The summer heat has finally arrived. We crave it all year round, but once the hot air rolls in, we often wonder what to do with our hair. Rest assured these styles will inspire you on those days when you’re truly stuck in a rut. With flowers crowns, ribbons, bows, spikes, and rhinestones to chose from, what look will you be dabbling in this summer?
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.
Whoever said diamonds were a girl’s best friend must not have known about Swarovski rhinestones. The affordable gems are just as beautiful as the real thing. Rhinestones can be used to embellish, highlight, decorate or enhance any look. Here at M&J we can’t get enough of them. Whether selecting from a Flatback or Hot-Fix, the color assortments will be sure to blow you away. Sometimes we find ourselves wishing everything we owned were encrusted in these stones.
We’ve been eyeing the Lucite bags on the runway in Valentino’s and Marc Jacobs’s 2013 collection and have been wanting to try our hand at a DIY influenced by this trend. We gave our bag a mini face-lift and couldn’t be happier with the results. We spiced up our pink lucite bag with swarovski flatback rhinestones and couldn’t wait to show off this easy and affordable DIY.
Hold your bag in a way that allows you to put the Brisk-Set Rhinestone Setter inside. Place a SS48 Tiffany Setting with the prongs facing down over your plastic bag. Make sure the SS48 Tiffany Setting matches the hole in the Brisk-Set Rhinestone Setter .
Press down on your Brisk-Set Rhinestone Setter for the rhinestone to set.
For harder to reach areas you may want to manually place each of the crystals into place. The first thing you’ll want to do is push your Tiffany Settings through the bag from the interior side.
Once the settings are locked into place, place your crystal in the backing. It may help to angle your bag in a way that allows the stone to comfortably sit into place.
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Rhinestones serve many purposes. Rhinestones can accent an outfit in many ways. The beauty of these crystals are their versatility. Each crystal can be used individually or grouped together. Rhinestones can be used for clothing, jewelry or even makeup purposes. However you choose to rock the look you’ll be sure to sparkle in the crowd.
Many designers use rhinestones to enhance pieces within their collection. Some designers add a few stones here and there while others create works of art. Judith Leiber is one designer who has made a name for herself for her innovative use of crystals and rhinestones. Her initial bag created due to a shipping error which left many of her bags damaged. Rather than throwing the bags away, Judith began decorating them with a variety of small crystals. Ms. Leiber’s creative instincts may have inspired some of the runway looks we see today. Here are some of our favorite rhinestone-enhanced looks from the runway.
Rhinestones are often used to accentuate one’s natural beauty. Each crystal glistens and gleams giving off a vivacious thrill. This dramatic effect is something photographers are often looking for in their subjects. One rhinestone necklace may change the entire attitude of a shot. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite rhinestone-enhanced editorial prints that evoke beauty, power and sophistication. Check out M&J for our large selection of Swarovski crystals and rhinestone trims.
This Earth Day we’ve opted to recycle something…our DIYs. The M&J blog has been around since 2008 and we’ve been donning out useful information, tips and tricks since then. For those of you who have just started following us enjoy these DIYs for the first time. For those who have been reading along since the beginning look at how far we’ve come. We’d love to see some of your very own upcycled fashions. We felt it was only appropriate to highlight some of our favorite refashioned DIY’s of the past.
M&J has an extensive home decor section. We pride ourselves on our selection of rhinestones, fringe, ribbon, cords, cordedge, and tassels. Each of our trims can transform your home from winter to spring. We understand that every detail is keen when adding an element of style and sophistication. Here are five of our top interior decor projects for spring!
For more DIY home fashion ideas check out some of our previous posts.
This D.I.Y was inspired by the one and only Beyonce Knowles. Although we can’t steal Jay Z we can steal this look! Warning: Completing this D.I.Y will bring out the inner diva in you, guaranteed! Check out all our emerald trims and embellishments at M&J Trimming in order to recreate this look.
Once the sequin trim is wrapped around, cut it on a slight angle
Repeat these steps for the remainder of the sequined cap.
TIP: If you are having difficulty wrapping the sequin trim, you can wrap both sides individually.
BONUS TIP: For the last piece you may want to cut your trim into two pieces. This will allow you to focus on one side at a time.
Wait for the hat to dry prior to wearing.
Take a photo #MJTrim and show off your glamorous new look
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