What's in My Styling Kit?

What is a Photo Stylist?
A photo stylist works with the photographer of a shoot to source and set up the props, products, and clothes that create the mood of the photographs or editorial story.

Why Do They Need a Kit?
A photo stylist's kit contains all of the tools needed to create the look of the set. Often times, the stylist has to create an illusion of a well-fitting wardrobe piece or help angle a prop to make it look better under the lighting and the camera lens. The items in the kit are invaluable to a stylist's job and are always being added to and evolving.

What's in My Styling Kit
1. Handheld Steamer
2. Clothing Rack and Extra Hangers
3. Tote with lots of easily accessible pockets
4. Business Cards
5. Memo Pad, Pen, Sharpie, Highlighter
6. Goo Gone
7. Apron
8. Reusable Shopping Bag
9. Sewing Kit
10. Tissue/Filler Paper
11. Hand Sanitizer
12. Bungee Cord
13. Mini First Aid Kit
14. Mini Surge Protector
15. Monofilament or Fishing Line
16. Adhesives- Painter's Tape, Masking Tape, Mounting Tape, Super Glue
17. Disinfecting Wipes
18. Travel Size Wrinkle-Free Spray
19. Travel Size Febreeze Spray
20. Car Seat-Back Hanger Hooks
21. Clothespins/Clamps/Clips (Plastic and Metal)
22. T-pins
23. Safety Pines
24. Bobby Pins
25. Energy Drink and a Snack
26. Shoe Laces
27. Box Cutter
28. Scissors
29. Measuring Tape
30. Non-Slip Shoe Inserts
31. No-Show Socks
32. Black, White, and Neutral Bandeau Tops
33. Sunscreen and Bug Spray
34. Manicure Kit
35. Vaseline Mini
36. Makeup Remover Wipes
37. Cotton Swabs or Q-tips
38. Nail Polish Remover
39. Travel Size Hairspray
40. Plastic Rain Bonnet

Where to Shop
When building and maintaining your kit, check dollar stores and dollar bin sections of big-box stores for products that might be helpful on set. I find the best stuff in the hardware section at the dollar store! Also check the travel toiletry sections for products that will take up less space in your kit. If you use products up quickly, refill them from a larger container. Always be on the lookout for new things to add to your kit- I am currently on the hunt for a mini-size WD40!

How to Store Your Kit
It's important to have a container for your kit that can hold a lot, but still keep everything organized and accessible. Consider wearing an apron on set to keep necessities at hand.

The most important tip I can give to a photo stylist building their kit is: ALWAYS BE PREPARED! You never know what a day on set will bring, where you might end up shooting, or what changes might occur. Be ready for any situation, and you will be an on-set all star!

[diy] Cheer Bow Wreath

As a former cheerleader, and current cheer coach, I have accumulated about a bazillion cheer bows over the years. I love everything about cheer bows-- not just the shape and the sparkle, but also the memories each bow holds. I didn't want to leave them sitting in storage anymore, but I wanted something more "mature" than a bow hanger. Watch my video to learn how to display your bows in a way that makes them decorative, but still easily accessible if you want to wear one!

KAABOO Del Mar :: Grand Tour

It's like Urban Outfitters threw up in here #KAABOO

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#KAABOO

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Foster the People

Dirty Heads

Dirty Heads

We got freaky at #KAABOO

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No Doubt

Griz

Dirty Heads

#KAABOOdelmar main stage at sunset 🌴

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Grace Potter

Katastro

Katastro

[behind the scenes] Emma Kidd

Back in May, I had the opportunity to style upcoming singing sensation Emma Kidd for some new photos for her website. We spent an entire day roaming around San Diego, taking fun photos that perfectly represent Emma's personality. I dressed her in a combination of new and vintage clothing, in bright colors. I also tried to work in some interesting prints and textures, while bringing out a slight rock n' roll edge. Watch the video at the end of this post to follow us on our photo shoot day!

The day's rack-- so many pretty clothes!

Our first shot was in front of a beautiful mural in a hidden spot downtown.

Behind the scenes: Robert lining up the shot, while Meagan fixes Emma's hair, and Channing holds up a reflector to block the light from creating shadows.

Behind the scenes: my styling kit, along with the shoes and jewelry for the next look!

Emma created a playlist for the shoot so that she could jam out all day!

Behind the scenes: Emma singing along and playing air guitar.

A slightly more sophisticated look with some playful shoes.

Emma's favorite dress of the day-- she ended up keeping this one!

Emma Kidd Photo Shoot Team

Photographer: Robert Dahey

Photo Assistant: Channing Renee

Hair and Makeup: Meagan Brown

Wardrobe: Holeh Zargarian

[grand tour] Julian, CA


On Saturday, Kevin and I drove up to Julian to explore the tiny town famous for it's incredible apple pie. After a slice, of course, we poked around in all of the adorable gift shops and went a little sugar-crazy in the Julian Candy Basket. I also couldn't resist buying a few of the beautifully scented handcrafted soaps from the sweet woman behind the counter at the Julian Soap Company. It was a relaxing afternoon, enjoying the crisp winter air and passing a bottle of root beer back and forth while meandering lazily down the charmingly uneven sidewalks of the main drag. We finished off the day with chicken pot pie, grilled cheese, and fried pickles at the Rongbranch Restaurant and went home with full bellies and a fresh apple crumble pie for my parents. 










What I wore: Floppy Hat from eBay, Cream Shirt from Forever 21, White and Gray Scarf from Target, High-waist Skinny Jeans from Hollister, Five Layer Fringe Boots from Minnetonka, Bracelets from Charming Charlie and Walmart, Watch from Rue 21.


Watch my Vlog of the day's adventures...


Have you ever visited Julian, California? What was your favorite thing to do there? Leave a comment and let me know!

Merry Christmas!

Hello and happy holidays, my little Pocket Monsters! I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and whatever else you celebrate! I got to spend the morning with my mom and sister, and the evening with some of my wonderful friends. Take a look at how I spent my day in the video below!

I would like to wish you all a happy New Year! I will be back with tons of new DIYs, videos, and inspiration in 2015. Cheers!

DIY Gift Guide :: Kiddos

As the holidays approach, we are all thinking about how we can show the people in our lives that we appreciate them. We all know that I love to DIY, and putting effort into creating a handmade gift always means so much. Every week until Christmas, I'll be posting a DIY gift guide with ideas for things you can create that people actually want.
This week, I found so many fun ideas for things to make for kids! Boys or girls, toddlers or almost pre-teens, there are so many cool tutorials for the little bambinos. When I was a kid, my favorite gifts were either books, or things I could DIY. If you are gifting an older child, you might consider just giving them the materials and letting them create for themselves! Whether you're making gifts for your own kids, or for someone else's (Or even yourself! There are some really cool ideas!), there is something here for all of the little angels in your life.

1. Tee Pee's can provide hours of fun, whether it be a home base for imaginative adventures, or a sweet reading nook. [tutorial]

2. I loved playing dress up with my dolls when I was little. If you can do some simple sewing, follow THIS tutorial to create a doll that looks just like the little girl she'll be gifted to. [tutorial]

3. These homemade bath crayons look like so much fun! Pair them with a rubber ducky, a bottle of bubble bath, and a terry-cloth robe to make the next bath time one they will look forward to! [tutorial]

4. This I-Spy Bottle is a great way to keep a kiddo occupied and quiet, and the little treasures can be changed out every now and then to keep things interesting! [tutorial]

5. Print THESE free paper dolls on card stock, and put them in a small box or repurposed tin with some scissors. [source]

6. Create a science experiment kit! Pick up some simple materials and a bucket to keep them in, print off THESE experiment directions, and let the kids have at it! Bonus points for being educational, as well ;) [tutorial]

7. This Glitter Flubber stuff is just awesome. [tutorial]

8. Marshmallow Shooters are fun to give to your friends kids, and if you are daring, your own. Don't forget a bag of mini marshmallows to get the game started! [tutorial]
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For more DIY gift ideas, check out my DIY page and find more things to create for the wonderful people in your life. And this is the last one! I hope you enjoyed my DIY holiday gift guides!

Van

Photographer: Andrew Casey
Production: Nick Mansfield
Photo Assistant: Carlos Chavez
Wardrobe: Holeh Zargarian
Its hard to believe this photo shoot was an entire year ago. This shot was a one-off from a collection of "missed moments" that was never completed. We drove up a backroad mountain in San Marcos with a van borrowed from some guy that parks on Nick's street and ten bouquets of supermarket flowers. Teenagers kept driving through the background of our shot and hiking into the canyon to smoke weed. It took upwards of two hours to set up the shot, and then, once the sun began to set, we had about a ten minute window to get the perfect shot. And for some reason, I had Elton John's "Rocket Man" stuck in my head the entire time.

DIY Gift Guide :: Guys

As the holidays approach, we are all thinking about how we can show the people in our lives that we appreciate them. We all know that I love to DIY, and putting effort into creating a handmade gift always means so much. Every week until Christmas, I'll be posting a DIY gift guide with ideas for things you can create that people actually want.
This week, we're looking at gifts you can create for the hardest people to shop for-- the men in your life! Guys always seem to be the hardest to read, and the hardest to please, when it comes to presents. I've sifted through all of the Pinterest tackiness and rounded up a few things that your dad, brothers, man-friends, or boyfriend would actually use and love-- even more so if it was made by you!

1. This Jack Daniel's Soap Dispenser will rid your man of any excuses to run out of soap in his man cave bathroom! Use an empty bottle of his favorite liquor, and pair it with a gallon-sized bottle of refill soap. [tutorial]

2. Get the guy in your life to actually want to use coasters by creating these Natural Branch Coasters for his bachelor pad. [tutorial]

3. Help your man-friend make travel more convenient, and keep his side of the bathroom counter organized, with a dop kit. Use this tutorial to sew one yourself, or buy one and personalize it with his monogram. Go above and beyond by filling it with his man-scaping essentials and favorite toiletries. [source]

4. Put together this Guy's Survival Kit for your man to keep in his car. Use the this tutorial to sew your own, or use a simple pencil bag or toiletry case, and fill it with kleenex, hand sanitizer, mints, floss, or whatever else your dude might need in a pinch! [tutorial]

5. If you are feeling really ambitious, try building this Ammo Can Toolbox from scratch. I've also seen this done with tool and tackle boxes! [tutorial]
For more DIY gift ideas, check out my DIY page and find more things to create for the wonderful people in your life. And keep checking back for more DIY holiday gift guides!

[diy inspiration] Christmas Ornaments

One of my favorite things about this time of year is the decorations-- especially the beautiful Christmas trees, dressed up in majestic lights and colors. My family's tree is an eclectic mix of well-loved and meaningful ornaments, collected over time from my parent's first Christmas together until now. Our tree definitely shows our family's personality, but I love looking at the gorgeous perfectly-styled trees as well. I've rounded up some of my favorite DIY ornament tutorials for anyone looking to create a beautiful tree of their own.

Frosted Crystal Ornaments, by Sarah Barksdale Design
 This frosted ornament is super simple and so beautiful! Just roll a clear ornament in glue and then salt for a snowy crystal finish.
Rustic Macrame Ornament, by Decoholic
 I love the nautical feel of this macrame ornament! You could create so many styles depending on the ornament you use, or the kind of string you tie around it.
Mini Snow Globe Ornaments, by NoBiggie
 These bottle brush trees look so elegant surrounded by a pretty glitter snowfall. Change the bow or add beads to the glitter snow to match your Christmas decor.
Photo Ornament, by Fynes Design
 I love this twist on the classic keepsake photo ornament. Use two photos for a double-sided effect, or use the back to display the year and a message.
Paper Punch Snowflake Ornament, by The Ornament Girl
 This paper-punch ornament is really easy and inexpensive to make-- all you need are styrofoam balls, a snowflake paper punch, sequins, and straight pins. It would be a great project for older kids stuck inside during winter break.
Starry Night Glitter Ornament, by Colin Cowie
Paint simple ornament bulbs black and sprinkle just a little glitter, or use a toothbrush to splatter metallic paint, for a blinged-out look that isn't too over-the-top. The gold flecks will reflect the light and add shimmer to your tree!

Melted Crayon Ornaments, by One Cup at a Time
These melted crayon ornaments are another project that would be fun to do with kids! This is a great project if you want to create something more colorful, and is less messy than the "paint-drip"technique.
Gold Leaf Monogram Ornaments, by Sugar & Cloth
No inspiration post would be complete without some sort of monogram. Try this one with pretty gold leaf for a sophisticated look.
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Will you be trying out any of these DIY ornament's for your tree? Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know!

[crave or save] Snow Boots

Sorel Joan of Arctic Boots ($168), from J. Crew
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Merona Neida Winter Boots ($45), from Target

Ever since my trip to Arrowhead last winter, I've been dreaming about a pair of snow boots to give me an excuse to frolic around in the snow. As someone who is perpetually cold, faux-fur lined snow boots sound like heaven when its chilly outside, and as someone perpetually clumsy, the rubber soles sound like extra protection from potentially slipping and falling on my face. The Sorel version has much more attention to detail-- I especially love the hardware on each of the tabs, as well as the fact that there are tabs at the top of the boots to help you pull them on. While the Joan of Arctic's are gorgeous boots, the Target version doesn't fall far behind, mimicking the contract stitching, tabbed D-rings, and real leather upper and thermal rating.
As much as I love snow, we don't get much of it here in Southern California. I adore the Sorel boots, but I don't make the trek up to Big Bear enough to justify a big purchase. I do, however, love clothing that can keep me warm this time of year, so I know I would get some decent wear out of boots like this for days that I need something sturdier than my very old, very loved, and very floppy UGG boots. This time, I'll be choosing the bargain and hunting down these Merona boots on my next trip to Target!


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Do you live in a climate cold enough to justify snow boots? What's your top pick of warm-weather wear for chilly days?

DIY Gift Guide :: Best Girl Frannnds

As the holidays approach, we are all thinking about how we can show the people in our lives that we appreciate them. We all know that I love to DIY, and putting love and effort into creating a handmade gift always means so much. Every week until Christmas, I'll be posting a DIY gift guide with ideas for things you can create that people actually want. 
This week I'm starting with the lovely ladies! Whether its your mom, your sister, or your best girl frannnnnds, these pretty little things would be perfect to show any wonderful woman that you love having them in your life!

1. Print a sweet quote on card stock and use mod podge to add a little glitter. Frame your design to create a pretty accent for your BFF's bedroom. [source]

2. Recreate this adorable ring dish, originally inspired by one from Anthropologie. [tutorial]

3. Cover a large wooden or cardboard cutout of your friend's first initial with silk versions of their favorite flower to create a pretty monogram[source]

4. Bring out your inner chemist and whip up some homemade bath bombs in your bestie's favorite scent with THIS recipe. [tutorial]

5. Use jewelry glue and rhinestones to embellish a pair of gloves or a scarf and add a little bling to some lucky lady's life! [tutorial]

6. Gather everything a girl would need for the perfect mani-pedi, or some simple beauty products for a special day, and throw it all into a mason jar. Create a pretty label for a personal touch. These would be great to keep around for unexpected guests! [source]

7. Make a mini-emergency kit! Grab a small makeup bag, or repurpose and decorate a little tin box, and fill it with all the little things you wish you always had in your purse, like hand sanitizer, bobby pins, mints, tylenol, a nail file, etc. [source]

8. Add one more thing to your emergency kit with this super cute tutorial for emergency glitter pills that will brighten your friend's day with some sparkle! (Careful if your friend has a little one that might try to swallow them!) [tutorial]
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For more DIY gift ideas, check out my DIY page and find more things to create for the wonderful people in your life. And keep checking back for more DIY holiday gift guides!

[crave or save] Capes

Trina Turk Wool Blend Cape ($297), from Nordstrom
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Double Breasted Camel Cape Coat ($57), from Romwe

Capes are back this winter, and I couldn't be happier! I love this sophisticated vintage silhouette, but so far, I haven't found an actual vintage piece that fits all of my requirements. This Trina Turk cape is made from a luxe bled of lambswool and cashmere. I love the wide collar, simple buttons, and double-stitched seams. The Romwe version is made of polyester, but has more prominent details, like gold buttons, piped edges, pockets, and a faux fur-trimmed hood. While the Trina Turk version is more chic, I have to give the Romwe coat extra points for the pockets and hood.
While I like different things about each of these lovely coats, I think this time I'll have to say neither, and hold out to find the perfect vintage cape instead.

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How do you feel about this vintage style coming back into fashion? Would you choose one of these capes, or will you be looking for a vintage version, as well? How would you style the perfect cape-worthy outfit? Leave a comment and let me know!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, my little pocket monsters! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday filled with friends, family, food, and feelings of gratitude. I know that the holiday season isn't easy for everyone, and I've been struggling this year as well. One thing I know for sure, is that feeling thankful can help get you through the hardest times in life. I decided to make a video about how to find an attitude of appreciation, even when it isn't easy to do. 

"If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul."
-Harold Kushner

If you need a little bit of inspiration to get in the spirit of the holiday, click through for my video, and have a very happy Thanksgiving!

5 Ways to Style Your Game Day Jersey

As the weather cools down, the football rivalries are heating up! Last weekend, the Chargers beat the Raiders (again, ahem), and the bandwagon is getting slowww with the weight of all of these fair-weather fans jumping on board. With everyone getting in the spirit, I thought it was time to come up with a few ways for everyone to style their new jerseys (if you still need one, you can find every team here). And of course, I can't expect all of my readers to be Charger fans, but these styles will work for any team colors. The key is to take down the tacky-potential by keeping everything other than your jersey, including accessories and makeup, in neutral tones.
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[San Diego Chargers Nike Women's Jersey, in Navy, from Fanatics.com]
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Give your jersey a feminine edge by pairing it with a trendy envelope skirt and a comfy chunky knit open cardigan. Keep it simple with flat over-the-knee riding boots in a neutral tone.

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[San Diego Chargers Nike Women's Jersey, in Whitefrom Fanatics.com]
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For a classic look, pair a women's fit jersey with ankle-length jeans, a simple blazer, and a fun pair of loafers.  The jeans and flats are comfy and fun, while the blazer adds polish to the sporty pieces.

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Make your boyfriend's oversized jersey look a little girlier by knotting it at the waist over a sexy pencil skirt. Ditching the fussy heels and grab a pair of low-key Converse All-Stars instead.

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[San Diego Chargers Nike Platinum Limited Jersey, in White, from Fanatics.com]
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For an edgier look, don an oversized jersey as a dress (take it in at the sides to avoid looking like a potato sack), and add a few edgy accessories like over-the knee boots (my current obsession), a boater hat, and an armful of bangles.

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If you prefer a vintage look, cut off your jersey (preferably this vintage-inspired one) into a crop top so that it just skims the top of a pair of high-waisted jeans. Dress it up with a pretty pair of heels, or stay comfy in a pair of flats.


Who do you root for during the NFL season? (Go Bolts!) How does your game day outfit show your team spirit? Leave a comment and let me know!

[diy inspiration] Splatter-Painted Purses

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Kim Kardashian stepped out this week with a brand new Birkin, hand painted by none other than her daughter, North. This is such an adorable idea and a great way to keep a sweet reminder of your little one with you all day long. If you're going to let your budding artist go to town on one of your bags, be sure it's one with simple lines and minimal hardware, paired with basic silhouettes in neutral tones, like Kim does here.
Would you let your kids design a handbag for you? What about a coveted Birkin? You could even splatter paint a bag for yourself if you don't have any kids to do it for you ;) Leave a comment and let me know if you try this DIY!

[what i wore] Gray Days

Forever 21 Black Skater Dress, T-shirt Brand Cardigan from Anthropologie, Qupid Gray Over-the-Knee Boots 

I wore this outfit out for dinner and a movie last week. I'm obsessed with over-the-knee everything whenever we finally start getting cooler weather in Southern California. Usually I stick to OTK socks, or my flat OTK studded pirate boots, but I finally grabbed up this low-heeled pair in a soft gray fabric. I can't wait to wear them with everything!

[diy] Logo T-shirt Surgery

Recently I've been on a cleaning and reorganizing kick and trying to get rid of a lot of the extra clutter crowding my very small bedroom. One thing I have wayyy too much of-- T-shirts! I acquire tons of shirts between events, coaching cheer, and the $5 graphic tees in the men's section of Walmart (my weakness). While the guys can get away with it, I have trouble styling boxy crew neck tees for club and nightlife events, like I need to do with my Organized Grime shirts.
After appliquéing the design from my OG Geisha shirt onto this diamond patterned tank top from Charlotte Russe, I was finally wearing it for more exciting events than to bed and the gym. If you have shirts you want to wear to events without sacrificing style for a lame tee, then keep reading!
You will need:
T-shirt with a basic logo
Another shirt (Plain or with similar colors)
Sewing Machine
Thread to match your shirts

Start by laying your shirts out flat (Excuse my wrinkly tees-- be sure to iron yours first!). Cut around your logo, leaving an inch or two of extra fabric around the image. Decide where you want to place your logo and lay it flat on top of your new shirt. Remember, it doesn't have to be centered! Offset graphics (like the way I placed my geisha tee on the tank pictured above) can add a lot of interest to an otherwise boring design. 
I decided to keep this logo centered. Make sure that its in the right place and lined up perfectly. Pin your graphic down, but instead of pinning around, pin on top of the design.
Sew around the logo, just outside the edges of the design. Carefully follow the lines of even the more detailed pieces of the graphic. If your graphic is really large, consider sewing a few lines across the logo to keep the design laying flat on its new shirt and prevent it from bagging after it's been washed.

To complete your project, cut away the excess fabric from the outsides of your appliqué seams. Leave less than a quarter of an inch, keeping your cut lines even. If you need to, use smaller scissors to get into the smaller crevices of the design.

Snip off any extra hanging threads, and your shirt is all ready to wear. You can now head to your event looking stylish and representing your organization with confidence!
Do you have mountains of t-shirts like I do? Do you keep them all on rotation, or do you find other ways to use them? Does this DIY solution work as well for you as it does for me? Leave a comment and let me know!

[diy inspiration] T-shirt Surgery

I somehow seem to acquire so many event t-shirts, cheer practice shirts, and even just plain old regular shirts that get boring after a while. I'm constantly trying to come up with ways to make those boxy boyish event tees more wearable, and jazz up those plain shirts that I'm tired of. Some of these DIY's are really simple, and some require a few more sewing skills, but all of them turn your old shirts into something you might just love all over again.
Lace Insert at Mr. Kate
Lattice Stud Tee at WobiSobi
Croche Trim Seam at Trash to Couture
Slashed Tee at WobiSobi
Lace Sleeves at InterestingFor.Me
Braided Racer-back at WobiSobi
Yoked Tee at CleverGirl
Mesh-back, Bow, and Ruffle Shirt at ShopBop
(This isn't a DIY tutorial, but I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to figure out!)

Have you tried any of these DIYs? Do you have a mountain of shirts laying around unworn like I do? Leave a comment and let me know!