Hi! Welcome to Retrolillies! I’m Chaya, the writer, baker and picture taker behind this blog.
Here, I combine my love of well made, seasonal food with my love for the written word, writing about the beauty in the every day, elaborating on the science behind why a recipe works and posting pictures to document events and memories.
I hope my blog inspires you to stop, slow down, and smell the roses  lilies. Make something! Bake something! And of course, don’t forget to say hi. I’d love to hear from you.
Happy reading,

Are all the pictures featured on your blog original?
Yep, unless otherwise specified! I took a photography course at FIT one summer and am mostly self taught. Still a complete newbie, still learning lots. I like shooting in natural light when I can.
What camera do you use?
A Canon Rebel T4i. I use a standard 18-55mm lens, a 1.8, and a telephoto lens. I’d love to get into film one day.
Are all your recipes original?
Most are! Some of the recipes on this site are adaptations of recipes I love, carefully curated and edited from the best websites and cookbooks. In that case, I always provide proper credit and rewrite the recipe in my own words.
Can I use a picture from your blog?
Shoot me an email at about the picture in question!
Do you sell any of your food and are you available for cooking demos?
Sadly, while I used to sell pastries + baked goods from my kitchen, I no longer have the time to do so, as work has become all encompassing. I still do demos every so often, so reach out to me and we can figure something out!
Can we collaborate on a post or project?
I’d love to! Email me and we’ll discuss it.
What do you love most about blogging?
The best part about this whole blogging endeavor for me has been getting to meet awesome, talented and inspiring people, especially other women. I’ve loved getting to become a part of this community and am constantly in awe of the dedication and creativity people have for their craft. Other perks include the baking job I landed in an artisanal Brooklyn bakery, guest writing on other wonderful websites, and collaborating with other companies to put out videos.

You might have seen me on…
The Nosher , The Feed Feed, Times of, Conde Nast Traveler

email: // instagram: @retrolillies


23 thoughts on “about

  1. shayna schwartz on said:

    Your soo cool!!!

  2. I enjoy reading your blog a lot. I love your writing. So glad I came across your blog 🙂

  3. Just came across your blog and I love it! Looking forward to to following your next posts😊

  4. Ohmigosh I’m loving your blog and I am thanking the heavens for discovering this! Your photos are mouthwatering! 😍 kudos, keep it up!

  5. hi chaya, i just found your blog via pinterest. your recipe for the biscotti is featured on my blog today with all appropriate mentions. i hope you are ok with me sharing this. i’ll be promoting it via my social media today if so. love your blog btw. dana at danacaseydesign p.s. plus you write in lowercase too.

  6. Hi Chaya! Just stumbled upon your blog and glad that I did it, it’s cute and beautiful! 🙂
    Looking forward to read new posts and chat. 🙂

  7. Ilana on said:

    This is such an AWSOME blog! I love all the outfits and duh of course the food! Yum so delicious! Can you post some pesach outfits? And say where each item of clothing is from?

    • Thank you! Outfit posts are definitely harder to shoot, but I’ll try to post some spring ones! All the outfit posts have outfit details right under the first picture.

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