Flower Chic: Visiting a Dahlia Farm

May 15

I’m so happy my farm to table editorial was published on Snippet & Ink yesterday (check it here) so I can finally share some of the gorgeousness I captured with the amazing photographer, Karen Wise.

Nestled just before the foothills of Carpinteria a variertable flower wonderland of dahlias of all types and varietes trive under the Santa Barbara sun. On this day, I was picking up flowers for a little engagement dinner for Samantha of Could I Have That.

Varieties grown here range from dinner plate to petite red lollipop dahlias like these guys.

For Samantha’s table I picked a variety of bright summer colors, bright reds, yellows, oranges, and fuchsias.

Thanks so much to John of Greenwell Floral for hosting my little editorial project. I will be sharing more of the farms we shot and, of course, the delicious dinner catered by the Duo in the coming weeks.

Photographer: Karen Wise
Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

Color Palette: Spring Pastels

April 03

I love the soft romantic colors of spring, soft pinks, purples in yellows… Above yellow takes centerstage and adds a pop of brightness.

Sage green is another lovely color on which to play aganist. For a wedding I could see using a sage velvet, milk glass containers and spring blooms like clematis, lavender, and ranunuclus.

Of course soft pink is a classic base color. You could drape your table in a soft pink and overlay a couple of layers of pink tulle for a slighty ballet-ish feel. Add in some muted white and peach flowers with a hint of yellow, and you’d have one pretty table. Would you use pastels for your wedding or home?

Photos: 1. Right: Unknown Left: Lilietne 2. Right: via The Alternative Bride Left: via Naughty Shorts 3. Right: Lynette Wills via Behind Ballet Left: Jeremy Harwell via 100 Layer Cake

Let’s Shop: Flower Power

February 21

I know I’m not the only one dying for spring time… I’d wear this flower power dress these insane gold bordered sandals, an orange and white hat, simple earrings and gold bangels. What’s your ideal spring time ensemble?

Shop the look:


Real Wedding: Modern Citrus in Montecito

February 18

I love a simple, and modern wedding, and this one held at the Monastery in Montecito, with its citrus and succulents decor, and small guest count (just 45 guests!) is right up my alley.

The bride wore a classic strapless gown by Va Lena Valentina.

And carried a bouquet with succulents, dusty miller and ranunculus designed by Blue Magnolia.

The 3 bridesmaids wore simple purple dresses.

The groom looking dapper in a Jonathan Behr Bespoke suit.

The wedding was held in the garden of the Monastery, high above Santa Barbara and featured ocean views.

Instead of a formal sit down dinner, the couple chose to throw kind of a cocktail party, with tray passed appetizers and a buffet of goodies for guests to enjoy.  Decor was kept relatively simple with bonsai and citrus trees taking the starring role.

The cake, by Christine Dahl, was decorated simply with buttermilk frosting and fresh citrus. Thank you to Patrick Moyer for sharing this simple, but stunning wedding with Santa Barbara Chic!


Photographer: Patrick Moyer
Bride’s Dress: Va Lena Valentina
Flowers & Decor: Blue Magnolia Events
Groom’s Attire: Jonathan Behr Bespoke
Invitations & Stationery: Minted
Hair & Makeup : TEAM Hair & Makeup

Entertaining: Mid-Century Inspired Hot Chocolate Bar with Jessica Foster Confections

February 04

You all know how much I love Jessica Foster’s truffles (remember this editorial?) and now she’s offering hot chocolate bars for weddings and events. With Valentine’s day around the corner I thought it would be fun to show two different ways you could style a hot chocolate bar. This version, is my “manly” version, lots of brass, decanters and, of course, vintage 60′s glasses. (And yes, there will be cocktail ideas with hot chocolate, check back on Friday for those ideas).

Vintage heart shape plates from Tricia Fountaine, layered with mid-century glassware and of course a few of Jessica’s truffles make for one delicious looking plate.

For this setup, Jessica made a spicy dark hot chocolate and we kept it warm in a copper round chaffing dish from Town & Country Event Rentals.

And of course what hot chocolate bar would be complete without marshmallows? These are made by Jessica and are so light and airy they’re like eating a cloud. Stay tuned for the “lady-like” version of a hot chocolate bar next Monday and of course cocktail ideas this Friday.

Let’s Shop: Rainbow Chic

January 17

Interested in throwing a rainbow chic fiesta? Here are some rainbow inspired products that would set a pretty fun, and definitely colorful table:

Flower Chic: Pink & Orange Tropical Bouquet with Modern Day Designs

January 02

I love me a colorful bouquet of flowers and this one designed by Camille of Modern Day Designs is simply, tropical perfection.

The bouquet is made up of several different types of phalaenopsis orchids (Santa Barbara is fortunate to have a lot of local orchids farms), fuchsia peonies, peach ranunculus, coral dahlias, sandersonia, peach mini callas, and maidenhair fern. I love the rich layers of texture and the color scheme of rich oranges and pinks.

From Camille: “Maybe not the flowers you typically think of for winter, but this bouquet is a good example of ‘me’: loud and showy, gorgeous flowers, vivid colors. I love color and phalaneopsis come in a rainbow of options. The phals are a winter flower here so Westerlay Orchids has buckets and buckets of them for sale–for any designer here in Santa Barbara, they are a huge breath of fresh air amidst all the traditional winter options. I picture this with gold, brass, and wood containers, linens with an ethnic print, punched-metal star lanterns. Exotic plants are part of the centerpieces, using ferns, flowering succulents, and mini bromeliads. Guests could experience a slice of paradise and some of Santa Barbara’s treasures during the chilly winter season.”

Thanks Camille for sharing your gorgeous bouquet with SB Chic! To purchase flowers go to Fabulous Florals.

Photographer: Patrick Moyer
Flowers & Decor: Modern Day Designs