DIY: Lace Crown


Our final Halloween DIY is ideal for the queen in all of us and perfect for any little princesses as well! We created an intricate crown using two types of metallic lace and, of course, some Brilliance stones for sparkle. This DIY is quick and easy to make, and also easy to customize! Swap out the laces with different varieties, use colored gems, make a tiara instead.

What You’ll Need:

5 1/2″ Cupped Round Buckram Frame
Spray Paint
5 1/2″ (140 MM) Floral Metallic Lace
4 1/2″ (114 MM) Ornate Metallic Lace
Brilliance Crystal Flatbacks and Navette Sew-Ons
Starch or Spray Glue

DSC_04021. Spray the buckram frame with metallic spray paint.

DSC_04032. Spray the laces with spray glue or starch to stiffen them. Then let dry.

DSC_04043. Apply spray glue or E6000 to the buckram frame.

DSC_04054. Apply the first piece of lace, and wrap around the length of the frame.

DSC_04065. Add more glue and wrap the second piece of lace around the buckram frame.

DSC_04106. Use E6000 to add the Brilliance stones to the desired areas.


Halloween Shoes DIY Roundup


When it comes to Halloween costumes, the component that is usually left untouched is the footwear! We have a feeling that that’s because people are intimidated to DIY with shoes, but fret not DIYers! The internet is chock full of easy DIYs that will step up your costume game, literally. Here are a few of our favorite shoe DIYs for those who would like to delve into costume shoe customization.

Boot DIYThis boot DIY is perfect for costumes that require boots in hard-to-find colors or superhero boots!

Paw Costume Feet DIYWe have to give this DIY a round a ap-paws for allowing us to make a cute pair of costume paws.

Spooky Skeleton ShoeKeep it simple and spooky with a pair of DIY Skeleton Canvas Shoes!

zapatos4Last but certainly not least, witch costumes are a Halloween staple, so it only makes sense that we would feature these awesome DIY Witch Heels!

Sartorial Steampunk Inspiration


Steampunk fashion is usually characterized by a careful mix of Victorian-era garments paired with science-fiction elements. This Halloween, if you’re interested in stepping up your costume game, try a steampunk style. A steampunk costume can sate both your need for high fashion AND fantastic embellishments. Plus, there are so many sub-genres of steampunk to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find something that suits you! Easy ways to add authenticity? Use muted and natural tones. Back in those days the bold colors we get from synthetic dyes were practically impossible to achieve. Gears are almost a staple in steampunk fashion and accessories. Don’t be afraid of heavy metals! Tack on the chains, buttons, and nailheads to get that industrial look. Looking for steampunk essentials before Halloween? Check out our Steampunk Halloween Shop!




Steampunk Airship Captain Dita von Teese

Steampunk Captain

High Fashion Steampunk

DIY: Steampunk Boots


This week’s DIY revolves around a science fiction sub-genre which revolves around steam power! We’re making a pair of edgy steampunk-inspired boots with brassy buttons and Brilliance embellishments, and chain laces. Sure, it may be a little modern for true steam punk aficionados, but these boots can work double-duty as your statement shoes this season.

What You’ll Need:

Combat Boots
Metal Buttons
Work in Progress Button
Metal Fashion Button
Ornate Metal Button
Rustic Flat Top Shank Button
Crossed Bars Hammered Metal Button

Brilliance Stones
Brilliance Collection Gold Flatback Rhinestone
Brilliance Collection Jet Hematite Flatback Rhinestone

-6.5mm Cone Shaped Stud
10mm Hotfix Flat-Top Pyramid Studs
10mm Hotfix Flat-Top Cone Studs

2mm Steel Cable Chain (2 yards)
8mm Steel Cable Chain (2 Yards)

Jump Rings

DSC_03221. Thread the two chains through your boot like you would laces. We kept the original cord laces, but only tied them up halfway.

DSC_03312. Add a button to the end of the length of chain.

DSC_03273. Add a jump ring to the chain on the inside of the boot. It should only be one or two links away from the button. Repeat on the other side.

DSC_03334. For added stability we glued the button to the first eyelet.


DSC_03325. Repeat on the other side of the boot.


DSC_03236. Remove the shanks from your metal buttons.
DSC_03367. Glue the buttons on first.

DSC_03418. Follow them with nailheads.

DSC_03429. Finally, add your Brilliance Flatbacks.
DSC_032010. Repeat the steps above with second boot.


Halloween Mask Inspiration


Halloween is getting closer and closer and we are super excited for one of our favorite holidays. Halloween is a day to be creative and bring your favorite characters to life, or you can make one up. One big deal for Halloween is, what to do with your face! If you’re still thinking about what to be for Halloween, or you just need some creative ideas to get your creative juices flowing, well then, here we are to help. We’ve gathered some pretty unique mask ideas. Sometimes you don’t even need a mask, just apply some make-up and face paint, and let your face be your canvas.
M&J Trimming - DIY Rabbit Hole Mask

Alice in Wonderland Inspiration. How cool are these “Rabbit in Hole” masks?

M&J Trimming - DIY Ice Queen Mask

Ice Queen Mask. Soooo iceyyyyy! You can add some sew-on jewels to make the effect pop.

M&J Trimming - Glitter-Eye-Mask

No mask needed for this Diamond Mask inspiration. All you need is some make-up. You can add rhinestones and apply with body glue. Perfect for those last-minute costumes.

M&J Trimming - Halloweenmask@janhobbins

Going to a ball soon? This Masquerade Mask is perfect for you! We love how the lace and purple colors all combine so beautifully.

Superhero and Super Villain Costume Roundup


With NYC Comic Con having just passed and Halloween on the horizon, we’ve been obsessing over comic book hero costumes! We’ve collected some of our favorites to give you inspiration for your costumes. And since we know that Halloween is the ultimate holiday for playing pretend, we gathered up some of the less-savory super villains as well!Aquawoman Costume


Wonder Woman Costume

Female Joker

Green Arrow

Going Batty Halloween Decor Inspiration


This Halloween we’re planning on featuring one of our favorite flying mammals: bats. These tiny flyers are synonymous with all things sinister including vampires, blood and the spookiest night of the year! Here are a few easy ways to add bats to your decor this season.
Bat Branches Home Decor - M&J TrimmingThese decorative bat branches are so simple to recreate. Just tie black satin ribbon to branches, and boom! Halloween decorations that are easier than tying your shoes.

Bat Mobile - M&J Trimming

Nothing like the “bat mobile” we’re familiar with, this awesome decoration is perfect for your next party!

Halloween Cloche - M&J Trimming This Halloween cloche is the perfect decoration for those who like a little glitter and sparkle around the holidays.

Bat Wing Fan - M&J Trimming

This subtle DIY may go unnoticed until guests peek at the ceiling, but once they do, prepare for awe and wonderment.



Bat Door - M&J Trimming

Simple yet sinister, this DIY features a flurry of bats swarming onto a doorway. Only the brave will knock on this door.


DIY: Embroidered Pumpkin


If you’re looking for an easy DIY that will instantly make your doorstep more festive for your favorite frightening holiday, Halloween, this is it! Instead of going the traditional carving route, we decided to make use of our leather cord to create a unique embroidered effect. We also used a craft foam pumpkin for this DIY so that it can last multiple seasons, but you can swap it out for the real thing too!M&J Trimming: Embellished Pumpkin DIY

What You’ll Need:


Spooky Image of Your Choice


1mm Round Leather Cord


DSC_01481. Cut out your image.

DSC_01492. Pin paper cut-out to pumpkin.

DSC_01523. Cut out top of pumpkin. If you’re using a real pumpkin you’ll want to clean out the insides.

DSC_01534. Make a knot at the base of the leather cord.

DSC_01545. Either drill or puncture  small holes into the pumpkin using your cutout as a guide.

DSC_01596. Start weaving your leather cord through all of the holes. Make sure every hole has a complementary hole close by.

DSC_01617. Continue weaving until the image is complete. For small areas you can tie a knot and weave back through one hole, as we did with the spider fangs.


M&J Halloween 2014


We hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween this year! We really enjoyed helping everyone with their costumes, and even got in on the fun ourselves! Check out the team at M&J in all of our costumed glory! 
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Bag of Bones Inspiration


The skeleton is a classic symbol of Halloween, but sometimes creepy and cool intersect and we’re left with accessories we want to wear well past the scariest night of the year! There’s something inherently intriguing about skeletons and bones. Whatever the reason is, we’ve definitely got them under our skin!


These insane exoskeleton shoes by shoe designer, Janina Alleyne, are sharp.

d8daeecc211aabf2cc063238f5d430e5This skeleton bracelet is a subtle accessory for the obsessed.



7fa33275eeb810957aaffc5f3d9437bcSkeletons go sartorial with this golden bodysuit!





This shirt is business in the front, and spine in the back!

8d843521da19b78aafe67676ed0e7be8Anyone who loves a tight hug will love this skeleton belt!