2013 Year in Review

Kelly
January 09

And I’m back (well kind of)… 2013 was definitely the most challenging year of my life personally, and professionally it was one of the most rewarding (hello COVER). I will be posting here now and again but I’ve decided its all about quality over quantity, so posting maybe less than before, but hopefully you will like what you see. I was super honored to work with so many countless talented individuals, and the friends I’ve made through this crazy business are definitely keepers.

To say I lived about 10 life times worth of experiences in a single year is no exaggeration. Leaving an abusive relationship, coming to terms with the fact that “friends” chose not to believe me, and cleaning house of all toxic and negative forces in my life was difficult (to say the least) but VERY necessary. At the end of it, I’ve found my spiritual path and I’ve created a life where I am so insanely happy and fulfilled every day I can’t quite believe my life is my life. I am officially yoga certified (more on that later) and I will say yoga and specifically my yoga teachers Jenni Rawlings and Gigi Synder saved me from a lifetime of unhappiness and inauthenticity. I am VERY excited for 2014 and my resolution for this year is simple: NO COMPROMISES. Thank you ALL. Follow your heart, your passion and may 2014 be your year!!! 

From top: C Cover & Santa Barbara Magazine, Nancy Neil,  Oncewed, Kirsten Ellis, Flutter Magazine Dinner, Nancy Neil, Flutter Magazine DIY, Arna Bee, Design*Sponge, Nancy Neil, Design*Sponge, Karen Wise, 100 Layer Cake & Grey Likes Wedding, Jess Wilcox, SB Chic Fashionable, left, Lane Dittoe, right, Joel Serrato, Style Me Pretty Living, Nancy Neil


Fashionable: A Cozy Sweater at Apple Lane Farms

Kelly
November 18

Who doesn’t love a good orchard and Apple Lane Farms in Solvang is among my favorite fall spots. It’s open to the public and you can pick your own apples (the BEST apples ever and stay tuned for an apple chip recipe I’ll be posting on Wednesday). For a nippy fall afternoon I’m loving this chunky sweater which I paired with a simple white T, classic black jeans, my staple Frye boots, gold chain bracelets, and a nude purse, cat eye tortoise shell sunnies all available locally in Santa Barbara at Chapala & Parker. I loved my Brigette- inspired hair and makeup that Jess Wilcox did! And the photos, well I’m pretty sure Lane Dittoe knocked it outta the park.  

SHOP THE LOOK: 

 

Photography: Lane Dittoe

Styling: Kelly Oshiro of SB Chic

Clothes, jewelry, purpse, sunnies: Chapala & Parker

Hair & Makeup: Jess Wilcox  

Location: Apple Lane Farms in Solvang


Press: 100 Layer Cake

Kelly
October 03

My flower necklace is being featured on 100 Layer Cake today, check it here. Thanks for the press ladies!


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


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

On the Rocks: Raspberry-Champs Punch

Melissa
May 10

TGIF! This luscious libation is a great go-to crowd pleaser. It’s super easy to make in large batches and oh-so-tasty. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Champagne

Raspberry Liquor

Fresh Lemonade

Pineapple juice

*To make one cocktail, fill glass half way with champagne, add a tiny splash of raspberry liquor and pineapple juice, and fill with lemonade.

-XOXO Melissa

P.S. IF you were wondering, my wedding was INCREDIBLE and so so fun! I can’t wait to share details with you soon!

Photographer: Jess Wilcox
Mixologist: Melissa Traub