Studs & Pearls book review

Studs & Pearls book review and giveaway - ends 6/8I love doing book reviews, and this one makes me particularly excited. My friend Kirsten from Studs & Pearls (the DIY fashion blog) has recently released her first book! It’s called Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion. Let me start by being honest and letting you know that I don’t read that many fashion blogs. You are reading the blog of someone who feels most comfortable in jeans and Star Wars t-shirts. But that doesn’t mean I don’t ever want to be fashionable . . . in fact, I would love to kick it up a notch, but I’m a little scared. And that is exactly what I love about Kirsten’s blog – I feel that her fashion is trendy AND attainable! She does a perfect job of bridging the gap between high fashion and, well, normal outfits that still make you look stylish. I truly love Kirsten’s blog and am so excited to share Studs & Pearls with you.

Here are my five favorite things about this book.

1. You don’t need special skills. If you’re concerned because you aren’t a master seamstress or expert DIYer, don’t be – THIS book is perfect for you. And that’s what I love about Studs & Pearls. Being your own DIY fashionista isn’t as difficult as you think, so grab a few basic tools and try it!

2. The introductory section has a lot of information. Kirsten has laid out DIY basics (including tools), tips & tricks, and ideas for inspiration. I’ve been crafting my whole life and read a few things that made me think, “that’s a good idea.” You are never too old to learn something new, or learn something for the first time if DIY is new to you.

71Cgbmj9qeL._SL1500_3. You get a lot of variety in the multiple sections. Kirsten’s covered clothing, shoes, accessories, and jewelry. You get a huge variety of projects within those categories, so no worries about finding something you like. (By the way, I’m dying to make the watercolor jeans you see above).

4. Every project has alternative suggestions. After each project, there are several images that show other options for customization. This is awesome because obviously we don’t all have the same style or fashion sense. You’re getting a great bang for your buck with this text just based on all of the inspiration.

5. The difficulty level is listed for each project. I like this just so I know what to expect. Also if you are a first timer, this really helps you in deciding where to begin. Speaking of difficulty, the instructions and images are really clear. You won’t have a hard time completing these projects if you follow the great instructions!

719qDB2cw5L._SL1500_You are really going to love Studs & Pearls. Grab a copy for yourself, or if you know a budding DIYer/fashionista, this would make a perfect gift. Grab it on Amazon!


  1. lesley says

    i recently started my own jewelry company so this would be great for inspiration as well as photo-taking ideas.

  2. RobinM says

    I’d like to win because I could use some tips and tricks to turn up my style a notch or two. :)

  3. April says

    I am a jeans and geek shirt girl as well but I will take all the help I can get, lol.

  4. Kate says

    I really enjoyed your review! It makes me feel like this is something my daughter and/or I would be able to do. She’s 12 going on 17, so I know that pretty soon she’s going to be wanting to do a lot of money spending at the mall… unless we can do even cooler things at home! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  5. Sue H. says

    I’d love to win because I love DIY with new ideas. And my clothes need HELP!

  6. says

    I’d like to win this book because I want to try to make money selling my crafts, and this book looks to have a lot of good advice & information!

  7. Karen W. says

    This sounds like such a great book! I would love to try some of the projects. Add a little style to my usual t-shirt and jeans attire.

  8. Gina says

    OMGGGGG I love this book & would love to add to my collection!!! Amazing I hope I win!!! So many amazing things to make!!! <3 Thank You for giving us the chance to win… P.S. I am also a tee & Jeans type of gal! LOL 😉 <3

  9. Shai Williams says

    I am always looking for new inspiration & I would love some tips on how to make my clothing personalized.

  10. April B says

    I would love to win the book for my 14 yr daughter. She loves to be creative and enjoys new ideas. The book would be a real treat for her.

    Thank you for the giveaway……….

  11. Tina R. says

    I would love to win this book to show me tips and tricks for a variety of projects. Learn what tools are best and how to revamp some things. I have just started sewing again after many many years and crafting, both took a back seat to life in general and I would like to get moving again and re-learn some things and learn new things.

  12. Deborah says

    I have exhausted all my books…time for a new and exciting adventure with this book!!!