TGIF, party people! And when I say party, I mean party. In addition to the fact that I always enjoy sharing some fun “Friday Favorites” with you on this day each week, I also have some awesome things to look forward to this weekend, which are making me very excited.
Tonight, Dave and I are going to a wine-tasting event in the Presidio neighborhood of San Francisco. We were lucky enough to get special VIP tickets from one of my college girlfriends, who just happens to be in town working at the event. And tomorrow, we’re hosting our big housewarming party. What started out as a small get together to show off our new digs has turned into an evening gathering of about 30 people. Let’s just say, I’ve spent a lot of time looking for appetizer recipes on Pinterest, making shopping lists and coming up with some special touches. Dave and I are seasoned party hosts, who had to take a small break from group entertaining while living in small apartments in the City for a few years, but baby, we’re back!
Now it’s time to get to my latest set of “Friday Favorite” finds. Sit back, relax and enjoy this light-hearted post.
My favorite recent event
Remember that time I met Lorna Jane last week? I never filled you guys in, but here’s the low-down: I attended the “Move Nourish Believe” tour, in which Lorna Jane, the founder and namesake of the fitness and lifestyle brand, was visiting a few retail locations around the U.S. signing her books and chatting with fans. During the event at the Union Street store in the Marina neighborhood of San Francisco, I not only had my picture taken with her and chatted with her, but I also took a cycle class at Equinox (where I used to work as a personal trainer), which was the “move” portion of the event.
Shown above from top left to right: Me towering over the beautiful Lorna Jane (who was in high-heeled sneakers), a look at the healthy “nourish” goodies offered, the indoor cycle and me with fellow healthy-living blogger Cassie.
The best part of the night? When I was telling Lorna Jane about my blog and fitness background, I mentioned that I teach Les Mills classes, and she said she used to love to take BODYPUMP. Awesome! Oh, and I walked away with a little gift bag and a beautiful new Lorna Jane top. It was a late night for me during the week, but it was well worth it to meet an inspiring fitness celeb like Lorna Jane Clarkson.
My favorite game
This one is hilarious, but not for the faint of heart. Dave and I first played this card game during our group camping trip in the redwoods last year. Well, I finally ordered it for us to have ourselves, so we can pull it out at any time. Yes, it’s on deck in case there is a need for it at the housewarming this weekend.
This is by far the funniest card game I’ve ever played. Cards Against Humanity does not disappoint. But it does make you cringe.
If you’ve never played this game, believe me, it’s pretty raunchy. I tend to think this game pairs best with wine, because you need to be loosened up to read some of the phrases on the cards. There are definitely words that I wouldn’t normally say on there, but in the heat of the moment, you just go with it. You probably need to play this with a group of friends you’re comfortable with. And yes, this is one of those games that will make your cheeks hurt, because you laugh so hard for so long.
My favorite healthy treat
Yes, I love almost all Greek yogurt. And I must say I’m very pleased with this latest limited-edition flavor from Chobani. If you recall, the Green Tea limited-edition flavor made it into one of my favorites just a few weeks ago. Well now, its purple cousin is the belle of the ball.
It’s super grapey. Like super grapey. Funny story: I bought one of these to try at home and ate it when super hungry, nearly chugging it in the kitchen before even closing the fridge door. After tossing it in the trash, I realized I should have taken a picture for this post #BloggerProblems. Therefore, I went back to Target this week and picked up more to have for this photo. Guess that’s good, because now I can eat it more of it.
My favorite beauty indulgence
I love perfume. Just love it. But I don’t buy it as much as I used to, because it’s so darn expensive. Back when I worked in an office every day and spent more time in nice clothes than gym clothes, I wore a rotation of several fancy perfumes. These days, I choose to forgo strong scents while working in the gym, so I don’t stock up like I once did with the latest scents. However, I recently ran out of my last drop, so I was in need of something new.
Described as a warm, oriental floral with vanilla musk, just a couple spritzes of “The One” for Women will make you feel strong and fancy.
Over the weekend, during a little shopping trip, I sampled a ton of perfumes and ended up with this one — The One. I actually had previously owned and used up this perfume about six years ago (right around the time I met Dave actually), and when I smelled it again in the store, I knew I wanted to get it for the second time. It’s pretty strong, but I’m in love with the smell.
My favorite tune of the week
I’m always switching between stations on the satellite radio and my latest favorite is “Cheerleader” by OMI. It’s a good one, and the chorus is so happy and catchy. Have you heard it? I really like the singer’s voice. So I ask you, who is your cheerleader?
My favorite links of the week
Hope you didn’t miss any of the good stuff on A Lady Goes West this week:
- Daily diary and fitness – A “Day in the Life” recap and my workouts
- Frozen beverages – Orange dream mango protein smoothie recipe
- Food and a giveaway – Food, drinks and a very hydrating giveaway
- Getting in shape – The top five health and fitness mistakes people make
And make sure you enter the Coco Libre Coconut Water Hydration Package giveaway before it closes on Sunday!
Major weekend plans
After teaching an early BODYATTACK class, I have some work to do and party prep before Dave and I head off for our wine event tonight.
I hope you have a great weekend! Check me out on Instagram to see party pics! Bye friends!
Read more Friday Favorites
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- A drink, a gadget and a plan
- A time, a bottle and a powder
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- 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
Questions of the day
Do you have plans for the weekend? What’s your favorite appetizer to eat at a party? Any recent favorites to share?