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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Foster the People

Dirty Heads

Dirty Heads

We got freaky at #KAABOO

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No Doubt


Dirty Heads

#KAABOOdelmar main stage at sunset 🌴

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Grace Potter



[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]
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!


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!