Elizabeth Kirby

Elizabeth Kirby

@local_milk

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

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

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

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

6 Days ago
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Elizabeth Kirby

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

6 Days ago
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Elizabeth Kirby

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

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

8 Days ago
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Elizabeth Kirby

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

8 Days ago
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Elizabeth Kirby

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

9 Days ago
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Elizabeth Kirby

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

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

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

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

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

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

12 Days ago
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Soaking up the slow life at @kasbahbabourika after @matthewlud and my retreat with @owl_emma here in Morocco. The sun only just set beneath the snow capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains outside our window, and we saw our retreat guests off this morning. I finally found time for a long soak in the tub (accompanied by Eula at the end), and I'm hoping to snag this spot for a morning "Berber whiskey" (aka mint tea with enough sugar to give the uninitiated a twitch). Tomorrow we head back into the medina for one last street food spree before hopping back to Paris and then on to Venice. We've been without wifi & only the spottiest of cellular service for weeks now—actually unplugged. I'll be the first to admit that it's bitter sweet. Anxiety creeps in when a week or two without much connectivity goes by. And then I repeat my mantra: almost everything can wait. And the present moment wins out above all else. Be here now. If unplugging, experiencing authentic Marrakech (from street food with attendant stray cats & sawdust on the floor to lunch perched on wobbly stools as scooters whiz by in the narrow streets to sardine and potato stuffed bread on the go), sourcing hand woven baskets & Berber rugs as we meander the hectic souks, plenty of traditional hammam and massage, photography, a couple of beautifully styled meals, and retreating to the contrast of verdant mountain gardens like this sounds like your cup of tea, join our mailing list to reserve a spot at next year's escape. #localmilkretreats #theartofslowliving

13 Days ago
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Elizabeth Kirby

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Eula (looking with adoration at @matthewlud just out of frame) in her latest nest abroad, a posh bell tent at @scarabeocamp in the Agafay Desert. It's all blush & dust here during the day, with the white tipped peaks of the Atlas Mountains embroidering the horizon. In the evening it's smoke & fires, pastel ombré skies, and the twinkling lights of Marrakech in the distance. I'm entertaining fantasies of the day (not far off) where she'll join us at the dinner table and gnaw on veggies from the tagine and remember the world she's seeing. Even though she won't recall these first trips, I've no doubt she's soaking it up. My hope for her is that a life of travel will make bias and prejudice foreign to her. That even if large swaths of the world continue on their current trajectory, that won't be what she knows. #EulalieWilla #babyaulait #slowmotherhood #havebabywilltravel

15 Days ago
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Today @matthewlud, @owl_emma, and I leave the medina & adventure onward with our Morocco Escape guests. We're desert bound, headed by 4x4 to @scarabeocamp where we'll embrace slow living & truly unplug, giving up wifi in favor of camel rides, traditional music live around the fire, long lunches & intentional discussions, yoga, and star gazing before retiring to our admittedly glam bell tents. #localmilkretreats #theartofslowliving

16 Days ago
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Elizabeth Kirby

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A retreat lunch at @la_famille_marrakech beneath great bouquets of aromatics—wild pepper, olive, lavender, rosemary, and bay—that the @thesecretsouk & I styled for our guests while they spent a morning soaking up vignette after vignette at the @beldicountryclub with @owl_emma. The afternoon was spent perusing the basket fondouk & visiting @soufiane.zarib's rug showroom full of hand woven antiques and one of a kind pieces. Dinner was another opulent feast of brochette, kefta, and couscous at @riadberbere by the fire. Days don't get much better than this... #localmilkretreats #theartofslowliving

17 Days ago
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Elizabeth Kirby

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Home sweet riad, @riadberbere. This is where @matthewlud, @owl_emma, and I will welcome our Morocco Escape guests with mint tea before a long table dinner of traditional tagines. It's the last day of bustling preparations before our guests arrive tomorrow which means another bessara fueled day of weaving through the souks gathering gifts and styling supplies. This evening we're off to a dinner at La Maison, @thesecretsouk's abode, for a Japanese / Moroccan fusion supper. The contrast between the chaos of the medina streets and the oasis of the riad is one of the richest parts of the Marrakech experience to me. #localmilkretreats

21 Days ago
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The palette of Marrakech does my head in. The most excellent pinks & salmons. Today @thesecretsouk let us tag along while she did her grocery shopping after the most beautiful lunch at @la_famille_marrakech. I nibbled olives, green harissa, and preserved lemons stall to stall (while stealing glances at the live chickens & rabbits in crates) & bought a tiny bag of smelling salts crushed with nigella seeds for clearing the sinuses & the sweetest bag of Tunisian dates. I learned about the various ages of preserved lemons, amelo, Moroccan cultured butter, the best street dive for harira, and Nicole's recipe for avocado milk made with orange blossom water. And even walked (as if brazen but quite nervous) right through the hectic traffic. Now @matthewlud & @owl_emma and I are venturing into Place del Jemaa el-Fnaa for potato & egg stuffed bread with cumin salt & harissa, perhaps my favorite street food in Kech. I'll be avoiding all monkeys in diapers and cobras. #localmilkabroad

21 Days ago