The Power of Pink

Amanda Garrigus in Pink Forever 21 Dress

Once upon a time pink was considered a color best left to the boys. Yes, that’s right ladies, according to Smithsonian, we stole pink from men. And I must say we’ve done beautifully with it. The Grammy Awards red carpet saw its fair share of the pretty hue on artists like Ellie Goulding who wore a simple Stella McCartney slip, Florence Welch who opted for a Gucci dreamscape, and the night’s big winner, Taylor Swift, who stole the show in a two piece Atelier Versace. And so far, the catwalks of Paris and NYC have been silly with it. So can you blame me if I felt inspired to follow suit? My humble entree is from Forever 21, though I imagine it’s Valentino like my Mary Jane heels. Do I feel pretty in it? Well, I’m no Molly Ringwald, but yes, yes I do.

With love,

Amanda

Amanda Garrigus in Pink Mini Forever 21 Dress

Amanda Garrigus in Valentino Shoes and Pink Forever 21 Dress

Amanda Garrigus in Pink Forever 21 Mini Dress and Mary Jane Valentino Shoes

Amanda Garrigus in Pink Forever 21 Mini Dress

More to love… Nasty Gal Cutout Dress; Valentino Patent Heels

Hiding in Plain Sight

Amanda Garrigus in Black Forever 21 Studed Mini Skirt

It may come as a surprise to you to learn that most days I do my best to hide in plain sight. I slip in and out of the school drop off shuffle in plain clothes and eyes averted. When I’m at the grocery store I do my best not to engage in light conversation over organic produce, and when driving my car, it’s eyes forward, hands at ten and two, mind on my destination. So much is this the case that I’ve lately come to learn that I’ve gained a reputation for being shy. Hahaha! Ehm. Sorry. Momentary outburst. I know it seems an unlikely story given that I’ve chosen to spend much of my work life in front of a camera, but it’s true. I don’t like the spotlight. I prefer to shine the light on other people, my kids for example, or Kim Kardashian if we happen to be sharing screen time, which has happened on more than one occasion (that’s another story). At this point you might stop and say something like, “But, Amanda, you’re wearing the tiniest of skirts, we don’t believe that you aren’t an attention seeking so and so,” and therein lies the rub. When it’s time to dress up, my alter ego emerges. She’s ready to play, all in at the table, an engaging, conversational life of the party kinda gal. Shy I am not, private I am. I keep my cards close to my chest, until it’s game time and then it’s on like, well, a mini skirt on Sunset Boulevard.

With love,

Amanda

Amanda Garrigus in Studed Mini Skirt on Sunset

Amanda Garrigus Forever 21 Studed Mini Skirt

Amanda Garrigus in Forever 21 Studed Mini Skirt

Amanda Garrigus in Forever 21 Mini Skirt

Amanda Garrigus in Black Studed Mini Skirt

More to love… Halston Heritage Studded Mini Dress; Forever 21 Studded Mini Skirt; ASOS Long Sleeve T-shirtKenneth Cole Double-Buckle Sandal

Alternate Reality

Amanda Garrigus Graffiti Wall and a black dress

I have a vivid and wild imagination, and as such, in my mind, I often adopt various personas leagues away from my own (happy) reality. Victoria’s Secret supermodel, for example. In fact, if I may digress, I used to think of Alessandra Ambrosio as my spirit animal and whenever I had to walk a red carpet in front of (hoped for) camera flashes, I’d think, “How would Alessandra handle this?”. And then I would try, and miserably fail, to emulate her apparent unwavering confidence. A more realistic (in my imagining) role for me is that of superhero a la The Avengers. Oh how I long to kick bad-guy butt like Black Widow. As such, I’d probably have occasion to wear a dress like this one from Bohemian Society. Sweetly unassuming but with a decided edge that says, “Don’t underestimate me.” Now all I have to do is master the art of Wushu fighting and we’re all set. No biggie.

With love,

Amanda

Amanda Garrigus in Bohemian Society Little Black Dress

Amanda Garrigus in Bohemian Society lbd

Amanda Garrigus in Bohemian Society tie neck dress

Amanda Garrigus in Bohemian Society dress and black ankle bootie

Amanda Garrigus in a Bohemian Society dress

Amanda Garrigus in Bohemian Society

More to love… Forever 21 Faux Leather Cut Out Dress; Aquazzura Booties