Trend Alert: Kimonos

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With music festival season underway and the spring breeze moving swiftly in, we’re really feeling the flowing and relaxed styles of warm weather. One of our favorite pieces this season is the re-imagined kimono.

Butterfly KimonoThese new-age kimonos are loose fitting with wide sleeves and have no closure.

Crochet Fringed Black KimonoThey are the perfect layering piece to add a statement to basics. Just throw one on over a tank and your look is instantly more chic.
Floral Print Kimono as Layering PieceThey come in all shapes and sizes, but the most popular patterns are tribal prints and florals!

Velvet KimonoAdd a fringe trim to the bottom, and you’re a verified bohemian butterfly.

Vintage Sequin Jacket

Tribal Sequin Kimono

Going out for a night on the town? There’s a kimono for that. Try a sequined option for a look that’s more dramatic and glitzy.

Are you going crazy for the kimono trend too? What’s your favorite way to wear it?

 

Coachella Style Essentials

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Coachella, one of the most anticipated music events of the year, is finally upon us! If you’re lucky enough to be going to this desert event, congrats and we’re jealous. If you love the bohemian style of the attendees, then check out these Coachella style essentials, and channel your inner hippie with these fashionable and free-spirited choices!

Flower HeadbandIt’s all about the carefree, wavy hair topped off with a delicate flower crown. If you want to DIY a similar look, check out our floral headband tutorial!

Kimono

 

Floral KimonoKimonos are all the rage these days. They’re light and airy, and have a carefree flow that suits any inner-flower child.

Overall ShortsOveralls have gotten an overhaul. These pieces are easy and playful. Just add a colorful crop top and you have an instant outfit!
Geometric Tribal PrintWhen it comes to pattern favorites, there are two you’re bound to see in every iteration: floral and geometric. Jump on the bandwagon, because these are bound to be summer style standbys in 2014!

Fringe Kimono

 

And let’s not forget about a key player: fringe. Check out our fringe inspiration and fringe DIY roundup posts for more inspiring ways to wear this trend!

Prom Accessories DIY Roundup

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It’s that time of year again when high school seniors are scrambling to find the princess perfect dress for their prom. Although the shining star is usually the dress, you need the perfect matching accessories too! Here are some DIY options guaranteed to make you the belle of the ball.
Pearl Hair CombThis classic hair comb from Beauty Riot has a subtle, vintage flair. We think it would look amazing with rhinestone trim too!
Evening ClutchRemember this great holiday clutch we made? Make one to match your prom colors and you’ll have the perfect statement clutch for your magical evening out!

Crystal and Pearl HeadbandThis easy DIY uses classic and elegant elements like rhinestones and pearls to make a one-of-a-kind headband!

Sequin ClutchThis perfect clutch from Henry Happened adds sparkle to your outfit and it has enough room for everything you need for your special night!
Rhinestone Heels If you want to sparkle with every step, stock up on Swarovski and check out this DIY on Making it with Danielle!

4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor Part Four: Ombre Frame

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We’re not hopping off the ombre train just yet! For our final 4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor segment, we’re using Rit Dye to create a fun ombre wash on a simple frame. That’s right ladies and gents, Rit Dye isn’t JUST for creating cool tie-dye t-shirts. You can use it to dye buttons, wood, and much more! With this DIY you’ll learn how to use it as paint! The finished product makes a perfect housewarming gift.

Materials for Ombre Frame

What You’ll Need:
White wooden frame
Rit Dye
Sponge brush

DSC_01621. Lay your frame down and starting from the bottom, paint on the dye with a sponge brush. Stop when you’ve painted half of the frame, and let the dye dry.

DSC_01662. Add another coat of dye starting from the bottom, but only paint a quarter of the way up the frame this time. Let it dry.

DSC_0077Now you have the perfect pastel frame to highlight your spring adventures! Try this DIY on an unfinished wooden frame too to get a more natural look. To find other inspiring materials, visit our 4 Ways to Embellish Spring Decor shop!

4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor Part Three: Buttoned Up Bottle Stoppers

We’ve been seeing these creative bottle stoppers all over the internet, and it’s no wonder why! They’re funky, add a little fun to your party, and make a terrific gift. This DIY will teach you how to make these cool bottle stoppers out of decorative buttons! 
Materials for Button Bottle StoppersWhat You’ll Need:
3 Corks
Domed Buds Metal Button
Glitter Button with Shank
Curved Top Metal Button with Shank
E6000

Creating Hole in Cork with Button1. Push your button into the top of the cork.

Placing Glue on Shank of Button2. Pull your button out of the freshly made space, and add some glue to the shank of the button.

Adding Button to Cork3. Push it back into the hole you’ve created in the cork.

Buttoned Bottle Toppers

It’s really as simple as that! Now you can dress up any bottle with a few simple materials, and we guarantee you’ll be the life of the party!

4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor Part Two: Jeweled Lamp

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Lamps are a DIY staple, but most of the focus seems to be based on the shade. Today we’re turning the usual lamp DIY on its head, and focusing on the base of the lamp! By adding sew-ons to a basic lamp base, we’ve created a dynamic and interesting  fixture to light up your end table!
Materials for Jeweled Lamo

What You’ll Need:

Lamp
40 x 12 1/2mm Sew-On Chips
27 1/2 x 18mm Sew-On Chips
41 x 20mm Sew-On Chips
E6000

DSC_01191. Glue your sew-ons in your desired pattern.

Holding Sew-Ons onto LampTIP: Make sure to hold sew-ons in place because it will slip when first putting the glue on.

Lamp with Sew-Ons

And just like that you’ve taken your lamp from basic to brilliant!

4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor Part One: Blooming Pillow

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When it comes to decorating for spring, flowers are always a favorite for us at M&J! Our first 4 Ways to Embellish Spring Decor segment features a DIY for one of our favorite decorating items, the throw pillow! This DIY teaches you a technique to make fun flowers out of ribbon that can be adapted for other types of DIYs too.

Blooming Pillow DIY Materials

What You’ll Need:
Pillow
50mm Double Faced Silk Ribbon in Mint
2.5” Hand Dyed Silk Satin Ribbon in Aurelina, Fresh Celery and Lobelia
E6000
Hot Glue

DSC_01361. Using the ribbon create rosettes by taking the end of one ribbon and bunching it together into a little ball, then hot gluing it in place.

Creating flower from mint ribbon2. Twirl the ribbon, and hot glue it down every few inches to create “petals”.

Gluing Flowers to Pillow3. Make three or four ribbon flowers, and glue them onto the pillow in the desired pattern with E6000 glue.

Flower Bloom Pillow

Use ribbons that match your decor for  custom pillow that fits your decorating style perfectly, and with so many different pillow options available you’re bound to find the perfect shade for you! If you need additional options to make your DIY totally customized, check out our 4 Ways to Embellish Spring Decor store!

 

 

Game of Thrones Costume Inspiration

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For all of you fantasy fans out there, Game of Thrones is coming back on Sunday! And while the story lines are incomparably complex and fascinating, another component that makes the show amazing is its costume design. Being located in the Garment District of New York City, we’ve seen quite a few spectacular costumes. Many even use our trimming! One thing that sets a good costume apart from a great one is the attention to detail, and these costumes each tell a story. The pieces in this show never fail to dazzle.

Game of Thrones Bird Embroidery

CERSEI NEW LION EMBROIDERYMany of the garments worn by women in positions of power represent their house through meticulous embroidery. While Queen Cersei often wears birds on her dresses, she is also know to wear costumes with lions, her family’s sigil.
SANSA'S WEDDING DRESS EMBROIDERY BY MICHELE CARRAGHER
They costumes often reflect the storyline of the characters as well. Although its sometimes difficult to see the details clearly on a smaller screen, each costume is created with the plot in mind.
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There are often small details in each costume, like the rose belt above, that signify what family the character is tied to, making it easier to discern the loyalties of each!

10 - DAENERYS TARGARYEN DRAGONSCALE DRESS EMBROIDERY BY MICHELE CARRAGHEREDaenerys, also known as the mother of the dragons, is often seen in blue. This dress was sewn in such a way to make regular cloth appear like scales.

The costumes in this show are really extraordinary, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for the upcoming season!

Fantasy Bedroom Decor Inspiration

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With movies like Malificent coming out and epic shows like Game of Thrones becoming all the rage, it easy to see that we’ve fallen for the fantasy genre. In the digital age we love the idea of dragons and magic because they provide the most wonderful escape from every day! Why not bring some of that magic into your own home, specifically the room that’s all your own? Here are some fantastic bedrooms that are destined to provide the stuff of amazing dreams.

Circular Canopy BedImagine waking up in this bed and looking out onto a tropical paradise. It might make you give up technology altogether! Maybe.

Princess Bed with CrownSimple and sophisticated, this bed is the least elaborate on the list, but the crown at the top of the bed makes it worthy of a castle.

Majestic Four Post BedThis regal room is fit for royalty! The gorgeous chandelier and sky high ceiling give it an expansive and luxurious feel.

Secret Storybook BedroomThe perfect room to stow away in to catch up on books! This room is cozy and enchanting.

Cottage BedroomWe love the log cabin look of this room. We bet Snow White would have had the most magnificent dreams here!

 

 

 

Rainy Day Fashion DIY Roundup

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April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring unique and waterproof fashions into our wardrobes. If you feel stunted by the lack of wet-weather fashion options, here are a few ways to upgrade your accessories to match your style!

18This beautiful script painted umbrella from Popsicles and Pinatas will brighten any day!

Miss Kris Turner Gold Leaf Leopard Rain BootsThese black and gold leopard rain boots from Miss Kris Turner are positively fierce! Rule the rain forest with these fun patterned boots on your feet!

Raining Cats and Dogs UmbrellaThis cheeky cats and dogs umbrella from Paper Plates and Plane is so cute. We love the limitless possibilities of this DIY!

Transparent Capelet from a Pair and a SpareAlways fearless and fashionable, A Pair and a Spare made this cool, see-through capelet that can show off your outfit without getting you soaked!

Embellished Wellies Rain Boots from Beach BrightsThis DIY from Beach Brights uses grommets and gorgeous grosgrain ribbon to jazz up some average rain boots!

With these DIYs you’ll go from the girl who sings “rain rain, go away” to the one who is “only happy when it rains”.