4 Ways to Embellish Your Statement Accessories for Fashion Week Part Three: Braided Chain Shoulder Pads

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The next item in our 4 Ways series is a set of Braided Chain Shoulder Pads. Now before you dismiss shoulder pads as an heirloom to the 80s, hear us out. These blinged-out accessories have been appearing on the celeb set, and are a fun way to make any average outfit pop with power! They instantly add glamour to a look, with just the right amount of POW! Upgrade your sweater, blazer or button-down for a look that is totally Beyoncé.

Shoulder Chain Pads

 Chain Shoulder Pads Materials

What You’ll Need:

2 4 1/2″ Braided Chain Motif #59205

1 Yard of Silver 6mm Colored Chain #36956

E-6000

Pliers

Jump Rings

4 Bar Pins

Measuring Tape

Measuring Chain

1. Measure two sets of 4″, 6″ and 8″ chain pieces, and then cut.

Attaching Jump Rings to Chain

2. Open your jump ring and start adding  one set of the 4″, 6″ and 8″ chain. Connect to the end of the chain appliqué, and close the  jump ring.

Attaching Jump Ring to Chain Applique

3. Repeat on the opposite side so that the chain is attached on both sides.

Gluing Pins to Applique

4. Glue two bar pins onto each side, and let your project dry for 24 hours.

Finished Braided Chain Shoulder Pads

Now you have a cool set of chained shoulder pads that will make any outfit a ten! These look amazing on a bold blazer like the one above, or even an all-black ensemble. Want to try a different chain? Check out what other materials you could use for this funky DIY!

4 Ways to Embellish with Statement Pieces for Fashion Week Part One: Fun Feather Collar

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Necklaces are the standard when it comes to dressing up your neck, but sometimes it’s better to do your own thing and really make a statement! Stand out from the flock with this gorgeous feather collar. It’s so simple to make, and looks so elegant on.

Materials for Feather Collar

What You’ll Need:

4-5 Light Blue Feather Patches #42641

2 White Beaded Jewel Feather Patches #43077

Hook and Eyes #43922

E-6000

Felt

Scissors

Needle

Thread

Felt Collar Outline

1. Create a collar that fits your neck out of felt, and cut it out.

Placing Feathers on Felt Outline

2. Starting at the back, lay your light blue feather patches down. Make sure that the tips of the feathers are pointing out when you get to the end of the collar.

Gluing Feathers to Felt Outline

3. Take the next two light blue patches and repeat the same step but further down the collar. Glue down.

Positioning Embellished Feathers on Collar Ends

4. Lay the white feather patches on the tips of the collar where the closing will be. Leave a little space for the hook and eye. Glue feathers down.

Sewing Hook and Eye Closure

5. Sew your hook and eye onto the tips of the collar for closing.

Finished Feather Collar

Check out our selection of feathers and other materials that would work really well for variations of this DIY!

Bookish DIY Roundup

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Books are a wonderful way to escape from the mundane, dive into a new adventure, and ultimately spark creativity. We hope that the creative spark from reading will ignite you to make the DIYs below that are either inspired-by, made from or used for books!
Wallpaper Covered Books from A Merry Mishap

Do you love cohesion in your home decor? Wrap your hardcover books in wallpaper a la A Merry Mishap to give them a harmonious vibe!

Sweet Paul Book Shelf

If there’s a vintage book that’s beyond repair, make it into a shelf with this fabulous tutorial from Sweet Paul Magazine!

Clutch Made from a Book from Wishes at 11:11

Take your favorite book with you wherever you go with this Book Cover Clutch from Caroline Womack!

Book Planter from Wednesday Custom Design

Go green with this cool Succulent Book Planter from Wednesday Custom Design! Succulents are a great choice for beginning gardeners because they don’t need much maintenance or watering!!

Book Binding 101 from Design Sponge

If you prefer not to DIY using books, you can always DIY your OWN books with this tutorial from Design Sponge!

So which book-themed DIY will YOU be making this weekend? Stay tuned because we will be showcasing our own bookish DIY this Tuesday!

Velvet Inspiration

Throughout history velvet has always been associated with nobility. Not only was this remarkable fabric historically made with silk, its creation was labor intensive. No wonder it was reserved for royalty! Luckily, there are now easy and cost-effective ways to make velvet, so buying something made of velvet won’t cost you the Crown Jewels!

Velvet Ribbon Spools

Every present you wrap with velvet ribbon somehow seems more precious.

Siamese Cat on Velvet Lounge

Even a cat can understand the appeal of velvet! It’s so soft and luxurious, and you feel a little more special just being around it.

Velvet Earrings

Velvet Belt on Embroidered Dress

With its unique texture and finish, it can tone down a piece with a lot of sparkle.

Plantation Design Reiki Pillow

When you really think about it, it’s no wonder that velvet is so special!

DIY: Nutcracker-Inspired Ballet Slipper

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Every winter we become completely inspired by the festive sights of the City. The Nutcracker Ballet is one of those seasonal treasures that continues to dazzle and amaze us with each passing year. We wanted to take some of the magic from the show, and infuse it into our DIY, and what better to make than a pair of bedazzled ballet flats?

Nutcracker Ballet Flats Materials

1.5” Bugle & Seed Beaded Leaf Trim (Silver) #14758

7/8” Single Face Stain Ribbon (Silver)  #00298

Embroidered Beaded Rhinestone Trim (Silver) #36631

Light Rose Flat Back SS20

Light Rose Flat Back SS30

Light Peach Flat Back SS34

Light Colorado Topaz SS34

Crystal SS20

Scissors

Glue

Ballet Flat Shoe

Cutting Rhinestone Trim for Nutcracker-Inspired Flat

1. Cut two ovals off of your rhinestone trim.

Gluing Rhinestone Trim for Nutcracker-Inspired Flat

2. Glue them going down the center of the tip of the shoe.

Cutting Beaded Trim for Nutcracker-Inspired Flat

3. Cut two leaves off of your Bugle & Seed Beaded Leaf Trim.

Gluing Beaded Trim for Nutcracker-Inspired Flat
4. Glue your leaf pieces onto the back of the shoe in a mirrored pattern. 

Gluing Rhinestones for Nutcracker-Inspired Flat

5. Take your assorted rhinestone flat backs, and glue them sporadically in the front and back.

Cutting Ribbon for Nutcracker-Inspired Flat

6. Cut  the satin ribbon evenly in half. You will probably need a yard for each side.

Gluing Ribbon for Nutcracker-Inspired Flat

7. Glue onto the inside of the shoe towards the heel.

Finished Nutcracker-Inspired Ballet Flat

Your flats are complete, and you look like the prima ballerina! These are a perfect holiday gift for little girls too! Will you be making this DIY? Let us know!

Nutcracker Ballet Inspiration

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For some, a sure sign of the season is the Nutcracker ballet. Graceful dancers glide across the stage portraying a Christmas story full of sweet treats and brave toys. This magical event is inspiring for the season, and for its fashions. We love the light and airy styles of ballerinas. There’s something so simple and elegant about the delicate attire worn by these professional dancers.

Black and White Ballerina Photos Ballerina with Full Pink Skirt

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Ballerina in White Dress

tumblr_mxllk0awhd1sgtp9ho1_500Christmas Ballet Scene

Billowy ballet skirts add ethereal charm to any outfit. Switch out your a-line for a day, and try a more voluminous option!

Clara and the Nutcracker Ballet

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Ballet Class from Vogue

Anna Selezneva By Patrick Demarchelier For Vogue Russia

Louboutin Ballet Shoes

Of course ballet wouldn’t by quite the same without a beautiful pointe shoe. Ballet flats have transitioned from a dancer-exclusive shoe to a modern staple. From basic to bedazzled, these shoes are the perfect solution for the woman who wants to be stylish without wearing heels. If you love flats, but want to infuse them with more ballerina style, check back on Tuesday for ballet-inspired DIY.

Cool Style for Colder Weather

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New York City just got its first taste of winter with a slushy coat of snow, which means it’s time to whip out the winter wear! Here are a few of our favorite trends to wear this year so you can keep warm and stylish no matter what the forecast!

Caped Crusaders 

WWD CapesWho says you need to be a superhero to wear a cape? Capes are a timeless and elegant way to keep warm, and they’re right on trend for Fall/Winter 2013. We love the look of these rich and flowing capes, and we think they would be even more beautiful with ornate gold buttons!

Knee-d These Now

Over-the-Knee Boots from the Sartorialist

Over-the-knee boots are totally sleek. There’s definitely a right way and a wrong way to wear boots so high, but pairing them with classic cuts and lots of layers is always a good way to go.

Neck Piece

Glamour Fall Trends

Turtlenecks have totally made a comeback. Skip the statement scarf, and keep your neck toasty with one easy item!

Pink Powder

Elle Pastel Pink Outerwear

This season’s “it” color is a surprising pick for this time of year. While we usually see rich jewel tones on the runways, this season we can’t help but notice the pastel pink trend sweeping the streets!

Leather Weather

Glamour Leather Trends

Whether it’s faux or the real deal, leather is a back in style! (As if it ever left.) The best part about this trend is that you can take the more conventional route of a loafer or boot, or try a more daring approach with a leather shirt! Check out our selection of leather trim to add a little edge to any outfit!

What’s your favorite trend this season? Did any of your picks not make the list? Let us know in the comments below!

The Perfect Pearl Inspiration

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This month we’re really feeling the luxurious textures and tones of the Baroque Era. While it may have something to do with the fact that the latest Project DIY collection is Baroque n’ Roll, we’re sure part of the reason is that this style is so perfect for the season! We love the decadent golds and rich velvet textures that this time period is famous for, but we also absolutely adore a certain component that is inherent to this style. We’re talking about pearls!

Alexander McQueen Pearl Skull Bracelet

This ornate bracelet from Alexander McQueen is beautiful and bold. The focus of this piece is that single pearl in the middle, and we wouldn’t have it any other way! It’s a total stunner.

Velvet Green Pearl Jacket

This emerald green velvet jacket is definitely embracing pearl embellishments to the max. The jacket is so intricate and detailed, like a work of art!

Pearl Dotted Cardigan

Pearl Beanie from Studs and Pearls

Here are two easy ways to wear pearls every day! Sewing a spatter of pearls onto a basic piece makes it more festive and feminine. The bottom embellished beanie is a DIY from our blogger friend Kirsten Nunez of Studs and Pearls

Pearl Decorative Pillow from Frontgate

Pearl Holiday Wreath

Pearls are great to use in decor as well! They are a sophisticated embellishment that adds just the right amount of shine. We love this ornament wreath that’s made to look like a ring of large pearls. What an elegant way to bring in the holidays!

We love the use of pearls in both fashion and home decor because they offer a little sparkle and glamour to everything they touch. Stay tuned because our upcoming DIY features a holiday decoration that’s completely decked out in pearls!

DIY Roundup: We Love Lace

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Lace has this fantastic way of making anything it touches instantly lovely and feminine. Lace is often used in the DIY world because of its versatility and ease of use. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use this delicate trim in both fashion and home decor!

Cut Short

Lace Shorts DIY from Sincerely Kinsey

Save this DIY for summer because, while shorts season is a long time from now, we guarantee you’ll want to be wearing these DIY lace shorts from Sincerely, Kinsey.

Lace Lounge

Martha Stewart Lace Decor

Why leave lace to just the fashion world? Martha Stewart shows us some great ways to use lace in the home, from throw pillows to coffee cups!

Pretty Princess

Lace Crowns from the Girl Inspired

Oh hey guys. No big deal, but we think we just found the most awesome thing on the internet. These princess crowns made of lace are perfect for your daughter’s next tea party, or just a night of watching Netflix. Make one for yourself, and be a princess whenever you want. We won’t judge you.

Tangerine Dream

Lace Dress from Life Is Beautiful

This tangerine dress was a mere shell of its current self before the addition of lace. Whip out your sewing machines because this is one DIY you DON’T want to skip. It’s relatively easy to replicate using any type of lace. We recommend a Venise!

Kicked Up

M&J Trimming Lace and Neon Oxfords

Oxfords are usually a very neutral and plain affair, but we are never satisfied with plain at M&J Trimming! Check out our oxford DIY, and take your oxfords to new territory by adding two of our favorite things: lace and neon.

Do you love lace as much as we do? Do you prefer it in home decor, fashion, or relegate it to the “unmentionables” drawer? Let us know in the comments!

Dia de Los Muertos Inspiration

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In the United States our Halloween celebrations are usually very dark and intentionally gloomy. However when October 31st swings around in Mexico, the atmosphere is completely different! From October 31st to November 2nd, Mexico is full of bright colors, celebrations, and beautiful sugar skulls in honor of the Dia de Los Muertos!

We weren’t the only ones inspired by this beautiful holiday. Dia de Los Muertos is a well of inspiration for fashion designers too!

Marie Claire Dia de Los Muertos

Marie Claire Dia de Los Muertos

Marie Claire Dia de Los Muertos

These editorial photos for Marie Claire by Enrique Badulescu embody the drama and flair that is often found in Mexican style.

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Lena Hoschek’s Spring 2013 collection embrace the bright colors of the holiday, and the aesthetic of the traditional Mexican style. We love the bold colors and prints, and the little punchy details like the black mini-tassels on the pink dress!

blondhaus Dia de Los Muertos

blondhaus Dia de Los Muertos

Drea Sobieski of blondehaus went a little darker with the style, but still donned an amazing sugar skull mask. And check out that bone ring! We love it. We want it. Immediately.

What aspect of Dia de Los Muertos do YOU find most inspiring: the flower crowns, sugar skulls, bold printed dresses?