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!
Every present you wrap with velvet ribbon somehow seems more precious.
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.
With its unique texture and finish, it can tone down a piece with a lot of sparkle.
When you really think about it, it’s no wonder that velvet is so special!
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?
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
Ballet Flat Shoe
1. Cut two ovals off of your rhinestone trim.
2. Glue them going down the center of the tip of the shoe.
3. Cut two leaves off of your Bugle & Seed Beaded Leaf Trim.
4. Glue your leaf pieces onto the back of the shoe in a mirrored pattern.
5. Take your assorted rhinestone flat backs, and glue them sporadically in the front and back.
6. Cut the satin ribbon evenly in half. You will probably need a yard for each side.
7. Glue onto the inside of the shoe towards the heel.
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!
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.
Billowy ballet skirts add ethereal charm to any outfit. Switch out your a-line for a day, and try a more voluminous option!
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.
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!
Who 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 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.
Turtlenecks have totally made a comeback. Skip the statement scarf, and keep your neck toasty with one easy item!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
These editorial photos for Marie Claire by Enrique Badulescu embody the drama and flair that is often found in Mexican style.
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!
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?
The DIY movement stems from the punk goth community. Since people couldn’t find something that fit their style, they just made it! Whether or not you’re a fan of the punk goth style, you have to give them credit for creating such a push for the craft community! Here are some easy DIYs that embrace that gothic punk look and vibe!
These tights are so edgy, and simple to make yourself! Just grab a pair of opaque black tights, a bleach pen, and start doodling! For lighter colors go over your design with the bleach pen multiple times, and place a piece of cardboard inside of the tights to prevent the bleach from crossing over to the other side.
A Piercing Piece
This necklace from Sorelle in Style is so easy to make! Just grab a beaded necklace, some safety pins, and a yard of chain!
Corsets are a goth staple. Learn how to make one yourself with this awesome DIY! It’s in another language, but don’t let that deter you! The photos are super informative, and easy to follow.
Such Great Heights
Have you ever reshaped the heel of your shoe? One DIYer did, and while she said it was the most grueling task ever, we think the finished product came out looking incredible! Take those cheesy costume heels and turn them up about twenty notches!
Skeletons in Your Closet
Add a new new skeleton to your closet with this simple t-shirt DIY. All you need is a shirt and a pair of scissors!
We hope these gothic DIYs have inspired you! Let us know in the comments below if you can rock a goth glam look on the regular, or if you prefer to keep your closet bright and cheerful.
Anyone can spot a French girl from a kilometer away. She looks put together without trying. She is effortlessly chic. She’s a master at layering, and her style exudes romance. You might think that sweet sentiment was embraced during Paris Fashion Week SS2014. Well you would stand corrected because this year the power players played with power as a theme.
Those dark headdresses at Louis Vuitton made the models look showgirl-chic. The feathers, the embellishments, and the attention paid to the tiniest decorative detail really show how skilled this fashion house is at its craft.
While we may never be royals, we can always pretend with Valentino’s collection. It featured heavy embroidery, and silhouettes worthy of a queen. We loved that the looks were paired with simple, flat Grecian sandals. Who says queens need to be subjected to the hazards of heels?
Coco Chanel once said, “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” We think someone was definitely thinking aloud when creating this collection! Chanel’s classic looks were taken to bold extremes: huge pearls, saturated tweed suits, and extreme neon makeup.
Givenchy mixed Japanese and African influences for this collection. Some of the models donned crystal-covered kabuki “masks”, which were both sparkly AND a little intimidating. We wonder if they used Swarovski crystals, preferably not hot fix! Ouch!
The Rick Owens show really blew us away. Remember that ethereal Parisian we were talking about earlier? Yeah, this show wasn’t for her. Step dancers took the stage in lieu of models, and powered through an energetic dance number. Watch the video above, and join us in collective awe.
We love Western-inspired fashions and decor, but sometimes it’s a little hard to find something that’s fashion-forward and really resonates with your personality. When you DIY, the finished piece has the creator’s special flare! Here are a few of our favorite Western-inspired DIYs to get your creative wagon wheels turning.
Do you want to add a little sparkle to your neck without the nuisance of a necklace? Create Honestly WTF’s collar tips! They’re perfect paired with a chambray shirt.
Do you need a little more luck in your life? Welcome it into your home with this Horseshoe Sign DIY! The little splashes of color add a necessary pop of color to the otherwise neutral sign.
You’ve probably seen bolo ties in old Westerns, but these tiny ties can be really chic when set off with a great charm. Find out how to make them on ModCloth’s blog!
These amazing cutoffs scream Western-wear. They’re simple, but the fringe adds some Western flare.
We’re going wild for these DIY boots from Threadcense! Feathers, leather, studs, buckles! What’s not to love?! If you’d like to make it yourself, you can find similar trim styles on our website!