Friday Favorites: Purse, snack, plant + more

This time last week, I was road-tripping down to Key West from Fort Lauderdale with a bunch of girls. Today, I’m up early to teach BODYATTACK in San Ramon and work on the computer for the rest of the day. I guess every Friday can’t be a laid-back vacation day, or we wouldn’t appreciate those times as much when they come around. Right?

The good news is that last week I had to pay for expensive WiFi to create this post on the plane, but this week, I’ve done it at home. Thank goodness. I must admit, although I’ve been back in my regular routine this week, I still came down with a little post-travel bug, as I sometimes do. The worst of it was Wednesday, a day in which I had to teach a grueling hour of BODYATTACK. And do you know how hard it is to teach BODYATTACK with a side stitch and feeling short of breath? Well, let’s hope you never do. Because of the energy of my wonderful members, somehow I made it through and seem to be on the mend.

Now back to the positive! Below is a look at my recent favorite recent finds — all worthy of becoming “Friday Favorites.” Please enjoy scrolling through, and feel free to let me know in the comments if you have a fun favorite to share as well.

My favorite new purse

There were many years in which I would save up to buy one super-nice designer bag and use that for months. While I still have a decent collection of fancy bags that I can rely on, I haven’t bought a designer bag in many moons. Partially because I don’t use purses as much as I did when working in the corporate world, and partially because I’m not as into the whole designer scene. My latest purse purchase is far from designer and certainly not an investment piece. It’s a cheapie, and it’s awesome. 

Fun purse from DSWIntroducing the Crown Vintage Quilted Clutch from DSW, which I got for less than $30. 

I bought this little gem to take with me to Key West and used it day and night. I used it as a side-purse on one shoulder and as an across-the-body bag as well, and it also converts to a clutch if you remove the chain. It’s the perfect color (I love ivory) and the perfect size (fitting a phone, some cosmetics and money) and may become one of my regulars — unless it falls apart, which is always a possibility. 

My favorite new healthy snack

Yes, I’m Greek-yogurt obsessed. I eat Greek yogurt every single day and love to try new varieties. Last week during “Friday Favorites,” I shared that I did a little shopping at a new-to-me store, Sprouts Farmer’s Market, with a gift card. I picked up a couple of Voskos Greek yogurts and am incredibly impressed with them.

Voskos Greek yogurtAnother week, another delicious Greek yogurt. Oh how I would be very sad if I ever had to give up dairy.

I usually buy Fage or Chobani, but Voskos is noticeably thicker and creamier. I mean, yum. I haven’t seen it available everywhere, so perhaps it’s not as popular. Nonetheless, give it a try if you see it in your local grocer, because it’s good stuff.

My favorite new home addition

A potted plant? Yes, Dave and I received this lovely succulent from a friend for our housewarming party, and I’m loving the addition of real-life greenery in our living room. Outside of the occasional flower arrangement, we have never had live plants in the several homes we’ve had together.

Pretty plantHere she is, sitting right in a sunny spot. And a special shout-out to Amanda who gave us this plant. I know you’re reading this, and we love it!

I did a little perusing online and it looks like I only need to water it once a week, so I’m crossing my fingers I can keep it alive. As a city slicker, I don’t exactly have a green thumb, but so far so good with this little beauty. 

My favorite apps of the week

Did you know you don’t have to go to the bank to deposit checks? I finally jumped on the bandwagon to upload and deposit all of my print checks directly from my iPhone after some urging from Dave. I now use the Bank of America app to do it, and it’s super easy. Total game-changer, because I still get a lot of print checks in the mail, believe it or not, and don’t always want to go to the bank.

Phone at gymIn addition to taking selfies in the group fitness studio, the iPhone can also handle nearly all of your finances. 

And sending money to friends? It’s never been easier than using Venmo, which is what I used to pay for my spot in the hotel room in the Keys this past weekend. I will definitely be using it again, because there are no fees involved at all for either party. Technology is awesome, my friends.

My favorite links of the week

Of course, make sure you didn’t miss any of the good stuff on A Lady Goes West this week:

And here’s a cool post I wrote for the Wine Sisterhood blog, “New Year. New You. Create the perfect, relaxing night at home.”

Pretty low-key weekend plans

After two fun-filled and super-busy weekends with a wine event, housewarming party and travel, I’m actually okay with the fact that there’s not too much on the calendar this weekend. Dave and I will be joining some friends to watch the Warriors play an away game tonight, and that’s about it. I’ll be fitting in a weights workout and hopefully playing outside a bit. Have an awesome 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, Heather, Katie and Clare

  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 

Questions of the day

Do you have a recent favorite to share? What’s in store for your weekend? Do you have any useful apps to share with the group?

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  1. That purse is so cute. I bought designed purses years ago, and now I just go with cheap ones. I typically get sick of the purse by the time it starts wearing and tearing, anyway! I love how functional that one is, though! This weekend I have a baby shower for a cousin and I think that’s it! I’m a-ok with a lazier weekend. Hoping warmer temps stick around and I can get a good house cleaning done.

    1. Hi Heather! Showers are fun, so I hope you get some good eats at the one you’re going to this weekend. House cleaning? Not fun, but necessary. Have a fabulous weekend! 🙂

  2. Technology really does have its bonuses, doesn’t it? That’s a super cute purse – I recently scored one like it (OK fine, not JUST like it – it’s bedazzled with gold thingies – but it was $5!! Sold.

    1. Hi Ruthie! I think a bedazzled cheap purse sounds awesome! $5? That’s less than a smoothie hehhe!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  3. I love that purse! It’s such a fun spring color that goes with everything! I am all for keeping my purse purchases under $50. I think the one time I broke this rule was when I splurged on a Milly purse in NYC. I love that purse for that reason alone, but I think I’ve used it like five times?

    1. Hi Stacie, And you have to be extra careful with nicer purses — with the cheap ones, you don’t even worry if it sits on the floor! 🙂 hehehe Happy Friday!

  4. Love the jersey pic! How crazy about that BOA app. I’ve heard of that before, but have never taken the plunge to give it a try. Glad to hear it’s not a scam! 😉 I’m glad to hear you are feeling better. Teaching when you’re not feeling well is never fun. I hope you enjoy your weekend!

    1. Hi Heather! I always get sick after cross-country travel, so it was bound to happen. And go Warriors! Guess who they played and beat the night I wore that jersey?? 🙂 Happy Friday!

  5. I’m also loving greek yogurt lately! I picked up some berries at the store, and each morning have been having my yogurt with honey and berries. So delicious!

    I actually work for a bank, and was on a project that worked on a similar app (not for BOA though!) You can also deposit checks in ATM’s and they’ll take a snapshot of the check for you to keep as a receipt. Technology is so cool! I love hearing new pitches on services or products we’re coming up with 🙂

    1. Hi Gretchen! Technology is awesome! And berries in your yogurt is a healthy way to start the day. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  6. Loving your new purse! The ivory is beautiful for spring and summer. I just bought a new blush/nude cross body purse for the warmer months, and I’m loving it so far. I’m with you – I used to be all about the designer handbags, but they’re just not practical for me anymore, and I have other things to put my money into. 😉 Plus, there’s so many stores now that have great choices for a much better price.

    I’m intrigued by that Voskos Greek yogurt! I’ve always been incredibly impressed with how thick and creamy Fage yogurt it, so I’m surprised to hear it’s even thicker than that! Must be amazing. 🙂

    Enjoy your low key weekend, and I hope you get to feeling 100% soon!

  7. You’re such a champ, getting through that Attack class after a long flight home. That takes some serious commitment and strength!

    And I’m a huge fan of indoor plants. They’re nature’s air purifier! 🙂

    Have a great weekend!!

    1. Hi Sarah! Thank you! And it’s SO hard to teach ATTACK when I’m well, so as you can imagine, the other times are tortuous! Hope you have a lovely weekend! 🙂

    2. Hi Sarah! Thank you! And it’s SO hard to teach ATTACK when I’m well, so as you can imagine, the other times are tortuous! Hope you have a lovely weekend! 🙂

  8. Love DSW! I definitely have to pry myself away from that store. I’m in the same camp too.. I rarely use a purse anymore. I just have a wallet-phone case that holds my ID and credit card.
    Good luck with the plant! I kill everything green that crosses my path.. Maybe I’ll see how your succulent goes and then try my hand at it 🙂

    1. Hi Courtney! I’ll let you know how it goes with the plant. And I think I might head to DSW again this weekend for more. I can’t stop either!! 🙂 Have a good one!

  9. You just blew my mind with that phone app! I wonder if my bank has that. What a brilliant idea! Technology will never cease to amaze me. (I love your phone case too!)

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