Real Wedding: Rustic Elegance at Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse

October 28

Today I’m showing one of the last weddings I did as an event designer. The couple chose the stunning (though logistically difficult) Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse. The bride was very feminine, and the groom a contractor and was a “guy’s guy” so our goal with the wedding design was to play off and combine the two, all the while keeping the design in a rustic elegant sphere.

For the bride’s bouquet I used a mix of cafe au lait dahlias, garden roses, scabiosa and dusty miller. The groomsmen wore succulents wrapped with torn linen and leather cord.

For the ceremony, the groom built the arbor and Town & Country installed a custom walkway that I stained to match the wood columns. We offset the strong wood with feminine flowers, blue hydranga being the bride’s favorite.

The invitations by Copper Willow featured letterpress and fine twine.

For dinner we did 5 different tabletop looks. For table numbers my assistant Molly and I made upolsetry tack numbers. For the napkin treatment, leather cord was tied in a feminine bow. Rustic wood tables were set with a custom runner of soft blue silk. Wood stumps added to the country vibe and made the silver mercury glass containers seem all the more elegant.

For the lounge I used so many awesome pieces from Found Vintage Rentals and I paired it with Town & Country’s candle wall to make it feel more intimate while not losing the beautiful view. A literal cheese cake served as dessert. To see more of this wedding hop on over to Style Me Pretty.

Photographer: Delesie
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Laura Gresham
Rental Furniture: Found Vintage Rentals
Videographer: Living Cinema
Invitations & Stationery: Copper Willow
Catering: Duo

Fashionable: Winter Whites + A Fringe Purse

December 01

Winters are, well, I wouldn’t say rough here in Santa Barbara, and I find a light weight cable knit sweater is essential for those (slightly) brisk winter days. I paired the sweater with a modern pendant necklace by Jill Michael, slouchy booties, and distressed jeans. Of course, the piece to resistance, is this fringe purse I found while out shopping at Chapala and Parker. I love the playfulness of fringe and the tooled scallop pattern I’m semi-obsessed with. What are your essentials for a Santa Barbara winter?


Content Creator: Kelly Oshiro for Santa Barbara Chic

Photography & Hair and Makeup: Jess Wilcox 

Clothes, jewelry, purse: Chapala & Parker

Location: Santa Barbara Mission

Entertaining: Nordic Inspired Brunch

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


Fashionable: A Chunky Olive Infinity Scarf

December 02

Santa Barbara is certainly scarf country, it never gets quite cold enough for a coat, so my winter uniform consists of great sweaters that go with everything (hello black and white) and lots of scarfs. This one, from Chapala and Parker, is a cozy infinity style. I paired it with classic aged jeans, a gray T, wood bangles, a grey clutch, and houndstooth toms.


 Photography: Lane Dittoe

Styling: Kelly Oshiro of SB Chic

Clothes, jewelry, purse, scarf: Chapala & Parker

Hair & Makeup: Jess Wilcox 

Location: Apple Lane Farms in Solvang


Entertaining: A Persimmon Centerpiece +
Snag the Last Ticket to my Workshop on Nov 2nd!

October 30

I’m super pumped to be teaching my first ever flower and tabletop design workshop THIS weekend, Saturday Nov 2nd. The event is hosted at Flutter Magazine‘s space on Mission and will be FEATURED in the next print issue of the magazine. Grab the last ticket HERE. I’ll be demonstrating fall floral arranging and we’ll get to style a tabletop too.

A BIG thank you to all the support and promotion from 100 Layer Cake, Joel Serrato, Events by Phillipe, Bob Gail Events, Lilly & Louise, Santa Barbara Skinny, and Florabundance. And our sponsors: Flutter Magazine, Joel SerratoLe Petit Chef, Town & Country Event Rentals, Vintage Vignettes, Midori Ribbon and Something Charming

If you’re interested in recreating this persimmon centerpiece in the workshop flyer here is the DIY I posted last year:

1. Since this container is wood, line the bowl with a piece of plastic (a trash bag would work).

2. Then soak two bricks of floral foam and place on the top and side.

3. Cut a piece of floral foam in half, length wise, and wrap with aluminum. This is where your stack fresh persimmons will go (and guests can take if they want, which is why I wrapped that piece of foam in alumnium, nobody wants their fall fruit with bits of floral foam!).

4. Begin placing the persimmon branches and bittersweet to create the base shape of your arrangement.

5. Place your dusty miller to cover the foam and use floral picks to place persimmons at different heights.

6. Place your flowers at different levels, alternating dahlias, ranunuculus and brunia to create texture and interest. Rotate the container regularly so you can make sure you’re arrangement will look good all the way around.

7. Place a stack persimmons in the lower right corner to finish and you’re done!

See the original post here. All photos by the lovely Anna Costa except the DIY photos.


Fashionable: Polo Vibes

October 28

Chanel was right, a little black dress is seriously key piece in any stylish lady’s wardrobe. A couple of weeks ago I styled this dress with a chambray and a fedora for a day time look. This time, I styled this dress simply with an oversized sun hat and Frye boots. This would be perfect look for a cocktail party on a ranch or a casual morning at the Santa Barbara Polo Fields.

Photography: Joel Serrato

Styling: Kelly Oshiro for SB Chic

Location: La Purisima Mission


Inspiration Board: Flower Daydreams

October 24

Dreamy art direction + flowers, what could be better? Photos via my Pinterest.

Upper right photo: Photo: Parker Fitzgerald Styling: Amy Merrick