Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Star Spangled Studs

I bought a Bedazzler. I know you think Bedazzlers are totally passé, but studs are totally hot and a Bedazzler is the easiest way to apply them. Frankly, the Bedazzler looks and feels like a piece of junk, but it works well and can even be a bit addictive.


Jacket, Forever 21. Dress, vintage, thrifted, shortened, and BEDAZZLED. Tights, Hue. Shoes, Delicious. Bangles, Girl Props. Clutch, Apt 9. Coat (pictured below), Bebe.


I apologize for the blurriness of the photos. We were losing the light, it was starting to rain, the wind was gusting, and I was navigating rubble in four-inch heels. These photos were taken in Eden Park, on, what I affectionately call, the Road to Nowhere:


This dress was horribly dowdy in its original state.


I could tell, though, after adding a belt and pinning up the length, that it had potential.


Thrifted (or swapped) clothing is my favorite for experimentation – shortening, dyeing, and, now, bedazzling. Later this month, I’ll show you a pair of thrifted capris turned shorts and bedazzled with cone studs. Nothing is safe from the Bedazzler! I’m eyeing more studs (and a size 60 plunger for 1/2 inch studs) on Kit Kraft right now.

21 comments:

Kim said...

If there's anyone who I feel should own a Bedazzler it's you - I know you will Bedazzle responsibly.
The background for these pictures is awesome.

Sal said...

Good to know ... I've got a bag of studs languishing unused because I can't for the life of me figure out how to apply them without breaking my fingers.

And DAMN, what a difference on that dress. The alterations are amazing!

eednic said...

fabulous color scheme in this outfit! certainly takes any dreariness out of a gusty, drizzly day!

great job altering the dress! i have a similar problem with a thrifted dress but minimal skill in correcting it. i need to call mom, methinks.

Jess said...

Heeheehee- I used to own a beddazler when I was little.

I think like anything else, it's all in how you use it! Big improvement on the dress- it suits you very well now!

Sheila said...

I laughed out loud at "BEDAZZLED" - it's so...snazzy!

Love what you've done with the dress, great backdrop for your photos, and awesome colours!

Becky said...

Oh I love the red, yellow, and black together! It looks so fun and chic!

GeminiJulia said...

This is a phenomenal outfit--everything from the color combination to the style combination to of course...the bedazzled star. I love it. I may try to do my own version of this...you continue to rock the fashion world!

Rosie Unknown said...

I love!! I may need a bedazzler, I love the studding detail!

Kelly said...

I've been wanting a bedazzler for a while, but I'm not totally convinced in my ability to make things look as chic!

jennschmerer said...

I need to go to the thrift store with you! I never would have seen the potential in that dress! And the bedazzling's cute. I continue to be inspired...

BAM said...

ha! I added little studs to a purse last night and just posted it up on my page. I don't have the bedazzler - I have a gemagic and it totally feels like a cheap piece of plastic, but it gets the studs into fabric.

Too fun!

The Magpie's Daughter said...

Wow! The dress looks totally different, and totally amazing. Well done you. ;)

Courtnee said...

The dress looks amazing post alterations. You look great!I have an outfit with similar colors planned for thurs.

Janni said...

You definitely have an eye for fashion because I wouldn't have given that original dress the time of day! Awesome job!! The bedazzling gives it a cute touch! As previous posters said, I cringed at the word "bedazzled" but in the right hands, its awesome!!

Jody said...

I've never had a Bedazzler. If I had one, I'd be bedazzling everything in sight. Perhaps best I don't own one, then.

I love the bedazzled star.

The Thrifty Stylist said...

love the yellow and red and i, for one, don't think bedazzling is passe. it's awesome.

fromsneakerstostilettos said...

ooohhh.... you are so inspiring! I love the bedazzling and the tights and toes!!!

Londyn said...

You did a great job with that dress!!!

This is one of my favorite "photo collections" of you :) just a beautiful look.

Indiana Adams said...

Oh, gosh! Just when I thought I had given up my desire for a Bedazzler, you go and ignite it again! Lovely job!

Lemondrop Marie said...

You are my hero. Seriously.

BAM said...

Hope you don't mind, but I borrowed the star pattern for a pair of shoes. They turned a super boring pair of shoes into something much more interesting!

Thanks for the idea! I'm referencing you today when I post them.