Charleston Bound!

Happy Friday and Happy 4th of July weekend! Today, I am headed down to Charleston for some much needed R&R. I plan on spending a lot of time at the beach, shopping around King Street, and eating at some great restaurants. Be sure to follow along on Instagram for all the fun (@smwrightt). What are y'all up to this (hopefully) long weekend? Something patriotic I hope! See you all Monday!

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This brave soul went a whole year without shopping and actually learned a lot.

Here are 20 great ideas to make this your best (& healthiest) Summer yet.


If you don't have a ton of time to make dinner, try one of these 20 minute recipes.

Want to travel but can't afford to spend a ton? Here is a great deal to Edinburgh & London and another great deal to Paris & Amsterdam

Going on a road trip this weekend? Put on one of these Podcasts to help pass the time.


Take up to 40% off warm-weather shoes and sandals at Madewell.

Theory has a Summer flash sale going on with styles up to 70% off.

Nordstrom has up to 70% off their designer handbags.

Striped Button Down x White Denim






Wish List Wednesday: 4th of July

Phuket City Guide

After Chiang Mai, we headed to Phuket for some R&R. Phuket is Thailand's largest (& most touristy) island. This is where you see the crazy rock formations coming out of the sea and where the James Bond movie, The Man With The Golden Gun was filmed. After being around the hustle and bustle of the city, I was so excited to be heading to the beach.

Of all the places in Thailand, this was by far my favorite. The beaches were beautiful, the people were friendly, and there was so much to do. The one downside- everything was just as expensive as it is in the States, especially food and drinks. BUT, the views make it all worth it!



This hotel is absolutely breathtaking! It is located right on the beach and has great restaurants, a spa, a downtown shuttle, and contemporary rooms. 



1. Papaya Salad (Som Tum)
2. Pork Satay (Moo Ping)
3. Pad Thai
4. Fried Yellow Noodles w/ Chicken or Shrimp
5. Pancake (Roti)
6. Tom Yam Goong (Spicy and Sour Soup)
7. Massaman Curry



1. Hangout on The Beach
Take in all that Phuket has to offer by enjoying some R&R on the beach. Tan, take a swim, kayak, or explore- the options are endless!

2. Suwannakuha (Buddha Cave Temple)
Explore this temple buried deep inside a cave. Make sure to feed the monkeys while you're there. Warning- they will grab any food you have so keep it high!

3. Kayaking
We did this on the way to the James Bond Island, but there are many different places you can go. This was an awesome experience!

4. James Bond Island 
Hop in a long tail boat and head towards James Bond Island. Once you get there, explore and get a picture of the famous rock.

5. Phi Phi Island
This place is heaven on earth! Take a speed boat out to Phi Phi and explore some of the surrounding islands as well. Be sure to snorkel!

6. Lady Boys Show
The Lady Boys are very famous in Thailand. They put on a great show in Phuket with a mix of American, Thai, and other international songs. I swear they are all guys, but they sure fooled me!

Blueberry Banana Bread

makes 10 slices

What You Need
2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs
3 TBS coconut oil, melted and cooled
3 TBS maple syrup
1 TSP vanilla extract
2 cups almond flour
1 TSP baking powder
1 cup blueberries, fresh + additional for topping

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350° and grease a loaf pan or line with parchment paper. 
2. Using a stand mixer, combine the mashed bananas, 2 eggs, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. 
3. Next, add in the almond flour and baking powder. Mix well.
4. Fold in the blueberries and make sure everything is mixed well.
5. Pour into prepared pan and top with additional blueberries. Cook in oven for 45 minutes.
6. Let the pan completely cool before cutting into the bread. Enjoy with whatever toppings you choose!

Welcome To Friday!

Wahoo, we made it through another work week! Since it is officially Summer, work has slowed down a little bit giving me more time to work on my apartment. I'm finally crossing things off my "to get" list and it's all really coming together. Seriously though- shoutout to HomeGoods, because without that store I wouldn't even know what to do!

This weekend I plan on relaxing, apartment shopping, and hanging out with friends. I'm hoping the weather clears up so I can spend some time outside, but it isn't looking very promising. What are y'all up to this weekend? If you don't know what to do, check out my June post! See ya Monday!

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Links From This Week
Packing for a trip is hard, let these dresses make it easier.

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Dinner Dish Recommendation: Farm Stand Summer Vegetable Bowls

Want to save some money and eat healthier? Try making these 45 foods at home.

Here is your weekly dose of wanderlust.

Trending: Colored Lenses




A huge trend (that i'm definitely not hating) this summer is colored lenses. I mean, why weren't these a trend sooner?! This makes boring basic sunglasses so much more fun! Since Summer is finally here, I knew I had to find me a fun pair for all my upcoming outings. However, my delima was that I wanted something stylish but didn't want to spend a fortune. 

Luckily, I found these bad boys for under $10 from Sunglass Warehouse. I actually bought three different pairs, because I liked the quality and price point Sunglass Warehouse offered in their shades. Meet Octavia, she will be sure to shine the blues away! These sunglasses fit my face so well (and thats saying a lot) and are super light weight. That is a huge bonus during these hot, sweaty Summer months. 

Right now, you can use code "COOL40" for 40% off a single item. That makes this pair under $8!! Hurry, because offer ends 7/15. If these shades just aren't for you, don't worry! I've rounded up some of my other favorites in the link below. 

| Head over to my Maven Board for more colored lens inspo |

Wish List Wednesday: One Piece Swimsuits

Chiang Mai City Guide

After exploring Bangkok, we flew up north to the beautiful city of Chiang Mai. We only had two and a half days here, but they were both pretty packed with fun activities. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Chiang Mai, which needs a major renovation but was in a great central location! They also offer a shuttle to different markets, which helps save some cash. I personally liked Chiang Mai A LOT better than Bangkok. It was cleaner, mountainous, and had a slower pace of life. 



1. Sai Oua (Grilled Herb Sausage)
2. Gaeng Hoh (Mixed Curry)
3. Khao Soi (Yellow Egg Noodle Curry)
4. Kaeng Hang Lei (Northern Pork Curry)
5. Kaeb Moo (Pork Rinds)
6. Butterfly Pea Flower Tea




1. Wat Chedi Luang
Be sure to check out the ancient temple ruins in the back. We also got to talk with a monk about their daily life and how different it is than ours. 


Here, you get to see how all the pretty paper umbrellas are made. You can also get them to paint on anything for you as a cool souvenir. It is free, all you have to do is leave a tip!


3. Go to a Night Market
We went to the Night Bazaar, but they also have a great Sunday night market. Be sure to try out different foods, get a massage (or fish foot massage), and people watch.


4. Take a Thai Cooking Class
We took a Thai cooking class at Baan Hongnual Cookery School and it was amazing! We got to go to a local market to pick up our ingredients and then learned how to cook them. We also got a cookbook to bring home with us!


5. Doi Suthep Temple
This temple has the most beautiful views of the city! You do have to walk up some stairs, but the view at the top is worth it.


6. Wat Rong Khun
This is a little bit of a drive, but it is unlike any temple you will ever see. It is completely white and filled with crazy artwork and sculptures. They even have paintings of Pokemon, Deadpool, Sueprman and other modern characters inside the temple walls.
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Coconut Curry Chicken + Cauliflower Rice

serves 2

What You Need 
For the Chicken
Olive oil
2 chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces 
1/2 sweet onion, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
2 TBS curry powder
1/2 TBS thai red curry paste
1 (13.5 oz) can of coconut milk
Salt, to taste
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
Cilantro, for topping
Lime wedges, for topping

For the Cauliflower Rice
1 cauliflower, riced in food processor or pre-riced cauliflower form Trader Joes 
Salt & pepper, to taste

Directions
For the Chicken
1. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add chicken, onion, and pepper. Sauté for 1-2 minutes and then add curry powder. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until chicken is 90% done.
2. Next, add red curry paste, coconut milk, and lime juice to the pan. Bring to a boil and then turn down to low. If you want to cook the cabbage with everything, add it now or you can cook it separately on the stove with olive oil for 2-3 minutes. 
3. Add salt to taste and then serve with cooked cauliflower rice and cabbage. Top with fresh cilantro and lime wedge. Enjoy!

Father's Day Weekend!

It's Friday and I couldn't be happier! This week wasn't too crazy work wise, but a few days to relax is much needed. I'm thinking about trying out a new restaurant this weekend and maybe laying out by the pool if the weather cooperates. This Sunday is Father's Day and I can't wait to celebrate with my Dad. We plan on going to church and then trying out a fun brunch spot. I hope you all have exciting plans for the weekend!

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Links From This Week

H&M is having a great sale, check out these top picks.

Dinner Dish Recommendations: Plantain Gnocchi w/ Savory Short Ribs

Still haven't gotten Dad a gift? Here are some last minute ideas.

It you're trying to eat healthier this Summer, follow these Instagram accounts for some food inspo.

Another great travel deal- fly to the U.S. Virgin Islands for cheap on multiple airlines. 
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Elegant Wrap Dress





Bangkok City Guide

A few weeks ago, Anna and I jet set of to Thailand on a vacation of a lifetime! We didn't want to spend a fortune, so we booked our trip through Groupon for Affordable World, which is a tour company. We very were hesitant booking through Groupon...who know's if these companies can be trusted and how the conditions of the lodging, transportation, etc. would be. We read up on the reviews before we finalized everything and the overwhelming response from past travelers was great! So we booked it and hoped for the best! 

The Groupon already came with flights included through Air China, which I had never heard of before this trip. For our flights, we had a 12 hour flight from San Francisco to Beijing, then a 2 hour layover, and then a 5 hour flight from Beijing to Bangkok. To our surprise, Air China was very nice and spacious! We all had personally TVs and got multiple meals. Below, I will tell y'all my favorite things to do while in Thailand's capital city. If you want any additional information, feel free to email me at sydneymariewright@gmail.com. 



Pullman Bangkok Hotel G
This hotel is in a great, central location to explore Bangkok. 
They have beautiful guest rooms, delicious restaurants, and a great city view pool.



1. Pad Thai
2. Chocolate and Banana Roti
3. Thai Steamed Dumplings
4. Meat Skewers
5. Thai Crispy Crepe
6. Coconut Ice Cream
7. Mango Sticky Rice
8. Thai Iced Tea
9. Butterfly Juice
10. Any Dish w/ Glass Noodles
11. Gyoza




1. China Town
This is a good place to people watch and grab some food. If you see a line, jump in it! Warning, it gets very crowded and hectic.

2. Wat Trimitr (Temple of the Golden Buddha)
Be sure to walk around the grounds and check out all the smaller buildings.

3. Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
Get lost wandering the grounds!


4. Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
Be sure to make a wish to the Buddha.

5. Damnoen Saduak (one of the most famous floating markets)
This is a great place to try some traditional street food or buy souvenirs.

6. Ride a long tail speedboat down the canals
Make sure to bring a camera, because you never know what you'll find!

7. Visit the Elephant World Sanctuary and bamboo raft down the river
Be sure to get a kiss and a massage by an elephant!
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