Trend Alert: Modern Metallics

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This spring metallics took over the runways! From copper to silver, each striking shade showed up in a different style. See some of our favorite runway iterations of this dazzling trend below!

Versace Spring 2014 Metallic Silver Dress

This silver dress from Versace looks as slick and slinky as a mermaid tail! This gorgeous dress highlights the versatility of the this trend. Metallics can be modern, fantastic, feminine, or masculine.

Givenchy Spring 2014

Givenchy made metallics their own in 2014 by using them on bold and geometric pieces. The unusual shades helped add interest to the mix.

Valentin Yudashkin Spring 2014

The metallic looks at Valentin Yudashkin Spring 2014 did not fail to impress with their intricate filigree shapes balanced by looser flowing skirts.

Proenza Schouler Spring 2014 Metal Corset

 

Did you ever think you’d see a copper crop top? If a cropped metal breastplate has always been a fashion wish of yours, look no further than Proenza Schouler. Wearing a statement piece like this will instantly give you the skills to command a French army, or at least the confidence of Joan of Arc.

Dries van Noten White Dress with Gold Details

This dress from Dries van Noten introduces hits of gold throughout the collection. This unique white dress gets the Midas touch with ruffled accents.

This spring metallics aren’t just for jewelry. How will you be rocking this gilded trend?

Project DIY: Cold As Ice Inspiration

This winter has been intense to say the least. With the Winter Olympic Games in effect and the polar vortex ravaging the East, we’ve been seeing a LOT of snow this season. Needless to say we’ve become completely inspired by the iridescent crystalline colors of the winter, and had to include them in our latest Project DIY collection.

Cold as Ice Inspiration

Doe Deere as Ice Queen

Cold as Ice Inspiration

Crystal Jewel Dress

This collection is all about big bling. We love the look of heavy jewels saturated in vibrant colors. Cold as Ice features a lot of bedazzled pieces that are sure to catch and reflect light in a beautiful way.

Cold as Ice Inspiration

Spike and Stone Shoes

This collection combines vintage rhinestones and shimmering metals that create an icy cool look.

Cold as Ice Inspiration

Valentine Yudashkin Paris Fashion Week 13/14

Valentine Yudashkin Paris Fashion Week 13/14

Our favorite aspect of this collection is the customizability of the pieces. With so many components available, we guarantee that no piece has to look the same. Each unique element can be as stunning and unique as a snowflake.

What do YOU think this month’s collection will contain?

Winter Olympics DIY Roundup

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The 2014 Winter Olympics are underway which means that for the next couple of weeks you and your friends are going to be glued to the television set rooting for the home team! If you’re more of a doer than a watcher, you might want to take a peek at some of these fun Olympic-inspired DIYs. Make them with friends, use them for a party, or support your favorites with some custom jewelry!

Olympic Chocolate Medals

Who needs a gold medal, when you can have a chocolate one? Make these cute chocolate medals with some satin ribbon, and you’re ready to celebrate!

Olympic Ring Candy Jars

Does your Olympics party have a dessert table? Bring the theme full circle with these painted candy jars from nobiggie.net!

Olympic Ring Necklace

Show your support with this adorable Olympic ring necklace from CraftGawker user RemarkablyDomestic!

Olympic Ring Door Wreath

Throwing an Olympic party? Let guests know where to go with this DIY Olympic Door Wreath from Confetti Sunshine!

Olympic Inspired Rattail Bracelet

This bracelet gives a subtle nod to the Olympics through it’s use of color and jump rings. You can follow this Brassy Apple tutorial to a tee, OR switch out the colored cords for something more your style.

Bronze Laurel Headband

Go back to the first Olympics with this polymer laurel wreath from Hands Occupied! The best part about this bronzed headpiece? You can wear it long after the Olympics are over!

Will you be watching the Olympic Winter Games? Which events are you most looking forward to seeing?

4 Ways to Embellish Your Statement Accessories for Fashion Week Part Three: Braided Chain Shoulder Pads

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The next item in our 4 Ways series is a set of Braided Chain Shoulder Pads. Now before you dismiss shoulder pads as an heirloom to the 80s, hear us out. These blinged-out accessories have been appearing on the celeb set, and are a fun way to make any average outfit pop with power! They instantly add glamour to a look, with just the right amount of POW! Upgrade your sweater, blazer or button-down for a look that is totally Beyoncé.

Shoulder Chain Pads

 Chain Shoulder Pads Materials

What You’ll Need:

2 4 1/2″ Braided Chain Motif #59205

1 Yard of Silver 6mm Colored Chain #36956

E-6000

Pliers

Jump Rings

4 Bar Pins

Measuring Tape

Measuring Chain

1. Measure two sets of 4″, 6″ and 8″ chain pieces, and then cut.

Attaching Jump Rings to Chain

2. Open your jump ring and start adding  one set of the 4″, 6″ and 8″ chain. Connect to the end of the chain appliqué, and close the  jump ring.

Attaching Jump Ring to Chain Applique

3. Repeat on the opposite side so that the chain is attached on both sides.

Gluing Pins to Applique

4. Glue two bar pins onto each side, and let your project dry for 24 hours.

Finished Braided Chain Shoulder Pads

Now you have a cool set of chained shoulder pads that will make any outfit a ten! These look amazing on a bold blazer like the one above, or even an all-black ensemble. Want to try a different chain? Check out what other materials you could use for this funky DIY!

Project DIY: Introducing Joan of Arc

Every month we make it a point to bring you the most cutting-edge and trendy collections, and we work with our designers to produce top-quality projects using only the best materials. November’s collection was inspired by a tough girl whose story (and style) stands the test of time. We’re talking about the one and only Joan of Arc!

We created the Joan of Arc collection with her persona and era in mind. Think lots of chainmail, mixed metals, and pieces that are strong with a feminine edge.

Joan of Arc Cuff | M&J TrimmingJoan of Arc Cuff | M&J Trimming

Our first project is a mixed metal cuff that screams tough girl glam! One of  Joan of Arc’s most inspiring attributes was her ability to be a great leader through mountains of adversity. The idea of a teenage girl leading an army into battle was absolutely unheard of! Plus she wore pants and had a cropped haircut, style icon much? Channel your inner Joan, and be the leader of the fashion pack with this gold and gutsy cuff!

Joan of Arc Statement Necklace | M&J TrimmingJoan of Arc Statement Necklace | M&J Trimming

Our second project is this beautiful necklace that is sure to make a statement anywhere you go! The thick metal chains are reminiscent of the chainmail Joan may have worn in battle, but the silver tubing give the chains a modern edge. We chose the bronze statement pendant because it looked similar to a glammed-up shield.

Joan of Arc Completed Projects | M&J Trimming

We hope you enjoy this month’s Joan of Arc collection, and embrace your inner warrior with this fierce jewelry! Which project are you looking forward to making? If you’re interested in making these beautiful pieces, subscribe to Project DIY today!

DIY: Metallic Lace Napkin Rings

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We’re heading into party season people! If you’re stuck on what to get the host of your next party, what about some one-of-a-kind napkin rings? Here are two ways to spruce them up, and personalize them for your gracious host!

Silver Spark

First we have a beautiful silver napkin ring featuring a bold button accent!

Silver Napkin Ring Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:

Metallic Lace #35269

Metallic Lace #36873

Rhinestone Button

Scissors

Needle and Thread

Silver Lace | M&J Trimming

1. Place the thinner lace trim on top of the thicker lace trim.

Measuring and Cutting Metallic Lace | M&J Trimming

2. Wrap the metallic lace around your napkin for sizing, and cut off any excess.

Sewing Together Metallic Lace | M&J Trimming

3. Sew together the lace ends.

Sewing Rhinestone Button to Metallic Lace | M&J Trimming

4. Take your rhinestone button, and sew it into the center. Make sure your seam is in the back!

Completed Silver Napkin Ring | M&J Trimming

Voila! You have a silver napkin ring that is fit for royalty!

Au-stounding

The next napkin ring is more simple, but just as exquisite! It features gold lace with gorgeous rhinestone accents!

Gold Napkin Ring Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:

Fine Metallic Lace #56482

Light Colorado Topaz SS30 Flatback

Gem-Tac

Scissors

Needle and Thread

Measuring Gold Lace Trim | M&J Trimming

1. Wrap your metallic lace around your napkin for sizing.

Cutting Gold Lace Trim | M&J Trimming2. Cut to the proper length.

Sewing Gold Lace Trim | M&J Trimming

3. Sew the ends of the metallic lace together.

Gluing Rhinestone Flatbacks | M&J Trimming

4. Glue flatback rhinestones into the center of the circle designs on your lace trim.

Gold_Completed

We love the pattern on this lace, and the addition of rhinestones make the circles look like tiny suns! How cute is that?

What’s YOUR party decor style? Do you like rich extravagant details, or do you prefer the understated approach? Let us know below!

DIY Metallic Collar

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We’ve whipped up collar DIYs before, like our lace collar, but lately we’ve been lusting after a more futuristic look. After spotting some silver faux leather in our store, we knew it would be perfect for a sleek, simple metallic collar. And we’re really loving the industrial look of the metal closure. Follow our instructions below to make it yourself!

1. Gather your supplies. You’ll need: scissors, a needle, silver thread, a metal closure, 1 1/2 ft silver faux leather trim
2. Trim your silver trim into a long trapezoid for your collar. You may want to use a real collared shirt as a template, or simply wrap the trim around your neck and eyeball it. Angle the edges a bit – our trim was 16 inches long at the top, and 17 inches long at the bottom.
3. Thread your needle with the silver thread and tie a knot at the bottom of the thread. Place one end of the metal closure over the top corner of the silver trim, and begin sewing around it to hold it in place. Once it’s secure, tie the thread in a knot in the back and snip the ends.
4. Repeat Step 3 by sewing the other side of the metal closure to the other side of the collar.
5. You’re all done! Simply unclip the metal closure to put the collar on.