Friday Favorites: Workout gear, a top + massage

Happy Friday, friends! Are you having a nice week so far? My week has been pretty good. I’ve been working on some new fitness opportunities, which I’m hoping to talk about soon. I’ve also washed my hair a few times, which is a rarity. What? Too much information in the first paragraph of a post? Well fine then, let’s keep it light and talk about a few little things that are making me happy. If you’re a Bay Area reader, I have a big discount for you at the end, so don’t miss it. And now here goes another edition of “Friday Favorites” …

My favorite new active wear: Lorna Jane

Have you heard of Lorna Jane? On Tuesday night, I was invited to go to my local Lorna Jane clothing store on Union Street in the Marina neighborhood of San Francisco for a styling session. Through my role as a Sweat Pink and Fit Approach, I was offered a free outfit in exchange for sharing my experience. Well, that sounded pretty fair to me, especially because I had never tried anything from the Lorna Jane line before and just recently heard about it over the past few months. I arrived in the evening and one of the store’s friendly associates, Maren, introduced me to the brand, walked me around the store, asked me about my style preferences and sizes and started pulling outfits for me.

Lorna Jane Union Street via A Lady Goes WestColorful scenes from the Lorna Jane Union Street store.

I said I like color and prints and wanted active wear that I could really sweat in, thinking it would be great to have a new outfit or two for teaching classes. I must say that Lorna Jane has the most colorful workout clothing I’ve ever seen. There was so much to choose from. I pulled a couple of pieces, while Maren did most of the outfit creating. She set me up in a fitting room, had me start trying and took my picture in all of the good outfits.

Before going into the store, as I like to do, I read up a bit on Lorna Jane and found out that the company was started by Lorna Jane Clarkson in Australia out of her apartment about 25 years ago, and today there are more than 150 stories worldwide. Lorna Jane wanted to create fashionable fitness clothing that also inspired women to be active, and that’s how the brand’s philosophy, “Move Nourish Believe,” came about, which is now a standalone website. In addition to that, the local stores started a new program called “Swap Shop” in which you can bring in three pieces of gently used workout clothing for a $15 store credit, and all of the used clothing is donated. I brought three pieces with me and took part in the program in order to buy an extra top above-and-beyond the free outfit I was given. Donating old clothes to charity in order to get a discount on new ones? Genius idea, just genius.

Ashley in Lorna Jane via A Lady Goes WestShown above from top left: The pieces I took home from Lorna Jane, and me posing in the Lorna Jane Union Street fitting room in some of the outfits pulled for me.

So if you’ve never tried Lorna Jane, here’s what you need to know.

  • It’s pricey, but you seem to get what you pay for.
  • The basic Comfort Sports Bra ($60) and Amy 3/4 Tights ($86.99) are the best sellers.
  • You can find workout wear and street-wear, and it’s all made for comfort and movement.
  • The garments should not be put in the dryer, which scares me a little, but I’ll deal with that when it’s time.
  • The sizing seems reasonable. I fit into an X-Small sports bra, size Small bottoms and X-small top, which is comparable to what I wear in other brands, although I usually get a size Small sports bra and top. I will say that the size Small bottoms were pretty snug, so keep that in mind when ordering.
  • The clothing appears to be very well-made, and there are a lot of special touches, like a tiny little gem heart on the inside of each garment.
  • I was very impressed by the fit and function of nearly all of the colorful sports bras that I tried on, so that was one of the high points, in addition to the fun patterns and designs of the clothing itself.

For my complimentary outfit, I selected the Rogue 7/8 Tights ($94.99), the Adina Excel Tank ($59.99) and the best-selling Comfort Sports Bra, and I purchased the Velocity Excel Tank ($62.99) because I wanted a second top to go with those fabulous green and black bottoms. I’m excited to rock my Lorna Jane workout wear next week. (Why didn’t I wear it yet? Because I always save new things for a least a week or so with their tags on before debuting, just to make sure the first wear is always a worthy one.) I’m really glad I’ve been introduced to Lorna Jane and definitely plan to keep an eye out for more duds. And when I want something else, I’ll be sure to swing by the Union Street location for some more friendly customer service.

My favorite new top: Banana Republic pullover

I’ve been eyeing all of those conversation tops and sweatshirts you see around these days. You know the ones with big, bold, sparkly words across the chest? Well, on Sunday, as Dave and I perused our local Banana Republic armed with a friends-and-family discount compliments of our friend Lexy, I found one. While I wanted to pick up about 25 items from Banana, I knew my closet couldn’t handle it, and I’m getting a pretty good rotation going with my LE TOTE clothing delivery these days anyways. In fact, I hadn’t planned on buying anything at all and was going to let Dave use all of the discount on his work clothes, but one little thing jumped into my hands. 

Banana Republic sweatshirtThe Little Black Sweatshirt Pullover from Banana Republic, laid out on my living room floor.

It was very busy in the store that day, and the fitting rooms were super full, which completely deterred me from even considering dresses or pants. So I tried this little beauty on in the middle of the store over my clothes. Yup, that’s how I roll. With 50 percent off, it only cost $30, so I felt like I was getting a good deal, and hey, it won’t take up too much room. I hope to be starting conversations in this pullover very, very soon. 

My favorite new San Francisco service: MassageNow

Okay Bay Area folks, here’s your chance for a discount … As if we weren’t already lucky to enjoy all of the beauty there is between wine country and the mountains of Marin, we’re also lucky that so many great companies get their start here. MassageNow is a brand new start-up, launched just five weeks ago that is designed to help you get up to a 50-percent-off discount on same-day massages at fancy spas and hotels around town. The folks at MassageNow reached out to me about their service, and I was intrigued.

As a fitness professional who is always sore, I really should get more massages. I hadn’t had once since a few months ago at Equinox and was very excited to try out the MassageNow service. I selected a 4:45 p.m. one-hour full-body massage appointment on Sunday at the W San Francisco at the Bliss spa. I’ve had drinks and dinner at W San Francisco before, and it’s a very swanky spot. Having a massage there for $60 is a major steal, as the regular price is around $129 for the service. 

Massage Now in SF via A Lady Goes WestSome shots from my massage experience at the W Hotel’s Bliss spa.

To secure my appointment, I simply went online to the MassageNow site in the mid-morning on Sunday and booked my complimentary service (yes, the MassageNow people kindly let me try it out for free), and headed out to the spa when it was time. My massage was great. Very relaxing and just what my sore muscles needed. Even better, when I was done, I didn’t even have to check out, because booking through MassageNow takes care of everything for you.

Here’s what you need to know about MassageNow:

  • It’s free to sign-up.
  • You can go to the site daily at 10 a.m. to see what appointments are available that day.
  • A one-hour massage is just $60, with an additional $12 gratuity. (That’s about a 50 percent discount from the regular price of most massages in San Francisco.)
  • You pay for your service ahead of time on the site, so no money changes hands at the spa.
  • When booking, you’ll know the general location of the spa, but not the spa name.
  • You can sign up for email alerts for particular days in the future, so you know when the open appointments are listed.
  • There are about 15 high-end spas around downtown San Francisco currently active on the site, but MassageNow will be expanding its footprint as early as next week.

To do a little research, I went on the site for several days to check the availability of appointments. During the week, many appointments are open starting around 11 a.m. and going through the evening, all in the downtown San Francisco area. However, on the weekends, being that is the most popular time for people to book services, the appointments are fewer and mostly in the afternoons. However, as MassageNow continues to expand, I expect many more appointments to appear daily.

That being said, I like the whole idea around MassageNow. I’m all about treating yourself to wellness services, and massages have a major health benefit, especially when it comes to loosening up your muscles. I’m also all about saving money and getting things for a deal. So if you’re going get a massage, why not try for a major discount at one of the nicer places around town and book it day-of through a service like this?

Discount alert for Bay Area readers! Now here’s the big discount for Bay Area readers: You can get your first massage on MassageNow for just $30, all the way until the end of November. (The regular price is $60.). To redeem, all you have to do is use this promo code: ALADYGOESWEST. Go to the site, put in your email, and then choose the day you want to be alerted to return to the site and book your appointment. It’s that easy. And hey, if you do try it out, please let me know!

My favorite links of the week

It’s possible you missed a few good things on the interwebs this week, so here are some of my favorite reads:

There you have it! Is this world’s longest post? Because I had more favorites to share that I guess I’ll save until next week.

So today is not my average Friday. I’m going to hit up a full-body Barry’s Bootcamp class this morning, do some work and then Dave and I are welcoming an out-of-town visitor who is just popping in for the night. Because of that, I decided to find a sub for my evening BODYPUMP class, (which I never do, so I hope my Pumpers forgive me), and we’re going out for a little fun. But I’ll be up bright-and-early tomorrow morning to teach BODYATTACK, then I’m heading to a little afternoon fitness event and laying low in the evening as Dave is off working at a basketball game. On Sunday morning, I’m teaching another outdoor bootcamp in the park, and I’m hoping for a big crowd and clear skies. That’ll be the weekend. If you want to keep track of my weekend escapades, follow me on Instagram, where I tend to check in with things that don’t make the blog. I hope you all have a lovely day! 

Read more fun Friday Favorites 

Are you a fan of these “Friday Favorites”? If so, see below for previous editions or visit the the link-up hostesses, Heather, Clare and Katie

  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 

Questions of the day

What’s something that you’re loving lately? How often do you get massages? What are you doing this weekend?

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  1. I passed that Lorna Jane store when I was in SF and wanted to stop in but didn’t have time. It was my first time seeing a store. I now know if I had I would have definitely bought something after seeing all the cute clothes you picked. Love the outfit you went with 🙂

    1. Hi Sara! Well now you know you really missed out with Lorna Jane! It’s truly the most colorful store I’ve ever been in. I’m glad I had someone helping me figure out what to try. Any plans to come back to SF?

  2. I so relate about the hair washing! I am probably sharing too much too. Haha…but I always try to get that extra day. 🙂

    Love your Lorna Jane outfit! I have not been getting massages regularly, but they are a great treat. Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Lovvvveeee your new Lorna Jane gear! I just saw some for the first time here in Naples (apparently Chicago hasn’t jumped on the train yet…) and was taken aback by the prices, haha. I definitely loved the style and the patterns and they all look super comfy so I will be trying the brand out soon!

    1. Hi Becky! Well I would definitely recommend some of the investment pieces like the basic sports bra and black pants, because you KNOW you’ll get your money’s worth with those types of items. Happy Friday!

    1. Hi Rachel!! So great to be connected, I’m really glad you found me. Thanks for stopping by. I didn’t get the striped top, but I’m thinking I should go back for it because you’re not the only one who has commented on it. Can’t wait to wear my new stuff. Hope you have an awesome weekend:)

    1. Hi Erin! Thanks! I got a green shirt and a pink shirt, but not the striped. But nearly everyone has commented on that striped shirt, so clearly I should go back for it! Happy Friday. Enjoy your massage:)

    1. Thanks for stopping by Alyse! I wish I had walked away with more LJ stuff! I’m definitely a fan now, so glad I got to go in for the special styling session. Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

  4. As I’m sure you can tell from my blog, I LOVE Lorna Jane!! I tried on those flower pants last week too – so adorable! You can’t go wrong with any of their gear.

    MassageNow sounds amazing. I wish we had that there. I’m constantly trying to get last minute massages and a discount would be nice 🙂 Happy Friday!

    1. Hi Whitney! I know, I would have bought a ton of stuff if I only had some place to store it in my little city apartment. Happy Friday to you! Hope you can get a massage sometime soon in your neck of the woods.

  5. I always love wearing Lorna Jane, I have yet to head to the SF store, and I know they opened one in Santa Rosa {just north of the city}. I get more facials than I do massages. I have a fun favorite things post on the blog right now for Fall. 🙂 Happy Friday Ashley

    1. Hi Lynda! Thanks for stopping by! Yes, facials are a good time too, especially when they give you a little shoulder massage with it. I’ll check out your favorites. Hope you have an awesome weekend:)

  6. Those outfits look so cute on you! I like your choices too.

    I’ve only gotten a massage twice in my entire life- the first one was amazing but the second was awful. Either way, I think Massage Now sounds like a great idea! Massages are great for your health so any excuse to get more is always a good thing. Thanks for the discount code!

  7. I’ve heard so many great things about Lorna Jane and I know some friends that LOVE their Swap Shop program. I’ve never tried them myself, but your outfits look so cute! Do you know if they have an instructor discount?

    1. Hi Breanne! I asked about an instructor discount when I was there, and they said that they don’t really have one. But they are working on something. It wasn’t clear or established, so maybe in the future? Cute stuff though! Hope you have an awesome weekend:)

  8. What a neat massage service idea! I’m a big fan of massages and after reading about that I’m feeling the need to book one for myself ASAP!!

    I really want to try out Lorna Jane, but since they don’t have any locations in Canada, I’ll have to wait for a trip. Bummer 🙂

    1. Hi Ange! Massages are so enjoyable, and I hope you get a chance to try out Lorna Jane soon. Have a lovely weekend:) And of course, thanks for stopping by to say hello!

  9. Well, you’ve made me a fan of Lorna Jane! If I could only afford more clothes right now..haha. Have to keep to a budget at the moment. BUT! I’m very impressed with their charity donation program where you can bring in gently used workout clothing. Way to go, Lorna Jane!

    1. Hi Kaylin! Yes, I know Lorna Jane stuff is so cute, but of course, a little pricey. Perhaps you can put some on your Christmas list this year? Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  10. Lucky lady, those Lorna Jane clothes are gorgeous! I love Lorna Jane but they are definitely a little pricey so I’ll have to wait for a special occasion to make the splurge, or start hinting about xmas presents to friend and family lol.
    Thanks so much for posting about Massage Now as well. I used to get massages all the time because in Thailand they are sooo cheap (average $10/hour) so it’s great to know about a service that offers heavily discounted massages.
    Have a great Sunday 🙂

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