Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Tis the season to gift... Or make things for yourself. 

Giving homemade gifts can always be a little difficult. You don't want to look super cheap, or give crap. 
This doesn't look cheap, and everyone can use this crap. I mean, you can always use a leather bag. 
This bag makes a great gift because its SUPER easy, SUPER fast, and totally customizable. It doesn't have to be leather, and you can mold anything to put on the strap.  

If you made the Shark Tooth Necklace and the Skeleton Jacket I made... You'll already have half the supplies you need for this. So taking that cost out, you can make this Leather** bag for about $15 
**"Leather" said like Jimmy Fallon in the Leather Man Skit on SNL. 

You'll need some leather, craft stores carry these in a bunch of different colors. Its an inexpensive way to make a real leather bag. I think the 8.5"x11" size is perfect for a bag. I got mine at Michaels, so I could use a coupon. 

Left to Right
1. Trim up the Leather pieces to match, they come a little uneven.  
2. Right sides facing, put in the zipper. Same steps as the Painted Clutch minus the lining. 
3. Place the leather strap where you want it on the clutch and paperclip it in place. Stitch the three sides closed, make sure the zipper is open.
4. Trim the seam allowance with pinking shears, I think it gives a finished look. 

Left To Right 
1. Mix the two parts together, Roll into a ball 
2. Press the skull button in the silicon and let sit for 15 minutes 
3. Remove the skull button. 
4. Mix equal parts resin and make Six Skulls. 
5. Paint them the colors of the rainbow. 
6. Use Beacon Gem-Tac to glue the skulls on the strap. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013


I know this isn't a fashion DIY, but mixology has been taking up a lot of my time lately. I couldn't help but share this, I don't want to brag, but this is pretty damn delicious. Its a mix of Ginger, Seckel Pear, Basil, and Gin. You can play around with the Ginger/Gin to find your perfect balance. 

The flavor profile is sweet with a little peppery bite at the end. So pay attention to the type of Gin you're using. I'm using Tanqueray, Known to have a juniper and coriander flavor. Pretty standard for Gin 

If you use something like Hendricks, that has Bulgarian rose and cucumber. So the final balance of the drink will be a little different. 

1 Cup Sugar 
1 Cup Water 
1 Bunch of Basil 
1 or 2 Large Ginger Root, sliced (I didn't peel mine, I just washed it)
1 Seckel Pear 

On the stove add the sugar and water together in a pot, bring to a low boil, and reduce the heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and add in the Ginger, Basil, and Pear to the syrup. I turned off the heat and let the pot sit on the stove for an hour. Strain the syrup into an airtight jar. You can keep the the syrup in the refrigerator up to a month. 

1 Seckel Pear
1/2 Ounce Ginger/Basil/Pear simple syrup 
2 Ounces Gin 
Ginger Ale 

Slice the sides off the Seckel Pear. Set the middle aside for Garnish. Cube the rest

Combine The Pear and 1/2 Ounce Simple Syrup to a Cocktail Shaker and Muddle 

Add 2 Ounces of Gin, fill with ice, and shake 

For a clean cocktail you're going to want to double strain this over ice. You have a lot floating around from the muddle. 

Top off with Ginger Ale and Garnish with the Pear. 


Tuesday, November 5, 2013


I had intentions of posting a weekly Halloween DIY. But I had a wedding every weekend in October. So between being a Groomsmen and Masters of Ceremony... I've been a little busy... I am sorry though! 
This last weekend I did get to celebrate my favorite holiday. This was our first crack at throwing a Halloween Party. We might have had a little too much booze? I like to think it made a "Happy" party.
The theme of the night was "Obscure Celebrities from pop culture" My boyfriend and I are the "Let us play with your look" People. I think the last photo wins for the night though. The "Love Blair" and "Studs and Buttonholes" are spot on. case you didn't know who Geof and I dressed up as

Thursday, October 3, 2013


I had to get these hands the minute I saw them at Michaels. This is perfect for Halloween... or whenever. I attached the hands with sew on snaps, so you can remove it without any damage. The hands are on the heavy side, so this works best on a structured Jacket. 
Left to Right 
1. This is optional, I like the black on black look, so I spray painted the hand. 
2. Glue the Male side of a snap to the palm of the hand. I used Quick Grip by Beacon, hands down my new favorite glue. The company is family owned and the glue is made in New York. 
3. Sew the Female side of the snap to the shoulder of the jacket. 
4. I found this metal skull button, so I swapped out the jackets button. 

Special Thanks To Geof** for the Photos, and Mary for the Flashlight holding. 
**Special NOT Thanks to Geof for later breaking a finger off the hand.The hand that just so happens to be sold out.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


I love Halloween, I have been dying to start posting tutorials. So from here to October 31st, I will be posting Halloween related projects, not all will be party related. 
This idea was a group effort. I was getting drinks with my good friends Maria and Alessandra. I was filling them in on the Halloween party i'm co-planning this year. I made it VERY clear that booze would be flowing all night at this event. So a stocked bar was a must.

Maria suggested a "Jack"-O-Lantern. A plastic pumpkin filled with Jack Daniels. I quickly realized those plastic pumpkins are nowhere near food safe. Why not try a real pumpkin? Why not make it a shot dispenser? The idea was born. The instructions for the "Watermelon/Pumpkin Keg" are all over the internet, so I know this isn't an original idea. Just my spin on it. 

Left to Right 
1. Carve the Pumpkin like normal. Place a cup on the top and score around it for a perfect circle. 
2. Gut the Pumpkin with an ice cream scoop, make sure to get out all the guts. Don't scrape too much of the meat out. You want the sides strong. Rinse with water.
3. Use an apple corer to make a hole in the Pumpkin. It should be pretty close to the bottom. 
4. Assemble the Beverage Dispenser in the hole. Make sure that you use the rubber grommet. You want the washer at the back to be tight, but not so tight that it cracks the Pumpkin. Place the Pumpkin on a silver candle holder. 
I found these fun Martha Stewart test tubes. I plan to fill them with a layered shot. You'll have to use your imagination on this. I didn't want to make 10 layered shots just for me to drink. I plan to layer Grenadine, Peach Schnapps, and Fireball Whisky. Layer in that order, I filled a glass bowl with clear marbles so the shots stand up. I'm entertaining the idea of some dry ice in the bowl.

Here is where you'll find some of the pictured Halloween items: Flameless Candle / Test Tubes / Skull Spout 

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Sharks are really having a moment. 
With the Givenchy shark tooth necklace, SHARKNADO, and of course... Shark Week. I personally am not ashamed to admit to watching SHARKNADO three times. Now, the only thing cooler than Ian Ziering sawing out of a shark... is a color changing shark tooth. All you need is some Thermochromatic Pigment. It comes in a bunch of colors, and is way easier to use than you think. The pigment turns clear at 92°F (33°C). So you can mix it in almost anything, like paint, resin, or glue. I mixed it with white resin, so room temp its black, when you wear it, your body heat turns it white.
Left to Right
1. Mix the two silicon together. You have to work fast, you have about one minute before it starts to harden. 
2. Roll a ball. flatten it, and push the shark tooth in. Let set for 20 minutes
3. Mix one to one of resin together, add a scoop of thermochromatic pigment and stir together. Pour into the mold. **Work fast. 
4. The tooth should be set in about 5 minutes, remove from the mold and put a screw eye in the top. Make sure you go fast before it sets. 
5. Repeat until you have enough teeth. I used 7
6. Attach the teeth to your chain with jump rings. 

Monday, August 5, 2013


All I know is, we never had cool pencil cases like this when I was in school. 
This post is a two for one. I keep finding really cool pencil cases in the back to school sections. The hard case is from Target, the pouch (Bottom of the post) I picked up at Michaels... You can never have too many clutches. 

Left To Right
1. Pry the metal plate off the front, fair warning... its not easy. 
2. I bought a pack of metal plates at Michaels, as well as the gold brads. The hinge is from the hardware store. Use E6000 glue to glue the metal plate in the center of the clutch. 
3. Bend the brads through the hinge holes. Bend them so they are hidden.
4. Glue the hinge to the plate. 
5. Cut off the brad prongs 
6. Glue the brads to the corners of the plate. Repeat all sets on the other side when the glue sets. 

Just in case you wanted to know what I keep in my clutch....
**Bonus DIY**
I loved this bag as is, I carried it that way for a few days... It's also only $5 at Michaels. But after I finished the box clutch I added some hardware.... I might be adding a hinge to every bag I make. Just use the brads to attach the hinge. Boom, Michael Kors wanna be. 

Thanks for the photos Geof 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


This DIY is a little more involved than my other tutorials. I promise that its easier than it looks. You will be making your own pattern for these... again, not scary, I promise you can do this. This pattern is so simple and so adaptable. If you want to simplify, you don't have to do the pockets. 
I loved all the Metallic's in the Lanvin S/S2013 show and I loved Pharrell wearing the hell out of it in the Blurred Lines video. Frankie Morello did gold metallics a favor as well... thats really where my inspiration came from.
Photo credits. and 

Right to Left
1. Fold a pair of shorts that fit you in half and trace them on craft paper. Add a seam allowance and a little extra on the side and top. This is the "Back".
2. Cut out the pattern and trace a second one. Make a half circle from the center of the top to the outside seam. This will be your pocket and the "front".
3. Now you need a pocket lining, cut out a second "front" this one will be half the length of the pant. Instead of the curved inside seam just square it off. You should have a rectangle with a curved pocket cut out.
4. Cut out 2 "back" patterns / 2 "front" patterns / 2 pocket linings
5. Gold side facing, match up the pocket and stitch the seam together.
6. Flip the pocket to the inside. Paper clip the seam down so you can top stitch it. This way you won't poke holes in the fabric. Repeat for the other side.
Right to Left
7. Fold the pocket in half, stitch the bottom of the pocket closed.
8. Gold sides facing stitch the from and back inseam and outseams together.
9. With one leg inside out, put the other leg right side out inside the leg. Stitch the seam together with a strong zig zag stitch. This will be the crotch and seat seam, you want it to be strong.
10. Measure the front of the pant. Cut out two rectangles that length and 4 inches tall. This is your waistband.
Right to Left
11. Stitch the two sides together so you have a circle. Line the seams up on the shorts and the waistband. Stitch the two together all around the top.
12. Fold the waistband over to meet the seam allowance inside. Zig Zag stitch all the way around leaving a 2 inch gap at the back
13. Thread elastic through the waist (I used a knitting needle) stitch together and stitch the waistband closed. Try them on and adjust how much elastic you want.
14. Stitch the elastic together and Hem the shorts. I just cut mine to the length I wanted and put fray check around it.
Thanks For the Photos Geof! 
All Photos Are Property of Studs and Buttonholes unless otherwise noted

I have always wanted this blog to be helpful, not a place of rants. This is a story I need to share though. This weekend while wearing this outfit I was subjected to a disgusting display of discrimination. My boyfriend and I planned to meet friends and a local dueling piano bar (So obviously a high end establishment) 

I was told by a door staff of $5 dollar haircuts that I was wearing a "Costume" and quote "Shit" I was then told "This is a bar, we have standards and a dress code" 
I was forced to stand on the sidewalk while guys wearing jean shorts, t-shirts from a 3pack and flip flops were welcomed in. So I guess this outfit comes with a warning. Beware of bigot staff members, you may just look so offensive, local 1 star establishments will simply refuse to take your money. 
I guess I should also apologize for offending your eyes with this tutorial. 
Terribly sorry, Love Dan 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


I keep seeing oversized black hats on street style blogs and runways. They aren't cheap... I found this straw dad hat at Target though and loved the shape. It comes in different sizes, I got the XL so it would be a bit oversized.
Left to Right 
1. Get a Hat (I'm not sure why I made this a step)
2. Remove the ribbon, if you get this hat its just glued on with a little hot glue. 
3. Spray paint the hat with flat black spray paint. **Outside or in a well ventilated area
4. Use the old ribbon to measure out a new peice of black ribbon. 
5. Hot glue it around the base of the hat
6. Boom, easiest DIY ever. 
 Thanks for the photos Geof

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