Hey, party people! We’ve just about made it to another weekend. I’ve got to be honest and tell you I’m exhausted from this week. While I’d like to say that I have a relaxing couple of days ahead, that’s not the case at all. Dave and I are going to a big Super Bowl-related event in the City tonight, have a bunch of activities tomorrow and then a Super Bowl-watching party with friends on Sunday. Good thing it’s all fun stuff ahead. Now, let’s chat favorites …
This week’s finds for “Favorite Things”
We’re keeping it light with the latest edition of a few of my favorites …
My favorite beauty products of the week
I can remember Shannon from “The Real Housewives of Orange County” telling her daughter that our skin is our biggest organ, and we have to be careful what we put on it, because everything applied to the skin enters our system. Well, many years later, I’m starting to listen to that, and thank goodness there are companies out there making it easy for us all, like the creators of this facial cleanser …
Above you see an awesome Organic Purifying Face Cleanser, sent to me by the family-owned Block Island Organics company out of Rhode Island, and because of them, my skin and insides are safe. Right, Shannon? This cleanser is like a gentler, more pleasant Cetaphil-type of product, but also organic, vegan and full of good-for-you antioxidants. (And yes, it totally gets your make-up off after a long day.) If you’re interested in supporting this company, you can visit the website, make purchases and read more about the family’s mission. (Use the code ASHLEY for 20 percent off until February 10.)
And by the way, I leave the house without full make-up quite often (actually, it’s less and less these days, now that I’m working at places other than gyms), but I always make time for two cosmetics before I head out the door: mascara and eyebrow gel. Why? Because putting something on my eyes makes me feel a little less naked. Anybody agree?
My favorite bag of the week
Speaking of good products, have you ever heard of vegan leather? It’s just like regular leather, but is totally animal friendly, and I just received my first piece. Today, I’m excited to introduce you to a company called Canopy Verde, based out of Brooklyn and owned by a woman. Canopy Verde makes chic handbags and accessories, designed to be friendly to the environment using organic cotton and non-toxic materials. The owner of the company, Linda, reached out to me and let me choose an item to test out. I selected the Bergen Vegan Tote, which you see below.
How cute is this bucket tote? Perfect for a water bottle, shades, a wallet, snacks and maybe even a little bit more.
My favorite parts about this bag are the space inside and how comfortably it fits on my arm. It’s the perfect casual weekend bag to use for running errands, and I love the bright orange pop. Oh and those vegan leather handles? They are so soft. Anything from this line would make a great gift idea for an eco-conscious friend, so you should check out some of the cute clutches and unique bags on the Canopy Verde site today.
My favorite snack of the week
Other than breakfast, lunch and dinner, snack time is definitely my favorite time of the day. Are you with me? I picked up a bunch of little convenient bites to have at work, and here’s my best combination thus far …
Crunch. Fruit. Nuts. I’ll take it. This is an ideal mini-meal in my book.
I’ve always loved Larabars for their totally natural and real-food ingredients, and these Uber bars are just as clean, but have an added structure and nutty crunch. I bought a box at Target and will clearly be heading back for more. Uber delicious.
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 …
- Still need some inspiration for an appetizer for a football party this weekend? Thanks to Laura for including my prosciutto-wrapped brussels sprouts in this list: “Super Bowl Party Playbook Recipes.”
- If you need some structure for your next cardio session, check out this one I created for the MyFitnessPal blog: “Burn Big Calories with this 30-minute Treadmill Workout.”
- Did you know that I started my career as a communications coordinator at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando? True story! That’s why this list of little-known facts about Disney really entertains me, and I only knew about half. Scroll through “Disney World Facts that Even Die-Hard Fans Don’t Know.”
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Questions of the day
What’s on your agenda this weekend?
Do you plan to watch the Super Bowl?