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.
This dangerous little passionfruit shooter looks all innocent but packs quite a punch. To make these guys, slice the rounded botton of the passionfruit off (so these guys can stand up) and then cut the passion fruit in half and hollow out the inside of the fruit.
Then you’ll need:
2 oz Vodka
1oz Orange Juice
1oz Lime Juice
3 dashes of Mint Bitters
Combine ingredients, shake, and strain and pour into hollowed out passion fruit cup.. Float the bitters on top of the cocktail. Garnish with an edible flower like a pansy. (Makes approx. 3)
Photography: Leela Cyd
Bartender: Greg Brechiebel
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
Bartender: Greg Brechiebel
I’m super excited to be launch my new styling and wedding industry business services website right here at kellyoshiro.com.
There are two main service areas I’m focusing on, the first is the the styling and creative side:
- Prop styling for real weddings. I treat a real wedding as if it were an editorial and style all those key details shots. I’ll be working on some of Joy Proctor‘s beautiful weddings this summer.
- Product or location editorials. I produce beautiful product images for your marketing needs or produce beautiful story-telling imagery to showcase your location.
- One-on-one. I can create custom editorials for your portfolio ranging from wedding to lifestyle content. I’m super excited to be creating editorials with Jen Huang for her one-one-one workshops.
And, I’m also offering some rad business to business services including:
- Freelance blogging for the wedding industry. I edit photos, write copy and code the post. I’m super thrilled to have Sarah Winward of Honey of Thousand Flowers as one of my first clients (look for my posts for her soon).
- Photo editing & Wedding Submissions. I edit and package a wedding for submission.
- Consulting & Portfolio Review. You can pick my brain, get some advice on your portfolio or ideas on how to grow and expand your business.
I had fun styling this little promo piece for Whistle Club’s Valentine’s day shopping event happening today. Featuring: Makesmith, twenty-four black birds, Chapparral Studio, Hogue & Co, and Jessica Foster Confections. Come meet the makers and shop this fun event. Details: Today, Thursday, Feb 12th, 5pm-8pm, 819 State Street.
Photo: Rachel Taylor
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