Inspiration: The Great Gatsby

When we think of The Great Gatsby, we imagine the decadence and splendor of Jay Gatsby’s parties. If you’re in the business of trim and embellishments, you probably love tiny details. And if you haven’t been able to tell, we really, REALLY do.  Especially ones that sparkle! Here are some images that got us completely inspired for our next DIY.

Pastel Vintage Flapper DressesThese beautiful pastel dresses are so detailed. Look that the pearl embellishments on the mint green dress, and the beading on the lace of the pink dress!

Great Gatsby Whiskey Bar

These bottles are a work of art! The etched glass is so detailed, and the amber whiskey really highlights the contrast.

Clara Bow It Girl

The ultimate flapper had to be Clara Bow. She was the “It” girl of the 1920s, a silent-film siren, and an enduring fashion icon. Check out that sultry stare!

Black and Gold Bead Fringe Dress

This beautiful black dress from ModCloth hits all the right jazz notes. We love the art deco design created by the trim and beading.

Gatsby Bridal Headpiece | M&J Trimming

Our Bridal department was tasked with tracking down a headband inspired by the one worn by Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby. This one by Bernie of New York exceeded expectations! We were blown away by the serious shine of this headpiece.

While we hope you enjoyed our inspiration roundup, you can never have enough sparkle! Visit our Great Gatsby Inspiration Page to see more trim befitting the most fabulous flapper!

Halloween Home Decor DIY Round Up

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Halloween is one of our favorite times to craft. Not only do we love creating costumes, we also ADORE making home decor. Halloween gives us the opportunity to get super creepy with our style, and dust and cobwebs finally have their moment to shine in our homes! Right? Maybe that’s just us. Here are a few of our favorite Halloween DIYs to transform your happy home into  a haunted mansion!

Potent Poisons 

Arsenic and Old Lace Labels

Country Living created these terrifying labels for your questionable libations. You can download the stickers on their website, and watch to see which of your guests dare to drink.

The Bat Shade

Martha Stewart Bat Lamp Shades

Some of these paper bats are glued to the shade, while others are hung from a thread to give the appearance of floating. Who would think that turning the lights ON could send a shiver down your spine?

The Raven

Better Homes and Gardens Feathered Wreath Craft

These feathered wreaths from Better Homes & Gardens are perfectly Poe-etic. We love the long, dramatic ribbons which almost trail the ground. If you’re looking for a similar style check out our selection of satin ribbons and feathers!

Shadowy Figures

Cheesecloth Spirit Sculptures

Martha Stewart deserves the title of “Queen of Halloween”. These cheesecloth spirits are simple to make, and will terrify passersby.  Imagine seeing these specters lurking in the hallway of your house!

Lights and Frights

Halloween Marquee Letters from Lolly Jane

These marquee letters from Lolly Jane are so crafty! Can you believe they’re made using just cardboard letters, paint, and string lights? This DIY would look great even if it weren’t Halloween! Imagine your name lit up in lights! That’s why everyone goes into show business right?

We hope you enjoyed our DIY Halloween Home Decor Roundup, and it inspired you to get crafty! If you need some more Halloween inspiration to start creating creepy-chic home decor, visit the Trick or Trims section of our website!

We’ve Been Featured in Teen Vogue

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The October 2013 Issue of Teen Vogue is also known as The Young Hollywood Issue. This issue highlights all of the up and coming stars alongside their accomplishments.  It feels great to be featured in such a powerful issue, especially with one of our most universal trims: satin ribbon.
Teen Vogue Oct 2013 Cover
You can find our satin ribbon tied to Morgan Saylor’s braids on pg 107 of the Teen Vogue October Issue

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We love how young and fresh this look is! To steal Morgan Saylor’s hairstyle, tie a our 95MM French Double Faced Satin Ribbon at the end of your braids.

Double Chain Pendant Necklace DIY

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This Italian Pendant gives off a rich sophistication. We love how the natural essence of the stone works well with the antique chain. We felt that doubling the chain adding a very modern polish to the otherwise simple DIY.

SUPPLIES:

2 ½” Acrylic Pendant
6MM Metal Link Chain
7.5MM Jumprings-Gold
Closure
Pliers

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Cut your chain in half using your pliers.

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Bend each chain in half once more.

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Add a jump ring to the 2 ½” Acrylic Pendant. Be sure to open your jump ring in a North to South direction.

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Attach the middle portion of your chain to the jump ring prior to closing it. Repeat this step for the opposite side as well.

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Your necklace will look like the below image at this point.

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Connect each of the outer chains with a jump ring.

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Attach a clasp to one end of the chain.

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There you have it! Your doubled chain necklace!

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Designer Spotlight: Michelle Levy

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Michelle Levy, Lead Designer Project DIY

We caught up with Project DIY’s lead designer, Michelle Levy, to find out about her favorite trims at M&J this season. In addition to her trimming faves, she gave us great tips on personal style and DIYs we should try. 

Designer Spotlight

Does your personal style influence your jewelry aesthetic? (As I’m asking this question she’s rocking amazing patterned pants, to die for jewelry and killer purple streaks within her tousled dark hair.)
My personal style definitely influences my jewelry aesthetic.  I love to be a chameleon—some days I am dark and edgy and other days I’m more trendy and bright.  I love using mixed metals that can be played up or down depending on my outfits, as well as having a few big statement pieces for getting all decked out.

Where do you find inspiration?
Where do I not?! Sometimes the colors in my salad inspire me to create. I always keep my eyes and ears open.

What trends are you most excited for Fall?
For Fall 2013, I am super excited about all the menswear styles that are coming in for women. Masculine fabrics like pinstripes, tailored styles, bowties and more squared-off silhouettes. I love how fresh it feels, especially when paired with statement-making accessories.

How has working at M&J influenced your jewelry making style?
Working at M&J has influenced what types of materials I am drawn to. I come from a jewelry background, and so I’ve learned a lot here about textile trims, embellishments and cords. I like finding ways to include them into my designs.

What materials do you prefer working with?
I prefer using metals, such as brass and sterling silver, as the basis for my designs. I always like my jewelry to have a strong and sturdy foundation. Once that is set, I can embellish with the daintiest of charms and not worry about the quality and durability of the piece.

What products are your go-to fall favorites?
Anything suede or leather. I also love trims with grommets and rivets for fall.

If you could only buy one product from M&J what would it be?
I would buy a gift certificate. Trick answer.

What are you coveting for fall?
Year after year, I covet a Burberry shearling moto jacket. It will be mine, one day!!

Do you have any fashion don’ts?
My biggest fashion ‘don’t’ is to be fearful. Oftentimes people lack the confidence to explore fashion and accessories. Try something new! It’s important to go with your instincts and express yourself.   Another key tip is that not everything has to match… have fun with your fashion.

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Four Ways: Chainette Fringe Sweater DIY

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Staying warm and chic during fashion week has never looked better. Our latest 4 Ways to Embellish feature will show off the best ways to impress everyone with your little black sweater. Bring out your inner diva by adding a bold fringe to your shoulder sleeves. This simple transformations will have every style photographer looking your way.

SUPPLIES
Black Sweater
E-6000 Glue
Scissors
50MM Chainette Fringe with chain

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STEPS
Lay your 50MM Chainette Fringe with chain trim on the smallest part of your sleeve. You can either wrap the trim around or focus on one side.
If you’re only highlighting one side, cut the strip from one end to the other.
If you want to have fringe on the front and backside, wrap the trim around the sleeve. 
Cut the trim at the desired location.

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This will allow you to lay our the 50MM Chainette Fringe with chain trim in the desired location.

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Four Ways: Embellished Neckline Sweater DIY

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Turn up the glam factor by embellishing the collar of your sweater with beaded appliqués.

SUPPLIES
55 x 55MM Hot-Fix R.S. Motif
E-6000
Sweater- Ours was from H&M

STEPS
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Apply a small amount of glue on the back of your 55 x 55MM Hot-Fix R.S. Motif.
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Four Ways: Pom Pom Sweater DIY

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SUPPLIES
Black Sweater (ours was from H&M)
Scissors
Magna Tac Glue
3/8″ Pom Pom Fringe
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STEPS
Cut each pom pom off off your trim. This will leave you with individual pom poms to work with.
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Using your Magna-Tac, glue each pom pom down onto the sweater.
HINT: You may want to put a piece of oak tag in between the sweater to ensure the glue will not  spread to the other side.
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Apply a small amount of pressure to the pom pom making sure it will stay.

DSC_5110Repeat the same steps until you are happy with your design. We opted to scatter the pom poms but have fun with your pattern.
You can even use pink pom poms and make a heart. <3

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Ta Da! How adorable is this Pom Pom Sweater? 
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Blogger Highlight: Evelinas Fashion Cafe

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We’ve been following Evelinas Fashion Cafe for quite some time and can’t get enough of her fashion forward and not to mention easy to follow projects.  We adore her Emilio Pucci Clutch Tutorial along with her Stella McCartney bag DIY. Since Fashion Week is rapidly approaching, we felt it was the perfect time to whip up these amazing designer inspired DIY projects. Pucci Clutch 1

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