Hey there, Julia here, voice behind the writing, eating, pictures, you name it. I’m a professional food & prop stylist at the ol’ nine to fiver and the creator of this website when I’m not attempting to make things appear to be much prettier than what they actually are…. 😉 I share a love for the entire process of cooking (minus the clean up) and try to develop recipes that are fairly easy to follow, recipes using whole ingredients, as in from scratch so I know exactly what I am putting into my body. Does not mean everything is going to be super healthy. But with a little self control (something I lack), you’ll be just fine. I also love lifestyle photography and since I happen to have an adorable baby child, I use him as my subject (bribes are at an all time high). I also am a freelance photographer for both food & lifestyle editorial work here in St. Louis, MO.
The purpose of this blog is not just to share what I enjoy in both food and life, but is to hear from all of you. And if in someway I offend you, please have a cocktail and go bake yourself a loaf of bread.
And now the baggage…..
For starters…… I was born in northern New Jersey, a commuter town outside of NYC. I also spent six years living in Tokyo, Japan, and am looking for every excuse to make my way back there.
I am a (now) single mother of the sweetest baby child, who you’ll see quite often in my images, as he’s been apart of this stomping ground since day 1 and loves to put his hands in my shots (or face. depends).
Growing up in a very strong Italian family knowing how to be useful in a kitchen was the only option. I have learned almost everything I know from my father, and still use him as my culinary “bible” anytime I am trying something new, as well as the occasional cooking class. I put the majority of my energy (that I have left over from raising my son) and time into cooking and baking. And am constantly on a yo-yo diet.
Currently I reside in St. Louis, Missouri where I fill my time with recipe development, partnership with brands and the occasional editorial piece. I work full time at Bruton Stroube Studios (food + prop stylist) and am surrounded by some of the most amazing photographers in the biz. They have only helped my knowledge in photography and am so incredibly grateful to have landed there!
To get in touch you can e-mail me for any collaborations or business inquiries at: julia@mylavenderblues(dot)com