Greetings from the sunny and beautiful state of Florida. I arrived into Fort Lauderdale last night, got to spend a couple of hours with my Mom, enjoyed happy hour with a group of friends and am en route on a little road-trip down to Key West for the weekend with some of my best gals. There are more than 15 of us congregating in the Keys to show our bride-to-be, Melissa, an incredible bachelorette weekend.
I wrote this post yesterday on the plane. I scored a round-trip direct-flight deal on Virgin Airlines, (which of course is the nicest way to travel outside of first class), so I was loving life as I boarded my cushy seat, while listening to the music that Virgin always plays in the waiting areas. However, when I opened up my laptop and went to buy WiFi services after we were airborne, a little bit of me died inside. You see, I paid $17 for three hours of Internet. Oh my gosh. Do you know how many fancy matcha green tea lattes I could have purchased with that amount of money? I cringed as I put in my credit card number. But oh well, what’s done is done. I just couldn’t miss a chance to share my latest “Friday Favorites” with you. And this one cost a pretty penny to create, so you better enjoy it!
My favorite recent shopping trip
Does anyone else feel like shopping with a gift card is more fun, but also harder, than shopping with your own cash? I won a $25 Sprouts Farmer’s Market gift card over on Nancy’s blog a while back and finally got around to using it. It was my first time in a Sprouts, which seems to be a cross between a Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. I used the gift card to get some snacks for my plane-trip and walked around perusing everything. I definitely wanted to make the most out of the “free money,” so shopping took me a while.
I settled on a fancy trail mix and some new-to-me protein bars, granola bars, calcium chews and Greek yogurt. I spent $26.50, so made it out of there with under $2 out-of-pocket, which felt pretty good. You can bet that most of these items were in my bag and were consumed during my long flight. I really do like shopping for food, by the way. (And yes, I snuck a Greek yogurt past security yesterday. Don’t tell!)
My favorite new sandals
Huge news for this weekend: My feet will be seeing the light of day! Thus, I needed some new strappy kicks for my trip. And of course, I was in major need of a pedicure and manicure as well, both of which I took care of this week before departing the Bay Area. Because I’m always in closed-toe shoes, it had been a while since I bought any cute sandals, and boy it felt good to do so.
As you may know from reading, I’m a DSW shoe lover, so I picked both of these up on Sunday in one fell swoop. Granted, I tried on maybe 20 pairs and messed up an entire section of shoes for the hour I was in the store, (which took me a long time to clean up), but I came away with two winners. I will be stylin’ and profilin’ on Duval Street in these puppies.
My favorite event of the week
On Tuesday night, Dave and I were each separately invited to attend a special event at the flagship Express store in Union Square, so we decided it made sense to go together for our respective interests (him for his work and me for the blog). The store was closed off to introduce the spring line, and there were some popular fashion bloggers in attendance, as well as Kate Upton, who is a model and a spokeswoman for Express.
Look at Dave in front of that Steph Curry wall — so cool. And I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I’ve never met a step-and-repeat I didn’t like. Express Yourself? Perfect name for the signature cocktail of the night.
We chatted with some people, watched Kate Upton get interviewed by EXTRA and also looked at the merchandise. I haven’t shopped in Express for years (while it was one of my go-to clothing retailers during the early years of my corporate career), but I was super impressed with what they had. Also, we watched as Kate Upton walked around the store, and I have to say, she was pretty in person, but not stunning. Really, she just looked like a regular old gal, blending in with the rest of the attendees. And the best part of the night? The fancy champagne. I rarely drink anything other than water or protein shakes during the week, but since we were out-and-about I helped myself to some fine bubbly, and it was delicious.
My favorite new gym discovery
Does your gym have a stretch machine? How have I never used one of these things, being that I’ve worked in gyms as both a part-time group fitness instructor and/or full-time personal trainer for more than five years? Well, I’m glad I finally stumbled upon this thing during one of my solo sweat sessions the other day.
Outside of cream cheese icing, True Stretch is perhaps the smartest creation ever. I’d like to buy one for my house, if only it didn’t cost $3,700.
Basically, you hang from the metal bars, positioning your feet and hands as instructed on the placard, and you get one amazing stretch session. I’ve now used this thing three times, and I get some weird looks, but I have a feeling those people are just jealous. Seriously, if you go to a gym, look around for this contraption and use it. And if you see someone smiling while dangling in compromising positions, don’t judge.
My favorite links of the week
Make sure you didn’t miss any of the good stuff on A Lady Goes West this week:
- Workouts and wine – Sipping around the world and working out
- Party recaps – A fabulous housewarming party full of friends — MY FAVE!!
- Pictures of food – Front-loading all the healthy this week
- Group fitness love – The top five reasons why group fitness is good for you
Have an awesome weekend! Catch me on Instagram to see some craziness from Key West! Bye, friends!
Read more Friday Favorites
- 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
Questions of the day
What are you up to this weekend? Where is your favorite beach? Would you rather vacation in the snow or the sand?