Beth Kirby

Beth Kirby

@local_milk

photographer • stylist • cook • mama • traveler plant forward omnivore + living on purpose mrs. @matthewlud | 📍Paris
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Wandering sun drenched streets of Koufonisia with Eula and @matthewlud, ducking into tavernas for pulpo and feta, and afternoons spent swimming in the sea. That was our seemingly never ending reality the past two weeks. Now we're back to another Paris heat wave, sweating in our underwear with the fan on full blast, attempting to work. Type type typing up recipes. My least favorite part. But worth it for days like this one, and for the (eventual, someday, oh lord) joy of sharing my collection with you all! localmilkabroad

17 Hours ago
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It's that time of year! Today is the last day to nominate your favorite blogs and instagrams for the @saveurmag Blog Awards! Click the link in profile to nominate your faves and check out our faves tagged above by tapping the photo. I probably forgot a million other favorites and will have to do another post...but these are definitely my tried and true and some new faves! What I'm loving: great food styling, wholesome eats, simple eats, bright & colorful styling, geometry, minimalism, and people doing something different!!!! Unlike myself in this photo hahaha. But here's to refreshing work, to classic work, and to the people who inspire us and make us want to grow and do better. saveurblogawards

21 Hours ago
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A pink moon & a pastel rainbow sunset anchored in Ios for the night. @matthewlud taught me poker, an interest I think I'd do well to keep on board, and this was the evening I roasted a goat leg with red wine and a homemade blend of local herbs and spices—everything from sage to mahleb, pink peppercorn to fennel seed. I also jumped into the black night water for a 3 of diamonds that flew off the boat. I like to differentiate between travel and vacation. Most of the time when I'm traveling, I'm working. But this was different. These two weeks were pure unplugged. There is a lot to be said for what we don't share, and a lot to be said about the fluff we do. So here's to more private moments and simultaneously to more substance shared. We don't have to talk about our struggles like inspirational posters all the time. Sometimes it's pink sunsets. Sometimes it's mud. There's poetry in all of it. Maybe stop trying to improve everything and start trying to appreciate everything, that's what I keep telling myself anyway. localmilkabroad theartofslowliving

1 Days ago
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A luxurious little cascade on the impossible isle of Santorini. Our slow living retreat here in September with painter @rebekkaseale and chef @studio_neon may be sold out, but you'll still be able to follow along on IG, and if you're dying to get into one of the years last workshops we still have space available at our Paris mini-retreat in August (link in profile!) as well as a spot left for our one day workshop in Copenhagen with the talented @signebay. After that I'll largely be taking off of the retreat business while I write my book, though I'm sure we'll have a few surprises for you in 2018! Living what I preach: less is more and not even a maniac like me can do it all. I want to write the book I wish existed and that's probably going to take all of me, but in the mean time...I'm still living that wandering life. Marrakech up next weekend...Venice two weeks after that. Being this close to my favorite cities is dangerous. 😬 theartofslowliving localmilkabroad

2 Days ago
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Paris, our second home. And I can't wait to share it with those of you who join us here! We have a few spots available for our mini-weekend retreat here in late August. Click the link in profile to reserve your spot now! I'm hosting it with the incredibly talented photographer & force of nature @tifforelie—we'll hit the flea market, my favorite Instagram spots at magic hour (like this one!), some of my favorite shops & restaurants, and when we aren't on the town we will be learning photography, cinemagraphs, editing, styling, and all things social media & designing a life and career you love at my little pied-a-terre in the Marais. Over the course of two days you will have the opportunity to mingle with likeminded creatives, get feedback on your work and ideas, and to simply soak up the amazing inspiration and cuisine the city has to offer. Flowers, cake, and golden light—we'll have it all. So come be Parisian for the weekend with us! Link in profile has all the details! We have options both with and without accommodation. localmilkparis localmilkretreat theartofslowliving

2 Days ago
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A backstreet of Koufonisia, a small Greek isle @matthewlud & I discovered as we sailed the Aegean the past two weeks with baby Eula. Pure white quiet. I left with a few new freckles, tan lines, and a new found appreciation for the humble combination of tomato, cucumber, and onion. And an obsession with figuring out how to make a green bell pepper sexy because I just cannot care about them enough to even dislike them. That said, I spent most of my time thinking about non-bell pepper related things and floating, at every opportunity, face down in the sea staring at the dappled floor. I thought about love and death and sex and violence and most of all about the vast tracts of farmland between these metropolises, the stretches of monotony and mundanity that are, if we're lucky, the fabric of our lives. I roasted goat, played poker, got sea sick. And didn't try. And there's something to be said for ceasing to strive, these islands know that. localmilkabroad

3 Days ago
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Pulling into the Ios marina this morning. Currently we're Santorini bound on the ferry to meet up for a late lunch with my best friend since I was 13 + his wife and 12 month old son who will be joining us for the remainder of our sailing in Greece. Last night we moored by the beach and played poker beneath a pink moon. This morning I tried my hand at baking on board, a plum + yogurt + olive oil cake spiked with mahleb & nutmeg. A success despite slovenly measured bicarb and an ill fitting oven. We topped it with fresh cheese and thyme honey. Heaven. Our captain said it would never taste the same without the shitty boat oven and sea air, and he's right. But some iteration of it will make it into the book, I think. Any tips for Santorini today? To see? To eat? To swim? localmilkabroad

11 Days ago
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We've sought shelter from the meltemi winds on this, the unexpected isle of Koufonisi where we've been "stranded" for two days. Our neighbors that sailed into the marina today, their genoa was non-existent save a few stubborn, cheerful ribbons. "Hobby sailors" our German captain says. We're grateful for him, and he and Eula have a good thing going. She is attempting to learn to walk on the rolling galley floor. We spend our days on the beach eating grilled octopus, on the deck sipping anything cold, strolling the village and stealing moments like this that are decidedly divorced from our helter skelter toy strewn boat. We eat local sheep's milk cheese drowned in local olive oil, maybe more than is advisable before supper, and then pass this front door on our way to eat (more) at Captain Nikolas. Above the fish case (you must go and select your fish from the day's catch) there's a shrine of photos and flowers devoted to his new born granddaughter. It's so slow we talk about too much and fight and then make up again, idleness. And it's good. My hair is dirty. I haven't gotten a sun burn yet. Time is slowing and everything silly is even more apparently so. Wish you were here. More on stories. localmilkabroad theartofslowliving

15 Days ago
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Picnic inspiration from our retreat in Sweden last June. I adore picnics: simple ingredients, simple methods. Over a decade of cooking has me ultimately inspired both as a cook and as a perpetually hungry person by the basics. I'm currently living on a boat in Greece for two weeks and when we aren't feasting at fisherman's tavernas or farmhouses, I'm cooking on board with a very basic pantry and limited ingredients and tools. A kind of everyday boat picnic. And the weird thing is, it has me more excited about cooking than I've been in a long time. I feel most creatively inspired when I'm working with constraints. Olive oil, honey, lemon, and a greedy hoard spices are the main colors I have to paint with. The canvas is usually some combinations of Greek yogurt, local cheese, local lamb or goat, and whatever vegetables I turn up on the islands. Yesterday while we were underway, I made a simple penne salad with fresh tomatoes, raw garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, chili pepper, whole dried oregano, olives, parsley, sea salt, and the most delicate & soft local feta we bought from a farmhouse. It was heaven. Today we're exploring a most promising little island in the Cyclades, Koufonisia. Follow along on stories to see where we are and what we get up to....and what we eat! theartofslowliving theartofhomecooking

17 Days ago
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Come capture magic hour in Paris with @tifforelie and I! Our mini-weekend retreat here at the end of August is open—link in profile to reserve your spot right now! There are only 9 so get them while they last. Starting at €1697 they're a more affordable, shorter option for those of you who can't get away for too long or make it to a retreat. Especially easy to make it to from London on the train! We'll all be Parisian for the weekend. It will start with a tasting of natural wines & French cheeses and a talk on The Art of Slow Living: Creating a Life You Love. The first day will be a trip to the flea market + an intensive workshop: we'll learn photography, how to edit in Lightroom, do a styling demo, learn to make a Cinemagraph, and have a discussion on brand building and social media for creatives and small businesses. We'll then hit one of my favorite local spots for dinner together. The second day will be our day on the town. We'll start with legendary pastries from Du Pain et Des Idees prop shopping & eating our way around town. After a bistro lunch we'll return to the Marais for more shopping and culinary stops. We'll have a rest & snack in the Palais Royal before a magic hour journey by metro and foot to some of my favorite, most instagrammable, spots from Montmartre to Eiffel to the Seine. We'll end an epic day of walking with dinner at a surprise location, one of the best restaurants in Paris. We have an option that includes accommodation and one that doesn't so you can choose according to your own needs. I can't wait to teach you what I love in this city I've come to love so well! Get your spot before they're gone! Link in profile. localmilkretreat localmilkparis

20 Days ago
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Recipe testing on repeat this week. Charring greens, whole milk yogurt on everything, steamed eggs, spices flying, elixirs brewing. @matthewlud & I were talking about the book today, and I realized my guiding goal for it is that it solve people's everyday problems in the kitchen. As a cook I know I'm forever looking for a few things: ratios, techniques, inspiration, information on new ingredients, and a game plan on how to minimize food waste & maximize wholesome home cooking for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I created a plan for myself that works, and that's what I want to share. I want to write other books, ones that maybe use more esoteric ingredients or focus on a region, but right now I just want to share how I cook in real life whether I'm here in Paris or in Tennessee. What are your problems in the kitchen you want solved? What would be helpful to you? And if you're American, would you be willing to ditch your cups for a digital scale and get behind grams? I dislike using volume and want to get people on board! It's so much easier and less messy and more accurate! No downside, I swear. Thoughts? theartofslowliving

22 Days ago
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Chicken with feathers. My & @matthewlud's Eulalie, 10 months old. In honor of her 10 months I give you a story written by one of my best friends and also, incidentally, my "wasband", @ericcharlespeterson. Link in profile. It's the sorry of the relationship he has formed with Eula, and, by necessity, the story of, as he puts it our "nightmarriage" (truth) and our resultant (albeit hard earned) "post apocalyptic unicorn daydream" of a surviving friendship. It moved me to tears. Life is peculiar. And there can be such redemption on the other side of the most ill advised decisions. Bonus footage = video of Eula and a Polaroid from our ridiculous after party (that prominently featured PBR and fried chicken). I think I'm smoking a cigarette in sunglasses in of doors at well past midnight. Oh youth. The fact that we are able to all be friends is due in no small part to my awesome husband, @matthewlud who has welcomed my friend back into our lives without hesitation. Life is rife with pain, nature of the game, but when the worst you and another person can do to one another can be mutually forgiven it's pretty freaking amazing. It's not all bad. Follow @ericcharlespeterson for on point photography and writing and click the link in profile for a chapter of my life told better than I could tell it. eulaliewilla babyaulait

24 Days ago
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Pink salad on repeat because millennial. 🙋🏻 Ok, I'm technically on the razor edge, almost of Gen X but not quite. I'll be 34 in a couple of weeks or something. Born 1983, the year Return of the Jedi came out, which matters. A lot of people ask me how I got started blogging—honestly as long as I've had internet access I've had some sort of website. My first was when I was 13 years old. I taught myself HTML and made—you guessed it—a Star Wars fan page. This was back when you could basically know everyone else in the online Star Wars community in an HTML chat room on a platform called "Chatterbox". Back when you never used your real name because you'd ostensibly get yourself into a "To Catch a Predator" scenario and asked a/s/l in chat rooms. I was also a long time WoW player, since vanilla. It sounds weird to say, but the internet has been home for a long time. Maybe it's because I'm an introvert and most articulate when I can write. Or just because I'm a nerd. But either way, thanks internet. You're alright. Here's a pink salad. ✌🏻

25 Days ago
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The Paris I love—people strewn like so many spent cigarettes sur le pavé along the banks of the Seine. A lens flare dream where I'm 17 and not broken or hurt or wise and I have nothing to lose. Where I'm cheap and silly, and I think every path I see might be the one for me, every back alley narrative prismatic. Now I can't even be bothered to look down most paths. I don't know if I'm any wiser or if exhaustion and boredom masquerade as wisdom. I don't even know if I'm exhausted or bored. A little, but not entirely. I'm less romantic, more practical. But still hopeless. And sometimes I can see my own face on a girl laid out on the sidewalk in a short skirt, smoking cigarettes as if they weren't vile and drinking cheap wine with no concept of time or responsibility or holding on to anything other than now. I don't miss it. I miss it. Being a mother and wife, being a woman, is interesting. But being a girl is in its own way too what with all of its knicks and bruises. To be the same thing ones whole life would be boring. And so we change and barely notice our own ghost on the bench next to us. As it should be. Because this is time, and it is golden. localmilkparis theartofslowliving

26 Days ago
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Hitting the evening streets here in Paris for magic hour photos and to see where the night takes me. Likely to oysters on the half shell, if I had to guess. Current mood, a little scribbled and a little electric. Kinda blue. Mixed states, so they say. Feeling a phantom limb. Probably been listening to too much pop music. Nothing a little coral lipstick and the Seine at night can't cure. ✨✨✨localmilkparis prettycitiesparis seemyparis

27 Days ago
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Tune into @food52's facebook page in the next 10 minutes to see @emcdowell & I bake a tarte tatin in the 100 degree Paris heat! 😅 We're here in the (sweltering) city of lights & love baking in our apartment with the fan on full blast. If you want to see me being awkward in real time, sweating bullets, & talking about food and cooking in France...tune in! 😹 franceweek f52grams f52travel

28 Days ago
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Café breakfast at @fragmentsparis with @matthewlud & Eula. She likes to share the scramby eggs and gnaw on toast while I sip a café crème. It's pushing 90 F today, hot af. I'm a useless pile of lady shaped linen dreaming of white boats and blue seas. T-minus 11 days until sailing in Greece. For the first half of July, if you need me, I'll be bobbing somewhere in the Aegean. Until then...moving as little as possible and turning my oven on for no wo/man. Cold soup. Salad. Smoothies. Juice. Fresh fruit. And damn I need to buy a popsicle mold like yesterday...where does a lady get a popsicle mold (traditional paleta shape pls!) in Paris? 🤔 localmilkparis theartofslowliving

31 Days ago
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The perfect end to a languid weekend, strolling around the streets of Paris as the sun sinks beneath the Haussmannian chimneys in one long pastel yawn that lasts until 10 PM. @matthewlud & I are about to have a pizza feast at @pizza.chic (thanks for the rec @rawbgold!) Paris is a love affair, and I'm falling harder everyday. I've never known a daily life that was quite this beautiful. localmilkparis

32 Days ago
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A snapshot of last week's galavanting around Paris with these two, @ellemayleckenby & @1924us. @matthewlud and I have been talking a lot about friendship vs. community, about the differences between the two as well as their overlap. Since relocating (a little over two short weeks) I've had more casual dinner parties, more coffee dates, and more social interactions than I'd have in a year in Chattanooga (truly not that hyperbolic...) I realized that not only did we choose to nest somewhere that inspires us both but that we've also moved closer to our community. We live in a time when communities can be stitched out of digital proximity and not just geographical. While my work community is largely digital, I'm one of those people that prefers face to face interactions. I'm notoriously bad at keeping in touch. I don't do email or text or Facebook. I do in the flesh. I call myself a "cactus friend" because I don't need much "water" other than meaningful, face to face hangs, however infrequently. Here in Paris, finally, that digital community is fleshing itself out, becoming incarnate. Between the locals we've gotten to meet and the international friends that are forever passing through, this feels like the perfect place to practice my love language: hospitality. Our communities are whatever we make of them, the only thing required to be a part of one is that you participate. Communities are about, for me, a common goal. Friendship is about interests, values, humor in common. And best friendship is about some ineffable, inexorable tie with another person that needs no tending, that simply is. So while Instagram is great for making introductions, relationships still happen in real life and this bubble will never, could never, has never been a substitute for late nights, long walks, records spinning, dirty plates, and all that is convivial in the world. localmilkparis theartofslowliving slowfriendship

32 Days ago
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A simple gathering. We had some friends— @belleannee & her husband, @jelliottblake, and @rawbgold—over for an informal supper of bits from the market—the juiciest dates, assorted fromages, fresh summer fruits, grilled artichokes, and fennel salami. For supper we had my endive & artichoke salad with fresh goat cheese and mint, and cold white asparagus & melon soup. It was the first time I'd made the soup, so it has some tweaking left to do, but I was pretty happy with the result. The melon brings out the sweetness of the artichoke and the soup is creamy from bread & rich from almonds and olive oil. No cooking required. My favorite type of summer soup. Thanks for the wonderful evening! theartofslowliving localmilkparis

32 Days ago
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Groceries. Borlotti beans, green almonds, and wild asparagus until I can't find them anymore. And cheese. Always. Just bought a tripod for our place here in Paris today for phone and camera. Me a tripod! It's a relatively well known fact that I have about zero patience for tripods. But I'm super inspired by movement in the form of short form video, moving stills, animation, and boomerangs. They're just fun and don't have all the fuss of long form cinematic video (love that too but not for me right now). So! What are your favorite in phone apps for adding animation to stills and video, video editing and post production, and all things that move? It's a brace new world for me. I know how to use photoshop & flixel to create cinemagraphs but that's it. And I dig Lumyer but I don't like that it can only do squares...this girl wants to be able to do 4x5 vertical video and animation. Halp! theartofslowliving chasinglight harshlight

34 Days ago
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Things that I remind myself of: instagram is not a bar for reality. You don't have to be busy to be good, hard working, or important. Maybe even quite the opposite. Gritty and different are good even when you're old and too tired and boring for it (meeeee). What you like and what is good aren't necessarily the same things and that's ok! What is good? Who knows! But some things are and aren't and don't be afraid to say so, even if you're wrong. Sex is good for real relationships, make love. Money exists, spend less or save more or give more or make more. Or all of the above. If you really can't effect it, it's not your fault. This system isn't fair. Don't feel good for pretending it's a non-reality. Don't feel bad for not having it or better for having it. Be honest with yourself. Kick ass. Don't take names, that's boring. Be resplendent. On fire. Unapologetically you. Strategize. Do the literal math. Love.

36 Days ago
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36 Days ago
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Today @matthewlud and I took Eulalie to Parc Buttes-Chaumont. We strolled, sat on a blanket eating roast chou-flour out of a brown paper bag from Miznon. Moments like these are the reason I moved to Paris. You can't help but slow down here. Since Japan I've been reevaluating both my business model and my life model, percolating on how I spend both my money and my time. They are not unrelated. I'm forming a picture of what I want to say yes to, a strategy & commitment to saying no to the rest, and rediscovering the why behind everything I do. I've found that my "why" is simple. My business exists to create beautiful food on the table & beautiful experiences in the world and empower others to live slow while making a living and an impact. My personal why is even simpler: to live in the present enjoying the people and world around me. What's your why? theartofslowliving

37 Days ago
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A new kettle love affair with this @Alessi_official classic & testing herbal infusions for the book back in my Tennessee kitchen. Actually this kettle isn't really a new love affair—this is the kettle I grew up with. My parents always had this one and do to this day—it's what I grew up with. It's a familiar piece of nostalgia that makes me happy every time I use it. Matt gave it to me for our Paris apartment, and since I have a tendency to constantly boil over my kettles this one is perfect because it has a proper little bird whistle so I know when my water is ready. Tip for brewing pour over coffee, herbal infusions, and teas: wait 5-7 minutes after the water boils to pour it because water that is too hot can make your drink bitter! Alessi GiftAlessi partner

38 Days ago
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Market bounty & shelling pink beans, a scene from the one day workshop I taught here in Paris this past Saturday. We have spots open for our retreat in the Faroe Islands with @tifforelie in August! We will be exploring the beautiful landscape of the islands while learning photography as well as how to create cinemagraphs! In addition to the visual storytelling we will be focusing on how creatives can turn their passion into a thriving business that allows them to make a living doing what they love and how to be the master of your time & live slow without sacrificing the things that really matter *or* success in business. We hope to see you there! Link in profile to reserve your spot now! localmilkretreat theartofslowliving

38 Days ago
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Sunday vibes & morning light at home. Today I made a list, not my usual to do list but rather a list of what I would do if there were no to do's. Go to the park, read, cook for no reason other than to eat, explore the city, and spend time just hanging out with my daughter and @matthewlud. It was a good exercise in remembering what that to do list is even for. And a good reminder that those things are just as important and deserve to be scheduled and time blocked just like the to do list. The to do list May never go away, but it can wait. It can all wait. We're taking a slow Sunday to meet up with new friends (👋🏻 @rawbgold & @lostncheeseland!), visit our favorite cafes, and enjoy each other's company and this beautiful (albeit hot!) day in Paris. localmilkparis theartofslowliving follow along on IGstories!

39 Days ago
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Dinner of the season. Coriander seed & lemon roasted baby artichokes, radicchio, green almonds, borlotti beans, white wine, and mint. So simple, so good. Side of bread and cheese because France. Sitting by our open window shelling beans after another inspiring workshop with another group of awesome women while Eula voraciously attacks a low hanging bowl of apricots There is a light breeze and I can hear children playing in the park. Eula is a right disaster, apricot pulp from her hair to her shoes. And I'm just shelling beans, the prettiest pink beans, and listening to Nick Cave, Serge Gainsbourg (natch), and The Jesus and Mary Chain. It's a good summer night. theartofslowliving localmilkparis

40 Days ago
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Workshop ready with a bouquet of peonies as big as me (ok, not quite, but still!) @matthewlud & I are dipping out for date night at @frenchiewinebar and I'm still just overwhelmed with gratitude to be here. I walk down the street perpetually distracted by everything I see. I sleep at night with the fan on in our rumpled linen sheets, wake up a little confused, not sure how to go about normal here when it's all so magical to me. So I buy bundles of peonies, braise artichokes and borlotti beans, and hang with my sweet husband. (And make him take stupid photos like this!) 😬🌸💐🌸 theartofslowliving localmilkparis

41 Days ago
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Our little, sunny Paris kitchen, almost settled in. Cooking in a new kitchen can be a little disorienting—and good for someone writing a cookbook. I try to write my recipes with the diversity of kitchens and markets of the world in mind, always reaching towards food that, if not universal, is at least accessible. Little things make a difference—like the fact that baby artichokes in Europe are different from baby artichokes in the US. That an induction cooktop is very different from a gas cooktop is very different from a ceramic cooktop etc. I'm still getting my culinary bearings, and yesterday I spent the afternoon listening to Cat Stevens (aaaaand some cheesy country music 😬) while peeling baby artichokes, cracking green almonds, shelling pink marbled borlotti beans, and making myself a lovely simple supper on the cusp of spring and summer. Today I'm gathering ingredients and flowers for tomorrow's workshop! It's just not a workshop without inordinate amounts of flowers. localmilkparis theartofslowliving

41 Days ago
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Green almonds to wild asparagus, radicchio to borlotti beans, it's going to be a green and pink kind of dinner. Our flat is brimming with peonies, and I'm trying to contain my excitement over all of the beautiful produce I have access to here. It's a cook's dream come true. In the short week we've been back in Paris I've realized (though I already suspected) that while a sheer love of travel is largely why we are on the road so much, part of it was not feeling inspired or happy where we were living. I love my home and my family, but the town itself just didn't make me very happy. And so I was inclined to leave often. Here, I'm content to stay. To walk to get a coffee, to work, to shop for groceries, to cook, to sleep. Just the simple strolls around our neighborhood leave my blood feeling iridescent. I feel alive and happy and wide eyed. I'm so grateful for this move, for this beautiful city that's been so welcoming, and for a husband whose more than willing to do it all with me. theartofslowliving localmilkparis

42 Days ago
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Our Parisian dining room, for the year anyway. I spent the day teaching a private workshop for @studiosaorsa & it is truly one of my favorite ways to spend a day. I already love it here in Paris so much I've started researching mortgages and searching for ways to buy instead of rent eventually. I always tell people to never preface their dreams with "realistic" because everything is realistic. You want to be a painter for a living? Realistic. You want to act? Live in Paris? Make millions? Colonize Mars? Cure cancer? All realistic. We are our biggest limitation. When you stop calling them dreams and start calling them goals you can get on with the business of creating an actionable plan you can start today, right now. My dream? To be right here, right now—wherever that is—and not wish for anything more. To be free of anxiety, worry, and perfectionism. To create without neurosis slowing me down. To not care what people think, ever. And to help other creatives like me realize their goals & design lives they love. I hope to finish a really comprehensive e-course over the summer (it's going to take time!) that will allow me to teach even more people everything I've learned about living dreams and loving your living. theartofslowliving localmilkparis

43 Days ago
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The view out of our bedroom window in Paris. I spent the morning catching up on work (that I'm woefully behind on) while simultaneously soaking up this beautiful city from café to café. I had the pleasure of running into @apartmentsactually at @fringecoffeeparis before meeting up with @jbanash for escargot & chats and then I ran home to lay out jambon, cherries, and cheese for an evening with @yossyarefi & @notary__ceramics and their awesome menfolk. We christened the dining table and sat around talking about everything from business to babies. It was all kinds of perfect. I think I did more socializing today than I usually do in a month. Starting to feel truly at home. Community is a crazy concept in the digital age, no longer entirely location dependent, I'm able to connect with far flung friends as they pass through and keep up with people all over the globe. But at the end of the day, the people I share my table with are the people I share my time with, myself with. I remain a flesh and bones creature swimming along in space time. I'm here, and it is now. And nothing will ever beat breaking bread face to face. theartofslowliving localmilkparis nestingabroad

45 Days ago