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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Father’s Day DIY Ideas

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Still trying to find a gift for dad? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered with these great DIY tutorials. Father’s Day shouldn’t be based on the amount of money that you spend on gifts, it should be based on the amount of thought that you put into the present. Here are some of our favorite Father’s Day DIY’s that will truly be appreciated for what they are…great, genuine tokens of your love.

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DIY Leather Lunch Tote

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DIY Leather Mustache Key Chain

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DIY Skinny Ties

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Lace Street Style

Lace is one of the more versatile trims we sell at M&J. Black lace gives off a sexy sophistication while white lace often portrays beauty and innocence. The delicate trim can be paired with many fabrics to either play up or play down the beauty within each piece. We love how each of these street style starlets worked lace into their wardrobe. We can’t wait to recreate some of these looks using our M&J trims.

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M&J TRIMMING PROMOTION: We are currently offering 10% off all lace from now until Friday June 8 2013 with the promo code LACE101 on our website. 
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Rhinestone Street Style

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We love the way rhinestones look, but rocking the gems everyday may seem a bit tricky to those looking to dress down the glitzy duds. We looked at some of our favorite street style blogs to see how fellow fashionistas were rocking the look. We adored the versatility in everyone’s use of the stones. We can’t wait to recreate some of these astonishing looks here at M&J.

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