White Hot Summer Fashion Inspiration

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New Yorkers are known for wearing a lot of black. It’s the most universally flattering shade, helps you look svelte and can be dressed up or down, but when summer hits, black gets put on the back burner to make way for white. Wearing white not only helps keep you cool because it reflects light, but it also looks fantastic with bronzed summer skin, and is another neutral that you can pair with almost anything.
White Dress and Gladiator SandalsBe a bohemian with a loose summer dress paired with gladiator sandals.

Tory Burch White Dress

 

White Blouse and JeansStay structured and stylish with a tailored dress, or a revamped and studded button-down.

 

White Dress with Black HatEmbrace the crop top and maxi trend with an all-white ensemble, save for a dramatic black hat.

 

White ResortwearFrolic through surf and sand with this ultra-chic cover-up.

How will you be rocking white this summer?

 

DIY: Father’s Day Bow Ties

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Do you need a gift for your fashion-conscious father or husband? We have the perfect gift to send dad off with style, and the best part is that this completely customizable gift is easy to make yourself! Check out these DIY bow ties we created just in time for Father’s Day. Materials for DIY Bowties

What You’ll Need:

35mm Imported Floral Jacquard

2” Striped Grosgrain

1.5” Ombre Grosgrain

Scissors

Needle and Thread

Button Fastener

Cutting Striped Grosgrain Ribbon1. Cut 3 inches of striped grosgrain, and put it aside. You’ll be using this strip for the center of  the bow tie.

Folding Grosgrain Ribbon2. Take your longer piece of grosgrain, and fold one end of your striped grosgrain into the center of the ribbon.

Folding Ribbon into Bow3. Fold the other side over to meet the other piece.

Sewing Ribbon Into Bow4. Squeeze the center, and sew into place to secure the bow tie.

Folding Grosgrain Ribbon5. Fold your 3″ piece up horizontally, and wrap it around the center of the tie.

Measuring Grosgrain Ribbon6. Measure the bow tie around a neck, leaving an extra inch.

Sewing Snap to Bow Tie7. Fold the corner tip of the ribbon to the center, and the other corner tip to the center. Sew the male side to the tip.

Sewing Snap to Bow Tie8. Sew the female end to the back of the center of the bow tie.

Completed Grosgrain Bow Ties

Make these bow ties in an assortment of styles for any occasion! Use trendy trim and ribbons to keep your dad stylin’!

 

Fashions from the 2014 Tony Awards

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Today we’re giving our regards to Broadway, and taking a look at the beautiful gowns worn at the 68th Annual Tony Awards! The styles were more subdued than at other award shows like the Grammys, but still stunning in their own right.

Vera Farmiga at the 2014 Tony AwardsVera Farmiga looked beautiful in this black dress with subtle mesh paneling.

Maggie GyllenhaalThis feathered frock worn by Maggie Gylenhaal was exquisite. The subtle beaded bodice paired with the seemingly floating feathers really made this cream dress a standout.

Idina Menzel at the 2014 Tony AwardsSongstress and star, Idina Menzel went with this burgundy, duo-chromatic color to really pop off the red carpet!

Emmy Rossum at the 2014 Tony AwardsEmmy Rossum looked like a silver siren in this beautiful dress.

Anna Gunn at the 2014 Tony AwardsAnna Gunn brought the sparkle with this gold sequined number paired with matching metallic accessories.

 

 

Men’s Fashion Inspiration: All in the Details

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When it comes to men’s fashion there seems to be a lot less variety. While women can try on every trend from bold neons to crop tops, men usually have a more subdued style. Fortunately, there are elements that any guy can play around with to get a unique style that is all his own. It boils down to the tiny details. By adding unique elements in the way of accessories, men can easily add charisma to their classic looks. Layered Styles

Bracelets with Jacket on Man

 

Rolex Watch with Beaded Bracelets

Jil Sanders Canvas Oxfords

Suspenders and Hat Fashion

Trend Alert: Embroidered Floral Fashion

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This year embroidered fashions have blown up! Ornate flower arrangements grace shoulders and sleeves, and bring a vibrancy and texture to even the most basic of outfits. Don’t get us wrong, we love a good print, but embroidered patterns offer a three-dimensional element that really captures our attention.

Embroidered Shoulder of JacketEmbroidery can be done on the entire piece, or just as an accent.

Blue Embroidered Top The addition of the matching blue sequins adds a subtle shine.

Embroidered Evening DressWe see this style on casual, bohemian-style dresses, and heavily beaded evening dresses!

White Embroidered DressWhen paired with geometric patterns, this style looks like an updated twist on the classic embroidered shirts from Mexico.


 

Espadrille Flats DIY

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We love the look of canvas flats for warm weather, but sometimes they need a bit of an upgrade! We took a pair of basic flats and gave them a warm-weather makeover with some jute trim and colorful appliques!

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What You’ll Need:

 1/4” Jute Braid – Dark

2 2” Bullion Beaded Appliqué

Canvas Flats from Rainbow $12.99

E6000

Scissors

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1. Place glue around the bottom of the edge of your shoe platform.

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2. Glue a row of jute trim to the bottom of your shoe.

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3. Glue another row of jute above the first row of trim.

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4. Glue your applique onto the center of the front of the shoe, and let it dry. You can also sew your applique on for added security.

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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!