Dotted Decor Inspiration

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When it comes to patterns for the home, polka dots aren’t a very common pick. Floral, stripes and other geometric patterns take the stage, while polka dots are often thrown in as an exciting accent. And while we love all patterns equally, from herringbone to zebra print, we want to show a little extra love to polka dots this week because we think it puts the fun in functional!
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If you don’t know if you can handle polka dots, why don’t you just sleep on it for a few nights.

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Brave decorators use wallpaper. Only the bravest us polka dot wallpaper.

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Play with patterns by adding contrasting styles to one room. It’s an easy way to add movement and I interest to your room.

 

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Play up the playful side of polka dots by mixing them with pastels.

Forget Fraying Ribbon

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We’ve all been there, you use a cord or ribbon to tie a bow, and the next thing you know your beautiful bow is just a bundle of threads. If you’ve dealt with fraying ribbon, and you want to know how to stop your ribbons in their tracks, you are not alone. In fact, it is one of the most-asked questions we get at M&J! There are a couple of ways to keep your trims intact.

1. It’s all about the cut. Cutting ribbon in an inverted “V” shape doesn’t only look great, it also keeps the ribbon from unraveling.

DSC_00982. When working with twisted cord, always tape the pieces that you’re going to cut. We will often do this in the store because without taping the ends, the cord will untwist and become almost impossible to work with.

DSC_01623. Use glue or clear nail polish on the very ends of the ribbon to glue the threads down.

DSC_01664. Singe the ends of the ribbon just a little bit. The ends of the ribbon with start to bead up the slightest bit, and won’t unravel.

 

Runway Beauty Inspiration

Today we’re doing something a little bit different, and switching gears away from clothing an home decor. Today we’re turning our focus onto beauty, an element that is arguably just as important during Fashion Week as the fashion! Take a look at some of our favorite bold and daring looks from shows of  gone by.

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Chanel is always the picture of sophistication, but models rocked a playful winged and glittered liner at Paris Haute Couture Week this year! 2b09e232be96d32b0bfdb43f39ba737d

It was go gold or go home at Alexandre Herchcovitch where gilded brows reigned supreme.

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The models at Zac Posen wore a bold red lip, with a flourished and feathery liner!

image (1)The nails at Honest were beautifully sculpted AND included a little bit of bling, the perfect combination of class and sass!

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Vera Wang likes to keep it simple with ethereal silver lids and brushed up brows.

 

Color Story: Coral

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This week we’re highlighting a color that screams summer to us! One you’ll find in your brightly colored fruit smoothies, the toes of bikini-clad beach-goers, and dappled on the skin of your summer peaches. We’re talking about coral, a color inspired by the vibrant reef!

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277aea0b1301ee1741b5842eb024bbc4A bright color like this is perfect for celebrations, making it a go-to for wedding and party planners.

 

 

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156634421d2f3000cadfbcb7259c7cace7d9c311a66362c064b1a5832dc06cca This vibrant shade is great for adding personality to your home decor. It looks fantastic when paired with blues and green, just like it does in the ocean!

Beach Accessories & Outfits DIY Roundup

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If you’re planning on heading to the beach or pool this summer, make your time even MORE fun with these great ideas that are practical, cute, and easy to make!

Blue Towel Beach Bag

This cool beach bag is perfect for keeping your items intact. The soft

Beach Towel Backpack

 

Make a strapped beach towel backpack to make your trips to the beach even easier!

 

Towel PonchoNeed a coverup? No problem! This one uses graphic beach towels to create a poncho!

dsc_0119If you’re looking for a lighter option, create this flowy caftan!

Orange CaftanYou can also create a maxi-length caftan to guard yourself from the sun!

 

Beach Day Inspiration

It’s the weekend, the sun is high and the weather is warm. It’s the perfect day to go to the beach! If the call of the ocean breeze isn’t enough to make you pack up your beach tote, and head to the water, these photos will definitely jump start your weekend vacation. From outfits to accessories, we’ve got everything you need to really inspire your next beach day style!

2930c3bfab70081e08b0c5b40286fbfeA beach day isn’t complete without a statement towel. Mark your spot with a cool towel no one else has!

 

9f1bcabf3b1a82813773e1e48aacca89Feel the breeze with a light and airy coverup.

 

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Summer in Shades Inspiration

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Sunglasses are on of our most beloved accessories for spring and summer, and we usually can’t wait to start wearing them during the dark and dreary days of winter. Sunglasses can instantly make you look polished and put-together. Just throw on a pair of statement sunnies, a light coat of coral lipstick, and you’re ready to face the day!
Black Prada SunglassesWe love the unique curly shape of the arms. Look for unique details like that on the sides of your sunglasses, if you prefer a more basic frame shape.

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Red Lips and SunglassesA cat eye adds instant vintage style, especially when paired with a cool lip color!

Blue Mirrored Sunglasses on Girl with Long Hair

 

Americana Sunglasses on Smiling Teen

Aviator styles add a slightly masculine and carefree edge to your shades.

 

What’s New in June

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Summer is almost here, and we’re ready for it with these bright and colorful picks that have made their way onto the web just in time for June!

1/2" Fine Metallic Stripe BraidOur 1/2″ Fine Metallic Stripe Braid is just the trim to add a little dazzle to your day, and the best part is that it comes in a large assortment of colors!

3/8" 3 Ply President Braid

 

Our 3/8″ 3 Ply President Braid looks great when grouped in a thick braid like above, but would also look fantastic as a single strand headband!

3/8" Rayon Double Loop Braid

 

Our 3/8″ Rayon Double Loop Braid comes in a rainbow of colors, and is perfect for trimming everything from pillows, to hats and dresses!

Flourish Blazer Buttons

 

It’s too warm for heavy jackets, but you might need a light blazer for a night on the town! Dress it up with our new Flourish Blazer Buttons!

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!

Drop Earring Inspiration

 

 

As of late, we’ve been seeing a lot of beautiful statement stud earrings. And why not? They’re dainty, small, and can be worn without being too distracting. While we’re huge fans of these tiny ear gems, we’d also like to give a shout out to their longer and more flashy counterparts. The beautiful earrings below are some of our favorite dangling “drop” earrings. We love these types of earrings because not only do they provide extra bling, but they also seem to dance when you move, a feature that is found in almost no other jewelry! c6b5d7702c4b9efd4fad36c2875d203b

 

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What are your favorite types of earrings? If you prefer the stud, would you be willing to give the drops a try?