Beth Kirby

Beth Kirby

@local_milk

photographer • stylist • cook • mama • traveler plant forward omnivore + living on purpose mrs. @matthewlud | 📍Paris

Beth Kirby

@local_milk


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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. ✌🏻

11 Hours 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

1 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

2 Days ago

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Octopus salad with fresh fennel flowers foraged by chef @studio_neon at last years Formentera Retreat co-hosted with @carolina_ferrer_. We have added just a couple of extra spots to our retreat here this coming September! Register via the link in profile to get yours today! We'll be sailing, painting, picnicking, recharging on world class beaches, doing yoga each morning, and all the while learning photography & the art of visual storytelling. And, just as importantly, our retreats focus on discussions about slow living & making the life you dream about a reality. We believe that a life well lived exists far beyond the inbox and that there is a way for creatives to make a great living doing what they love without hectic hustle of perpetual busyness. Our philosophy of slow living is a practical one: it's about less but better in all things, being empowered to say no, setting boundaries, knowing when to say yes, what to charge, and determining what to keep and what to let go of in your business and life. We may not be able to "have it all" but I believe there's more than enough time for what matters. The rest we can leave behind, and that's where we find the space to live slow. Not sure if it's for you after reading the event page and our FAQ? Drop us a line and let's have a chat to see if it's a good fit! localmilkretreat theartofslowliving

2 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

3 Days ago

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I've spent the last couple of days immersed in the world of @krugchampagne at their KrugWorldFestival in the Champagne region of France. I had the pleasure of experiencing their world first hand starting with the story of founder Joseph Krug's journey shared by his great-great-grandson @krugoli, to a tour of the cellars (they were also, inspiringly, used for everything from church to school during the Second World War), to a Wild Rosé lunch in the forest beneath the canopy, to an evening of truly unforgettable music by @liannelahavas and @slyjohnson_off. Music has been an integral part of the brand from Joseph Krug's salon to current CEO Maggie's passion for the way in which music and taste experience intertwine and influence one another. It is so refreshing that a prestigious brand like Krug keeps things simple and reminds us that the essence of champagne is purely pleasure. Much love & thanks to @krugchampagne for welcoming me into their family, sharing their passion, and for such a beautiful experience.

3 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

6 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

7 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

7 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

7 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

9 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.

11 Days ago

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11 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

12 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

13 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

13 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!

14 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

15 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

16 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

16 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

17 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

18 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

20 Days ago

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An old photo of a morning past, back home in Tennessee, if home means "where you were born" or "house you own instead of rent". Considering I think we all know home means neither of those things, I'm enjoying the plasticity of the notion. It isn't that Tennessee isn't home, it irrevocably and unequivocally is, but these past few jet lagged days of unpacking boxes in Paris has felt no less like coming home, though of a different breed entirely. Here, I'm spoiled for choice. Here, I'm inspired to the point of overload. Here, I'm happy. A place can't make you happy if you aren't, because, as they say, "wherever you go, there you are." But if you are already content the right home can make everything even more joyful. And it has. Pushing Eula in her stroller through the market, fumbling with my (earnest) attempts at French, and nights of cheese and bread while @matthewlud and I settle in has been the opposite of disillusionment. It's everything we dreamed and more. Though we haven't tried to open that bank account yet 😹😭. I'm, to be more succinct, very happy we made this choice. Shockingly happy. I have only loved one other place like this, New Orleans, my home of 5 years. Makes sense. Full circle.

21 Days ago

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Friends & strangers in London and the U.K., I woke up this morning to the news, and was shocked (somehow, thank god, I still manage to be shocked—this is NOT the new normal), sickened, and saddened. I'm trying not to cry into my coffee (though, really, why try not to?), and my heart is aching for the U.K. and for all of the countries that have been affected by this violence, this incessant violence. My thoughts are with you this morning, London. Take courage. I'm so sorry. prayforlondon 🇬🇧 | I keep ruminating. We chose to leave our safe small town in the US and come to Europe, and we know that there is, all things considered, a bit more risk involved in that. I'm cautious but not afraid. I refuse to be. But then that pit in my stomach comes up, and I start trying to think like them to anticipate where not to go during the day. And then it happens somewhere I would go without thinking twice like the Borough Market and you realize all you can do it live life, keep your wits, and not let them win. takecourage

21 Days ago

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The wandering life, a shot from our Morocco escape. I'm honored to be featured in @travelandleisure's top 50 travel Instagrammers to follow! Check out their list via the link in profile! I'm currently in the car on the way to the airport with @matthewlud and Eula (and our friend @ericcharlespeterson who's driving our car back for us...a saint! 🙏🏻), and it's only just now sinking in that we're doing it. We decided to have a base in Europe part time, decided on Paris, and then it happened. Not without a little luck. I'm used to traveling light so it feels weird having all of these huge suitcases but I'm traveling with props and kitchen tools this time. In excited to just settle in, work, cook, and spend time in the park with Eula bean. And maybe pop off to Marrakech for a long weekend...eh, @owl_emma? 😬| 📷 @matthewlud localmilkretreat

25 Days ago

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Mise en freaking place for my chunky-like-it-should-be magic power granola. From chia to bee pollen, the gang's all here. More recipe testing for the book (sorry you'll have to wait a while for the recipe!) We fly on Wednesday, and I'm scrambling to get it all done. I was reading @timferriss' Tools of Titans book this morning after meditating and a line really jumped out at me, a line about being busy just being a form of being out of control. I try to master my time, but it keeps mastering me. I think it's due to a lifelong witches brew of perfectionism born procrastination, my manic depressive mercurial nature, and being so new to this game of actually succeeding that I don't always nail it when it comes to what matters and what most totally does not. I get wrapped up in minutia and fail to maintain focus on *my* to do list as opposed to being swept up in the agenda of others. Another thing that stood out this morning was the fact that our inboxes are unprecedented in so far as they essentially allow any random person to create an actionable item right in front of you out of thin air. It can get hard tuning out that noise. How do you guys tune out the noise so you can listen to the real music? I do it by a) learning to delegate email (I'm just learning) b) deleting things that are a "no" without responding (I could spend my life politely declining) c) creating personal but standard responses for standard inquiries d) not taking someone else's sense of urgency on myself, especially when I didn't sign up for it, e) most importantly, saying no to every opportunity that isn't a "hell yes". theartofslowliving

27 Days ago

Beth Kirby

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It was a good mail weekend! A beautiful package from @thewhitecompany filled with all the makings of some serious, much needed self care time: the most luxuriously fluffy white robe, cosy cashmere socks, a candle that smells like an English country garden in full bloom, and their beautiful new skincare line. A while back I realized I was spending money on make up instead of taking care of my skin, so I'm super vigilant about my face care (you only get one face! Haha). Thank you guys for the incentive & supplies to take essential down time. Over worked, under cared for creatives can't do great work which is why I'm always going on about this "slow living" thing. The best thing you can do for your career sometimes is light a candle and take a long hot bath. No joke. usa mywhiteco partner |

27 Days ago

Beth Kirby

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Pastry heaven at @reynardnyc in the @wythehotel. We're Paris bound on Wednesday, and I've got 🥐 on the brain. We just sold more stuff than I ever hoped to in my wildest dreams at the garage sale in preparation for leaving. I was worried it would be a waste of time, but it was a day well spent. The remains are headed to the charity shop, and I can't really extol the virtues of purging clutter enough. I feel lighter, my mind feels clearer. I know I actually have a lot more to get rid of, but as far as a first pass goes (we are talking 75% of my stuff) it was pretty awesome. After I finish packing for Paris I'm going to have a close look at what's left. And when we get back I'm going to have an even closer look at all the things I lived without. I definitely still keep things for sentimental reasons. I rationalize it by saying I'm a writer and going through those old boxes and notebooks triggers my memory and will help me write that memoir one day. Maybe, maybe not. But I'm really proud of myself for letting go of so much. If clutter and mindless consumption are part of your life, trust me when I say: get rid if f it! It feels awesome. I'm just excited to get rid of more! theartofslowliving

28 Days ago

Beth Kirby

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The details. Our @workstead pendant in the foyer. When we started this remodel (a year and a half ago!) I knew I wanted this light in our house. It's so simple, elegant, and unique. And it's one of my favorite things in our house. Our garage sale here in Chattanooga is about to start where we're getting rid of over 15 years worth of accumulated stuff—clothes, books, old props, and a bit of furniture that we haven't already donated. The more things I get rid of, the lighter I feel. The message of "minimalism" (and I mean this in the lifestyle choice way, not the aesthetic way) is a message for the privileged, for the people who can accumulate clutter they don't need and fall into the trap of attaching meaning and value to things beyond their beauty or utility. But that's a very large part of the population. Whether you accumulate at garage sales (haha) or at Target or the mall or shopping online or from designer boutiques, the message remains the same. My whole life, I've thoughtlessly bought things like a pair of sunglasses at the airport (a weird weakness of mine) or a random bag from a market just because it was cute. But now I don't do that. I buy mindfully and intentionally. The money I save goes towards Eula, towards fewer higher quality things that bring value to my life through utility, beauty, or both, and towards causes I care about like ocean preservation. My version of minimalism isn't "bare bones"— I've kept the cookbooks I love, my prop & ceramic collection (the stuff I still like and use), the clothes I actually wear, and a very few decorative objects that make me happy every time I see them. For some, minimalism may look like a lot of things. For some it will be a bag filled with their only worldly possessions. How much isn't the point. The point is asking ourselves "does this add value to my life?" before keeping or buying things. I have found I need and want much less than I thought I did. Which frees me up to focus on other things like my physical health, family, and work I'm passionate about. theartofslowliving localmilkathome

28 Days ago

Beth Kirby

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Another recipe test for the book, a riff on ajoblanco. Playing with different styling and visuals. I know the crazy color and pastel soups (in the soup's defense, it can't help it) won't be for everyone (this photo will, as far as metrics are concerned, tank! 😹), but lately what I'm feeling is colors, patterns, and simplicity. And pink, of course. Forever. Or until I'm tired of it. When it comes to aesthetics & me, nothing is forever except my fringe. Just can't shake those bangs. Who's inspiring me lately: @vkrees, @herriottgrace, @heidijswanson, @sundaysuppers, @andreagentl, @cannellevanille, and @healthy_ish. Oh wait, the usual suspects.

29 Days ago

Beth Kirby

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What breakfast looks like! Kidding. Haha. This so what work looks like. I've been testing so many permutations of the conventional flour free waffle—combos of oat, almond, spelt, and buckwheat—that I can think of for the book. And lots of lemon turmeric ginger tea in my @notary__ceramics mug to fuel the recipe testing. The thing I find hardest about writing recipes is settling on flavor combinations. It always feels so arbitrary to be like here are "cacao, buckwheat, and coconut waffles". What makes sense to me is to teach ratios & techniques and suggest flavor combos because there are so, so many good possibilities. To zero in on one root soup recipe, one cake recipe, one grain bowl. I can hardly bring myself to do it! I really dislike recipes in so far as they are so specific when I believe cooking is a more fluid what's on hand, what's in season kind of thing. So I think there might have to be 4 waffle/pancake variations in my book...because how could I possibly choose just one? We'll see. Do any other recipe developers / cookbook writers out there struggle with how arbitrary recipes seem? If you cook from or read cookbooks do you feel confidant changing things up based on what's in your fridge/pantry and what's in season? theartofslowliving

29 Days ago

Beth Kirby

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Chez Lait. A reminder that we are having a garage sale this Sunday from 10-5 (or until stuff is gone). I will not be there for it (sorry!) but my unused stuff (another's treasure!) will. There will be some furniture, lighting, clothes, books, and other garage sale type stuff. Remember...it is a garage sale, not an estate sale! Haha. I'm keeping the things I love, but there's a lot that's got to go. Especially clothes & old random books. Which is to say if you were thinking about driving cross country or coming to town for this it miiiiight be a waste of your time (read: will be a total waste of time unless you have some other reason for passing through town)...but if you're in the neighborhood come on by! It's just a simple garage sale. : ) The location will be on signs on Tremont St. here in Chattanooga.

30 Days ago