We’re Brian and Fatima: husband and wife, baker and cook, mess-maker and cleaner-upper, photographer and model, MBA and CPA, travelers, runners, and homebodies. We love a good margarita, rainy days wrapped in sweats, picnics in Central Park, and sharing laughs with family and friends.
We met in college, after graduation we moved to New York City, and were married in 2014. Lilies and Loafers started as a way for us to share easy, delicious, and budget friendly meals. Our blog is a place for us to share our favorite recipes, projects, travels, entertaining tips, local events, and other inspirations that come our way. Welcome to our lives in the big city, we’re happy to have you join us.
Who takes your photos?
Brian takes almost all of the photos and Fatima styles them. Sometimes we switch it up when we’re feeling wild.
What camera + lens do you have?
A Canon 60D body and a handful of prime lenses. Depending on the subject, lighting, and overall look, we’ll use a 24mm, 35mm, or 50mm lens. When we leave the camera at home, Brian uses his iPhone 7 Plus. VSCO Cam is our preferred mobile editing tool.
How do you edit your photos?
Lightroom for photo library management and quick edits. Adobe Photoshop for graphics and other advanced edits. However, most of the ‘editing’ is done during the photo shoot. We strongly dislike the term ‘fix it in post,’ so we spend more time working on the photo shoots than editing the pictures. We’re OCD like that.
Why Lilies and Loafers?
We wanted a name that represents the both of us. Fatima’s favorite flowers are lilies. Her favorite kind (and one of the first bouquets Brian gifted) are Peruvian lilies. Brian is in his boat shoes 24/7, 365 days/year. It was a natural fit.
Where did you grow up?
Fatima grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Brian grew up in suburban Connecticut.
Who likes to cook?
We both do! However, Fatima is a the head chef/cook extraordinaire, while Brian is the master pastry chef/mixologist.
Do you blog full-time?
Lilies and Loafers is our side hustle passion project. We do all of this around our full-time jobs: Fatima is an auditor at a public accounting firm and Brian works in content strategy a media entertainment company. We use sidebar advertising, affiliate links, and sponsored posts to help cover our operating costs (i.e. groceries).
What is there to do in New York City?
What is there not to do? If you’re visiting the city and looking for a recommendation, send us a tweet. We’ll try to help you out!
Can we use your photo and recipe?
We put a lot of work into our photos and ask that you don’t use them without our permission. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re interested in reposting our content, we ask that you use either a photo or a recipe (written in your own words) but not both. Please credit us and link back to the original post.
What is the best way to get in touch with you?
Thanks for reading,
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