>Project ReStyle: The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Studding

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I’ve had this genuine leather metallic clutch for about five years. In college, I worked at Express {awesome for my personal style, awful for my personal finances}. While there, I accumulated a massive amount of clothes and accessories…

Let’s just say, I owed them more money than they owed me at the end of every pay period. 


This little beauty was a gift-with-purchase, and I shudder to think of how much I spent to “earn” it. Maybe that’s why it’s survived all the closet purges where so many other Express remnants met their fate.

Wanna see what I did to it?

Keep reading to find out!

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All I used for this ReStyle was a sharp craft knife and two sizes of multicolored brads. I picked these up at Joann in the scrapbook section, but you could use the gold or brass kind available at any office supply store. 
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I [carefully] cut tiny slits into the clutch and through the inside lining, and poked the brads through. Since this bag has a lot of pleats and puckers, I just did a random scatter.  
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On the inside, I opened the backs of the brads to secure them in place. Instant “studs”!
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Speaking of studs… As I was working, Quality Control showed up. 
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I think he approved. 
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Now that this clutch has a new life, I thought it may want a new home, too! So I’m going to pass it along to one of you. If you could use a little metallic leather and bright rainbow studding in your life {because, I mean, who couldn’t?} just leave a comment with a way for me to reach you before next Friday, 1/21/11 at 8:00pm EST. I’ll pick a winner the following Monday.

2 down, 50 to go!

About Keira Lennox

I'm a small town girl from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear. (Or watching Netflix and drinking wine.)

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  2. >This is to. die. for. So creative! Who doesn't need a colorful, metallic clutch?And, for the record, you are a better woman than me. Working at express and all. Bad news bears for yours truly. Thanks for the chance!

  3. >this is adorable and i LOVE it!(p.s, i also tried the restyled tshirt necklace, but mine seemed to look less awesome than yours…)flowerfanatic@hotmail.comhttp://disastrousjane.wordpress.com

  4. >As I continued reading along down this post, I gazed at the photos with my mouth gaping open…I just adore the combo of bright brads against the gunmetal colored material! Good eye…I love this bag! And I also feel the pain of owing more to the place that you work than they owe you…I worked for American Eagle and always felt like I was just paying them to let me hang out there. Haha!You can reach me at percussionista05(at)gmail(dot)comorthetwentyfifthtime.tumblr.comMeghan.

  5. >Please consider me! This is so cute! I love the way that it looked in your recent outfit post. animekrazyidiot (at) gmail (d0t) com

  6. >Such a cute idea. I am going to do this with all my clutches or bags. Wish I thought of it. What made you come up with the idea/insperation?

  7. >I just found your blog and find it and you adorable! Your little clutch is very sweet, as well. What a nice and simple restyle. I also love the design of your blog. Classic and fun with the orange accents :)http://lindsayliving.tumblr.com

  8. >There's nothing I don't love about this clutch.. except for the fact that it's not living in my closet (yet?!). Looking forward to more restyles!alison.traina@gmail.com

  9. >Guess I'm late for the giveaway but I just wanted to say it was a great idea! … Kind of happy you didn't go for metallic studs cause that'd be something I've seen before, colorful instead gave the clutch a brand new life! Little clutch was definitely a keeper ;)http://blog.cessoviedo.com

  10. >What a gorgeous blog! I love it! And I love your outfits. What kind of font do you use for your blog? Just curious – it's pretty. :)Hope we can give one another a follow. :)-Sandra.*(www.cardinalmess.blogspot.com)

  11. >Wow! You did an amazing job and the result is stunning! I'd love to add this cute clutch to my collection!Count me in!anzouya[at]gmail[dot]com

  12. >Clever! I really like it it, but honestly, I'm not sure what's cuter, the crafty clutch or your irresistible dog! What a sweetheart!Thanks for sharing! :) nicole_a_8(at)msn(dot)com

  13. >What a nifty idea. You can always change them to different colors later :) I love the bag you're holding. I saw a similar one at DSW and I wanted it, but no money :( for them. Boo. Just Better Together is having a $25 gift certificate giveaway!

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