Military Jacket and a Moment of Peace

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I overthink things. I just do. So when I thought about wearing this military jacket, I couldn’t help but consider the symbolism and implications of the now-trendy topper. Am I disrespecting the sacrifices of our men and women in the armed forces if I turn their symbol of pride into a mere trifle that matches my mood on a given day? Worse still, am I sending an aggressive message? (I wasn’t kidding when I said I overthink things.) In the end I decided that if I wear a military jacket with the right intention, a spirit of pride and respect for those who risk everything in defense of peace, then maybe I could get on board. And so here it is. The object of my obsessive ruminating. Reconciled as I am to my peaceful position, I now love it. Plus I decided to wear it halfway, off the shoulder if you will, ’cause it’s a thing right now. Just ask Joan Smalls, or Gigi Hadid.

With love,

Amanda

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Amanda Luttrell Garrigus wearing a military jacket and distressed jeans

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More to love… Rachel Roy Military Blazer; Michelle Mason Long Military Coat; Ann Demeulemeester Collarless Military Jacket

Balenciaga Baby

Amanda Luttrell Garrigus wearing a Balenciaga Sweater and ruffle skirt

Paris fashion week is well underway and this makes me think of (among many other wonderful things), Balenciaga. It’s a brand with deep French roots, a long storied history and a compelling, subversive edge which makes it oh-so irresistible. It was one of my earliest fashion crushes and as such became one of the first designer pieces I ever purchased. Et voila, here I am still wearing and loving this Balenciaga sweatshirt, the catalyst, if you will, to a series of extravagant and entirely justifiable (this is what I tell myself) designer purchases. And it’s still one of my utmost favorites. Here I’ve layered it over a little tiered ruffle mini dress from Forever 21 (the low to Balenciaga’s high) and finished it off with ankle boots that, in spite of appearances, are made for walking. What was your first designer crush?

With love,

Amanda

Amanda Garrigus wearing Balenciaga

Amanda Luttrell Garrigus wearing Balenciaga

Amanda Luttrell Garrigus wearing a Balenciaga sweatshirt

Amanda Luttrell Garrigus wearing a Balenciaga sweatshirt and a tiered mini skirt

Amanda Luttrell Garrigus wearing a Balenciaga sweatshirt and tiered skirt

More to love… Balenciaga Flared Mini Skirt; Balenciaga Wool Sweater; Chloé Harper Lace Up Ankle Boot

Denim Devotion

Amanda Luttrell Garrigus wearing cropped jeans and a mustard yellow sweater

If you’re anything like me, you probably own more than a few pairs of jeans. Skinnies and flares, distressed and boyfriend, high waisted and low slung. Just when you think you’ve got every possible trend covered, along comes another take on the denim staple. Enter the staggered, or step-hemmed, raw-edged cropped jean. We first started seeing this denim incarnation a couple of years ago and now it seems everyone and their mother has adopted the trend. In fact, the brand Mother seems to be cornering the cool-girl market with fans including Miranda Kerr and Gigi and Bella Hadid wearing their ankle baring, frayed pants all over the globe. But they’re not the only brand jumping into the fray. Here I’m wearing a stellar option from Frame. I’ve paired mine with a mustard yellow pseudo-varsity sweater (a gift I received from ModCloth after a fun shared TV moment), and a spring-ready ankle boot from Jerome C. Rousseau. A word to the wise, this denim shape, especially if it has a little flare, could make you look inches shorter, so proceed with caution. But do slip into a favorite pair of blues, whether new or old, ’cause there’s nothing better.

With love,

Amanda

Amanda Luttrell Garrigus wearing Frame cropped frayed edged jeans

Amanda Luttrell Garrigus wearing Frame asymmetrically cropped edged jeans

Amanda Luttrell Garrigus wearing Frame asymmetrically cropped jeans with a mustard yellow sweater

More to love… Mother Crop Step Fray Jeans; Frame Staggered Hem JeansMcGuire Seamed Straight Jeans