Hello, my friends! I hope you’ve been having a great week! I’ve been down in L.A. since Tuesday morning, and let me tell you, the weather here is absolutely lovely. I’ll be back in the Bay Area for some weekend relaxing starting late tonight, and I can’t wait to get crawl into my own bed and sleep many, many hours. Now, let’s chat favorites …
This week’s finds for “Favorite Things”
It’s the end of the week, so we’re keeping it light with the latest edition of a few of my favorite recent finds …
My favorite home tool of the week
I cannot even begin to describe how much I love this particular favorite, which Dave and I picked up last weekend. Ladies and gentlemen, have you heard of the Nest Camera? It’s a web-based wide-angle mini camera, which you set up in your home (or anywhere you want) so you can see what’s going on when you’re not there. The first night Dave and I installed it and put the app on our phones, we went out to dinner for two hours. We spent much of the dinner watching our little Rudy pup sleeping on the couch on our phones. We also watched him run off the couch when he heard us getting home in real time. It was hilarious.
Instructions read like this… Buy camera. Set camera up. Download Nest app onto phone. Watch. Watch. Watch. Watch again. And if you want to spook the thing you’re watching, you can speak into your phone, and they’ll hear it. Rudy does not like that trick.
While I’ve been away a ton more than normal this week for the new job and a trip to L.A., it’s been an awesome comfort to be able to peek in on our little buddy. Four out of five times he is playing or sleeping on the couch with some toys and his blanket, and I giggle because it’s so funny to see him all alone. I just can’t get enough. If you have anything at home you want to watch, whether it’s a pet, or a child or even a plant, buy one of these cameras today, my friends. It just feels so good to see what’s happening.
My favorite jewelry of the week
Another successful Rocksbox jewelry delivery, which I had to share. I actually wore the necklace the first day of my new job and wore the earrings earlier this week. And I must say, getting these regular shipments just doesn’t get old. I typically keep one thing from every single box, because I like it so much. For instance, this ring is never coming off …
Latest box included … the A.V. Max Gold Square Studs, the Perry Street Abby Necklace, my favorite, the Gorjana Mave Shimmer Ring.
As always, if you’ve not been around seeing me post regularly about these Rocksbox jewelry deliveries I get a couple times a month, you can give it a try and get a first free month using the code aladygoeswestxoxo. Wear the stuff and send it back or buy it for a reduced price. No questions asked. Thanks, Rocksbox for keeping me styled!
My favorite convenient foods of the week
This week has been absolutely go-go-go from the moment I arrived in L.A. I’ve been moving from video/photo-shoot in one area, across town to another and back again. And eating has been interesting and sporadic. Thank goodness for convenient foods and drinks …
The protein box from Starbucks? I’ve had two. I mean, it’s quite delicious in a pinch. As are bottles of water, snack bars, hotel room service at 10 p.m. and all the caffeinated green tea I can get my hands on.
While I’ve done my best to keep it healthy, I’ve had at least a couple of protein/energy bars a day, multiple large teas and quite a bit of packaged stuff and greasy salads. And you know what, that’s totally okay. I will be happy to dig into a healthy home-cooked meal sometime this weekend. But hey, it’s nice not to have to do any dishes. Am I right?
My favorite beauty product of the week
This is hands-down the best self tanner that I’ve ever used. And I’ve used a lot. While I typically buy the cheap brand from Target, I was very impressed with this luxurious bottle of Vita Liberata Luxury Tan Fabulous, which some of my PR friends sent to me to try out.
It goes on completely sheer and clear, yet develops slowly throughout the course of the day (about four to eight hours). That means it doesn’t stain your hands or clothes (which is something I’ve fallen victim to in the past). And it smells good, and it feels like a regular lotion. No greasy film left behind. The end result is a slightly sun-kissed hue. Perfection. Oh and its got organic ingredients. What’s not to like about this stuff.
My favorite links of the week
Did you miss the latest on A Lady Goes West this week?
- Firsts, the weekend and my weekly workout report
- Now trending: Why you should know about spirulina (This one has a little giveaway, which is open for a couple more days. Enter!)
And from around the web worth checking out …
- Thanks to the Healthy Living Blogs Community for sharing my post on “Blog Tip Thursday: Tips to Help You Improve Your Writing.”
- I don’t typically shop at dollar stores, and this list made me glad of that. Read this one: “The 10 most toxic items at dollar stores.”
- To all my pet lovers out there: This was a sad week for my family. My parents had to say goodbye to our faithful ol’ brown dog, Biscuit. Because it’s so fresh on our minds, my Mom stumbled onto this blog post someone wrote several years ago, which was so sweet and sad about the whole situation, I just felt like sharing.
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Questions of the day
What are you up to this weekend?
What’s something cool you’ve bought or found lately?