Elizabeth Kirby

Elizabeth Kirby

@local_milk

gather – wander – nest photographer • stylist • cook • mama • traveler #localmilkretreats #theartofslowliving | 📍Kurokawa mrs. @matthewlud

Elizabeth Kirby

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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. localmilkretreats theartofslowliving

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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 localmilkretreats

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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... localmilkretreats theartofslowliving

2 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

2 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

3 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

4 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

4 Days ago

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A pale pink mess apropos of nothing. I have a personal account, @elizabeth_ludwik. It's where I post photos I like that you won't but that I'm really proud of. Mostly travel. And very infrequently. Once a year. More if I have a fit of dreams. So maybe more soon...I just posted my favorite photo of Shibuya I've ever taken. I also really like this mess. But it probably falls into the same category.

5 Days ago

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I'm so excited to announce that I'll be teaching two one day workshops at @sundaysuppers in NYC this May! They are the only workshops I'll be doing in the States this year, so if you aren't based abroad, now is the chance to grab a workshop spot stateside! Karen's studio is one of the most gorgeous, light-filled spaces, and we'll be spending the day learning DSLR photography, food & prop styling, editing in Lightroom, and how to use social media to build a creative brand. You can reserve your spot through the link in profile as well as find all the details! Grab a spot before they're gone!

5 Days ago

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We've had a quiet morning here at our light filled Tokyo @airbnb home away from home, and now I'm headed out to Asakusa to wander and explore before a rendezvous with @thedenizenco at @hakujitu_ this afternoon. If anyone has any recommendations for beautiful sites (temples, shrines, gardens, pretty streets), tea, gorgeous shops, or great eats in that area please leave them in the comments! We especially love hidden gems but please let us know all the things! localmilkabroad

6 Days ago

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As our home starts to come together, we wanted to share a sneak peek. You can find more photos and an interview about our home design over on the @ShopSimon's SimonSAID blog! Link in profile. Inspired by our travels, especially in Japan, we wanted to go very minimalist & wabi-sabi in our home, with clean lines & neutral colors mixed with rustic accents. Our furniture is simple, our walls venetian plaster, the floors white oiled oak, and fixtures and hardware are brass throughout the space. Hop on over for the sneak peak! foundatsimon ad localmilkathome

6 Days ago

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@matthewlud & I decided to hit up Tsukiji Fish Market this morning for a sashimi & nigiri breakfast 🍣. Lots of fatty tuna & sweet uni. Lightly vinegared sticky rice. Shiso leaf. Wasabi. Hints of shoyu. Grabbed a sweet egg omelet for 70¢ too, a favorite. I'm definitely going back to the market in April to buy knives, ingredients to experiment with, chopsticks, and the most gorgeous paper plates. I almost feel as at home here as in Paris, but the language gap is frustrating. I can hobble along in French; there's reasonable hope I'll be fluent one day. Japanese just isn't going to happen at the moment. For now, I'm grateful to spend a few months a year here. On this trip I'm going to make a bigger effort to speak more Japanese other than hello, thank you, bon appetite, and excuse me. localmilkabroad

7 Days ago

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I just woke up next to my baby & @matthewlud right before sunrise here in Tokyo. We have a long list of favorites in the city, like @hakujitu_ pictured here, and a Tokyo City Guide on the blog, but we're always open to more gems—so if you have any recommendations or favorite addresses for eats, shops, drinks, or sites leave them in the comments! Especially secret little dive eateries (of which there are thousands I'm sure), ceramic shops, and peaceful hidden corners of the city. I'm currently taking a proper soak in the bath after a very long journey while the wind howls outside, and we had a breakfast of seaweed filled onigiri & umeboshi plums from the combini which I shared with Eula, much to her delight. Last night, bleary eyed and a little delirious, Matt and I ducked out of the rain into a little 7 seater place, a red lantern promisingly swaying out front. He made us batter fried lotus root, shiitakes, and yakisoba with pickled ginger. Warmed, we battled jet lag and collapsed, albeit fitfully, into bed as a family. Now to catch up on work with a pot of green tea before venturing out into the city for photos & food, always. localmilkabroad wabisabi

7 Days ago

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I'm sitting on a plane about to take off for Tokyo from Atlanta with all of our belongings for our family of three for 6 weeks packed neatly into 5 small bags (2 @away carry-ons, 2 @onabags backpacks, and a @shopfoglinen tote bag for diapers). We're trading home and its creature comforts, once again, for the road and are about to hop a 14 hour direct flight to Tokyo with Eula in tow. I can't wait for her to try sashimi, soba, chawanmushi, and everything else that crosses our path. Our adventure will take us to the usual suspects (Tokyo, Kyoto, Kurakawa) and also all the way to the farthest flung islands in the Okinawa chain, the Yaeyama Islands of Ishigaki, Taketomi, and Hateruma. My time at home was, due to an incredibly dense workload, very stressful. But we completed our projects, tabled what could wait until May, and now we're back to living light & simple out of suitcases, eating and cooking our way around the world and telling the story through photographs along the way. I feel free. Weightless. Happy. theartofslowliving localmilkathome

8 Days ago

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A simple morning ritual: hot water & lots of lemon. A great way to detox at the start of each day. The truth is I'm not really much of a coffee person—it makes me feel bad, jittery with a stomach ache. I can only do coffee when it's @matthewlud's awesome roasts & brews. He ruined me. And even that's a rare occasion. Instead I prefer light teas (herbal infusions and greens), lemon water, and (my all time favorite) ginger tea. Somehow this simple ritual (which I stole from @leantimms) makes morning seem simpler, calmer. What's your morning ritual of choice? theartofslowliving

10 Days ago

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Good morning! @matthewlud is frying up some buttermilk pancakes because Saturday, and Eula is curled up in my lap while I work away editing photographs for clients in a mad dash to get it all done before we hop on our Monday flight to Tokyo. There are beautiful arrangements from an evening of playing flowers with @petalinefloral scattered all over the house, a cheerful yé-yé mix playing, and the sun just started streaming in—I've been up since 5 and my favorite moment is turning off the indoor lights! Today is shooting, packing (making my packing videoooo!!! For the future can someone recommend a good iPhone tripod for video?), and then one of Matt's famous beer dinners at our house & a chance to see friends before we split again. Hope your Saturday morning is copacetic ✌🏻️🌸 Linens by @inbedstore, bed & stump by @kalonstudios, and light by @workstead. localmilkathome

10 Days ago

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I wanted to talk a bit about our breast feeding journey & how I've been going about weaning (I mean this in the U.K. sense of adding solids, not in the U.S. sense of ceasing breastfeeding). Breastfeeding (aside from the first couple of weeks which I think hurt for most women) has been so easy and wonderful for us. I know how lucky I am. She never had anything but my breastmilk from the breast up until 5 months old. Around 5 months I pumped occasionally for a bottle when I knew I'd be out longer than two hours with a little hand pump (so good for travel!), and she was still on 100% breastmilk. At 6 months she showed interest in solids, so we started letting her play with them / eat them. I intended to do baby led weaning from the beginning but in practice, especially because we're on the road so much, have also (and fair warning this sounds kind of gross) just been chewing food for her and feeding it off my finger when she's interested. It was an intuitive thing to do. As it turns out this is an age old practice and is still practiced in many parts of the world. Some preliminary studies have seemed to imply that it might carry over some of the same benefits as breast feeding. So. Maybe not the most western socially acceptable way of feeding, but we've found it to be an amazing way to introduce her, fuss free, to a wide variety of nutritious foods that she couldn't currently chew herself. I'm sure everyone has their opinion on weaning, but I wanted to share what we do. I don't think it's "the way" or right for everyone, but our intuitive feeding has worked well for us. She's still primarily breastfed, and we are of the "food before one is just for fun" school of thinking, but it's been nice to have this effortless way of introducing her to everything from spinach to oysters without the need of a blender (can't say I carry that in my bag...). Would love to hear other mom's experience with weaning (I.e. Introducing solids...not stopping breast feeding!) slowmotherhood eulaliewilla babyaulait

11 Days ago

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Kitchen magic with @woodenspoonherbs during the private 2 day workshop I taught the beautiful @mama_flowers. Since @mama_flowers is an herbalist (and launching her blog of healing culinary & apothecary recipes & herbalism guides!) it seemed perfect to invite @woodenspoonherbs over to make an adaptogen latte (recipe coming soon!) that's great for everything from post-partum milk production to stress overload (yes & yes please). The two days I spent with Freedom fleshing out her blog & business ideas was so inspiring. She's a wife, mother of two with another on the way, and certain to produce beautiful recipes and work. And her last name is *actually* Flowers. 💐 Give her a follow if you're into herbalism, cooking, and making remedies at home. I can't wait to try her first recipe! Or to share this one from Lauren featuring homemade walnut milk (so.good.). theartofslowliving localmilkretreats

12 Days ago

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7 months old. Eula Bean in her engraved mocs by @lexandlivfootwear (one says "bean", the other says "Eula"!) & her @briarhandmade bonnet. Impossibly adorable, my puppy. The bias of parenthood has me firmly in its grip. She's perfect. Perfect for me just like her dad, @matthewlud. As if the universe could see me more than I can see me and knew just what I'd want, what I can take, what would make me happy. It's easy to forget that one day she'll be 100% autonomous. That she'll float, quite unattached to me, in the world as I do now, an adult. Today I was driving and wondering how my mother could ever cope. I don't know how you ever get used to having your heart outside of your body. I love her so much. Babyhood is flying by. It's exciting and a little distressing. I want to hold on to my cuddly baby forever yet I can't wait to meet the little girl she's becoming. EulalieWilla babyaulait slowmotherhood

12 Days ago

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I can't believe that in less than one week @matthewlud, Eula, and I will be in Japan again. It seems like we were just there, me 6 months pregnant. And here we'll be again, with her at 7 months. The loops life goes in become more condensed the older I get, memories built on memories all over the world, like cities built upon ancient cities, layers of death and rebirth. Ouroboros. I remember being in Tokyo for the first time, alone. So love struck. The lights were everything and the pain was gorgeous and invigorating, exquisite—the feeling of being away from a new love. The second time, he was with me. And I was pregnant with his daughter. The third time, she'll be with us, weaning on fish & rice porridge. And after that she'll be walking and on and on. This has been an almost unbearably hard week. But the love and hope and gratitude and excitement I have for and in my life dwarf what amounts to an overwhelming week at work. Soon the chaos will stop with the sweet zip of a suitcase. And life on the road begins again. localmilkabroad

13 Days ago

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Portrait of my heart. A tangle of unintentional blooms at various stages of life—closed buds, splayed out in their prime, dying—in a smoky haze. Either that or I just stuck flowers in this pitcher in between shots and accidentally burnt the eff out of some chickpeas I was roasting and took a picture. Or a little bit of both. Literal burn out. I'm having one of those weeks. One of those weeks where you have little choice other than to believe if you just keep putting one foot in front of the other, somehow you'll make it out of the burning house before the roof collapses on your head and you DIAF. And don't forget, the house is on fire because you burned the &$!ing chickpeas. Just breath. Oh no wait, don't. Smoke inhalation kills. Run.

13 Days ago

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Tokyo 1 day workshop registration is open! English below. 写真・スタイリングワークショップのお知らせです。今春、下北沢に佇むスタジオ @shopfoglinenで1日限りのワークショップを開催することに決定いたしました。おかげさまで完売いたしました京都のワークショップにご興味のあった方、東京にお住いの方、必見です!日本語通訳付きですので、英語がネイティブでない方でもお気軽にご参加ください。この機会に、私と @matthewludとで、ポアオーバーコーヒーの作り方、静物写真の根本からスタイリング、ライトルームの編集からソーシャルメディアについて幅広くお話しさせていただこうと思います。特製ベジタリアン弁当とお茶・軽いスナック付きです。詳しくはプロフィールのリンクをご覧ください。 Registration is now open for our one day Tokyo workshop at @shopfoglinen's light filled studio in Shimokitazawa this April! If you missed the Kyoto workshop (it's now sold out), I'll be teaching the same classes here in Tokyo! It will be taught in English and translated to Japanese. We'll style a coffee scene with @matthewlud teaching us how to properly make a pour over, learn digital camera & lens basics, edit in Lightroom, and discuss how to use social media. The workshop includes vegetarian bento boxes for lunch, and morning tea with light snacks. You can reserve your spot via the link in profile! localmilkretreats

16 Days ago

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New recipe on the blog! Sherry & Black Pepper Pot de Creme. The quickest, easiest, most luxurious dessert in my repertoire. No water bath involved. It takes 10 minutes of active time, and then just needs 2-3 hours to firm up in the fridge. And it can be made ahead. It's made with @lindt_chocolate truffles *and* dark chocolate—the truffles give it the luxurious texture. The only skills you need are pot stirring and turning a blender on and off. No blender? Hate washing blenders? You could just use vigorous whisking and a bowl. I cannot emphasize how much I love this dessert. Technically it might be more of a sabayon than a pot de creme, but we aren't splitting hairs here. Dying to try it with white chocolate, moscato, and pink pepper. Link in profile. Make this ASAP. localmilkrecipes theartofslowliving

18 Days ago

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Kyoto one day workshop now open for registration! 3 spots left. Details in English below. 写真・スタイリングワークショップのお知らせです。今春、4月15日に京都の鴨川沿いにひっそりと佇むカフェ @stardust_kana で1日限りのワークショップを開催することに決定いたしました。この機会に、私と @thedenizencoでおなじみの阪口悠さんで、静物写真の根本からスタイリング、ライトルームの編集からソーシャルメディアについて幅広くお話しさせていただこうと思います。日本語通訳付きですので、英語がネイティブでない方でもお気軽にご参加ください。 @stardust_kanaさんの特製ビーガンランチとローケーキ付きです。詳しくはプロフィールのリンクをご覧ください。 Join @thedenizenco and I at the beautiful @stardust_kana's shop & café in Kyoto for a one day photography & styling workshop. It will be taught in English and translated into Japanese, and we will cover how to use a digital camera, how to use your settings to get the image you want, styling a still-life like this one, and editing in Lightroom. We will then have a discussion of social media and creative business building. The day includes a lovely vegan meal and tea & cakes from @stardust_kana You can register at localmilkretreats.com localmilkretreats theartofslowliving

18 Days ago

Elizabeth Kirby

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Home base. A bedroom corner with our @kalonstudios dresser (one of my favorite pieces in the house) & a rug and basket brought back from Marrakech. We may have chosen to live a life of travel, but home is such a necessary part of that equation. Having just 3 weeks to regroup in this peaceful, simple space makes all the difference in the world. I leave here rejuvenated, caught up, and ready to live out of a suitcase once again. Our home, after a year of remodeling, is finally coming together. We're just two faucets, some shelves, and a few curtains away from being virtually done. I knew I wanted my space to be minimalist but warm, have style without being too trendy, reflect our travels (hello rug & basket brought home from the souks!), and only be populated with objects that "spark joy". I can't wait to unveil some of the rooms in the house in a couple of weeks...nursery, master bath, bedroom... all coming in the months ahead! localmilkathome

19 Days ago

Elizabeth Kirby

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Our Formentera, Spain Yoga, Food, & Photography Retreat this coming September with @carolina_ferrer_ & @studio_neon just opened for registration and has only 5 spots left! You can grab one via the link in profile as well as find all the details there. Suffice to say, it pretty much looks like this. The water is crystal clear, impossibly blue, and warm. The food is fresh, decidedly Spanish, and features tons of local seafood. A beautiful villa will be our home base, and we'll do watercolor with a local, yoga each morning, spend half a day on a traditional wooden boat that will take us to one of the most immaculate beaches in the Mediterranean, a sunset picnic like this one, a paella cookout, and, of course, do photography & learn and practice the art of visual storytelling. Non-photographers welcome! Whether you want to simply experience this beautiful island, the meals, and the activities or you want to capture the story through the lens, this retreat was designed for you. Prices start at €2650 and are all inclusive of everything except flight & getting yourself to the island. localmilkretreats

21 Days ago

Elizabeth Kirby

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Quick miso & ponzu pickled mushrooms : 1 teaspoon of white miso stirred into 1/2 cup ponzu (preferable the magical unfiltered kind—I order it from @mikuniwildharvest) Pour over thinly sliced mushrooms. Give a few dashes of toasted sesame oil, sprinkle of black sesame seeds, a handful of scallions, and a sprinkle of crushed chili pepper. Let them hang out for about 10 minutes. Strain and save the liquid to use as a dressing base (I add tahini to it.) Put on all the bowls/salads/soups... sandwiches, wraps...you get the picture. localmilkrecipes

22 Days ago

Elizabeth Kirby

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Pastel morning at @scarabeocamp in the Agafay Desert with the snow capped Atlas Mountains on the horizon during our Marrakech retreat a month ago. I woke up this morning in our little North Chattanooga bungalow and can't help but think how strange this life @matthewlud & I have carved out for our family is. We opted for a nomadic existence in which the only answer to "what does an average day look like?" Is "there is no such thing." Some mornings look like this and a handful of dates with Berber mint tea. Others look like cappuccinos to go in Paris. Others are 50 unidentifiable plates in Japan. And some are a bowl of cereal at home. We go between so many realities that they all feel normal, all feel like home. I'm content here in Tennessee, content flying above the ocean, content wherever you may find me on any given morning so long as Matt and Eula are by my side. They are my home, and there really is no place like home. 📷 @matthewlud localmilkretreats

22 Days ago

Elizabeth Kirby

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Eulalie dressed up for Sunday brunch in @soor_ploom checks from (our *favorite*) @bien_bien_shop in a forest of @inbedstore pale pink linen populated by @afternoon_faun's Sammy Sloth (animated by @matthewlud). And wearing her @elliefunday bunny hat that I basically never take off of her because bunny baby. We lost our @wildcreekco paci clip at brunch today (😭) and she kicked my dad's mimosa into my lap (drunk baby jokes ensued...) but in the world of baby chaos, that was relatively uneventful. Read: it's not a missed flight due to a blow out...because that has totally happened. I love seeing Eula surrounded by all her toys and pretty little nothings. We love the road and hearts make up our home, not things. But it's still nice to see her with stuffed lovies rolling around in our own bed. eulaliewilla babyaulait slowmotherhood

23 Days ago

Elizabeth Kirby

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The colors of breakfast. I've been making a very concerted effort to eat healthier now that I'm at home and not eating everything I see in the name of "research and development" (my travel mentality). Though today is a cheat today because we're off to Sunday brunch with my aunt and parents at @squirrelbar which likely means buttermilk biscuits and gravy for me. A weakness I've yet to kick. I think a big chopped salad for dinner will even that one out... what are your favorite healthy breakfasts? Oats, smoothies, and miso soup (not together...ha) are mine. theartofslowliving

23 Days ago

Elizabeth Kirby

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@matthewlud brought home foraged Bradford Pear boughs, the promise of spring and the perfect compliment to my endless cups of grassy green tea. I spent the day in the kitchen (chocolate truffles, sherry, and a bit of black pepper came together in the easiest pot de creme ever...recipe coming soon!), and I started the day stressed because I felt like I'd lost my styling inspiration and just couldn't get started, but with a little focus, deep breathing, and shaking off the dust it came back. Styling is one of those things I struggle to do if I'm stressed. I can pretty much always take & edit a photo or cook but styling & writing require internal space. Which is why it's so important to remember to slow down—it gives me the space to create. The shoot today definitely went more the way of my old style (inspired by classic Dutch still-life), but at least it felt alive and lovely. Today wasn't a day to evolve but rather a day to come back to myself. Evolution can wait. Maybe tomorrow.theartofslowliving

24 Days ago

Elizabeth Kirby

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New on the blog! Photos from our stay with @brickandwonder in this gorgeous modern cabin in the Catskills at @hudsonwoodsny & a little travel guide to upstate NY. For years I've been collecting photos of inspiring interiors all over the world, and I'm excited to start sharing them on the blog for my fellow nesters. For me a vacation is just as much about the home I'm staying in as the city or region, and @brickandwonder (they curate the most dreamtastic real estate for sale all over the world) has me fantasizing about everything from chateaus to penthouses. Serious home lust. But for now I'm happy in whatever nest I find myself in with my little family of 3...though it doesn't hurt when it's this beautiful. Check out the blog via link in profile for the travel guide and photos of the interior as well as a link for all the information about the makers featured in the house. theartofslowliving

25 Days ago

Elizabeth Kirby

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A morning with my little family in our home. We just returned to Tennessee, and Eula finally started solids while we were away. We're getting back to our morning routine and back to our staple protein & nutrient rich breakfast recipe we partnered with @milklife to create: overnight oats made with local milk, a touch of date, goji berries, and bee pollen. Watching her explore food, especially some of my favorite foods, has been such a joy. Matt & I both are passionate about food as both pleasure and strength, and Eula is forcing us to up our game and eat better because we want to set a good example. Which means no more (or less...) airport gummis & moment-of-weakness junk. (You can find our oatmeal recipe on the blog! Link in profile!) mymorningprotein partner theartofslowliving

26 Days ago