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!
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!
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!
Burlap and rich autumn colors are favorites of the season. Adding them instantly adds fall flavor to your table, and we’re not talking cinnamon.
Go for the gold with this fall tablescape, and easily transition into winter by switching out a few seasonal elements!
Chillier weather means the outdoor parties of summer head inside, but not if you prepare with blankets and pillows!
Instantly add warmth to your table by, well, adding warmth. A cluster of candles will instantly add a cozy feeling to your surroundings.
Embrace the harvest season with some harvest-themed decor!
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!Leave it to Studio DIY to create the cutest costume using the basic supplies!
Lauren Conrad’s mermaid costume looks so beautiful, especially with the addition of real seashells!
Celebrate Halloween in seasonal style with these glittered candy-corn champagne bottles from Miss Kris Turner.
Get digital with the emoji-inspired costumes from Brit + Co!
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!
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!
If you don’t know if you can handle polka dots, why don’t you just sleep on it for a few nights.
Brave decorators use wallpaper. Only the bravest us polka dot wallpaper.
Play with patterns by adding contrasting styles to one room. It’s an easy way to add movement and I interest to your room.
Be bold with different patterns AND contrasting colors.
Play up the playful side of polka dots by mixing them with pastels.
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.
2. 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.
3. Use glue or clear nail polish on the very ends of the ribbon to glue the threads down.
4. 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.
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.
Chanel is always the picture of sophistication, but models rocked a playful winged and glittered liner at Paris Haute Couture Week this year!
It was go gold or go home at Alexandre Herchcovitch where gilded brows reigned supreme.
Let it sparkle at Libertine, with embellished names that are sure to cause a scene!
The models at Zac Posen wore a bold red lip, with a flourished and feathery liner!
The nails at Honest were beautifully sculpted AND included a little bit of bling, the perfect combination of class and sass!
Vera Wang likes to keep it simple with ethereal silver lids and brushed up brows.
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!
A bright color like this is perfect for celebrations, making it a go-to for wedding and party planners.
The lace overlay lends a little demure mystery to a bold coral dress! It’s the perfect color for the warm summer months.
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!
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!
This cool beach bag is perfect for keeping your items intact. The soft
Make a strapped beach towel backpack to make your trips to the beach even easier!
Need a coverup? No problem! This one uses graphic beach towels to create a poncho!
If you’re looking for a lighter option, create this flowy caftan!
You can also create a maxi-length caftan to guard yourself from the sun!
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!
A beach day isn’t complete without a statement towel. Mark your spot with a cool towel no one else has!
Feel the breeze with a light and airy coverup.
Stay comfy and cute with a cotton dress and sandals.
Bring your big floppy hat and black sunglasses for the ultimate beach look!
And don’t forget to play in the sand!