Fall 2015 Fashion Accessory Inspiration

Although we still have plenty of summer left, it’s never too early to start prepping for fall. An easy way to update your wardrobe for the upcoming season is to bring in stylish accessories. Check out some of our upcoming favorites!  M&J Trimming - Chanel Pearl Rosary Chain Pearls, often associated with preppy style, have gotten revamped. The simple string of pearls just won’t do! Expect to see accessories in abstract and modern shapes. You can DIY a similar style necklace to the Chanel above using rosary pearl chain!M&J Trimming - Small Trunk BagSay goodbye to shoulder bags this season! This year designers favored styles with shorter handles, and rectangular trunk bodies were especially popular.

M&J Trimming - Balenciaga ShoesDress up your feet with embellished and accessorized footwear. From glitter to beading, shoes are shimmering and shining with every step!

M&J Trimming - Flower BroochBrooches are back, baby! An easy way to take your outfit from basic to statement-making, brooches are one of our favorite accessories. Especially when they’re covered in crystal.

 

Rope and Cord Accessory Inspiration

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This week we’ve been focusing on the use of rope and cord for decor almost exclusively, but there’s so much more to do with this type of trim! We took a look at some of our favorite ways to feature these elements in your outfit, and we think you’ll agree that when it comes to rope, the possibilities are plentiful!
M&J Trimming - Rope and Metal NecklaceThis fall and winter metal hardware meets braided cotton for dynamic accessories with both texture and shine.

 

M&J Trimming - Jimmy Choo Sandals

 

The perfect pair of sandals for summer, these Jimmy Choos are knotted in all the right ways.

M&J Trimming - Mini O BagA modern bag gets an earthy touch with rope handles.

M&J Trimming - Nautical Knot DIYNot only is this a chic statement necklace, it’s easy enough to make with these simple steps!

 

 

M&J Trimming - Rope and Raffia BackpackThis backpack is perfect for a day at the beach and channeling those nautical vibes.

Favorite DIYs from July

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As the summer slowly comes to an end, keep yourself busy with these DIYs that surely come in handy.

M&J Trimming - Hardware Necklace DIYWho said hardware couldn’t be a girl’s best friend? Check out this necklace made out of hardware pieces and leather cording.

M&J Trimming - Bleached Beach Towel DIYThese personalized bleached towels are to die for!

CornholrKeep the summer going with these fun DIY outdoor games!

FrameHave your memories surrounded by summer all year long with this nautical-inspired picture frame.

BraceletWho knew hook and eyes would make such a cute accessory piece?  These bracelets are a must-have for the perfect arm candy.

 

 

Deep Sea Coral Inspiration

When it comes to design, fashion, and home decor; the word “coral” evokes a bold color that balances beautifully between red, orange and pink. But today we’re tackling the topic of coral, the living and breathing aquatic invertebrate responsible for some of the most beautiful abstract patterns found in natural. We prefer just to use these beauties as inspiration, as we think the real thing belongs in the sea. Check out some of our favorite iterations of this amazing creature that look like they were plucked right from the reef! M&J Trimming - Blue and White Coral PrintM&J Trimming - Whit Coral Sculptures

M&J Trimming - Coral Shape Chandelier

 

M&J Trimming - Coral & Opal Ring

 

M&J Trimming - Coral Reef Necklace

4 Ways to Embellish Bathing Suits: Classic Rhinestone Buckle Embellished Bandeau

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If you thought that there’s nothing more glamorous than a simple black bathing suit, we’re about to turn your world upside down! For this final 4 Ways DIY, we used one simple accessory to make your bathing suit almost elegant enough to wear to a formal event, almost. The addition of a simple rhinestone clasp instantly added glam, making it the perfect suit to wear to the pool party of the season!
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Materials:

Black Bandeau

Navette Cluster Rhinestone Buckle

Scissors

Needle and Thread

DSC_01601- Take your rhinestone buckle and sew into place going in a diagonal.

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4 Ways to Embellish Bathing Suits: Pom Pom Bikini

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If you’re a bohemian beach babe, you’ll love this 4 Ways DIY! We took an already fun and bright bikini, and added some funky contrasting pom poms to the mix! The look can vary depending on the colors you use too. If you want a more delicate look, use off-white or swap the pom poms for lace. Looking for even more bohemian flair? Try some fringe instead!  DSC_0177 Materials:

Orange String Bikini Top

Hot Pink Bikini Bottoms

15mm Mini Pom Pom Loop Fringe

Scissors

Needle and Thread


DSC_01781- Take your pink pom pom fringe and sew from the inside of the suit at the corner. Continue sewing from the corner until you reach the other corner of one triangle. Repeat on the other triangle.

DSC_01842- Take your other colored fringe and sew from the inside of the top rim on the bottoms. Start sewing from the side and sew around until you reach the starting spot.

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4 Ways to Embellish Bathing Suits: Retro Floral Trimmed Suit

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Looking for a retro-chic look this summer? Bring out your inner bombshell with a bandeau bathing suit trimmed with blooms! We used a beautiful blue daisy trim to offer a bold contrast against a bright yellow suit. Nothing says summer quite like a refreshing jolt of color paired with fun floral accent, and this suit absolutely screams it!

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Yellow Bandeau

1” Daisy Lace Trim

Scissors

Needle and ThreadDSC_01711- Take your floral trim and start to sew at one end of the suit on the top rim.DSC_01742- Sew going cross until you reach the other side. Cut excess trim.

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4 Ways to Embellish Bathing Suits: Neon Elastic Athletic Suit

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If you’ve perused any swimsuit website this season, you’ll see that strappy neon suits are all the rage right now! We love the look of neon and black, especially for summer, so we decided to create our own version of this trending suit using a basic black bandeau and fun neon elastic. With the addition of so many straps for support, this bathing suit is perfect for the active girl on the go!DSC_0185Materials:

Black Bandeau Bathing Suit Top

5/8” Neon Foldover Elastic

Scissors

Needle and Thread

 DSC_01861- Turn your bandeau over and carefully cut of the three straps or the amount of straps the bathing suits has.
DSC_01892- Measure the new elastics that will replace the ones you just cut. You might need less elastic since the thickness of the new elastic is thinner. Sew in the same spot where the previous elastic was.DSC_01933- Turn the bandeau over and measure the elastics for shoulder straps.
DSC_02014- Take two of the colored elastics and sew from the inside of the front to the inside of the back of the bathing suit. DSC_02035- Take the last elastic and sew from the inside of the front next to the first elastic from the center. Cross the elastic for the back part and sew on the inside of the back of the suit.DSC_0240

Khaki Clothing Inspiration

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When it comes to summer style, many of us want to jump to extremes. And while we all love a dose of neon, there’s something refreshing about a cool neutral that look like it was taken right out of safari. We’re loving khaki for summer because of its versatility and neutrality. Plus it can make you look like you’re the most stylish glamper on the planet. So whether you’re rocking a light jacket, a pair of pants or even a dress; embrace the khaki this summer.Ralph-Lauren-Spring-2015main.original.585x0The looks at Ralph Lauren killed it in khaki with accents of lemon yellow!

1aba36ee200b81f2f39342c5cd884442This jumpsuit from Altuzarra had the perfect pocket ratio for a style that’s utilitarian chic.

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2ccb17b348605bf2d82b13b6597235d7Models know best when it comes to style, and these muted neutrals really let natural beauty shine.

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DIY: Sew-On Chain Earrings

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If there’s any season to whip out your most outrageous looks, it’s definitely summer. Summer is the time for extremes: neons, brights, lavish accessories, dewy skin. And when it comes to accessorizing for the season, we like to wear one or two pieces to make a huge impact. Make your summer outfit shockingly stylish with a neon jewel and chain earring!

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Materials:

4mm Metal Chain

Assorted Acrylic Sew-on Jewels

Pliers

E6000

Jump Rings

Blank Earring Base with Hole

DSC_02651. Measure your chain how, and cut it to the length you want it to dangle.

DSC_02662. Take your pliers and unhook the links.

DSC_02693. Attach one side of the link to the jump ring and connect to the blank earring base hole. Close jump ring.

DSC_02734. Glue your sew-on jewel and to the center of the base. Let dry.

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