Friday Favorites: Fashion, food and a giveaway

Happy Friday, folks! I’m so looking forward to the weekend. This week seemed particularly long to me and maybe that’s because I kept wishing I was still in Florida with my family for an extended Memorial Day. 

This morning, I’m teaching a BODYATTACK class, doing some work and hanging out with Dave in the evening. Tomorrow morning, I’m teaching two classes at Orangetheory Fitness, and we don’t have much on the agenda after that, but I’m sure we’ll go out to dinner for our usual Saturday night outing. On Sunday, I’m excited to be attending an NBA Finals game to watch the Golden State Warriors play at home. Of course, Dave will be there as well, but he’ll be wearing a suit and working, and I’ll be wearing a bright yellow t-shirt and sitting in the nose-bleed seats with a friend. Can’t wait!

This week’s Friday Favorites

But now, it’s time for my recent favorites, and there’s a giveaway in here, so don’t miss it!

My favorite new bag and jacket

Leave it to Dave to give me the best gifts. I’m styling and profiling in my new jacket and bag, which he gave to me last week as a late anniversary gift. Yes, it’s branded gear!

Ashley in A Lady Goes West gearA trendy collared zip-up and a big black tote bag with a ton of pockets and handles make me one happy gal.

First of all, I was in need of a new gym bag and always need new hoodies to wear to the gym and out-and-about, and he chose well with the style and the added logo. I don’t always talk about the fact that I have a blog to my class members and people at the gym (although they seem to find out on their own quite frequently!), so it’s kind of nice to show it off on my sleeve and bag from here on out. Love it all so much!

My favorite new sports bra and a giveaway

This week, I had the lovely opportunity to visit a Title Line retail location in downtown Walnut Creek and get introduced to the store, its products, as well as get fitted for and take home a shiny new sports bra. Title Nine is a women’s activewear company, which has been around for about 25 years, and the name was inspired by the federal law in the U.S., which gives women equal access to sports in schools (among other things).

Inside of Title Nine retail storeTitle Nine has a great selection of activewear and bras for all sorts of occasions, and the Walnut Creek store is so bright and welcoming.

I hadn’t heard of the company before and loved perusing the colorful items for sale, as well as chatting with the nice associates, one of whom was called a “Bravangelist” for her work helping women find the perfect fitting sports bra for their lifestyles. Title Nine not only sells its own “beautility” (cool word combining beauty and utility, right?) apparel, but also branded apparel from companies they admire, like Prana, Moving Comfort and more.

Moving Comfort bra from Title NineShown above is the “barbell” rating, which Title Nine gives its bras based on their support-level. And my sports bra selection, this Form First bra by Moving Comfort, in red and black with an adjustable back. Those colors? Why they are BODYPUMP colors of course! 

The bra experts at Title Nine want to help more women find the perfect fitting bra, and they are hosting “FitFest” events at their 23 retail locations across the U.S.. You can head to the website to find out if there is a FitFest near you. I think this is a great concept, because after getting fitted for my sports bra, I learned that you should always buy bras on the tighter side, because sports bras and regular bras will always stretch out a bit. Who knew? Oh and can you believe that apparently 80 percent of women are currently wearing the wrong size sports bra? The humanity!


The lovely ladies at Title Nine have offered a free sports bra and personalized fitting to one A Lady Goes West reader. If you live within driving distance of a Title Nine retail location, you’ll be able to head into one for a bra-fitting appointment. If you don’t live near one, you can order a free bra of your choice over the phone. This is open to people in the U.S. only. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post (and there are ways for additional entries as well, detailed below). I will choose a winner on Monday night. And fellas, you can enter too, if you’d like to pass along your spoils to a lady in your life.

My favorite new food product

Switching gears from fashion to food — More veggies in every smoothie without overfilling my NutriBullet? Yes, please. I was very intrigued when the folks at PINES International, reached out to me about trying their products, which are powders and tablets containing nutritious vitamins and minerals found in vegetables. They sent me a little bottle of PINES Wheat Grass to get started, which I’ve added to my smoothies all week. Just one little teaspoon of this powder contains the same amount of nutrients as a helping of deep-green, rich leafy vegetables in just 10 calories. While I haven’t tried the powder alone in water, I can tell you that it barely adds a taste to smoothies, so it’s like sneaking in extra nutrients.

PINES Wheat GrassHere’s a look at the PINES Wheat Grass Powder and a recent green smoothie bowl I added it to for breakfast. Don’t be scared of the green!

I love the company’s motto — “Keep it Simple. Keep it Clean. Keep it Green.,” and I also like that PINES is so focused on helping people be healthy with cost-efficient products. All of the powders are gluten free, raw, non-GMO, USDA certified organic and sealed with the oxygen removed to give them a long shelf-life, and one 3.5 ounce bottle goes for less than $15 for nearly 30 servings. 

I’d say the best part about using a wheat grass powder is that you can bring it with you when traveling to get in some extra greens on-the-go by adding it to your water, smoothies or food. If you’re interested, you can buy PINES products at thousands of health food stores across the U.S. and in 20 other countries — just find a retail location near you by visiting this store locator. Thanks PINES for introducing me to wheat grass.

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 …

And a special thanks to the Healthy Living Blog Community for featuring my post “How I turned my blog into a business” as part of its “Blog Tip Thursday.”

Enter the Title Nine sports bra giveaway!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below and leave a SEPARATE comment for each thing you do as an entry. As a reminder, the fours ways to enter are …

  1. Tell me one thing that has been making you happy lately in a comment.
  2. Like A Lady Goes West on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did so.
  3. Like Title Nine on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did so.
  4. Follow A Lady Goes West on Instagram and leave a comment saying you did so.

And if you’re not sure how to leave a comment on a post, all you have to click on the title of this post to bring up the full page with all of the comments showing, or click on the very small section of text at the bottom of this post that says “Comments.” 

I will randomly select a winner on Monday night. Good luck! Now go off and have a lovely Friday and weekend! 

Read more Friday Favorites

If you’ve enjoyed browsing through this post, see below for previous editions or visit the the link-up hostesses, HeatherClare and Katie

  1. A snack, a purse and a ritual
  2. A delivery, a bra and a guy
  3. A sweet, a wine and a read
  4. A drink, a gadget and a plan 
  5. A time, a bottle and a powder
  6. San Francisco edition
  7. Beauty edition
  8. Beach vacation edition
  9. Hidden meanings
  10. Kicks, a book and a bowl
  11. The very best sweatshirts
  12. Party hosting and froyo
  13. Fourth of July daytime activity
  14. Beauty basics edition
  15. Workplace edition
  16. Shopping, sales and a show
  17. The foods I always buy
  18. Sushi, a game and pants
  19. Fitness apps
  20. Delicious and healthy products
  21. Comfort, fitness and function
  22. Beauty, buddha and blog events
  23. Dining, the city and gift ideas
  24. POPSUGAR, sweets and such
  25. A bunch of fun stuff
  26. e-book, food, picnic and tunes
  27. A link, a superfood and a mask
  28. Pants, shoes, food and links
  29. Dining, protein and goodies
  30. Shopping, events and a book
  31. A gym bag, pumpkin and juices 
  32. Workout gear, a top and a massage
  33. prAna, a watch, tea and more
  34. Tasty stuff and gift sales
  35. Decor, bars, boots and a drink
  36. Flowers, music and more
  37. Coqueta, a brush and food
  38. My people and the holidays
  39. Beauty, bling and entertainment
  40. A hodge-podge of goodies
  41. Just a few special things
  42. Tasty food, drinks and moving
  43. A bunch of feel-good stuff
  44. Home, car and fitness finds
  45. Sweets, cooking, beauty and blog
  46. Gold, yoga, photos and more
  47. Celebs, scents, games and more
  48. Food, shoes, stretches and fun 
  49. Purse, snack, plant and more
  50. Fresh, healthy, clean and square
  51. Pilates, sneaks and much more
  52. Quite a few good things
  53. Food, jewels and sweat etc.
  54. Fun stuff and a giveaway
  55. Goodies and a yoga giveaway
  56. Orange, bikes and healthy food
  57. Food, tech, sparkle and more
  58. Clothes, home, a roller and more
  59. Florida, tech, tea and more
  60. Toiletries, gifts and more

Questions of the day

What’s something that has been making you happy lately?

What are you up to this weekend?

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  1. Something that’s making me smile is that my hubby and I just found out we’re pregnant πŸ™‚ Lets just say there’s been a permanent grin on my face all week.

    This weekend we’re taking a little road trip to visit my in-laws and once there I have a feeling it’ll be a relaxing weekend which is exactly what I need.

    TGIF and enjoy your weekend πŸ™‚

    1. Oh my goodness, Catherine!! That’s AWESOME!! Is this your first?? yay for you two!!! πŸ™‚ Have a wonderfully relaxing weekend mom-to-be!

  2. I have always wanted blog branded gear! What a thoughtful present from Dave. That sports bra looks amazing. You know what it’s like to need something that will keep everything supported for long days at the gym. I have really been looking for a good new bra brand that I can redo my collection with. Big thanks to everyone involved in the giveaway! Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your time at the game!

  3. Love that jacket and bag, what a thoughtful gift! One thing that has been making me happy recently is planning my wedding! I also follow you on Instagram πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Ashley!! Yay for wedding planning! When’s the big day? Hope you have a wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚ Thank you for entering!

      1. April 30, 2016! Fun fact, my fiancee’s name is also Dave so we’re another Ashley and Dave πŸ™‚ Thank you! TGIF and have a great weekend πŸ™‚

        1. No way!! I love it! For a while some friends called us “Dashley” but then it morphed into “The Pitts” of course, our last name. Great names though, and they make a good monogram too heheh!

  4. I’ve heard such great things about Title Nine (and love the name!!) but haven’t been able to check it out yet. Good sports bras are so hard to find sometimes! As a well-endowed lady (haha!) I found myself wearing 2 sports bras for high impact workouts (BodyAttack, etc.) way too often! I love the VS bras, but would love to try a new one as I’m always on the lookout for a new one that will hold the girls in place during a workout and not knock me out πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Lindsay! Oh yes, I need the high-impact bras for teaching BODYATTACK of course! SOOO much jumping in that class! πŸ™‚ Thank you for entering and saying hello and GOOD LUCK in the giveaway!

  5. What a great gift! They’re both so cute and the jacket looks great on you. Hope you have a fun time at the game… Can’t believe how dominant they were in OT! Fun game to watch πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Gretchen! I love that you’re watching the Dubs in the Finals! Quite the OT! Glad I made it home to watch that, because I had been at a blogger event for the first part of the game. And TGIF to you!! πŸ™‚

  6. Love the new branded gear girl! Dave did good! Definitely checking out if Title Nine will be in Phoenix! You’d be so proud of me. I finally found a gym that offers BodyPump. Now I just need to make time for a class. Happy weekend!

  7. One thing that has been making me happy is seeing all the little goslings growing up around my work. We have a pond on campus so there are at least 30 little ones. It’s pretty crazy how fast the grow!

  8. Wow, what an AWESOME gift from Dave!! I love the jacket and bag so much! I also love Title Nine– when I used to be a Wellness Coordinator I would shop there all of the time because their clothes were super comfortable but also stylish and sophisticated. Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Katie! Well I’m totally late to the Title Nine party then, because I hadn’t heard of them. Glad you’re a fan! And a great big happy Friday to you!! πŸ™‚

  9. I liked your page, Title Nine’s and Instagram.
    I really want to try a Title Nine Bra, their brand looks awesome.

  10. I recently moved back to the bay area. I am loving being able to spend more time with friends and family!

    1. Hi Michelle! Welcome back to the Bay Area! I sure do love it here, but sadly, no family here for me! Enjoy your weekend, lady! Thanks for saying hello:)

  11. Ah that jacket and bag are such a cute gift! My bf got me a bracelet with my blog name/mantra on it for Christmas that I love!

  12. No big plans this weekend, although my boyfriend did inform me of a “surprise” coming my way Saturday night! The amazing weather and sunshine after a few days of torential downpours has really been incredible. Hope you have a great Friday!

    1. Hi Jamie! Ohhhh don’t you just love surprises?? Enjoy that! And yay for clear skies after the rain. Sadly, we need some rain here in drought-stricken California though hahah. Happy Friday!

  13. What a thoughtful gift from Dave. I say he is a keeper πŸ™‚ Love reading/seeing you are doing well. Have a fabulous weekend.

  14. Okay, now I want to win your giveaway!! πŸ™‚ I like both of you on Facebook!

    That was so sweet of Dave to gift you branded apparel! I let out a big “aawwww” as soon as I read that. And the bag and jacket are really nice too!

    Happy Friday, love!

    1. Ohhhh Sarah ahha! I let out a big awww when I opened it. He’s pretty good! And thanks for supporting the giveaway! Happy Friday! πŸ™‚

    1. Oh Heather, That’s a wonderful thing to be happy about. I’m so glad you have a supportive husband, that makes life all the more sweet, even in the rough patches! Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

    1. I sooo agree with you Ashley! Even when I’m tired and don’t feel like it — the people in the classes make it worthwhile! Three cheers for group fitness! πŸ™‚ Happy Friday!

  15. Your likes and follow were already done. I like the Title Nine page.

    Nice branded gifts, if my wife’s blog (in process) takes off I will have to remember this as well.

    1. Hi Ken! Thanks for following! And yes, keep it in mind, because it’s a super thoughtful gift! Good luck to your wife with her blogging career! And a very happy weekend to you! πŸ™‚ You’re a good husband for entering for her!

  16. what has been making me happy lately – planning my move and cross country road trip from California to Connecticut. Happy and nervous!

    1. Hi Cayla! Oh man, been there and done that with the big move. It’s scary, but it’s also just awesome to take a big leap of faith. I hope it goes smoothly and you’re happy in your new city!! πŸ™‚ You are a Lady Going East!

    1. I know, Cassie! GO Dubs! I hope you were at a bar watching it and do the same on Sunday! The Marina bros are probably LOVING the Dubs right now hahaha. πŸ™‚ TGIF!

    1. Time off of work makes me happy too, LaTanya! That’s a great thing! Hope you have some of it soon. TGIF to you! πŸ™‚ Thanks for entering!

  17. I’ve started running along the Embarcadero with a friend after work, which has made me happy lately. It’s a great way to socialize and enjoy the SF sunshine!

    1. Hi Allison! Oh nice! That’s my favorite way to run in SF and I haven’t done it in forever. Enjoy it! Such a beautiful way to spend the day. Happy Friday to you, fellow Bay Area gal!

  18. Hi Ashley! One thing that has been making me happy is doing weekly Barre classes at the Dailey Method. I like this new line, I need a new swimsuit for my honeymoon and I think there are some nice options!

    1. Hi Alexa! When is your honeymoon? Where? When are you getting married? yay!!! And I miss barre classes and haven’t been in forever. I’ve actually never tried The Dailey Method but think there may be one out near me. I need to look into that. Keep up the great work, lady! πŸ™‚ TGIF!

  19. What’s been making me happy lately: My mom is turning 60 this weekend, so my sister and I have spent the last 2 months getting all of her friends and family to write her a letter and send us old pictures to put into a book for her. It’s been such a fun way to see how many lives she’s impacted over the years!

    1. Oh my gosh, Susie! You are your sister are sooooo thoughtful. My Mom actually did something similar for me for a recent birthday and had people send me letters about memories we had together! I love that you did that, and your Mom will LOVE IT so much! Have a lovely time giving her the gift! πŸ™‚ TGIF!

  20. One thing making me happy lately is the amazingly perfect weather here in Nashville! We had several gloomy rainy days, but the past 2 days have been sunny and warm. I love it!

    1. Nice, Anna! I love to hear that! I went to Nashville for a quick work trip years ago, but haven’t had the chance to really explore. I’d love to check it out some time. Enjoy your sunny and warm weekend! πŸ™‚ TGIF!

  21. Dave is an excellent gift giver! So cool to have your stuff logo-ed.

    Making me happy lately are morning smoothie bowls topped with spring berries. Simple goodness… and a nice change from crappy European breakfasts. Why is everything amazing over there except breakfast?

    1. Hahha Laura, I do recall never enjoying breakfast when I studied abroad in Italy. But lunch and dinner and appertivo? Yes, please! Hope you are enjoying being back to the healthy stuff with your reset! πŸ™‚

  22. Ahhh! I’ve been considering a Title Nine bra for when I take up running again in a week or two. I need to Google Title Nine locations, but I’ve been on their website non-stop the past week trying to decide on a favorite sports bra πŸ™‚ Also, how fun that Dave had your brand placed on a bag and a hoodie – What a great guy!

    1. Hi Becky, You should totally try to get fitted for one. They’ve got an excellent selection. And yay for running again in a few weeks. It’s awesome you’ve been bouncing back so quickly into feeling good! TGIF!

  23. Great idea for a giveaway!

    Something that’s making me happy lately is grilling with my dad. Nothing’s better than fresh air and sunshine, sizzling food, and some one-on-one time with him.

    1. Hi Jess! Oh that’s a wonderful thing for sure. Family time and grilling? Yes, please! Hope you have a lovely weekend! πŸ™‚

  24. Lately the SUNSHINE has been making me so, so happy! The Bay Area went through a major cloudy spell in May, but the sun is back!

  25. I would love a new sports bra!
    What’s making me happy this week.. SCHOOLS OUT & this teacher can finally enjoy a few stress free days before summer school starts!
    Your jacket is adorable.. probs to ur hubby for having such style!!
    have a great weekend!! GO WARRIORS!

    1. Hi Mandi! Schools out?? YAY! That must feel great! I hope you enjoy your few days of freedom, lady! And a very happy weekend to you. Go Warriors!!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for that one!

    1. Hi Kristen! May Gray sounds sad, but sunshine does not! So glad it’s looking a little better down there in SoCal for you! Happy weekend and thanks for saying hi! πŸ™‚

  26. Just the warm weather has been enough to make me happy lately, but I’ve also got some really exciting collaborations going on with work that could lead to some pretty cool events in the near future!

    1. Hi Jordan! So awesome! That’s great that there are some big and new things going on with you at work. Hope is all goes well! πŸ™‚ Thanks for saying hi!

    1. Hi Tracey! Yes, that is a huge undertaking! But if you set your mind to it, and do it smartly, you’ll rock it! Good luck with that, and what an awesome accomplishment it will be just to train and run! Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  27. My running distance has been making me happy lately! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com

  28. Something that made me smile this week. First I reached another 41 pound loss! YES! Second my grand babies are the reason for my permanent smile! And last having all 3 of my sons home for the weekend!

    1. Hi Mary! So many wonderful things for you! Congrats on your healthy living and weight-loss adventure, I bet that feels amazing! Also, having your sons home and being a Grandma are both awesome as well. Thanks for saying hi! Enjoy the rest of your weekend:)

  29. Currently making me happy = celebrating one of my best friends from college’s wedding this weekend!

  30. Oh and I like you on Facebook and liked title nine. I’m not on Instagram… Boohoo. I’m happy school is out for summer

    1. Hi Maryanne! Thanks so much for the support. And thanks for stopping by. That’s great that school is out for the summer. You’re a great Mom for entering for your daughter. Have a lovely Sunday! πŸ™‚

  31. You’ve got yourself a sweet husband. Such a clever and original gift. I’m super impressed. I love the color and style of the jacket. Very flattering.

  32. Some pregnancy complications have put my running on hold, but my 11week old little girl is making it all worth it!

    1. Hi Amy, That’s too bad, but I’m glad you have a new little bundle of joy. I hope you had a nice weekend. Thank you for saying hello! πŸ™‚

  33. I love T9! There is one in my town, but most of the time I score my awesome gear from the blow out sale that happens about every other year. Such great deals – last year a pair of smart wool tights for $10!

    1. Hi Megan! Good to know there is an annual big sale, I’ll have to check that out. Hope you had a nice weekend. Thanks for entering and saying hi! πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Vanessa! That’s awesome! A little vitamin D does the body and the mind good. Enjoy it! And thanks for stopping by to say hello and to enter the giveaway! πŸ™‚

  34. Love the branded gear!

    The thing that’s been making me happy is working through my first Whole30. I’m on Day 14, feeling great, and loving focusing on nutritious, whole foods that energize me. (And then treating myself to new workout gear instead of food rewards!)

    1. Hi Melissa! Awesome work! I’ve always wanted to try Whole30 but have never taken the jump yet. So smart of you to reward yourself with new gear. Best of luck finishing the second half! Have a great night! πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Sadie! How cool that you have a growing garden! Love it! I don’t have much of a green thumb. πŸ™ ehehe! Thanks for saying hi!

  35. Warmer weather-finally! Long winter for us on the East Coast, and warmer weather and more daylight makes exercise much more appealing

    1. Hi Jackie! For sure, I bet you are ready for the sunshine! Enjoy it! πŸ™‚ Thanks for saying hi and entering the giveaway!

    1. Hi Jenna! Oh that’s great. It’s awesome when you think your new significant other is part of the group! Have a lovely day, and thanks for saying hi! πŸ™‚

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