What’s New in October

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At M&J we don’t only sell buttons and ribbons. We have a wide variety of rhinestones, buckles, pins and appliques that will fit almost any DIY project. This month we introduced some flirty and feminine appliques that you’ll be excited to add to your crafting supplies!
DSC_0209Bloom throughout autumn with our beautiful 2″ Chiffon Flowers!

DSC_0213These beautiful velvet bows are perfect for holiday presents and outfits! You can also add a comb to the back to create a festive hair bow.

DSC_0215If you like your appliques with a little more texture, check out the 3 1/2″ Satin Organza Double Bow and the 3” Tulle Flowers with Beads which combine two different types of fabric.

Coachella Style Essentials

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Coachella, one of the most anticipated music events of the year, is finally upon us! If you’re lucky enough to be going to this desert event, congrats and we’re jealous. If you love the bohemian style of the attendees, then check out these Coachella style essentials, and channel your inner hippie with these fashionable and free-spirited choices!

Flower HeadbandIt’s all about the carefree, wavy hair topped off with a delicate flower crown. If you want to DIY a similar look, check out our floral headband tutorial!

Kimono

 

Floral KimonoKimonos are all the rage these days. They’re light and airy, and have a carefree flow that suits any inner-flower child.

Overall ShortsOveralls have gotten an overhaul. These pieces are easy and playful. Just add a colorful crop top and you have an instant outfit!
Geometric Tribal PrintWhen it comes to pattern favorites, there are two you’re bound to see in every iteration: floral and geometric. Jump on the bandwagon, because these are bound to be summer style standbys in 2014!

Fringe Kimono

 

And let’s not forget about a key player: fringe. Check out our fringe inspiration and fringe DIY roundup posts for more inspiring ways to wear this trend!

How to Add Florals to Your Warm-Weather Accessories

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Sometimes your old accessories need a little upgrade. Make your warm-weather items bloom just in time for spring by adding fun floral trim!

Umbrella

Flower by the Yard 1 1/4″, Large Rosette by the Yard

Glue flower trim to the edge of your umbrella for an easy rainy day pick-me-up!

Sunglasses

1″ Imported Sequin Floral Trim

Cut individual flowers from our 1″ Imported Sequin Floral Trim and glue them onto the top of a pair of sunglasses.

Fedora

95mm Iron-On Embroidered Rose Trim

Skip the boring black band on the fedora, and go with something fun and floral! Just detach the black band, and glue the floral trim down with E6000!

Foray Into Floral Accessories

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Florals are big this spring, but sometimes the best outfits embrace trends subtly. Try these floral accessories on for size if you like to test-drive trends without the commitment of an entire outfit.

Flower Hair Comb from Etsy

Spring is the most popular time for weddings, and this flower hair comb is the ideal addition to any formal hairstyle. It’s garden party perfect!

Floral Bag and Shoes

Flower look better when mixed together, hence the invention of bouquets. But the same goes for fashion! Don’t be scared to mix floral prints, especially when the canvas is as small as an accessory piece.

Floral Rings and Bracelets

Stack those buds on your tips and wrists for a bohemian bouquet of jewelry.

Flowers on a Hat

We love this fun hat from Fashion Week! It’s whimsical, really beautiful, and easily DIY-able.

Pink and Purple Floral Umbrella

April showers bring April flowers! This beautiful floral umbrella will cheer up even the gloomiest rainy day.

Spring Decor DIY Roundup

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Happy first day of spring readers! The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and the warm weather is beckoning you outdoors. Embrace this season with these beautiful DIYs inspired by the spirit of the season.

Buttons Flowers from Freckled Nest

This funky wall decor DIY from Freckled Nest is right up our alley! Check out our collection of floral buttons and fashion buttons if you love this idea!

Floral Paper Wreath from Hello Lucky

Brighten your front door with this colorful faux floral wreath from Hello Lucky. The best part about this DIY is how long these fun flowers will last!

Front Door Flower Basket from Design Dining and Diapers

If you need a way to brighten your front door but want to think outside the wreath, take a look at this fresh alternative from Design, Dining + Diapers!

Twig Frame from Not Just a Housewife

This twig frame from Not JUST a Housewife is earthy and perfect for the first days of spring!

Lowes Wooden Floor Mat

This colorful doormat DIY from Lowes is fantastic for keeping those April showers out of your house.

We can’t wait to get outside to start some of these fabulous DIYs! How will you be celebrating the first day of spring?

Color Story: Radiant Orchid

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As you may well know, Radiant Orchid was announced as Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014 this December. This cool pinky-purple has been seen on the runway in almost every iteration, and is making its way into your home in the form of throw pillows and special edition kitchen appliances. But in 2014, you’re going to see a lot more of it in every aspect of design, fashion and even beauty. If you aren’t sold on this color yet, take a look at some of these inspirational photos that are bound to ignite a passion for this fun floral.

Radiant Orchid Walls

A fantastic choice for any bedroom, Radiant Orchid is cool, calming and modern.

Japanese Blossom from Stylesight

This beautiful look really embraces the Color of the Year. Our favorite aspect of the shot? The gorgeous flowers in the model’s hair of course!

Radiant Orchid Feathered Coat

Radiant Orchid Eye Makeup

Last year’s Color of the Year was Emerald, a tough choice to parlay into the beauty realm. But Radiant Orchid can easily be adapted for the face!

Radiant Orchid Dress Lanvin SS 2014

DKNY Radiant Orchid Dress

One way of deciding the Color of the Year is to take a cue from the catwalk, and see what colors are popping up from show to show. The looks above use that enchanting shade to make two totally different dresses. The versatility of a color makes it a good pick for the Color of  the Year.

Pastel Tulips

When it comes to Radiant Orchid, we’re completely excited about the change. The color is modern, cool, airy, and a even a little intoxicating. We love it so much that we want you to get addicted too! Check in tomorrow for a special offer involving this gorgeous shade.

Floral Inspiration

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Many designers are inspired by their surroundings. We’re inspired by art, fashion and our customers. Many people come into the store for different reasons. One piece of trim may be used differently by each person that comes in.  It’s fascinating to hear everyone’s visions and truly inspiring in itself. We hope we can inspire you as much as you inspire us.

Floral Inspiration

Elle editorial September 2006

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Top 5 Floral D.I.Y

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Top 5 Floral D.I.Y’s

This week we are obsessed with floral prints. The once girly print has transitioned itself into a wearable everyday piece.  Each of these D.I.Y Bloggers has showcased a floral project in a diverse way making these blogger our top 5 d.i.y’s of the week. Click on the images for the full tutorials on each piece and stay tuned on Tuesday for our take on the spring trend.

SwellMaybe DIY ShortsSwell Mayde’s D.I.Y Floral Denim Shorts

Free PeopleFree People’s D.I.Y Denim Repair

Floral Embroidered Bib Necklace DIY 2Home Heart Craft’s floral bib necklace

Beautiful-Ideas-For-Necklace-12Fashion Diva Design’s Floral Necklace

lana del rey flower crown wreath diyFuji Files’s D.I.Y Flower Crown

Runway Roundup: DIY Inspiration From Fashion Week

The collections at Fashion Week are always a major source of DIY inspiration, as we love scouting out the upcoming trends and thinking of ways to create them ourselves. This season definitely didn’t disappoint, as there were plenty of over-the-top embellishments, leather accents, and bold accessories. We rounded up a few of our favorite shows and the different ways they’re inspiring us. Which collection did you like the best?

Gucci – We loved the bright necklaces at Gucci, which mixed together flowers, gems, and spikes for an incredible combination. We’d love to recreate one with flowers and gems from our store. The embellished collars were also to die for.

Alexander Wang – This collection was full of sleek leather accents, strategically placed cutouts, and clothing that seemed to float in mid-air. You could easily DIY these looks by adding long leather straps to your favorite pair of shoes, or by cutting apart a t-shirt and adding a transparent panel. 

Rodarte – The leather fringe accents are definitely DIYable, but we especially loved the elaborate chain belts. Secure some chains together, add a few brooches, and you’ve got a chic, Rodarte-inspired belt!

Dolce and Gabbana – Like always, Dolce and Gabbana showed an incredibly elaborate, intricate collection. The shoes were detailed with bright braided raffia, and we adored the fun earrings. You could definitely DIY these looks by stitching some bright thread onto a natural bag, or by adding braided cord to a simple pair of wedges.

Jason Wu – This collection was especially lovely, with sweet little embellishments on some shoes and tops. But there was a bit of added edge with sleek leather harnesses and metal accents.

Editorial Inspiration

We’re obsessing over the floral headpieces from this editorial in the Spring/Summer issue of Tar Magazine. They would be such a fun summer accessory, and you could easily recreate them with a bunch of flower pins and some ribbon. New DIY project, anyone?