DIY: Lace Crown


Our final Halloween DIY is ideal for the queen in all of us and perfect for any little princesses as well! We created an intricate crown using two types of metallic lace and, of course, some Brilliance stones for sparkle. This DIY is quick and easy to make, and also easy to customize! Swap out the laces with different varieties, use colored gems, make a tiara instead.

What You’ll Need:

5 1/2″ Cupped Round Buckram Frame
Spray Paint
5 1/2″ (140 MM) Floral Metallic Lace
4 1/2″ (114 MM) Ornate Metallic Lace
Brilliance Crystal Flatbacks and Navette Sew-Ons
Starch or Spray Glue

DSC_04021. Spray the buckram frame with metallic spray paint.

DSC_04032. Spray the laces with spray glue or starch to stiffen them. Then let dry.

DSC_04043. Apply spray glue or E6000 to the buckram frame.

DSC_04054. Apply the first piece of lace, and wrap around the length of the frame.

DSC_04065. Add more glue and wrap the second piece of lace around the buckram frame.

DSC_04106. Use E6000 to add the Brilliance stones to the desired areas.


Halloween Shoes DIY Roundup


When it comes to Halloween costumes, the component that is usually left untouched is the footwear! We have a feeling that that’s because people are intimidated to DIY with shoes, but fret not DIYers! The internet is chock full of easy DIYs that will step up your costume game, literally. Here are a few of our favorite shoe DIYs for those who would like to delve into costume shoe customization.

Boot DIYThis boot DIY is perfect for costumes that require boots in hard-to-find colors or superhero boots!

Paw Costume Feet DIYWe have to give this DIY a round a ap-paws for allowing us to make a cute pair of costume paws.

Spooky Skeleton ShoeKeep it simple and spooky with a pair of DIY Skeleton Canvas Shoes!

zapatos4Last but certainly not least, witch costumes are a Halloween staple, so it only makes sense that we would feature these awesome DIY Witch Heels!

Sartorial Steampunk Inspiration


Steampunk fashion is usually characterized by a careful mix of Victorian-era garments paired with science-fiction elements. This Halloween, if you’re interested in stepping up your costume game, try a steampunk style. A steampunk costume can sate both your need for high fashion AND fantastic embellishments. Plus, there are so many sub-genres of steampunk to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find something that suits you! Easy ways to add authenticity? Use muted and natural tones. Back in those days the bold colors we get from synthetic dyes were practically impossible to achieve. Gears are almost a staple in steampunk fashion and accessories. Don’t be afraid of heavy metals! Tack on the chains, buttons, and nailheads to get that industrial look. Looking for steampunk essentials before Halloween? Check out our Steampunk Halloween Shop!




Steampunk Airship Captain Dita von Teese

Steampunk Captain

High Fashion Steampunk

DIY: Steampunk Boots


This week’s DIY revolves around a science fiction sub-genre which revolves around steam power! We’re making a pair of edgy steampunk-inspired boots with brassy buttons and Brilliance embellishments, and chain laces. Sure, it may be a little modern for true steam punk aficionados, but these boots can work double-duty as your statement shoes this season.

What You’ll Need:

Combat Boots
Metal Buttons
Work in Progress Button
Metal Fashion Button
Ornate Metal Button
Rustic Flat Top Shank Button
Crossed Bars Hammered Metal Button

Brilliance Stones
Brilliance Collection Gold Flatback Rhinestone
Brilliance Collection Jet Hematite Flatback Rhinestone

-6.5mm Cone Shaped Stud
10mm Hotfix Flat-Top Pyramid Studs
10mm Hotfix Flat-Top Cone Studs

2mm Steel Cable Chain (2 yards)
8mm Steel Cable Chain (2 Yards)

Jump Rings

DSC_03221. Thread the two chains through your boot like you would laces. We kept the original cord laces, but only tied them up halfway.

DSC_03312. Add a button to the end of the length of chain.

DSC_03273. Add a jump ring to the chain on the inside of the boot. It should only be one or two links away from the button. Repeat on the other side.

DSC_03334. For added stability we glued the button to the first eyelet.


DSC_03325. Repeat on the other side of the boot.


DSC_03236. Remove the shanks from your metal buttons.
DSC_03367. Glue the buttons on first.

DSC_03418. Follow them with nailheads.

DSC_03429. Finally, add your Brilliance Flatbacks.
DSC_032010. Repeat the steps above with second boot.


Fall Fashion for the Great Outdoors


As NYC locals, we at M&J Trimming, are lucky enough to be able to experience one of the most beautiful fall foliage sites just down the Hudson River! There’s nothing like getting away from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple to go explore the fiery fall trails, pick apples by the bushel, or snag the perfect pumpkin for carving. That being said, if you’re spending the weekend exploring the great outdoors, you need to drop your style game at the subway doors. Check out some of our favorite fall looks that work double duty as comfy and stylish options.

Hiking Outfit with Beanie and Flannel

Fall-Ready Couple in Flannels

Black and Red Hiking Outfit

woodland fall outfit llbean plaid pumpkin

Black Hat and Olive Jacket

Ankle Boot Inspiration


A few posts back, we came up with a round-up of your must have essentials for the fall season. One fall essential we mentioned was to always keep a pair of booties in your closet. Well let’s elaborate of these little beauties. Booties are ankle boots with a heel of 2″-3″ high, usually, they can be higher. They are great to pair with jeans, dresses, and skirts, and they can easily turn a casual outfit into your ultimate party outfits. Here’s a round-up of different ways you can style up your favorite booties, whether you’re wearing them for work, taking a walk around the block, or just hanging out.

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This outfit is so fall season! Add a leather jacket to finish the look.

M&J Trimming - Grey Dress+Black Booties

Chic combination. You can also throw on knee-high socks for those colder days.

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This outfit is perfect to go to work, pick up the kids, go out for lunch.

M&J Trimming - Spike Booties

Very casual outfit. Looks so comfy. Check out her spikes on the back of her booties, so chic!

M&J Trimming - brown-leather-booties

Booties + Over Sized Sweater = Perfection for fall




How to Wear Knee High Socks


Attention all sock lovers! We’ve rounded up one of our favorite styles of socks, and how to wear them with different styled outfits. Yes, we are talking about knee high socks! Is layering season, and what’s a layered outfit without something to layer your shoes with? Knee high socks are so great for this season. It always compliments your outfits, and it’s your shoe’s best friend. Here we have different ways on wearing knee high socks. For embellishments on knee high socks, add a lace trim, or ruffled trim around the top edge of the socks, or you can add buttons on the outer sides for detail.

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We love this outfit combination!

M&J Trimming - Rainy Days

Perfect for those rainy/snowy days.

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It’s all about the layers!

M&J Trimming - Knee High + Heels

This combination is just so adorable. The ideas are endless!

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Knee high socks works with all different styles of shoes.

DIY: Gothic Lace Choker


This week’s DIY project is super fun, chic, and a little Gothic. Perfect timing for one of our favorite holidays, Halloween! If you’re looking for an accessory piece to complete your Halloween look, well then, you stumbled upon the right blog. This DIY project consists of a gothic choker made completely from lace. How cool is that!? We’ve also included crystal  because what’s a statement piece without the right bling? Hope you all enjoy making it as much as we did!

What you will Need:


We Suggest:

13MM Crimp Bracelet Ends

Lobster Claw

4MM Jumprings

Rhinestone Button

Thread and Needle

18MMx25MM Pear Shape Sew-On Jewel

7x10MM Pear Shape Sew-On Jewel


Mini E6000 Glue

Round Nose Pliers

Cutter Pliers


DSC_01341. Measure the amount of lace you need using you neck as a guide. Cut off any extra.


DSC_01372. Dab some glue to one end of the lace, and place the crimp bracelet end. Make sure to close it tight with a pair of pliers.


DSC_01443. Take two jump rings and attach them to each other.

DSC_01474. Take those two jump rings and add them onto the bracelet end. This will give your choker some length if needed.

DSC_01515. Take another jump ring to add it onto the other end of the lace. You can stitch it on for extra security.

DSC_01526. Take the lobster claw and attach that to jump ring.

DSC_01537. Take the rest of your lace and count five (5) pointed scallops and cut.


DSC_01558. Cut off the top portion of the lace. Do the same with four (4) pointed scallops and three (3). You would need two (2) pieces of the three (3) pointed scallop piece.

DSC_01599. Take your two (2) pieces of three (3) pointed scallops and stitch them together back to back for it to look like this.


DSC_016110. Take your four (4)  piece pointed scallop and stitch that onto your stitched three (3) piece pointed scallop.

DSC_016211. Take your five (5) piece pointed scallop and stitch that onto your completed bib. The result should look like this with all pieces stitched together. Dab some glue on loose ends.

DSC_016512. Take your completed bib and stitch that onto the lace.

DSC_016613. Cut off any frayed pieces.

DSC_016914. Lay out where you would like your sew-ons to hang.

DSC_017115. Stitch the sew-ons jewels onto lace in desired areas.

DSC_017616. Stitch rhinestone button in the middle top portion of the choker.


The Many Ways to Wear a Scarf


It’s scarf season! With the heat drifting away, it’s time to keep warm with the windy days approaching. If you’re a lover of scarves, well, this post was especially made for you. But let’s face it, who doesn’t love scarves. It’s a great, and fashionable accessory. They are a great asset to your outfits, and of course, your warmth. So enjoy and explore the endless ways of wearing a scarf!

M&J Trimming - Scarf w. Belt

Bold, bright colors on neutral colors. What a great combo!

M&J Trimming - Hair Scarf

We love the final look to this! Such a great source of hair accessory.

M&J Trimming - The Shawl Wrap

Such an elegant touch. Use a snap for security.

M&J Trimming - Chiffon Style

This style goes great with chiffon or satin material scarves.



All Things…Leather!


Who loves the fall as much as we do? Fall is such a fashionable season filled with layered outfits, over sized sweaters, leather jackets, and…let’s stop at leather jackets. Leather is such a world-renowned material that it has urbanized the fashion industry. You see practically anything made out of leather whether it’s real or faux. There’s leather jackets, boots, pants, handbags, hats, even accessories like bracelets and watch straps. The ideas are endless when it comes to leather. So gear-up everybody because we have gathered some unique styles with a dash of leather. This is all things leather!

M&J Trimming - Leather Pants

Chic up your style with some leather pants and/or boots. The drape affect goes great with this outfit!

M&J Trimming - Layered Outfit

The perfect layered effect with a dash of leather.

M&J Trimming - Leather Pencil Skirt

Keep it professional in this leather pencil skirt.

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Be bold and fierce in red leather.

M&J Trimming - Leather Jacket

This outfit is just perfect. We love the patent leather burgundy shoes for a pop of color.