DIY Summer Centerpieces

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We may be a month or so through summer, but our love for summer parties has not waned! One of our favorite aspects of the summer party, aside from seeing family and friends, is, of course, the decorations. We love the look of a simple centerpiece at the table, whether it is a vase of blooming flowers or a bowl of strategically arranged fruit! 692ebef56726070fbc38bbd853316e05We love the bright colors of these simple centerpieces from Delighted Magazine’s Summer 2013 Issue!

summer-centerpiece-4.jpg-682x1024This simple floral centerpiece Like a Saturday captures the effortless style of summer, since everything is so beautiful this season, decorating takes practically no effort!

citronella-candle-4This citronella centerpiece candle from Adventures in Making is both practical AND beautiful. You’ll be throwing out those tiki torches without a second thought!

IMG_0494Who says single buds can’t be just as captivating as a mixed arrangement? Definitely not us, especially when they’re showcased in such a unique way by Hello Bee!

IMG_3906-600Succulents are all the rage right now, and make a great centerpiece for a beachy summer party! Take a look at how Home Depot made this sweet succulent centerpiece.

ST_DIY_Ombre_Colored_Sand13Who knew that even sand could get the ombre treatment? Check out the cool summer candle centerpiece they created over at Something Turquoise!

 

 

Rustic Summer Tablescape Inspiration

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When it comes to summer dining, we prefer the casual, rustic approach. The effortless style pairs so well with carefree energy of the season, and we love the mix of natural, earthy elements and florals for a look that isn’t too feminine but also has just the right dash of “pretty”. 544ce6e62aca81f8c8468c8f1bb90ffb

 

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One staple of a rustic dining experience is wooden acccents. A wooden table makes for a great backdrop for bold, beautiful blooms.

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This style also features a lot of greenery. Flowers aren’t the only centerpieces. Leaves and branches play an essential role as well!

tumblr_mlgrdzDpnC1rrqsx6o1_500A rustic-style table is the perfect backdrop for a fresh summer meal!

DIY Summer Sandals 3 Ways

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Summer is synonymous with sandals, which is all we’ve been wearing since June 21st! We’ve been seeing a lot of simple sandal styles as well as more elaborate ones, but sometimes those trendy sandals can cost a little more than you bargained for. Here are three of our favorite ways to “step up” your sandal game without breaking your budget.

Chained-Sandals

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Glue or sew chain trim to the straps of your sandals for a shining accent! Try to choose a chain that is the same width as your straps!

Cameos on Sandals

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If your sandals have wide straps, we would suggest taking advantage of that space with a row of floral cameos!

Braided and Leather Trimmed Sandals

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Black basic sandals are essential, but if you prefer yours with a little more oomph, add a strap of braided leather trim or studded leather trim.

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:

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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.

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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.