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Preppy Hamptons BBQ
Lifestyle InspirationThe Principles of Styling Workshop
as seen on 100 Layer Cake

kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Leo Patrone | Preppy Hampton's BBQ from the workshop The Principles of Styling

The Principles of Styling workshop is mixture of lecture and hands-on learning. In the morning I gave a lecture on the principles and talked about how to style detail shots as well as how to produce full editorials. Then, photographers put into practice what they learned at the “styling stations.” Finally, there were two sample editorials for photographers to capture. The next workshop will likely be this fall (though it can be taken in a one-on-one format too), you can visit here for more information.

For my sample editorial, I was inspired by the preppy look of the barn at Hammersky Vineyards, so I styled a chic Hampton’s inspired BBQ. First, I picked a blue and white striped linen as the jumping off point for my table.For a punch of spring color, Lavenders Flowers arranged centerpieces with daffodils, narcissus and sweet peas. In between the flowers I styled with platters of homemade mini corn muffins with honey, classic corn on the cob, pork sliders, a farmers market salad, and pitcher of lemonade. Place settings featured sleek spartan plates and classic bone flatware from The Ark. For the model, I chose an off the shoulder white blouse and cute navy blue sailor shorts from Anthropologie paired with modernist jewelry from VLM Jewelry.  

A special thanks to Hammersky Vineyards for hosting us at their beautiful property and to all the vendors who contributed to the workshop! And be sure to check out the feature on a 100 Layer Cake right here.

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Prop Styling for Tabletop ProductsPhotos by Lane Dittoe for The Ark

kellyoshiro.com | photo: Lane Dittoe for The Ark | Tabletop Prop Stylist Los Angeles

Flat lay prop styling is one of my favorite genres of styling. So when my friend Kate asked me to style entertaining and lifestyle themed product shots for her fine tabletop rental company, The Ark, I was extra pumped.

Food props were my were my main focus for this shoot. When I pull food props  I look for rich color, interesting texture, and scale. In general, smaller more delicate items are easier to work that bigger items. When you’re trying to accent a product, it’s really important that the prop not draw attention away from the product. Some of my favorite props for this shoot were gorgeous purple/black beans, mini eggplants, and kale, all from my beloved Santa Barbara Farmer’s Market.

For floral accents, Kate wanted minimal, more everyday home, flowers. I pulled unique shapes like fern curls for her collection of moody black pieces and dainty scabiosa for her stunning marble plates. For backdrops, we used a mix of seamless, ceramic tiles, and these really cool suede boards I found at an art store. Lane Dittoe was on hand as our awesome product photographer and it was so much fun to work with him once again. And be sure to check out the rest of The Ark’s stunning inventory right here.

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Food Editorial
with Chef Michael CimarustiPhotos by Tom Story for Coastal Living

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I’m super excited to have prop styled for a food editorial with amazing Chef Michael Cimarusti for Coastal Living’s October 2017 issue. His annual party, Seafood-palooza, became the subject of this editorial, from lobster, to oysters, to gooey duck salad, it was the most delicious set I’ve ever worked on.

His wife, Crisi Echiverri, a talented pastry chef, made the delicious kumquat cake for dessert. I styled the shot with a matte black platter and a stack of organically shaped plates both from Porch, iron handled flatware from Hudson Grace and loose kumquats clipped from the couple’s garden. Food styling was handled by the lovely Yasmin Alishav who made this delicious cake look camera ready and photos were captured by Tom Story.

http://kellyoshiro.com | photo: Tom Story for Coastal Living | Magazine Prop Stylist

Prop Styling for Men’s WearhousePhotos by James Dimmock

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It was such an honor to prop style for Men’s Wearhouse latest wedding campaign. For the art direction, I was asked to pull chic wedding props to go with our location the Paramount Theater in Oakland. For instance, for the cake cutting scene I used a bar cart from Seventh Heaven Vintage Rentals and paired it with a real cake by The Whole Cake (who was super awesome and made me this cake with less than a weeks notice and during the height of wedding season). Other scenes included a “guys getting ready” and a first dance scene featuring oversized marquee letters from Bright Rentals. The reception portion of the shoot was shot at Bear Flag Farms and featured a nuetral white and blush palette. And commercial photographer, James Dimmock, captured the photos.

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Prop Styling for ShoesPhotos by Jose Villa for Kate Whitcomb Shoes

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It was so much fun prop styling for shoes for the new company, Kate Whitcomb. I have a pretty well documented love of shoes (ahem, Shoesday) so when I got the inquiry, I was super pumped. Kate’s shoes are unique as you can personalize your shoes with your wedding date, name, etc. She wanted pretty product shots to use for her social media and marketing material. She wanted each shoe shot to feature other elements, as if this was the still life shot of a real bride’s wedding day items. I pulled belts, veils, and headpieces from Untamed Petals and Solstice Bride.

We had twelve shots on the list, including a craftsman shot to go with her about page, a pink shot for breast cancer awareness month, a “will you be my bridesmaid” shot, and an overall shot with multiple shoes lined up organically. One of my favorite shots from the day was the craftsman shot. I made a “bouquet” with worn tools I borrowed from local Santa Barbara leather worker, Makesmith and tied it with pink Adorn Ribbon. Then I layered in a swatch of lace from one of the shoes, Kate Whitcomb emblems, and old wood shoe lasts from Etsy.

All was expertly captured by the one and only Jose Villa.

Photographer: Jose Villa | Shoes: Kate Whitcomb | Prop Styling & Floral: Kelly Oshiro | Calligraphy: Susan Silverberg | Backdrops: Heirloom Bindery | Headpieces & Veils: Untamed Petals from Moondance Bridal | Veils: Solstice Bride | Jewelry: 33 Jewels

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A Charcuterie TablePhotos by Nancy Neil
as seen on Style Me Pretty Living

I am so happy to finally share my favorite table that I’ve contributed to this year. It was very much a team styling effort with the photographer Nancy Neil pulling amazing platters and glassware from Botanik and then I added in a mix of props from my collection and Vintage Vignettes.

Shot at a private estate with its own citrus grove, I had fun running around and harvesting citrus straight from the property. I wired citrus branches to chunky wood candle holders and made “citrus trees” to add height to the table. And the amazing foodie charcuterie spread by Ayda Robana of Om Sweet Mama was out of this world. Post shoot, this table became lunch for the crew (roughing it I know).

Here are some tips from Ayda Robana for the perfect spread…

Charcuterie Menu Ideas:

  • Nuts: pistachios, and marcona almonds
  • Toppings: French butter, flur de sel, homemade jalipaino jelly, local wildflower honey, French radishes, cornichons, and caselvtrano green olives
  • Cheeses: hombolt fog, pecorino, petite basque, gouta, chèvre, double cream bri, stout cheddar
  • Charcuterie: prochutto di Parma, bresaola, sopressata, and chicken liver pâté
  • Dried fruits: dried white peaches, dried apple slices
  • Fresh fruits: grapes, figs if in season
  • Fresh baguette sliced thinly on the diagonal, flatbread crackers, bread sticks, rainforest crisps

Styling + Photography: Nancy Neil // Food: Ayda Robana // Aprons: Finery // Dishes + Glassware: Botanik // Florals + Styling: Kelly Oshiro of SB Chic // Linens: Heather Taylor Home // Beer: Santa Barbara’s Telegraphy Brewery // Wine: Cambria Wines // Props: Vintage Vignettes

You can see more of this table on Style Me Pretty Living.

Botanical Entertaining IdeasPhotography by Michelle Beller
for Flutter Magazine

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I love flowers, so a flower-filled, botanical brunch was right up my alley. The amazing design center at Rolling Greens served as the location and featured this delightful, conservatory-type nook. Here, I used a 19th century table and paired it with garden benches and wicker chairs. I filled the space with a variety of plants, including jasmine, ivy topiaries, kumquat trees, and various ferns.

For food, the Kitchen made such floral delights such as strawberry and balsamic shooters with nasturtium, edible flower spring rolls, and an orange blossom cake. Of course, what’s a party without an over the top bar? From Found I styled this huge dresser and tucked in plants throughout the drawers including the most perfect violet plants. And the Kitchen made a variety of floral simple syrups, and even, floral ice cubes to pair with a classic gin fizz. You can see more of this spread in Flutter Magazine issue 16, which is on newsstands from 3/19.

Photography: Michelle Beller | Publication: Flutter Magazine | Styling: Kelly Oshiro | Food Styling: The Kitchen for Exploring Foods | Floral Design: Native Poppy | Location + Tabletop Props: Rolling Greens | Placesettings: Theoni Rentals | Paper: Minted | Furniture : Found Vintage Rentals

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Prop Styling for Soft GoodsPhotos by Sposto Photography for Tono & Co

kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles

kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los AngelesWhen Janelle approached me about this color themed shoot for her textile company, Tono & Co, I was super excited about the concept. She wanted to do a very different product shoot, and show her ribbon with like colored objects. I loved the concept, it reminded of some similar flat lay stories by one of favorite New York prop stylists, Randi Brookman Harris. Referencing her shots and also using the names of each collection for inspiration I began to create a prop list for each color story. For rouge, Janelle thought about playing on the name of the collection and styling with makeup. I loved that idea and I brought cheap eye shadow and lipstick for this scene. This was my first time styling with makeup, I used a knife to break up the rouge powder so it read clearly as makeup in camera. For the lipstick, I bought two of the same color. One I used to make the zig zag on that light pink paper background, and the other, clean, untouched, lipstick I used in the photo.  I added in taffy, pink gummy bears, a petite raspberry tart, my own vintage pink perfume bottle, and a Mrs. Box featuring Janelle’s mom’s ruby ring.kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles

The golden collection was one of my favorite looks. I found adorable striped yellow and white candy which went perfectly with sliced meyer lemons and individual narcissus buds. I made a toss cone out of some sparkly vinyl paper and Janelle found this pretty confetti which we mixed with dried acacia sprigs. Probably my favorite detail was my petite yellow flower plate with honeycomb and the tiniest brass spoon.kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles

The forest collection was probably the easiest to pull objects for since there are so many great green things. The final mix included cherimoya, bok choy, kale, lime, mint, sword fern, maidenhair fern, monstera, snap peas, and water cabbage. In the center, I placed a loose ribbon braid that trailed throughout the forest of green things.kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles

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The marine or blue collection was definitely a challenging color. Initially, when we started talking about this shoot I suggested spray painting objects to get the effect we were after. So for blue we did just that and Janelle’s team spray painted petite jewelry boxes (including the nasty white liners). I put ribbon in the boxes, and tied around, and Janelle made a petite boutonnière with the a single bloom of delphinium. My blue milk glass bowl held blueberries and aquamarine ring. Then I scattered individual light blue hydranga blooms throughout the scene.elements to this shoot. For the backdrop, Janelle and I had talked about charcoal and Justine made this simple backdrop on set for me. On top of it I styled, foraged oyster shells and textured beach rocks from Rincon and placed them in a “smoky” S-curve shape. I added in petite black river rock, black sea salt and a black Mrs. Box.kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los AngelesThe earth collection shoot evolved quite naturally on set. For each scene They would give me a hanger full of ribbon I thought this one looked so pretty, I just simply laid it down and let the ribbon become the backdrop. I added in copper, star anise, antlers and a cool piece of bark that one of the girls had foraged from a tree. I think my favorite moment was the little bundle of cinnamon sticks tied up with ribbon.kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles

A special thanks to Janelle and her awesome team (the queens of steaming!) and Shauntelle of Sposto Photography for the stunning photos.

Photos: Sposto Photography for Tono + Co

Citrus Inspired Tablescape
by Amy MerrickPhotos by Jen Huang for Flutter Mag

kellyoshiro.com | photos: jen huang for flutter mag | florals: amy merrick | prop styling: kelly oshiro

On the same day I got to prop style for Sarah Winward, I also got to produce and prop style this citrus inspired tablescape for the amazing Amy Merrick. Amy envisioned a citrus drenched table inspired by her travels abroad to Spain and luckily Lotusland has citrus orchards which they allowed us to forage from. For the foraging scene, I used my french gathering basket and then Jen Huang photographed her portrait under the famous lemon tree arbor.

Amy’s editorial was about how she designs tabletops and was a part of her lecture for Florabundance Design Days. Since Amy wanted to demonstrate different options and combinations for place-settings I pulled a variety of tabletop options for her. With them, I styled one of my personal favorite component,still life, photos which is below.

Amy ended up choosing The Ark’s geometric chargers and bone flatware, simple white plates from Hudson Grace, nubby nuetral napkins and votive holders from Porch mixed with photographer Jen Huang‘s collection of taper holders. Joya Rose hand painted menus in her distinctive script to go with theme.

Photos: Jen Huang for Flutter Mag | Prop Stylist & Production: Kelly Oshiro | Floral Design: Amy Merrick | Location: Lotusland | Charge & Flatware: The Ark | Napkins & Votive Holders: Porch | Runner: La Tavola | Paper Goods: Joya Rose | Table: Classic Party Rentals | Plates: Hudson Grace

kellyoshiro.com | photos: jen huang for flutter mag | florals: amy merrick | prop styling: kelly oshiro

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Flat Lay Prop StylingPhotos by Lydia Murty for the Giving Keys

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The Giving Keys was such a fun product shoot to prop style as they wanted a zen garden look to show off their new collection of mala bead inspired jewelry. Props included lots of natural elements like rocks, sand, and crystals. For the rocks, I went shopping at Rincon Beach where I found a variety of shapes and sizes for this shoot. For props, I pulled from some of my favorite Santa Barbara stores like Porch, Paradise Found, and The Sacred Space.

The backdrop I made by painting plain birch panels with dry, textural, paint strokes for an organic look. I used the same paint treatment on risers I found at an art store so I could create levels and depth in the shots. They worked well for both straight on and flat lay angles. Photos were captured by the lovely Lydia Lynn Murty in downtown Los Angeles.

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