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Falling for Fall

Fall has always been a favorite time of year ~ the crisp air, scent of pumpkin spice, a roaring fire, and football! We've rounded up some of our newest finds for the season and all year. Check them out and be sure to enter to win a prize from our gift closet.

Celebrate the season with this fun and decorative Trick or Treat Bouquet from Teleflora. Sunflowers, curly willow, orange daisy spray chrysanthemums, red, spray roses, and burgundy spray chrysanthemums, accented with yellow oak leaves and bats are all artfully arranged in a reusable ceramic pumpkin. Available in 3 sizes starting at $54.95 as pictured.

My new fave Wonderful® Pistachios flavor is Sweet Chili. They have a delicious combination of spices. Perfect for game day, to add a slight kick to salads or in a pistachio-encrusted chicken recipe. MSRP: $4.99 for a 7-oz. bag.

Who said exercising can't be fun? One of Shark Tank's best finds, the Simply Fit Board® tones abs, legs and core while improving balance. Lightweight, sturdy and portable, it can support up to 400 lbs. Awesome workout regardless of the weather. Available in 4 bright colors. Workout CD included. $39.99 at

The KATIE Folding Cosmetic Bag from Stephanie Johnson is as functional as it is beautiful and, in a pinch, can even be used as a clutch. Made of gorgeous faux python, it is just the right size to fit into a handbag and features a snap closure, and two clear zip pockets to easily find lip gloss, keys, phone. Matching accessories and additional color designs available. $50 at

Benefit They're Real! Limited Edition Mascara comes with a wand accented with Swarovski chic! Even better, is the long-wearing formula which doesn't smudge, flake or disappear during the day. I'm a little obsessed with mascara, it has to lengthen and be long-wearing and this scores high for both. Snag one before they sell out. $26

mÄ“ Glow Beauty Boosting Pillowcase with patented copper technology is a chic luxury not to be missed. Every thread is infused with essential mineral copper to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep. Say bye-bye to bed head and creases on your face when you awaken. $55

Hydrate and soften your skin with Pure Marula Facial Oil. Just a few drops of this non-greasy luxurious oil smooths fine lines and wrinkles. Leaves skin soft as silk with a radiant glow. A 1-oz. bottle retails for $58

Arbonne's RE9 Advanced Hydrating Body Lotion #709 is formulated with Sweet Almond Oil, antioxidants and vitamins to instantly hydrate dry skin. I apply it generously immediately after shower to lock in moisture and soften skin. Simply luxurious! A 6.7 oz. bottle retails for $46 at 

Treat your summer-stressed locks to Keranique's Micro-Exfoliating Follicle Revitalizing Mask. This pre-shampoo treatment gently exfoliates scalp to remove product build up and unclog follicles while deeply conditioning hair. The result is healthier, shinier hair with less breakage. $45

Get your day off to a healthy start with Pantry Doctor's Overnight Oats from FitBoomBah. Packed with superfoods and in a variety of delicious flavors, just add milk and leave in fridge overnight for a quick and tasty go- anywhere breakfast. For creamier or sweeter oats, add a dollop of yogurt or a 1/4 teaspoon of maple syrup to the milk. Four jars of your choosing are $25.96 at

Everpro Gray Away Magnetic Powder covers gray roots instantly. Self-adjusting color technology blends perfectly with your hair color to cover gray hairs until your next color retouch. The portable container with sponge applicator is perfect for travel. Available in 3 shades for $9.99 at

If you only do one thing for your skin, treat it to Nerium's Age-Defying Night Cream before bedtime. Formulated with proprietary NAE-8 extract, the mask-light cream acts as a powerful antioxidant to protect and repair skin while you sleep. Targets fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and sagging skin to reveal a younger looking you! $120 for a 1-oz. bottle or $90 on auto delivery. Sweet dreams!

Chic Giveaway! ~ One lucky reader will win the prize of their choice from our gift closet.

To Enter: email and include the following:
  • "Falling for Fall" in the subject line
  • your first and last name
  • complete mailing address
  • twitter id 
  • facebook name 
Sample tweet for your convenience ~
#Win the prize of your choice from @ChicLuxuries gift closet in the Falling for Fall #giveaway Details:
    If you're entering our giveaways, we ask that you follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

    Contest ends 11:59 PM ET November 7, 2016. One entry per household. Winner will be notified by email and announced on our Winner's page. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize. Open to US Residents 18 years of age and older. We received no compensation from any brand featured in this post, nor were affiliate links used. 

    Starting Week 26 on Nutrisystem

    Whew! Birthday weeks are a challenging time to stick to a diet. I had family visiting and we ate just about every meal out. Our first was to a popular local Sports Bar and it was an eye-opener. I ordered a burger with lettuce, onions and tomato, I skipped the cheese and only ate part of the roll. I found myself missing my Nutrisystem dinner and kept thinking their meals are so much better than this! 

    We managed to get a little exercising in ~ kayaking, walking in the pool, and a couple of trips to the beach where I scribbled this a few times before the waves rolled in. 

    It was a great week and I'm happy I didn't obsess over temporarily going off course for the first time in 25 weeks. Even better, I'm looking forward to getting back to the plan and my exercise program. Me looking forward to dieting and exercising? I really have come a long way in the last 6 months! One thing is clear, sometimes you have to step away from something to realize how much you miss it and to recharge. 

    Lost .4 lbs. which is more than I expected. It's a new day and week and I'm feeling determined. ☺

    To save 40% off the cost of meals and receive 14 free shakes plus an additional $30 off visit For delicious, low-cal recipes and weight loss tips, check out and connect with Nutrisystem on Facebook and Twitter

    My Journey Begins ~ Starting Weight ~ 180 
    Week 1 ~ Lost 6.2 lbs. ~ Weight 173.8
    Week 2 ~ Lost. 1.4 lbs. ~ Weight 172.4 ~ Total Loss 7.6 lbs. 
    Week 3 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 172 ~ Total loss 8 lbs.
    Week 4 ~ Lost 2.2 lbs. ~ Weight 169.8 ~ Total Loss 10.2 lbs.
    Week 5 ~ Lost 1.8 lbs. ~ Weight 168 ~ Total Loss 12 lbs. 
    Week 6 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 167.8 ~ Total Loss 12.2 lbs. 
    Week 7 ~ Lost 2.2 lbs. ~ Weight 165.6 ~ Total Loss 14.4 lbs. 
    Week 8 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 165 ~ Total Loss 15 lbs. 
    Week 9 ~  Lost 1.2 lbs. ~ Weight 163.8 ~ Total Loss 16.2 lbs. 
    Week 10 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 163.4 ~ Total Loss 16.6 lbs. 
    Week 11 ~ Lost 2 lbs. ~ Weight 161.4 ~ Total Loss 18.6 lbs. 
    Week 12 ~ Lost .6 lb. ~ Weight 160.8 ~ Total Loss 19.2 lbs. 
    Week 13 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 159.8 ~ Total Loss 20.2 lbs. 
    Week 14 ~ Lost 1.6 lbs. ~ Weight 158.2 ~ Total Loss 21.8 lbs. 
    Week 15 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 157.8 ~ Total Loss 22.2 lbs. 
    Week 16 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 156.8 ~ Total Loss 23.2 lbs.
    Week 17 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 156.2 ~ Total Loss 23.8 lbs.
    Week 18 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 155.2 ~ Total Loss 24.8 lbs. 
    Week 19 ~ Lost .8 lbs. ~ Weight 154.4 ~ Total Loss 25.6 lbs. 
    Week 20 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 153.4 ~ Total Loss 26.6 lbs. 
    Week 21 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 153.2 ~ Total Loss 26.8 lbs. 
    Week 22 ~ Lost 2 lbs. ~ Weight 151.2 ~ Total Loss 28.8 lbs. 
    Week 23 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 151 ~ Total Loss 29 lbs. 
    Week 24 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 150 ~ Total Loss 30 lbs. 
    Week 25 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 149.6 ~ Total Loss 30.4 lbs.

    Until next week ...
    Disclosure: In accordance with FTC regulations, I am disclosing as a Nutrisystem Nation Blogger, I am receiving Nutrisystem food in exchange for writing about my weight loss journey. Affiliate links were not used in this post nor was any monetary compensation received. All reviews are my own.

    Chic Luxuries Favorite Things for Fall

    Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping or treat yourself to one of these gorgeous items. When you're finished making your wish list, be sure to pop back over here and enter to win the prize of your choice from our gift closet.

    Our male readers, and those shopping for them, will adore this handsome and stunning Jorg Gray Solid Stainless Steel Watch. Features a beautiful blue patterned dial, calendar display, 42mm solid stainless steel silver plated case, bezel, sapphire coated mineral crystal lens, and solid stainless steel bracelet. Water resistant to approximately 50 meters. It's item #JG6100-12 and retails for $395 at

    Cleaning the carpets and floors are a breeze with the Shark® Rotator Powered Lift-Away® Speed Vacuum. It's lightweight, compact, super powerful, and instantly converts from an upright to the Powered Lift Away® which can fit under furniture, stairs, and in hard-to-reach spaces. Fingertip controls on the handle allow easy switching from carpet to floor and LED "headlights" help spot dirt in dark places. Available at all major retailers nationwide. MSRP: $299.99

    I wear these Mari Tome bangle bracelets almost every day. The set of 3 bangles includes two sterling silver rippled hammered bangles and one 14KT yellow gold straight bangle featuring a 2.5mm bezel set white sapphire. {Two sets of bangles are pictured above}. Lightweight, comfortable to wear and simply stunning! Handcrafted in the artist's studio located at the HJW Vineyard in Finger Lakes, NY. The set of 3 bangles retail for $175.

    Cross Townsend® Star Wars® Darth Vader Rollerball Pen will be every Star Wars lover's Favorite Thing this holiday. Impeccable character engravings and crowned with a red Swarovski crystal, representing Vader's lightsaber, add to the authenticity and collectibility. The striking pen arrives in a luxurious keepsake box and includes a display stand, both engraved with iconic character details. Star Wars Collector's Booklet, Certificate of Authenticity, and a lifetime mechanical guarantee also included. Available in Satin Black, Polished White Lacquer or 23KT Gold Plate. Limited to 1,977 pieces. Also available as a Fountain Pen. $450

    Hedgren Gianna Carry-On Spinner is perfect for all your chic travel getaways. We love the quilted front with zippered pocket for easy access to items and wheels that turn 360°. Additional features include lined interior with zippered pocket, lock for zippers, two cushioned handles and retractable pull handle. Available in Black or this head-turning New Bull Red. On sale for 79.99 at

    Maison Francis Kurkdjian APOM Candle is absolutely heavenly scented. A delightful orange blossom fragrance is touched with a beautiful soft floral perfume. Crafted by hand, the high concentration of essential oils ensures a long throw and lasting sensory experience. A lovely zinc plate is included. $65 at

    Brighten up your kitchen with Farberware's 6-Piece Classic Color Series Non-Stick Knife Set with Stand feature resin-coated stainless steel blades that reduce the amount of food that sticks to the knife. The set includes an 8-inch chef's knife, 8-in bread knife, 8-inch slicer knife, 5-1/2" serrated utility knife, and a 3-1/2" paring knife. Hand wash in warm water. Gift boxed. $29.99 at

    Karen Neuberger Pajamas are soooo soft and comfortable. These striped berry pj's feature three-quarter sleeves, elastic waist, embroidery on pocket with ruffle detail. They will be available at Dillard's, Bon Ton, Lord & Taylor and on Amazon for $68. 

    BUILT NY's City Backpack is perfect for hiking, shopping, or the weekend football game. Made of neoprene which is what wet suits are made from, the material is washable and nearly indestructible. The backpack is lightweight, soft and comfortable and roomy enough to hold lunch and essentials. Features an interior pocket, zippered exterior pocket, and easy slip closure. Available in 3 colors for $39.99 at 

    Say good-bye to pillowcase lines and hello to your most restful sleep ever with the Slip™ Sleep Mask. Made of 100% silk of the highest grade, it is incredibly soft and cooling on the eyes. Essential for travel and for tuning out electronic and street lights at home. It's a chic luxury you deserve! Available in 5 colors. $45 at

    A true work of art, Papyrus' Handmade Flower in Vase Thank You Notes feature a delicate flower with pink petals accented with sparkly gems in a vase imprinted with thank you in French. The Parisian-inspired notecards are blank inside and include pink lined envelopes. The boxed set of 8 retails for $24.95

    Even if you're not watching your weight, this Cinnamon Roll from Nutrisystem is AMAZING!! Ships frozen and ready after 30 seconds in the microwave. It's 180 calories of ooey, gooey, goodness and a perfect way to start any Fall day. Available on the Uniquely Yours Plan or a la carte at

    Chic Giveaway! ~ One lucky reader will win the prize of their choice from our gift closet. {psst as with all our Favorite Things features, we'll be adding something extra special to our gift closet}. 

    To Enter: email and include the following:
    • "Favorite Things" in the subject line
    • your first and last name
    • complete mailing address
    • twitter id 
    • facebook name 
    Sample tweet for your convenience ~
    RT #Win the prize of your choice from @ChicLuxuries gift closet in their #FavoriteThings #giveaway Details:
      If you're entering our giveaways, we ask that you follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.

      Contest ends 11:59 PM ET December 15, 2016.  Limit one entry per household. Winner will be notified by email and announced on our Winner's page. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize. Open to US Residents 18 years of age and older. We received no compensation from any brand featured in this post, nor were affiliate links used. 


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