Hi, friends! It’s Friday again. Between working every day and learning the latest Les Mills group fitness choreography to debut for launch, I feel like this week went by even faster than usual. I’ve got a few hours to learn BODYPUMP 91 before teaching it tonight in my weekly Friday evening happy-hour class.
Now in case you’re new around here, there are a few regular features on A Lady Goes West, and today I’d like to introduce you to “Friday Favorites.” It’s a chance for me to share a few things I’m loving lately, with no particular rhyme or reason. “Friday Favorites” posts are not exactly heavy reading. Scroll through, enjoy the fluff and then go off and have yourself a fabulous weekend. Ya hear?
My favorite new adult beverage: Prosecco
Lately I’ve been switching up my weekend adult beverages. Although I’ve been a chardonnay girl for a long time, I’m experimenting with martinis, fruity cocktails and even some sparkling beverages. Last week I was in search of something champagne-like with a grape-juice price and picked up this $10 bottle of Cupcake Prosecco from CVS, of all places.
Chilled Cupcake Prosecco and the Vera Wang toasting flutes from our wedding.
It is light, tasty and goes down a little too easily. Definitely a fresh adult beverage to enjoy before dinner, or with dinner, or just about any time. The tasting notes include creamy ripe lemon, honeydew melon and white peach. Sure. I just know it tastes good, and I’m certainly buying it again.
My favorite reading from around the Web: Posture article
As a trainer and group fitness instructor, I spend a lot of time helping people correct their posture, strengthen their bodies and feel better. There are tons of resources out there giving correct and incorrect advice on how you can stand taller, but I know there are a few tried and true exercises that have helped me and helped others. I’d like to direct you to this comprehensive piece from Always Active Athletics called “The Posture Correction: Stopping the Pain.” If you look in the sidebars of the article you’ll see a familiar name quoted.
My favorite purse: Monogrammed clutch
Do you have an accessory or bag that makes you smile every single time you use it? One of the greatest gifts I received for my birthday many, many months ago (I’m a December baby, for your information), was this monogrammed pouch purse. My Mom bought this Stone Uber Clutch from GiGi New York for me and it continues to make me happy. It’s made from pure leather, is big enough to hold quite a bit of loot and fits nicely under my arm.
I use it at least once a month when we head out on the town. And I love things with monograms. If you’re looking for a special gift for someone, I think this one is a winner. I’m reminded of it because I’m definitely going to use it tomorrow night.
My favorite shots from the weekend: Awkward selfies
So I told Dave the other day that we never seem to take good full-length photos together. The only time I’m not in sweaty gym clothes is typically Saturday nights when we go out on the town. And usually it’s dark everywhere we go. The streets, the restaurants, the Uber rides, the Cheesecake Factory, you name it. Before we left for dinner, I demanded that we try to take a good photo of ourselves in the mirror.
It took five minutes to come up with these, and I laugh out loud when I look at them. It’s not easy to take a picture of yourself in the mirror, especially of two people. And as you can see we’re not good at the whole selfie thing. That’s why I don’t post pictures of myself after every class I teach or workout I complete like so many other fitness buffs. It ain’t pretty. I don’t know how people are able to take such good pictures of themselves, in fact, I applaud them.
Last day to enter to win Shakeology
At midnight tonight the contest to win Shakeology single-serve packets ends, so enter today. And while you’re there, read up on what it’s like to be involved in Beachbody from a program coach. This has been my most popular contest to date, and I’m so glad you’re all interested in trying such a great product.
Alright, that’s it folks. After my class tonight, Dave and I have plans to go to dinner with a special visiting guest tonight at our usual neighborhood sushi spot. And then we’re heading out with some other friends to a new restaurant in the Hayes Valley neighborhood tomorrow night. Hope you have a good one!
Other entertaining Friday Favorites
Do you want some more “Friday Favorites” posts? For the previous editions see below, and visit the the link-up hostess, Heather.
- A snack, a purse and a ritual
- A delivery, a bra and a guy
- A sweet, a wine and a read
- A drink, a gadget and a plan
- A time, a bottle and a powder
- San Francisco edition
- Beauty edition
- Beach vacation edition
- Hidden meanings
- Kicks, a book and a bowl
- The very best sweatshirts
- Party hosting and froyo
- Fourth of July daytime activity
- Beauty basics edition
- Workplace edition
- Shopping, sales and a show
- The foods I always buy
- Sushi, a game and pants
- Fitness apps
- Delicious and healthy products
- Comfort, fitness and function
- Beauty, buddha and blog events
- Dining, the city and gift ideas
- POPSUGAR, sweets and such
Questions of the day