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


In the Kitchen with Le Petite Chef:
Shaved Fennel, Apple, & Crispy Quinoa Salad

Kelly
December 04

I love seasonal, healthy, salads (especially during the heavy-eating holiday season…) and this recipe by Le Petite Chef is certainly that. Make it:

For the Salad:

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa

1 cup chicken broth (low sodium is fine if preferred)

1 small fennel bulb, trimmed

1 honeycrisp apple

2 tbsp pomegranate seeds

2 cups mixed greens, rinsed and dried

1 tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp salt

For the Dressing:

3 tbsp Greek yogurt

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

2 tsp honey

1/4 cup olive oil

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions

1. To cook the quinoa, add the broth to a pot and bring to a boil. Stir in the quinoa, cover and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer until all of the broth has been absorbed, approximately 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

2. While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the rest of the salad. Place the greens on a platter. Using the mandoline, thinly slice the fennel bulb and apple. Drizzle a little lemon juice on top of the apple slices to prevent browning. Scatter the fennel, apple and pomegranate seeds over the greens.

3. To make the dressing whisk together the greek yogurt, Dijon mustard and honey. Transfer the yogurt mixture into a jar and add olive oil, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper to taste.  Seal jar and shake vigorously to combine ingredients.

5. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a medium sauté pan. Set over medium-high heat. Once the oil has heated, add the quinoa to the pan and spread out across the surface. Refrain from stirring as this will allow the quinoa to crisp up.  After 2-3 minutes, give the quinoa a stir and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Season with 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Remove from heat.

6. Using a spoon, sprinkle the quinoa over the salad.  Drizzle dressing on top and serve.

Photography: Lane Dittoe

Food: Le Petite Chef

Styling: Kelly Oshiro of SB Chic

Location: Apple Lane Farms


Fashionable: A Chunky Olive Infinity Scarf

Kelly
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.

SHOP THE LOOK:

 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: 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

 


Well Said

Kelly
November 08

Photo via here.


Shoesday

Kelly
November 05

‘Tis the season to start getting ready for holiday parties and these happy plaid kicks are all high on my list. Shop it here: