Elizabeth Kirby

Elizabeth Kirby

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gather – wander – nest photographer • stylist • cook • mama • traveler #localmilkretreats #theartofslowliving | 📍Paris mrs. @matthewlud
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Our room at camellaslloret where we're holding our June retreat in the south of France, in the village of Montreal, just south of Toulouse. Besides being a mere hour from a little known beach with aqua, clear water & fresh seafood, it's owned by the most lovely couple. Colin has a studio here where he'll be doing body work & alignment on guests to promote wellness & the flow of energy in the body, and Annie is a wonderful cook who knows all the best spots to find the regions finest products—bread, cheese (of course), wine, local produce, charcuterie, canelles, duck, sheeps milk ice cream, truffles...you name it. We'll learn photography, feast, bake & style, slow down, visit a medieval village & the seaside, and take a wholistic approach to both wellness and a shared travel experience. I can already taste the apricot tart tatin... localmilkretreats thesrtofslowliving

1 Hours ago
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Secret gardens in Marrakech. Our first odyssey as a family of three is coming to a close as we catch a flight from Paris back to Atlanta tomorrow. We left in December, right after Christmas. Two months and 3 countries saw Eula hit milestones like sitting up & solid foods, and the verdict on travel as a family has stuck: we're all in. She happiest watching the world go by, and so are we. I'm excited to see my family, work, cook in my kitchen, and finish the house over the next three weeks (and do laundry in my own home...) But not a single part of me is sad that we leave for Japan in less than a month. And for Eula to try Japanese food! localmilkretreats localmilkabroad nestingabroad

17 Hours ago
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Parisian petals. Here's to one last day in France before we return to the states for 3 weeks. Our Airbnb flat smells like garbage in the best possible way—my precious epoisses in the fridge. I couldn't be happier. I can only work right now but I work with the window open and the city seeps in: stubborn, aloof, oddly provincial, bittersweet, and delicious. I can't fully process that we're leaving. My French has improved (vaguely, but still), and I feel at home here. I'm an outsider, thoroughly. I'm no Parisian. My affection for the city still strikes me as senseless. But unavoidable & the logical conclusion. One more day...it will likely be spent working with the window open again, lunching, and taking one last long walk to tide me over before we're back in June. theartofslowliving

1 Days ago
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My kind of meal. A lunch spread from a day in January spent teaching a private workshop with 7over10 & christine.davis_ back in London on Columbia Rd. I just had a very similar (though less attractive version) of this meal for lunch: mortadella with pistachios, baguette, and ashy goats cheese. Eaten with one hand & Eula on my knee gnawing a hunk of bread smeared with cheese. I'm still apartment hunting in Paris—if you randomly know if anything for rent in the 3rd/4th do let us know! Though we're in no hurry at this point. For now I'm content with my little storage unit & a light filled Airbnb at the Place des Vosges. We head back to Tennessee in 2 days...I can hardly believe it. Happy to spend a brief 3 weeks there putting the finishing touches on our Chattanooga home before diving back into the nomadic life...the Local Milk house (haha) is aiming to be shiny & ready for AirBnB & photoshoot rentals at the end of May...

1 Days ago
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A place to be slow, camellaslloret, a charming B&B in Languedoc-Roussillon designed, owned, and inhabited by our friends Colin & Annie. matthewlud & I just spent a few days recharging and planning a retreat here with them June. Between Colin's expertise on wellness & bodywork, Annie's design & cooking, the excellent regional food, this beautiful home, and the varied scenery of the area (think canals & tree lined allees with snow capped mountains on the horizon to medieval stone villlages to the aqua sea), it's the perfect location. The retreat will combine wellness with visual storytelling & (of course) food in the French countryside. We'll visit Lagrasse, a beautiful medieval village at the foot of the Pyrenees as well as a hidden Mediterranean beach with crystal clear water. When we aren't exploring our days will consist of photography, baking & styling (I'm thinking an apricot tarte tatin...), discussions about wellness & slow living, body work, picnicking, and meals at the long table on the terrace. And perhaps a long soak. If this sounds like it might be your speed, you can join our mailing list via the link in profile to be notified when registration opens in a couple of weeks. localmilkretreats theartofslowliving

2 Days ago
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Our Eulalie in the morning light at camellaslloret, the B&B and home of our friends Colin & Annie in the little village of Montreal in the south of France. I've been holed up here for the past few days exploring, regenerating, and licking my wounds from the apartment deal that fell through in Paris. C'est la vie. And everything happens for a reason. I'm already feeling relief that things didn't go as I'd hoped because I can feel even better things in wait around the corner. We're still hunting for a little home in Paris, but now I feel no rush. If we found a place by fall I'd be happy. We have so many exciting things coming in 2017 it's hard to be anything but happy. We're headed to Japan in a few short weeks and then are planning a retreat here at camellaslloret in France in June, Faroe in August, and Spain & Greece in September. Then we're off to Japan again in November. What a beautiful adventure to share with our little girl. In the past two days she's tried everything from shaved black truffle to sweet, fresh prawns. And it's only just begun. I'm penning my 0-6 month old travel with baby guide...taking my time to really think through what made it so great. Baby wearing, breastfeeding, and babysitters. That's what comes to mind! eulaliewilla babyaulait

2 Days ago
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Japan. The quiet, the calm, the perfect imperfections. Edit: Sold out! | We have 1 spot open for our March 27-31 Wabi-Sabi Photography Retreat with thedenizenco in Kurokawa, Japan, at the beautiful onsen inn, ryokan_sanga. Healing hot springs, travel & portrait photography, a trip to a local ceramic making village, ikebana with local senseis, and a stop at a traditional tea house are all part of this retreat in a world away. The ticket is for a shared room in a large suite with two other roommates, a private onsen bath, and is all-inclusive except getting to and from the retreat, alcohol, and personal shopping. The spot is $2800 USD. Follow the link in profile to grab the spot & read all the details before it's gone! localmilkretreats

5 Days ago
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A pretty little corner of septime_paris. Last night we went to Septime La Cave for jambon avec noisettes, sundry cheese, green olives., and then we walked, thought happy thoughts, and stayed out talking way past our bed time. I just bought banana, sweet potato, and carrots to cook for Eula to try, and she nibbled on mushrooms & finely chopped artichoke hearts at lunch. Watching her try food has been one of the coolest phases of parenthood thus far. Those of you who've practiced baby led weaning...I'm so curious about your experience and what food (and in what state) you fed your babies.

9 Days ago
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It's a calm, grey morning here in Paris. Eula is flapping her arms & babbling while matthewlud and I pack up to move from our hotel to an airbnb. We're still in limbo as it looks like due to concerns over us having a baby we might not get the apartment we fell in love with. But there's still hope & our lovely realtor is appealing for us. So I'm further distracting myself with the mundane: laundry, coffee, family cuddles, work, walks, and perhaps a bouquet of flowers to brighten our next temporary residence. Literally praying the landlady reconsiders. Hope against hope. localmilkparis theartofslowliving

10 Days ago
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IDontEvenOwnABathrobe The more I see from the Trump administration the more incredulous and impassioned I get. I'm not a political analyst, but I can't imagine that Trump will make it to the four year mark. I believe that he is deeply unqualified & evidence against his integrity is mounting. That not withstanding, I think it's the responsibility of all of us that feel our rights and those of our fellows are threatened by the insanity of this administration to continue to take a stand and put our money, our voices, and our time towards steering the ship out the of the storm. If you are against this fascist leaning regime, post a pic of yourself in a bathrobe and tag realdonaldtrump & idontevenownabathrobe Let it be a virtual protest of bathrobes. It's my hope that the 3 branches of the US government and the people will come through. ✊🏼✊🏻✊🏿| trolls will be deleted notmypresident notapresident

10 Days ago
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A morning walk through the Place des Vosges with the family, matthewlud behind the lens and Eula in her stokkebaby stroller. We've extended our stay in Paris while we wait to hear whether we'll get the place we're looking at. I'm holding my breath and trying to distract myself with walks & work. I'm writing a blog post about a beautiful interior in upstate New York while I dream of a beautiful interiors here. Nesting fever. Holding my breath! The only anticipation more intense was waiting to find out the sex of the baby (I had a girl preference, luckily) and waiting for Matt to propose! Both of those worked out...so hopefully this will too! I think it's good to fully allow yourself to want something and to simultaneously accept that sometimes what you want isn't meant to be. Easier said than done! Trying to hold on to my zen with a million butterflies having taken up residence in my stomach. 😅 localmilkabroad stokkewinter designedtobeclose xplorymoments havebabywilltravel

10 Days ago
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Exciting news! We have had one spot open up for thedenizenco & my 9-day Japan Retreat "Onsens & Post Towns: A Wabi-Sabi Escape". The Escape will take a small group of 6 guests from the gorgeous, moss covered boulders of the Kurokawa onsen ryokan_sanga to the Edo era post town of Tsumago and on to the hidden mountain bathing village of Nyuto in the Akita prefecture. We will be visiting this very spot. During the retreat we will explore the cuisine of Japan as well as photography and visual storytelling for those interested though you need not be an aspiring photographer. All the details can be found via the link in profile. The spot is first come first serve; if you missed it last time grab it before it's gone! localmilkretreats

11 Days ago
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The most immaculate croque madame at buvetteparis, one of the best brunches in Paris. Today we went to look at what turned out to be my dream flat in Paris. I'm doing my very zen best to enter into this with open hands—que sera, sera—but truth be told I'm all butterflies & hoping very much to have keys by the end of the month. We discovered it through a fortuitous google search that led me to feau_immobilier, and I'll be holding my breath until we know! It's in the perfect location and is the perfect size and style! What will be, will be...but I really hope this will be. A long time dream come true and a cessation to living out of a suitcase most of the year... stay tuned! localmilkabroad theartofslowliving

11 Days ago
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Can we just talk about how much time I would spend in this bath at la_maison_marrakech if it were mine? Tomorrow matthewlud & I are going to look at flats in Paris so as to have a home base this side of the pond, and while I doubt any of them will have a place to stretch out like this, if we can find a tiny pied-a-terre in this city we love so much, I'll be a very happy lady. Fingers crossed that we not only find "the one" before June but that we don't have trouble jumping through whatever hoops are necessary to rent! I'll save my luxurious bathroom dreams for our hypothetical riad in Marrakech like this one. Cross your fingers for us! theartofslowliving localmilkabroad

12 Days ago
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Yesterday was spent in sweetcabane's gorgeous Paris flat styling, shooting, and eating the "props" (caramelized canneles, ashy chèvre, and rustic breads). Afterwards matthewlud and I (along with a sleeping Eulalie) went to one of the best wine shops Matt says he's ever discovered (given the owner, vibe, and collection I'd have to agree) & then on to a (new) favorite, cozy restaurant in the Marais before retreating to our hotel room and making an early night of it. Today we've been catching up on work (oi) and the news (double oi) in our hotel room while the world goes by beneath our window. I ate another pita in bed from Miznon, and watched John Oliver during my "lunch break". A return to normal. | you can contact me via the email in profile if you'd like to book private one-day workshops in Paris in June, October, or later this month. theartofslowliving

12 Days ago
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6 months old today. Squishes the Baby. Aka Eulalie. Aka Woogles. Aka the love of my life. Currently she's alternately sucking on her toes and playing with a brown paper bag wearing an eye squinting, toothless grin and babbling happily. So far in her short life she's been to New York, France, Morocco, and the U.K., and she's headed to Italy & Japan in the coming months. I can't wait to watch her explore food, learn different languages, and see her remember more and more. I was raised in a relatively small town in Tennessee; the first time I went abroad I was 15. I can't imagine what her life experience will be like growing up traveling. For us home is each other, not necessarily a place, though I'm certain I'll feather nests over the course of her life. We're on the road so much now that when someone asks where we live it seems strange to say Tennessee—we live out of suitcases far more than we live there. We've found, as I said before, that travel with a baby is nothing but rewarding. The biggest life savers have been breastfeeding, a little hand pump for nights out to leave a bottle with a sitter, a compact baby pop tent that acts as her bed, and baby wearing. I'll be writing a more in depth blog post about it but in the mean time what are your minimalist, essential life savers for travel with kids of all ages? Tap the photo for her outfit sources! EulalieWilla babyaulait havebabywilltravel

13 Days ago
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Our L | M Retreats desert table in Morocco styled by nicxxxdesign & I in the middle of nowhere with goodies from her thesecretspuk while camels looked on. Our guests feasted on spiced Moroccan salads & grilled brochettes in the midday sun with plenty of rosé, and on each plate we gifted them an amber bottle of the finest argon oil. Afterwards owl_emma & I accompanied them on a camel ride through the hills (not without one of the camels trying to eat me) while matthewlud shot our caravan from afar. That evening traditional gnawa musicians played and danced while we sat around a fire (they took a particular shining to Eula). Today it's back to the soft grey of Paris, a styling & photography workshop, and a quiet dinner as a family in one of my favorite spots. localmilkretreats theartofslowliving

14 Days ago
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la_maison_marrakech, an oasis in the dusty, chaotic medina of Marrakech. I spent my last afternoon in town eating my weight in sweet Tunisian dates in this courtyard with nicxxxdesign & owl_emma before braving the rainy square for potato sandwiches. Now I'm looking at a very different scene out of my Paris window, an endless row of little Hausmanian chimneys & street lamps. matthewlud & I ate pitas in bed and let Eula "eat" (I use this word very loosely for what ensued) her first foods, roast sweet potato smeared everywhere & sucking on artichoke leaves. We're already planning next year's Escape to Marrakech (which we most certainly hope will involve an afternoon spent photographing in this immaculate riad) as well as goings on in France in June...and more for the summer! Can't wait to announce all we have in the works! localmilkabroad theartofslowliving

14 Days ago
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Parisian snack detritus from our last workshop at apartmentsactually's flat on Rue Charlot. Matt, Eula, and I just landed in Paris for a short two day stay while we find a storage unit (!!! it's not a flat but it feels one step closer while we look), do a private workshop for sweetcabane, and briefly indulge in a few favorite eats before hoping over to Venice to visit with friends & take some post-retreat quiet time to catch up on work. Paris <> Marrakech <> Venice might be my holy trinity of cities on this side of the pond. Very excited to introduce Eula (and Matt!) to the last one soon! localmilkretreats theartofslowliving | tap for prop sources

14 Days ago
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A return to riadberbere & its princely feline population. After a week of being largely disconnected from the outside world, a return to the medina (and, admittedly, the wifi) is a welcome change of pace. matthewlud & I are making it our mission to eat all of our favorite street food today—bessara, harira, lubia, tangia, potato & egg sandwiches, hot sugared donuts, and brochette cooked over coals—and regroup & plan the rest of the month, the year, the retreats, and all of the things. And maybe even finding time to dream up floor plans of the riad we are very much dreaming of... localmilkretreats theartofslowliving (follow along with our food adventures on Instagram stories! 🍢🍲🍞🍳🍛

15 Days ago