DIY: Gothic Lace Choker

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This week’s DIY project is super fun, chic, and a little Gothic. Perfect timing for one of our favorite holidays, Halloween! If you’re looking for an accessory piece to complete your Halloween look, well then, you stumbled upon the right blog. This DIY project consists of a gothic choker made completely from lace. How cool is that!? We’ve also included crystal  because what’s a statement piece without the right bling? Hope you all enjoy making it as much as we did!
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What you will Need:

Lace

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13MM Crimp Bracelet Ends

Lobster Claw

4MM Jumprings

Rhinestone Button

Thread and Needle

18MMx25MM Pear Shape Sew-On Jewel

7x10MM Pear Shape Sew-On Jewel

Scissors

Mini E6000 Glue

Round Nose Pliers

Cutter Pliers

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DSC_01341. Measure the amount of lace you need using you neck as a guide. Cut off any extra.

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DSC_01372. Dab some glue to one end of the lace, and place the crimp bracelet end. Make sure to close it tight with a pair of pliers.

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DSC_01443. Take two jump rings and attach them to each other.

DSC_01474. Take those two jump rings and add them onto the bracelet end. This will give your choker some length if needed.

DSC_01515. Take another jump ring to add it onto the other end of the lace. You can stitch it on for extra security.

DSC_01526. Take the lobster claw and attach that to jump ring.

DSC_01537. Take the rest of your lace and count five (5) pointed scallops and cut.

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DSC_01558. Cut off the top portion of the lace. Do the same with four (4) pointed scallops and three (3). You would need two (2) pieces of the three (3) pointed scallop piece.

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DSC_01599. Take your two (2) pieces of three (3) pointed scallops and stitch them together back to back for it to look like this.

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DSC_016110. Take your four (4)  piece pointed scallop and stitch that onto your stitched three (3) piece pointed scallop.

DSC_016211. Take your five (5) piece pointed scallop and stitch that onto your completed bib. The result should look like this with all pieces stitched together. Dab some glue on loose ends.

DSC_016512. Take your completed bib and stitch that onto the lace.

DSC_016613. Cut off any frayed pieces.

DSC_016914. Lay out where you would like your sew-ons to hang.

DSC_017115. Stitch the sew-ons jewels onto lace in desired areas.
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DSC_017616. Stitch rhinestone button in the middle top portion of the choker.

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The Many Ways to Wear a Scarf

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It’s scarf season! With the heat drifting away, it’s time to keep warm with the windy days approaching. If you’re a lover of scarves, well, this post was especially made for you. But let’s face it, who doesn’t love scarves. It’s a great, and fashionable accessory. They are a great asset to your outfits, and of course, your warmth. So enjoy and explore the endless ways of wearing a scarf!

M&J Trimming - Scarf w. Belt

Bold, bright colors on neutral colors. What a great combo!

M&J Trimming - Hair Scarf

We love the final look to this! Such a great source of hair accessory.

M&J Trimming - The Shawl Wrap

Such an elegant touch. Use a snap for security.

M&J Trimming - Chiffon Style

This style goes great with chiffon or satin material scarves.

 

 

All Things…Leather!

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Who loves the fall as much as we do? Fall is such a fashionable season filled with layered outfits, over sized sweaters, leather jackets, and…let’s stop at leather jackets. Leather is such a world-renowned material that it has urbanized the fashion industry. You see practically anything made out of leather whether it’s real or faux. There’s leather jackets, boots, pants, handbags, hats, even accessories like bracelets and watch straps. The ideas are endless when it comes to leather. So gear-up everybody because we have gathered some unique styles with a dash of leather. This is all things leather!

M&J Trimming - Leather Pants

Chic up your style with some leather pants and/or boots. The drape affect goes great with this outfit!

M&J Trimming - Layered Outfit

The perfect layered effect with a dash of leather.

M&J Trimming - Leather Pencil Skirt

Keep it professional in this leather pencil skirt.

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Be bold and fierce in red leather.

M&J Trimming - Leather Jacket

This outfit is just perfect. We love the patent leather burgundy shoes for a pop of color.

Fedora Fashion

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Hats are an essential accessory, especially with the upcoming seasons. Fedoras really made its way back into fashion. It really does bring your whole outfit together, and it’s a great source of warmth for those windy nights. Stay warm, and fashionable this year, with this round-up of fedora fashion. We’ve gathered some beautiful fedoras, from bright colors, to floppy rims, to keeping it traditional. There is a fedora style for everyone!

M&J Trimming - Wide Rim Fedora

This wide rim fedora is great for those sunny fall days.

M&J Trimming - Straw-Like Fedora

Keep it traditional with a dash of urban fashion.

M&J Trimming - Neutral Fedora

Neutral colors are always great to have since they can be paired up with any color.

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Bright colors will have your outfits stand out more. We love this bright red fedora!

M&J Trimming - Flappy Rim Fedora

Floppy rimmed fedoras gives your outfit a very soft, and sweet look.

Best DIY Projects from September 2015

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Wow! Can you believe it’s almost October. With September coming to an end, here are some ways to keep yourself busy and those creative juices flowing. Here is a round-up of some pretty unique projects from the month of September. We’ve rounded up our favorite DIY projects that can surely keep you busy for October. Make a pillow, or re-design your closet. Keep your mind at ease this fall with some DIY projects. The ideas are endless!

M&J Trimming - Candle Holders

Such a cool way to hold candles. And it goes great with the fall season!

M&J Trimming - Closet Customization w. Trim

Another useful way to use trimmings. It came out beautiful! Make sure to check out the before & after picture.

M&J Trimming - Shell Candles

You can never have too many candles. But how cute are these shell candles! So creative.

M&J Trimming - Chain Scarf

Make a chain scarf! It will definitely come in handy for the fall and winter.

M&J Trimming - Fall Pillow

Everything about this pillow is perfect. The color, the saying, the design…very fall-ish.

DIY: Embroidered Pumpkin

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If you’re looking for an easy DIY that will instantly make your doorstep more festive for your favorite frightening holiday, Halloween, this is it! Instead of going the traditional carving route, we decided to make use of our leather cord to create a unique embroidered effect. We also used a craft foam pumpkin for this DIY so that it can last multiple seasons, but you can swap it out for the real thing too!M&J Trimming: Embellished Pumpkin DIY

What You’ll Need:

Scissors

Spooky Image of Your Choice

Pins

1mm Round Leather Cord

Pumpkin

DSC_01481. Cut out your image.

DSC_01492. Pin paper cut-out to pumpkin.

DSC_01523. Cut out top of pumpkin. If you’re using a real pumpkin you’ll want to clean out the insides.

DSC_01534. Make a knot at the base of the leather cord.

DSC_01545. Either drill or puncture  small holes into the pumpkin using your cutout as a guide.

DSC_01596. Start weaving your leather cord through all of the holes. Make sure every hole has a complementary hole close by.

DSC_01617. Continue weaving until the image is complete. For small areas you can tie a knot and weave back through one hole, as we did with the spider fangs.

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Fall Home Decor Inspiration

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Fall is finally here, meaning is time to bring out those fall home decorations. If you’re bored with the same old decorations each year, try something new to place in your home. Here’s a round-up of some pretty cool DIY’s to autumn-up your home for 2015. Try a new project with some pastel colors, or create a new center piece when having big dinners. The ideas are endless!  M&J Trimming - Fall Jars

Pastel colors for the fall? Why not! Lace and burlap is always a great combination.

M&J Trimming - Fall Center Piece

Awesome center piece! The pine cones are a very nice touch.

M&J Trimming - Cool Colors for Fall

These are some beautiful cool colors for the fall.

M&J Trimming - Ombre Vase

Some cool ombre vases. Such a fun looking project to do, and so simple.

M&J Trimming - Fall Table Tray

A beautiful tray with autumn touches. The pumpkin is a great addition!

 

Fall Essentials

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Happy Fall Everyone! Yesterday was the first day of fall. Is your closet equipped with the season’s essentials? Fear not, here’s a checklist of all your fall must have’s. We’ve collected some beautiful pieces for the season. These essentials will for sure help you get through the fall in a very fashionable way. Stay cozy, warm, and stylish this year with this round-up of must have items. 
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Fall is the season for plaid and over sized scarves. 

M&J Trimming - Fall Essentials - Booties

Don’t forget to keep a pair of booties in your closet. A must have essential that can be paired up with just about any style. 

M&J Trimming - Fall Essentials - Fedora

Fedoras are a great way to complete an outfit, especially on those windy days. The twist rope gives this hat a very stylish touch. 

M&J Trimming - Fall Essentials - Knitted Sweater

Can we just admire this whole entire outfit for a quick second? But seriously, what is fall without a knitted sweater?

M&J Trimming - Fall Essentials - Over the Knee Boots

A definite must have for fall are knee-high boots. They can easily turn your summer outfits into fall outfits. 

2015 Emmy’s: What did the Stars Wear?

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Did anyone catch the 2015 Emmy’s? If not, fear not, here’s a post to re-cap what the talented stars wore on the Emmy’s night. These stars really make an impression on the big screen, but they sure can turn heads on the red carpet. These amazing actresses looked sizzling hot on the night to award the talented stars. Here are some of our favorite dresses that were actually designed by some of our favorite designers.
M&J Trimming - Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson wore a beautiful dress by Alexander Wang. Loving the chain straps!

M&J Trimming - Laura Prepon

Laura Prepon wore a gorgeous mermaid style dress by Christian Siriano. The embroidered cover up goes beautifully with the dress.

M&J Trimming - Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts looked flawless in her dress by Jenny Packham.

M&J Trimming - Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington made heads turn in this sequined out dress by Marc Jacobs.

M&J Trimming - Claire Danes

Claire Danes was all chained up in this chic dress by Prada.

DIY: Floral Medallion Chain Belt

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Do you enjoy jewelry making? If so, you’ll sure love this DIY project we “chained” up for all you to try out. This week’s DIY project is a gorgeous Floral Medallion Chain Belt. We took three of our favorite chains (do not hesitate to add more) and made this awesome chain belt that can be paired up with just about anything. Sometimes our outfits are missing a little pop, so a chain belt will definitely give you that pop it’s missing. Pair this belt with a shirt dress, a casual button down shirt, or a casual plain dress for best results!M&J Trimming - DSC_0018

40MM Flower Medallion

3MM Brass Figaro Filed Chain

4MM Steel Cable Chain

5MM Brass 8 Figure Chain

15MM Metal Chain

15x20MM Clasp Jump Ring

Beadalon 10MM Jump Ring

5MM Jump Ring

Chain Nose with Cutter Pliers

Side Cutter Pliers

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  1. Measure your waist with the larger chain and remove any excess chain links.

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2. Attach both jump rings to each end of chain, then attach clasp to one end.

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3. Attach larger jump ring to the medallion.

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4. Attach larger jump ring with medallion to the middle link of the larger chain.

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5. Take a different style chain and cut a small portion of it evenly in half.

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6. Attach jump ring onto one end of chain to attach to the medallion

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7. Take a larger jump ring to attach to one end of chain

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8. Attach to the larger chain a few links away from medallion.

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9. Repeat steps 5-8 with a second different style chain in a longer portion. Repeat steps 5-9 on opposite side.

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10. Take a third style chain and attach jump rings to both ends.

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11. Attach to farther ends of larger chain. A few links away from the second chain.

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12. Take a larger jump ring to attach the middle link of third chain onto the bottom middle of medallion.

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13. Take a larger jump ring to hook all three chains onto the larger chain link.

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