DIY: Cord Necklace

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This week we have a DIY that is the perfect piece to complete your spring and summer wardrobe. Inspired by Marni’s incredible rope necklaces, we decided to put all of our cord to good use! This simpler design features one length of cord at a time, but you can always add additional segments to the necklace. We like wearing a clustered bunch to really make a statement, but you can also rock one at a time. These necklaces are a little bit nautical too, making them perfect for your summer vacation at sea!

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6mm Braided Metallic Cord

12mm Imported Chenille Twist

End Caps (small and large)

Lobster Clasp

Jewelry Wire

Jump Rings

Pliers

Scissors

E6000

 

Chenille Cord NecklaceDSC_01381. Measure your chenille cord around your neck, and cut depending on how long you want your necklace. Cut cord.

DSC_01422. Take your jewelry wire and hold the tip with the loop with a set of pliers. Create a knot by twisting the wire into a ball. This will allow the wire not to fall through the opening of the end cap.

DSC_01443. Place the loop tip into the end cap so it come out on the other side.

DSC_01514. Add glue and place cord into the end cap. Let dry and repeat on other side.

DSC_01595. Add a jump ring to each end and a lobster clasp to on end.

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DSC_01531. After cutting your cord to the desired length, take your smaller end caps and add glue inside.

DSC_01542. Place cord end into the cap and let dry. Repeat on the other side.

DSC_01603. Add a jump ring to each end and a lobster clasp to on end.

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Balmain Best Of

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Swedish fast-fashion giant, H&M, just announce a collaboration with Balmain, a fashion house known for its elaborate intricacies. In anticipation of this exciting collaboration, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite looks from Balmain. Which is your favorite, and what do you hope to see from this upcoming collection?

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Yves St. Laurent Designer Spotlight

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Today is late designer, Yves St. Laurent’s birthday. Laurent was an iconic French designer who rose to fame in the late 1950s, and introduced innovative new styles like Le Smoking, the tuxedo suit for women. Laurent’s fashions progressed with the times; as women became more liberated, the styles followed suit. While every piece was a work of art, we’ve picked out some of our favorites that really show off the foresight and intuition of this highly-regarded designer.c3fd0d72873c64fc06336a5ec00f745dThis graphic dress inspired by the work of artist, Piet Mondrian, is so closely associated with the 1960s that it has inspired countless Halloween replicas. The bold print and shift shape are the essence of the swinging 60s.

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Le Smoking, the tuxedo designed for women, turned the fashion world upside down in 1966. It was such a departure from the feminine styles of the 50s, yet still flattered the female figure.

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In 1968 the world was set aglow with this stunning Yves St. Laurent sequin dress. Dripping in gold and jewels, this look was all about more, more, more; the ideal look at Studio 54.

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Yves St. Laurent was a pro at making seemingly masculine styles look right at home on the feminine form.

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This magnificent blue dress from 2011 shows that although the designer has passed, his vision still lives on.

 

Adventures of the M&J Intern: Interview with Saralee

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For my second adventure at M&J’s creative department, I got to sit with Saralee Gordon, M&J Trimming’s graphic designer. She is the woman behind the website graphics, the promotions and everything in between. Without her, customers would not receive the awesomely designed weekly emails and the website would not look as fun and inviting as it does!

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

Saralee Gordon:I started working for M&J Trimming in April 2012, right when I moved to New York from a small suburb in Michigan.

 

CC: What are your key responsibilities at M&J Trimming?

SG: I am in charge of designing the graphics for the weekly emails and campaigns. I also am in charge of redesigning the website to make it more intuitive. 

 

CC: How did you get started with graphic design? What school did you go to?

SG: I went to Michigan State University, and started as having no preference. I decided to take a journalism class. One day our professor invited the graphic designer from Newsweek to do a presentation for our class. The presenter said that if we liked design and organizing, graphic design might be a good career path for us. 

 

CC: What does your daily schedule look like?

SG: It’s different every day. Some days I spend designing the weekly email and other days I am setting up a photo-shoot with Chris, our photographer and Allie, our visual merchandiser.

 

CC: How would you describe your graphic design style?

SG: I like to keep things as clean as possible. It allows me to emphasize the M&J products.

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CC: How do you decide how you would like to photograph the M&J products for the website?

SG: Allie, Chris, and I started to photograph the products in atmospheres instead of having the products float around. We also started taking close up pictures of the products, which allow you to see the details (stitching, beading, etc.) of the products.

 

CC: Do you have a favorite font? If so, which one?

SG: There is one font, Mrs Eaves, it’s similar to cursive. It adds fun little ligatures to the letters. It’s very fun.

 

CC: What’s your favorite graphic design software?

SG: My favorite is Illustrator because it’s easy to use. I’ve noticed that there is a love-hate relationship between Photoshop and Illustrator. I absorbed Illustrator quicker than Photoshop so I stuck with it.

 

CC: What’s your favorite part of Illustrator?

SG: You could merge shapes and then divide them, so basically, you could “hole-punch” a shape inside another shape.

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CC: What’s one of the coolest projects you’ve done working for M&J?

SG: One of the funniest I’ve done is the van wrap. I made a graphic for the M&J van, and now my graphic drives around the city!

 

CC: What is your favorite M&J product?

SG: There is a new applique that I love. I just have to decide what to do with it. Maybe make shoulder pads? Another product I love is beaded trim! I just add some elastic and make headbands.

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CC: Have any hidden talents?

SG: I have great memory for TV and celebrities. I could name any famous face and remember every episode of TV shows.