High Waist, Wide Leg Jean aka Let’s Get High and Wasted!

Kidding kids, I do not ever under any circumstances get high or wasted. I’m what is known in the common vernacular as a lightweight. But I prefer to think of myself as pure-as-the-driven-snow-so-as-to-be-uber-sensitive-to-intoxicants. One glass of antioxidant-rich red wine will (usually) do me just fine thank you very much. But I am all over a high-waisted pair of jeans. And if that jean has a wide leg too, so much the better. The pair I’m wearing here has been in rotation in my closet long enough to see the brand rise and fall, so let’s just call them “vintage”. I decided to pair them with a sheer mesh top from American Apparel. The (very) exposed bra is a simple black number from Aerie. I think the pieces play well together creating an overall effect that pushes boundaries just enough to keep things interesting. I will definitely drink to that.

With love,


Amanda Garrigus high waist wide leg jean

Amanda Garrigus American Apparel sheer mesh top

Amanda Garrigus High waist wide leg denim

Amanda Garrigus high waist denim buttons

Floral Rompers or Why Playful is Good

So I’m wearing a romper, which I’m pretty sure was originally a garment meant for babies to wear on their play dates back in the early part of the 1900s. Today women have usurped the snappy one-piece for their own, otherwise motivated, playtime. I mean, how can you not feel playful when wearing a romper? I challenge you to even say the word without cracking a smile, or at least a smirk. Yes, when you wear a romper it is expected that you will, well, romp, which (according to the questionably sourced online dictionary that I continue to reference), means that you must have a “lively or boisterous frolic.” That is exactly what I did when I wore this floral print Nasty Gal number to the Ken Fulk for Pottery Barn collection preview party in downtown Los Angeles. I danced, sipped champs, made friends, and merry. A perfect play date if ever there was one.

With love,


Amanda Garrigus NastyGal Romper

Amanda Garrigus Nasty Gal Romper detail

Amanda Garrigus Flower Print Romper Nasty Gal

Amanda Garrigus Nasty Gal floral romper

A Simple Shift

I can’t wear a shift dress without thinking about larger life questions, because, after all, life is constantly shifting. My own life has seen many shifts, most typical, some not. I’ve shifted from childhood to adulthood. (This shift made kicking and screaming and only just recently would I say that I’ve truly matured, though the number of years in my life might suggest otherwise.) I’ve shifted from a free-wheeling, Sex and the City-loving single girl to a somewhat less free-wheeling, Sex and the City-loving married woman. Becoming a mom was without question my greatest life shift. That one left a (few) mark(s), and is my greatest blessing. It hasn’t all been easy, in fact much of it has been bloody hard, but through it all I’ve kept a through line or two, my love of easy breezy dressing among them. Enter the shift dress. This one is from fellow mama and all around superstar Corey Lynn Calter. It has just the right summer-ready combination of sparkle and ease and I feel, when I wear it, a heady sense of possibility. What will life bring next? No doubt a shift in the right direction.

With love,


Amanda Garrigus Corey Lynn Calter Gold and White shift

Amanda Garrigus Corey Lynn Calter Shift Dress White and Gold

Amanda Garrigus White Corey Lynn Calter Shift Dress

Amanda Garrigus Corey Lynn Calter Shift Dress Detail

Amanda Garrigus Shift Dress Corey Lynn Calter