Hi, friends! I hope you’ve been having a great week. Pretty normal stuff over here. This upcoming weekend, Dave and I are hosting a little dinner for some of our friends — it’s our turn in the group dinner party rotation, and our night just happens to fall on a Warriors away game, so we’re keeping it casual, but I will be spending some time in the kitchen cooking, which is always fun. Other than that, not much to report, although some updates are coming your way next week! Let’s get to the favorites …
My favorite new shoes: Red sneaks
When I went to Chicago last week, I debuted my brand new red Nike shoes, which I’m totally obsessed with. I got these sneaks in the mail from my friends at Premier Protein, and they are super soft and comfortable and also quite eye-catching. These shoes are the Roshe One style, and I would call them perfect for city walking and athleisure/fashion — but not the best shoe for cross-training or major exercise, because they aren’t built for that.
Wearing these is like walking on air, because there is a nice cushy platform for your feet, yet they are also super light. (Major benefit when you are packing them for a trip or doing a lot of walking — nothing to weigh you down.) If you are in need of some cute sneakers for romping around on the weekend, I would highly suggest this style. Simple, comfy and oh-so-cute.
My favorite workout of the week: PiYO
You guys, I have been wanting to try the PiYO Workout for years. Literally years. Some of you may know PiYO for its Beachbody fame, and the fact that the amazing Chalene Johnson created it. (Remember when I met and interviewed her last year? So cool!). Anyhow, Chalene created PiYO, because she would always get bored in yoga and felt like Pilates was too strict, but she knew that both of those movement styles were beneficial and totally necessary to keep her body healthy and mobile. Thus PiYO was born. How cool is that? (Not a PiYO pic below, but a pic from the gym this week, so you get it … )
I LOVED the PiYO workout that I took this week. It’s just under an hour, is done in bare feet on a yoga mat and requires nothing but your own bodyweight. You start with a warm-up, opening up the body with squats, lunges, and even yoga sun salutations. You do some upper-body work with push-ups, and a lot of work with single-leg curtsy lunges, leg lefts and more squats. Then, the second half of the class is all about the flow, featuring a fast-paced yoga sequence, which keeps you moving, breathing and opening up even more in all directions. I took a live class and was definitely surprised at how fast some of the patterns were — it kept me guessing. Yet, there was also enough repetition that everyone could catch on. Overall, PiYO opens up your body, helps you to work on balance and flexibility, as well as full-body strength. It moves quickly, does not get boring and is totally low impact and great for any fitness level. I hope to take it again soon! I’m even tempted to order the home DVDs to have access to it.
My favorite make-up bag: Ted Baker
I was in serious need of a new make-up bag around the holidays last year. My Mom gifted me this Ted Baker cosmetic case, which is red, shiny and pretty glamorous with a bow and sparkles, and certainly deserves to be shown on the blog. I LOVE it. It’s firm, so you feel like your make-up is nice and safe inside too.
Speaking of make-up, I’m thinking of switching foundation. Right now I use a MAC compact (so college, I know), but I may go back to a more sheer cream instead. Would love your recommendations of favorite brands in the comments, if you care to share your product of choice! Nonetheless, this make-up bag is adorable and a major upgrade to what I was working with before. Thanks, Mom!
My favorite links
A lot of good stuff from around the web to read …
- Calling all almond butter lovers — there are many more ways you can eat it than just slathered on toast. I even got to throw an idea into the mix in this article: “12 more awesome uses for almond butter.”
- This one was super fun to write, because I’m so interested in mushrooms. I have a few boxes of special mushroom tea that I haven’t tried yet, but you guys will be the first to know when I do. Until then, check out this piece I wrote for 24Life: “Up your game with medicinal mushrooms.”
- How delicious do these little cauliflower bites look? Mmmmm!
- Loved this post from my friend Gina about wellness books she has read or recommends. I’m reading a good one right now that I will share with you soon. Check out her list!
- Admittedly, I haven’t bought a piece of clothing from Target since college. Perhaps it was after a few cheap purchases falling apart that I decided to skip the fashion forever. However, I will definitely pop into the store to check out Victoria Beckham’s new line when it launches in April. Love her style!
Also, my friends in the A Lady Goes West Friends Facebook group are the bomb. That is all. If you want to join us, we’d be happy to have you!
And finally, congrats to Sarah F. for winning the Frontier Bites giveaway. More giveaways coming! Have a great weekend, my friends. Do something healthy and something super fun!From fitness to fashion, check out blogger @apstyle latest favorite things ... Click To Tweet
Questions of the day
What are you up to this weekend?
Have you found any favorites worth sharing lately? Make-up? Food? Fitness?