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A luscious life

PERSONAL UPDATE: A writer’s life in the countryside

LUSCIOUS LIVING: A writer's life in the country


Luscious Lifers, new posts are once again largely on hold as I finally, finally, finally try to get back to focussing on writing my books after many months of upheaval re: our house move (back) to Red Hill, and some other personal bits and pieces.

Fortunately, it’s the first day of Spring here on the Mornington Peninsula, so hopefully the sunnier days and blossoming gardens will help get me back on track too. If you’d like to see some snippets from the new house, do scroll through my Instagram pix.

Most days, I’m doing some cooking (expanding my low carb, ketogenic diet options), taking Mabel for a walk or game in the surrounding countryside, learning French and playing tennis. After years of corporate work, it’s absolute bliss to have this freedom, and I can’t thank Mr Luscious enough for supporting my creative endeavours. I am so very lucky and very happy.

I’ve now got five books on the go, at various stages of completion, including a literary murder mystery, a French travel guide, and an attempt at humour. Slowly but surely, I hope they will all find their way to those of you who are interested.

If you’re craving something luscious to inspire you whilst I potter around behind the scenes, please consider going back to the archives on the blog via the Photo Galleries tab, or browse through the myriad boards on Pinterest. For something new, remember to check out Facebook and Instagram where it’s easier for me to post more regularly.

Thank you for all your ongoing support of my little Luscious venture!

Natasha xx


SALE ALERT: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015


SALE ALERT: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015


USE THIS LINK: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015

Happy shopping!

Natasha xx

STYLISH HOMES: Mia Freedman’s new $12.5 million Bellevue Hill, Sydney home, “Finty”

STYLISH SYDNEY HOUSES: Mamamia's Mia Freedman and Jason Lavigne have just bought this 12.5 million home in Sydney

FAMOUS FOLK AT HOME: Mamamia’s Mia Freedman and Jason Lavigne have just bought this $12.5 million home in Sydney…

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LUSCIOUS TEXTILES: Pictures of lace


Love lace? Then check out these beautiful pictures of lace…

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LUSCIOUS LOVES: Crafty bits and pieces

Luscious crafts

A CRAFTY LIFE: Take a look at these inspiring luscious textiles, colours and patterns…

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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.


Natasha xx

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!






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