Hello there, my friends! A very happy Friday going out to you.
Today, after teaching an early morning BODYATTACK class and doing some work, I’m attending a fitness event in the afternoon in Berkeley, which I’m pretty excited about. (Be sure to check me out on Instagram for the details.)
This weekend looks to have a good mixture of activity and relaxation in store. Dave’s parents are coming back to town tonight on their way home from a vacation in Northern California, so they are staying with us, and we’re going out to dinner. Tomorrow, I’ll probably hit up the gym for a strength session, and Dave and I are going to a party in the evening. And on Sunday, we rest.
As usual, today I’m sharing a bunch of unrelated fun items that have been making me happy lately. Here goes our weekly “Friday Favorites.”
My favorite recent lunch-break
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of a fun little outing in the middle of the day. I got my hair done-up in a sweat-friendly braid, and I attended a Pilates class. Good stuff, right? A mixture of beauty and fitness is certainly one that I enjoy, so I was very excited when the PR rep for OnPointe Training and The Social Beauty Company invited me for a little bit of both.
First up, I was welcomed at The Social Beauty Company, where a lovely stylist quickly pulled my hair back into a side braid. This braid was supposed to keep my hair away from my face, but also be cute enough to wear out-and-about after class. It sure was. It stood the test of two workouts yesterday.
Next up, was a one-hour machine Pilates class at OnPointe Training in the Marina neighborhood. OnPointe Training has been open for about eight months and offers classes and private-training sessions. The owner of the studio, Kaitlyn Rhoades, is a former professional ballerina, who danced with the American Ballet Theatre. After devoting her entire life to dance and becoming injured and worn out, she wanted to find a way to share her passion for safe and corrective movement in the form of Pilates. Kaitlyn did a stint at hard-core gym facility, where she found that members were intimidated and lost in the shuffle, so she decided to open her own private studio that was open to and caters to everyone, regardless of fitness level. To stay true to that, no classes at OnPointe have more than four attendees and everyone gets kind and personal attention.
My class included a lot of flexibility and strength work on the Pilates reformer machine. Kaitlyn was the teacher, and she coached all four of us participants through a workout that took each muscle group to fatigue. We were lying on our back for most of the workout, and worked our glutes, legs, arms, back and core. While there was no impact, nor a lot of sweating, I definitely felt the burn during several moments of fatigue. Not to mention, I felt long and lean after it was done — better than when I arrived, for sure. I need workouts like that every once in a while and would love to spend more time doing Pilates in the future. If you’re in the Bay Area and looking for a nice day of beauty and fitness, may I suggest you stop by these two places? You’re sure to find smiling faces, good customer service, a sleek hairdo and an effective workout. Thanks for having me, Kaitlyn and The Social Beauty Company team!
My favorite new sneaks
Listen up gym rats, if you always wear your gym shoes inside or in the group fitness room and they never get dirty, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to replace them. I am adamant about switching out my cardio/BODYATTACK sneakers every six months, because I put so much wear and tear on them with all the high-impact moves that are involved in teaching and taking the one-hour class. When the inside cushioning of your shoes wears down, you could end up injured and nobody wants that.
You can’t go wrong with the Nike Womens Air Zoom Pegasus 31 in Hyper Jade/Black/Hyper Punch when you’re jump-jacking and tuck-jumping.
These turquoise sneakers are the exact same model and style as my current BODYATTACK sneakers, just in a different color. This is my current favorite shoe for the cardio class, because there is a nice thick sole, plenty of cushioning and side-to-side support for all of the lateral exercises performed. I usually like to get totally different shoes for a little variety, but when you find something that works, stick with it.
My favorite new piece for the home
It’s been almost two months that Dave and I have been in our new place. Wow, time flies. Slowly, but surely, we’ve been decorating and just welcomed a new addition to our living room.
Patterns? Rivets? I mean, what is not to like about this Sarah Printed Fabric chair from Macy’s?
After much debate, a ton of online and in-person shopping, we finally settled with this fancy decorative chair. We couldn’t get the matching piece to our tan couch, because the living area doesn’t have enough room, so we decided to go with a totally unrelated color. It’s not an exact match to our decor, but it just seems to fit. I was a little nervous about ordering a chair online without being able to see it in person, but it’s even better than expected (well to me at least — Dave, on the other hand, is not totally sure he’s a fan). I love it though! Speaking of home decor, I think I will put together a little tour of our new pad for you soon.
My favorite little product
Hand lotion? Yes, this fancy little hand-cream was part of my stocking that my Mom gave me all the way back at Christmas. I have a habit of “saving” things for a while before using them. Well, I finally pulled out this hand-cream and am sorry I waited so long. I was missing out.
Please pay no attention to the bare nails, just look at the well-moisturized fingers compliments of the AAA Aroma Juniper & Lemon Luxury Hand Cream.
Don’t you just love a thick cream to moisturize your hands and nails during the day when you’re on-the-go? The smell is great, and the texture is even better, so this little thing has been riding around in my gym bag as of late. Thanks, Mom. Just another thing that I would normally not buy for myself, yet I love to have.
My favorite links of the week
Hope you didn’t miss out on some of the good stuff from A Lady Goes West:
- Fun and fitness — My weekend and my weekly workout recap
- Cute clothes and jewelry — Fun fashion services: Stitch Fix and Rocksbox
- A food diary — I don’t like bad people, I do like good food
- Q&A — A 20-question “get to know me better” survey
That should do it for today, my friends! Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll talk to you very soon.
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
- Food, shoes, stretches and fun
- Purse, snack, plant and more
- Fresh, healthy, clean and square
Questions of the day
What’s on your agenda this weekend?
What’s something you’ve discovered lately that you love?
What’s an essential item you have to keep with you during the day?