Current faves: Mom event, a book, the best shirt and weekly workouts

Hello, hello, my friends! How was your week? Ours was busy! Group fitness classes, work, touring another preschool, going to a Warriors playoff game and more. This upcoming weekend has very little on the agenda. Now let’s do the faves, as we do every single Friday …



MNT Mother’s Day Mingle

Last weekend, I went to the gorgeously designed MNT Studio in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco for an event just for mommas, in advance of Mother’s Day. We chatted, had treats and fresh juices, took a mat Pilates class from the studio founder and a friend of mine, Elaine, and then we listened to panel of mommas talk about their real-life struggles with balance, mom guilt and navigating a different set of responsibilities once you have to care for a child.

Ashley and girls at MNT event by A Lady Goes West - May 2019

(Elaine, the owner of MNT, me and Cat. And here are my pants, top and shoes.)

The moral of the story: Motherhood is no joke, and if I know ANYTHING at all, it is that we’re all just trying to figure it out as we go the best we can. I left this event feeling so uplifted and connected with these other amazing mommas, and that felt really good. And definitely a fun event worth getting a babysitter for. 


“Lessons” by Giselle Bundchen

I really didn’t have high expectations for supermodel Giselle Bundchen’s book, “Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life,” when I checked it out of the library on a whim, but I totally enjoyed it and read it in just a few days. (It’s a quick read and even has pictures in it, which is fun. Why don’t more books have pictures?)

Lessons by Giselle Bundchen by A Lady Goes West - May 2019

The book not only talks about Giselle’s rise through the modeling world at a young age, dealing with anxiety and panic attacks (which is what initially inspired her to start a healthier lifestyle), but it also talks about how she balances motherhood and her career now — while being married to superstar quarterback Tom Brady. She has a lot of insightful words on being at peace with your situation and season of life — and all of that spoke to me. She does have a pretty strict wellness routine, which is not something I plan to emulate, but I will take away a few nuggets of wisdom from Giselle on always trying to be kind to the planet and always trying to better yourself too — for the benefit of those around you, as well as for yourself. 

Here’s a great passage, among many others … 

“Imagine what would happen if each one of us knew ourselves as fully and deeply as possible. And that we led each day of our lives consciously and compassionately, without projecting our emotions onto others, or allowing our egos to distort reality. If everyone did whatever work was necessary to get to know themselves better and took responsibility for being the best self he or she could be, I believe the world would be a different place, a better place.”

Well put, Giselle. Thanks for that. 


The very best plain shirt ever

I told you guys when I placed my first order from Everlane a while ago, and I had to check back in to tell you that the plain t-shirt I ordered is the VERY best t-shirt I’ve ever owned — called the Pima Micro Rib Crew. It’s soft, fits well, tucks in nicely and is so darn comfy. I got a medium and am going to get more colors, because I can tell it will be a staple in my closet for a while. It’s sort’ve like a dressy t-shirt, but not dressy.

Everlane t-shirt by A Lady Goes West - May 2019

Everlane is a great online spot for basics, with ethical manufacturing and a good mission, and I highly recommend it. (That’s my affiliate link, so thanks for that!)


Weekly workout recap

Because I like to share how I’ve been moving …

Weekly workouts by A Lady Goes West

  • Monday: 1-hour BODYPUMP class, 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday: Taught 45-minute BODYATTACK class, 4:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Practiced BODYATTACK for 15 minutes, 15-minute back weights workout, 10 a.m., taught 1-hour barre class, 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: Taught 1-hour barre class, 12 p.m.
  • Friday: 20-minute lower-body weights workout, 10 a.m., 30-minute mat Pilates, 3 p.m.
  • Saturday: 1-hour BODYATTACK class, 9:30 a.m.
  • Sunday: Rest day

This past week was another good one, with teaching classes and taking classes and doing my own workouts. I did two super short solo weights sessions, which means I did complete three total resistance sessions throughout the week — yay. I also switched it up with mat Pilates, which was much harder than I expected. Overall, a good week.

Here’s the short legs workout that I did during the week …

Short legs workout by A Lady Goes West - May 2019

You can find these workouts saved under “Workouts” on my Instagram story highlights or check out this post.

Some things I enjoyed from around the web …

  • Self care. Are you sick of hearing the term? Me too, but this article has some great ways to approach taking care of yourself, and they aren’t about wine nights and bubbles baths.
  • Sun protection. Did you know that not all sunscreens are created equal? Mineral-based sunscreens, which actually block the sun’s UV rays rather than deflect them, are preferable these days as opposed to the chemical-based ones we all used to use, and Beautycounter makes an amazing line of mineral sunscreens in both lotion, mist and the brand new tinted mist that launched today. Here’s a list on Forbes of other good mineral sunscreens, and Beautycounter is on there too.
  • Twisting away the bloat. Did you know that there are particular twisting yoga moves that can help aid your digestion? There are, and I think that’s where this one move comes from, which is said to reduce your bloating in just 30 seconds. Worth a shot if you need it.
  • Work the negatives. Are you trying to build up to a better push-up or to a pull-up? Try working the negative part of the exercise move to get stronger. Need more info? This article tells you how.

A Lady Goes West favorite archives …

Thanks for reading, my friends! And congrats to Hannah and Catherine, who are getting some Beautycounter samples and other goodies. I’ll offer more soon, and if you ever have a question about Beautycounter, feel free to reach out. Have a fabulous weekend! xoxo

P.S. I have an awesome giveaway going on over on Instagram right now for my favorite hydration product. Head on over to the post to enter.

Questions of the day

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  1. Hi Ashley
    I’m thinking of getting Barre certified. Do you enjoy teaching it? Is it a fun workout? I teach Body Pump and really enjoy that.

    1. Hi Kristina! That’s awesome that you are interested in teaching barre. There are a lot of barre certifications, and the only one I’ve done is Bootybarre — the class is an hour and goes by quickly, you have to provide your own music and it’s a lot more loose with choreography — so less structure than Les Mills. I will probably switch to a new barre certification in a few months, because to be honest — Bootybarre doesn’t have the best membership program or service once you are certified. The workout is MUCh easier to teach and prepare for — less stress on the body than BODYPUMP, which is what made me get into it – I think it also helps with flexibility and balance, so it’s good for everyone. Does that help??

        1. Hi Kristina! It’s different — you can be MUCH more informal and choose your own music, and it has a bit of sass, so I think it’s fun — my classes are mostly women too, and it’s a good time. You get to make it much more your own, which isn’t for everyone though. I’ve heard good things about Xtend Barre and Barre Above certifications — but don’t know much about them. You do have to continue paying for new choreography though.

          1. Thank you Ashley! Will you be at the Idea conference this year? Love to meet you

          2. Hi Kristina! I will be at IDEA this year! Would LOVE to meet you. Are you doing Les Mills LIVE or the other sessions? I’m doing IDEA only.

  2. I’m not a Les Mills Instructor so I’ll be at IDEA only. Yay! I’m excited to meet you. I’d like to give you my last name so you can message me at the conference but probably not on this platform. Can you send me a personal email and I’ll send you my info?

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