Principessa BunBun McEula Bean: 5 months old today. At our home away from home this time, @belleannee's Notting Hill flat. Her hospitality has been a god send. And oh man. The things babies make you say. And then they turn into teenagers and call you lame, and you're like "You did this to me! I was coooo 😭" Ok, we were never cool. This is Eula all bunnied up for her first trek through the tunnel from London to Paris. We've had a lot of blessed help with her while we've been working, but today it's been just mom, dad, packing frenzy, and bean. And I've loved it. I miss her so much when I'm working, even when we're in the same room. Parenting and traveling isn't easy, especially when you're working. But if you know when to say uncle, are thick as thieves with your partner, and have the attitude of come what may it's ok (colds, stomach flu, cancelled flights, Godzilla, what have you), then you're good. Everything worth doing is hard in a good way, at times, I think. Travel with baby is just the most rewarding thing in the end. New & would-be wanderlusting parents, do not fear. And this bean loves it, she's never been happier than she is watching this wide world go by. | tap for sources | #eulaliewilla #babyaulait #theartofslowliving
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Brekkie at John's, @7over10, with @christine.davis_ . Yesterday's start to our private workshop: dusted alomond croissant foraged from Broadway Market; black pour over coffee; a bouquet of pink eucalyptus, a bright poppy, & sundry other soft blooms from @graceandthorn. We spent the day in his 150 or so year old flat, original factory floors intact, photographing the bounty of the market: ashy goat's milk cheese, tomato focaccia, fat green olives with tarragon, and piles of fresh pastries. It was such a privilege to spend the day shooting, styling, and in the company of two very sharp, creative friends. And to spend the day playing amongst John's props culled from all over the world—Japan, Paris, London. He has the most textured, wabi sabi things. Not to mentioned seemingly bottomless hospitality. #localmilkretreats #theartofslowliving
Rose & Grapefruit Olive Oil Cake from yesterday's workshop in London at @papermilllondon. The grapefruit glaze is the most beautiful pale pink & they're styled with dried rose petals & corn flowers. I'm fairly obsessed with blush & flesh tones, so this was a fitting subject. Our workshops are an intensive crash course in everything I know from the business side to the creative side to the personal side of juggling a self + family + career. Sharing all I've gleaned with other people that are dreaming of turning their passions into a living is the most rewarding part of my job & my true passion. Today, I spent all day doing a private workshop for two friends, @7over10 & @christine.davis_ ...we shot flowers and pastries and a savory feast, wandered through the Broadway Market, and now are chatting away at dinner @luca.restaurant. @matthewlud just joined us after a day recording in the studio...the Velvet Underground is playing, the light is low, laughter aplenty. The perfect last night in London. Paris here we come... #localmilkretreats #theartofslowliving | you can find a version of this recipe on my blog! Link in profile.
A wild, English garden bouquet in the making by @chikaeoh at yesterday's retreat in @kristinperers light filled studio, the aptly named "Flower Factory" on Columbia Road. The market was bustling beneath the windows, people shoulder to shoulder with baskets full of flowers weaving their way through the cobbled streets & past the colored store fronts. Lentil soup with many spices & cavalo nero bubbled for hours on the stove before being topped with fresh mint & yogurt, and we had fresh bread & butter so yellow it was basically cheese. And best of all I was surrounded by a diverse, beautiful group of strong women & so many true friends my heart almost bursts with gratitude just thinking about it: @7over10 has a Japanese ceramic filled flat just two doors down & let us borrow knives, honey, and the most perfect bowls. @takingamomentintime cuddled Eula while she napped in her lap (and trimmed her nails! 🙏🏻) at John's, and @owl_emma was right by @matthewlud's side helping the day's meal & everything in between come together. We chatted photography into the evening before a festive farewell at @dishoom. When I look around me, I see myself surrounded by people I've met through this wonderful career & our retreats. They have slowly knit a community around the world, and I feel at home everywhere we go, most especially London. To think that six of us together yesterday were in Japan last spring is just so amazing, and there we were together again. But best of all is my loving husband who knows my heart to the core, who never wavers. We have absolute trust, and spend every waking moment together. He's the dearest friend of all, the best thing that ever happened to me, my rock. True love is possible, and I have the family & friends to prove it. It seems so strange. I'm just a goofy girl from Chattanooga, TN, and I don't know why I've been so lucky. And I can do nothing but be grateful & humbled by all the people around me that make it possible. Community & family are everything. I couldn't do anything alone. That includes all of you who support my work. I've never been happier in my entire life. ✨ #localmilkretreats #theartofslowliving #gushing #icanthelpit
Dark Chocolate & Salted Caramel Cake from @violetcakeslondon, a masterpiece she whipped up for our foodstyling & photography workshop at @papermilllondon. We're headed back there this Friday to teach an intensive one day workshop & there are two spots open if anyone wants to grab them last minute! Link in profile to reserve! #localmilkretreats
Pavlova & wine poached pears at @st.john.reaurant, the end of an epic lunch during our London Retreat today. And after an afternoon of @violetcakeslondon baking, we're at it again at @lyleslondon. It's a shamelessly decadent weekend of some of London's finest restaurants—a wide variety. As a cook, I think some of my best inspiration for recipes comes from travel & eating out around the world. Today I loaded up on all manner of spices at the @boroughmarket—4 types of salt alone including Egyptian snowflake & Persian blue—and that little international pantry of spices will be put to work tomorrow cooking a market feast for our ladies from scratch. #localmilkretreats
Notting Hill looking sharp. And good news! If you were looking to come to our London One Day Food Styling & Photography Workshop at @papermilllondon —we have 2 spots open! It's first come, first serve. Follow the link in profile for tickets! It's from 10-5 this Friday the 13th and covers camera settings, prop styling, food styling, and editing in Lightroom & includes a light, working lunch. #localmilkretreats #london Link in profile!!
We just kicked off our London Retreat with the most fabulous, beautiful meal at @spring_ldn. (Catch glimpses on our IG stories!) I got to finally meet @skyegyngell, and she's as lovely as her immaculate restaurant & food. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to form real life relationships with so many diverse, talented people from all over the world through our retreats. The digital world's ability to create community amongst kindred spirits has been such a blessing in my life, but nothing compares to getting to know a person in real life. That's when my deepest bonds form. And I love teaching—I love putting words to my creative process, and I love the technical side of photography. There's nothing more satisfying than helping to expedite someone's creative journey, than giving them the tools to focus on their creative vision without being mired down in a technical struggle. In the end, there's just no substitute for the real thing. I love bringing this photo world alive for people. #localmikretreats #theartofslowliving
Milk is life, life is milk. I'm taking over the @milklife feed today to share mornings back home in our kitchen with baby Eula (bunny hat involved.) When people ask why I named my blog what I did, a big part of that was that milk is the first food many of us know, that it's a metaphor for sustenance. So naturally, I was eager to team up with @milklife to share our family's morning routine & how milk’s high-quality protein is an integral part of that. Perhaps the only constant in this busy new mother's morning. # #mymorningprotein #partner
Today our London Retreat begins & we have so much planned for our guests to show them some of the best in London dining & markets! We'll be beginning with a welcome dinner in the garden room at @spring_ldn this evening. Tomorrow will kick off with a photo & food styling lesson at @papermilllondon followed by a private lunch at Clove Club (!!!) with special guests @skye_mcalpine, @marte_marie_forsberg, @belleannee, @violetcakeslondon, @chikaeoh, and @owl_emma followed by a round table discussion to talk all things photo, food, social media, creative journey, and business. The next day we're off to the @boroughmarket with @giuliaballetti as our guide, popping over to @st.john.reaurant for their feaing menu, then heading to the udio for a cake workshop with @violetcakeslondon before dinner at @lyleslondon. The last day @ariana_ruth will be taking guests through the #columbiaroadflowermarket while I prepare a cozy market fresh lunch at @kristinperers lovely studio the Flower Factory. After lunch @chikaeoh will teach a floral workshop, and we'll finish it all with a farewell dinner at @dishoom! No one is going to go hungry! Follow along on our Instagram stories! #localmilkretreats
Because as far as I'm concerned blush isn't even the new black. It's been cool forever, as evidenced by this charming pink home in the idyllic alley of St. Luke's Mews in London. There were so many pretty home fronts it was hard to choose. We wandered all through Notting Hill yesterday with baby in tow. Tea & toast at the Tin Shed before a coffee at Pedlars followed by a big, shared bowl of ramen at Tonkotsu. We warmed up in the intensely higgledy piggledy Churchill Arms pub & then dipped into Gymkhana for dinner. And I've got to be honest. It was lovely. And so, so very hard. As we've learned travel with a baby is sometimes beautifully easy, and sometimes painfully difficult. Eula has just discovered her shrieking voice, both happy and sad. And does it in public at all meals & times forcing one of us to run out of every restaurant & pace the pavement to save the other patrons' ear drums. It's hectic and maddening. The high pitch screams probably bother me more than anyone else but they just make my blood run cold & I panic when she starts doing it. Hooray for childcare during the retreat & for the fact that everything is a phase! Would love to hear from other mom's with banshee babes & how you dealt. 😖 #localmilkabroad #slowmotherhood #havebabywilltravel
Another corner of Brick Lane in East London, looking novelistic to my eye. Today we're headed west to explore Notting Hill, Holland Park, St. Luke's Mews, and other pretty corners. So much to see & such perfect grey skies to photograph them under. #localmilkabroad
It was a rough day. I've come down with winter sniffles, baby chaos ensued, work needed to get done, and it seemed the day was all but lost. Two hours before sunset we made it out. Just in time for the beautiful dying light in magical alley ways secretly laced through East London. The streets were still & quiet, New Year's Day observed. We grabbed heaping plates of crispy fried cod & chips drowned in malt vinegar with plenty of table salt at @popsfishnchips, and wandered past graffitied train tracks on to @kingsarmspub (we've been there 3 nights in a row...are we regulars yet?) and met up with @giuliaballetti to discuss our exploring of the Borough market & Maltby street during the upcoming retreat. Now we've ordered in pho (a winter cold calls for pho) and cozied up to watch Netflix with the baby asleep in the bedroom. The day was not lost. #localmilkabroad #prettycitieslondon #beautifuldestinations #london
Quiet & calm rainy New Year's Day in London at our current nest abroad, the @townhallhotel. I can't wait for dinner at the Corner Room (with its oft instagrammed hanging lanterns). It's hard to find the motivation to wander today—it's so perfectly grey. And we have our own sitting room & kitchen here plus a big bathtub begging for a long soak while thumbing through the @cerealmag in the room. I can't wait to pick up some goodies at the market tomorrow & try out some recipes for the retreat! Hooray for hotel rooms that are little apartments. I've gotten tons of great restaurant recommendations...any shops in London you guys are particularly keen on? I love @labourandwaitlondon, @persephonebooks, and @barberandparlour. Looking for more! And lovely, photogenic walks + streets+ parts of town! #localmilkabroad #nestingabroad #theartofslowliving
Here's to a 2017 full of more gatherings around the table, adventures, and creating. I'm not one for New Years resolutions, but I am for setting intentions. Because intentions, in my experience, have a tendency to morph into reality. My intentions for 2017 are simple, but for me profound. I put immense pressure on myself. My two biggest struggles of 2016 were saying yes to too much and feeling hurt by the criticism & gossip of strangers. I feel guilty if I'm not working or creating something. I feel pressure to say yes to everyone that asks, respond to everyone that reaches out, and to never turn down good work because I want to support my family & save for my daughter. I worry about what people say about me because I want to please everyone & never offend or hurt anyone. I feel hurt by gossip and negativity even though I should have the wisdom to know that it is their problem and not mine. My intention for 2017 is to let go of the anxiety & pressure I put on myself and to let people in the world be who they are & where they are without taking it on myself emotionally. I'm blessed with no one like that in my personal life, and I want to feel zen when strangers are unkind or make assumptions about me. My intention is to drink in every second of the beautiful life I've been gifted. All my dreams came true; it's time to enjoy it. To relish my husband and daughter. To soak up our travels. To take care of myself. To create for the love of it and not a sense of obligation. To not work more than 40 hours a week. In short, I want to let go. This year my focus, professionally, is on our retreats, my cookbook, and the blog. Personally my focus is on taking care of my body (more vegetables and more yoga...and more showers! Haha), being present with my family, having thicker skin & trusting that the truth of who I am will always prevail, and taking time off without feeling bad about it. What are your intentions?
2016 brought me my 1 year anniversary being @matthewlud's wife, the birth of our daughter Eulalie, and so many permutations & evolutions of our business and life. We've hit the road with our little one, and I know more now than ever that photography & travel are what we do. They're our passions, and sharing them with our guests is everything to us. Our daughter is so intent & at peace strolling around London, squirming around on her blankie on a pub table & making friends with the resident Bethnal Green 2 year old (a little princess called Roma). All trepidation I had is gone, and we're looking to the new year both giddy and content. Happy NYE from our little vagabond family! #theartofslowliving
Our rumpled nest of @kalonstudios bed & dresser, @inbedstore linen sheets, and a rug we brought back from Morocco. We've said goodbye to it for a while (two months to be exact!)—yesterday @matthewlud & I packed up our bags (and Eula's!) and hopped on a red eye flight to London (she slept!) Now we're settling into our Shoreditch digs at the @acehotel, and want to know all of your favorite London spots! I have a list of my own, but I'm looking to branch out. Let us know all your favorite new & old eats (authentic dives included please...being American I'm very keen to find perfect old school fish & chips!), shops, stays, hangs, drinks, strolls...what have you! | 📷 by @tifforelie #localmilkathome #theartofslowliving
My favorite way to reduce waste in the kitchen is to use parts of the plant most people toss: leek tops, the leafy tops of root vegetables, cores, and skins. You can use fruit pits and cores to make an amazing "broth" for porridge, oft disregarded leek tops are my favorite thing to dip in hummus, and I prize radish & carrot tops for soups, salads, and pesto. Not withstanding that, there's always compost! We've teamed up with @ford to bring you these ideas for reducing waste in everyday life in celebration of their commitment to make their historic Rouge Center landfill free keeping more than 14 million pounds of waste each year out of landfills. At home we can only buy the food we need, and make an effort to use every part of the plant, eschew disposables, and bike & carpool when we can. Even the smallest commitment to change would have a huge ripple effect if everyone got on board. #ad #zerowaste