And just like that, it was the last weekend before Christmas. I hope you’ve had a great week and have something to look forward to over the next couple of days. I’ve got four holiday parties to attend over the course of the weekend, and I’m quite excited about all the festivities ahead. Without further ado, let’s jump into the topic at hand.
This week’s finds for “Friday Favorites”
As usual, I’m keeping it light today, so please enjoy the latest edition of my favorite recent finds spanning fashion to food to musicals …
My favorite comfy gift of the week
For Dave and my three-year wedding anniversary earlier this year in May, my parents bought us some luxurious personalized bathrobes from Pottery Barn. Why, you ask? Because when recounting our vacations, Dave always talks about the quality of the bathrobes in the hotel room. For instance, when we took our honeymoon in Jamaica, the bathrobe was way too short for him, and it was laughable when he put it on. However, when we went skiing in Tahoe a couple of years ago, the Ritz provided one awesome robe, and he lived in it and talked of it often post trip. Totally weird, right??
I would highly recommend these monogrammed high-quality robes as a gift in the future, because everybody needs a solid bathrobe, and the long ones go down to about mid-calf.
Now that the weather is so cold this past week, I’ve been living in my bathrobe over my clothes when I’m home. I mean, it’s just so warm and comforting. Major props to my Mom for coming up with such an awesome gift, which unfortunately had to live on the closet shelf half of the year until the temperatures dropped, but has now been a total life-saver.
My favorite food of the week
If you read A Lady Goes West on the regular, particularly my food posts on Wednesdays, then you know that truly, my favorite food of every week is the purple sweet potato. However, I’ve got a few new things I’ve been enjoying lately in the food department …
Whole grains, lentils, veggies and light sauce all mixed up in one bag and nearly ready to eat? Yes, please. Nice work, Birds Eye. The California Style is my jam.
When I was home over Thanksgiving in Florida visiting my parents, my Mom offered me one of these steamers bags, and I was so impressed. While typically I prefer to roast my fresh veggies slathered in coconut oil in the oven, these ready-to-steam bags are so much more convenient. They cook up in about five minutes and are super tasty, with just a slight bit of sauce and plenty of good vegetables and grains too. They really fill you up, paired with eggs or additional protein.
My favorite delivery of the week
Every time I get a new delivery from Rocksbox jewelry subscription, I’m so excited about it, that I wear all three of the pieces the next time I get to dress in normal clothes (yes, I mean something other than my daily attire of workout wear). I did that this past week, throwing on all three of these items I recently received for a night out for dinner and drinks in the City.
This Loren Hope necklace is to-die-for. It’s the most expensive necklace that’s ever arrived in my shipments, and I feel good wearing it. This Kendra Scott bangle is pretty darn fashionable (similar), and these Gorjana earrings could seriously go with everything.
If you’re looking for a last-minute gift for a fashionable friend, I’d definitely suggest a subscription to Rocksbox. It’s only $19 a month for unlimited deliveries of jewelry you can wear and send back or purchase for a discounted price. I’ve bought about half of the items that have been sent to me, because I like them so much. PROMO CODE: For your first month free, use the code aladygoeswestxoxo.
My favorite show of the week
Last weekend, I had a ton of holiday festivities to enjoy, but one that stood out as the most festive was the Christmas show that Dave and I attended at our local theater. It had been quite some time since we went to a production, and this one was our first since living in the ‘burbs. We arrived for the Sunday-evening show just in time to grab a drink and be seated for a strong rendition of “A Christmas Carol.”
True story: There was a very talkative child behind us during the first half of the show, who was then kindly escorted out by his parents by the second half.
This was our first time seeing a show at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek, and it’s a nice little performing arts hall with a parking garage attached to it. I’d definitely go back. “A Christmas Carol” is such a classic, and even though I’ve seen plenty of versions of it, this was the best live one, put on by the Center REP. Some good singing, a little bit of dancing, great acting and a whole lot of Christmas.
My favorite links of the week
Did you miss the latest on A Lady Goes West this week?
- A dinner date, a holiday party, some fitness and fun in the Bay
- Sharing is caring: Host a festive holiday “share” party
- Fun facts about life lately and food
- A 20-minute BODYPUMP-inspired full-body workout
And from around the web worth checking out …
- Even though I’m a trainer and group fitness instructor, that doesn’t mean that I do all of the exercises my body needs. In fact, sometimes, I avoid the hard ones. For instance, this combination move, which is so effective and should probably be in my next solo workout.
- Whatever you do, make sure you take three minutes out of your day to watch this video from beginning to end. You’re welcome, friends. I die. I seriously die. I’m going to watch it again right now. This girl is my spirit animal.
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Questions of the day
What are you up to this weekend?
What’s on your Christmas wish list this year?