almost impossible to work with.

DSC_01623. Use glue or clear nail polish on the very ends of the ribbon to glue the threads down.

DSC_01664. Singe the ends of the ribbon just a little bit. The ends of the ribbon with start to bead up the slightest bit, and won’t unravel.

 

Cute Party Hat DIY Roundup

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With our 78th Anniversary just around the corner, we’re feeling pretty festive! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than throwing a party. One of our favorite things about parties is the decorations and favors because they add fun to any party! Make one of these party hats for your next themed get-together.DIY-floral-party-hats-1

These beautiful floral party hats from 100 Layer Cake are great for a bridal party, or a girl’s birthday. Keep them in the fridge before wearing to ensure that the blooms are lively.

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This hat from Almost Makes Perfect is fantastic for New Year’s Eve!

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Party hats don’t have to just be for heads. They make great snack holders too!

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These leather crowns are great for birthdays, and can be used to dress-up too because they are sturdy and durable.de85ff4861ba0470d4f8e8424bbbb95a

These beautiful blooming hats from Oh Happy Day are perfect for a little girl’s birthday, and they’re really lightweight!

 

Tea Party Inspiration

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If you’re looking to have the perfect summer party for you and your friends, there’s nothing better than a tea party! Tea parties combine some of our favorite things from florals, to sweets and teas! They’re also great for soon-to-be brides because they’re the perfect types of parties for a fun and feminine afternoon.

Garden-Tea-Party-Tablescape-600x393We love the tiny tea cup arrangements on each table. It’s a great way to use the tea party theme for a dinner party.

bridal-shower-tea-party-mixA loose leaf tea station is the perfect for a group. They can pick exactly what they want, and herbal options ensure those who can’t have caffeine won’t feel left out!

high-tea-party-inspiration031Sweets and treats are the hallmark of any good tea party. Stock your table with finger foods and petit fours for the event!

d905d1afe81a457be7fbca7d9ed3a031Keeping the environment light with plenty of pastels is ideal for this type of party, and flowers are essential!

9d0d9fa1300fa15ec9bbd7406d9d9ddbMismatched plates are a fun way to add a vintage feeling to your party. Pick up a set at your local thrift store and keep adding on until you have the perfect mix of mismatched pieces!