Stylish Spring Shoe DIY Roundup

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The weather is fine, the sun is out, and it’s so close to summer you can actually taste the sea salt in the air. If you haven’t already, now may be the best time to banish those tall boots! Don’t have enough shoe options for spring? Don’t worry! These DIY options are perfect solution to your footwear woes.

DIY Gladiator Sandals from A Pair and A Spare

These gladiator sandals are definitely for the bold and stylish. Imagine walking down the beach in these!

Blue Lace Flats DIYJazz up a plain pair of flats with some fun colored lace!

Patterned Flats from Amy New NostalgiaAll you need to embellish these cute flats is a pair of basic white shoes and a marker. Think of the possibilities!

Glitter Sneaker from Teen VogueThese glittered sneakers are just the thing to wear on a sunny day! Your feet will certainly be attention-grabbing!

Ombre Sneakers from M&J TrimmingWe’ve made quite a few warm-weather shoes ourselves, and these ombre flats are perfect for a stroll in Central Park!

Beautiful Bead Fashion Inspiration

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Beaded fashions are one of our favorite styles at M&J because we love the meticulous nature of the medium. These tiny colorful pellets are sewn into a careful pattern on a piece of clothing, and instantly add a new dimension to a garment that was possibly a little more plain and boring. Beading can really transform a piece into something unique, and depending on the types of beads you use, you can end up with evening wear or just an upgraded casual piece!

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You can make leggings like these yourself with some of our beaded and rhinestone trim!

d3e9047e596cf7f39ed0ab3d5929064aBeaded dresses are a classic for formal events like prom and weddings!

 

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A lot of ethnic fashion items from all over the world can be identified by the patterns they create with beads and the styles of the beads themselves!

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Jeweled beads and sew-ons add a new level of sparkle to beaded attire!

 

Cannes Favorites 2014

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Cannes Film Festival has come to a close this year, and while Winter Sleep won the top prize, when it came to fashion, there was definitely more than one winner.

5.22.14 Cannes marion-epa_2916700a Marion Cottilard stunned in this Maison Martin Margiela dress made from thousands of found objects. This piece took over 60 hours to create!

"The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby" Premiere - The 67th Annual Cannes Film FestivalJessica Chastain looked regal in this royal blue gown with matching shoes.

Blake-Lively-Gucci-black-white-gown-CannesBlake Lively wowed throughout the entire festival, but it was this voluminous number that really caught our eye!

Sonam-Kapoor-in-Elie-Saab-Couture-The-Homesman-2014-Cannes-Film-Festival-Premiere1Sonam Kapoor was a favorite in this monochromatic floral. Her robust ball gown looked worthy of a princess!

Spring Earring DIY Roundup

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We love a fun, bright earring as a statement accessory. They’re a great way to liven up any outfit, and are the perfect substitute for a necklace if you’re working with an awkward neckline. Make these earrings today to bring a flash of fun to your next outfit!

Friendship EarringsThese friendship hoop earrings from PS I Made This go great with summer basics, like a black maxi dress.

6ed70b8b2b0dc32f0e42a275185bf3c0These druzy-style earrings are created using buttons and chunky glitter. How simple!

Geometric Earrings

 

We love these abstract “gem” earrings from Petite Elefante. While neon is perfect for spring and summer, the color combination possibilities are endless!

tumblr_m8txhoQNHL1qihh0eo1_500This cool earring is doing double duty as a hair comb! We can totally see Rihanna rocking a style like this.

Ombre Earrings

 

The DIY world loves using paint chips for wall art, it was only a matter of time before someone came up with a cool way to integrate them into fashion accessories like these ombre paint chip earrings!

Trend Alert: Coordinating Crops

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If there is one spring and summer trend that we can’t get enough of, it’s cropped coordinating separates. They usually consist of a high-waisted skirt paired with a structured crop top in coordinating prints. We love this trend because literally anyone can pull it off. You just have to find the skirt that suits you best!Coordinating Floral Print Crop Top and Skirt Set
This type of floral combo is really popular for spring. It’s a vintage style with a modern silhouette that we adore.
Striped Crop Top and Skirt SetThese body-hugging basics are a cool choice if you want to have a little more fun with your look, and they seem super comfortable!

White circle skirt and crop set

Black lace top and maxi skirtThis circle skirt is great for ladies who want to add a little body to their look. It’s an innocent and playful style, especially when it’s white. And don’t even get us started on the quilted texture. That’s a trend we’ll get into on another day.
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This daring look is much more dramatic in black because of its almost gothic lace and maxi length.

Meshing Around

Mesh has made a comeback in recent years, and almost every designer is flocking towards this slightly see-through look. Depending on the weave of the mesh, you can achieve different looks. An fine mesh is often used to accent evening wear or cocktail dresses. Large open weave mesh, on the other hand, is associated with sports gear. 3193246f2d7e63641d8100600c0518ccThis cool dress has an envelope pocket that opens into a modern mesh triangle.

Honor-Spring-2012Mesh can definitely be dainty as seen here on a sweet dress.

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5d205edad0d1725b6abdefebc65884a9The two looks above show how mesh can have that more classic, athletic vibe.

 

Mesh Skirt from A Pair and A SpareIf you’re feeling the mesh trend, take a cue from A Pair and a Spare and make your own!
How will you be rocking this slightly sassy and sporty trend? If you want to start small, check out our selection of mesh trims!

 

DIY: Neon Embellished Skirt

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This spring and summer we’re really feeling sparkly embellishments, especially on unexpected pieces! This neon pink skirt was the perfect canvas for jeweled embellishments because it’s bold and will stand out at any party. If you want to tone this look down, try using a neutral base with monochromatic jewels instead! Materials for Neon Embellished Skirt   What You’ll Need: 

Skirt
18mm x 13mm Octagon Jewel W/2 Holes
28mm x 16mm Oval Jewel W/2 Holes
24mm x 10mm Oval Jewel W/2 Holes
14m Round Jewel W/2 Holes
Needle
Thread
Scissors

Placing Gems on Skirt1. Lay out your skirt and start to place your jewels where you would like them. We created a geometric pattern with ours. Sewing Jewels onto Skirt2. Once you have planned out your design, sew each jewel in place. Completed Neon Embellished SkirtNow you have a great skirt for going out in! You can also use this same technique to embellish a shirt or a jacket!

Trend Alert: Gone Graphic

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Graphic prints were all over the runways this spring, and they continue to make their way into the streets of NYC! We’re all about the bold graphic prints to really make a style statement. Whether they’re in color or monochromatic, standout graphic prints make anyone a style star.

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265ad39a0fac65f60f780426c478438eDespite being black and white, this outfit stays dynamic with it’s unique chevron stripes.

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66e1e01bac7bec73a4f837fb5c7285deWho says you can’t mix prints? Mixing patterns is a way to really make graphic prints stand out. You add interest, while staying chic. Just try not to mix too many colors together, and you’re sure to hit a fashion home run.

43987f959c0c489f371c8b7cd27d5b25Wearing matching separates will elongate your figure, and make even more of a statement. Imagine the fashion punch of a long graphic column dress!

How do YOU rock graphics? Do you go all out, or stick to one piece?

 

Color Story: Peacock Blue

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Peacock blue is quite an entrancing shade, it’s a little bit blue and a little bit green. Mysterious and alluring, this shade is popular everywhere from bridal parties to home decor. If you’re drawn to this mysterious shade, here are some ways to add it to YOUR life!

tumblr_mgkkznFKc01r4lknso1_500The peacock is a beautiful bird, whose iridescent feathers have always had a place in the heart of daring DIYers.

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51bc511bd9127e258b000a52._w.540_s.fit_These peacock blue living rooms looks great with contrasting yellow accents that pick up the green in this dynamic shade.

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tom+katie-HR149Peacock blue is a  common color in weddings since it looks so beautiful against the stark white dress. It also easily fulfills the “something blue” category.

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268687e2471fb319acdd6116f7e2d0e9Peacock blue is one of our favorite hues to experiment with because it’s such a unique mix of colors, and brings a jeweled elegance to any piece

 

Gift Guide for the Crafty Mom

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and if your mom loves to DIY as much as you do, we have some suggestions that will make her jump with joy.

ThreadThe Seamstress – If your mom loves to sew, give her some enhanced essentials! Make a kit with fashion tape, a rainbow of thread, and a unique array of buttons.

Pompom TrimThe Home Decor Diva – Does your mom change her decor according to styles and not just seasons? Give her some trim that she’s bound to love! How about an elegant tassel fringe, or a fun pom pom fringe?

Beaded Trim

The Social Butterfly – If your mom is a VIP who is always attending parties and galas, make sure she shines with rhinestone or beaded trim! It’s the perfect trim for adorning an evening dress or clutch.

Project DIY

The Accessory Queen – If your mom loves making her own stylish accessories, check out our Project DIY kits! They have everything you need to make stylish, runway-inspired accessories.