TGIF, party people! Because of a fun little mid-week excursion, I feel like we got to Friday very quickly this time. Thank goodness.
Today, after teaching a morning BODYATTACK class, I’ve got a lot of work to do for the rest of the weekend. You see, I’m debuting a brand new BODYATTACK release on Monday and a brand new BODYPUMP release on Tuesday, so I have to practice the new moves and memorize the new choreography. I’ve been doing this whole “learn and teach for launch” routine for a long time, and I’m pretty efficient, but it still has to be done. Outside of learning two hours of group fitness classes, I’ll also be going out to a couple of dinners with Dave, and maybe even enjoying some outdoor play. Our plans for Easter are up-in-the-air as of now.
Before I begin today’s standard Friday post, I’d like to highlight a NON-Friday Favorite, which took place yesterday. Taxes. Not cool. We owed. California is awful. Well, no it’s not. But ugh. Enough said. The entire thing was not pretty.
Moving on to something more positive, I really look forward to writing and choosing my “Friday Favorites” every single week. And guess what? Today marks ONE YEAR of “Friday Favorites” on A Lady Goes West. Wow! So let’s not waste any more time and get right to them, because we need to lighten the mood and celebrate.
My favorite activity of the week
A concert and dinner out on a Wednesday? Not exactly part of my weekly routine, but definitely a fun wrinkle. On Wednesday, Dave and I went out to dinner at Izakaya Kou, where we had some happy-hour hot sake and delicious food in San Francisco’s Western Addition near the Japantown neighborhood. Right after that, we walked over to The Fillmore to see the band, Guster.
I can never turn down sushi, especially not during happy hour. I enjoyed hot sake, a seaweed salad and a delicious mega-roll filled with spicy tuna and avocado and topped with salmon. And yes, the food and company was as good as it looked.
Dave and I have seen three Guster shows together over the years, and the band always puts on a good live concert. Guster isn’t super popular in California, but has a huge East Coast following, yet somehow their shows always sell out here too. The funniest part of our night out? The opening act. Some quirky guy named Kishi Bashi came on before Guster, and he played the violin, while rapping, beat-boxing, dancing, serenading and singing with a booming classical voice — all in the span of 15 minutes. At some points, it was so awkward I couldn’t watch. I’m sure he is talented, but I did not like what he did. Totally weird. But overall, we had a great night out on the town on a school-night, getting home rather late.
If you ever go to a concert at The Fillmore, there are a few things you should know. If you’re lucky, you’ll walk away with a free show poster, which we did (shown above). And make sure you grab an apple from the complimentary fresh-fruit bin in the entrance, because it’s such a nice touch. Also, do not bring any food or drinks in your bag (even reusable water bottles, as nothing is allowed in) and know that concerts are standing-room only. Overall, The Fillmore was a great venue for seeing a show. Lady approved!
My favorite goodies of the week
Last Friday, I was able to attend a portion of the LUNA Chix Summit in Berkeley and came away with some new techniques for my yoga practice, nutrition tips and an awesome swag bag of LUNA gifts. I love the LUNA merchandise, but I am absolutely elated with the amount of edible stuff.
Check out all those bars! The highlight has definitely been the Clif Bar Kit’s Organic Fruit and Nut Bars, because they are full of good ingredients and taste great.
The Clif Bar company makes a ton of different kinds of bars and products, and I snagged a bag full of all the good stuff, including new LUNA flavors, energy blocks and more. I had never tried the Kit’s Organic Bars before, and they taste like fresh and healthy Larabars, maybe even better! Every single day this week, I’ve had a bar, and it’s so fun to go to my big bag and choose which one suits my mood. Thanks, LUNA!
My favorite delivery of the week
Yesterday, I opened my front door to find the most cheerful arrangement. Leave it to my sweet Mom (and Dad) who sent Dave and me this Easter present. My Mom never misses a holiday and always sends us surprises. I just love this latest one. Doesn’t it make you want to smile?
Speaking of Easter, I make an Easter basket for Dave nearly every year, but I told him not to expect one this year. I end up eating many of the treats that are in his basket anyway, so he can just go without. This little arrangement will give us enough festivity to fill the weekend. Right?
My favorite recent toiletry purchase
Sometimes you’ve got to get back to the basics and keep it simple. While I do like nice things here and there, I also like tried-and-true products, which are budget-friendly. I go through phases where I shop in the baby section for various things — like using baby oil as eye-make-up remover, etc. And my latest find?
There’s just something so special about this “Honey Apple” Johnson’s Baby Lotion.
This delicious lotion is my current moisturizer of choice, and it’s such a treat to put on after the shower. Gentle. Great smell. Comes out easily with the pumping tube. And very well-priced. You don’t have to spend a lot on the essentials, if you choose the right ones. Sometimes I even go for the classic baby powder scent too. It just makes me happy.
My favorite links of the week
Hope you didn’t miss out on some of the good stuff from A Lady Goes West lately:
- Workouts and weekend — A weekend full of fitness, food and fun
- GIVEAWAY! — Win a ticket to a Les Mills event near you (Enter today!)
- Tips and meals — Smart training nutrition tips and my eats
- Listening advice — Do you need to become a better listener?
I’d like to send a big thank-you to all my lovely blogger friends (can I call you a blend?) who have done my 20-question “get to know you better” survey.
I’ve so enjoyed learning more about you and your life. Check out the interesting stories behind Megan, Katie, Chrissy, Paige and Hilary! (If I missed your post, please let me know, so I can give you a shout-out too.)
I hope you have a fabulous weekend, my friends!
Read more Friday Favorites
- A snack, a purse and a ritual
- A delivery, a bra and a guy
- A sweet, a wine and a read
- A drink, a gadget and a plan
- A time, a bottle and a powder
- San Francisco edition
- Beauty edition
- Beach vacation edition
- Hidden meanings
- Kicks, a book and a bowl
- The very best sweatshirts
- Party hosting and froyo
- Fourth of July daytime activity
- Beauty basics edition
- Workplace edition
- Shopping, sales and a show
- The foods I always buy
- Sushi, a game and pants
- Fitness apps
- Delicious and healthy products
- Comfort, fitness and function
- Beauty, buddha and blog events
- Dining, the city and gift ideas
- POPSUGAR, sweets and such
- A bunch of fun stuff
- e-book, food, picnic and tunes
- A link, a superfood and a mask
- Pants, shoes, food and links
- Dining, protein and goodies
- Shopping, events and a book
- A gym bag, pumpkin and juices
- Workout gear, a top and a massage
- prAna, a watch, tea and more
- Tasty stuff and gift sales
- Decor, bars, boots and a drink
- Flowers, music and more
- Coqueta, a brush and food
- My people and the holidays
- Beauty, bling and entertainment
- A hodge-podge of goodies
- Just a few special things
- Tasty food, drinks and moving
- A bunch of feel-good stuff
- Home, car and fitness finds
- Sweets, cooking, beauty and blog
- Gold, yoga, photos and more
- Celebs, scents, games and more
- Food, shoes, stretches and fun
- Purse, snack, plant and more
- Fresh, healthy, clean and square
- Pilates, sneaks and much more
Questions of the day
Will you be celebrating Easter?
What are your weekend plans?
Have you been to a good concert lately?