The French are always lauded for their effortless style. Whether it’s their bare-faced beauty or their impeccable ability to layer, they have their fashion game down. Did they bring it to Fall/Winter Fashion Week in Paris this week? We’ll let you be the judge.
Floral coats and jackets were so in! Nothing like some beautiful blooms to brighten a drab winter day.
We may not be able to grow wings, but we can fake it with a cool sweater like this!
These shoes have such a unique heel, and the color combination is so fun!
We love this simple look with the signature French stripes! The added accessories make it even more stylish.
Do you prefer street style or runway looks? Let us know in the comments below!
Fashion Month is over for this season! That means that all of those gorgeous models can relax, and maybe have a foot soak after all of their runway walking, and designers can a breath a sigh of relief for, like, a minute. Here are some of our favorites from the last week of Fashion Month, Paris Fashion Week !
The Chanel show was probably one of the most talked-about this week! The supermarket setup was unique and the pieces were injected with some fun color during a notoriously desaturated time of year.
The looks at Louis Vuitton were slick and modern. With the whimsy and fun of spring over, it’s time to get real and warm. We loved the sleek lines of the collection, and those navy leather pants are on our WANT list until next winter.
The styles at Hermes played on the menswear-vibe with over-sized coats and baggy pants. We loved the use of leather too.
Sometimes it’s hard to integrate runway pieces into your everyday wardrobe, even if they are from the RTW lines. Not so with Miu Miu’s offering for Fall Winter 2014! From hooded jackets to adorable quilted skirts, we can’t wait to wear these styles!
The Alexander McQueen show took our breath away. The looks were reminiscent of an old Grimm brothers fairy tale: dreamy, dangerous, and dark.
Which collections had your vote this week? What about this month? Let us know!
This March we’re welcoming a number of new items to the website, from shining buttons to practical notions. Here are some of our favorite new additions for this month!
These buttons are the perfect statement-making addition to any coat or jacket. They come in a wide assortment of colors and boast a unique circle of light in the middle ensuring that they stand out!
Add some attitude to any garment with these cool fabric patches. We think they would look great on a denim jacket or an anorak.
We added so much beautiful lace to the website this month! From eyelet to cluny, there’s a lace trim for everyone!
So which items are you eyeing? Let us know below!
If you want to add some femininity or romance to any room without making it too girly and pink, pick up some lace trim. Lace is the quintessential feminine fabric, and can easily add softness to any room. Our latest DIY uses lace trim to create a sweet chandelier that any princess or princess-at-heart would love. This would be a great addition to a bridal party, and you can even dye the lace blue or pink and use it for a baby shower!
What You’ll Need :
4 Yards of 30mm Cotton Eyelet Lace #38898
4 Yards of 35mm Cotton Eyelet and Scalloped Lace #38907
4 Yards of 1.5” Scallop Rosette Lace #58826
Light Socket and Cord Set*
White 6” Round Metal Lighting Base*
24 Gauge Galvanized Wire*
Round Lamp Socket Ring*
Screw-in Metal Hook and Eyes*
*Available at your local hardware store.
1. Turn over your round metal lighting base, and place the round lamp socket ring in the center.
2. Cut out three or four 2 in. pieces of your galvanized wire, depending on the number of prongs in your lamp socket ring.
3. Put E-6000 glue on one end of the wire, and slide into the socket.
4. Put some more E-6000 on the opposite end the wire, and glue down to metal lighting base. Repeat another two or three times with the other sides. Let dry.
5. Cut your lace into specific measurements:
35mm Cotton Eyelet and Scalloped Lace (12 in. Strips)
1.5” Scallop Rosette Lace (10 in. Strips)
30mm Cotton Eyelet Lace (6 in. Strips)
6. Glue down each lace piece into your desired pattern. The longer pieces should go first, followed by the next size, with the smallest going last. Let it dry.
7. Connect your socket cord into the DIY shade and bulb. You can use a pendant chain to hang your chandelier. You can also screw in two hook-and-eye hooks to hang the light from the ceiling.
Now you have the perfect light that’s soft and feminine, but still really stylish. The best part is that you can recreate this look with other types of trim too! Try metallic or sequin trim for a glam vibe, or mix the lace with jute for a rustic approach!
Lace is the quintessential feminine fabric. It’s beautiful, delicate and often has a floral pattern. While it’s usually relegated to fashion, lace has a place in home decor too! If you like the rustic shabby chic look, lace is a classic. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use lace in your home.
These lace dahlia placemats are beautiful, and the floral shape is abstract and modern. It’s a really unique lace look.
We think jewelry should always be on display, and what better way to display your precious jewels than in a picture frame? This jewelry holder actually looks remarkably easy to DIY! You would just need a great frame and some lace trim!
Add some interest to your room by displaying different types of lace and doilies in embroidery hoops!
The lace on this lamp adds romance to this room, and we love the soft glow it gives.
This is a perfect example of the shabby chic style: muted colors, distressed furniture, and lace.
Do you have any lace in your home? How do you style it?
Taking on a DIY that involves wires and lights may seem daunting at first, but it’s really just like any other DIY! Take a look at some of our favorite DIYs that will add some light to any dreary day.
This incredible house luminary from Just Something I Made would look so cute around the holidays. It’s perfectly warm and cozy!
This modern brass chandelier from Trend Hunter looks way more expensive than it is to make. It’s minimalist design really allows the shape of the bulbs to shine.
This pendant light created from a globe is a quirky way to incorporate the map trend into your home, and the tutorial from Our Boat House is pretty easy!
This beaded chandelier from The Hunted Interior makes use of all of those Mardi Gras beads that you may have laying around next week so don’t throw them out!
Don’t be afraid to delve into new DIY adventures because learning new skills is always really exciting! Especially when the fruits of your labor become something you can see and use every day!
The Oscars are one of the most anticipated nights of celebrity fashion. Last night certainly did not disappoint. There were so many beautiful gowns to ogle over that it was hard picking our favorites. Here are some of our most-loved looks of the night!
Best Actress Oscar winner, Cate Blanchett, looked beautiful in an embellished flesh-tone dress. We could see a DIY version of this look using beads and pailletes.
Which look was YOUR favorite last night? Let us know in the comments below!
Every year before Lent, many cities participate in festivities that basically blow all of the others out of the water. From Carnival to Mardi Gras, these celebrations are over the top and outrageous, but what WE love most about them is the style inspiration! Check out these amazing photos of Carnival around the world!
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is wild, loud, and vibrant! Paraders dance to the classic Brazilian dance, the samba, all while wearing gorgeous costumes with gigantic feathered headpieces. The celebration lasts for days, and the revelers are invited to join in on the fun by jumping into the parade! We love the costumes because they are so intricate and exciting!
While the Carnival in Rio may be racy, the Carnival festivities in Venice might be the exact opposite! Most people walk around cloaked in ornate costumes with beautiful masks covering their faces. Many centuries ago masks were worn frequently in Venice, and scholars have suggested that it was a way to disguise your social ranking in everyday life. When the mask came on a pauper could be a prince. These masks are often made with leather, porcelain or glass, and then decorated with gold and jewels.
In New Orleans, Mardi Gras is the main event. A combination of Venice’s masks and Rio’s headdresses with a penchant for gold, green and purple; this celebration is known nationwide! People flock from all over the globe to experience this event with a uniquely Louisiana vibe.
Have you ever been to any Carnival-type celebrations? If not, which would you love to go to?
The little black dress, or LBD as it is affectionately referred to, is a staple in almost every woman’s closet. It’s versatile, classic, and you can wear it over and over again! Sometimes though, your LBD needs a little TLC in the form of an upgrade. Check out these super simple ideas to turn your LBD into a SATULBD, or Super Amazing Totally Unforgettable Little Black Dress.
This dress has a very classic shape, and will look great for any occasion. The flared skirt gives the bottom interest, but what about adding a little something to the top? Glue beaded trim to the collar of the dress for some sparkle. We love the subtlety of black trim, but a contrasting color would look great too!
Remember when cutout dresses were having a total moment last summer, and everyone was walking around with missing sleeves and backs and sides? If you’ve suddenly realized that your cutout dress from last season isn’t going to make the cut this time around, DIY a more modest option! Just sew lace into the inside of the dress where the cutouts are! Your dress will leave more to the imagination, while still looking super flirty!
This slim-fitting dress is already beautiful, but it’s pretty basic! We think the way to go is buttons. Give the dress a military vibe by putting two rows of small buttons down the front. You can also have a single line of buttons on the back of the dress for an eye-catching feature that is more discrete. As they always say, business in the front, button party in the back.
What does YOUR little black dress look like, and how do you style it to keep it fresh?
We don’t think we’re alone here when we say tassels are just the best. They can be used for anything from home decor to fashion accessories, and everything in between! We’ve been playing with a lot of tassel as of late because it’s such a fun material fun, and adding it to clothes can instantly make them more funky! Here are some of our favorites. We’ll go as far as to say they’re fan-tassle-stic!
Two loves marry in this photo of dip dyed tassel. We love the pop of neon on an otherwise neutral tassel.
The cool purple palette of this tassel garland keeps it from being too bold, with the silver accents adding just the right amount of festive fun!
A ceiling of tassels would be such a cool installation in a craft room! We would be endlessly inspired by just looking up.
These paper tassels are a huge trend for weddings and party decor. They add whimsy and color to any event, without going over the top and looking childish.
We obviously couldn’t make an inspiration post about tassel without displaying our giant wall of tassel fringe! In a rainbow of colors and an assortment of shapes, the tassels we have are incredible and varied.
Tassels used to conjure up images of old dusty libraries with curtains that weigh more than a small car. They were seen as antiquated and out of style. Now tassels are back with a bubbly vengeance, and they’re making their way into your closet!
This cute bracelet from Maize Hutton is so colorful, and a perfect addition to your spring jewelry box!
The tassels on this skirt from Vanilla and Lace add a fun and whimsical feeling to this already feminine piece. We love how they add just a touch of color to an all-white canvas.
These tiny tassel necklaces from The Sweetest Occasion are so easy to make. You can make a bunch to coordinate with any outfit!
These tassel earrings from Gina Michelle are gorgeous! Their skinny style and long length makes them look so sleek.
Would you rock tassels on your clothes, or do you prefer keeping them on decor only? Let us know below!
Milan Fashion Week may be over, but we’re not done drooling over the looks we saw just yet! Italy has some of the most stunning and unapologetic style, so we knew this week was going to be pretty epic. Some of our favorites are listed below!
Moschino is no stranger to pushing the envelope. This season Jeremy Scott pulled in some iconic characters and brands in both media and food for his show. Spongebob, McDonald’s and Froot Loops all made an appearance at this show; and while we may not be brave enough to wear these come next winter, we appreciate the ingenuity.
Prada was on on fire with it’s saturated color palette, smart geometric shapes, and shearling accents. The shapes were strong, masculine and boxy, with colorful shearling to help take the edge off of some of the powerful pieces.
Of course the styles at Pucci featured some unforgettable patterns, their signature aesthetic, but we were really drawn in by the exquisite draping. The looks were very wearable, and would look fantastic on a fiercely confident woman.
The styles at Missoni were, dare we say, cozy? The abstract geometric prints in subdued shades, and the basic collared henleys made for a practical and wearable collection. Plus their sweaters looked so warm and welcoming, even with their modern design. They would have made the perfect addition to this year’s winter wardrobe!
The Marni show might not have been your cup of fashion tea with it’s obtuse silhouettes and mixed bag of prints, but if you can rock it, why not? Each piece was more a work of architectural art, than wearable fashion and that’s totally fine with us. We loved the bold use of fur, shape and feathers this time around, and we can’t wait to see how style bloggers embrace these looks next year.
Which looks did you love this year? Whose collections do you keep coming back to? Let us know!
For the last two weeks athletes from all over the world have been competing to bring their country pride and recognition. It’s been a blast to see such committed athletes using their talents, but there’s another component that we can’t leave out. The fashions! Now that the Olympics are winding down, take a look at some of our favorite fashions from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Leave it to the French to look totally chic and stylish with minimal effort. The khakis with the gray pseudo-blazer jackets are perfect! That’s some seriously timeless style.
Norway’s curling team did not stray away from daring fashion choices this week! Their pants were boldly printed, and they practically stole the show!
Meryl Davis and Charlie White not only got the gold, but also featured some of the more ornate costumes to hit Sochi! The embroidered vest and the bedazzled dress, we couldn’t WISH for more from our Olympians.
Olympic gold medalist, Kaitlyn Farrington, wore a fantastic quilt-inspired jacket that had the perfect amount of homespun Americana.
Oh Canada, those mittens. We are so smitten with those maple leaf mittens, and the red and black jackets with toggles look pretty sleek and stylish too!
When it comes to style trailblazers, we need to look no further than the commentators. Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski have been the shining stars of the Sochi Olympics. From pink blazers to sequined tops, they’ve really turned Olympic fashion on its head. We hear they even coordinated their outfits!
This winter has been one for the record books, and we’re probably not the first ones to wish that this slushy snowy season is over. However, we think you should put off packing up your parka for a little while longer. We’re so excited to finally unveil our Cold As Ice collection! If you’re unfamiliar with Project DIY, take a look at what this subscription service for the crafty entails. If you like what you see, you can sign up to receive the Cold As Ice collection and make your own frosted jewels!
Our Crystal Clear Statement Necklace is a DIYers dream! It comes with a frosty acrylic base, gorgeous link chain, and a bevy of jewels perfect for bedazzling! We show you how to arrange the crystals in a specific formation, but the placement of the jewels is totally up to you.
The next project in this collection is the On the Rocks Bracelet Duo, a pair of stunning bracelets with chunky curb chain and gorgeous jewel embellishments.
Now that you’ve seen the projects in this month’s collection, start brainstorming about how you’ll personalize your OWN pieces! Then take a photo of your gorgeous customized creations, and tag us @MJProjectDIY so we can be frozen with awe!
When it comes to creating DIYs just for the guys, Carlos is the man to see. He’s back with a cool jacket inspired by our other favorite MJ, Michael Jackson!
This DIY features our 6 Row Plastic Square Trim. This 8mm Iron-On Pyramid Nailhead Trim is another great option because the single strand allows for varying widths (and it comes in neon colors). As you can see, we started out with a simple red and black striped jacket. The only thing missing on this jacket was some of Carlos’s DIY flair.
The first step was to measure how much trim we would need for the DIY. If you don’t have a jacket with stripes already on it, lay the trim on the shoulder, and extend it to the bottom of the jacket. Carlos also put the trim down the sleeve of the jacket.
He then cut each piece of trim to fit the stripes on his jacket.
Carlos had zippers on the end of his sleeves, so he cut out a row of studs in the middle so that his zippers stayed functional.
Then he glued down the trim with a hot glue gun. This is just to give the trim extra hold because the next step involves sewing the trim to give it that much more stability.
He made sure to glue those loose stud strips individually. If your jacket has zippers like this one, be sure to glue down the ends! Sleeves usually get the most wear and tear on jackets, so this will help your trim from flying away.
Carlos sewed the trim down after the glue had dried. If you’re doing this project at home make sure to wait until the hot glue is completely dry, otherwise you might burn your hands!
When you’re done, you’ll be left with a jacket that is fashionable, fun, and a little edgy. This DIY is perfect for refreshing an old jacket, and can easily be used on a woman’s jacket too!
Do you have a piece that needs a little more pizzazz? Come see Carlos at M&J Trimming! He will help you take any item from average to incredible!