Beth Kirby

Beth Kirby

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gather – wander – nest photographer • stylist • cook • mama • traveler #theartofslowliving | 📍Tokyo mrs. @matthewlud
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Our last day in Japan has been a far cry from this tea house that thedenizenco & I take our retreat guests to each year. It's been all Tokyo lights, loud beer bars, ramen up next, Shinjuku shopping malls. All city. I can smell the smoky izakaya, almost taste the crispy pork belly and fermented bean sprouts. Probably going to eat that too. I'm excited to move on, but I think it would be with great pain in my heart if I didn't know we would be back in October. I'm so grateful for all the time I've been able to spend in this amazing country—it will be, at the end of this year, almost 5 months over the past 3 years. I'm painfully American, of course. Casual and (even though I don't consider myself loud) definitely louder than the Japanese. I've tabled my thoughts on the concept of home as a place and instead I'm thinking about what community means to us. I feel so connected to a global community, and, though scattered, it feels no less like a family. I could complain all day about the digital world and social media (there are so many potential problems) but for my community, I'm grateful. This weird internet work community has led me to so many real life friendships, awesome job opportunities, and life changing experiences. So thanks, IG. Thanks, frans. And 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 🇯🇵. Follow along on our last day on IG stories! localmilkabroad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25 Days ago