What’s New for September

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September is a great month for jewelry makers because we introduced a lot of new materials for DIYers to work with. From beads to jump rings, the jewelry-making selection at M&J Trimming continues to grow and offer unique and on-trend pieces to add to your next project!

DSC_1021If you’re a fun-loving bohemian, we have a huge selection of pendants just for you! These beautiful mosaic pieces are just the ticket for that chunky statement necklace you’ve been working on.

DSC_1025Looking for more delicate pieces? We have just the charm for you. From nature-inspired leaves to spiritual hamsas and crosses, we have the perfect charm for your bracelet or necklace.

DSC_1030What about some bold beads to really set off your next project? Our Czech Glass Beads come in a rainbow of colors, and look good enough to eat!

DSC_1029If you’re a fan of the more classic look, check out our Czech Glass Pearls. They come in a range of sizes and colors, making them perfect for using in both jewelry and fashion DIYs!

London Spring 2015 Fashion Recap

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This week fashion insiders hopped across the pond for London Fashion Week. Check out some of the highlights of the week and let us know which shows YOU preferred.00130h_426x639Using colors you’d expect to see in a fall collection, Christopher Kane’s spring pieces were washed in blacks and burgundies and were darker than most of the looks we’ve seen this season.

downloadBurberry Prorsum is known for its classic prints and patterns, and the their iconic tartan is almost as well-known as the London Eye in England. This season they strayed from their beloved neutrals, and really saturated their pieces in bright colors!

download (1)The looks at Tom Ford were as sleek as an oil slick. Many of the pieces featured shimmering dark holographic prints, imbuing some fun into the decidedly cool collection.

 

00020h_426x639Marchesa went light and airy with a bohemian collection that feature lots of delicate floral appliques that seemed to be growing out of wispy tulle dresses.

4 Ways to Embellish Back to School: Calendar

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Buying a new calendar every year can be a hassle. First you need to find one you like, and then, a mere twelve months later, it goes in the trash. Make a reusable version, that you’re sure to love for years to come using ribbons and a frame.
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What You’ll Need:

Frame
1.5” Grosgrain Ribbon
E6000
Scissors
Marker Board Pens

1. Take the back of the frame out, and lay it out. You will work directly on this piece.DSC_02402. Using the ribbons, create a weave pattern. Make sure you 7 rows going across, and at least 5 rows of boxes going down.

 DSC_02484. Glue it to the frame back, and let it dry.DSC_02505. Put board in frame and using an erasable marker write down the month, days of the week, and days.

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4 Ways to Embellish Back to School: Pencil Case

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There’s nothing worse than losing all of your pens and pencils in the depths of your backpack. Make sure your writing utensils are snug, sound and stylish with this classy pencil case DIY.
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What You’ll Need:

1.8” Ultra Suede Tape

2” Metallic Crossweave Leather Trim

Hole Puncher

Scissors

DSC_0208 1. Fold a 14″ piece of gold trim in half.

DSC_0212 2. At the bottom corner start to punch holes going all the way up. Repeat on the other side evenly.

DSC_02243. Starting from the lower corner, push your suede cord through the hole and tie a knot.

DSC_02314. Start to weave the suede creating loops on the outside. Once you get to the top, tie a knot and cut excess suede.

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Need more inspiration for your back-to-school gear? Check out our 4 Ways Back to School Shop!

4 Ways to Embellish Back to School: Button Locker Magnets

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Keep your locker organized while also adding some much needed personality to that slate gray space. Create locker magnets for your personal cubby using our fun fashion buttons. You can also use these on your fridge, or any other magnetic surface that needs a dash of color!
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What You’ll Need:

Dome Faceted Button

Two-Hole Polka Dotted Striped Button 

Floral Beaded Button w/Shank

Two-Hole Flower Button

Round Magnets

E6000

 

DSC_01931. Snip the shank off of the back of the button if it has one.

DSC_01992. Place a small drop of E6000 onto the back of the button.

DSC_02003. Press down and let dry for an hour.
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Need more inspiration for your back-to-school gear? Check out our 4 Ways Back to School Shop!

4 Ways to Embellish Back to School: Backpack

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When going back to school, it’s always good to make a great first impression. This DIY will show you how to turn heads and wow your future friends with a bag that’s embellished to the brim!
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What You’ll Need:

Backpack

25mm Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon

Small Fur Pompoms

3” Imported Chainette Tassel

23mm Imported Floral Jacquard

9mm Rose Satin Jacquard

18mm Imported Floral Jacquard

15mm Mini Pom Pom Loop Fringe

1 3/4” Pom Pom Fringe

70mm Floral Jacquard

E6000

Scissors

 DSC_02901. Add pompom trim to the edges of your bag

DSC_0287 2. Tie tassels to the pull straps of the bag.

DSC_03123. Glue lengths of various jacquard along the top and sides of the bag.

DSC_0328 4. Tie the pom pom to the top of the loop on the backpack.

DSC_0361Need more inspiration for your back-to-school gear? Check out our 4 Ways Back to School Shop!

Spring 2015 Trend Forecast

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This Spring New York Fashion Week has been a complete whirlwind, and we’re definitely a little sad that it’s come to a close. But fret not! We’ve scoured the runways for trends that we can’t wait to see this coming spring so you can start your seasonal shopping list early!
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Keep it Cropped – Cropped pants and tops have been big for a few seasons now, and they’re not going anywhere! Next year you can look forward to more subtle midriff and ankle action. 1D274906734643-today-fashion-fave-140908-gordon.blocks_desktop_mediumMenswear – Let’s hear it for the boys this coming spring with menswear-inspired looks.

soft-obi-belts-nyfw-suno-6-h724Washed-Out Pastels – Pretty pastels will get a grungy makeover. Expect to see muted pinks, tans and baby blues on the sidewalks this spring.

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Picnic Party – Fed up with flannel and plaid? Try gingham on for size! This friendly pattern has been all over the runways, and provides a cheerful contrast to the darker plaid we’re bound to see this fall and winter.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 Recap Part 2

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Fashion Week is drawing to a close. Thank goodness we have all of these beautiful clothes and accessories to look forward to this coming spring! downloadThe looks at Donna Karan New York were eclectic and urban-inspired. An ode to the great city of New York, these looks wouldn’t look out of place on a quirky Manhattanite.

download (1)We love rock and roll, and so does Tommy Hilfiger! His collection was brimming with rock show-stopping details like metallic stripes, studs, and leather.

BLOG_SS15_Burch_480_new_12Tory Burch has a relaxed and global vibe this season. Mixing refined style with raw edges makes this a perfect for a bohemian-at-heart who happens to be stuck in a less than free-spirited setting. Plus: tropical toile. Need we say more?KIM_1954At Libertine we got a look at an array of eclectic embellishments that make any outfit party-ready.

 

New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 Recap

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Beautiful clothes, stunning models, outrageous sets; what’s not to love about Fashion Week in NYC? Check out some of our favorites from these past few days and let us know which ones YOU love! Desigual - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015Desigual is known for being bold and bright, so it’s no surprise that we saw prints on prints on prints with a surplus of tropical florals at their show.

bcbg1The looks at BCBG were, in one word, heavenly. With beautiful, flowing layers, the models looked like modern-day goddesses.

919Fashion Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2015The looks at Rebecca Minkoff were young, fresh and definitely appealed to the young millennials. But how could they not, when 3D glasses are part of the show?

charlotte-ronson13Charlotte Ronson kept it cute with boxy, tomboyish numbers as well as more simple feminine pieces.

mara-hoffman-collection-fashion-week-2015-gallery-2Mara Hoffman’s collection will be the staple of the colorful bohemian this summer, with bold and billowy maxis and surfer-girl swimwear!

 

DIY: Beaded Friendship Bracelets

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Summer is almost officially over, but don’t let the September chill put a freeze on your friendships! Cement those ties you made during the warmer months with these fun friendship bracelets that feature beads and dainty little charms.
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What You’ll Need:
8mm Czech Glass Colored Pearl
1 3/4” Silver Celtic Key Charm
Elastic String
Jump Rings
Pliers
ScissorsDSC_04041. Wrap your elastic string around your wrist to gauge how big your bracelet needs to be. Leave an inch or two to tie a knot.

DSC_04072. Tie a knot at one end.

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3. Add on beads.

DSC_04184. Take the end and tie to the other end in a knot.

DSC_04215. Open up a jump ring and add a charm.DSC_04236. Close jump ring with the charm attached, anywhere onto the bracelet.

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