Rhinestones on the Runway

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.

Judith LeiberJudith Lieber minaudiere

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McQueen MaskAlexander McQueen

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Milan Fashion WeekFrancesco Scognamiglio

Bohemian Chic DIY Inspiration

When looking for upcoming trends we are often inspired by our surroundings.Being located in New York City, we find there is always an abundance of style around us. One trend that has been making its way to the east coast post-Coachella is definitely the global influenced/boho trend. The vibrant colors, mixed mediums and over-the-top detail associated with many of these products completely satisfies our creative juices. We’ve rounded up some of our top bohemian-influenced pieces that you can recreate using M&J trims just in time for Bonnaroo or everyday use.

Free People BagFree People

56292-g4MM HF Octagon Rhinestone Stud

18603-84325/8″ Fancy Rayon Braid

Free People Tapestry BagFree People
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1″ Mohair Stretch Braid
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Florence Tassel Fringe

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54701-ivory_14 ½” Beaded Lace

SaksDannijo

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Swarovski Flatback Rhinestones-Black Diamond AB 

Check out M&J for even more inspiration.

We’re Recycling our DIYs for Earth Day Part 1

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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.

Embellish your clothes using rhinestones
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Applying Nailheads Tutorial
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Revamp His Shirt for Her
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Refashion your BlazerRefashion your denim blazer

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Fringe Bag DIY

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Love fringe? Love studs? This spring time bag update is perfect for you!
Rather than buying a new bag revamp one that you already have with some of our favorite trims!DSC_0128SUPPLIES

8” Imported Ultra Suede Fringe- Beige

4MM HF Octagon Rhinestone Stud in Gold

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Place your 4MM HF Octagon Rhinestone Stud in Gold on your 8” Imported Ultra Suede Fringe- Beige
DSC_0135Make sure each of your 4MM HF Octagon Rhinestone Studs are centered on each piece of fringe.
Once the stud is properly placed, cover the fringe with a piece of scrap paper.
Iron the scrap piece of fabric for 15 seconds. This will allow your studs to properly stick.

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Once you have added all of your studs onto your fringe you’re ready to attach your fringe to your bag. Starting from the inside, begin sewing the fringe into place.

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Now you’re ready to show off your new and improved bag!

DSC_0178For more music festival fashion check out our M&J homepage

DIY Inspiration: Bib Collar Necklaces

We have been major fans of bib collars for quite some time now.  We especially love the chained necklace forms that are out in stores now.  After Monday’s DIY, we’ve been raiding our walls of Swarovski crystals to create more collar necklaces like the ones below!

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DIY Inspiration: Swarovski Crystals

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Glistening and bold, we love every form of Swarovski crystal there is and, lucky for us, we carry a large supply of them in our store!  The best way to bring life to our bundled winter outfits is by accessorizing and a Swarovski crystallized accessory is the best way to do just that!

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M&J’s 2 Day Sale! Swarovski Flatbacks Rhinestones!

It’s that time of the year to start saving on glamorously beautiful Swarovski Flatback rhinestones.  Save 10% starting right now until March 22nd at 11:59 p.m. EST.  It’s only a 2 day sale, so hurry and let’s get started.

M&J Holiday Special – Day 5

Last Day Of Our Holiday Week Long Sales

Let’s end the last sale of the year with sparkles and shine.  Save 10% on the purchase of any Swarovski Rhinestone Hotfix and/or Swarovski Sew-on.  Hurry because this sale ends soon at 11:59 PM EST.

M&J Holiday Special – Day 3

Third day of our week long sales

What better way to end the year than with beautiful sparkling rhinestones to adorn everything imaginable? Take advantage of today’s limited time sale and save 10% on all Swarovski™ flatback rhinestones. No matter what size or color it is, its 10% off today only. Sale ends at 11:59 PM EST

Twitter Giveaway!!

This week’s giveaway is all about creating for your loved ones! This Week’s Books
“B IS FOR BABY”

“Warm Fuzzies”

“Bend-The-Rules Sewing”

Here’s How to Enter:

 Follow Us on Twitter, then Tweet us by finishing this sentence “My Favorite Swarovski Rhinestone color is…”  

It’s that Simple!

We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook page and Twitter Page on Friday February 25th at 1pm EST