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!

DIY Hostess Gifts

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DIY-Polka-Dot-Napkins-21These polka dot napkins from Freut Cake are great for the playful party host because is there a pattern that’s more playful than polka dots? Nope.

483_01_p1140051The perfect gift for that host who loves to match, this geometric embroidered set is the stuff of their pattern-obsessed dreams!

 

Final7These watercolor mugs from Poppy Talk are perfect for the high-energy host. They need to get their fuel from somewhere, right?

votive01These cement votive holders from Say Yes are great for those who like their space industrial with a feminine touch, or for a new couple who are still trying to figure out how to balance his stuff v. her stuff.

DIY_Gift_Terrarium_Kit1A DIY gift for the DIYer? Check. A tiny DIY terrarium kit is all they need to get their green thumb and creativity going!

Street Style Sighting: Camel & Black

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When it comes to dressing for fall and winter, there’s one color combination that will stand the test of time and trends. We’re talking about a pairing of neutrals that is so classic that it can make almost any outfit instantly chic and worthy of a street-style photo. Yes, we’re talking about camel and black, an enduring combo for those days when figuring out color palettes is just too tiresome, or really any day for that matter. That’s how hot this color combo is.

 

5a2c1b72335d5f448dfaff69ddfe88b1Wearing all black, topped off with a camel-colored wool jacket is a popular way to rock this trend.

860ae9bd039d9bd80933ee42100a19d8 Why stop at two neutrals, when your can freely wear the entire spectrum? Add some cream and beige to the mix!

jacey-duprie-michael-dumler-damsel-in-dior-on-abbot-kinney-new-york-171Don’t be scared to add a little gray to the mix. It will still look incredible, we promise.

83af9caa7a8177f75b411e0de28663afA camel cape is just what you need to stay on top of the biggest trends for fall!

d2d78968e76fa21ec6f5145313be7045If you’re not into the tailored look, try a more casual approach. It works just as well!

48th CMAs Fashion Recap

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The world’s most famous country crooners got together last night to honor their most epic talent. But the songs weren’t the only hits that night! All of the stunning singers looked phenomenal dressed to the nines, but here were some of our favorites from the biggest night in country music!
slide_380224_4502372_freeHost, Carrie Underwood, shines in a beaded nude dress.

rs_634x1024-141105164336-634-nicole-kidman-keith-urban-cma-awards-2014.jw.110514Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman were the ultimate cool couple. We loved Nicole’s floral embroidered dress. It added a hint of bohemia to an otherwise formal event!

rs_634x1024-141105154614-634-lucy-hale-cma-awards-2014.jw.110514Actress and rising country star, Lucy Hale stunned in a striking crimson number.

rs_634x1024-141105171250-634-tim-mcgraw-faith-hill-cma-awards-2014.jw.110514Faith Hill and Tim McGraw were chic and stylish in black ensembles.

rs_634x1024-141105143608-634-kellie-pickler-CMAs.ls.11514Kellie Pickler rocked the sheer paneled trend in this beautiful navy beaded gown.

Fall Foliage Decor Ideas

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Halloween may be over, but we’re still very much in the middle of fall! So pack away those scary pumpkins and embrace the colors of fall by adding some foliage to your decor! 101840955.jpg.rendition.largestAn unusual palette for fall, this centerpiece still draws in the bright yellows and greens of the season.

 

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This fall wreath captures the rich colors of fall perfectly!

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Like your seasonal decor minimal? Highlight the beauty of individual leaves by pressing them into frames!Leaves-3Fall foliage looks pretty great in gold. Learn how to make this mobile yourself on the Free People blog!

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Or just let the leaves speak for themselves by putting cut branches in a large vase!

DIY: Geometric Elbow Patch

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This week we’re taking a cue from the nerdy-chic trend that tends to pop up around fall when school is in session! If you’ve ever had a boring sweater that needed a subtle upgrade, this DIY is for you! We’ve taken regular elbow patches that were already super-chic, and updated them with a fun geometric print. You can use this tutorial to create all different styles of elbow patches too! Try a floral stencil for something a little more feminine or paisley for a look that’s pretty and pretty! DSC_0189

 

What You’ll Need:

Sweater

Suede Cowhide Elbow Patch

Stencil

X-acto knife

Ruler

White pencil

Needle and Thread

DSC_01941. Turn your suede patches over so that side you want to show on the sweater is facing downward, and draw an oval circle by the edge of the patch to prevent excess cutting.

DSC_01972. Stencil on the design with your white pencil, and make sure to not stencil in anything past the white oval circle you made before.

DSC_02043. Carefully cut out the shapes you created with your knife.

DSC_02054. Figure out where your elbows would be placed in your sweater. Sew on each patch in that elbow area.

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Professor Patches Inspiration

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When sitting in a college classroom, most people look to their classmates for fashion inspiration. You see a cute bag across the way, a nice pair of boots on your neighbor next to you, but rarely do you look at the person at the very front of the room. We’re talking about the older professor in the stereotypical tweed jacket with the suede elbow patches. We’re taking a cue from that academic style, and imparting it into some of our favorite fall fashions in the way of elbow patches! Elbow patches instantly add a little something to an otherwise typical sweater or cardigan.  Sequin Patched Shirt

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M&J Halloween 2014

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We hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween this year! We really enjoyed helping everyone with their costumes, and even got in on the fun ourselves! Check out the team at M&J in all of our costumed glory! 
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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!