On The Rocks: Spring Fling

Kelly
March 22

It’s definitely feeling like spring (and even, possibly, summer) here in Santa Barbara and what better way to celebrate the season than with this blooming cocktail? I collaborated with Greg Brechbiel of Sama Sama Kitchen to create this pretty floral libation and  it was captured beautifully by Leela Cyd. I styled the shot with edible flowers, in this case, white cosmos. I love how its like the cocktail is wearing its own little floral corsage.

To mix up your own Spring Fling you’ll need:

2 oz bourbon

1/2 Lemon squeezed

1 whole strawberry muddled

1oz ginger beer

2 dash barrel aged bourbon bitters

Muddle strawberry, lemon juice, bourbon. in a martini shaker. Add ginger beer, bitters, ice, shake and strain. Server up in a coupe or martini glass. Garnish with an edible flower like cosmos.

Photography: Leela Cyd

Styling: Kelly Oshiro for Flutter Mag

Bartender: Greg Brechiebel


My New Website!!!!

Kelly
March 02

I’m super excited to be launch my new styling and wedding industry business services website right here at kellyoshiro.com.

There are two main service areas I’m focusing on, the first is the the styling and creative side:

  • Product or location editorials. I produce beautiful product images for your marketing needs or produce beautiful story-telling imagery to showcase your location.
  • One-on-one. I can create custom editorials for your portfolio ranging from wedding to lifestyle content. I’m super excited to be creating editorials with Jen Huang for her one-one-one workshops.

And, I’m also offering some rad business to business services including:


DIY: A Hot Pink Gal-entine’s Day Arrangement

Kelly
February 10

I asked Camille of Camilla Floral Design to create a chic arrangements that anyone could re-create for their Gal-entine’s festivities for Flutter’s blog. You can see the full post right here. From Camille:

“I wanted a bold, bright color palette that felt fun and appropriate for a bunch of girls hanging out. I envisioned a group of creative women, all in fields of design, having dinner before going out dancing. The paint swatch wall added a bold swath of color that was easy to DIY, and the geometry of the squares and rectangles reflected other geometric shapes I used throughout: a gold and copper hex pattern I painted on the wood vases, the square ceramic dishes with floating blooms, the votive holders, even a gold hex print on the tumblers. I painted the bottom half of the white ceramic bud vases copper to match the copper print on the wood vases. It’s so easy to customize inexpensive vases like these. Kelly had the idea to use extra paint swatches as a runner under the flowers. The finished table feels modern and fun, and the scale of the floral design is something anyone can achieve with flowers from the farmer’s market.”

Here’s how to create your own arrangement:

1. Allow fresh flowers at least two days to open up fully, especially the amaryllis.

2. I spray painted some of the camellia leaves copper and let them dry.

3. I begin with the larger, heavier flowers. In this case, a couple stems of amaryllis. I like to let their heavy heads rest just over the rim of the vase. I did the same with a few of the peonies; these big flowers will provide a backdrop for the more delicate sweet peas and ranunculus to float over.

4. Then, I add some of the camellia leaves for longer, leggy lines and to create a framework for the other flowers.

5. I added garden roses next, using clusters of two or three, followed by the rest of the peonies.

6. The ranunculus and sweet peas are last, adding some ‘bounce’ and looseness. If you try to implement the ranunculus too early, they get smooshed and lost among the bigger flowers. Their shape is just too epic for that!

7. Last, I adjust some of the camellia leaves for contrast among all the shades of pink.

Photography: Lacie Hansen

Floral Design & Concept: Camellia Floral Design

Prop Styling & Art Direction: Kelly Oshiro for Flutter Magazine

Flowers: Florabundance

 

 

 

 


Gal-entine Day Ideas with Flutter Magazine

Kelly
February 09

I’m not super to into V-day, but I am down for any excuse to drink champagne and sit at a pretty table. Camille from Camellia Floral Design wanted to create a modern hot pink table mixed with gold and brass accents for a faux Gal-entine’s day brunch for Flutter’s blog.

I pulled organic white ceramic plates from Porch, along with wood, gold, and brass elements to go with the floral containers. While at Porch we found the perfect salt and pepper holder for the table and hexagon mercury glass candle holders that echoed the hex pattern Camille painted on the containers. Camille adhered paint chips to wall behind the table to create a little backdrop and I used the left over paint chips on the table as an runner. Pink juice plus champagne with pomegranate seeds added even more color in the most insane gold dipped glasses. At each setting I floated a gold leaf tray with one sweet pea for a further pop of color.

You can pop over to Flutter for their feature on this table right here and tomorrow, I’ll show you how Camille put together this floral arrangement so you can create it for your best gal-pal Valentine’s day brunch!

Photography: Lacie Hansen

Floral Design & Concept: Camellia Floral Design

Prop Styling & Art Direction: Kelly Oshiro for Flutter Magazine

Tabletop Props: Porch

Napkins: Hudson Grace

Linens: La Tavola

Flowers: Florabundance


Entertaining: Nordic Inspired Brunch

Kelly
April 02

I love me a good brunch situation and when Kim, the editor of Flutter Magazine, asked me to style a modern, Nordic, take on brunch I was wayyy on board. The amazing Ayda Robana made the most incredible spread with quick pickles (obsessed), buckwheat pancakes, frisee salad with poached eggs and pork belly (hello, yum) all paired with amazing artisanal hot chocolate by Jessica Foster Confections. Nancy Neil captured all the action perfectly and also hosted our little soiree at her amazing cabin. We shot this on my birthday and it was certainly the best way to spend it! To see more of the spread, pick up a PRINT copy of the magazine here or visit the Flutter blog here.

Photography: Nancy Neil

Food: Om Sweet Mama

Styling: Kelly Oshiro for Flutter Magazine

Hot chocolate: Jessica Foster Confections

Tabletop: Huset Shop, A + R, Upstairs at Pierre Lafond

Rentals: Yeah! Rentals

Menus: Lazaro Press

Champagne Bar: Corks n’ Crowns

Flowers: Fabulous Florals

 


Flutter Workshop: The Art of Arrangements

Kelly
January 27

I was super honored to teach Flutter magazine’s first ever workshop, The Art of Arrangements with some of the most stunning seasonal fall flowers from Fabulous Florals (which PS sells to everyday floral enthusiasts not just florists). Joel Serrato came out and shot the fun on FILM and, of course, a little champs was involved. Le Petite Chef made a spread of bite-sized lady like treats including pumpkin whoopie pies (yum). I demostrated a basic taping technique, explained how to use foliage to create the initial shape of an arrangement, how to build and place flowers for maximum effect.  Then everyone got to work playing with flowers. I pulled a variety of china, flatware and glassware from Town & Country Event Rentals and then each student got to design their own little tabletop setup. For my setup, I went with a more modern vibe and used velvet midori ribbon as an accent. It was so much fun to meet so many awesome ladies and play with flowers! And stay tuned, I’ll be teaching another intimate workshop soon…

Photography: Joel Serrato

Flowers: Kelly Oshiro

Food: Le Petite Chef

Flowers provided by: Fabulous Florals

Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals

Prop Rental: Vintage Vignettes

Ribbon: Midori

HOSTED BY FLUTTER MAGAZINE 


Flower Chic: Holiday Flower Ideas

Kelly
December 16

I love an oversized centerpiece for a holiday buffet and this one features some my favorite flowers of the season including: holiday greens, flannel flower, hellebore, amaryllis, scabiosa, gold painted eucalyptus, and baby’s breath.

You can pick up the ingredients to make this arrangement at Fabulous Florals and you’ll need:

- 1 mixed bunch holiday greens

- 3 amaryllis

- 1 bunch hellebore

- 3 bunches flannel flower

- 1 bunch gold spray painted eucalyptus

- 1 bunch baby’s breath

-1 bunch scabiosa

I used an oversized wrought iron urn, you can find sometime similar at your local garden store. Since this container was hollow on the bottom, I put wet floral foam in a mini bucket and overlaid it with chicken wire. For bigger arrangements like this, chicken wire helps to keep the flowers and the foam together. Begin by placing your big greenery pieces to create your shape. Layer in gold eucalyptus and baby’s breath. Place your amaryllis and then the smaller flowers, hellebore, flannel flower, and scabiosa. Happy arranging!

Photography: Bryce Covey

Flowers: Kelly Oshiro for SB Chic

Floral Supplier: Fabulous Florals

Container, Table, Tin Tiles: Vintage Vignettes