NYC Fashion Week 2015 Re-cap


What a bummer. Fashion week has officially ended. But, WOW! What incredible different styles we have seen. These designers sure put their heart, soul, and creativity on making these amazing pieces. We’re pretty sure everyone has a few designers on their list that you just cannot seem to resist their style. Well, so do we, and we admire a sense of fashion. This year’s fashion week blew us away with the all the different styles that was presented. Here’s a round-up of some of our favorites, from casual, to street style, to let’s go out and party! This NYC Fashion Week 2015 was one to remember. Who were some of your favorite designers?

M&J Trimming - Monique Ihuillier SS16

Monique Ihuillier SS16. Monique Ihuillier’s fashion line was perfect in every way. She had so many vibrant colors, but this piece really caught our attention.

M&J Trimming - Alice+Olivia SS16

Alice + Olivia SS16. We just fell deeper in love with sequins. Who’s ready to party in this glamorous piece?

M&J Trimming - Rachel Zoe SS16

Rachel Zoe SS16. Crochet + fringe = Bohemian heaven!

M&J Trimming - Tommy Hilfiger SS16

Tommy Hilfiger SS16. Tommy Hilfiger never disappoints. Everything is perfect from the floral pants, to the crochet top, right down to the patches on her jacket.
M&J Trimming - Noon By Noor SS16

Noon by Noor SS16. The sleeves on this varsity jacket are just beautiful ! Great choice of fabric pattern.

M&J Trimming - Denise Basso SS16

Dennis Basso SS16. WOW! Everything about this gown is just perfect.

DIY: Embellished Pillow


Add a little ice to your home decor this season with an embellished pillow that is sure to sparkle! We used loch rosen rhinestones and flat metal sequins to add a multi-dimensional shimmer that’s not too over-the-top, but still has a high-end style. DSC_0150

What You’ll Need:

6mm Round Loch Rosen Rhinestones
8mm Round Metal Sequins
Needle and thread

DSC_01601. Sew sequins and sew-on rhinestones into an abstract cluster shape.

DSC_01622. Repeat the pattern throughout the pillow, or embellish random sections for a more eclectic look!


New Year’s Eve Sequin Outfit Inspiration


Ring in 2015 with an outfit that sparkles! New Year’s Eve is THE night to whip out your sequins, and rock them on your pieces. Add glamour to an otherwise casual outfit by topping it off with a sequin blazer. Rock the comfy and cozy combo of a sweater with a sequin skirt.










Professor Patches Inspiration


When sitting in a college classroom, most people look to their classmates for fashion inspiration. You see a cute bag across the way, a nice pair of boots on your neighbor next to you, but rarely do you look at the person at the very front of the room. We’re talking about the older professor in the stereotypical tweed jacket with the suede elbow patches. We’re taking a cue from that academic style, and imparting it into some of our favorite fall fashions in the way of elbow patches! Elbow patches instantly add a little something to an otherwise typical sweater or cardigan.  Sequin Patched Shirt

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4 Ways to Embellish with Statement Pieces for Fashion Week Part Four: Sequin and Stone Drop Earrings


If you’re looking to make a totally glamorous statement, this DIY is for you. Our final DIY for our 4 Ways to Embellish Statement Pieces segment is a gorgeous set of sparkling earrings. Any time you want to make a statement Swarovski and sequins are the way to go!

Sequin and Stone Drop Earrings Materials

What You’ll Need:

1 Yard of Wine 5/8 in. Sequin Flower #00757

2 Crystal AB Pear Sew-On Stones #27474


2 Large Earring Posts with a Loop for Jump Rings

Jump rings


Cutting Sequin Flower Trim

1. Take your sequin trim and cut off 3 flowers. Cut off excess trim if needed.

Gluing Sequin Flowers to Post

2. Glue each flower to the earring post. Let dry for an hour.

Connecting Flowers to Crystal

3. Connect the jump ring to the earring post loop and the crystal opening. Close the jump ring.

Cutting Sequin Flower Trim

4. Repeat steps 1 – 3 for the other earring. Let finished piece dry for 24 hours.

Finished Sequin and Stone Drop Earrings

We adore the look of this blinged out statement piece! (Especially in that iridescent Crystal AB finish.) Check out our additional material inspiration!



The holidays are so relaxing, said no one..ever. Even though Christmas is over, New Year’s is hot on our heels! We know you’ve probably started perusing Pinterest for some New Year’s DIYs, and we have been too. Here are some of our favorite DIYs to make before the big night.

New Year's Countdown Champagne from Martha Stewart

These Countdown Champagne Glasses from Martha Stewart are a gorgeous way to ring in the New Year!

DIY Marble Dipped Stemware from Linen Lace and Love

A more dramatic way to decorate your stemware can be found on Linen Lace and Love! They use a marbling technique to get those abstract patterns on each glass making every one unique!

Glitter Spiked Balls from the Sweetest Occasion

Avoid the crowd in Times Square with your own mini-spiked balls from The Sweetest Occasion. They are great for adding some sparkle to a tablescape.

Sequin Backdrop from Oh Happy Day

Strike a pose against this sequin photo backdrop from Oh Happy Day!

Tinsel Wrapped Numbers from Ruffled Blog

We love these tinsel covered letters! You could make a monogram for your home using the same concept, and some beautiful ribbon.

So what are you waiting for?! Get that glue gun out, and start crafting before the ball drops!

Flattering Flats DIY Roundup


Flat are a great shoe for those days when your toes don’t want to go through the agony of wearing heels, but sometimes they can fall a little flat when it comes to style. Turn your basic flat into a fashion staple with these easy DIYs!

Sharpie Flats from Jenn Camling BlogJenn Camling if you’re telling us all we need to upgrade our flats is a Sharpie marker, we’re telling you that we’re on board and making these today.

Gold-Tipped Flats from Brit.coYou’ve probably seen these cute gold-tipped shoes before. Here’s an easy way to recreate the look with whatever pair of flats you choose!

Miu Miu Smoking Slippers from Oh My VogueThe Miu Miu smoking slippers which inspired this style are all sold out, but luckily there’s a DIY solution! Grab some embellishments, a paint marker, some rhinestones, and you are good to go!

M&J Trimming Magenta Flats

This summer we created these adorable flats featuring these Bugle Beaded Appliques! They’re a great way to add a pop of color to any outfit!

My Little Secrets Embellished Velvet Flats

These flats have everything we love from beads to sequins! They’re so perfect they should be part of the M&J uniform. We’d wear these every day!

Flats don’t have to be boring and basic, especially when you DIY them! Which of these options is on YOUR weekend DIY agenda?

DIY: Under the Sea Tank


We love to dye at M&J. It’s always an experiment because the medium has a mind of its own! We embraced that free-flowing spirit with this next DIY, a tank top worthy of any mermaid under the sea.

Supplies for Under the Sea DIY | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:

20mm Paillettes with Hole on Top #13623

Teal RIT Dye


White tank top

Big Plastic Bucket or Sink

Pouring Teal RIT Dye Powder | M&J Trimming

1. Follow the RIT Dye instructions. We used teal RIT dye powder, which we combined with 2 cups of hot water and 5 cups of lukewarm water.

Dipping Tank into Teal RIT Dye Powder | M&J Trimming

2. Dip the end of your tank into the dye. If you want an ombre effect, leave the ends of the tank in the dye for a longer period of time.

Wringing out Dyed Tank Top | M&J Trimming

3. Wring the excess dye out into the bucket.

Rinsing RIT Dye from Tank | M&J Trimming

4. Wash out your tank until the running water becomes clear. This will indicate the dye has set in and will not run.

Allow Tank to Dry | M&J Trimming

4. Allow your tank to dry.

Pailletes Being Placed on Tank | M&J Trimming

5. When your tank is dry, create a design on the bottom of the colored tank using paillettes.

Gluing Down Paillettes | M&J Trimming

6. Glue your paillettes down in your desired pattern. We chose to border the bottom of the tank to represent fish scales, but you can choose whatever design you’d like!

Finished Mermaid Under the Sea Tank | M&J Trimming

And there you have it, an Under the Sea tank top. We know Ariel would trade all of her thingambobs for this shiny tank! Do you want to replace the paillettes with pearls or rhinestones? Take a look at our Under the Sea page for some extra inspiration! 

Inspiration: Under the Sea


The ocean is home to some of the strangest and most inspiring creatures, colors and things on earth. Why do you think we all tune in to watch Shark Week year after year? There are so many wonderful things in the water to inspire us, and here are some of the products of that inspiration!

Aqua Mermaid Hair

If this was a full-length shot, we bet she would be sporting a scaly tail. Her beachy aqua locks must be the envy of mermaids in each of the seven seas!

Lady Gaga Mermaid for Visionaire

Lady Gaga, with colored hair and an oil-slicked mermaid tail, looks mesmerizing. Despite it’s beauty, this shot is also a sharp reminder of how NOT to treat the ocean and its inhabitants.

Mermaid Shoes and Cobalt Dress

Let’s just start off by saying that everything about this look is amazing. The flow of the dress makes her look like she’s wrapped up in the ocean, and those Nicholas Kirkwood Mermaid Shoes really round out this under-the-sea style. Plus, the pairing of the bold blues is shrimply amazing. Too much?

Sequin Mermaid Dress

This dress is amazing! We love the cut, and check out those SEAquins! Seriously though. It looks like the ocean and the dress were cut from the same cloth.

Jean Paul Gaultier 2008 Spring Collection

In 2008 Jean Paul Gautier created a sea-inspired collection. Models glided down the runway in flowing, sequined frocks reminiscent of beautiful sirens. Their hair was even made to look perpetually wet!

The sea is a world unexplored for most, which is why its mysterious nature makes it so inspiring. See our treasure chest of  sea-inspired embellishments on our Under the Sea Inspiration Page.

Mother’s Day Jewelry Box DIY


We have a special Mother’s Day Treat for you…
Mothers Day Promo

Mother’s Day is dedicated to celebrating moms everywhere. What could be better than showing mom you truly care than creating something especially for her. Take your childhood skills up a notch with this swoon worthy jewelry box DIY. Moms everywhere will be wondering where they can get one.



Jewelry Box (The Container Store)

Magna Tac Glue

20MM Cup Loose Sequin-NAVY

20MM Cup Loose Sequin-PINK

20MM Cup Loose Sequin-SILVER

20MM Cup Loose Sequin- WHITE OPAQUE


Upon opening each of the 20MM Loose Sequin packs, we mixed them together in the top of our jewelry box. We then laid our jewelry box on its side which created an easy work surface. We placed a small amount of Magna Tac glue down quickly placing a 20MM cup loose sequin on top.


As we became more comfortable with the process, we progressed from gluing down one sequin at a time to gluing down many at once. We placed a strip of glue down and placed a row of sequins.


We repeated this process for each side of the jewelry box.



The greatest part about a DIY often comes in the middle of a project. During this time, you may question what can be tweeked or come up with something new. During this time, we noticed our jewelry box was missing something and picked up some of our Double Faced Silk Ribbon in Pink.


We put a small amount of glue on our Double Faced Silk Ribbon and wrapped it around the side of our jewelry box top. This added a bit of elegance and charm any mother would certainly love.



We took the remainder of our Double Faced Silk Ribbon and finished off our jewelry box by creating a bow.




We added a card and our gift is ready to go!