WEDNESDAY WEIGHT: Week 5

WEDNESDAY WEIGHT LOSS BLOG SERIES: Roast chicken salad

 

Here’s this week’s update about my struggle to lose weight, only to find that a ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting can help my insulin resistance…

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PERSONAL UPDATE: A little reminder to share the luscious love around

 

Ideas for sharing kindness this holiday season

 

SHARE THE LUSCIOUS LOVE: Luscious ones, at this time of the year we tend to get busy with shopping and entertaining and enjoying ourselves. Well, I certainly do, especially because the weather gets hot for us in Australia so it’s summer time plus the holiday season at Chez Luscious.

But I thought now was a good time – just prior to Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and then Christmas and New Year – to remember to be more compassionate when considering others who are not having such a luscious time of things.

I’m sorry if this sounds trite or patronising or hypocritical in any way. I spend my life being pretty selfish, focussing on my own needs and that of the people immediately around me. I used to volunteer in my 20s and 30s, but life seems to have taken a different course in my 40s. I read and watch stories about terrible things, feel bad for a while, but essentially go back to my own cocooned existence.

But I was reminded by my friend Cathy about the New Day Box program in Melbourne in which you can donate items to go into gift boxes for women going through the hell of domestic violence. See more via their website and Facebook page. I donated some boxes of goodies last year and hope it made some sort of difference.

My friend Melissa shared this post from The Bloggess about having compassion, especially when we watch in horror at what’s happening in Ferguson today. There was a great suggestion about donating to the Ferguson library, and “err in the direction of kindness” which makes me tear up a bit. Read the post here. And perhaps send an email enquiry to the fine folks at the Ferguson library in Missouri if you’re keen about a donation.

Another friend, Davey, was looking into Christmas volunteering, which sounds like a great idea, but do remember than most charitable organisations get their holiday programs sorted months in advance. So if this appeals to you, maybe put it on your list to look into in the new year, and make a financial contribution to assist in the meantime.

Obviously, there are thousands of worthy causes that desperately need attention, so I encourage all of us to do something, whether it’s a $5 donation via a charity’s website, a shout-0ut via social media to spread the word, or by actively getting involved. If you need some inspiration, check out Random Acts because I know they do great work.

Natasha xx

PS. Thanks to all my inspiring friends. You remind me on a daily basis about kindness and compassion.

 

 

A LADYLIKE LIFE: Tory Burch looks via Pinterest

Ladylike looks from Tory Burch via www.mylusciouslife.com

 

Take a look at the gorgeous ToryBurch pins I’ve added to our LADYLIKE board.

Go exploring and shopping for Tory Burch here.

A beautiful collection, no? I want everything!

Natasha xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FESTIVE CHEER: Be inspired by these luscious holiday ideas

A LUSCIOUS FESTIVE SEASON: Aerin Lauder Christmas House & Garden 2007

 

HOLIDAY SEASON IDEAS: If you’re looking for beautiful Thanksgiving and Christmas inspiration, see the links below which will direct you to our blog posts, Facebook photo galleries and Pinterest boards…

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STYLE LEADER: Fashion for the festive season

 

FASHION FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON: Blue backless V-neck flare dress from SheInside

 

 

FASHION: Looking for outfits for the festive season?

Get inspired with these suggestions in the LUSCIOUS SHOP > COCKTAIL AND EVENING GOWNS.

For example, this blue backless V-neck flare dress from SheInside comes in blue, white, pink and black and is just US$26.

Yes, you read that correctly, $26.

Happy shopping!

Natasha xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROYALTY: Monaco royal family news

 

UPDATE: How cute is little Sacha Casiraghi, the toddler son of Andrea Casiraghi and his wife Tatiana Santo Domingo?

Here he is on Monaco’s National Day with his grandmother Princess Caroline of Monaco and Hanover, herself the daughter of actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco.

Tatiana is currently pregnant with the couple’s second child. (November 2014)

 

MONACO ROYAL CHILDREN: Sacha Casiraghi with his mother Tatiana and grandmother Princess Caroline of Monaco

 

MONACO ROYAL FAMILY: November 2014 Andrea Casiraghi with his son Sacha great grandson of Grace Kelly Princess Grace of Monaco

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Keep reading for more about Monaco’s royal family…

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WEDNESDAY WEIGHT: Week 4

Wednesday Weight blog series - A healthy life - luscious red tomatoes

LUSCIOUS HEALTH: Here’s this week’s update of my weight loss journey…

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LUSCIOUS LOVES: Holiday Gift Guides from our fave brands

MYLUSCIOUSLIFE.COM Christmas Gift Guide from Luscious 2014 - stylish present ideas

 

Luscious ones, I’ve tried to make things easier for you and compiled a collection of some luscious brands so you can go directly to their holiday gift guides.

Scroll down this post and take a look, and keep checking back for updates and additions…

Natasha xx

 

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SALE ALERT: 25% off Kate Spade New York – be quick!

 Be quick – it’s about to end!

 SALE ALERT Kate Spade November 2014

Use this link and the code BEMERRY

Natasha xx

BLING FLING: Multi-chain statement necklace from ASOS

STATEMENT NECKLACE: Black metal multi-chain Pieces Statement necklace from ASOS

 

SHOPPING: I bought this black metal multi-chain necklace from ASOS, $28.

Sort of Middle Ages knight meets 70s disco, no?

Natasha xx

PS. More from ASOS here, and necklaces and other goodies in the Luscious Shop > Accessories.