Favorite things: Fashion and fitness

I think I see the weekend, and I think I’m ready for it! Sadly, my brother and his girlfriend left us on Tuesday morning after a great few days (which hopefully, you’ve had a chance to catch up on). Since then, I got back into the swing of the work-week and made it to the gym every day, teaching BODYATTACK, picking up some weights and even going to a barre class to switch it up. Oh, and we had a heatwave in the Bay Area too, which was quite the change of pace.

This upcoming weekend doesn’t include any visitors like the last two did, but it does include a little girl’s birthday party and a baby shower — two chances to hang with some of my favorite East Bay friends and hopefully eat cupcakes. You know? Now, let’s get to the faves …

This week’s “Favorite Things” 

Just a few unrelated things I’ve been loving lately …

Shoes …

I have two favorite stores that I try to pop into at least once a month, and they are DSW and Nordstrom Rack. Last time I went into DSW, they had an awesome promotion in which you got a $20 gift card for every $75 spent. Well, don’t you know I had to strive for that deal (and more). Here’s a snapshot of what I came out with …

Franco Sarto sandals by A Lady Goes West

Official shoes of the summer to wear all the time. These are cute too.

Steve Madden shoes by A Lady Goes West

How fun are these? Festival season, I’m ready. I also like this fringe.

Steve Madden shoes by A Lady Goes West

My brother commented on how tall I was in these. These are cute too.

Fitness …

Each week, the night I teach BODYATTACK is by far my favorite night of the week. And last week, I got the chance to teach alongside another instructor. So fun! Speaking of teaching, I took a break from teaching BODYPUMP for the past couple of months since changing my schedule for my new job, but I start back up next week with a new early morning class, and I’m looking forward to it. Three cheers for group fitness …

BODYATTACK class after launch in Walnut Creek by A Lady Goes West

See all those smiling faces? They worked hard, and yet they still had fun. Absolutely the best! And by the way, I’m loving the latest BODYATTACK 92 release. It’s super tough.

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 …

  • Okay, this is a little bit TMI, but I find this article about women inventors and female business very interesting. Check out “The Tampon of the Future” from The New York Times. I read every single word on my phone while eating lunch earlier this week.
  • This snack just sounds delightful. Simple and healthy, and I will make it!
  • I always travel with resistance bands if I plan to work out, and this is why — there are so many moves you can do anywhere.
  • Did I post this before? Make sure you are doing this exercise. It works!

That’ll do it, my friends. Enjoy your weekend, and I’ll see you soon!

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  1. I seriously only buy shoes from DSW, all those summer sandals are super adorable. Good luck with teaching body pump next week. I just did the new release last night and am super sore this morning, lol. Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks! I haven’t done the full new release yet, but will need to prepare that for teaching. I’ve never taken this much time away from the class, so it’s going to hurt heheh! Happy weekend, Patricia!

  2. Super cute shoes! I can totally see you in them πŸ™‚ You must have sent your cooler weather here…it’s supposed to rain all weekend!! Have a great one <3

  3. Yay for body pump! I did three classes this week already, and starting to regret that decision as I hobble around the office. Do you think you will still review the new releases on the blog? I was looking forward to your thoughts on the last release. My gym is debuting 97 at the end of the month and we have already been warned it’s a killer!

    1. Hi Bethany! Great work on going to PUMP three times. You know, I wasn’t planning on doing any more reviews, but a few people have asked– so maybe! And yes, 97 is TOUGH!!

  4. Love every pair of the shoes! They’re all so cute!

    Reads – my friend Heather usually sends me (quite frequently actually) reads that she finds on BuzzFeed! She knows what I like and I generally stop what I’m doing and browse her link as soon as I see that she’s sent something!

    This weekend consists of: Blue Jays game + Mexico prep + a lot of sweaty workouts + a date night on Saturday πŸ™‚

    1. That’s funny! I don’t wear heels that often any more either. Wedges or boots are so much easier to walk in ehhe. Happy Friday, Morgan!

  5. Hey Ashley,
    I know this isn’t related to this post, but rather, it is from the post from Easter weekend where you are wearing that beautiful turquoise top. Would please tell me where you got it from?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Kimberly! Happy Saturday to you! I LOVE that shirt — yet it’s so old. I got it at Ambiance, which is a chain of boutiques in SF. I haven’t really seen anything similar, but I bet a place like Francesca’s would have something close?


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