DIY: Shimmering Nail Art

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Did you know that the items we sell at M&J aren’t only great for fashion and accessories? You can also use them to beautify your nails! We used some of our smaller Swarovski crystals to add a shimmering accent to a fresh manicure. You can switch out the colors to match or contrast your nail polish for a customized look that’s all your own!  DSC_0487 What You’ll Need:

Polished nails

SS20 Rose AB Swarovski Flatbacks

SS20 Aquamarine AB Swarovski Flatbacks

SS16 Crystal Swarovski Flatbacks

Nail Glue

TweezersDSC_0488 1. Once your nails are painted, dab a little glue onto your ring finger, or whichever finger you’d  like to be the accent nail.

DSC_0490 2. Apply each rhinestone on your nail individually, using tweezers for more precision. Start with bigger rhinestones first, otherwise you may not have room for them later.DSC_0502 3. You can stop at one stone, or continue adding rhinestones until your entire nail is covered.

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M&J On the Today Show

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If you were tuned into Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda on Friday, you may have seen some of our star trims in the spotlight during Bobbie’s Buzz, a segment focused on the most current fashion trends. This segment highlighted the DIY craze, and featured three different types of DIYs to take your outfits to the next level!

Our favorite DIY of the three was definitely trim-centric, and featured an ingenious way to add trim to your outfit without ever having to touch a needle and thread.

Watch the video to see the crafty way you can attach trim to your favorite pieces!

Nail Art DIY Roundup

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If you’ve ever wanted to imbue more personality into your outfit without going the accessory route, why not accessorize with your digits? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite nail art DIYs that are sure to add flavor to any outfit, and are perfect for a night of pampering.
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This designer-inspired DIY comes in a beautiful knit that’s reminiscent of stitches, and you know how we love all things fashion!

image (3)A bold, graphic nail is just the thing to add some sharp contrast to a soft look.

a40e2841835e0544092aeb131b457640The California sunset has nothing on this intricate Coachella-inspired nail art!

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Watercolor is such a hot trend right now, and we love it even more on nails!

ManiMonday11This fruity mani is perfect for long days of summer. We feel refreshed just looking at it!

 

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!

dresser2You need a steady hand and artistic eye to pull off this dresser upgrade, but the results are worth the effort.

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!

525561d1697ab06b1a0008a2._w.540_h.357_s.fit_A simple TV tray table gets a nautical upgrade, and makes the perfect end table to display vacation photos!

 

How Sweet It Is DIY Roundup

So you may have heard the bad news, Crumbs Bake Shop, one of our favorite places to snag a cupcake, is closing its doors. We’re definitely going to miss one of our favorite afternoon treats, but we know just the thing to get us through the bad times: sweet DIYs! Whether they’re made for sweets or just look like them, these DIYs are perfect for satisfying that sweet tooth without gaining a pound!

Candy LanternsLighten up with these cute candies made of paper lanterns, tulle and ribbon!

Tiered TraysThese bright cupcake trays are just the ticket for a sweet summer party, and we love the candy-coated colors!

Ribbon Cake GarlandDeck out your cake with an adorable ribbon garland! Just as festive as candles, these are a fun alternative to traditional cake decor.

Candy DecorYour candy-themed party will be a blast with these Candyland-inspired decorations that are both adorable AND affordable.

4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts: Neon Lights Shorts

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Summer isn’t hot without some neons to light up the night! We’ve taken a few of our favorite items to DIY with, and given a pair of white jean shorts the neon treatment. These shorts are perfect for a pool party, or a fun night out. This DIY would also look awesome with a black pair of jeans for a high-contrast look. DSC_0310What You’ll Need:

White Jean Shorts
10mm x 15mm Sew-On Neon Plastic Spikes
8mm x 7mm Sew-On Mini Neon Plastic Spikes
8mm Round Hf Epoxy Nailheads
7mm Flat Square Hf Nailheads
6mm Hf Octagon Rhinestone Stud
Iron
Needle and Thread

 DSC_03121. Create a pattern going down of side of the shorts using your spikes.

DSC_03162. Once you’ve settled on a pattern, sew them into place.

DSC_03223. On the opposite leg, create a pattern with your iron-ons.

DSC_03214. Once you’ve created your pattern, iron them on or use a hotfix setting tool.

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4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts: Braided Belt

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Sometimes the best way to accent a pair of shorts is to add an accessory to the mix! It’s also a great way to keep your favorite pair intact while also adding some interest. The best shorts accessory in our opinion is a funky belt! We used a leather and cotton braid with a pronged buckle to create a gorgeous (and easy) belt. No need to mess with leather hole punchers when working with braided trim!DSC_0287 What You’ll Need:

Colored Jean Shorts
Leather Braid
2 1/8” Rounded Square Metal Buckle
E6000
Needle and Thread

 DSC_03261. Punch the prong of the buckle through the center braided trim about 2 inches deep.

DSC_03272. Fold over the extra 2 inches, and glue and sew in place.

DSC_03333. Add some glue to the tip of the other end of the leather so it does not fray. Let dry.

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 Looking for more inspiration for your next shorts accessory at our 4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts Shop!

4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts: Ripped and Chained

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Does your summer need a little more edge? Take your ripped denim shorts up another notch with chain! In this DIY we’ve take a regular pair of ripped denim shorts, and added a metallic element with various chains. These are the perfect shorts to wear if you’re feeling a little more dark and daring!
DSC_0250-2What You’ll Need:

Black Ripped Jean Shorts
4mm Metal Chain
5mm Jewelry Metal Chain
4mm Jump Rings
Pin or Small Hole PuncherDSC_0256-21. Start out by punching a hole near the edge of a large rip.

DSC_0262-22. Push a jump ring into the hole, and add a chain end to the ring before closing it.

DSC_0266-23. Add another hole to the opposite side of the ripped hole. Push a jump ring through, add the end of the chain to the jump ring, and close.

DSC_0268-24. Repeat this process on random rips.

DSC_0270-2Need some more chain to make your shorts rocker-chic? Check out our 4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts Shop!