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

Kelly
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.

 


From the Archives: Saturated Fall Flower Ideas

Kelly
October 02

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:

Supplies:

-floral shears

-floral foam

-container, I used this one from Jamali Garden

Flowers:

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 // Flowers: Kelly Oshiro for SB Chic // Wholesale Flowers: Florabundance 


Flower Chic: Make a Flower Necklace

Kelly
September 25

A while back I showed you how to make daisies into earrings, a necklace, and sprinkled throughout your locks. Jess Wilcox and I shot this second look, with moody, fall, jewel toned flowers, and  a ruby red lip.

For the earrings I used a funny little flower called gomphrena (the name needs some work). And  for the ring, I found the most amazing purple passion vine flower. This flower looks like its from another planet, no? You can find the instructions for making the ring and earrings here.

This time round, I made a dramatic flower collar or necklace. I used pink and red ranunculus, blue muscari, lavender clematis,  and light pink gomphrena from Florabundance.

To make the necklace:

- Chicken wire (at your local hardware store)

- pliers or wire cutter 

- floral wire

- floral tape

- 1 yard of lace ribbon

Use the chicken wire as the base to hook your flowers into. I bunched 3 or 4 flowers together, and then wrapped the stems together with floral tape. I made several bunches like this and then I attached them to the chicken wire. Using floral wire, I attached the chicken wire to the lace ribbon. And tada! A flower necklace.

Photography + Hair & Makeup +Wardrobe: Jess Wilcox // Styling + Concept: Kelly Oshiro // Wholesale Flowers: Florabundance // Model: Alison of Sirena Models // Dress: Free People

 


Editorial: With Daisies in her Hair

Kelly
July 29

I think daisies are super underrated. They’re cheap, they hold up really well, and they’re cute as a button. For this shoot with Jess Wilcox, I wanted to explore different ways to wear flowers. I had talked to Jess about pining daisies through out the models hair and Jess had the brilliant idea to use eyelash glue. We found the Duo eyelash glue from Sephora (available right here) worked best. To recreate the look:

-Remove daisies from their stems

-apply a bit of glue to the back of the daisy

-using alligator clips, place the daisy and clip into the hair, let set for a few minutes

-remove clip and ta da!

Aside from daisies in her hair, I also made petite daisy earrings. Using simple silver earring hook wires from Michaels (also available here on Amazon) I simply threaded some 20 gauge silver flower wire through the back of the daisy and then secured it to the earring hook using pliers.

You can also use daisies to make rings. I used green floral wire, threaded it through the back of the daisy, forming a loop. And bam, instant flower power jewelry.

Of course, what would a daisy story be without a daisy chain? I simply layered them one over the other and tied them together with fishline.

Special thanks to Jess for wrangling wardrobe (Free People, dress available here), the model and doing the awesome hair and makeup!

Credits:

Photography/Hair&Makeup/Wardrobe: Jess Wilcox // Styling + Concept: Kelly Oshiro // Wholesale Flowers: Florabundance // Model: Alison of Sirena Models // Dress: Free People


From the Archives: Ikat Inspired Florals

Kelly
May 22

 

In honor of punchy spring colors I thought this post deserved a second play. Yellow peonies, dahlias and striped tulips? Yes, please.

For the container, I used a white and gold haviland bowl (the same one I used for Wedding Chicks) layered on a gold scalloped tray I picked up at a consignment store. The gold glassware is vintage and is from an antique store in Los Alamos. I’m seriously loving gold right now.

To make this arrangement I used clear floral tape and created a grid at the top of the container (this acts as floral frog, and holds your flowers in place). To make the arrangement you will need:

2 bunches yellow/red striped tulips

1 bunch yellow peonies

1 bunch red/yellow dahlias

2 bunches yellow/red calla lillies

1 bunch geranium

Floral Shears

Clear floral tape

And to see all Flower Chic posts click right here.

Photographer: Nancy Neil
Wholesale Flowers: Florabundance

Entertaining: A Coral, Orange, & Green Springtime Table

Kelly
May 20

Ah spring, the time when flowers are at their best and some of the most coveted varieties are readily avaliable (hello peonies!). This table was inspired by a vibrant spring inspired dress I bought from Anthropologie years ago.

To translate this dress into a tabletop, I started with the flowers: poppies, peonies, local garden roses, ranunuclus, sweet pea, viburnum, and bluepuerm all from Florabundance. Blooming jasmine and citrus blossom clipped from my yard added a hint of white.

To recreate the floral look you will need:

3 6″ hammered footed containers from Jamali Garden avaliable here. Cut three blocks of floral foam to fit the containers and soaked in water. Place in your containers and start arranging.

Spring flower shopping list:

4 bunches pink garden roses

4 bunches coral charm peonies

4 bunches yellow ranunuclus

4 bunches light pink ranunculus

2 bunches bupleurum

2 bunches viburnum

1 bunch jasmine

3 bunches pink sweet pea

4 orange blossoms branches (substitute with other flowering branches if not available)

Begin by placing your branches to create the base shape, and then add in bupleurum and viburnum. Place coral peonies and garden roses slightly higher than your ranunculus and poppies to create depth to your arrangement. Place sweet pea in gaps and add in the jasmine as a final touch.

To add a more casual vibe to the table, use your napkins as as placemats for a pop of color. If you have brass goblets laying around like I do, use them instead of a traditional wine glass (mine are vintage). A fleur water glass (available at Anthropologie here) looks extra pretty when set with spa water with colorful wedges of orange, lemon, and lime.

And here’s a cheat for the rentals from Town & Country:

1 8′ king table

6 wrought iron folding chairs

6 white square plates

6 stemless wine glasses

6 pink fleur water glasses

6 dinner fork & knife

Linens from La Tavola:

1 8′ king drape, lacy pearl

6 tuscany camelia napkins

And a big thank you to Jess Wilcox for capturing these images on film! To see more of this table hop over to Grey Likes Weddings.

Photographer: Jess Wilcox
Wholesale Flowers: Florabundance
Linens: La Tavola

Flower Chic: Blooming Branches

Kelly
March 27

Blooming branches are so amazing this time of year. They add life to any room and they last forever (these were shot 3 weeks after I bought them… and lasted 6 weeks total).

Common blooming branches this time of year are quine, cherry, apricot and plum (these are quince). To ensure a long life, use a hammer to smash the ends of the branches to allow for proper water uptake. Place in a tall vase with water and change the water weekly. For a wedding, blooming branches work well for tall ceremony arrangements, welcome table or seating card arrangements, and on a dinner table as they add great height to a tabletop design. In your home, any buffet or console table will make them look great. And there you go, a little piece of spring inside your home.

Photographer: Jess Wilcox
Wholesale Flowers: Florabundance