local_milk Yesterday's Barcelona lunch find, @thespotbarcelona by @encompaniadelobos: a vegetarian restaurant fit to please the most avid meat eater. If I didn't have more culinary exploring to do I would head back there right this second for a bowl of their beet gazpacho. Our lunch here has completely inspired the retreat lunch menu. What could be better than a morning of yoga and photography followed by a fresh lunch of salads, bright chilled soups, and seasonal fruits? Nada. Now if I can just convince this place to give me all their light fixtures.... #localmilkabroad #barcelona #cntravelereats 1h

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local_milk Yesterday's feast at Pez Vela by @grupotragaluz with @carolina_ferrer_ & @unpapaquemola. We ate Mediterranean fare like marinated anchovies and crispy calamaris with views of the sapphire ocean & spindly palms lining the boardwalk. As we travel from country to country, clime to clime I'm struck by the variety of worlds within our world....my favorite place to be is always where I am. #localmilkabroad #theartofslowliving #pezvela | hang with us on #snapchat! = localmilk 22h

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local_milk Our new neighborhood, the gothic quarter in Barcelona. Yesterday @matthewlud & I spent the morning roaming the streets with @carolina_ferrer_ and @unpapaquemola as our guides, eating our way across town. There were sweet gambas with oil and salt, garlicky paprika spiked potato croquettes, tiny cockles steamed in wine, crispy pan con tomate, smoky pulpo, and an embarrassing amount more. Gathering so much inspiration for our retreat menus next week on Formentera... Follow along with our adventures (and ridiculous amounts of eating!) on #snapchat! Username = localmilk # #localmilkabroad #barcelona #nestingabroad 1d

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local_milk We just said farewell to our Paris home away from home that we found via @apartmentsactually. But we really soaked in the last day even though it was largely cleaning, laundry, and working with the windows flung open. I'm grateful for every moment of folding clothes, waiting in customs lines, and dealing with all of the mundane minutia I used to wish away. When death touches the people closest to you, it's easy to get anxious. We realize that nightmares can happen to any of us, to those we love, to ourselves. And while I never try to white wash the sadness for my friends & their loss, I try to not let the darkness creep in, to not see tragedy lurking around every corner. I weep daily for Tiffany's loss and for Kappel's passing, I refuse to numb that or forget them for a second, and I know now more than ever that we can't take one moment for granted. There's no place for bitterness, resentment, jealousy, or annoyance in life. It's too short. The only place I feel any right to direct anger is towards death itself, and I think that's fair. 3d

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local_milk Let them eat cake. New recipe on the blog! @yossyarefi's recipe for Pistachio Poundcake with Strawberries in Lavender Sugar from her new book "Sweeter Off the Vine", a book devoted to baking with seasonal fruits...allll the fruits! 🍋 Link in profile for the recipe! #sweeteroffthevine #theartofslowliving 3d

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local_milk The Frenchest of lunches at last weekend's Paris retreat with @olaiyaland. We're already looking forward to the France retreats we're hoping to host next spring—hopefully one in Paris for the city mice and one down south for the country mice. Tonight @matthewlud & I hop a flight to Barelona where we'll meet up with our local friend and Spain retreat cohost @carolina_ferrer_ before heading to Formentera where it's all happening. Already dreaming of tapas, Spanish jamon, and the clear waters of the Mediterranean. Now for pregnant bikini shopping .... To get on our mailing list to hear all about upcoming 2017 slow living retreats visit localmilkretreats.com and click Join! #localmilkretreats #theartofslowliving 3d
  •   saboresymomentos @local_milk Have fun in Barcelona!! Sitges It's also a beautiful visit option down the road, if you guys wish, tell Carolina and we can all meet here 2d
  •   local_milk @saboresymomentos Sitges looks beautiful! If we find time, we might try! : ) 2d
  •   jordanvilchez1 Thank you for sharing so much of your soulful and beautiful life. Such a treat and so inspiring @local_milk. Who you BE is so uplifting! 2d
  •   saboresymomentos @local_milk Sounds great!!! Do try, you'll love it! I'm friends with Carolina and we can organize a nice lunch here!! 2d

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local_milk A new recipe on the blog: @yossyarefi's Pistachio Poundcake with Strawberries in Lavender Sugar from her cookbook "Sweeter Off the Vine", a new baking favorite of mine. It's been a rough, emotional week due to the passing of our friend, and I'm someone that deals with certain forms of grief privately, despite my seeming candor. When I don't know what to do, I do all I know how to do: Put one foot in front of the other and keep on even though it seems wrong that the world keeps spinning. The beauty of food is it's a love language; it's what we can give in times when there are no real words. I wish I was home to give it where it's needed. #sweeteroffthevine #theartofslowliving | link in profile for the recipe 4d

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local_milk Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside green garlic & preserved lemon potato latkes topped with 5 minute eggs and chervil + chive creme fraiche. Savory brunch heaven when paired with a glass of cold milk. I think this is every craving I've ever had on a plate. The fact that they take all of a few minutes to whip up doesn't hurt either... #FoodLovesMilk #ad 4d

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local_milk Stairway to "home". Our flat from @apartmentsactually has been our nest abroad for the past two weeks. Our little life here—stitched out of favorite juice bars, markets, cafés, and cozy dinner haunts—has us hoping to spend more time living and working in Paris next year. We're working on an update of our Paris wander guide as well as a post on how we nest abroad & find home on the road. #localmilkabroad #apartmentsactually #nestingabroad #livelocalparis 4d
  •   tartetatinbakerynl I'm deeply in love with the old, rough stone walls, houses, buildings, stairs, and more... in France 3d
  •   tonylemale This post is good 3d
  •   nsthom I can't wait to see the guide! I've been following your snaps and all the food just looks divine! Going to Paris myself in July! 3d

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local_milk @otiumcoldpress, how I've started each morning in Paris. This is an almond vanilla date milk, but I'm also obsessed with their green juice. Back home I'm a juice fanatic, and Otium is my favorite in Paris. The washed rind cheeses, buttery puff pastries, chocolates & caramels, macaron & eclairs, charcuterie, and sheer duck fat are all pleasures of Paris but at this point in my life, I both want & need to balance that with clean, fresh choices that leave my body feeling whole, especially during pregnancy. #expectingeats #localmilkparis #otiumcoldpress (not an ad, just a small business I love + travel tip!) 4d

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local_milk I don't know where to begin. One week ago my best friend @tifforelie lost the love of her life @kappeljamescloninger in a motorcycle accident. He was only 27. He was her partner, her person, and they loved each other fiercely. Their life together was a creative adventure.
Publicly I’ve not said anything about it, but privately I’ve been broken hearted all week, weeping every time I think of the friend whose life was cut short and the friend whose heart is breaking in a way I can't imagine. The grief and loss belongs, first and foremost, to her and Kappel’s family. I wasn’t comfortable saying anything here until I had her blessing. Today is his memorial, and I’m heart sick that Matt & I can’t be there. I believe that even the most grotesque of tragedies is redeemable & that healing will come. But right now all I can say is this is horrible, and I wish it hadn’t happened.
Tiffany is the one friend I’ve had that I’ve never been afraid of for a second. She doesn’t judge, forgives preternaturally, and has such grace that I’ve never felt the need to hide from her, even when I was at my worst & times were darkest. I know what her love feels like because I’ve felt it, and to be loved by her is a beautiful thing that makes shame dissipate and lets trust flow in. And that basking sunshine kind of love is what Kappel had for the last year and a half of his life. Tiffany has the gift of being able to not lose site of a person's heart, to see past actions and see the wounds they bleed from….and then to try to tend to those wounds. That’s the best kind of love any of us could ever hope for because we all have wounds, and we all need someone to be tender with them, not judge them. I’m so grateful Kappel had that. And I’m grateful she had him, and I wish she still did.

Tiffany is one of the sweetest, strongest people I’ve ever known. I can't stop crying for her pain. No one should suffer this, least of all her. Please send all the love, support, and prayers you have her way. Tiffany, you know this, but I love you and you will always have anything you need from us. I’m so glad you’re surrounded by such love at home, and I can’t wait to throw my arms around you.
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  •   art_ginger Your words have made my heart ache and my eyes tear up. My thoughts and prayers are with both of you and anyone who has been personally affected by this tragedy. 3d
  •   presh.grace what camera was this shot with?? (: @local_milk 3d
  •   loureg82 I'm so sorry for your loss. What a precious gift each moment is with those we love. 3d
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local_milk Yesterday was the last day of @olaiyaland & my Paris weekend retreat, and today I'm lounging in a linen tunic, writing, listening to Serge Gainsbourg, and living off of leftovers. It's grey & rainy out, and my love @matthewlud is in Brussels sampling some of the world's best beers, so I'm taking a day of rest & quiet work to myself. #theartofslowliving #localmilkretreats 5d

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local_milk The creamy palette of the Paris streets. Today @matthewlud & I took an afternoon off after saying our farewells to our guests. We planned and dreamed for 2017, walked sans umbrella in the rain, ate the best (and messiest) pitas I've ever had, and then came home for napping at the flat and watching bebe kick like a little ninja. #localmilkretreats #theartofslowliving #localmilkparis #livelocalparis 6d

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local_milk Peonies upon peonies at the Aligre market, one of @olaiyaland & my many stops on our whirlwind weekend retreat in Paris. We're saying goodbye to our guests this morning—old friends & new—and then taking a day to rest, cook, and tidy up. A slow Sunday. #localmilkretreats #peonies #theartofslowliving | ps. Does anyone have any home, kitchen, children's, and clothing etc shopping recommendations in Paris? We hit up Merci but are looking for more to explore this week! 6d

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local_milk Our bright & cheerful @apartmentsactually Parisian kitchen on Rue Charlot. @olaiyaland & I hosted yesterday's retreat lunch & classes here, and @matthewlud & I have now had the pleasure of calling it home away from home twice while staying in Paris. We're coming to the realization that so long as we have each other, bebe, a kitchen, and a washer & dryer (this place has one!! A rare gem in Paris!), anywhere is home. The former two are really all it takes but the latter two really, really don't hurt. Everyday we get more excited to explore the world and live & work abroad with the little. #localmilkparis #apartmentsactually #theartofslowliving 7d

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local_milk Yesterday's market haul: Wild asparagus, peonies, artichokes, and fava. There were also some morels and chanterelles that will likely find themselves in a fricassee or some such with the others. Spring in Paris has stolen our hearts. @matthewlud & I are already dreaming of wiling away our days with bebe in the city. #localmilkretreats #theartofslowliving #localmilkparis 7d

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local_milk @matthewlud pouring the wine in a rose colored moment from yesterday's retreat lunch at our @apartmentsactually flat in le Marais. A chilled spring soup of everything from peas to fennel, a beautiful potato radish salad with mint, and heaps of greens & white asparagus all graced our table. Today we've taken to the streets & @olaiyaland is showing us her Paris. Suffice to say her Paris is delicious. #localmilkretreats 1w
  •   brookelnnv3coop This is the most beautiful shot @local_milk ! Love this colour scheme! I'll be in Paris again soon; however, I won't be staying in this beautiful apartment like I hoped (pricier than I remember) 7d
  •   jacquelyntierney I am loving these pinks on you -- even the red you have chosen -- are the perfect palette of a Cancer. 6d
  •   blushshop Just beautiful! 6d

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local_milk This morning's feast at @olaiyaland & my Paris retreat. We strolled to @blackburncoffee and then on to the landmark Du Pain et Des Ideés for a shared feast of all manner of buttery, flaky pastries. Crumbs everywhere on a sidewalk table while Paris milled past. Much success. The rest of the day was spent wandering the market then enjoying a spring veggie feast & an intensive photography and styling practicum. Now we're tucking into supper at Clown Bar...a day well spent. #localmilkretreats #theartofslowliving #localmilkparis 1w

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local_milk Salmon pink, flesh pink—all iterations of dusty, earthy tones—are a current obsession of mine. We've laid our table with a linen from @mercishopparis & a rambling bunch of greens from the Aligre market. @olaiyaland & I are now walking through the grey morning streets here in Paris to take our guests for some of the best pastries in town—think pistachio escargot & luscious jambon filled breads—at Du Pain et Des Idees before a market stroll and an afternoon of lunching on spring seasonal goodies, photography, and styling here at our @apartmentsactually flat in le Marais. #localmilkretreats #theartofslowliving #localmilkparis 1w

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local_milk Paris retreat prep + the most rock & roll of chocolates: @compartes. It's 12:30 am. I need to be up at 6 am. And I just straight inhaled their "Let Them Eat Cake" white chocolate + sprinkles bar. It is one of the best substances on earth. Also, the blue wrapper in this picture has tiny fornicating people on it. So basically awesome all around. A big thank you to them for providing chocolate to @olaiyaland & my retreat guests. Your stuff is . #localmilkretreats #theartofslowliving 1w

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