Current faves: Special visitors, a cute book, new mascara and workouts
Hi, friends! How are you? What’s new?
When I opened Facebook the other day, one of those “this day last year” memories came up, and it was a picture of Brady and me, with his long white curly hair (it was lighter and longer then), in our house in California, on a hot-hot-lockdown summer day. I remember I had taken pictures that day for a project and had actually spent time on my hair and makeup. I really can’t believe all the changes that have come about since that picture was taken. Very significant changes. Wow. Let’s think back to where you were and what you were doing last year at this time. Have you seen significant changes too? It’s sometimes crazy to think about how much can happen in a year.
Anywho, back to the post at hand. Let’s keep it light. This past week was busy for me. I subbed two extra classes at Life Time, I practiced for a new class I’m debuting next week, and I worked a lot. Today, I’m attending a virtual conference for a food brand all day, which should be interesting.
We are looking forward to a super low-key weekend featuring no plans except for work for me and a one-year-old’s birthday party. Let’s do the faves now …
Hosting our California friends
Last weekend was another super fun one. Our friends, Phil and Kicki, came to visit from California. We met Phil and Kicki back when we lived in Orlando, because they also lived there when we did. Dave and Phil have worked together not once, but twice, as well. Phil and Kicki are such wonderful people, and seeing them was a DELIGHT!
They were our closest friends in the Bay Area, and the only ones that we regularly saw throughout the last year we lived there too, even during the lockdown. They are also Rudy’s godparents, and whenever we would go away, they would take care of him, and he even kept toys at their house. Rudy loves Aunt Kicki and Uncle Phil, and so does Brady.
(Here’s the dress I’m wearing, and I’m in an extra small. It’s a super comfy material too.)
While they visited us, we did a lot. Dave and Phil went golfing, Kicki and I went to my gym, we went to lunch at First Watch, we went to brunch at a local bakery, we hung out around the house, we watched the Olympics, we went to the pool, and of course, we chilled.
We also used a babysitter and went out to dinner in the SouthPark neighborhood (to Dilworth Tasting Room, which was pretty good and to Cheesecake Factory for dessert, which was amazing, as always). Good times were had by all, and we are so thankful they made the trip to see us. Good friends like these guys are hard to find. 🙂
(Still loving this suit. Here’s the top, and here are the bottoms. I have a small in the top and a medium in the bottoms.)
“Whiskey in a Teacup” by Reese Witherspoon
This book, “Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love and Baking Biscuits” by Reese Witherspoon was a fluffy one, but I liked it.
I think I liked the aesthetic and pictures the best, but I also enjoyed some of the insight about Witherspoon’s life. This book is definitely not a biography with a lot of details, but Witherspoon tells us a little bit about growing up in the South and what she learned from her beloved grandma.
The title of the book actually comes from a saying Witherspoon’s grandma had about what Southern women should be like — whiskey in a teacup — a combination of beauty and strength.
(“Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love and Baking Biscuits“)
If you like decorating, cooking or hosting, you’ll like this book. Witherspoon shares a ton of Southern decadent recipes (none of which I tried, because I’m not much for following recipes), but they all sounded good.
I think this book would make a good gift for a Southern gal or it would make a great coffee table book too. It’s thick, pink, well-designed and something a guest could flip through for a while. I got through it super quickly, and it was fun to peruse.
Beautycounter’s new CLEAN mascara is here!
Finally! Those of you who use Beautycounter with me or have read my posts about Beautycounter know that I’ve always been very honest that I love and use all the products, but I didn’t love the original Beautycounter mascara. In fact, I admittedly used a crappy drugstore brand all this time, just because it worked better, and my lashes need some help.
Well, guess what … I don’t have to do that any longer. Beautycounter debuted it’s brand new Think Big All-In-One Mascara this week. Luckily, I have been using it for a few weeks already, thanks to my consultant hook-up. And I LOVE it. It truly makes your eyes pop with only two coats, and that’s very hard for a clean mascara to do. And I love the soft and shiny applicator too.
There are a ton of lash-conditioning benefits in this product, but what you probably want to know is how it looks. Amazing. Also, it stays on really well. It’s not called “waterproof,” because no clean mascaras can really make that claim, but it stays put, as long as you don’t sweat a ton.
If you’re in the market for a clean mascara, may I recommend this one? If you want to shop with me, head here to get your hands on it. And you can also grab it at a discount if you choose this bundle with the Beautycounter eye-makeup remover included. Thank you for supporting my Beautycounter biz!
This section of the post is where I share all the workouts I did the previous week. And please remember that my workout schedule works for me, and it may not work for you. Your workouts should make you feel good and leave you feeling energized. If they don’t do that, it may be time for a change.
I tend to do a little more than the average person, because I work as a fitness instructor, but I also do a lot of active recovery to counteract my workouts and keep my body and mind in good condition.
If you’re in the mood for more fitness talk, check out this one: “Seven recovery methods to try on your next rest day.”
- Monday: Taught 1-hour full-body barbell workout at Life Time, 9:45 a.m.
- Tuesday: Took 45-minute lower-body weights workout at Life Time, 9:45 a.m., taught 45-minute virtual bodyweight barre class on Motus, 3 p.m.
- Wednesday: 20-minute walk/run intervals on treadmill via Peloton, 11 a.m.
- Thursday: Taught 45-minute full-body weights class at Life Time, 10 a.m., taught 45-minute virtual bodyweight barre class on Motus, 3 p.m.
- Friday: Took 1-hour barre class with light weights at Life Time, 11 a.m.
- Saturday: 30-minute run/lift bootcamp on treadmill via Peloton, 11 a.m.
- Sunday: Rest day
This past week of workouts featured something new. I tried a Peloton tread bootcamp at the gym with Kicki, while she was visiting. We chose the same workout, set up mats and dumbbells next to our treadmills and hit play on our phones at the same time, so it was like we were taking the same class live. I loved how fast the workout went by with the combination of running on the treadmill and getting off to do weighted work on the floor. I will definitely try to do another bootcamp soon. Other than that, this was my last week teaching my virtual classes, so I had a lot of movement here, but I will have less classes moving forward. Overall, workouts are going well.
A Lady Goes West favorite products
There are certain brands that I swear by in my own life, and so I like to share them with you. If you choose to try them too, and if you use my links or promo codes, you will be supporting me. Thanks for that!
- Carbon38. I’m always wearing stuff from here, and it’s the coolest activewear around. Get 15 percent off your first two orders of $100 or more using the code ASHLEYPITT.
- G2G protein bars. I love these tasty and minimal-ingredient protein bars. You can get 15 percent off your order on the G2G Bar site with the code ALADYGOESWEST.
- Organifi supplements. This is my go-to protein powder brand. You can get 15 percent off your order on the Organifi site with the code ALADYGOESWEST.
- Beautycounter. The best safe skincare and makeup. Send me a message, and I’ll share a 20 percent off code for your very first order.
- Les Mills On Demand workouts. My favorite fitness brand. You can do a whole month of workouts during a free 30-day trial by using my special referral link here.
A good one from around the web
- Circadian timing. I haven’t been listening to podcasts as much as I used to, but I listened to an episode of one of my faves, “The Model Health Show,” this week when I was getting my nails done, and it was full of good info. This episode is about the importance of WHEN you eat for your overall health. As usual, the host, Shawn Stevenson, digs into research behind why you should care about when you eat. Listen here.
Here’s the thought of the week …
A Lady Goes West favorite archives
- Food. Sharing a few yummy items in this post … “Six new food finds I’ve been loving lately.”
- Skin. This post is one that I am always sending people to when they ask about their aging skin concerns … “The five best Beautycounter products for aging skin and fine lines.”
Thank you for coming by A Lady Goes West. 🙂
Questions of the day
How was your week?
What’s one thing you’re looking forward to doing in August?
How has your life changed in the last year?
This time last year we were in the throes of the last of packing, opening my husband’s business and awaiting the move day to NC with the usual kids and life to dos! But it shows you how much you can really accomplish when things seem crazy and impossible! Thanks for the reminder to take a minute to think back and feel good about where we are at now. Have a great weekend!
Hi Joanna! Yes, we both moved to NC over the last year and set up home here — ohh the changes that can happen in a year. I was comforted by that thought and I’m glad you are too. Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂 xoxo