Friday Favorites: Fitness, food and fashion

Happy Friday, indeed! If you’re in the U.S., you may have today off of work. If that’s the case, good for you! I don’t. In fact, this is just a regular weekend for me. I’m teaching BODYATTACK this morning and two classes at Orangetheory Fitness tomorrow morning. All the while, Dave is enjoying a five-day weekend thanks to the thoughtful ownership of the Golden State Warriors (yes, after winning the title, they deserve it!). But of course, festivities are ahead for us both after the work is done for me.

Our first Fourth of July in the East Bay

We’re getting together with some friends for a pool party at a hotel in the afternoon tomorrow. And we’ve got the after-party scheduled to take place at our house as well. Rudy (our little maltipoo) can’t wait to host for his first time, and he just may be getting a bath tonight to prepare for company. Although we won’t be taking in the amazing fireworks and fun of the City of San Francisco this year like year’s past, we’re going to make the day as festive as possible with some good friends.

But it’s Friday, so let’s get to business. I’m keeping it short and light today, so you can get on with your plans. 

My latest “Friday Favorites” from the week

Here’s a look at the things that have been making me happy lately, in no particular order …

My favorite new healthy dessert

Truth be told: I don’t know how or why these were sent to me, because I don’t recall getting an email about it (but I think these may be a delayed delivery from a giveaway I won on another blog months ago), and I love them. Dark chocolate bars with probiotics? Yes, please. I’ve gone through half the box in about a week-and-a-half. I read up a bit on the health-focused company who makes these and found out the products are made in the United States and are all about supporting digestive health.

Attune Probiotic bars on Friday Favorites by A Lady Goes WestSeventy-two percent cocoa in these beauties, if that means anything to you.

I’ve always been a fan of dark chocolate, and the rich flavor of these Attune bars is quite delightful. You can break the bars up into little squares or eat them all at once. I’ve gone back-and-forth doing the two, most of the time with some warm soy milk to complement. Looks like they are available at health-food stores, so keep your eyes peeled.

My favorite new duds for cheap

I’m in need of new clothes. The weather in the East Bay is totally different from what we experienced in the City over the past few years. I don’t need all of my leggings, sweaters and boots during the summer like I did there. Right now, I need actual warm-weather clothes. That being said, I never shop and have been in a bind to find something to wear to recent outdoor events. So yesterday, in light of the upcoming holiday, I decided to drop by an ol’ favorite, Old Navy, for some cheapies to fill in the gaps in my wardrobe.

Old Navy finds by A Lady Goes WestCan you see a theme among this clothing? Light, bright, summery and perfect for hot days in the East Bay. And my swimsuit? Only $20! Nothing I love more than a bargain for cute stuff.

I was in the store for about an hour, tried on about 30 things and came away with a ton, without spending much at all. I loaded up on solid color tanks, which were all on sale for $10 and less. I also got a tunic, some awesome cut-off shorts, a flowery shift dress and my outfit for Fourth of July, consisting of these shorts and this top and … an American flag swimsuit. Awesome deals, that’s for sure. I’m thinking about going back for this romper, but Dave is not a fan of rompers. We call them “girl pleasing,” if you know what I mean. Oh, and I scored a sweet patriotic tank for Dave too. Overall, a successful shopping trip, and you’ll be seeing these items on me throughout the warm months, because I don’t know when I’ll shop again.

My favorite new home-gym set-up

If you missed my post earlier in the week about learning Les Mills choreography, then you also missed out on a chance to see the fancy new Les Mills SMARTBAR that I’ve been using at home. The folks at Les Mills sent it to me for review, and I’m a huge fan.

The Les Mills SMARTBAR on Friday Favorites by A Lady Goes West blogIt doesn’t exactly fit in with my decor in the spare bedroom, but I make it work.

Next week, I’ll start memorizing all of the new BODYPUMP and BODYATTACK songs that I need to debut and teach for our quarterly launch in the Bay Area, and I’ll be putting this SMARTBAR to use to practice. This is not your average barbell. It’s extra cool, because the weight plates easily slide on and off the bar, and they can be used as dumbbells without the bar as well. Nothing but the best from my friends at Les Mills.

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 fun one. Do you have an iPhone and find yourself talking to Siri? Here is a list of questions you can ask to get a funny response: “14 questions that get snarky replies from Siri.” Dave tried the zero one the other day with me, and it was pretty amusing. 

I hope you have a wonderful and festive weekend, my friends. I’ll be checking in on Instagram until we meet again on Monday. Happy Fourth of July to my American brethren! 

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
  61. Fashion, food and a giveaway
  62. Events, surprises and a puppy
  63. Good stuff and a giveaway
  64. Bling, crunch and pet goods

Questions of the day

What are your plans for the Fourth of July, my U.S. friends?

What are you up to this weekend?

Do you have any recent favorites to share?

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    1. Hi Sam! Very nice! I love nail polish and have been sporting bare nails for a few weeks. That will change today. I love the names of those polishes hhehe. Have a wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚

  1. Yum – that chocolate looks great! Love the Americana suit! Old Navy is a great store. I have lots of my participants who rave about their gym clothes, but I haven’t tried them yet. We will have a low key 4th of July. We will probably grill at home (trying to clean out our freezer!), and watch some fireworks. I will be teaching my last Saturday morning BODYPUMP class Saturday morning and I’m already sad thinking about it. My new favorite thing – my new MacBook Air! LOVE that thing! It’s great to have the digital releases on! Happy 4th of July!

    1. Hi Melissa! I’ve never really tried the Old Navy workout wear either, but it sure looked cute. As far as your last class tomorrow — wow that’s tough. I’ve been there, but of course, know that good things are coming with the changes in your life and be happy you were able to spend time with those members that you enjoy so much. Crazy how we get to attached to our classes. And also, yay for your new computer! I have the MacBook Air too and LOVE it. Such a nice computer. Have a wonderful weekend grilling and relaxing, friend!:)

  2. old navy is a go to for so many things, regardless of the season, but they really have the Americana holidays down pat! That swim suit is so cute! We have a lot of people coming in for the weekend, and we are going to the Cubs game, which is going to be a sh*tshow, but hey, you gotta throw yourself into the fray every now and then, right? Have a great weekend!

    1. Ha! YES to that Susie! I do enjoy an occasional “thrown into the fray” event here and there. Rock it!! Happy weekend to you, lady! πŸ™‚

  3. Happy Friday to you! Those all look like awesome fun things to enjoy. I’m all about Old Navy, especially their activewear. I go through clothes so quickly (I’m sure you understand) and Old Navy is a great affordable option to look cute in the gym! We are looking forward to a big weekend of family and friends πŸ™‚ Hope you have an awesome weekend!

    1. Hi Jenna! I have an Old Navy sweatshirt, but haven’t tried a lot of the other clothes for active-wear. You’ve got me interested to go back for more, now. And yes, I know we need a lot working in fitness! Enjoy your weekend with your loved ones, lady! πŸ™‚

  4. You scored some super cute stuff from Old Navy! Way to go! They’ve definitely stepped up their game in the last couple years. You should totally go back for the romper. πŸ˜‰ I love them! So comfy and cute. I’m a fan.

    Enjoy your holiday weekend!! xo

  5. My student budget has so much love for Old Navy! :] That swimsuit is super cute!

    I love Siri’s response for the 0 divided by 0 thing, hahaha. <3

    1. Hi Farrah! I bet! You can find cute stuff for less than $10 at Old Navy on any given day. I bet you’re loving it. Hope you have a nice weekend, lady! πŸ™‚

  6. Old Navy is dangerous for me but I always try to make sure & buy things when they are on sale. I get all of my workout shorts from there because they are usually super cheap! I’ve never seen one of those smart bars before! How much does the actual bar weigh? We have regular old bars & plates (and dumbbells). I’m excited for a new release again! Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Megan! The bar weighs 7.5 lbs, which is more than the bars I’m used to using in my gyms. I love using the SMARTBAR at home and hope my gyms get this equipment one day. It’s almost crunch time to debut the new releases here! Hope you have a nice weekend!! πŸ™‚

  7. I’m at a lake house in Virginia currently! Unfortunately I still have work, but working from a beautiful place like this isn’t so bad πŸ™‚ I hope you have a great holiday and enjoy your a little fun afterwards!

    1. Hi Gretchen! Oh man, a lake house sounds fun, even if you have to work. And yes, I’ll be sure to have a good time after working tomorrow too. Happy Friday, lady! πŸ™‚

  8. Awesome finds girl, Old Navy is super fab for all things cute and affordable! Those chocolates sound intriguing, no more fermented veggies and weird smelling yogurt for probiotics? Count me in! Hope you have an awesome fourth of July today <3!

    1. Hi Lauren, It’s not that I don’t like shopping — I just don’t do it very often anymore. So when I go, I like to load up:) Hope you had a great Fourth!!

    1. I don’t know why guys don’t like rompers, but girls do. Rock the romper! πŸ™‚ hahah! Hope you had a great weekend too!

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