Friday Favorites: A case, sneaks and smoothies
Happy Friday, my friends! I’m still coming to you from Los Angeles, where I’m down enjoying IDEA BlogFest and the IDEA World Fitness Convention. You can expect a full recap early next week, but it’s safe to say I’m having a great time. I’m here with some amazing people, soaking up all of the fitness, food and a whole lot of blogging fun. Here’s just a snapshot …
Good fun taking place in LA. I’m loving my Fabletics outfit (<<—- referral link!) I wore most of yesterday, and I’m also loving the time with my roommate Heather and all the other fabulous ladies I’ve met.
But today, because it’s Friday, I’m here to give you a little dose of the usual …
My latest “Friday Favorites” from the week
Every single Friday, I like to take a minute to pull together a few random things that have been bringing a smile to my face into one post. No rhyme, no reason, just the good stuff — to help you start your weekend. Here we go …
My favorite new handy travel case
As you can imagine, I’m traveling with my computer during this trip, and it is safely transported in one stylish case. I didn’t have to feel worried about it bouncing around in my big bag during my flight or while walking around the convention center and hotel.
You don’t want to see the ugly old bag I used to transport my laptop before this one …
The folks at InCase so nicely let me pick out something from their line of cases, and I selected the ruby-colored neoprene sleeve for my MacBook Air. It fits nice and snug and has just enough padding to keep my computer safe. The inside is polyester and is quite soft. Plus the color is just the best. The sleeve runs around $40 and comes in two other colors. There’s definitely a lot of stuff available on the InCase site, so head on over there if you’re in need of some cases for your various technology.
My favorite new sneaks
I have to admit that I have nearly this same style Nike sneaker in two other colors. But when you know what you like, you know what you like. Last Friday, Dave and I popped out to DSW in the afternoon when he got home early, and I picked up these, after spending far too much time trying on every sneaker in the store.
I’m loving these Nike Zoom Fly 2 kicks, because they are simple and versatile.
While they aren’t quite as bright and exciting as I would like, I figured they could be my “neutral” sneakers. They are cushioned enough for teaching BODYATTACK or for running on the treadmill at Orangetheory. And yes, they are donning my feet during my time in LA this week for BlogFest and IDEA World. Super comfy. I just love the feel of wearing new shoes.
My favorite tasty and refreshing treat
I’ve been a Jamba Juice fan ever since I was first introduced to the smoothie chain back in college. A couple of Mondays ago, Dave had a rare weekday off, so he joined me for lunch after I finished teaching at Orangetheory. He rode his bike and met me outside the studio, and we walked together over to the Jamba Juice in downtown Walnut Creek.
This pina colada smoothie on a Monday made me feel like I was miles away from my daily life and responsibilities. Good stuff! Even though I probably wouldn’t wear my work shirt while on vacation in reality.
We had a gift certificate to spend, compliments of Jamba Juice, and decided to get a variety of things, including the brand new Colada Fruit refreshers made with coconut water and other fresh fruit. This pina colada drink tasted like a tropical island, and I mean, it was so good. While there, we talked about our previous vacations and upcoming trip to Hawaii while sitting at a table under an umbrella, and it was just wonderful. We also ordered some standard veggie-based smoothies, which were great. I love smoothies so much, but I actually enjoy them even more when I don’t have to pull out my own ingredients and blender. Am I right?
My favorite links of the week
Did you miss out on some of the good stuff on A Lady Goes West this week? Here’s what happened …
- Weekend and a blogger event — A weekend of work, play and my workouts
- Rudy talk — A few reflections from a new puppy owner
- Food — My eats and heading off on an adventure
- Blogging and thoughts — Cure your writer’s block with these prompts
Have a wonderful weekend, my friends! And be sure to check me out on Instagram for more adventures at IDEA BlogFest and the fitness convention. Talk to you soon!
Read more Friday Favorites
If you’ve enjoyed browsing through this post, see below for previous editions or visit the the link-up hostesses, Heather, Clare and Katie.
- 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
- A bunch of fun stuff
- e-book, food, picnic and tunes
- A link, a superfood and a mask
- Pants, shoes, food and links
- Dining, protein and goodies
- Shopping, events and a book
- A gym bag, pumpkin and juices
- Workout gear, a top and a massage
- prAna, a watch, tea and more
- Tasty stuff and gift sales
- Decor, bars, boots and a drink
- Flowers, music and more
- Coqueta, a brush and food
- My people and the holidays
- Beauty, bling and entertainment
- A hodge-podge of goodies
- Just a few special things
- Tasty food, drinks and moving
- A bunch of feel-good stuff
- Home, car and fitness finds
- Sweets, cooking, beauty and blog
- Gold, yoga, photos and more
- Celebs, scents, games and more
- Food, shoes, stretches and fun
- Purse, snack, plant and more
- Fresh, healthy, clean and square
- Pilates, sneaks and much more
- Quite a few good things
- Food, jewels and sweat etc.
- Fun stuff and a giveaway
- Goodies and a yoga giveaway
- Orange, bikes and healthy food
- Food, tech, sparkle and more
- Clothes, home, a roller and more
- Florida, tech, tea and more
- Toiletries, gifts and more
- Fashion, food and a giveaway
- Events, surprises and a puppy
- Good stuff and a giveaway
- Bling, crunch and pet goods
- Fitness, fashion and food
- Health, food and grooming
Questions of the day
What are you up to this weekend?
What’s one thing you’re loving lately?
I’m so sad I couldn’t make IDEA but I knew I needed to stay off this leg and rest. Loving those Nikes! I remember when they used to only come in black or white. Sure have come a long way!
Hi Megan, Shoes and workout clothes have come a long way. Right? Happy Friday! We’re missing you here, but hope you recover soon!
I love it when bloggers go to conferences that I would love to go to, because they blog about it, and I get to live vicariously through them! I <3 your fabletics outfit. It looks really feminine and pretty!
Hi Emily! The back of my Fabletics outfit is even cuter! 🙂 And yes, it’s fun to see so many peoples’ perspectives from an event. I can’t wait to read other peoples’ recaps heheh! 🙂 Happy Friday, lady!
I AM LOVING THAT I GOT TO MEET YOU!
Right back at you. You and your sexy voice. 🙂 hahah!!!
Have a great time at the conference! Can’t wait to see your recap 🙂 Hopefully I’ll be there next year..I would love to meet you!
YES, Gretchen! You must come next year! Happy Friday, lady! 🙂
I’m a big fan of pina colada smoothies! I’m actually drinking a pina colada flavored drink right now. If only I had some rum….
Hi Stacie! No way? Do you make pina coladas at home? Oh my! Tell me more!
YAY! Keep having fun! You’re so close to my hood- I live right near downtown LA!
No way! Where should we have dinner tomorrow night??
Love those sneakers! They are so cute! Hope you’re enjoying BlogFest 🙂
Hi Liz! Yes, I’m having a great time. Lots of fitness, food and blogging, of course! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, lady!
So jealous you are at Blogfest! I couldn’t swing the cross-country flight + accommodations. That smoothie sounds delish-happy Friday!
Hi Lauren! Well I’ll share a lot of information from the weekend so you can get the gist of it! Maybe next year? Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂
I’m such a Nike girl… love the kicks! No big plans this weekend, just a long run and hopefully some beach time weather permitting. Same as usual : ) I’m loving this humidity free weather we’ve had these past two days. While I’ve been busy inside at work, it’s been refreshing to have my windows open in my apartment and in my car. This is the summer time weather I love!
Hi Jamie, I love having the windows open, but it’s been a bit too hot in the Bay Area for that lately. Enjoy your long run, lady! Happy weekend:)
Glad you’re having a blast at IDEA! So fun that you’re rooming with Heather – love both of you ladies. 🙂
That Jamba Juice pina colada smoothie sounds right up my alley! Gotta check that one out!
Hi Ash! Yes! You should head out to Jamba for that one, especially in that Arizona heat heheh! Happy Friday, pretty lady! You’d have so much fun here. NEXT year!
Cute laptop case! And I do like the sneakers; it seems like they would go with a lot of outfits.
Have you much fun at IDEA!
Hi Heather! Thanks, IDEA is great! You should come next year. Have a great weekend! 🙂
Loving the Blogfest photos, and the Fabletics line is fantastic, I just checked it out!! Also, we are sneaker twins. I ordered 3 pairs from Nike which arrived last night, and I knew immediately I had finally found my match in the Zoom Fly. I love the stretchy material over the toes that give you breathing room when you’re doing things that push you into the front of your shoe! Enjoy the rest of the conference 🙂
Hi Jill! YES! I had noticed your sneaks when we met. They are so comfy. Twinsies!! hahaha! Happy Friday. Enjoy your weekend!
Hey Ashley! I’ve loved your instagram posts from the IDEA conference. Great pics! That outfit is super gorgeous. I recently purchased my first pair of leggings from fabletics and I’ll definitely be buying again, they are so comfy! Have a good weekend!
Hi Nikki! YAY! So glad you tried Fabletics. Hope you’re having a wonderful week, lady. Yes, IDEA has been a lot of fun! 🙂
I’ve had such a great time with you at BlogFest! I’m so glad we’re roomies 🙂 Those Nike sneakers are adorable, and you just reminded me to hit up a Jamba Juice. I used to frequent those wayyyyy too often. Yay for the weekend (of fitness)!
Hit up the Jamba, Heather! 🙂 TGIF!
Have fun!!! I’m so jealous – I was supposed to go but we have to go out of town. Boooo!
Also, I just got the same Fabletics top. 🙂
Oh too bad Laura! Maybe next year?? Hope you are enjoying your trip! 🙂