Wish List Wednesday: Memorial Day Addition

Casual Shirt Dress x Platform Sandals

When it's hot out, there isn't a much better outfit than a casual shirt dress x platform sandals. You can just throw both of these pieces on and call it a day! I found this dress at TJ Maxx and the shoes at H&M, but they are sold out so I offered some similar options below.





Weekend Ahead!

Happy Friday! It was another crazy work week for me, plus my Mom had a big birthday that we celebrated. I want to give her a shout out, because she takes all my pictures for me and does the best job! She always keeps it fun too! Happy xx birthday Mom!

This weekend, I am heading up to Athens to spend the weekend with my boyfriend. We've got an engagement party to go to and might even cheer on the UGA baseball team against Alabama tonight. Other than that, it will be pretty low key. What are y'all up to this weekend?

xxxx


I am here for this Madewell x Outdoor Voices collaboration. 

Target just dropped new summer styles. Here are the top picks!

Want to start adding tonic herbs into your diet? Here is a guide to which herbs help with what.


Give this new Costco Cider a try.

See what's going on in Atlanta this weekend.

Anthropologie has 50% off their favorite dresses.
Some of my favorites: this garden party dress, this floral maxi dress and this bolano dress.

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burgers w/ Chili Mayo

makes 6-8 patties

What You Need
For The Burgers
2 sweet potatoes, sliced in half (long way)
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 TSP salt
1 TSP onion powder
1/2 TSP garlic powder
1 TSP chili powder
1/4 TSP oregano
2 TSP cumin
1/4 TSP black pepper
1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa 

For The Chili Mayo
1/4 cup avocado mayo
2 TSP roasted red chili paste
Juice of 1/2 a lime
Salt and pepper, to taste

Toppings
Avocado
Lettuce
Onion
Buns

Directions
For The Burgers
1. Preheat the oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place sweet potatoes open side down onto the pan. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until soft when pierced with a fork. Once cooked, remove from oven (keep oven on) and let cool for 5-10 minutes before scraping out the insides. I saved the skins to use for other recipes!
2. In a large bowl, add the black beans, spices and sweet potato insides. Mash everything up well until you get a semi-chunky consistency. 
3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using your hands, form the dough into 6-8 patties depending how big you want them and place onto the pan. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes on one side and then flip and cook for 10 additional minutes.
4. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before eating!

For The Chili Mayo
1. Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix together. 
2. When burgers are done, top with chili mayo and enjoy!

| via Isabel Eats |

KILLA Kit - ZitSticka Review

Grab a KILLA Kit for yourself here.

Acne is the WORST. I have been battling with it since I was a kid and still get hormonal acne from time to time. I have a major skincare addiction, so I love trying new product and seeing how well it works for me. After reading an article about the KILLA Kit from ZitSticka, I knew I had to give them a try. 

KILLA is a patch used to target under-the-skin acne before it becomes an even bigger problem. They use quality ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, and sodium hydroxide to help zap the zit without drying you out. The kit is sold for $29 and comes with 8 microdart patches and 8 cleansing swabs. They also have super cute packaging!

Now...onto my thoughts and experience using the product. If I had to rate it on a scale, I would give it a 6 out of 10. The thing is, they are very tricky to determine if I would recommend them or not. They worked great on a few of my zits and then didn't do anything for the others. You have to know exactly when to put it on, so that you can target the zit before it even reaches the surface. 

A major plus- the zits it did work on, were cleared in a day or two which was amazing! However, those were less intense zits and not my typical cystic acne. Since they are $29 for 8 (breaks down to $3.63 per patch), I don't know if I would buy another box. I do think that you should try it out for yourself before you make a decision. Like I said, it did work great on some of my zits so there is hope that it could work better for you than it did for me!

Happy Mother's Day Weekend!

The weekend is here and I am beyond happy! I don't know about you, but this week has been so crazy. There truly isn't enough time in the day to get everything done and it is so stressful. However, it is Friday so we officially made it through another work week! Time to kick back and relax!

This weekend, I am celebrating one of my closest friend's engagement with a girls day brunch. I can't wait to spend time with some of my favorite people over delicious food and mimosas, of course! Other than that, I am relaxing and spending time with my family for Mother's Day. Don't forget to spoil all the mammas out there! See you Monday!

xxxx


Here are some great Whole Foods shopping hacks.

Wanting to jump on the natural deodorant train? Here are 8 favorites from Chalkboard Magazine.

Here are some great lunch hacks to stop you from hitting that mid-day slump.


There is A LOT going on in Atlanta this weekend.

It's Mother's Day weekend! Find something fun to do with your mom.

Weekend Dish Recommendation: Coconut Shrimp Lettuce Wraps


Anthropologie has 20% off all weekend and free shipping TODAY ONLY for orders over $150.
Some of my favorites: this peasant top, this pleated floral skirt and this whicker tote.

Tassel Earrings x Pop of Coral




Black is a major staple in my closet and I have been on hunt for a good pair of black earrings for the longest time. Thanks to Rocksbox, I finally found the perfect pair! These tassel earrings are fun and super light, so that they don't weigh down my ears all day. I LOVE them! To get your first month of Rocksbox for free, use code smwrighttxoxo at checkout.



Mother's Day Gift Ideas


Mother's Day is this upcoming weekend and if you haven't gotten a gift yet, I am here to help! All of these Mother's Day gift ideas are under $100 and have fast shipping, so they get here by Sunday. I am really loving the pjs and skincare set!

Happy Weekend!

We have another glorious Friday ahead! This week, I finally got hit with the allergy bug and it is not fun. I am so sleepy but have no time to nap! I did get to check out a new restaurant this week called Calle Latina, in Decatur. It was amazing and I highly recommend going! I know i'll definitely be back for their sangria and fresh food. 

This weekend, I am just laying low since I am battling these terrible allergies. Maybe i'll actually catch up on some sleep, but probs not. However, I am grabbing brunch with some friends which will be super fun! We haven't decided where we are going yet, but i've got a few ideas up my sleeve. As far as Cinco de Mayo, I don't have any crazy plans, just going to cook in or grab some Mexican somewhere if I feel like battling the crowds! What are y'all up to this weekend?


xxxx


See what's coming to Netflix this month!



Get some inspiration for new outfit combinations this May.

See what's going on in Atlanta this Cinco de Mayo weekend. 


Bloomingdale's is having up to 40% off select shoes.
Some of my favorites: these espadrille sandals, these adidas sneakers and these smoking slippers

Sephora is having their Insider Sale.
Some of my tried and true favorites: this IT correcting cream, this Clarins face tanner and this Fresh pore purifying mask.

Veggie Packed Salsa Verde Enchiladas + Cashew Sauce

serves 4-6

It's almost Cino de Mayo! That gives me every excuse to have a festive Mexican night packed with enchiladas, guac and margaritas. What is better than that?! I made these veggie packed salsa verde enchiladas + cashew sauce this week and they were TO DIE FOR. I made both the tortillas and salsa verde from scratch and they were definitely worth it! 

What You Need
For The Cashew Sauce
1/2 cup + 2 TBS of water
1 cup of cashews
2 TSP apple cider vinegar
1/2 poblano pepper, diced
1 1/2 TBS lemon juice
1 TSP maple syrup
2 TBS nutritional yeast
Salt and pepper, to taste

For The Enchiladas
8-12 pack of tortillas (or you can make your own)
2 cups salsa verde, divided (or you can make your own)
Olive oil
1 can (15 oz) of unsalted corn, drained and rinsed
1 can (15 oz) of unsalted black beans, drained and rinsed
2 medium zucchinis, cut into 1/2 inch slices and then in half again (to resemble half moons)
1 white onion, cut into half moon slivers
6 garlic cloves, minced
4 handfuls of kale, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste 

Toppings
Avocado, sliced
Cilantro, chopped
Lime wedges

Directions
For The Cashew Sauce
1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend. Make sure to scrape down the sides halfway through.
2. Store in a jar in the fridge until ready to use.

For The Enchiladas
1. Preheat the oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Spread out the zucchini, corn, onion and garlic onto the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until vegetables are starting to soften. Keep oven on!
3. In a large skillet, add 1 TBS olive oil and sauté the kale and black beans until kale is wilted. 
4. Once vegetables are done cooking in the oven, add them along with 3/4 cup of the salsa verde to the skillet. Mix everything together well and remove from heat.
5. Spread 3/4 cup of salsa verde onto the bottom of a 9"x12" baking dish. Now time to assemble these enchiladas!
6. Fill each tortilla with some of the veggie filling and then place open face down, into the baking dish. Continue with the rest of the tortillas. I had a ton of filling leftover!
7. Spread 1/2 cup of salsa verde on top of the enchiladas and then bake in the oven for 20 minutes. 
8. Remove the enchiladas and top with as much cheese sauce as you want. Place back in the oven and bake for 10 more minutes. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes.
9. Top with your desired toppings and enjoy!

| adapted from My Darling Vegan |

Top Things To Do In Atlanta This May


This year is FLYING by. I cannot believe it is already almost Summer! With warmer temperatures, comes a ton of outdoor festivals, activities, etc. to explore around the city. Scroll down to see my top things to do in Atlanta this May!

Head to Suntrust Park to watch the Braves play the San Diego Padres May 1st-2nd (tickets $6+)

Head over to Central Park for the Shaky Knees FestivalMay 3rd-5th (tickets $189+)

Try out the best tacos and margaritas Atlanta has to offer at the Margarita + Taco Festival in Grant Park. May 4th (free entry or ticket options starting at $40)

Pretend that you're at the Kentucky Derby at the Shepard Center's Derby DayMay 4th (tickets $75+)

Head down to Mercedes Benz to cheer on Atlanta United against Toronto FC. May 8th (tickets $36+)

Head over to Laughing Skull for their Annual Comedy FestivalMay 9th-12th (tickets $25+)

Jam out at Central Park's Shaky Beats FestivalMay 10th-11th (tickets $139+)

Browse Chastain Park's Art FestivalMay 11th-12th (free entry)

Cheer on Atlanta United against Orlando City. May 12th (tickets $13+)

Watch the Braves play against the Cardinals. May 14th-16th (tickets $7+)

Cheer on the Atlanta Braves against the Milwaukee Brewers. May 17th-19th (tickets $9+)

Explore Kirkwood while browsing tons of food and art vendors at their Spring FlingMay 18th-19th (free entry)

Sample all different kind of craft beers at East Atlanta's Craft Beer FestivalMay 18th (tickets coming soon)

Browse all of the animals while sipping on beer at the Atlanta Zoo's Brew at the ZooMay 25th (tickets $50+)

Look for some cool handmade pieces at Decatur's Art FestivalMay 25th-26th (free entry)

Head over to Suntrust to watch the Braves play against the Nationals. May 28th-19th (tickets $6+)

Watch Atlanta United face off against Minnesota United FC. May 29th (tickets $36+)

Attend the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival at the Loews Hotel. May 30th-31st (tickets $55+)

Cheer on the Braves against the Detroit Tigers. May 31st (tickets $13+)

Listen to great music at Candler Park's Music & Food FestivalMay 31st (tickets $40+)

The Weekend is Here!

The weekend is here and I couldn't be happier! This week was busy with appointments and a trip down to Griffin for more appointments. My aunt, uncle and cousin also came into town so it was great getting to have dinner with them! I am spending this weekend exploring around Athens. I am so happy the weather will be nice, so I can spend a lot of time outside. What are y'all up to this weekend?

xxxx


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Find the most dog-friendly bar in your state to take your pet to.


Check out what's going on in Atlanta this weekend. 

Give one of these Ikea hacks a try.

Weekend Dish Recommendation: Jalapeño Pork Chop & Veggie Bowl

Book a flight from Southwest Airline's fare sale. 


Urban Outfitter's has 50% off their sale, today only!
Some of my favorites: this linen dress, these modern cowboy boots and these high-waisted jeans.

Homemade Paleo Pasta + Bolognese

serves 4-6

This homemade paleo pasta + Bolognese is a go-to in my house! It is slightly time consuming, but so worth it because it really does taste like real pasta. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

What You Need
For The Bolognese 
1 lb ground beef
1 brown onion, diced
2 cans (14.5 oz) of diced tomatoes
2 large carrots, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup beef broth
1 TBS tomato paste
2 TSP oregano
1/2 TSP Italian seasoning
1/4 TSP red chili flakes
1/4 TSP salt
1/4 TSP pepper

For The Pasta
1 1/2 cup almond flour
1 1/2 tapioca flour, plus additional for dusting
1 TSP salt
2 eggs
4 egg yolks

Toppings
Parmesan 
Fresh oregano, chopped

Directions
For The Bolognese 
1. Heat a stock pot over medium heat and add in the garlic. Cook for 30 seconds. 
2. Add in the onion and beef. Cook until beef is no longer pink, about 10 minutes.
3. Add in the rest of the ingredients and cover. Let simmer for 20-25 minutes.

For The Pasta
1. Heat a large pot of water over high heat and bring to a boil. 
2. While the water is heating up, make the pasta. In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, tapioca flour and salt.
3. Make a hole in the middle and add in the eggs. Whisk everything together well.
4. Using your hands, form the dough into 4 balls. Place three in the fridge covered by saran wrap.
5. Roll out the remaining ball on a flour surface. I find it easier if I use parchment paper between the rolling pin and the dough, so that it doesn't stick.
6. Roll the dough until it is about 1/8 inch thick. Then use a knife to cut the dough into thin strips. 
7. Repeat with the remaining balls. 
8. Once all dough has been cut, add it to the boiling water. Let cook for about 5 minutes and then pour them into a strainer. 
9. Let them slightly cool and then place on dish. Top with bolognese, oregano and parmesan. Enjoy!

My Top Reusable Products


Happy Earth Day! To celebrate, I decided to round up my top reusable products that have helped me reduce my waste. I love cutting back wherever I can and have found that all of these items are very easy switches to make!

Reusable Straws
These guys are great and super cheap to buy! I carry mine with me in my purse at all times and use it constantly. You can even get a bag to carry your straw and cleaning brush in.


Glass Tupperware
I finally made the switch from plastic to glass a few months back. It is so much better for you and the environment.



Stasher Bags
These are amazing! I have one of each size and a few extra of the snack and sandwich size. I love using these instead of plastic bags. They are also dishwasher safe!


Reusable Grocery Bags
I keep a bunch of these in my car so that when I go to the store, I can always grab one. These make life 10x easier, because you don't have to worry about them breaking or having extra trash to take out.


Reusable Produce Bags
These are one of my favorite reusable items! They are great to use instead of the plastic produce bags that they have at the store. They are machine washable as well.


Old Jars
Anytime I use up a product that came in a glass jar, I always wash it and reuse it. I store leftover coconut milk, tomato sauce, overnight oats, chia pudding and many other things in them.

Reusable Water Bottle
If you don't have one of these yet, what are you doing?! It is the easiest switch to make and most even keep your water cold for hours.


French Press, Reusable Coffee Filter or Reusable K-Cup
Cut back on coffee filters and k-cup pods by switching to either a french press (I use this and love it!), reusable coffee filters or a reusable k-cup insert.

Happy Easter Weekend!

Hello weekend! After a crazy busy work week, I am so glad to see you! I had appointments all week and traveled to Chattanooga and Knoxville for even more appointments. It has been a long week to say the least, but at least it was a successful and productive one!

Now it's time to kick back and relax this holiday weekend. I plan on spending it relaxing, hanging out with friends and exploring new spots in the city. What are y'all up to this weekend?

xxxx


Check out this Summer's top fashion trends.

Love wine? Here are the best cheap wines from Trader Joe's.


Weekend Dish Recommendation: Carrot Cake Banana Bread

Grab one of these Dyson vacuums while they're on sale. 

Check out what's happening in Atlanta this weekend.


Anthropologie has an extra 50% off all sale items.
Some of my favorites: this striped top, this crossbody bag and this cheeseboard

Nordstrom's Spring sale is here.
Some of my favorites: these leopard mules, this leather watch and these Kendra Scott earrings.

Western Flare

Atlanta is notorious for drastic temperatures in the Spring. In the morning it's freezing and then by the afternoon, it feels like Summer. I love wearing an outfit like this on those days, because the sweater helps keep you warm until the temperatures warm up. I added the belt and fringe clutch to add a little western flare!





Carrot Cake Banana Bread

makes one loaf

Easter is almost here and that means chocolate and sweets galore. To try and stay a little healthier, I decided to make a healthy twist on carrot cake. This carrot cake banana bread doesn't have any added sweetener and still tastes delicious. If you want it to be a little sweeter, I would recommend adding in 1/4 cup of honey or maple syrup. 

What You Need
3 ripe bananas, mashed or sliced up
1 TSP vanilla extract
1/4 cup almond butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup coconut flour
3/4 TSP baking soda
1/2 TSP cinnamon
1/2 TSP ground ginger
1/4 TSP salt
1/4 cup shredded coconut flakes
1/4 cup pecans + more for topping
2 large carrots, shredded
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup (optional)

Directions 
1. Preheat the oven to 350° and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
2. Using a stand mixer, beat together the bananas, vanilla extract and almond butter.
3. Add in the eggs one at a time and then add in the coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger and salt. Add in your honey or maple syrup at this time. 
4. Fold in the coconut flakes, pecans and carrots.
5. Pour batter into the loaf pan and sprinkle some pecans on top. 
6. Cook the loaf in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 
7. Let rest for 10 minutes and then enjoy!