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A luscious life

LUSCIOUS LOVES: Marriage equality in the US

 

#LoveWins - Rainbow layer cake slices

 

Congratulations to all our friends in the United States on the fantastic news about marriage equality. It’s about time!

Check out how these other 18 nations are doing since they introduced marriage for all. Let’s hope we get ourselves sorted in Australia soon too.

#LoveWins

Natasha xx

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A LUSH LIFE: Gin masterclass at the Bass & Flinders Distillery, Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula

LUSCIOUS ACTIVITIES: Gin Masterclass - Bass and Flinders Distillery in Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula

 

Luscious ones, today we did a gin masterclass at the Bass and Flinders Distillery in Red Hill, near our new home.

Our thanks to our hosts, co-owners Wayne and Janelle, and to our fellow gin lovers, Helen and Gary who shared the class with us. Thanks also to co-owner Bob for being my go-to organising guy.

We loved seeing the gin-making process and getting to create our own, and we look forward to receiving our own branded bottle – so fab!

Do bookmark Bass and Flinders Distillery if you’re on the Mornington Peninsula as it’s a really great addition to our little part of the world.

They also make vodka, limoncello and grappa, I believe, and I got to taste their version of a cognac (which has recently become my new favourite drink) which is called an aged grape spirit. More from their Ochre Spirit website.

(Remember that with cognac, like champagne, a drink cannot be named after that French region unless it is actually made there, hence “Australian sparkling wine”.)

Great to see another luscious Australian venture, and we wish the team all the very best!

See more via their website here.

Natasha xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAN FAVOURITES: A luscious life – part 2

A luscious life photo gallery, continued…


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FAN FAVOURITES: A luscious life – part 1

A luscious life photo gallery…

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FASHION AND FILM: Iris Apfel documentary

FASHION DOCUMENTARY FILMS: Iris Apfel documentary - photo by Bruce Weber

Iris Apfel by Bruce Weber

 

I’m so excited about the new Iris Apfel documentary by the late, great Albert Maysles.

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OUR LITTLE LUSCIOUS WORLD: Moving home, back to Red Hill, on the Mornington Peninsula

OUR LITTLE LUSCIOUS WORLD: Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

 

Luscious ones, updates from me are rare at the moment, as I’ve been overwhelmed with packing and logistics (the last 3 months) and moving house (the last week), and now I’m feeling daunted by the other side: the unpacking.

We’ve said goodbye to our coastal home in Mount Martha, 15 minutes away, and have returned to the country life of Red Hill, also on the Mornington Peninsula.

It’s lovely to be back!

 

OUR LITTLE LUSCIOUS WORLD: Red Hill, Victoria

 

OUR LITTLE LUSCIOUS WORLD: Red Hill, Victoria

 

Once things settle down, I hope to post some pictures of the new interior decoration, but in the meantime, you can catch the odd update via Instagram.

And you might also like these galleries:

Natasha xx

 

 

ROYAL BABY: It’s a girl!

NEW PRINCESS - Royal baby 2015 - It's a girl!

 

It’s a girl!

Congratulations to the Cambridge and Middleton families.

Here’s hoping everyone is happy and healthy, and that Prince George quickly learns to adore his baby sister.

Revisit our photos from the birth of Prince George in July 2013 and remember to vote for your favourite name in our Royal Baby Name Poll.

According to the couple’s official Twitter account, Kate was admitted to the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London at 6am.

The baby girl weighs 8lbs 3oz and was born at 8.34am on Saturday May 2, 2015. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.

The family are due to spend some time at their London home, Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace, and then move to their country property, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk. You might also be interested in the Middleton family’s home in Bucklebury, Berkshire.

More details to follow.

Natasha xx

 

 

 

STYLISH HOMES: Sarah’s Rental Cottage, near Parry Sound in Georgian Bay, Canada


PHOTOS Sarah Richardson Rental Cottage Georgian Bay - living room

 

BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS: Sarah’s new cottage makeover…

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STYLISH HOME: Where to buy luscious homewares online

Luscious homewares shopping online

 

HOME DECOR FAVOURITES: OK, so we’re moving and I’m dreaming about decorating the new house. And whilst we can’t afford to buy anything new, it hasn’t stopped me spending far too much time browsing online…

Here’s where I’m currently spending my pretending-I-have-money-to-go-shopping time, from bargain to luxe, in the realm of furniture, fabrics, prints, and other beautiful interior design accessories:

Which stores are your online favourites? Leave a comment below to let me know.

Natasha xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

PASTEL PRETTINESS: Embrace your softer side

Photos of pastel colours via myLusciousLife.com blog

 

PICTURES: Love pastel colours? Or keen to show some softness in your decor or fashion choices? Then these pastel photos might inspire you:

Natasha xx

 

 

LUSCIOUS LIVING: Here’s wishing you a luscious weekend…

 

Luscious weekend

 

Hi Luscious Lifers,

I’m still trying to get my head around the potential house move (fingers crossed an investor makes an offer on the house soon so we don’t have to leave) but otherwise absorbed in getting my books into shape.

We’ve got our quasi-adopted German son, Nikolai here for the weekend, as well as his delightful girlfriend (welcome to Luscious, Jemma!), so Mr Luscious is now making cocktails whilst the roast cooks in the oven. We’ve had lunch, played tennis and had a nap – pretty good so far, no?

I hope you are able to have a relaxing weekend too.

Natasha xx

Ps. Remember to check out the “A LUSCIOUS LIFE” photo galleries via Facebook:

PPS. I’m currently reading The Silent Wife: A Novel by A. S. A. Harrison after starting and stopping about 6 other books. Have you read it? What did you think? And what else would you recommend I read?

 

 

MUSIC TO SCROLL BY: The Theory of Everything soundtrack

 

 

 

We’ve been loving this year’s crop of Oscar-worthy soundtracks, especially Interstellar (Hans Zimmer), The Imitation Game (Alexandre Desplat) and The Theory of Everything (Jóhann Jóhannsson), but this track (number 17: Camping) from The Theory of Everything is my absolute favourite.

It’s only very short but it makes me tear up a little each time I hear it. I think it’s because it’s both about the music (the cello) and the sentiment (lovers uniting after years of longing).

Do take a moment to play it, as well as the rest of the soundtrack. It’s by Jóhann Jóhannsson.

Natasha xx