Beth Kirby

Beth Kirby

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gather – wander – nest photographer • stylist • cook • mama • traveler #theartofslowliving | 📍Tokyo mrs. @matthewlud
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A coffee vignette from yesterday's Tokyo workshop at @shopfoglinen with @matthewlud teaching pour over and me teaching styling & photography. We travel the world working and teaching—a privilege I'm incredibly grateful. Tomorrow we head back to the states after 6 weeks of living and working in Japan, a country that inspires my work as a cook & an artist. I've been researching and experimenting with ingredients here & writing recipes as well as teaching all over the country with women who inspire me alongside my husband. It's a dream come true, one I've had since as long as I can remember. I'm excited to be back home—and then excited to leave again come the end of May. This crazy life we built brings me such joy. I'm excited to watch it unfold, the hard & the good. For now we know it's the right choice for our little family even though we aren't sure where we'll land. Thank you for supporting my work, for reading and following along. I have intentionally slowed down my blogging and social media over the past six weeks while I work on content & ideas (our first intensive 6-week ecourse, the book, and tons of new travel guides and content for the blog to release over the next year!)—so thanks for hanging around and stay tuned for it all as well as our Faroe Islands retreat and Copenhagen one day workshops in August! And we still have spots left for our Greece & Spain Photography & Slow Living Retreats on localmilkretreats.com... I look forward to meeting those of you who join us! theartofslowliving

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Home. Is it even possible? We return to Tennessee in a few short days, and we leave again 4 weeks later with no plans to return before November. We're apartment hunting in Paris & renting our little home on Airbnb if we can find a place to rent. And all the while I'm wondering what on earth is home to me. When asked where I feel at home most my answer is "everywhere, no where". I can't decide where we want to put down roots. Where I am is always my favorite place to be except, oddly, my home town. Its a beautiful place and the people I love most in the world live there, my family. But when I imagine Eulalie growing up, I have to admit to myself that I don't imagine it being there. Maybe one day, who knows, but not now. I've grown comfortable with the idea, instead, of bouncing between Japan, France, and Tennessee each year and not worrying about where home is. Instead I want to focus on who home is: @matthewlud & my Eulalie. localmilkathome theartofslowliving

1 Days ago
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Our Mother's Day Gift Guide is live on the blog! Visit the link in profile to check it out! We partnered with @mothermag & @amazonkitchen to bring you picks for the gardener, the cook, and the artist plus a (very long!) interview over on Mother & photos of Eula and I messing around at home and baking a quick raspberry rose buttermilk cake (along with the recipe!) It will be my first Mother's Day with a baby. Last year I was pregnant, and it was liminal. This year I'm all in, up to my neck, in motherhood. And it's wonderful and endless and totally doable but definitely exhausting. Eula is becoming a little girl at break neck speed, and I can hardly keep up. She's a little nomad tagging along with me to boisterous yakitori bars & making friends with school girls on the Tokyo metro. She's our people. Here's to you, moms. partner mothersday giftguide

1 Days ago
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A quiet Kyoto temple. One that so happens to house a tea room of Sen no Rikyū. To stand beneath that low ceiling in the cool of clay walls in one of the places where the inception of wabi-sabi happened...I'm actually not easily moved. And it was moving. This trip is when we truly fell in love with Kyoto. We'll be back for the entire month of October, and experimenting with Japanese ingredients in a quiet neighborhood is largely why. Japan is one of those counties where I know I'll always be outside looking in. And that's ok. Better than ok. It's peaceful to be on the outside. And it feels really special when people welcome you in spite of it. Eula has been met with nothing but love, and I'm simply not ready to leave in a week. localmilkabroad

5 Days ago
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To wrap up our series on cheese plate 101 with @BoursinCheese, I wanted to just give a list of my pantry & fridge staple favorites to include on a cheese plate. My go to's include: Dalmatian fig jam, French mustard, spicy olives, cornichon, dried dates, raw honey, high quality tinned seafood, marcona almonds, pistachios, apricots, a good pâté, charcuterie, fresh fruit, raincoast crisps, crusty bread, and radishes. Almost *every* Cheeseplate I do involves honey, mustard, marcona almonds, pistachios, olives, and raincoast crisps, pate, and crusty bread. I know what I like. Check out my IG story for more tips! madetowow boursincheese ad

6 Days ago
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Low tide on Taketomi. The sea, an endless source of inspiration. We have two seaside creative slow living retreats this coming September: a yoga, food, & photography retreat with @carolina_ferrer_ & @studio_neon on Formentera (the bluest clear water I've ever seen) and an abstract painting, food, and photography retreat with @rebekkaseale and @studio_neon on the dreamy Greek isle of Santorini at the most photogenic and luxurious villa we've ever rented for a retreat. Both are now open for registration! Follow the link in profile to grab your spot! Space is limited & both have spots for couples or friends traveling together. Look forward to seeing those of you who join us there! We'll be talking making your dreams a reality & making a living doing what you love, the nuts & bolts of photography, and making social media work for you as well as getting inspiration & recharging in the most beautiful places on earth all while eating amazing food (and a lot of it! 😬) localmilkretreats theartofslowliving

7 Days ago
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Kyoto feels. We decided to stay in here for 4 more days until we have to be back in Tokyo. Kyoto feels like the kind of place you could settle down in. I have the affliction of being able to see myself living in almost every place I visit. We're still looking for a place to live in Paris—that's where life is taking us at the moment. And if the opportunity presents itself in the next couple of years, I'd like to fix up a riad in Marrakech. But I can definitely envision a world where we spend some years here in a different season of life. I don't limit my dreams. And that means anything is possible. They don't all come to fruition, but the ones that are right do in their time. For now, we're going to live a quiet life in Kyoto & cook & pretend we live here for a few short days. localmilkabroad theartofslowliving | 📷 @matthewlud

9 Days ago
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Tucked in a quiet alley in Kyoto, Wife & Husband, the coffee shop of @kyoichi911 & @ikumitea. Something out of a novel, dried flowers hang from the ceiling along with all manner of Japanese antiques. They studiously brew pour overs & serve the best honey cheese toast in thick, fluffy milk bread. On sunny days (which the day we went there was not) you can rent picnic supplies (stools, tatami mats, little tables) and take your coffee & victuals down by the canal. Next time. A must go in Kyoto. You can find our Kyoto Guide with more our our favorite haunts on localmilkblog.com! localmilkabroad wifeandhusbandcoffee

10 Days ago
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Part III of IV of our Cheeseplate 101 series with @BoursinCheese: the essentials of the vegetarian cheese plate. I use rich dried fruits like dates, figs, and apricots along with fresh fruits like grapes, pears, and berries to compliment fatty, protein rich nuts and seeds. Pistachios, marcona almonds, and hazelnuts are my personal favorites. And even better are the crackers packed with nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. And of course, rosé. Cause it pleases the peoples. madetowow boursincheese ad

11 Days ago
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Scones and tea at @stardust_kana for @thedenizenco and my Kyoto one day workshop. I have slowly, over three years, fallen in love with Kyoto. Today we're off to wander the botanical gardens & Arashiyama bamboo grove and have a lunch of Shojin Ryori, vegetarian Buddhist monk cuisine. We have two days left to explore Kyoto, and we want to know if you have any more favorite places to eat or shop here? We love all kinds of food and for shopping home goods, flowers, clothing, and ceramics are our favorites! Hoping to find even more gems for the guide (and we've already found quite a few!) localmilkretreat localmilkabroad

12 Days ago
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If peace were a place it would be @stardust_kana's café & shop of lovingly curated home goods, tea, and linen clothing. @thedenizenco and I hosted a one day workshop here today & Kana prepared a bright vegan meal & delicate raw cakes scented with tea and rose petals. She greeted us with indigo leaf tea, and the day was spent taking and styling photos in this immaculate space. This was my first translated workshop (thanks to @thedenizenco who, aside from being one of the most inspiring photographers I know, is also the woman that's opened up the language barrier in Japan for me year after year). We had a group of wonderful (and talented) women, and I could not be more grateful for a day well spent in such good company. If you're ever in Kyoto, don't miss @stardust_kana. And if you love photography, don't miss @thedenizenco's feed. So grateful for amazing women like them. localmilkretreat theartofslowliving

13 Days ago
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On the tracks stalking spring. Messy bun, clogs & cuffed denim, and my @onabags camera bag (also good for diapers, books, and mom detritus alongside my lenses...). Today I walked along Philospher's Way dipping into temples, eating matcha soft serve, and watching the petals billow around us & float down the canal. | 📷 @matthewlud localmilkabroad sartorialmilk

14 Days ago
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Don't expect the petals to stop anytime soon. Kyoto is bursting with pale pink, and I can't stop photographing it. I'm doing research for an updated + extended travel guide to Kyoto...if you have any favorite shops, eateries, temples, gardens, parks, photography spots, or other hidden gems please let me know! Ceramics, clothing, home goods, and gardens are especially on the radar. Looking for the best of the best as well as hidden gems & secret spots. Tonight I'm headed to one of my all time favorites, @yoshihiroimai's Monk, for a dinner date with my one and only, @matthewlud. You can find our current Kyoto city guide on localmilkblog.com! localmilkabroad 🌸 theartofslowliving

16 Days ago
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Time for round two of our Cheeseplate 101 series: the minimalist. Have nuts, crackers, dried fruit, and a bottle of wine on hand? Add some classic (and admittedly addictive) garlic & herb @BoursinCheese and you have a perfectly respectable cheese plate. I keep dried dates (they're my candy), marcona almonds (so salty, so good), and rainy day rosé on hand so I'm never left snackless when impromptu guests arrive. Or you know, I just get hungry. madetowow boursincheese ad

16 Days ago
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Kyoto in full bloom. The sakura, the epitome of ephemeral. My baby grows as fast as the petals fall like paper snow. The petals, they float down the canals. Flutter in every breeze with the willow branches. And the flowers are dying and the trees are becoming and life and life and spring. I missed Kyoto. Temple gardens tomorrow and an early morning and water, hot, with lemon. localmilkabroad theartofslowliving

16 Days ago
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Planes, trains, ferries, cars, bikes...you name it, we use it to get around the world in our travels. Though I can't say I've ever had a bike quite as charming as this little pink number that lives in St. Luke's Mews in London. With more people in the world than ever—overcrowding in big cities and global gridlock pose serious threats to the environment due to pollution & climate change—finding mobility solutions is more important now than ever. I've collaborated with @Ford Smart Mobility to raise awareness of the issues surrounding modern mobility & potential solutions. Their effort is to change the way the world moves, from bike sharing programs and shuttle services to lease sharing programs to electric vehicles. The middle class is predicted to double by 2030, meaning more and more people will want their own cars, creating even more challenges to maintain air quality. Substantial progress has been made in reducing vehicle emissions, but air quality standards remain a challenge in developed nations, and the issue is even more severe in developing nations. So what can we do? We can walk, bike, ride-share, take public transportation, and, when possible, invest in emission reducing vehicles. And most importantly, we can continue the conversation. ad SmartMobility

17 Days ago
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We have a few extra spaces for our Paris one-day intensive photography & styling workshop on June 10, 2017! Click the link in profile for more information & to reserve your spot before they're all gone! We'll be meeting in a light filled flat to learn Camera Setting & Lens Focal Lengths Basics, styling a simple flat lay like this one, enjoying a light lunch, discussing social media and brand building, and then learning to edit in Lightroom as well as some iPhone editing basics in Snapseed & Instagram. Hope to see you there! localmilkretreat theartofslowliving | ps. You can find the recipe for this cardamom + rose iced latte on localmilkblog.com 🌹

18 Days ago
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There are, in my estimation, three essentials to have ready to go when dinner party guests walk in the door: a great playlist, drinks, and a solid cheese plate. So! We've partnered with @BoursinCheese to bring you a 4 part series on cheese plate 101. I tend to either go local charcuterie driven (as pictured here) or vegetarian. First in the series is, as you can see, the carnivore's cheese plate with loads of cured meats (we scored an amazing pistachio salami, chorizo, a prosciutto style ham from our butcher) and strong flavors like cornichon, olives, and French mustard to stand up to the meats. Crusty bread is a given. More specific cheese plate tips like my favorite nuts & dried fruits coming soon including another round on the essentials of the vegetarian cheese plate. I ate like 3 things of this stuff when we were shooting and am not sorry about it. I had to keep telling myself "don't eat the talent!" 😹 madetowow boursincheese ad

18 Days ago
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Beach bunny. Eulalie's first seaside. Kondoi in Taketomi. We fed her soba for lunch and dipped her in the sea, right next to a starfish sparkling in the aqua expanse. She found it chilly. @matthewlud and I are going to walk her out to the sandbar shallows later and see if she takes more kindly to the warm puddles that form off shore. Now we're all having pineapple smoothies and doing nothing at all but hammock swinging and more soba eating (the cold kind with dipping sauce...) EulalieWilla babyaulait slowmotherhood

25 Days ago
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Taketomijima. I threw my soul into the sea one night, a few years back. In a cove, inky black at night. I figured whatever the universe was to me, whatever god or God might be, she comes to me in the form of the sea. Fish swarmed the dark water as soon as I sent the thought out. They looked like sharks, and their slick bodies crowded the water. They weren't sharks. But they splashed in the dark, one hundred or more, and my soul floats. It was good enough for me. localmilkatsea

25 Days ago
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Where diamonds grow on trees and everything is as it seems, I'm in never. It snowed flakes as big as eyes that do blink & never melted because to melt it would have to stick. And then the sun shone. And like that, like me, all day. Sun, snow, rain one after the other. Tomorrow we go to the sea. Far from here. Taketomi. I've never been. localmilkjapan localmilkabroad

26 Days ago
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Edit: now sold out! | Our NYC Food Styling & Photography Workshop at @sundaysuppers studio has only 3 spots left on Sunday May 7th, 2017. Follow the link in profile to get yours before they're gone! It's the only workshop we are teaching stateside this year. We'll start the day with Photography & Visual Storytelling followed by shooting & styling a cookbook style food photo. We'll break for lunch, and then spend the afternoon editing in Lightroom and discussing brand & business building and using social media as a business tool for creatives. Beginners to advanced photographers welcome. DSLR recommended though some mirrorless cameras with an interchangeable lens system can work. theartofslowliving

27 Days ago
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Plants. They fuel our body, but what if their by-products could be recycled and used as a renewable resource in manufacturing? Well, they can be. @Ford is currently exploring the use of tomato fiber (a by-product of ketchup production that would normally be thrown away) to develop a more sustainable bio-plastic material for its vehicles. They currently use wheat straw-reinforced plastic in the storage bins of the Flex (which reduced petroleum usage by 9,000 kilos and CO2 emissions by 13,600 kilos annually!); a new composite plastic made with rice hulls is used in the F-150; and coconut coir (made from coconut husks) is used in trunk mats of some vehicles like the Focus Electric. There has to be a universal effort from corporate and private citizens alike to face the continuing (and exponentially growing) issues surrounding the sustainability of modern products. So, while few of us may be on the forefront of innovative ways to use tomatoes to create sustainable materials, what we can do is eat local, cook from scratch, and compost if you can! ad FarmToCar

28 Days ago
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Details. Lately I've had a lot of clarity about business, boundaries, priority, and time. I feel poised to truly embrace the essentialism I believe in & grow my business in the ways I've dreamed of. It's always easier said than done. Less but better. At the same time, I've been struggling with reacting instead of acting in situations that previously wouldn't have bothered me. Usually, I can let hurtful things run their course without engaging, but lately I'm all fiery. Which is out of character for me. I've been thinking a lot about why that is. I was recently reading about will power as a finite resource that we start each day with a lot of and deplete over the course of our day through resisting temptations, controlling emotions, and using discipline. I think it's because I've budgeted most of my will for work & family that I seem to be having difficulty with my reactions. And that's ok. But now it's time to draw back into myself. To be by the stream but not in it & be mindful of my emotions. The struggle is real. Sometimes we just have to be gentle with our utter, imperfect humanity. localmilkabraod theartofslowliving perfectimperfection

28 Days ago
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Morning steam, breakfast for two. Oatmeal for me and my mini, coffee for me & almond milk for her. Watching Eula grow—starting to eat, trying to stand, somehow shimmying around despite not quite being able to crawl yet—has me so excited for her future. I can't know much about how we'll raise her because I believe in following my intuition in the moment (home school? traditional school? who knows!), but I know one thing: that I will raise her to believe that as a woman she can do whatever she wants. I've partnered with @Ford to spread the word about their STEAM experience and education program. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, and it's a program that teaches children the concepts of design and engineering. And letting girls know that they can be anything they want totally trounces telling them they're made of "sugar and spice and everything nice." So whether she wants to be an engineer, an artist, a stay at home mom, a business leader—I just want her to know it's all possible. She's the determining factor. ad

29 Days ago
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Our current living room at @ryokan_sanga. This has been our home for the past few days while @thedenizenco & I host our Japan retreat in Kurokawa. This is where @matthewlud and I take our morning coffee and green tea respectively. Where we whisper at night while the baby sleeps. Where we work—him writing music, me editing and writing. A river rushes by right outside the window, and in the mornings the light through the branches is exquisite, especially after the light snow we got a few days back. The melting snow hung like so many diamonds. When you travel as much as we do, home truly is wherever you lay your head down at night so long as your family is with you. I have a hard time saying good bye to every single temporary abode. I dream of rice paper doors in a riad one day because why not, home is whatever you make of it. localmilkretreat theartofslowliving | follow on my personal work account @elizabeth_ludwik for less pretty pictures

29 Days ago
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A small shop in Onta, a ceramic making village in the Aso Mountains where "ontayaki" pottery is made. An intergenerational craft, you have to be born into it. At present there are only 10 families making ontayaki. Water powered, large wooden mallets pound the clay & ancient kilns fire each handmade piece—the epitome of slow. Each year @thedenizenco & I take our Japan retreat guests to this village, and every year I'm inspired anew. We stopped for lunch at a restaurant that specializes in mountain vegetables grown & foraged locally before a studio visit and a stop at a tea house to learn from the tea sensei & enjoy frothy, green cups of matcha. We're now heading back to the bathhouse for yet another long table, traditional Japanese dinner...not a bad fate. localmilkretreat theartofslowliving

31 Days ago
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This is one of my favorite places on earth, an onsen nestled in the Aso Mountains at @ryokan_sanga. Every year I dream of returning to this exact spot and every year it's as beautiful as the last. I've been thinking, reading, talking, and writing about the place where wabi-sabi, slow living, and essentialism meet. The biggest breakthrough I had recently was that they all acknowledge time & that we are temporal beings. We cannot do more than one thing well at once. We cannot be in more than one place at one time. Time is a finite resource, a beautiful reality not to be ignored. But time means we must make choices. We can't have it all and do it all. In order to say yes to what matters most, we have to say no to everything else. We have to strip away everything that isn't essential. No isn't a dirty word and, said with courage and compassion, it's the most powerful slow living tool of all. I hope we can all learn to say no to social pressure, busy work, unfulfilling relationships, and things that don't directly move us towards & support our goals and purpose in life. Emails do not have to answered just because they were sent. Nor do text messages. Jobs don't have to be taken just because they're there if you're a freelancer. Being mindful about who and what gets our time instead of just offering it to the loudest or first or most insistent opens up the space needed to take our time & do great things. Instead of saying we "have to", say you "choose to". Privilege your health, your family, and your work in that order over the modern noise. theartofslowliving localmilkretreat

31 Days ago
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Today it begins. In a few short minutes @thedenizenco & I are meeting our retreat guests downstairs for introductions before a welcome Kaiseki dinner prepared by @ryokan_sanga. I've been refreshing my notes on wabi-sabi, and the concepts that are ringing the most true for me are the ideas of "aestheticized entropy" (what could be more beautiful...) & "elegant poverty" where poverty isn't taken in the literal sense but rather in the sense of non-attachment to fixed ideas or things. The "elegant" refers to graceful acceptance of restraint, inconvenience, and uncertainty. How much more beautiful is life when all of its irregularities, ephemerality, and decay are regarded as beautiful? I've always said I had a "counter intuitive aesthetic" and wanted to coax beauty out of apparent ugliness (both literal and figurative), and the mundane has long been my primary inspiration. For me, there is no better philosophy and no better place to steep oneself in it than here. And so it goes... localmilkretreat theartofslowliving

33 Days ago
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Tomorrow morning @matthewlud and I are going to sit right here. I think baths might be one of my all time favorite slow pleasures. Continuing the conversation with myself about slow living, today I was thinking about the word "No". As I've said before, I think social media (myself included, albeit unintentionally) has led to a conflation of "slow living" and "slow pleasures". Not all slow living is fun, pretty, and leisurely. A lot of it is long, hard, slow work. But it is deeply rewarding and worthwhile. In order to do this, I think "no" is perhaps the single most important word in my vocabulary. I say no to guilt, to obligation, to hurrying, to frittering my time on things that don't matter, to relationships I don't enjoy. I say no to 99%. And a resounding, all-in yes to the 1%. I give my all to my family, my career (and I'm very selective about what gets to hang out under that umbrella), my few true friendships, and my own well being. That's it. I really want to empower people to say no. In a time where people are inundated with social media, texts, emails, and more pressure than ever to respond just because they can be reached & pressure to do everything because it seems like everyone else is, I want to tell you: you don't have to. And to reiterate an important one: NO to guilt. If you work hard & lead an active life, some people will think you don't live "slow" enough (which is such a misunderstanding of the concept), and if you take time to enjoy life, some people will think you don't work hard enough. So forget it. Hone in on your love, your bliss, your people, your version of happy. Whether it's a cottage & homemade bread, a camper & hiking boots, or Dubai & jet setting. It doesn't matter, it's your life, go after it. Life is too short to worry about being judged by anyone other than yourself. And even then most of us probably need to cool it. You know what? Eff judging entirely. Your inner compass has got this, don't let anyone or anything dissuade you. theartofslowliving localmilkretreats

33 Days ago
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A wabi-sabi corner of our plaster mantle back home with @petalinefloral ikebana inspired florals, hand painted Japanese paper, a little handmade tile from @rikumo, a candle holder from @alderandco, and antique books in languages I can't read. Long before I started my annual pilgrimages to Japan, I was fundamentally inspired by the idea of perfect imperfection. My core philosophy was wabi-sabi before I really had the words for it. When I first started my blog, it was something I talked about extensively. The beauty of the mundane, the broken, the asymmetrical soul. My aesthetic has changed since I started this journey with Local Milk, my style has evolved and continues to along with my business model. I like to change when lots of other people start doing the same thing so I can stay inspired and not get bored. But as a business you have to balance that with what your audience, customers, and clients want. Which can be tricky, and I've learned so much about it over the years. I've been thinking a lot about the creation of an ecourse to bring what I've learned about slow living (and what that means to me), work / life boundaries (I like that word better than "balance"), photography, styling, and building a successful creative small business and brand to a larger audience. Essentially, a retreat you can go on without leaving your home. Would many of you be interested in that? If so what would you want to see there? Video, worksheets, spoken or written lessons (or both?), visuals, assignments? And what topics? Slow living, social media, brand building, business & financial, writing, photography, styling, editing, visual storytelling? I'd love to hear from you to gauge whether it's something many would be interested in & what you'd want out of it. theartofslowliving localmilkathome

34 Days ago
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My favorite place in Tokyo. A secret treasure trove, @hakujitu_., hidden in Asakusa in an old kelp drying house. When we return to Tokyo I'm going to collect as much from this shop as I can possibly carry home. Mostly less is more. But in the case of the most beautifully curated collection of Japanese antiques I have ever seen, more is more. And it doesn't hurt that the owner and his wife are two of the most lovely people I've had the pleasure of meeting. After perusing the store, we went to @_____9__'s (his wife) tea room and took many photographs and drank as many cups of tea. A big thank you to @thedenizenco for introducing us to this gem. 🙏🏻 localmilkabroad

35 Days ago
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We're currently on the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Fukuoka, en route to my personal paradise, @ryokan_sanga. A living fairytale of mossy boulders, tranquil streams, and forest onsens—tendrils of steam forever rising from blue water into the boughs. A place of restoration & healing, this is where slow lives. On Monday we'll be joined by our retreat guests, and I'm buzzing with excitement to share this place we love so well with yet another group of adventuring creatives. This is truly what our retreats are all about. Travel, slow living, culinary exploration, and visual stories both lived and captured. Learning to balance motherhood and running a business full time (and all while largely living out of a suitcase) has, at times, been a challenge. Work never seems to end, time to simply be is scarce. But I recently read something that really struck a chord, that great things take great investments—of time, energy, resources—and that naturally throws things out of "balance". Maybe, instead, we can learn to travel to the outer edges, to the extremes, but know when to stop, when to come back, when to recharge. Good work requires stillness and time to do nothing just as much as it requires intense effort. Neither should be derided. Work is extreme, motherhood is extreme, passionate homemaking and passionate travel are extreme, devotion to self-care is extreme, a great relationship is extreme. Dare to want them all and dare to get them give them the time they require. That's slow living to me, the time it takes for something, anything, to be great. Its about the idea that there is no fast, easy way to worthwhile things. It's about knowing when it's the season, the week, the hour to move or to be still. This week, it's time to be still. localmilkretreats theartofslowliving

35 Days ago