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Behind the Blog: Lean + Meadow

The very best part of this blog thing is the chance to get lost in a virtual world of lovely. And I’m here to introduce to you a brand new favourite: Lean + Meadow.  She simply must be on your radar. An incredible writer, a beautiful soul, and the entire experience feels like sipping a warm cup of tea. With photos from Amanda Lenhardt, we’re going behind the blog.

SMP: Tell us a little about lean + meadow!
lean + meadow is a food and travel photography journal. It is a place for me to share captured moments from my most two favourite things – slow, seasonal, sustainable food and all over the place, back street, intrepid travel. Every week I’ll post a new recipe and travel adventure and often day to day moments sneak in there too. I have also recently began an exciting little project called Creative Humans USA, an interview and photography series of selected creative folk who I am lucky enough to meet on my travels around the states. So together, it is a real natural compilation of my daily inspirations. Admittedly, it is my current love affair…

SMP: What made you decide to start a blog?
I didn’t set out to be a photographer, let alone a blogger. I was previously a performing arts teacher. I had no idea what the alternative would be, but I did know that I couldn’t keep teaching. I didn’t enjoy my work, and for me that was enough to stop. I knew very little about the blogging world. When we moved over to the USA and I stumbled across the possibility of sharing my photographs, travel and food stories on an online journal, I became quite excited. It seemed to be the perfect way to combine my creative interests of photography, cooking and writing into one neat little expressive ball, all the while documenting our time living overseas. It made me incredibly happy, so I ran with it. I’ve not once looked back.

SMP: What’s one thing you’ve learnt along the way?
I am a perfectionist. So, it has been a valuable lesson for me to be forgiving towards my personal judgements and to encourage myself to post photos, even if I am not 100% happy with them. After all, it’s a journal – it is a wonderful place to look back on and see growth.

SMP: If you could go back in time, what would you do differently?
I would have started sooner.

SMP: Stranded on a dessert island question: what’s one cocktail you’d bring with you!
I adore gin and egg white. So, a gin fizz please. Made with fresh lemon and Ransom Old Tom Gin, my recent favourite.

SMP: A single quote that best describes your creative process?
‘She’ll be right love.’ – Something I grew up hearing daily from my Dad. The most lovely Australian man, who always encouraged me creatively and who taught me to see things in a positive light. With Dad, everything always worked out for the best. I like to think of this as I create and generally in my day to day life.

SMP: Your secret to success?
To keep moving. It’s important for me to never allow my abilities or daily life to become stagnant. I love to learn and I love to explore. This keeps me inspired and drives my being. There is just too much to seek and so much to be explored to become too comfortable with life.

SMP: Your most prized possession?
My Dad’s guitar.

SMP: One thing you simply can’t live without?

SMP: Three things every stylish homeowner should have?
Natural light, a gas hob and a veggie garden.

SMP: Your favourite online design resource?
Oh, it’s too hard to choose a favourite, I have so many! Can I name a few? Kinfolk, Freunde Von Freunden, The Design Files and Miss Moss.

Photography: Amanda Lenhardt | Blogger: Lean And Meadow

Sun-filled Baby Shower

For whatever reason, poor Mondays get a bit of a bad rap. But we’re here to ensure that your Monday morning gets off on the right foot. And I can’t think of a better way to do so than with a bright and sunny baby shower! Designed and styled by Macarena Gea, if there’s any place to be at this very moment, it’s right here in the gallery.

From Macarena… I’m expecting my first child, Mateo, and I’m so excited to share the yellow baby shower I prepared for him and my closest friends some days ago. The party took place at home and, as event planner, i loved preparing each and every detail of this very special day.

As my little “sun” will come together with summer, I though the mythical Beatles’ song “Here comes the sun” could be the perfect party’s motto. And, because of that, yellow was the main colour chosen for the decoration and little moustaches were a kind of “it’s a boy” wink.

I prepared fresh lemonade, oats milk, lemon water and some sweet and salty delis as sandwiches, tartlets, snacks, carrot cupcakes and, of course, my favourite nude cake: white chocolate, lemon and natural red fruits.

Little Mateo was not the only receiving some presents this afternoon. I really wanted to surprise my friends and I prepared a very special “thanks for coming kit” composed by a framed print with the party logo, a four postcards set with the four designs available and a little jar with one of my favourite french confitures.

To finish, I set on a photobooth corner with some props, an instax camera and some postcards were my friends could pin their pics and write on special messages for out little Mateo.

Photography: Macarena | Event Design: Macarena Gea | Logo Design : Project Party Studio | Pastry: Majose's

Backyard Bridal Shower

At 28 years old, I’ve officially reached that stage of life where everyone I know is engaged. With plenty of weddings on the horizon, and consequently plenty of bachelorettes, showers and the like, I can’t help but be drawn to stunning events to pull inspiration. Events like this backyard bridal shower, that is so pretty I could cry. Unsurprising, since Jenny Bradley is at the helm. With photos from D’Arcy Benincosa, let’s get lost in the gallery.

From Jenny Bradley… When i got the news that one of my best friends Darya was engaged, i immediately jumped to the task of throwing her her first bridal shower. Darya loves beautiful things and details as much as i do so i knew this shower had to be special and reflect Darya’s simple, thought through style. It was decided that an evening outdoor party in the backyard of my childhood home was the answer, with its quaint cottage look, giant weeping willow trees, cinderblock walls crawling with ivy and expansive weathered deck, it was the perfect backdrop for the fresh, natural and rustic theme i wanted.

I collaborated with some amazing local talents that truly made the party and my vision come to life. I also gathered unique pieces from family and friends like mixed and matched sterling silver flatware, rustic wooden and brass bowls, and sterling silver trays to create a curated look. I crafted a little as well by making frayed linen dinner napkins. The guests were greeted by a self serve lemonade and limeade bar with slices of fruit and freshly cut mint leaves from the garden. The bride was admired in a delicate floral crown and ladies mingled amongst the yard before a delicious buffet style dinner on a table accented with luscious Eucalyptus and a stunning centerpiece full of berry blooms and greenery.

The night was perfect as we ate, laughed and celebrated a beautiful friend

Photography: D'Arcy Benincosa | Floral Design: Tinge Floral | Cake: Le Loup | Invitations: The Write Image | Catering: Lori Tolbert | Caligraphy: T&S Craft | Design & Styling: Jenny Bradley