Not Going Baroque: Project DIY

January 9, 2014 • Accessories, Bling/Jewelry, Fashion Blog


I am not what you would call a DIY (do it yourself) kinda gal by any means. Yes, I used to make jewelry and handbags about 100 years ago and made some items for my apartment back in those days too, but frankly, I would just rather buy something than make it – haphazardly. Being self-critical I can always see and therefore focus on the flaws.

Project DIY is a new runway and street trends inspired DIY accessories monthly subscription box service for the fashion creative brought to you by M&J Trimming. It’s the perfect solution for those looking to score and customize the latest accessory trends without spending couture prices. I can tell you from experience the kit from Project DIY made creating the looks easy.

Each month M&J Trimmings curates 2-3 original DIY looks inspired by the trends seen on the runways, in the magazines and off the streets and delivers the kits to your mailbox. Subscribers receive everything they need including step-by-step instructions, premium materials and trims from M&J Trimmings, plenty of inspiration to customize pieces, and DIY tips n’ tricks, delivered straight to their door for a monthly subscription fee of $30 a month.

“We are inspired daily by how our customers utilize our trims and materials to customize their fashions,” said Juliana Pereira, Creative Director, Project DIY.  “Our goal for Project DIY, whether you’re a DIY master or just getting started, is to deliver subscribers everything they need to create stylish and unique accessories each month.”


A look at the box with everything I needed to make the ‘Baroque Hand Adornment’

I received the December Baroque n’ Roll Project DIY collection to try myself. As seen on the runways from Dolce & Gabbana to Marchesa, baroque style emerged in 17th century Europe and is characterized by general exuberance highlighting drama, tension and grandeur. Baroque-inspired looks are making a statement in gold and black this season using trims like metallic lace, ornate metal castings, pearls, rhinestones and detailed embellishments.

I’m not sure it’s really my style, but on a day off between Christmas and New Years I thought I would give one a try. In the kit were the; Lace and Gem Turban, Baroque Hand Adornment and the Belle of the Ball Earrings. Let’s see how I did.


The tools needed, provided in this cute case.

Besides the three cardboard packets which contained the items needed to make each of the items, there was also a Project DIY pouch which included tools needed to make all the projects (not to mention fix some of my broken jewelry). The instructions on the inside of the packet were minimal so I went to the dedicated website to find the step-by-step instructions which were relatively easy to follow. You can also view past collections, photos of finished projects, tips for customizing, inspiration on how to wear each piece, as well as obtain additional resources.


A subscription could just make the perfect gift for your stylish friends. Purchase a gift subscription and each month they’ll receive all the materials needed to create 2-3 original accessory pieces that are as fun to make as they are to wear. Choose between a single, 3-month, 6 month or yearly subscription and Project DIY will be on its way!

My completed earrings

My completed Belle of the Ball Earrings

After completing the earrings I was on a roll and the next thing I knew…I had completed all 3 in less than an hour and I had fun too!

Mission accomplished! I made all 3 pieces in about an hour.

Mission accomplished! I made all 3 pieces in about an hour.

Check out Project DIY here.

– Lauren Dimet Waters

Sample provided for review.

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