Macramade in Heaven

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This year we’ve been seeing macrame everywhere! In DIYs and home decor, and even high fashion. Many of this year’s resort wear collections featured this chunky knotted pattern in what we are predicting will be a huge resurgence of the laid back 70’s style. Macrame is sprouting up all over the map, so even if you can’t afford designer prices, there are cost-friendly pieces out there and the option to DIY with lace!
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roberto-cavalli-resort2014-runway-16_182303148047Roberto Cavalli kept it loose with flowing styles accented by floral designs.

Tory-Burch-Resort-2014-Collection-02True to form, Tory Burch kept her lines clean and the look preppy.
a5ca3f95-2139-4ace-93e5-a537891cdcdbOscar de la Renta went for a bolder approach with trim dyed to a deep red.

White Hot Summer Fashion Inspiration

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New Yorkers are known for wearing a lot of black. It’s the most universally flattering shade, helps you look svelte and can be dressed up or down, but when summer hits, black gets put on the back burner to make way for white. Wearing white not only helps keep you cool because it reflects light, but it also looks fantastic with bronzed summer skin, and is another neutral that you can pair with almost anything.
White Dress and Gladiator SandalsBe a bohemian with a loose summer dress paired with gladiator sandals.

Tory Burch White Dress

 

White Blouse and JeansStay structured and stylish with a tailored dress, or a revamped and studded button-down.

 

White Dress with Black HatEmbrace the crop top and maxi trend with an all-white ensemble, save for a dramatic black hat.

 

White ResortwearFrolic through surf and sand with this ultra-chic cover-up.

How will you be rocking white this summer?

 

DIY: Father’s Day Bow Ties

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Do you need a gift for your fashion-conscious father or husband? We have the perfect gift to send dad off with style, and the best part is that this completely customizable gift is easy to make yourself! Check out these DIY bow ties we created just in time for Father’s Day. Materials for DIY Bowties

What You’ll Need:

35mm Imported Floral Jacquard

2” Striped Grosgrain

1.5” Ombre Grosgrain

Scissors

Needle and Thread

Button Fastener

Cutting Striped Grosgrain Ribbon1. Cut 3 inches of striped grosgrain, and put it aside. You’ll be using this strip for the center of  the bow tie.

Folding Grosgrain Ribbon2. Take your longer piece of grosgrain, and fold one end of your striped grosgrain into the center of the ribbon.

Folding Ribbon into Bow3. Fold the other side over to meet the other piece.

Sewing Ribbon Into Bow4. Squeeze the center, and sew into place to secure the bow tie.

Folding Grosgrain Ribbon5. Fold your 3″ piece up horizontally, and wrap it around the center of the tie.

Measuring Grosgrain Ribbon6. Measure the bow tie around a neck, leaving an extra inch.

Sewing Snap to Bow Tie7. Fold the corner tip of the ribbon to the center, and the other corner tip to the center. Sew the male side to the tip.

Sewing Snap to Bow Tie8. Sew the female end to the back of the center of the bow tie.

Completed Grosgrain Bow Ties

Make these bow ties in an assortment of styles for any occasion! Use trendy trim and ribbons to keep your dad stylin’!

 

Trend Alert: Embroidered Floral Fashion

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This year embroidered fashions have blown up! Ornate flower arrangements grace shoulders and sleeves, and bring a vibrancy and texture to even the most basic of outfits. Don’t get us wrong, we love a good print, but embroidered patterns offer a three-dimensional element that really captures our attention.

Embroidered Shoulder of JacketEmbroidery can be done on the entire piece, or just as an accent.

Blue Embroidered Top The addition of the matching blue sequins adds a subtle shine.

Embroidered Evening DressWe see this style on casual, bohemian-style dresses, and heavily beaded evening dresses!

White Embroidered DressWhen paired with geometric patterns, this style looks like an updated twist on the classic embroidered shirts from Mexico.


 

Beautiful Bead Fashion Inspiration

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Beaded fashions are one of our favorite styles at M&J because we love the meticulous nature of the medium. These tiny colorful pellets are sewn into a careful pattern on a piece of clothing, and instantly add a new dimension to a garment that was possibly a little more plain and boring. Beading can really transform a piece into something unique, and depending on the types of beads you use, you can end up with evening wear or just an upgraded casual piece!

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You can make leggings like these yourself with some of our beaded and rhinestone trim!

d3e9047e596cf7f39ed0ab3d5929064aBeaded dresses are a classic for formal events like prom and weddings!

 

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A lot of ethnic fashion items from all over the world can be identified by the patterns they create with beads and the styles of the beads themselves!

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Jeweled beads and sew-ons add a new level of sparkle to beaded attire!

 

Cannes Favorites 2014

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Cannes Film Festival has come to a close this year, and while Winter Sleep won the top prize, when it came to fashion, there was definitely more than one winner.

5.22.14 Cannes marion-epa_2916700a Marion Cottilard stunned in this Maison Martin Margiela dress made from thousands of found objects. This piece took over 60 hours to create!

"The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby" Premiere - The 67th Annual Cannes Film FestivalJessica Chastain looked regal in this royal blue gown with matching shoes.

Blake-Lively-Gucci-black-white-gown-CannesBlake Lively wowed throughout the entire festival, but it was this voluminous number that really caught our eye!

Sonam-Kapoor-in-Elie-Saab-Couture-The-Homesman-2014-Cannes-Film-Festival-Premiere1Sonam Kapoor was a favorite in this monochromatic floral. Her robust ball gown looked worthy of a princess!

Drop Earring Inspiration

 

 

As of late, we’ve been seeing a lot of beautiful statement stud earrings. And why not? They’re dainty, small, and can be worn without being too distracting. While we’re huge fans of these tiny ear gems, we’d also like to give a shout out to their longer and more flashy counterparts. The beautiful earrings below are some of our favorite dangling “drop” earrings. We love these types of earrings because not only do they provide extra bling, but they also seem to dance when you move, a feature that is found in almost no other jewelry! c6b5d7702c4b9efd4fad36c2875d203b

 

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What are your favorite types of earrings? If you prefer the stud, would you be willing to give the drops a try?

 

Trend Alert: Coordinating Crops

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If there is one spring and summer trend that we can’t get enough of, it’s cropped coordinating separates. They usually consist of a high-waisted skirt paired with a structured crop top in coordinating prints. We love this trend because literally anyone can pull it off. You just have to find the skirt that suits you best!Coordinating Floral Print Crop Top and Skirt Set
This type of floral combo is really popular for spring. It’s a vintage style with a modern silhouette that we adore.
Striped Crop Top and Skirt SetThese body-hugging basics are a cool choice if you want to have a little more fun with your look, and they seem super comfortable!

White circle skirt and crop set

Black lace top and maxi skirtThis circle skirt is great for ladies who want to add a little body to their look. It’s an innocent and playful style, especially when it’s white. And don’t even get us started on the quilted texture. That’s a trend we’ll get into on another day.
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This daring look is much more dramatic in black because of its almost gothic lace and maxi length.

Colored Crystal DIY Roundup

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Our most popular rhinestones are the Crystal and Crystal AB variety which have a clear or iridescent shine. They’re classic and elegant, and perfect for making any accessory or outfit more special and statement-worthy. But if you like a little more sass with your sparkle, our Swarovski crystals come in a full spectrum of colors! Sometimes adding a little bit of color goes a long way, and these DIYs prove it!

Painted Rhinestone Necklace by Swell MaydeThis necklace from Swell Mayde is great for repurposing old, inexpensive necklaces that you wouldn’t otherwise wear. Just a few coats of paint and you have the perfect spring accessory!

School Magnets from EarringsIf you’re in school or just love having beautiful office supplies, these fun magnets are a great weekend DIY! Created using inexpensive earrings, these are sure to set your locker apart from the rest.

 

Ombre Rhinestone TrimsThese Miu Miu-inspired earrings are so sweet and elegant, and you know our thoughts on ombre anything. Must have.

 

Crystal Mirror From Design Love FestThis mirror from Designlovefest is a favorite because it is so unique. It’s an exciting addition to your home, and would make a fantastic house-warming present.

 

Crystal Clutch from Honestly WTFThis clutch from Honestly WTF is fierce and fashionable. We love the drama of the beautiful crystal shards.

Going Full Circle Skirt Inspiration

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Despite the fact that warmer weather usually features shorter hemlines, we’re really feeling the look of full, flouncy skirts that hit the knee or even the ankle!

Full Floral SkirtReally rock this trend with a fun floral print. It’s demure and sweet, but also fashionable, like the most stylish kindergarten teacher you know!

Mustard Full Circle SkirtWe find some of the best circle skirts are made of thick structured fabric because it makes the piece stiff and voluminous.

Pink Gingham Circle SkirtFor years we’ve been talking about the wonders of mixing prints, but right now we’re really digging the matching top and bottoms trend!

White Circle Skirt with Blue DetailsDespite it’s all-white color, the quilted texture and the structured shape of this skirt keeps it from being basic. The little blue details add a nice pop of color!

Bridal Full Skirt and Cropped TopThis trend is so hot that even brides are picking it up! The full skirt with subtle cropped top trend is definitely on our fashion radar since a slice of midriff can be a sassy statement without being too much.