Favorite Things: A big black bag, photos, snacks and more

Hello, my friends! And a very happy end-of-the-week going out to you! I hope things have been going well in your world. Between blogging, working a lot of hours, hitting the gym and taking care of all-the-things in life, my days have been a big blur. This weekend is full of activity once again for Dave and for me. We have a double date for dinner tonight, a concert in the City tomorrow and hopefully some fun Valentine’s plans on Sunday. Now, let’s get right to a few little things making me smile this week …

This week’s finds for “Favorite Things” 

We’re keeping it light with the latest edition of my favorites …

My favorite new bag of the week

Would you believe that I used to collect designer purses? Then I went for nearly three years without ever getting a new purse. That lull in purse shopping was directly related to the fact that for a long time I was walking to get around everywhere in San Francisco and had no desire to carry anything other than a backpack. Well fast forward to now, and I’m back in the car world and have recently purchased or received as gifts a few new purses. I’d like to introduce you to my new sturdy work bag …

Kate Spade purse by A Lady Goes West

Would you believe this Kate Spade fits a laptop, a notebook, a wallet, sunglasses, healthy snacks and even a little bit more? Sure does. 

I searched several stores for just the right bag, and this one has been perfect so far. It goes with everything, fits a lot and stands up on its own. Oh and the inside has a black and white striped fabric, which — along with the tassel — is quite fun.

My favorite delivery of the week

Ladies and gentlemen, I printed pictures! Yes, I did. For the first time in what may be more than a year, I decided to order some photos from Target.com, and then, I put some in frames to decorate my cube at work …

Printed pictures by A Lady Goes West

Dave and I sure did a lot of traveling last year. I forgot just how much until I began searching for pictures to print from many of our destination cities: Orlando, Port Charlotte, San Diego, Maui, Columbus, Monterey and more!

While I already knew which photos I had chosen, when they came in the mail, it was still really cool to flip through the pictures in my hot-little-hands. I don’t know if I’ll find a place for them all, but it feels good to have them off the screen and in my life. Good memories! 

My favorite snack of the week

I would be very sad if I had to give up dairy. Greek yogurt has been a main-stay in my diet for many years. Outside of the hearty protein and probiotics, I just love the taste. And Fage yogurt has always been one of my favorite brands, which you’ve definitely seen frequently in my “What I Ate Wednesday” recaps, but this tub is different …

Fage TOTAL yogurt as a snack by A Lady Goes West

Have you ever tried Fage Total? It comes in both the flavored and plain varieties and is TOTALLY delicious.

Over the weekend, and for the first time, I found this full-fat Total plain Greek yogurt in Safeway, and I scooped up several individual servings. It’s so creamy, thick and tasty, you really don’t need to top it with anything at all. Full fat = full satisfaction. You’ll never want the zero or two percent again after trying this. True story. Don’t fear the fat.

My favorite links of the week

Did you miss the latest on A Lady Goes West this week? 

And from around the web worth checking out …

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Read more Favorite Things

To see more favorites, visit Heather‘s blog or my older “Favorite Things.” 

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Questions of the day

What are you up to this weekend?

Do you have a Valentine?

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67 Comments

  1. Loving that bag! So nice to splurge on something you’ll use everyday. My husband and I hope to have dinner out one night this weekend and then a big trip to IKEA to look for some office furniture. Oh and Fage is my favorite!

    1. Very true. I wasn’t too worried about spending a lot on the bag, because I want it to hold up, and I know I’ll get my money out of it! πŸ™‚

  2. I love your purse! I also love Fage Total. I only like full fat yogurt, and especially full fat cottage cheese. Nonfat varieties taste so fake and processed to me now. Have a great weekend!

    1. I definitely won’t be able to go back to the reduced fat any time soon. Full fat all the way! πŸ™‚ Speaking of which, I haven’t bought cottage cheese in a while … Happy Friday, Mo!

  3. I love your new purse. Tonight my husband and I are taking advantage of having no plans and we’re spending the evening with our pjs on watching tv. How romantic – lol!! Tomorrow we’re going to a wedding for two of our close friends … can’t wait!!

    Do you find you get more excited for the weekend now that you’re working different hours?

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Oh gosh, Catherine. I can’t tell you how much I am excited for the weekend. And YES, perhaps more now. Although I’m more tired now. That’s for sure. Hope you have fun at the wedding! I wonder if it will be all red and pink in honor of Valentine’s??

  4. yum I love that kind of yogurt too–Ive been using it a lot for cooking. I cant have a lot of dairy but greek yogurt is usually very safe for people who are lactose intolerant…hallelujah! πŸ™‚

    Have a great weekend!

  5. THAT BAG! I’m a purse collector as well. I used to have 3 boxes worth of them, but had to scale back when I moved. That was one of the hardest things ever. It was like trying to pick a favorite child πŸ˜‰
    I hope you have a fun weekend! It sounds like there will be plenty of awesome things planned!

  6. Cute purse and picture collage! Plain full fat yogurt is the best, it doesn’t need anything else to make it taste amazing. YUMMmm. My sister is coming into town to celebrate my dad’s birthday, so that will be fun! Otherwise a pretty chill weekend πŸ™‚ Have a good one!

  7. Full fat fage is delicious! I ate the low fat kind for years before I realized 1., eating the full fat version wasn’t “bad” for me and 2., the total is absolutely delicious! I love the split tubs with honey or cherry. It makes me want to go to Greece and eat real greek yogurt lol

    1. Hi Tillie! Thanks for stopping by! I’ve been here 3.5 years and love it. The weather is great. So much to see and do! I’m in the burbs now, but was in SF for 2.5 years. Why did you move??

  8. I love hearing about collections—ha, purses, there are so many choices! I should gather mine and decide if some can be donated–I use the same one until I’m tired of it—which takes a while! I do have a valentine:) we got married last June and he has been traveling this week for work, so it’ll be great to have him home and probably a low key day-eve on Sunday. Love is so fun! I sent my mom a Valentine’s card in the mail:) she appreciated that.

  9. Printed pictures are so fun! I honestly can’t remember the last time I did that. I think I’ll get back to printing and decorating our walls in a new environment. πŸ˜‰ Loving that Kate Spade bag!! And, of course, I love Fage yogurt. Enjoy your weekend! xo

  10. I am a purse fanatic. I don’t know what it is about them, but ever since I was younger I’ve been obsessed with purses. You have to go to the Kate Spade outlet. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of the bags in the outlet I loved all the accessories they sell in there. Have an amazing weekend. I hope there is huge slice of cheesecake in your near future πŸ˜‰

    1. I haven’t been in the Kate Spade outlet in forever. In fact, I haven’t been to the outlets in a while. Ummm, you know I’m having some good sweets this weekend! Hope you do too! πŸ™‚

  11. A work bag that can stand up on it’s own was such a big requirement for me too! It will never lose it’s shape. But I have to say, within the last month, I’ve totally converted to being a backpack carrier in SF. I never thought I would retire my Tumi, but I have!

  12. Oh I want that bag! It would be perfect for taking around campus! It’s my boyfriend and I’s first Valentines Day together, we are going to the fair πŸ™‚ Enjoy you day!

  13. Confession : I have a Shutterfly cart FULL of pictures I’ve been meaning to get printed for ages & just haven’t. No real reason why except I feel like I don’t have a good place // frames for them.

    I baked some delicious banana chocolate chip muffins this morning & the BF & I had a lazy breakfast, it was the perfect Valentine’s celebration!

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