Rainy Day Fashion DIY Roundup

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April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring unique and waterproof fashions into our wardrobes. If you feel stunted by the lack of wet-weather fashion options, here are a few ways to upgrade your accessories to match your style!

18This beautiful script painted umbrella from Popsicles and Pinatas will brighten any day!

Miss Kris Turner Gold Leaf Leopard Rain BootsThese black and gold leopard rain boots from Miss Kris Turner are positively fierce! Rule the rain forest with these fun patterned boots on your feet!

Raining Cats and Dogs UmbrellaThis cheeky cats and dogs umbrella from Paper Plates and Plane is so cute. We love the limitless possibilities of this DIY!

Transparent Capelet from a Pair and a SpareAlways fearless and fashionable, A Pair and a Spare made this cool, see-through capelet that can show off your outfit without getting you soaked!

Embellished Wellies Rain Boots from Beach BrightsThis DIY from Beach Brights uses grommets and gorgeous grosgrain ribbon to jazz up some average rain boots!

With these DIYs you’ll go from the girl who sings “rain rain, go away” to the one who is “only happy when it rains”.

Fringe Fashion DIY Roundup

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Fringe is always a fashion staple for free-spirits, and we know why! It’s a carefree trim that adds fun movement to anything it’s on. Wearing an outfit with fringe will instantly more playfulness to your entire look! Here are some of our favorite DIYs using this dynamic trim!

The Alison Show Fringe Earrings

These fringe earrings from The Alison Show are a fun accessory that add that we bet all of your friends will want to make!

Leather Fringe Tshirt from M&J Trimming

This DIY from our archives pairs a cotton tee with fun leather fringe! It’s easy to make and look totally edgy and cool.diy-tassel-earrings-feature-072012

These bold tassel earrings from Trinkets in Bloom are definitely statement worthy. We love the use of rhinestone trim around top!

Fringe Bathing Suit from Pulled TogetherInterested in creating some bohemian beachwear? Look no further  than this tutorial on Pulled Together!

Sans Limites Crochet Fringe

This DIY from Sans Limites is perfect for the crocheter! This intricate fringe trim really adds another element to your garment, and would look great on a kimono!

Foray Into Floral Accessories

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Florals are big this spring, but sometimes the best outfits embrace trends subtly. Try these floral accessories on for size if you like to test-drive trends without the commitment of an entire outfit.

Flower Hair Comb from Etsy

Spring is the most popular time for weddings, and this flower hair comb is the ideal addition to any formal hairstyle. It’s garden party perfect!

Floral Bag and Shoes

Flower look better when mixed together, hence the invention of bouquets. But the same goes for fashion! Don’t be scared to mix floral prints, especially when the canvas is as small as an accessory piece.

Floral Rings and Bracelets

Stack those buds on your tips and wrists for a bohemian bouquet of jewelry.

Flowers on a Hat

We love this fun hat from Fashion Week! It’s whimsical, really beautiful, and easily DIY-able.

Pink and Purple Floral Umbrella

April showers bring April flowers! This beautiful floral umbrella will cheer up even the gloomiest rainy day.

Tassel Fashion DIY Roundup

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Tassels used to conjure up images of old dusty libraries with curtains that weigh more than a small car. They were seen as antiquated and out of style. Now tassels are back with a bubbly vengeance, and they’re making their way into your closet!

Tiny Tassel Bracelet from Maize Hutton

This cute bracelet from Maize Hutton is so colorful, and a perfect addition to your spring jewelry box!

Tassel Shoes from Honestly WTF

These tassel heels from Honestly WTF are such an amazing upgrade to a basic pump! This look is so easy to DIY with cord and single tassels.

Vanilla and Lace Tassel Accent Skirt

The tassels on this skirt from Vanilla and Lace add a fun and whimsical feeling to this already feminine piece. We love how they add just a touch of color to an all-white canvas.

The Sweetest Occasion Tassel Necklace

These tiny tassel necklaces from The Sweetest Occasion are so easy to make. You can make a bunch to coordinate with any outfit!

Gina Michele Yellow Drop Earrings

These tassel earrings from Gina Michelle are gorgeous! Their skinny style and long length makes them look so sleek.

Would you rock tassels on your clothes, or do you prefer keeping them on decor only? Let us know below!

Project DIY: Cold As Ice Unveiling

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This winter has been one for the record books, and we’re probably not the first ones to wish that this slushy snowy season was over! However, we think you should put off packing up your parka for a little while longer because this February just got a few degrees cooler. We’re so excited to finally unveil our Cold As Ice collection! If you’re unfamiliar with Project DIY, take a look at what this subscription service for the crafty entails. If you like what you see, you can sign up to receive the Cold As Ice collection and make your own frosted jewels!
Project DIY Crystal Clear Statement Necklace

Our Crystal Clear Statement Necklace is a DIYers dream! It comes with a frosty acrylic base, gorgeous link chain, and a bevy of jewels perfect for bedazzling! We show you how to arrange the crystals in a specific formation, but the placement of the jewels is totally up to you.

Project DIY On the Rocks Bracelet Duo

The next project in this collection is the On the Rocks Bracelet Duo, a pair of stunning bracelets with chunky curb chain and gorgeous jewel embellishments.

Now that you’ve seen the projects in this month’s collection, start brainstorming about how you’ll personalize your OWN pieces! Then take a photo of your gorgeous customized creations, and tag us @MJProjectDIY so we can be frozen with awe!

Serious Style Statement Inspiration

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With Mercedes Benz Fashion Week coming up, we can’t help but look for inspiring pieces to wear to all of the shows! This year we really want to make a statement with our outfits, so we’re using accessories to create unforgettable looks. See which styles are sparking our imaginations, and you may just see our versions of these cool trends in an upcoming series!

Wrap Bracelets

Blue Rhinestone Wrap BraceletDruzy Leather Wrap Bracelets, Cluster Bracelets and Watch

We love a good wrap bracelet because it’s casual, fun and still totally chic! This year we’re really feeling the wrap bracelet upgrade, which pairs the boho chic style with some glamorous stones.

Statement Earrings

Elizabeth Cole Drop EarringsStatement Stone EarringsIsabella Drops

Right now we are on board the drop earring train. This style is bold and shining with enough sparkle to stop anyone in their tracks! Feather Collar

Neutral Feather Collar, Feather Necklace over Collar, Green Feather Necklace

There is something so cool yet simple about a feather collar. It’s an unexpected change from the usual fur, and it has a light airy feeling to it that is so unique! Don’t pass up on this trend, or it will fly away! Shoulder Pads

Stud Shoulder Pads, Statement Sequin Shoulders, Gold Statement Sequin Shoulder Pads

Statement shoulders are definitely in right now! From red carpet runway gowns, to edgy street fashion, these stylized shoulder accents are taking the fashion world by storm. And why not? They make a cool, confident and stylish statement!

Warm Ears for Winter

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The chill in the New York City air is so intense that the other day Times Square was eerily quiet. (And that NEVER happens!) Now’s the time to bundle up if you want to brave the cold. But what if you don’t want to ruin a perfectly good hair day with a case of hat hair? Fret not, for the solution to your problem is a simple one: headbands. Here are a few of our favorites! (And make sure you check out their FANTASTIC hair too.)

Winter White Headband and Sweater

Loving the sweater/headband combo. The different patterns keep this look from being too match-y.

Caramel Headwrap from Morea Seal

It’s like a caramel crown of comfort! This braided headband looks so cozy, and the color really brings out the model’s beautiful red hair.

Fuzzy White Headband with Snow

This white headband looks so luxe and lovely against the dark coat, which we’re also coveting.

Black Headband and Pink Hair

We love the modern touch the leather detail gives to this otherwise average black headband.

Studded Headband

The studs and rhinestones give the piece a subtle shine, and some edge.

So whip out that warm winter headband AND the curling iron because today your perfect hair day won’t be at the mercy of this frigid weather!

Clutch DIY Roundup

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Clutches are a stylish and simple choice for those who want a no-fuss bag which only holds a few select items. They’re also one of the easiest options to DIY. Here are some of our favorite ways to make this perfect evening bag!
Transparent Clutch from A Pair and A Spare

Leather Clutch from a Pair and a Spare

A Pair and a Spare created these two very different, but very cute clutches. The top transparent clutch gives off a futuristic minimalist vibe, while the plain leather clutch makes a classic statement. Which do YOU prefer?

Clutch Revamp from McKenzie Renae

Have an old clutch that needs new life? All you need is some paint (preferably gold) and tape, and you’re good to go!

Kenzo-Inspired Clutch from Adventures in Fashion

This modern Kenzo-inspired design from Adventures in Fashion is perfect for a girl who wants to make a stylish statement!

Alexander McQueen-Inspired Clutch from Salute to Cute

Salute to Cute made an adorable clutch using a sunglasses case! And those connected rings make for such a unique handle!

Clutches are the perfect alternative to a big bulky bag for a fun night out, and they’re so easy to DIY! If you loved these suggestions, stay tuned to our blog for a DIY that’s perfect for the biggest night out of the year: New Year’s Eve!

Catching Fire DIY Roundup

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The day we’ve been waiting for is finally here. Catching Fire is now officially in theaters, and SPOILER ALERT! we can’t wait to see Katniss kicking butt in the Hunger Games again.  We seriously love the powerful tough-girl vibe of her character. (Probably why we also picked Joan of Arc as the inspiration behind November’s Project DIY collection.) We couldn’t help but round-up a few DIYs that have that same rough and tumble feel to them. We’re sure Katniss would even jump in to make a few!

The Hungry Games

Arrow Napkin Rings from Ruffled
Arrow Napkin Rings from Ruffled

Hosting a Hunger Games dinner party? These arrow napkin rings from Ruffled are so perfect. They’re simple and frill-free, just like Katniss. Now that you have your decor figured out, what are you planning on serving for dinner? Better take a trip to the Hob!

Beat the Odds

Hunger Games Pencil Toppers from Popper and Mimi

Sass up your stationary with these silver “arrow” pencils from Popper and Mimi! Whether you’re using them to doodle, take a test or do your taxes, may the odds be ever in your favor.

On the Hunt

Cell Phone Holder from Morning by Foley

We don’t think they have any cell phones in District 12, but if they did we have a feeling Katniss’s would look a lot like this one from Morning by Foley. Probably a little less pink, but we took some creative liberties.

Mockingjay 

Mockingjay Bracelet from Geekphoria

If you’re a true fan of the Hunger Games, you’ll want to sport this DIY Mockingjay bracelet from Geekphoria proudly! Imagine the variations you could make with the suede cord and chain from our store!

Understated but Not Underestimated 

Golden Arrow Ring from Sincerely Kinsey

This leather glitter arrow ring from Sincerely Kinsey is the perfect accessory to wear to the Catching Fire premiere if you’re fond of an understated look. The ring features a lot of the story’s prominent elements without making you look like a super crazy fan even if you are underneath. We totally are.

We can’t decide whether we’re more excited to finally see Catching Fire or make the DIYs above! Are you a Hunger Games fan too? What DIY will you be making in honor of the movie?

Sparkle, Shine, Swarovski

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This week we are totally inspired by the sparkle and shine of Swarovski crystals! If you aren’t familiar with them, these Austrian crystals are some of the most beautiful, colorful, and most versatile DIY elements we know. Adding jewels or gems to an article of clothing or a home decor item can instantly take it from boring basic to one-of-a-kind. Take a look at some of our favorite bedazzled pieces.

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Circular jeweled embellishments were huge at this year’s Burberry Prorsum SS14 show. We’ve been seeing a lot of great DIYs using that pink embellished jacket as inspiration!

Miranda Kerr in Jeweled Capelet | M&J TrimmingJenny Packman Bridal Necklace | M&J Trimming

Crystal necklaces, headpieces, belts, and other assorted accessories are popular with brides because they add just the right amount of sparkle to their dresses. These high-fashion pieces may be a little too bold and heavy for most brides, but we love the look of these ornate accessories.

Jeweled Headpiece | M&J TrimmingJeweled Headpiece | M&J Trimming

Bejeweled Horn Headband | M&J Trimming

Headbands are one of the easiest ways, aside from regular jewelry, to inject some sparkle and shine into your look. We think crystal headbands look exquisite when paired with a messy updo.

So what do you think of these “shining stars”? Do bedazzles make your life more dazzling, or do you prefer a more understated embellishment?