Current faves: Shoes, clothes, food, motivation and weekly workouts

Hi, my friends! How are you? I hope the week has treated you well. Not too much to report from this week, outside of work, classes and the usual over here. I’m heading into the City for an event today and don’t have many plans for the weekend ahead. So let’s get right into those favorites …



New white slide sandals

Wore these the day they arrived! I don’t know about you, but when I buy something new, it takes me a while to wear or use it for the first time. It’s like I’m waiting for some special occasion. Well, this past weekend, Dave was out of town for work, and it was just Brady and I hanging out. These new white slides that I ordered arrived, and I tried them on, found that they fit great and were keepers and decided to keep them on my feet as we left the house to run some errands.

New white slides by A Lady Goes West - May 2019


It may seem like a totally insignificant thing to wear something you buy immediately, but I was actually proud of myself for doing it. It’s all part of that “be present, live your life” mentality I’m trying to take every single day — and every tiny step helps. Ohhh the little things! Do you wear new clothes or shoes as soon as you get them or wait a while? Do tell!

Blue workout outfit

I wear workout clothes six days a week and sometimes require two outfits depending on my workout or class schedule. That being said, I really don’t get new workout clothes as often as I should. Since I cleaned out my drawers and closet last week, I figured it was time to get some new stuff, so I picked up a couple sets. This one is going to be for teaching barre and taking any sort of mind/body class. I wore it to take a few photos with a friend too, including this one below.

New Zella outfit by A Lady Goes West - May 2019

(Top and leggings)

The top has sleeves and an open tie-back detail, which is nice and airy, and of course, the pants are high-waisted, which is always my preference. In fact, I’m loving these pants, because they are so comfy, and they stay in place too.


Nut butter packs

PRObar recently sent me a care package of bars and goodies, and I enjoyed a lot of the contents, however, these nut butters were the star of the show. I loved each of them. I didn’t even know PRObar made nut butters until now. I was particularly enamored with the chocolate flavor. I mean, chocolate PB? Yes! Organic? Yes again.

ProBar nut butter packs by A Lady Goes West - May 2019

I also really like eating nut butters from a packet (outside of the waste/packaging issue), because it’s the perfect single serving. I tend to go overboard with nut butter on a daily basis when I pull it out of the jar, but hey — we all have our vices.

Hard-boiled egg lunch

Is this a favorite or what? You guys know I eat eggs almost every single day, but I hadn’t eaten hard-boiled eggs in a while until the last couple of weeks. It brought me back to my days of working in an office and eating hard-boiled eggs and avocado every weekday in the break-room. Eggs are the perfect little food. Hands down. This bowl also has an avocado, spinach sautéed in olive oil and is topped with everything-but-the-bagel seasoning and sea salt. If you haven’t made this combo, just do it.

Hard-boiled egg lunch by A Lady Goes West - May 2019


Brené Brown “The Call to Courage” Netflix Special

I laughed and I cried during this Netflix special, so there you go. I only recently started hearing about Brené Brown, but apparently she’s been spreading the good word on shame, vulnerability and courage for many years. I’ve actually put my name on the waiting list for one of her books at the library too. I watched this special while Dave was gone last weekend, and boy am I glad I did.

Perhaps one of my favorite quotes from Brené was this “time is our most precious and un-renewable resource.” Well, ain’t that the truth. I highly recommend you give this one a watch, it’s just a bit over an hour and totally worth that precious t-i-m-e.


The best foundation

Usually, I wear the lighter Beautycounter dew skin moisturizer with SPF as my foundation, and it’s soft, creamy and looks barely there. But sometimes, I want full coverage, and that’s where the Beautycounter tint skin comes in.

Lately, I’ve been wearing the tint skin foundation on weekend outings or for pictures, and I absolutely love the feel and look of it. I wear the “linen” shade — and it’s definitely one of the best foundations I’ve ever worn, and full of safe ingredients, of course. 🙂 

Beautycounter tint skin foundation by A Lady Goes West - May 2019

Sneaky giveaway! By the way, I’d love to introduce more of you to Beautycounter products, because I love them so much, and I know you will too. If you sign up for my Beautycounter email list today, leave a comment below on this blog post letting me know that you did, and I’ll choose someone to get a few Beautycounter samples next week. 🙂 


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: 30-minute CXWORX class, 10 a.m.; taught 45-minute BODYATTACK class, 4:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Taught 1-hour BODYPUMP class, 9:30 a.m.; taught 1-hour barre class, 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: Taught 1-hour barre class, 12 p.m.
  • Friday: Practiced BODYATTACK for 20 minutes, did assisted pull-ups and rows, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday: 15-minutes incline walking, 15 minutes of core work, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday: Rest day

This past week was a typical one around here, with a bunch of classes, two short solo workouts, as well as a rest day. Overall, I’m feeling pretty good, but still struggling a bit with my workout schedule due to the classes I teach and the need to do my own training as well. But for now, it is what it is. I’m just grateful for gym daycare and a healthy and able body. 

Some things I enjoyed from around the web …

  • Bloating and veggies. Sad but true, sometimes healthy food like vegetables can cause a little stomach discomfort. This quick article tells you how to best avoid the dreaded veggie bloat.
  • Life advice. This is an enjoyable article with real life advice that the New York Times crowdsourced from readers on topics like parenting, work and general. Good stuff.
  • Public toilets. So gross, but so true. Give this one a read about public bathrooms and how you can avoid some germs.  
  • Wellness and blogging. I loved this episode of The Skinny Confidential Podcast with The Wellness Mama. I’ve read so many articles on The Wellness Mama site, and she’s a wealth of knowledge. She mentioned taking time off from your supplements, which is something I’ve always agreed with, and she also talked about growing her brand while having six kids. Wow. Speaking of kids …

Brady and Rudy on the chair by A Lady Goes West - May 2019

A Lady Goes West favorite archives …

Have a most wonderful weekend. And to all my momma and future-momma friends, I hope you feel appreciated and loved this Mother’s Day and every day. You deserve it! xoxo

P.S. Congrats to India, who won the care package and book from last week’s post.

Questions of the day

What are you up to this weekend?

What was the best thing that happened in your week?

Do you use new stuff right away or wait a while?



  1. YAY for the PS at the end. 🙂 I want to try BC & the Dew Skin, but I don’t want to pay for shipping (cheap-o, I know). But everyone raves about it! I wear workout clothes all day too and don’t wear new things for a while. Why?! It really doesn’t make sense. Hope you get some family time this weekend!

    1. Hi India! ahhah I know — I hate to pay for shipping too, however, the good news is that if you were to become a Beautycounter member, you get free shipping on all orders over $100. hehehe So there’s THAT! 🙂 Happy Friday — your package should arrive tomorrow!!

  2. So much great stuff on this list! Nut butters are one of my go to snacks right now. And I love those slides. I am heading to check them out now.

  3. I signed up for your Beautycounter email list! I have been wanting to try out some of the products but have not pulled the trigger on ordering. The tint skin foundation is one of those on my list!

  4. I just signed up for your Beautycounter email list! I recently tried several BC products and I really love them! The concealer pens and loose powder are my faves! I am dying to try the overnight peel and the brow gel!

    1. hehehe me too! There were several more photos in the chain as Rudy tried to escape Brady’s grasp …. 🙂 Happy weekend, Jess!

  5. I signed up! I have been wanting to try Beautycounter. I keep hearing amazing things about their products, not to mention they are better for you.

    1. Thanks for signing up, lady! Yess — the products are great and better for you — totally worth it. Hope you have an awesome weekend!

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