Friday Favorites: Shoes, people, pets, links and more

And just like that, it’s time for my favorite post of the week. As far as weekend plans are concerned, Dave and I actually ended up saying no to a few things in order to have some free time. Outside of buying a Christmas tree this evening and hanging out with Rudy, we don’t have a lot on the agenda for the next couple of days, which sounds just perfect. We’re still getting back into the zone after Thanksgiving travels, that’s for sure.

This week’s finds for “Friday Favorites” 

I’ve got some good things to share, so please enjoy today’s latest edition of weekly favorites …

My favorite purchases of the week

I had a few successful shopping trips while at home in Florida. Nothing fancy, folks, but some good stuff, which I genuinely needed. I bought this sweater dress, a denim jacket and a few more fall-ish goodies at Old Navy. I also popped into my favorite shoe store, DSW, for these …

Audrey Brooke boots via A Lady Goes West Friday Favorites

These Audrey Brooke wedge booties were the winners for me, but I also had my eye on these and these.

Yes, I already have several pairs of booties, but the wedge differentiation makes these stand out from the pack. They are comfortable, fashionable, functional and have already been worn out on the town in Orlando earlier this week. Definitely my fall/winter staple shoe. And if you’re in need of some reasonably priced cute clothes for the season, head into your local Old Navy. I could have bought the entire store.

My favorite people of the week

Visiting home in Florida was just the best. While it had nothing to do with the setting (although the sunshine, ability to pop into Publix, numerous meals at First Watch and weather didn’t hurt), it had everything to do with the people. It’s no secret that I miss my family and friends in Florida, even though life is good out here on the West Coast. 

Shots from a beautiful visit to Florida via A Lady Goes West

Just a few shots from my nearly two weeks in Florida for Thanksgiving. So many awesome folks, so little time!

Spending the days with my parents, my brother, his girlfriend and so many of my long-time people was just fabulous. I wish there had been more time. I saw four of my five bridesmaids, met new babies and children and visited new homes. All around good stuff. Here’s hoping that some of those people come visit me again one day! (I mean, I finally have a second bedroom that’s ready for business, just sayin’ … ) Moral of the story? Hold your loved ones close, if they live near you.

My (Rudy’s) favorite pet things of the week

When I did my reader survey several weeks ago, I was shocked at how many people asked to see more pictures and hear more about my little maltipoo poochie, Rudy. Well, ask and you shall receive, pet lovers …

Rudy Thanksgiving collage via A Lady Goes WestWhether he is sleeping on my arm at the table, playing with his ball in the kitchen, moving from lap to lap or sitting on structures outside, Rudy is always one happy pup.

Of course, Rudy came with me to Florida, and it comes as no surprise that he was well received by my family and everyone who met him. He got extra treats, extra walks and even extra attention (if that is possible) during the entire two weeks. I think it’s safe to say that Rudy is a fan of visiting his Grandparents’ house. And because he is so cute, I figured Rudy deserved a chance to share some of his favorites with you today …

Rudy's favorite things via A Lady Goes West

He doesn’t need much. This plain ol’ tennis ball keeps Rudy totally entertained. He also loves Paul Newman heart-shaped treats and his new bottle of pet medicine.

My Mom’s friend recommended the beauty that is this yellow bottle of goodness called Rescue Remedy. It’s a totally safe, all-natural plant-based liquid drop, that you put on your dog’s treat, and it calms him/her down. After a pretty rough cross-country trip with Rudy on the way to Florida, I administered this to Rudy on the way back to California and it was a LIFE-SAVER! I gave him four drops on a cookie right before the flight, and he was a little angel for five hours. I gave it to him again during our layover, and once again, he kept quiet and calm in his little pet carrier all the way until we got back home. I cannot believe it. My vet had told me to give Rudy Benadryl, but that didn’t work the first time we tried it, so we’ve been going drug-free for our numerous flights, and he’s been a fairly good boy. But for some reason, the flight to Florida was terrible, and I was not wanting to repeat that on the return. I will now totally swear by Rescue Remedy. And it makes the list as one of Rudy’s favorites today, because he enjoyed taking a nap rather than being nervous. He told me so. Rudy approved.

My favorite links of the week

Did you miss the latest on A Lady Goes West this week? 

And from around the web worth checking out …

That’s it for now. I hope you have a great weekend, friends. You know my radio is already programmed to all the Christmas tunes. How about yours?

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Read more Friday Favorites

If you’ve enjoyed browsing through this post, visit the the link-up hostesses, Heather and Katie, or check out all of my older “Friday Favorites” posts. 

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Questions of the day

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  1. Love me a wedge bootie. I’m getting pretty tired of wearing tennis shoes everywhere (and not having the option to wear boots) because of this injury (anything with a heel exacerbates it). So I can’t even do jeans and boots!
    Have a great weekend, Ashley!

  2. Adorable wedge bootie! Love the idea of a more natural medication for the pup. I’ve, for whatever reason, always disliked giving them human medicine, so this sounds like the perfect combo. Thanks for the tip!

    Have a fantastic, relaxing weekend with your new tree. πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, my vet said we could give him a prescription drug to calm him down, but I didn’t want to. So the natural stuff is an awesome choice. Hope you have a nice weekend, lady! πŸ™‚

  3. Those wedge booties are adorable! LOVE them! Also, First Watch and Publix… you have me drooling over here. So glad you were able to have such a great trip home. We need to get down there soon! Thanks for linking up your faves. Have a great weekend and fun decorating your tree!

  4. Love the booties and First Watch- yum! Old Navy has been pretty great lately, and they have tall sizes for tops online- yay! Rudy is too cute :), on our way back from Vietnam, there was a pup on our flight from South Korea to Detroit- 12 hours! I only heard a few peeps from it right before takeoff and when we landed. No idea how that works.

    1. Hi Jessie! Yes, Rudy’s little whines are low enough that only my immediate row could really hear them, so perhaps that pup was keeping to it’s area only? But wow, 12 hours is a long time for a dog to hold their potty. Maybe they figured out how to let them go? hahhah! Happy weekend, lady!

  5. I love seeing pics of Rudy! He is just so cute! I’ll have to remember those Rescue drops for our next road trip. Our dogs get a little anxious and tend to pant the whole time which drives me crazy! Those might solve the problem πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  6. Rudy is such a cutie! I like those booties, I bought a similar pair from Lulus a few weeks ago, I just need it to get a little cooler in Florida so I can wear them! The struggle is real lol.

  7. Lol, they should make Rescue Remedy for humans! But I think that’s the in-flight purchases of alcohol πŸ™‚

    We’re getting a tree this weekend too! Also it’s St. Nicholas Day on Sunday. I grew up Catholic and like to share the tradition of leaving your shoes out to receive gifts and candy from St Nick; for us it was always a new tree ornament to commemorate the past year. It’s fun to carry on childhood traditions!

  8. Thanks for sharing Rescue Remedy. One of my dogs is having terrible car anxiety. She was shaking and seemed to be scared the whole 7 hour drive home from our Thanksgiving trip. It was so heart-breaking to see her in such distress. I will give the Rescue Remedy a try since Benadryl does work for her.

  9. Okay this is like tooooo perfect. I have been looking for something natural / safe to give my kitten to calm him down when I take him to the vet to get his soft paws put on. He hates getting in his crate and freeeaks out. Thank you for sharing Ashley!!!

  10. Loving those booties, Ashley! Now I want to go shopping. πŸ˜‰ I hear ya on needing a quiet weekend after holiday craziness. Sometimes it’s nice to just relax! I’ve been lying low this weekend, mostly to rest an injured toe, but it’s also nice to be able to nap and just veg out a bit. Hope you have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

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