Beth Kirby

Beth Kirby

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

4 Hours 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

13 Hours 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

1 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.

1 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

4 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

7 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.

9 Days ago
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View from our bed. Today we're off to rendezvous with 1924us & ellemayleckenby on their last day in Paris for a languid day of food & drink. miznonparis for lunch, naturally, and stops at septimeparis la cave & Clamato, dinner at legrandbainparis (our first time trying it but it comes highly recommended from our friends boyandspoon!), and finishing at lafinemousse. My kind of day: good people, good food, no stress. theartofslowliving

9 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

10 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

11 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

11 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!

12 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

13 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

14 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

14 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

15 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

16 Days ago