Holiday Outfit Inspiration

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The holidays are swiftly approaching which means that on top of buying gifts for everyone you adore, you’re also going to be stressing out about what to wear when you get to exchange these presents! And what about that holiday work party? You’ve got to dress to impress! These beautiful outfits will surely dazzle and delight this holiday season! The keys to the perfect holiday attire? A dash of sparkle and a hint of drama!songofstyle_helmutlang-drapblouse

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Swooning over this holiday outfit.

 

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Pinecone DIY Roundup

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As we head into the holiday season, we want to start decorating with all of the seasonal accoutrements: snowflake, elves, menorahs, jolly Santas. But if you’re looking for a more transitional element that will easily take you from fall to winter, may we suggest the pine cone? Pine cones have the perfect amount of autumn brown, while also symbolizing that iconic seasonal tree! Check out these DIYs using pine cones that are sure to get your home trimmed for the holidays!

 

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Be the Best Guest

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As we approach the holiday hosting season and the invites for holiday parties start pouring in, questions start to swirl around our head. Should I bring a gift? Should I arrive early? What spoon goes with which dish? And other inquiries of etiquette that only seem to arise around this time of year. Fret not! We have some tips to make you the best guest at the party! And if you’re hosting? Check out our tips on how to be the Host with the Most!

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Offer to help! If you see your host struggling, and even if you don’t, offer to lend a hand in the kitchen. It will be greatly appreciated by the person hosting, and the hungry crowd outside of the kitchen.

Bring a small token of appreciation. Whether it’s a bottle of wine or a gift you made yourself, a small something never goes unnoticed! You can even offer to bring one of the courses to make the party even easier on the host!

Be Punctual. Don’t be late! Especially if you happen to be bringing the appetizers!

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Power through. Unless you’re allergic, don’t fuss over a food you may not like. Although it may be a bit challenging if you have certain food gripes, the person who made it put love and effort into each bite, and that’s the best ingredient of all!

Autumn Dinner Party Inspiration

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0e1f1cbd7640e3d6a8f83dc9c0d60825Burlap and rich autumn colors are favorites of the season. Adding them instantly adds fall flavor to your table, and we’re not talking cinnamon.

 

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9fd340112e33af8cb2d7877573d09ebeChillier weather means the outdoor parties of summer head inside, but not if you prepare with blankets and pillows!

749636f9b8a3b16e953c4ec97fc5f1a1Instantly add warmth to your table by, well, adding warmth. A cluster of candles will instantly add a cozy feeling to your surroundings.

93eba8f38d01f79f5a0d3fcac8aa3ccaEmbrace the harvest season with some harvest-themed decor!

Favorite DIYs of October

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October was full of fantastic DIYs that were perfect for Halloween! And the day is still young, which means you still have time to create these beyond incredible DIYs! So what are you waiting for? Head to M&J Trimming, grab your last-minute supplies and get your costume ready for a night of tricks and treats!DIY-Ice-Cream-Cone-Costume5Leave it to Studio DIY to create the cutest costume using the basic supplies!

d48ecfaa3135b7aac3db2012ff8c6485Lauren Conrad’s mermaid costume looks so beautiful, especially with the addition of real seashells!

miss-kris-glitter-champagen-bottles-diy-2-halloweenCelebrate Halloween in seasonal style with these glittered candy-corn champagne bottles from Miss Kris Turner.

 

1-TwoGirlsGet digital with the emoji-inspired costumes from Brit + Co!

Modern Myth Inspiration

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Myths and fantastic creatures were often used to explain the unexplainable. While modern science has unraveled many of the mysteries that once puzzled our ancestors, it’s fun to step back in time to an era where mythical beasts roamed in the dark shadows, and mystical magic could be summoned for good and evil, especially around Halloween! During Halloween we can pay homage to these characters by translating their signature looks into costumes that are out of this realm. Take a look at these breathtaking examples of myths made modern!b23f6f0c906fb5ee779c8e6f80d56f6a

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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.

 

 

a30d5fb7374216c77ed6b79fe1d54156The lace overlay lends a little demure mystery to a bold coral dress! It’s the perfect color for the warm summer months.

 

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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!