Category archives: Blue

Flower Chic: Make a Flower Necklace

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


Pretty Little Bits: Blue & Green

I love photos of a collection of objects styled really, really, well and all of these photos fit the bill (in fact, I have a pinterest board dedicated to pretty bits, check it here). How pretty is the simple color combo of blue and green?

Images via: Top // Right // Left // Bottom

Flower Chic: Blooming Branches

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.

Editorial: The Coast of California

With all the craziness in our every day lives, its easy to take for granted the natural beauty that surrounds us. Bryce Covey, a photographer from New York, sought to capture the simple beauty of the coast of California: the birds, the sea and the sky… I love the quiet beauty of these images

From Bryce:

“The California Coast is one of my favorite in the world. Most of the time I photograph the setting as a beautiful backdrop to weddings or portraits, but as I was driving down the 101 at sunset one day I pulled over to enjoy it on it’s own. Looking at the coast as the subject, with sand, waves, birds and sky painted with the gorgeous golden light was refreshing. It’s so easy to take for granted the beautiful location we live in, but photographing the coast with a new perspective makes me appreciate it all over again.”

Entertaining: Mid-Century Inspired Hot Chocolate Bar with Jessica Foster Confections

You all know how much I love Jessica Foster’s truffles (remember this editorial?) and now she’s offering hot chocolate bars for weddings and events. With Valentine’s day around the corner I thought it would be fun to show two different ways you could style a hot chocolate bar. This version, is my “manly” version, lots of brass, decanters and, of course, vintage 60’s glasses. (And yes, there will be cocktail ideas with hot chocolate, check back on Friday for those ideas).

Vintage heart shape plates from Tricia Fountaine, layered with mid-century glassware and of course a few of Jessica’s truffles make for one delicious looking plate.

For this setup, Jessica made a spicy dark hot chocolate and we kept it warm in a copper round chaffing dish from Town & Country Event Rentals.

And of course what hot chocolate bar would be complete without marshmallows? These are made by Jessica and are so light and airy they’re like eating a cloud. Stay tuned for the “lady-like” version of a hot chocolate bar next Monday and of course cocktail ideas this Friday.

Color Palette: All the Colors of the Rainbow

While soft muted palettes are always a safe bet for a wedding or a party, I personally like to go bold and I think using all the colors of the rainbow would be super fun for a bridal shower, engagement party, or yes, even a wedding. The key to making this color combo not to cray cray, is to balance it with a lot of white and clean, modern edges.

In the past, I’ve used washi tape on simple white butcher block paper to make a rainbow runner. I also used it to cover simple glass pillars with candles. Washi tape is translucent, so the glow of the candle will be filtered through the colorful tape.

The runner is pretty cheap too make, but it does of course tape a fair amount of time, but I think it’s worth it!

Of course, what’s the fun of a rainbow themed party if you can’t “taste the rainbow”? Enter Enjoy Cupcakes and their adorable rainbow bright cupcakes!

On the table, the cupcakes pop against the graphic rainbow napkins.

Enjoy also made a mini-rainbow cake (see them in the frosting?) and topped it with a handful of colorful fruit.

And, of couse, a flower girl with a rainbow of hula hoops, is always a winner!

You can see more of this editorial on The City Sage and

Collage photos from left to right, top to bottom: 1. Unknown 2. Thinkspace Gallery 3. Paper Sculpture by Jen Stark 4. Paul Malon. All images via my Pinterest (Kelly Oshiro // SB Chic)

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Entertaining: Soft Wintery Blue Tablescape with
Modern Day Designs & Patrick Moyer

Today I’m super excited to welcome Camille of Modern Day Designs to Santa Barbara Chic! Camille was kind enough to design this soft wintery blue tablescape featuring peonies, succulents, astrania, and muscari. Patrick Moyer came out to capture the pretty on film, Town & Country set the table with their pretty rentals and Florabundance provided the pretty blooms.

Camille used a soft palette of peach with touches of blue and white.

A glass dome held a succulent in a footed silver container.

White peonies and chocolate queen anne’s lace created texture in the arrangement. For the place setting, Town & Country’s provence china and pearl handled flatware created a slightly French feel.

My white garden chairs just happened to work perfectly with Camille’s design!

Containers were a mix of silver and glass and held gorgeous winter white peonies from Florabundance.

My personal favorite, muscari, was arranged simply in a glass vase.

And finally a single strand of Astrania was placed at each place setting. Thank you, Camille for desiging this pretty winter table just for Santa Barbara Chic!