It’s the end of the week, and I’m about to enjoy my first weekend staying in town in Walnut Creek in more than a month, and I’m totally excited about it. Plans include teaching my regular Saturday morning BODYPUMP class, hitting up a festival in Golden Gate Park and packing my suitcase for another trip next week to the Blue Ridge Mountains with my family!
It’s been a while since my last set of “favorites,” so let’s catch up …
This week’s “Favorite things”
My favorite work of the week
This week I was in L.A. two days for a video shoot for 24 Hour Fitness. I spent much of the time behind the camera directing, but I also spent some time in front of the camera modeling a workout. That meant that I got my hair and make-up professionally done by our talented make-up artist, Mariah Nicole. Here’s the look …
It was fun to be the person demonstrating the moves for video and picture, but it was even more fun to be all made up. Why is it that when you get your make-up and hair done you feel like a different person? I wish I had taken more photos on my phone of how my hair looked (hoping you get to see it in the videos, when they are released in a few weeks), but it wasn’t a normal ponytail. She took portions of my hair back at a time to make it a layered ponytail with a lot of volume and then curled the ends.
Loved it! Sadly, I didn’t have any plans after finishing up the shoot, and wore that make-up to return some gym equipment, take back my rental car and fly home to Oakland. I waited for a long time before showering and washing it off that night because I enjoyed it so much!
My favorite shoes of the week
If you think that wearing white is not acceptable after Labor Day, then clearly you’ve never had some comfy Keds shoes or white crop jeans that you can’t get enough of, like I have. Next to cream, beige and black, white is my favorite color to wear for any occasion. And here’s a white example …
These perforated Keds are seriously the shoes of the moment for me, and yes, I’ll be wearing them well into fall and maybe *gasp* winter. The best part is that because they have a leather-like exterior, they won’t get dirty as easy as canvas. Winning!
My favorite conversation tank
Did you know it’s National Yoga Month this September? Well, it is. In honor of that, my friends at CorePower Yoga sent me this awesome tank about finding your why. I wore it for a hike in Lake Tahoe last weekend (which I will be telling you all about in a full recap next week), and it was so comfortable, light and breathable. And my friend Jessica snapped this photo …
Speaking of yoga — after about a year-and-a-half of going to yoga at least once a week, I’ve not been keeping up lately, and it makes me sad. With my current schedule, there’s just not a lot of opportunity for it, and I definitely want to get back to a regular practice soon. When I do, CorePower will be the spot! Speaking of CorePower, if you have one in your area and haven’t checked it out yet, you should! Even if you’re not a big yogi, you can always try the introductory CP1 class for a nice flow. (Wondering what to expect? Find out here.)
My favorite links as of late
Did you miss the latest on A Lady Goes West?
- The great travel stretch, 40 Under 40, updates and my weekly workouts
- Walking, eating and sipping during a weekend trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea
- How to have an awesome vacation with friends in Las Vegas
- Five ways I’ve improved my sleep thanks to reading Sleep Smarter
And more from around the web worth reading …
- FOOD: Are you eating anything on this list? “Foods to eat an avoid for a long life.”
- BLOGGING: I did an interview on The Fit Niche recently, and here’s the final product – “Fitpreneur: How to Get Sponsored Posts.”
- LIFE: This is an interesting take on finding the right career. “Why Are We Settling for Work and Not Love?“
- FITNESS: A stretch we all need! I used to be so good about doing this one and need to get back to it. “This Stretch Could Save Your Hips and Back if You Sit at a Desk.”
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Questions of the day
What’s your plan for the weekend?
What’s one thing that makes you feel really good?