The Adventures of the M&J Intern: Interview with Allie

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Allie in Baroque n' Roll

M&J’s creative department is where all the fun happens! The creative team helps to run the M&J website, blog, social media channels, visual displays, and Project DIY! I got to sit with one of the essential members of the M&J creative team, Allie Scalici, to learn more about her role in the creative department.

Cookie: What is your role at M&J Trimming?

Allie: I am the visual merchandising coordinator. I first started doing window displays and visual displays for the store. Then Project DIY started, and I was in charge of making the Project DIY displays and packaging. I also make the weekly DIY for the blog and style the photos.

CC: When did you start working for M&J Trimming?

AS: April 10,2013

CC: When did you start crafting?

AS: Oh elementary school! There would be arts & crafts in school, but I really started at home. My mom and I would craft, and my grandfather taught me a lot about art and visual displays.

CC: What does your daily schedule look like?

AS: I check my emails and then check my Visual Display Projects Chart. It’s a chart I made with all the projects and deadlines. I see what’s a priority, and what I could put on hold.

M&J Trimming Color Board

 CC: How do you showcase the trim on the blog or in the store?

AS: I come up with the size board I want. I pick fabrics to cover the board and other elements to bring the board to life; if it’s patterned images, fashion photos, or creating depth with foam core. I experiment with how to lay out the products; whether I want to twist the cord, roll the ribbon etc.

CC: Where do you get inspiration for your DIY’s?

AS: Pinterest. It’s my go-to thing. Lets say I’m looking for an idea for a belt DIY, I just type in “2014 Runway Fashion” and see if there is are belts on the runway. Style.com is also good for inspiration because they have all the Fashion Week fashion shows.

Chunky Chains from M&J Trimming

CC: Favorite M&J product?

AS: Chunky chains! I’ve bought so many of this M&J product. I have three necklaces made out of their chain. I’ve given so many people necklaces I’ve made and they love it.

Tassel Fringe Pump DIY from M&J Trimming

CC: Favorite DIY you ever made for the M&J blog?

AS: I have to say one of the more recent ones, the pumps with the home decor tassels. It was simple, but fun. Those were inspired by Manolo Blahnik.

CC: Favorite Project DIY collection from past months?

AS: This is a hard one! I would have to say Joan of Arc. I was obsessed with the cuff. It was based off of Dolce & Gabbana. I took elements from the Joan of Arc necklace and added them to my cuff to customize it.

CC: Favorite DIY blog?

AS: Studs and Pearls is a good one. I also like Miss Kris Turner!

CC: Biggest DIY pet peeve?

AS: When you glue something, and you see the glue. It looks rushed and unfinished.

CC: Must have DIY tool?

AS: Glue!? You need glue…? Never-mind, I know! The Crystal Katana! This thing is a MUST HAVE! This tool allows you to pick up rhinestones with the wax tip. Very convenient when you are working with tiny rhinestones. 

CC: Rhinestones or ribbon?

AS: Ribbon.

CC: What’s your guilty pleasure?

AS: Junk food! I eat so much junk food. (She answered this after asking Michelle to heat up her queso.)

CC: Have any hidden talents?

AS: Yes. I can quote the whole Mean Girls movie. Maybe not the WHOLE movie. I am very good at movie quoting. Is that a thing? Movie quoting?

DIY Street Style Inspiration

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We love looking at street style photographs for DIY inspiration. M&J’s Garment District location allows us to see many creative individuals on a daily basis. Although many people working in and around the garment district may not be renowned designers they are often the inspiration for many runway designs. Fashion styling is always open for interpretation. We love looking at street style for inspiration.

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Street Style

Chunky Chains

Chunky Chains

Editorial Prints Featuring Chains

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Chains can be used in many forms especially in editorial prints. Chains can be considered glamorous, punk, gangster, or even precious based on how they are styled. Each of the following editorials have used chains in a series of ways yet one thing remain the same they are all created from similar metals. Similar to chains, people are born the same but shaped differently based on their culture, or upbringing. Fashion editorials may be selling clothes but they have can be considered an art form as well. Next time you pick up one of your favorite magazines try and examine the meaning or relevance of the glossy editorial. You may be surprised what you come across.

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Chunky Chains on Celebrities

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Celebrities are often the first people to replicate runway trends. Chunky chains have been all over the place and we’re certainly loving the look. These chains can be styled in many ways depending on how you style them. We love looking at celebs for even more inspiration. People love to hate her, but Kim Kardashian can do no wrong with this simple peplum dress and chunky chain necklace. The chunky chain adds excitement to the neutral number. Cameron Diaz’s diamond encrusted chain has a perfect amount of glitz and glam. Gwenyth Paltrow and Rihanna dressed up their outfits with the statement making piece. No matter how you style your chunky chains be sure to show them off. This is one trend you won’t want to miss.

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Gwenyth Paltrow wearing two chains

Check out M&J for a large selection of chunky chains

Top 3 Ribbon DIY Bracelets

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Ribbons can be used for many purposes. Due to the many types of ribbons there are many ways they can be used. We’ve dedicated this post to some of our favorite ribbon bracelet tutorials. Inspiration & Realisation uses silk ribbon and charms to create a wrapped charm bracelet. This bracelet is perfect for those summer days when you want to throw on a lightweight piece of jewelry. The chain bracelet has been a staple among the blogger community. The ribbon and chain contrast adds a hard and soft edge to any outfit. Trinkets in Bloom also toughens up her ribbon adding spikes to the often delicate trim. We can’t wait to try out all three DIYs.

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Check out M&J for a large supply of ribbons and trims.

Chain Headband DIY

We combined two of our favorite things (our neon ribbon and our over sized acrylic chain) to create an amazing headpiece that will get you noticed. Our 4 Ways Music Festivals DIY Feature wouldn’t be complete without an ode to the 70′s.

SUPPLIES:
02209-1223/8” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain in Neon Green 56300-rust_11 ¼” Large Acrylic Chain in Rust Combo

DSC_2844Cut two small identical pieces of  your 3/8” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain in Neon Green

DSC_2845Place your now cut ribbon through the last link of your 1 1/4 inch Large Acrylic Chain.

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Double knot your 3/8” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain in Neon Green ribbon leaving an even amount of space on either side.

DSC_2849Repeat these steps for both sides. Once each end of your chain has ribbon on either end, tie both ends together.

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Now wear your chain headband with confidence!

DSC_0065Not feeling this look? This easy to create DIY can transition from a headband to a necklace within seconds…Just loosen the ribbon

Chains on the Runway

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Many runway shows are very intimidating. There’s a fierce model walking down with a well calculated soundtrack matching each step. We often overlook the details of each piece. While examining some of the recent runway looks, we came across M&J-like trims that resemble the most coveted pieces.

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36941-G4MM Metal Chain

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42083-n_11 1/2″ Half Stem Aluminum Chain

Lanvin Inspired Varsity DIY Necklace

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Even though we’re loving varsity embellishments on sweaters, jackets, beanies and scarves we opted to go in a different direction. Inspired by Lanvin’s Fall 2013 collection, we created this Varsity Letter necklace.
Enjoy the diy and check out MJTrim.com for supplies 

INSPIRED BY:
Lanvin’s Fall 2013 Collection

Lanvin

SUPPLIES:

2” Sequin Letters Heat Seal Letters Silver/Grey/White

3 Denim Iron-On Patches

7MM Flat Curb Chain

11MM Flat Chain

19MM Metal Chain

6MM Molded Pearls

Iron

Safety Pins

Varsity DIY Supplies MJ Trimming

STEPS:

Iron two of the Denim Iron-On Patches together back to back with the denim on the outside.

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Place your 2” Sequin Letters Heat Seal Letters Silver/Grey/White where you’d like it to appear.

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Carefully flip it over so the letter is facing down on the ironing board.

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Gently iron the back of the denim. The heat causes the 2” Sequin Letters Heat Seal Letters Silver/Grey/White to stay in place.
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Once your 2” Sequin Letters Heat Seal Letters Silver/Grey/White feels secure, flip the denim over.
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Glue pearls around the 2” Sequin Letters Heat Seal Letters Silver/Grey/White creating a circle outline. Varsity DIY MJ Trimming

Varsity DIY MJ Trimming

Cut the excess denim off around the 6MM Molded Pearls.

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OPTION 1: Sew your chain around the 6MM Molded Pearls creating an additional border.
(as shown)
OR
OPTION 2: Glue your chain around the 6MM Molded Pearls creating an additional border

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Regardless of which option you selected for the previous step, leave an inch of 7MM Flat Curb Chain at the top.
Now safety pin the remaining chain together. Varsity DIY MJ Trimming

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Carry your 11MM Flat Chain chain through the loop you had just created.  

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Use an additional safety pin to secure both the 19MM Metal Chain and the 11MM Flat Chain  
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Varsity DIY MJ Trimming

Evening Wear DIY

Lace Belt D.I.Y

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With Paris Fashion Week rounding up, we are beyond obsessed with anything and everything black and white. The major trend highlighted at every show inspired us to create this lace belt. This Chanel inspired D.I.Y will spruce up a plain white tee or a fab gown ready to be taken out on the town. Check out our selection of elegant lace and beaded trims on our site.

SUPPLIES:
Beacon Magna-Tas 809 Glue

3″ Rigid Lace from M&J Trimming

Grossgrain Bow from M&J Trimming

Mundial 8.5″ Dressmaker Shears Scissor

SuppliesSTEPS:
1. Cut lace in half based on the floral design(One side will be larger than the other depending on which lace was selected)
2. Fold the thinner piece in half3. Glue both halves together creating a thicker piece (You can match the lace or mismatch for a more romantic touch…)

4. Pick up the leftover piece of lace and lay this piece under the now thicker band making sure it is centered.
Step 45. Using your Beacon Magna-Tac 809, now glue down this piece for an additional layered look
0066. Be creative! We glued on a bow, but feel free to add brooches, rhinestones, chains or studs! Make this lace belt your own canvas
0077. Ta Da!

Want to try your hand at making a stylish evening accessory?  See our selection of elegant trims on our site and don’t forget to posts photos of your DIYs on Instagram (#MJtrimmingDIY) and Pinterest (@MJtrim) so we can see!