Editorial: A Game of Cards at El Capitan Canyon with Jose Villa for Flutter Mag

Kelly
January 05

Happy 2015 everyone! I thought I’d start the year off with one scene from an editorial I shot with Jose Villa for at Flutter Mag. As part of our Glamping story, published in the spring issue, I art directed this fun scene of the models playing a game of cards. We picked a spot just across from the cabins at El Capitan Canyon and I styled the scene with a cute deck of cards and a carafe of Foley rose wine with strawberries and raspberries for color. I pulled wardrobe from Bonita and Dressed/Ready and was going for a casual, elegant camping vibe. There’s tons more pretty from this shoot so stay tuned!

Photography: Jose Villa

Styling: Kelly Oshiro for Flutter Mag

Clothes: Bonita & Dressed/Ready

Location: El Capitan Canyon

Hair & Makeup: Chateau Belle Beauty

Wine: Foley

Carafe & Glasses: A + R Store

 


Entertaining: Dinner in the Apple Orchard

Kelly
November 11

Remember when I was scouting for the location for this shoot? You can check out the full entertaining story online at Flutter Magazine right here, or you can pick up a copy at these stockists or you can buy a print copy of magazine online right here. This was the kind of shoot where everything fell together perfectly in ways that couldn’t have been planned.  A big thank you to the amazing Nancy Neil for the insane photos and the to die for food by Paper Palate.

The signature apple drink  by Paper Palate was a serious hit.

The Menu:

Garden Carrots, Green Olives and Radishes with Bagna Cauda

Roasted Late Summer Tomato Soup with Herb Pesto Oil

Roasted Two Day Salted Whole Local Chicken

Pumpkin Tacos

Okra & Tomato Salad

Stuffed Baked Apple with Melted Cheddar Cheese

The table itself had a beautiful galvanized finish and is available for rent from Vintage Vignettes. Each place setting consisted of  gorgeous plates from Anthropologie, a hand painted menu by Rebekah Miles, glassware from Upstairs at Pierre Lafond, vintage flatware, and napkins by Rachel Craven.

I used pre-made loose weave ribbon around candles and tucked in millet, wheat, scabiosa, and astrania instead of doing a traditional flower arrangement. Flowers can be purchased at Fabulous Florals.

Pumpkin tacos, check out the recipe here.

Local Cambria Estate Wines paired perfectly with the menu.

I found these short tumblers from Upstairs at Pierre Lafond and I knew they’d be perfect for our baked apple dessert.

Dig in! Thank you to all the contributors and Flutter Magazine! I’ll be posting some behind the scenes action on Wednesday.

Credits:

Photography: Nancy Neil // Styling + Production: Kelly Oshiro // Food: Paper Palate // Location: Private Ranch // Serving platters, glassware, lanterns: Upstairs at Pierre Lafond // Tables: Vintage Vignettes // Menus: Rebekah Miles // Napkins: Rachel Craven // Wine: Cambria // Purchase Flowers: Fabulous Florals

 


On the Rocks: Raspberry-Champs Punch

Melissa
May 10

TGIF! This luscious libation is a great go-to crowd pleaser. It’s super easy to make in large batches and oh-so-tasty. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Champagne

Raspberry Liquor

Fresh Lemonade

Pineapple juice

*To make one cocktail, fill glass half way with champagne, add a tiny splash of raspberry liquor and pineapple juice, and fill with lemonade.

-XOXO Melissa

P.S. IF you were wondering, my wedding was INCREDIBLE and so so fun! I can’t wait to share details with you soon!

Photographer: Jess Wilcox
Mixologist: Melissa Traub

On the Rocks: Blended Beer Margarita

Melissa
April 12

Okay, I know what you’re thinking–beer in a margarita?! That’s crazy talk! My mom actually introduced me to this recipe and it is so refreshing and delightful! Perfect for these sunny Santa Barbara days. Cheers!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 shots of gold tequila

1/2 shot triple sec

2 lime wedges

Heavy splash of Mexican beer

Heavy splash of lemon lime soda (or Sprite)

*Squeeze limes and add all ingredients in a blender with ice. Serve blended with a salted rim–quadruple the recipe for a pitcher.

-XOXO Melissa

Photographer: Jess Wilcox
Mixologist: Melissa Traub

On the Rocks: Washington Apple Martini

Melissa
April 05

TGIF! Kelly and I have been hard at work putting together some fabulous details for my upcoming wedding (only two weeks away!) and it’s about time for a cocktail. I’m not a huge fan of SHOTS but I do love a good ol’ Washington Apple shooter, so I figured….why not make it into a martini?!

I stuck with a traditional Washington Apple recipe since I didn’t feel there was anything else needed. It turned out to be even more delicious as a yummy “sipper” rather than taking back a shot in one big gulp. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 shots Crown Royal Whiskey

1/2 shot Apple Puckers

Heavy Splash of cranberry juice

*Shake with ice and serve up!

-XOXO Melissa

Photographer: Jess Wilcox
Mixologist: Melissa Traub

On the Rocks: Blackberry Salty Dog

Melissa
March 22

Can you believe this go-go-gorgeous weather we’ve been having?! I am counting down the hours until I can enjoy one of these bad boys with the beau on our deck…..I LOVE me a good ol’ salty dog and the addition of blackberries brings this cocktail to another level. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 shots of vodka

4-6 fresh blackberries

Grapefruit juice (get fancy and make it fresh, totally worth it!)

Lime wedge

Kosher Salt

*Muddle blackberries and lime wedge in a flat-surfaced glass (extract oils from lime rind), add vodka and fill with grapefruit juice. Serve on the rocks with a salted rim.

-XOXO Melissa

 

Photographer: Jess Wilcox
Mixologist: Melissa Traub

On the Rocks: Coconut-Lime Mojito

Melissa
March 08

Happy Friday SB Chic readers! The weekend could NOT have come sooner for me, and today we are mixing up one of my all-time-fav concoctions-a mojito! I LOVE coconut, but some of the coconut mojitos I’ve had frankly taste like sunscreen…but this recipe is fresh, light, and absolutely delightful!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 shot clear rum

Tiny splash of simple syrup

Lime wedge

Fresh mint leaves

Splash of coconut milk

Lemon-lime soda (aka Sprite)

Soda

*Add lime wedge, 7-10 mint leaves, simple syrup, and coconut milk into a glass (note: you can find canned coconut MILK pretty much anywhere–which is different than coconut water). Muddle these ingredients and make sure to extract the oils from the lime rind, and try not to massacre the mint (muddle gently–the last thing you want is mint stuck in your teeth). Add ice, rum, fill with lemon-lime soda, and top with a splash of club soda. Give a good shake and serve on the rocks.

-XOXO Melissa

Photographer: Jess Wilcox
Mixologist: Melissa Traub