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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Not Your Average Knot

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With all of our talk about nautical style lately, we want to take a moment to send a shout-out to one of our favorite nautical elements: knots! There’s something so rustic and cool about an intricate knot, not to mention that it’s also surprisingly artistic. We often think of knots as a way to secure our projects, but what about making them the focus instead? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite unique knots, to help to make  standout DIYs!

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Nautical DIY Roundup

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Nautical style isn’t just for the open sea! Bring a little bit of sand and salty air back from the beach with these fun DIYs!
NauticalInspiredToteWe love this canvas tote DIY from Lil Blue Boo. It’s perfect for taking to the beach or pool this summer!

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3611-1These rope heels are not only easy to DIY, but they look like a million bucks!

IMG_6651Let this little lantern light up your summer nights! It’s the perfect decoration for a beach-themed party!

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Nautical Fashion Inspiration

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When summer rolls around, all we can think about is going out to the beach or enjoying time spent on the high seas! But what do you wear when you’re cruising through the water? Take a cue from the sailors, and sports some nautical gear! This means stripes, anchors, and a lot of navy and white. The look is comfortable, casual and chic, making it a style we love to take off the yacht and into our daily lives as well!e571c9fc9f735258cf99f9ee8fcfdded

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Paris Couture Week Fall 2014

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It’s currently Couture Week in Paris, which means designers are bringing out their most show-stopping, unique and intricate looks of the season! elie-saab13 elie-saab15The gowns at Elie Saab were expectedly breathtaking. Taking on a navy blue and pastel pink color palette, we saw everything from extensive embellishments to full-on ombre.

jpg045jpg047The pieces at Jean Paul Gaultier were shimmering and sophisticated. They harnessed the look of fire, from the initial bright flame, to the smoldering black of coal. The showstopping garments are ideal for making a statement.

chanel-couture-fall-2014-11_105824919340chanel-couture-fall-2014-18_105835803086Chanel didn’t stray from their love of structure, with wide-brimmed, structured neckklines and sharp shouldered tops.

 

What’s New in July

This month has been all about trims and ribbons at M&J Trimming! We’ve brought a lot of great options to the site this July, and we’re happy to share some of our star products with you! Oh, and one thing we may have forgot to mention: a lot of them are on Clearance at 50% off!

DSC_0478This Chenille Rosebud Knit trim is the perfect floral trim for adding to a girl’s dress, or using as a creative summer headband!

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Whether you’re a sailor, animal-lover, or astrologist-extraordinaire, we have the jacquard for you! The best part? They’re 50% off!

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At some point in your life, you’re going to need beautiful metallic ribbon, and our wire-edged metallic ribbon will be the perfect fit! The thin wire in the edges will help your bows keep their beautiful shape, making this ribbon ideal for presents and holiday wreaths!

DSC_0481Like a little more color? Our wire-edged taffeta ribbons are the ideal bow-makers, and come in a rainbow of shades!