Flutter Workshop: The Art of Arrangements

October 26

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


Flower Chic: Vibrant Fall Centerpiece Idea

October 25

I love fall and winter flowers and for this centerpiece I was inspired by bold red anenomes with their black centers.

Coupled with fall maple leaves, bittersweet, black dahlias and chocolate cosmos, I love the rich saturated colors paired with the darker, moodier flowers.

To make this arrangement you will need:


-floral shears

-floral foam

-container, I used this one from Jamali Garden


1 bunch maple leaves

1 bunch black dahlias

3 strands of bittersweet

1 bunch chocolate cosmos

2 bunches orange dahlia

2 bunches red anenomes

1 bunch frizzy orange/red tulips

1 bunch black scabiosa

Begin by placing the bittersweet and maple leaves first to establish shape. Then add in your larger blooms at different heights. Remember to turn your centerpiece periodically so you end up with a good shape from every angle. Layer your smaller flowers into the arrangement and ta da! You have a beautiful fall centerpiece!

Photographer: Nancy Neil
Wholesale Flowers: Florabundance

In the Kitchen: Simple Tomato & Corn Salad

May 01

I love a good tomato salad and this simple recipe featuring summer corn by Valerie Rice is an easy summer favorite. To make it you’ll need:

- 1 lb garden tomatoes (diced heirloom & cherry tomatoes)

- Drizzle of olive oil

- sea salt

- pinch red pepper flakes

Toss and let marinade for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

- 1/2 cup of shallots, finely chopped

- 4 ears of corn

- 1 tsp kosher salt

-1/4 cup creme fraiche

- pinch caynenne pepper

- 1/2 tsp lime juice

-1/4 tsp lime zest

Cook the shallots at medium low heat in a sauté pan until translucent, about 8 minutes. Use the back of a knife to remove corn kernels from the cob and add to the shallots. Cook corn on medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in creme fraiche, cook for 3 more minutes. Add cayenne, lime juice and zest to taste. Plate in a large bowl and add tomatoes. Serve at room temp. Enjoy!

Photographer: Jess Wilcox for Flutter Magazine
Styling & Concept: Kelly Oshiro
Food & Cocktail: Valerie Rice of Eat, Drink, Garden
Paper goods: Design House of Moira

Summer Tomato Garden Party


I love tomatoes, and I wanted to create a garden party luncheon with a tomato-centric menu. Valerie Rice of Eat, Drink, Garden loved the concept and she created this simple menu featuring seasonal ingredients picked from her own garden.

 For the table setting, this simple striped khaki linen from Porch was perfect for this casual lunch in the garden. I used potted plants as seating cards and also as a favor for guests to take home to their own gardens.
For our first course we served a simple green gazpacho for this luncheon. To make it you’ll need:
-2 lb. green zebra tomatoes
- 1 lb. lemon or persian cucumbers
- 2 lb. padron peppers
- 1 clove garlic (optional)
- 1 tbsp + 1 tsp lime juice
- 2 tsp salt
Slice peppers and remove all seeds. Rough chop tomatoes. Peel cucumbers and rough chop. Place peppers, tomatoes, cucumber  in a blender along with garlic, lime and salt and blend. Strain soup through a fine mesh strainer and discard. Refrigerate overnight. Garnish with diced lemon cucumber, sun gold cherry tomatoes and chives.
For the main course, wild salmon was wrapped and roasted in fig leaves. The fig leaves gives a coconut type aroma to the salmon. To make the salmon you’ll need:
- 4.5 oz fillets of wild salmon
- 4 fig leaves, washed and stems removed
- 1 tbsp melted butter
- 1 tsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Combine the butter and olive oil and paint fish with mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Lay fillets skin side down on the fig leaf and then wrap together with butcher’s twine. Place on a cookie sheet and bake in an oven at 400 degrees.
To finish the meal, Valerie served a Fig Fool with Lavender Honey. To make it you’ll need:
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 2 tsp confectioners sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
-1/4 cup fromage blanc
- fresh figs
-sweet spanish flatbread or vanilla cookie
-lavender or orange blossom honey
Whip the cream with salt and combine until it forms soft peaks. Add sugar and vanilla. Fold in fromage blanc and refrigerate until ready to serve. Plate figs and dollop cream mixture, garnish with cookie or flatbread and then drizzle honey to finish.
Thanks Valerie for the great recipes and I hope you were inspired to plan your own garden to party luncheon!
Photographer: Jess Wilcox for Flutter Magazine
Styling & Concept: Kelly Oshiro
Food & Cocktail: Valerie Rice of Eat, Drink, Garden

On The Rocks: Spring Fling

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

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

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

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