Trend Alert: Kimonos

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With music festival season underway and the spring breeze moving swiftly in, we’re really feeling the flowing and relaxed styles of warm weather. One of our favorite pieces this season is the re-imagined kimono.

Butterfly KimonoThese new-age kimonos are loose fitting with wide sleeves and have no closure.

Crochet Fringed Black KimonoThey are the perfect layering piece to add a statement to basics. Just throw one on over a tank and your look is instantly more chic.
Floral Print Kimono as Layering PieceThey come in all shapes and sizes, but the most popular patterns are tribal prints and florals!

Velvet KimonoAdd a fringe trim to the bottom, and you’re a verified bohemian butterfly.

Vintage Sequin Jacket

Tribal Sequin Kimono

Going out for a night on the town? There’s a kimono for that. Try a sequined option for a look that’s more dramatic and glitzy.

Are you going crazy for the kimono trend too? What’s your favorite way to wear it?

 

Trend Alert: Ice Ice Baby

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While the weather is starting to warm up, there’s one aspect of this winter that we’ll be holding onto through spring. We’re talking about icy cool-toned pastels!

Blue Burberry SS 2014 Embellished Skirt

We’ve already professed our love for Burberry’s 2014 Spring and Summer collections, but we’re going to go there again. Pastels + embellishments = our kind of party. Check out our Burberry-inspired DIY if you love this look as much as we do!

Prabal Gurung Lilac Dress SS 2014

A lot of the looks at Prabal Gurung embraced this icy aesthetic with shimmering satin fabrics in pretty, polished colors.

Modern Pastel Floral John GallianoThe looks at John Galliano offered a new spin to the classic pastel. Gone are the days that pastels are reserved for delicate spring florals and Easter Sunday dresses! The new pastel is modern, edgy and refreshing.

Backstage DKNY SS2014

The ladies at DKNY looked radiant in orchid. Pantone puns aside, this year’s Color of the Year fell into pastel territory, and other hues seemed to follow suit.

Mulberry Pastel Blue Bag SS2014

If wearing pastels head to toe isn’t working for you, take the accessory approach. Sneak it into your style via bags, shoes or sunglasses. It worked for neon two summers ago, right?

Are you going to try out the pastel trend, or are these icy hues too cool for you?

Burberry-Inspired Applique Pencil Skirt

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Embellishments are so hot for spring, and we couldn’t wait to take advantage of this fun trend! This DIY is modeled after the looks at the Burberry Spring/Summer 2014 show, classic shapes with sparkling accents.

Burberry Prorsum Spring-Summer 2014

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What You’ll Need:
Lace Pencil Shirt (Forever 21)
9 Silver Sun Disc Beaded Appliqués  #41991
Needle and Thread

Placing Appliques on Skirt

1. Lay your skirt on a flat surface, and place the appliques in your desired pattern. You can cluster them, or spread them out. We mimicked the pattern of the Burberry Embellished Lace Pencil Skirt.

Sewing Rhinestone Appliques Onto Skirt

2. Sew the appliques into place. You can place a little glue down first for added hold.

Finished Lace and Rhinestone Skirt

This skirt is the perfect thing to wear to an engagement party, or a semi-formal spring event. And the price is just right! You get the Burberry look that’s easier on your budget.

Paris Fashion Week SS2014 Roundup

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Anyone can spot a French girl from a kilometer away. She looks put together without trying. She is effortlessly chic. She’s a master at layering, and her style exudes romance. You might think that sweet sentiment was embraced during Paris Fashion Week SS2014. Well you would stand corrected because this year the power players played with power as a theme.

Louis Vuitton Paris Fashion Week SS2014

Those dark headdresses at Louis Vuitton made the models look showgirl-chic. The feathers, the embellishments, and the attention paid to the tiniest decorative detail really show how skilled this fashion house is at its craft.

Valentino Paris Fashion Week SS2014

While we may never be royals, we can always pretend with Valentino’s collection. It featured heavy embroidery, and silhouettes worthy of a queen. We loved that the looks were paired with simple, flat Grecian sandals. Who says queens need to be subjected to the hazards of heels?

Chanel Paris Fashion Week SS2014 Pink Tweed Jacket

Coco Chanel once said, “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” We think someone was definitely thinking aloud when creating this collection! Chanel’s classic looks were taken to bold extremes: huge pearls, saturated tweed suits, and extreme neon makeup.

Givenchy Paris Fashion Week SS2014 Brown Rhinestone Dress

Givenchy mixed Japanese and African influences for this collection. Some of the models donned crystal-covered kabuki “masks”, which were both sparkly AND a little intimidating. We wonder if they used Swarovski crystals, preferably not hot fix! Ouch!

The Rick Owens show really blew us away. Remember that ethereal Parisian we were talking about earlier? Yeah, this show wasn’t for her. Step dancers took the stage in lieu of models, and powered through an energetic dance number. Watch the video above, and join us in collective awe.

Milan Fashion Week SS2014 Roundup

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Milan Fashion Week is drawing to a close, and while we’re excited for Paris Fashion Week, we are a little sad to see it end. There’s a cool confidence in Italian fashion that you can’t find anywhere else, and this week provided perfect examples of that effortless persona.  Here are a few of our favorite looks from the Italian runways for Spring and Summer 2014.

Emporio Armani SS2014

Fashion house, Emporio Armani, opted for a light, cool-toned palette for SS2014. The shapes were streamlined, yet soft, and the muted pastels were chic alternatives to the Easter Sunday dresses some of us grew up with as kids. Gone are the days of bold baby blues! (At least for now.)

Fausto Puglisi SS2014

Contrast is the word that comes to mind when discussing the Fausto Puglisi show. Bold, voluminous skirts were paired with edgy biker jackets. This look is definitely reminiscent of an 80s LA rocker. AC/DC anyone?

Prada SS2014

At M&J we love embellishments and details, which is why we think Prada is after our own hearts! Bold colors, dramatic sequins, and artistic prints were seen all over the runway. It makes us want to skip through fall and winter altogether!

MAXMARA SS2014

We would love to “slip” into something more comfortable, like one of MAXMARA’s designs. The beautiful neutral palette and simple shapes of the coats and dresses made MAXMARA a standout this year. Sometimes it’s the little things, you know?

Moschino

Are you a saint or a sinner? At the Moschino show, they had a style for you no matter your moral affiliation! Model duos came out with contrasting looks; some for the bold and brash, others for the demure. We loved the juxtaposition, and thought this was definitely one of the most entertaining shows of the week.

Jil Sander SS2014

At Jil Sander, minimalism never goes out of style. Their looks were feminine, wearable, with strong silhouettes throughout. Although we love bright details, sometimes simple is so chic.

Pucci 2014

Pucci is the powerhouse of patterns, and SS2014 proved to be no different for the Italian  favorite. We loved the bright mixed patterns, and the attention grabbing belts used to tie the looks together. Made famous for their bold and graphic prints, this year they decided to go a little tribal. We can’t wait to see this look in NYC’s urban jungle this spring!

We would love to hear what your favorite looks were at Milan Fashion Week! Did any of them really stand out to you? Were you surprised by any of the shows? Sound off on our Facebook page, or leave a comment below!

Fun in the Sun DIY Ideas

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Happy Summer! Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to hit the beach in style. What better way to celebrate the season than with some Fun in the Sun DIY ideas. Each of these DIYs will spruce up your summer months.

Fun in the SunM&J is on Polyvore

collar_necklace_diy_rainbow_tutorial_statementRags to Couture Statement Pom Pom Necklace Tutorial

DIY Curtain Ring NecklaceBy Wilma DIY Geometric Statement Necklace

DIY Playing Cards_A beautiful messA Beautiful Mess created these funky playing cards.

DIY Studded BraceletDIY Studded Bracelet by Fashionrolla

Top 5 DIY Summer Sandals

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We love a good pair of high heels as much as the next girl, but when summer rolls around, flat sandals are our shoe of choice. We love the ease and comfort that they provide, so we sought out some of the best DIY sandals. In no particular order, here’s our top 5!

DIY Glitter Sandals by Glitter N Glue

DIY Arrow Sandals by Kaye at The Etsy Blog

DIY Tribal Wrap Sandals by I Spy DIY

DIY Spiked Sandals by Fashion After Breakfast

DIY Fringed Gladiator Sandals by Chic Steals

Top 5 DIY Garlands

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We may be suffering from this crazy NYC heat, but our thoughts are always brightened by the thought of outdoor summer parties. There’s nothing quite like entertaining some friends on a warm night, especially if you get a chance to whip up some DIY decorations. Garlands are a lovely way to jazz up any festivities, so we picked out our favorite DIY garlands that would be perfect for a summer party. Check them out and let us know what you think!

DIY Tassel Garland by A Pair & A Spare

DIY Fabric Flower Garland by Once Wed/Dolci Odille

DIY Twine-Ball Light Garland by Pocketful of Dreams

Ombre Star Garland by Currently Coveting

DIY Floating Pom Pom Garland by The Sweetest Occasion

Top 5 DIY Beach Cover-Ups

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With the 4th of July coming up, we know that everyone will be heading out to the beach to celebrate summer. So it’s the perfect time to DIY a cute swimsuit coverup. Check out our 5 favorites below!

N0 Sew Swimsuit Coverup by Watch Out For The Woestmans

T-Shirt Beach Coverup by Wobisobi

DIY Beach Dress by HomeLife

DIY T-Shirt Bathing Suit Coverup by Love Maegan

Simple Beach Coverup by Bored and Crafty

Top 5 DIY Hats

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A day at the beach isn’t complete without a chic sun hat to top it off, so we went searching for the best DIY hats to make this summer. Check out our list below and let us know which one you like best!

1. DIY Sun Hat by P.S. I Made This

2. DIY Embellished Hat by Style Slicker

3. DIY Stitched Hat by Honestly WTF

4. DIY 1940s-Inspired Hat by Grosgrain Fabulous

5. DIY Floppy Hat by Knocked Up Fabulous