Project DIY: Cold As Ice Unveiling

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This winter has been one for the record books, and we’re probably not the first ones to wish that this slushy snowy season was over! However, we think you should put off packing up your parka for a little while longer because this February just got a few degrees cooler. We’re so excited to finally unveil our Cold As Ice collection! If you’re unfamiliar with Project DIY, take a look at what this subscription service for the crafty entails. If you like what you see, you can sign up to receive the Cold As Ice collection and make your own frosted jewels!
Project DIY Crystal Clear Statement Necklace

Our Crystal Clear Statement Necklace is a DIYers dream! It comes with a frosty acrylic base, gorgeous link chain, and a bevy of jewels perfect for bedazzling! We show you how to arrange the crystals in a specific formation, but the placement of the jewels is totally up to you.

Project DIY On the Rocks Bracelet Duo

The next project in this collection is the On the Rocks Bracelet Duo, a pair of stunning bracelets with chunky curb chain and gorgeous jewel embellishments.

Now that you’ve seen the projects in this month’s collection, start brainstorming about how you’ll personalize your OWN pieces! Then take a photo of your gorgeous customized creations, and tag us @MJProjectDIY so we can be frozen with awe!

Guy DIY: Red Racer Jacket

When it comes to creating DIYs just for the guys, Carlos is the man to see. He’s back with a cool jacket inspired by our other favorite MJ, Michael Jackson!

Red Jacket Before DIY

This DIY features our 6 Row Plastic Square Trim. This 8mm Iron-On Pyramid Nailhead Trim is another great option because the single strand allows for varying widths (and it comes in neon colors). As you can see, we started out with a simple red and black striped jacket. The only thing missing on this jacket was some of Carlos’s DIY flair.

Laying Down Trim

The first step was to measure how much trim we would need for the DIY. If you don’t have a jacket with stripes already on it, lay the trim on the shoulder, and extend it to the bottom of the jacket. Carlos also put the trim down the sleeve of the jacket.

Cutting Trim

He then cut each piece of trim to fit the stripes on his jacket.

Cutting Trim

Carlos had zippers on the end of his sleeves, so he cut out a row of studs in the middle so that his zippers stayed functional.

Gluing Trim with Hot Glue

Then he glued down the trim with a hot glue gun. This is just to give the trim extra hold because the next step involves sewing the trim to give it that much more stability.

Gluing Trim with Hot Glue

He made sure to glue those loose stud strips individually. If your jacket has zippers like this one, be sure to glue down the ends! Sleeves usually get the most wear and tear on jackets, so this will help your trim from flying away.

Sewing Trim to Red Jacket

Carlos sewed the trim down after the glue had dried. If you’re doing this project at home make sure to wait until the hot glue is completely dry, otherwise you might burn your hands!

Finished Studded Red Jacket

When you’re done, you’ll be left with a jacket that is fashionable, fun, and a little edgy. This DIY is perfect for refreshing an old jacket, and can easily be used on a woman’s jacket too!

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Do you have a piece that needs a little more pizzazz? Come see Carlos at M&J Trimming! He will help you take any item from average to incredible!

DIY: Sparkling Money Holder

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Looking for a new wallet that’s extra special? This bold blue box is perfect for carrying your loose change, credit cards and any other small knick-knacks you might need every day. Then when the sun sets, bring this little number with you out to dinner or dancing. Your sparkling wallet will be the talk of the town!

Materials for Sparkling Money Holder

What You’ll Need:

Altoid’s mint container

Rhinestones:

Chrysolite Opal SS20

Pacific Opal SS20

Light Turquoise SS16

2 10mm Half Dome Buttons with Shank in Turquoise #58614

E-6000

Gold paint

Paint brush

Rhinestone glue

Rhinestone tool

Painting Tin Gold

1. Paint your mint tin gold. Your tin will need a few coats to cover the information on the back. Let dry.

Rhinestones Glued onto Altoid Tin

2. Use the ridge of the tin as a guide, and outline it with rhinestones. Create your own fun pattern, and glue it down. It is easier if you use a rhinestone tool to place the stones onto the lid since you’re dealing with such tiny pieces. Once all of your stones are in place, let the glue dry.

Cutting off Button Shank

3. Take your two buttons, and carefully cut off the shanks.

Buttons Being Glued Onto Mint Tin

4. Have the mint case standing up with the opening upward. Glue one button onto the smaller lip of the tin, and glue the other to the opposite side. When you close the tin they should connect creating a little purse. Let dry.

Finished Rhinestone Money Holder

When you hit the town, hit it in style with this adorable accessory that’s sure to dazzle any passersby.

Great Guides for DIY Beginners

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When it comes to making your own crafts, fashions or decor, the hardest part is figuring out where to start. If you’ve never ventured into the world of DIY, it can be a little daunting at first. Don’t let it deter you because at the end of the day all of your hard work will have been worth it! Here are some of our favorite DIY guides for the more traditional homemade arts.

Diamond Quilt

Quilting has been a relaxing art, and a fun group activity for decades. Learn how to start your quilt, and then pick up a gorgeous pattern to make a homemade heirloom!

Yarn Storage

Knitting is the perfect DIY for pairing with a great Netflix marathon because once you get going, it’s hard to stop! The first steps are to figure out what type of yarn and knitting needles you’ll need, and then you need to master the technique. You can also try your hand at crocheting if two needles are too many.

Vintage Sewing Machine

Take the first step toward fashion design by learning how to sew with a machine! When you finally get to the point of being a pro, the internet is full of fashion-forward patterns.

So which of these skills are you looking forward to learning? Which do you already know? Sound off in the comments below!

What A Wallet DIY Roundup

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What’s something really useful that you could definitely DIY in less than a day? A wallet! They’re simple, but can make a real style statement. They’re also the perfect presents for loved ones. The best part? You could probably make all of the ones listed below in one Sunday afternoon.

Color Me Domestic Fabric Wallet

This fabric option by Color Me Domestic is crafty, girly and fun! And while the button she used in her tutorial is a beloved basic, we can’t help but dream of which buttons we would use!

Lovely Indeed Business Card Holder

More of a card holder than a wallet, this style from Lovely Indeed is so sleek that it will make a memorable impact with anyone who sees it. Love the gold leaf for added luxury!

Leather Wallet from Oh Sweet Joy

This leather wallet from Oh Sweet Joy is the PERFECT present for any guy in your life. It’s homemade and stylish, but rugged and manly all the same.

Love Maegan Wallet

Love Maegan upgraded her wallet with some divine gold accents that we just can’t get enough of! The designs add a fun update to this basic style.

ILDACT Card HolderThis card holder is perfect for those of us who make shopping a sport, or happen to be members at a lot of libraries. Keep your cards organized with this cool DIY!

These DIYs make us want to keep our wallets out just a little bit longer when we’re at checkout, just in case someone is checking out our fine handiwork.

New York Fashion Week Fall Winter 2014 Street Style Inspiration

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When it comes to Fashion Week, the hottest styles aren’t just on the runways. Style icons strut the streets of Lincoln Center on their way to see the latest collections wearing some of the best outfits. Lucky for us, the snow didn’t stop these trendsetters from making their way out this year! Here were some of our favorite looks from NYFW Fall/Winter 2014!Susie Bubble in Blue Coat

Rachel Effendy with Purple Stole

We saw a lot of fur at Fashion Week, colored fur. Fashionistas donned fur stoles and coats in bold and brash hues for a fashion punch. If you want to test out this popular trend without having to buy a super expensive statement piece, make a hat with our pom poms that come in fantastic colors!

Models in Black and White

Off duty models kept it cool and casual with neutral ensembles. Judging from the blue hair streaks and dramatic winged liner, their looks on the runway were the opposite of their outfits.

Moschino Jacket

This jacket from Moschino paired with the athletic knee-socks adds a playful touch to the gloomy winter.

Marijera Hamasaki and Hiroshi Hamasaki in White Ensemble

Wearing winter white was another common thread that we loved seeing. It’s so clean and fresh! Just be careful when crossing the street because you might blend in with a snowstorm. Seriously, this winter has been crazy.

What were some of your favorite looks in New York this season? What do you think comes first, the street style or the designer fashion? We would love to hear your answers below!

New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014 Recap

New York Fall/Winter Fashion Week may be over for 2014, but we’re still raving about this season’s collections! From classic rich jewel tones, to unexpected extraterrestrials; this week has been filled with gorgeous styles that we can’t wait to see off the runways and on the New York streets next winter. Here are a few of our favorite collections from this past week.

Zac Posen Fall Winter 2014As much as we love embellishments, sometimes the best style is determined by structure. Zac Posen’s dramatic gowns came in a limited palette without much pattern play. The magic of the styles was evident in their architecture, from gorgeous pleats to structured bodices.

Nanette Lepore Fall Winter 2014

Nanette Lepore went to a favorite palette for fall: berry and black. The silhouettes were simple and chic, and the lack of flourish made the collection look fresh and clean.

Ruffian Fall Winter 2014

In a dark and drab winterscape, Ruffian offers a welcome splash of color and shape!  Many of the pieces were dripping in luxurious silk, the perfect fabric for a glamorous winter gown.

Tadashi Shoji Fall Winter 2014

The looks at the Tadashi Shoji show were romantic and mysterious. With ornate and intricate details, gorgeous lace and velvet fabrics, and billowing light skirts; these styles are sure to be red carpet favorites!

Venexiana Fall Winter 2014

Venexiana’s collection this season had looks that were dark, daring and a little bit dangerous. Working with a cool icy palette, each style embraces the frosty season.

We can’t wait until Spring/Summer, but swooning over these looks might hold us over until then. For the time being, we’ll just imagine wearing these gorgeous frocks, while making our way through slush and snow of winter.

Project DIY: Cold As Ice Inspiration

This winter has been intense to say the least. With the Winter Olympic Games in effect and the polar vortex ravaging the East, we’ve been seeing a LOT of snow this season. Needless to say we’ve become completely inspired by the iridescent crystalline colors of the winter, and had to include them in our latest Project DIY collection.

Cold as Ice Inspiration

Doe Deere as Ice Queen

Cold as Ice Inspiration

Crystal Jewel Dress

This collection is all about big bling. We love the look of heavy jewels saturated in vibrant colors. Cold as Ice features a lot of bedazzled pieces that are sure to catch and reflect light in a beautiful way.

Cold as Ice Inspiration

Spike and Stone Shoes

This collection combines vintage rhinestones and shimmering metals that create an icy cool look.

Cold as Ice Inspiration

Valentine Yudashkin Paris Fashion Week 13/14

Valentine Yudashkin Paris Fashion Week 13/14

Our favorite aspect of this collection is the customizability of the pieces. With so many components available, we guarantee that no piece has to look the same. Each unique element can be as stunning and unique as a snowflake.

What do YOU think this month’s collection will contain?

4 Ways to Embellish with Statement Pieces for Fashion Week Part Four: Sequin and Stone Drop Earrings

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If you’re looking to make a totally glamorous statement, this DIY is for you. Our final DIY for our 4 Ways to Embellish Statement Pieces segment is a gorgeous set of sparkling earrings. Any time you want to make a statement Swarovski and sequins are the way to go!

Sequin and Stone Drop Earrings Materials

What You’ll Need:

1 Yard of Wine 5/8 in. Sequin Flower #00757

2 Crystal AB Pear Sew-On Stones #27474

E-6000

2 Large Earring Posts with a Loop for Jump Rings

Jump rings

Scissors

Cutting Sequin Flower Trim

1. Take your sequin trim and cut off 3 flowers. Cut off excess trim if needed.

Gluing Sequin Flowers to Post

2. Glue each flower to the earring post. Let dry for an hour.

Connecting Flowers to Crystal

3. Connect the jump ring to the earring post loop and the crystal opening. Close the jump ring.

Cutting Sequin Flower Trim

4. Repeat steps 1 – 3 for the other earring. Let finished piece dry for 24 hours.

Finished Sequin and Stone Drop Earrings

We adore the look of this blinged out statement piece! (Especially in that iridescent Crystal AB finish.) Check out our additional material inspiration!

4 Ways to Embellish Your Statement Accessories for Fashion Week Part Three: Braided Chain Shoulder Pads

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The next item in our 4 Ways series is a set of Braided Chain Shoulder Pads. Now before you dismiss shoulder pads as an heirloom to the 80s, hear us out. These blinged-out accessories have been appearing on the celeb set, and are a fun way to make any average outfit pop with power! They instantly add glamour to a look, with just the right amount of POW! Upgrade your sweater, blazer or button-down for a look that is totally Beyoncé.

Shoulder Chain Pads

 Chain Shoulder Pads Materials

What You’ll Need:

2 4 1/2″ Braided Chain Motif #59205

1 Yard of Silver 6mm Colored Chain #36956

E-6000

Pliers

Jump Rings

4 Bar Pins

Measuring Tape

Measuring Chain

1. Measure two sets of 4″, 6″ and 8″ chain pieces, and then cut.

Attaching Jump Rings to Chain

2. Open your jump ring and start adding  one set of the 4″, 6″ and 8″ chain. Connect to the end of the chain appliqué, and close the  jump ring.

Attaching Jump Ring to Chain Applique

3. Repeat on the opposite side so that the chain is attached on both sides.

Gluing Pins to Applique

4. Glue two bar pins onto each side, and let your project dry for 24 hours.

Finished Braided Chain Shoulder Pads

Now you have a cool set of chained shoulder pads that will make any outfit a ten! These look amazing on a bold blazer like the one above, or even an all-black ensemble. Want to try a different chain? Check out what other materials you could use for this funky DIY!