I’m super excited to tell you that this post is coming to you from Florida! I arrived in Southwest Florida on Wednesday evening and will be here for nearly two weeks hanging out with my parents. Dave will be joining me next week, but guess who made the plane trip with me? That’s right, it was Rudy! Traveling alone with my pup, Rudy, across the country with a stop in Houston was not super easy, but we made it in one piece.
I don’t have too much on the agenda during my visit, other than spending time with my family and relaxing. I’ll be around on the blog, but am pretty happy to have a reprieve from all of my other work, because I need it! Now, let’s get to the business at hand …
This week’s finds for “Friday Favorites”
I’ve got some good things to share, so please enjoy today’s latest edition of weekly favorites and look out for a couple of reader discounts …
My favorite pampering of the week
Did you know that some people get regular massages and facials for their own health and benefit? Apparently they do. While I know that my body is certainly in need of recovery from all of my working out, I never thought about the fact that my skin could use some tender-loving-care on the regular as well. I’m pretty much a wash-and-go type of girl, but I love the feeling of having a more advanced routine — and that’s where the wonderful Kristen Irene Woods of Serene Vibrance in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco comes into play. Earlier this week, I had the supreme pleasure of visiting her unique and inviting spa space and getting some services …
Kristen’s spot is an individually-owned room in Salon Village in Russian Hill. When I arrived there, she greeted me with warm tea and had cucumber-infused water and snacks on the ready, and then I jumped into this beautiful bed. It was the most comfortable thing I’ve ever encountered, and I didn’t want to leave. She basically had to push me out to get to her next appointment.
This was a fabulous way to spend a Sunday morning. Kristen was so incredibly professional, and my experiences took nearly two hours. She asked me a bunch of questions about my lifestyle so she could approach the facial services with a holistic approach, which I thought was awesome. In addition to the skin treatment, she also gave me a head, shoulder, hand and foot massage to top it all off and used all sorts of nice smelling potions and vibrating machines! My skin was so moist and glowing that day. I couldn’t recommend her services more, and if you’re in need of a little pampering — she does it all. READER DISCOUNT: If you book a service at Serene Vibrance by December 15, you get 25 percent off your first visit if you mention you heard about this on A Lady Goes West, then from there, you get 15 percent off any ongoing services. Sweet deal! Give her a call and treat yourself.
My favorite workout apparel of the week
I mean, leg-warmers are back in a big way, my friends. I was so happy to receive some of these beauties from NicePipes Apparel in the mail a couple of weeks ago. I’ve worn the leg-warmers to two different barre classes and had them on all day on both days, wearing them to run errands, in addition to working out. First thought: They are so trendy. Second thought: They totally keep my legs warm. Third thought: I wish I was a ballerina.
I chose the Heather Gray thigh-highs, and I’m glad I did. These pieces come one-size-fits most, have mild compression, sweat wicking and SPF. But beware, putting them on will make you feel like dancing.
The best part about NicePipes is that the company was started by a group fitness instructor out of a need. She wanted a way to keep her legs warm when wearing crop workout pants on the city streets and has since created a special fabric combination for a line of products, branching out from warmers all the way to tops, sports bras and even pants. The products are totally cute, and I love it all. In fact, I think I want arm-warmers next. READER DISCOUNT: For anyone looking for a fashionable gift or in need of some cool pieces for yourself, check out NicePipes. You can use the code ALGW15 to get 15 percent off your first order.
My favorite event of the week
The night before I left for Florida, I headed into the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco for a fun “Friendsgiving” event hosted by Whole Foods Market at Feastly. There were many wonderful things about this event. First of all, I got to bring along a guest, so I chose the beautiful Jill and hung out with her all night. Second of all, I got to make my own essential oil body-scrub courtesy of Aura Cacia, which was not only educational, but also a scent sensation. Thirdly, the gang at Whole Foods was totally fun. They even taught us how to carve a turkey, and one of them dressed in a Christmas-tree costume.
Whole Foods knows how to put on an event, I’ll tell you that. Plenty of cheer going on at “Friendsgiving,” and apparently the spiced egg nog was to-die-for. I’m hoping I can recreate it at home this holiday season.
It’s no secret that Whole Foods has a lot of incredible products, and we were able to see some of the gift options up close, like body products, toys and more, which you can pick up while doing your grocery shopping. Sadly, I wasn’t able to stay late at the event, because I had to be up super early the next day, but I still had a good time. Thanks, Whole Foods Northern California! You are A-okay in my book. And my friends, if you are shopping for healthy and tasty food, don’t forget to check out the gift section.
My favorite links of the week
Did you miss the latest on A Lady Goes West this week?
- A concert, the weekend and my weekly report
- How to get more out of your Orangetheory Fitness workout
- Variety is the spice of life: Reader survey results are live
- Give your Thanksgiving a boost with healthy side dishes
And from around the web worth checking out …
- Bloggers: Have you ever checked out The Nectar Collective? I recently found this website thanks to another blogger’s recommendation, and the writer has so much good advice for building your brand, improving your blog and many other online tutorials. It’s an awesome resource.
- Too much cuteness: Okay, I’ve never done CrossFit before, but this just kills me. Check out the video of this little girl working hard.
P.S. Thank you to everyone who entered the Sunwarrior giveaway last week. The winner is Charlotte from D.C., and she has been emailed.
That’s it for today. I hope you have a great weekend, my friends. If you need me, I’ll be lounging in the Sunshine State.A fun read full of #fashion #fitness and more. Check out these #favorites Click To Tweet
Read more Friday Favorites
*There are a couple of affiliate links in this post. Thanks for your support.
Questions of the day
What are you up to this weekend?
Have you discovered a fun favorite lately?