Hi! Welcome to Retrolillies! I’m Chaya, a 19 year food stylist and pastry chef, but most importantly, 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 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!
Are all the pictures featured on your blog original?
Yep, unless otherwise specified! I took a photography course in 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 take a picture from your blog?
As long as you link back to my blog, it should be fine. Ask me first and I’ll let you know 🙂
How did you decide which topics to cover on your blog?
I started this blog to express myself creatively, so I cover things that inspire me; that includes food, writing and photography.
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 shoot me an email and maybe we can figure something out!
Can we collaborate on a post or project?
If I feel like our styles fit and we click, 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, kind, 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 a restaurant internship I scored due to my portfolio (the blog), the baking job I eventually landed in an artisanal Brooklyn bakery, guest writing on other wonderful websites, and collaborating with other companies to put out videos, soon to be released.
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