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!

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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!

 

Paris Couture Week Fall 2014

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It’s currently Couture Week in Paris, which means designers are bringing out their most show-stopping, unique and intricate looks of the season! elie-saab13 elie-saab15The gowns at Elie Saab were expectedly breathtaking. Taking on a navy blue and pastel pink color palette, we saw everything from extensive embellishments to full-on ombre.

jpg045jpg047The pieces at Jean Paul Gaultier were shimmering and sophisticated. They harnessed the look of fire, from the initial bright flame, to the smoldering black of coal. The showstopping garments are ideal for making a statement.

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4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts: Ruffled Lace

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Lace shorts have been seen on style blogs and in stores all over the country, and we absolutely adore this trend! The light and airy look of lace with a relaxed pair of denim shorts is the ultimate salute to summer. We chose a ruffled trim to capture the carefree nature of the season, but you can pick any style you like. You can even mix up the color with black lace on red shorts for more of an evening look.

DSC_0277What You’ll Need:

Light Wash Blue Jean Shorts
Frilly Ruffled Lace Fringe
Needle and Thread

DSC_02781. Turn your shorts inside out, and line up the lace trim where you want it to go.

DSC_02842. Sew the lace trim around each leg opening.

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To find more inspiring materials to work with, check out the 4 Ways shop!

Shorts for Summer Inspiration

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The summer is made for wearing shorts! They can be casual, dressed up, basic denim or crazy colored lace. Here are a few of our favorite styles to wear now that the weather is warm!445f9e49167996b59ae5a0159c58dcf7Add Americana to your wardrobe with these cool shorts!

8f9075b82506889d8d5eb21af7b6b721Dress up bright shorts with an equally bright blazer, and a pair of heeled sandals.

9e2fb4d6943f2aa443b9757de3cc36bdWe love these embellished shorts that shimmer in the sun. Just be careful where you sit!

6316069d3a2d1a354b473455ed8369a2Sometimes you don’t wear shorts to feel cool, but hot! These leather shorts are so chic, and prove that anything can be dressed up to look like an elegant outfit.

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Do it big with a fun patterned print like these geometric Moroccan print shorts!

 

Independence Day Outfit Inspiration

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Tomorrow the stars and stripes will be out for Independence Day! Lately we’ve even been seeing a lot of outfits that aren’t just inspired by the American colors, but feature the American flag itself. We love this patriotic pattern, and we would wear it even if it wasn’t July 4th! Here are a few of our favorite ways to rock America’s colors, and look super stylish while doing it.

4faf5ecdc06f230b5eb5670c116bbe70For those chilly nights, we love a slouchy American flag sweater.  Combined with turquoise elements and blue denim shorts, this outfit screams Americana!

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img44c03104e8b446fea6303e894a047f01Why just focus on one patriotic piece when you can rock an entire flag-inspired ensemble?

26d02c96a90f5cfba5bd2057fa0feb1dIf you like a more understated approach, an infinity scarf paired with white basics is a great way to go.

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What will you be wearing this July 4th?

Beach Day Style Essentials

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The weather is finally warm enough to head to our little slice of paradise at the beach! Now we know you’ve probably packed the essentials: sunblock, water, and a volleyball. But what about your style essentials? Check off everything on this list before you leave to be a fashionista on the beach!

Sunglasses

Sunglasses – Keep your peepers safe with sunglasses! If basic shades aren’t your style, check out some sunglasses DIYs!

 

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Hat – When it comes to hats, we prefer the floppy, straw variety. But as long as it’s keeping your head cool and face shaded, any hat will do.

White Cover-upCoverup – We love a loose and airy coverup for the beach. Its easy to slip off when you want some sun, and slip on when the wind picks up.

Beach SandalsShoes – Don’t assume you won’t need shoes. Bring easy slip-on sandals because when the sun goes up that sand gets skin singeing hot!

Straw Beach ToteTote – You don’t want to go to the beach with your hands full of knick-knacks! Keep your hands free, and your shoulder stylin’ with a fun beach tote!