NYFW Spring 2015 Street Style

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When Fashion Week rolls into town, it isn’t only the runways you should be looking to for inspiration. Trade the catwalk for the sidewalk, and check out some of our favorite street style looks so far.

elle-40-nyfw-ss15-street-style-day-3-v-xlnThe weather has been on our side for the past few days, but sometimes you just want to rock a sweater and an incredible metallic clutch.

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hbz-street-style-nyfw-ss2015-day2-20-smThese models off duty are feeling blue, and we’re feeling it too!

street-style-rumi-neely.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2xStyle stars can always up their game by bringing along an adorable pup.

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We saw a surprising amount of sportswear in the past few days. I sports bra here, some trainers there.

 

Trend Alert: Mad About Mod

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This fall we’re falling back into the swinging 60s with short a-line dresses, knee-high boots, and bold graphic prints. Fashion always has a way of reverting on itself, and reinventing the old in a new way. This coming season we’ll be seeing classic mod styles with “modern” additions. Think more metallics, sparkling embellishments, and a diverse color palettes.

gucci-fall-winter-2014-show34Gucci knows how to modernize the trend with leather in an unexpected powder blue and go-go boots.

dsquared2-fall-winter-2014-show30DSquared2 has it down pat with a slinky blush mini and hair that’s as high as the heavens.

downloadSaint Laurent put the edge into this ’60s style with this all black ensemble.

Mod-SquadLouis Vuitton stayed classic with ’60s silhouettes in neutral colors. This style is super wearable and glamorous all at once!

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We love the bright mustard of this Carven two-piece ensemble. And when it comes to boots, it’s go tall or go home.

 

Beyonce’s Best Looks

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September 4th not only marks the beginning of NYFW, it also happens to be, diva-extraordinaire, Beyonce’s birthday! As a salute to Queen Bey we are taking a look at some of our favorite outfits from her concerts. She happens to love Swarovski and lace almost as much as we do!

beyonce-3-feb-4Leather and lace met when Beyonce performed at the Superbowl with this fierce black body suit.

BeyYellowGMAAHWBeyonce kept it vibrant with a fun crochet and fringe minidress.

470424095Keeping it classy across the pond, Beyonce opted for a sparkling, green gown for the 2014 BRITs.

beyonce_black_belt_with_largeStaying on the sequin train, she lit up the night with this incredible gold top!

 

 

Favorite DIYs of August

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This August was filled with fantastic DIYs for home decor, fashion, you name it! As the last full month of summer, these beauties embrace the fun and carefree spirit of the season!

 

DIY_Nail_Polish_Marble_Tray_8We love this beautiful marbled tray DIY. Beauty items that can beautify your home too? Sign us up!

DIY-Faux-Fur-Bag-11Ring in the fall weather, and keep your greens warm with this faux fur bag.

6a00d8358081ff69e201a511f21af6970c-800wiEmbrace the copper trend with these gorgeous copper letters!

14922703836_1c567b92fd_zKeep it classy with a leather and charm bracelet, that has a little bit of edge.

bugplates1Add a cute creepy crawly to your tea time with these vintage saucer DIYs!

Summer to Fall Fashion

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The days are getting shorter, and the nights chillier. Soon we will have to unearth those fall pieces that lay dormant in our closets, and replace them with the crop tops and neons of summer. But not quite yet. There are a few ways to keep wearing your summer favorites past their “wear-by” date.
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Keep it layered. Fall is all about layering! Add a jacket to that romper, a scarf to that tank top, and a cardigan to that sundress. Once you’ve added one layer, add another! Take a tip from the Olsen twins and pile it on!

Tights and dresses are a winning combo. Keep your legs warm, while still rocking your sundresses by pairing it with tights!
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Bring on the boots. The easiest way to make any look more cold-weather appropriate is to add a pair of boots! Stow those sandals and think of all of the money you’ll be saving on pedicures.
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Add interest with heavier materials. Remember that layering tip? When you’re layering, pick fabrics that contrast with the ones you wear in the summer. Add leather jacket to a light cotton dress to instantly transform it into a look that’s darker, edgier and perfect for fall.

Color Story: Fuchsia

2014 was the year of Radiant Orchid, a cool toned medium-pink that captured the fashion, decor and beauty world by storm; but today we want to give a nod to one of Radiant Orchid’s close cousins: fuchsia. Fuchsia is a bright reddish-purple that takes its name from the equally beautiful fuchsia flower. This color would look beautiful in any season because it’s vibrant enough for summer, but rich enough for winter.

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A fuchsia dress is one way to liven up a room! It’s as dramatic as red, but a little more modern and playful.

 

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946a0a6b838a111e0c78b874c2adf852A popular choice for bride, this bold color is perfect for accenting more muted colors.

 

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And don’t forget about home decor! Adding fuchsia to your room is a fantastic way to make any room more lively!

 

Designer Picks: Steven Cohen

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DSC_0226Steven Cohen, Vice President at M&J Trimming, makes sure that customers have access to the most stylish and trendy trims in town! As the head of purchasing and sales, all potential new items have to go through him before they make their way onto the store shelves. Working at the familybusiness since the age of 14, he has four young daughters who can’t wait to follow in his footsteps. He can always tell which trims are trending, and gave us a few of his top trim picks! (And yes, they are ALL online.)


DSC_02381” CHEETAH PRINT METALLIC RIBBON – This ribbon is, quite literally, wild. It’s a fun ribbon that combines two of today’s most popular trends: metallics and animal print. Use this ribbon to wrap birthday presents or add it as an accent to home décor.

DSC_02442″ LARGE RHINESTONE LEAF TRIM – This is probably one of the most versatile rhinestone trims that we carry. DIY brides come in all of the time requesting this trim because they can make it into a bridal belt, and use small sections to create brooches for their bridesmaids.

DSC_0242LARGE FUR POMPOMS – Before you know it, we’re going to be having one of our famous New York autumns, and this pompom is the perfect addition to your cold-weather accessories. Add it to your hat or use it as a toggle on your cape!  DSC_024923MM 3-ROW PEARL AND RHINESTONE TRIM – This trim is a trifecta of rhinestones, pearls, and chain. It looks incredible on gowns, clutches, and it can even be used to create a necklace.

DSC_02481 5/8″ TOOTH PENDANT WITH CAP – It seems like everyone is trying out the hippie-chic look these days, and this pendant makes an awesome necklace for that style. It also comes in a lot of colors, so all of your festival friends can match! DSC_02891″ RUFFLE TRIM WITH PEARL CHAIN CENTER – This trim has a lot going on, but it all works together beautifully. The chain gives the ruffles and pearls just the right amount of edge, and keeps it from looking too delicate.

Fashion Illustrations Too

We’re back with another round of fashion illustrations we adore to help inspire all of the fashionistas and DIYers out there! These beautiful illustrations capture the magic of fashion almost as well as the actual pieces do. Here are a few of our recent favorites!

 

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Antionio Soares brought life to this Kenzo dress with a little bit of animation!il_570xN.496341162_n5h2

Esther Bayer captured the undeniable magic of the perfect lipstick with this illustration of a Tom Ford lipstick.

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This watercolor by Cecilia Carlstedt shows the unique effect you can get by painting wet on wet. The results are phenomenal!

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Jessica Durrant’s Dior illustration has us weak at the knees with it’s fluffy ombre dress and strategically-placed beauty mark!

 

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Laura Laine is a Helsinki-based fashion illustrator who has worked with brands like H&M and Sephora. We love the mix of pencil and marker in this piece.

DIY: Nautical Knot Necklace

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We’ve been going nuts over knots the last few days, and we’ve finally decided to do something about it! We wanted a nautical-inspired accessory that could add a little class to any outfit, while also looking casual and simple. We created a knotted necklace using twist cord and tape in red and navy, but you can customize the materials to make this knotted necklace in whatever colors and styles you like!

Nautical Knot Necklace Materials

What You’ll Need:
3/16” Rayon Twist Cord (keep the ends secured with tape to prevent fraying)
1/4” Heavy Apron Tape
Jump Rings
E6000
End Caps
Lobster Clasp
Scissors

Nautical Knot Necklace Diagram1. Using two sets of two cords, create the knot above by following the arrows above.

Measuring Nautical Knot Necklace2. Measure to make sure the necklace is your desired length, and cut off any excess.

Nautical Knot Necklace Gluing Apron Tape3. As you cut, add glue and apron tape to the ends. Cut and glue each end one by one to prevent fraying.

Nautical Knot Necklace End Caps4. Add E6000 to the inside of the end cap, and insert the cord tip into the end cap.

Adding Jump Rings to Nautical Knot Necklace5. Attach jump rings to each end cap, one jump ring for two cords.

Adding Lobster Clasp to Nautical Knot Necklace6. Add a lobster clasp to one end of the necklace.

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Nautical DIY Roundup

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Nautical style isn’t just for the open sea! Bring a little bit of sand and salty air back from the beach with these fun DIYs!
NauticalInspiredToteWe love this canvas tote DIY from Lil Blue Boo. It’s perfect for taking to the beach or pool this summer!

dresser2You need a steady hand and artistic eye to pull off this dresser upgrade, but the results are worth the effort.

3611-1These rope heels are not only easy to DIY, but they look like a million bucks!

IMG_6651Let this little lantern light up your summer nights! It’s the perfect decoration for a beach-themed party!

525561d1697ab06b1a0008a2._w.540_h.357_s.fit_A simple TV tray table gets a nautical upgrade, and makes the perfect end table to display vacation photos!