Trend Alert: Pale Gray Decor

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Word on the street is that the hottest colors in home decor might actually be the coolest. We’ve been seeing pale gray everywhere from bedrooms to kitchens and studies. But why the sudden obsession with this seemingly cold shade? minimalist-interior-in-pale-palette-makes-the-views pop-9It’s clean and modern, without looking as stark and dramatic as black or white.

Astounding-white-living-room-decor-idea-with-grey-sofa-and-cushion-931x538It’s the perfect canvas for subtle pops of color.

 

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14438973120_1feeb773fb_oIt’s a great color for the minimalist, and a perfect choice for couples who don’t want something too masculine or feminine.

Color Story: Lemon Yellow

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Yellow doesn’t really get a lot of love, even though it deserves it! It’s a bright and sunny color that can immediately make you smile. Lemon yellow, specifically, evokes the warmth and fun of spring and summer. It’s the perfect color for both decor and clothing.IMG_9712w

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5b05ce1916dcb513fb04b97a61125fdfWhen it comes to decor, this shade looks stunning with cool neutrals. Pair it with gray, taupe or even black for a chic yet sunny style. It’s also perfect for infusing personality into any room. Notice how stunning that piano looks when painted yellow?

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NF8C84271Lemon yellow is extremely wearable, especially when paired with a sun-kissed glow. It looks beautiful in a more modern style, or a loose and carefree vintage dress!

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?

Color Story: Mint

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Spring is only days away, and frankly we cannot wait! One color that comes to mind when thinking of the transition from winter to spring is a cool hue that has been popular for the last few years. It’s refreshing and springy, with a name that might give you chills. We’re talking about mint green of course! Here are some of our favorite examples of this gorgeous cool green.

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Mint Green Bridesmaid Dress with Pink Bouquet

Mint green is the perfect color to wear to a formal outdoor event like a wedding! It’s a fun color that looks great on a lot of people, and really draws in the beauty of the season too!

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Mint Green Drawers

Mint is a beautiful and unique color that can add interest to any room without being overpowering. It adds a pop without being distracting.

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That’s probably why so many people use this color in bedrooms and bathrooms. It’s a nice change from white, and evokes relaxation and calm.

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It’s also hugely popular for statement jewelry. Mint lends itself to great color pairings, and looks so beautiful with colors like coral and lavender.

How will you be wearing this color this season?

Spring Skirt DIY Roundup

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It’s almost spring which means that we’re finally thawing out of our winter gear! After a winter this cold, we’re welcoming the spring and its fashions with open arms, specifically the fun and flirty pants alternative, the skirt. Here are some of our favorite DIYs  for making this seasonal wardrobe staple!

DIY No Sew Shirt Skirt

No sewing machine? No problem! With some fancy twisting and tying you can have yourself a new skirt made of an old shirt!

DIY Draped Skirt from Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily

Another no-sew option from Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily is this draped mini skirt which looks perfect for a beach party!

Lace Skirt from Cotton and Curls

We love this lace skirt from Cotton and Curls! If you’re loving this look, check out our lace and use promo code LACE102 to receive 15% off lace! Hurry, the offer ends tonight (3/9/14)!

Fine and Feathered Maxi Skirt

The problem with maxi skirts is that they’re often too long for shorter ladies and too short for taller ones, so what’s a girl to do? Make her own of course! This great tutorial from Fine and Feathered will make all of your maxi worries moot.

Circle Skirt DIY from My Pink Life

Big, flouncy skirts are totally in this spring. Try your hand at making one with this DIY from My Pink Life!

We’re so excited to ring in spring! What are you most looking forward to do this season?

Fairy Tale Fashions

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Have you been following the birth of  Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge? Or are you more invested in the fabulous fashions being flaunted in the distant background of our tv sets? The ever so stylish Princess Diana may have been the muse behind this latest trend. The classic British ensemble that has been a tradition for centuries has been reinvented on the runways.

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Blogger Highlight: Studs and Pearls

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This week those of us at M&J are officially having a floral phenomenon. Our obsession with the floral print trend has gone to an extreme now that Spring is upon us.  Apparently we are not the only ones crazed by this trend since we stumbled across this great D.I.Y Painted Floral Purse courtesy of studs and pearls. We’re all about a stand out piece and this bag will certainly get you noticed. Click on the image for the full tutorial provided by Studs and Pearls.

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Floral Print Street Style

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This season floral prints have been shown everywhere. Fashionistas all over the globe have been donning these prints in a bolder way than ever before. Floral prints can now be seen parading through the streets of New York, London and Milan to name a few.  Below are a few of our street style picks of the week.

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Spring is quickly approaching so we’re looking forward to joining in on the bandwagon. Check out mjtrim.com for the latest floral trims so you too can join in on the fun!

Evening Wear DIY

Lace Belt D.I.Y

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With Paris Fashion Week rounding up, we are beyond obsessed with anything and everything black and white. The major trend highlighted at every show inspired us to create this lace belt. This Chanel inspired D.I.Y will spruce up a plain white tee or a fab gown ready to be taken out on the town. Check out our selection of elegant lace and beaded trims on our site.

SUPPLIES:
Beacon Magna-Tas 809 Glue

3″ Rigid Lace from M&J Trimming

Grossgrain Bow from M&J Trimming

Mundial 8.5″ Dressmaker Shears Scissor

SuppliesSTEPS:
1. Cut lace in half based on the floral design(One side will be larger than the other depending on which lace was selected)
2. Fold the thinner piece in half3. Glue both halves together creating a thicker piece (You can match the lace or mismatch for a more romantic touch…)

4. Pick up the leftover piece of lace and lay this piece under the now thicker band making sure it is centered.
Step 45. Using your Beacon Magna-Tac 809, now glue down this piece for an additional layered look
0066. Be creative! We glued on a bow, but feel free to add brooches, rhinestones, chains or studs! Make this lace belt your own canvas
0077. Ta Da!

Want to try your hand at making a stylish evening accessory?  See our selection of elegant trims on our site and don’t forget to posts photos of your DIYs on Instagram (#MJtrimmingDIY) and Pinterest (@MJtrim) so we can see!