Summer’s Last Hurrah

Amanda Garrigus wearing denim shorts and bow slides

Where does the time go? One minute you’re updating your blog on the regular in the heat of summer, and then, in what feels like a blink, months have gone by and Fall is upon us. Well I’ve been up to my eyeballs writing a book (stay tuned), running Parent Associations, traveling to tropical climes and learning new languages. (Yo puedo hablar Español!) Oh, and parenting my two beautiful daughters. Life’s pretty good I gotta say, in spite of the state of the nation and the world. As Fall gets underway I’ve taken this goodness a step further committing myself to daily meditation, journaling and otherwise strictly regimenting my time and my life so work gets done and wellness doesn’t fall through the cracks. I’m ready for the shift in seasons, but as a final homage to the summer heat that fostered so many memorable moments, I give you denim cut offs, satin slides and an off the shoulder top that I’ll be wearing some evenings in the Fall. Indoors of course. Hasta luego!

With love,

Amanda

Amanda Luttrell Garrigus denim frayed shorts and off the shoulder top

Amanda Garrigus Profile in Tobi and denim

Amanda Luttrell Garrigus window shopping in an off the shoulder top and denim cut offs

Amanda Garrigus in a rust colored off the shoulder top and distressed denim

Amanda Luttrell Garrigus in Tobi top and denim shorts

Amanda Garrigus frayed denim short shorts

Amanda Luttrell Garrigus in denim cut offs and a faux chloe bag

Amanda Luttrell Garrigus window shopping in an off the shoulder top and denim cut offs and gold accessories

More to love… Tobi Terracotta Off the Shoulder Top; Levi’s Vintage Denim Shorts; Zara Slides

What I’m Reading Now

Amanda Luttrell Garrigus Robinne Lee

My kids are home for the summer, looking to be entertained and all I want to do is fall into bed with “The Idea of You”, a delicious book which happens to be written by my friend Robinne Lee. Now I know, when you hear someone say, “I’m reading xyz and my friend wrote it!”, the knee jerk is to assume the book isn’t very good, but the reviewer is a good friend. Well, a little context. I am simultaneously reading Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods” (a gift from my 8-year-old), Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” and “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by the inimitable Zora Neale Hurston. I am loving all of them, for different reasons, of course. But when my much anticipated copy of “The Idea of You” arrived in the mail, well, I had to honor my friendship and begin it. And now I am hooked. I mean, line and sinker. With no disrespect to Bill, Bruce or Zora, all I want to do is return to the characters in Robinne’s sexy, seductive, irresistibly compelling story. It’s all I can think about. I’m obsessed. It is THE summer beach read of 2017 and you will not regret picking up a copy and digging in. And if gorgeous Robinne looks/sounds familiar, it’s likely because she’s an accomplished actress who’s just come off a plum role in “Fifty Shades Darker”. It’s the latest in a long list of starring roles in star studded movies. And now, she’s a novelist. I mean… she’s a brilliant force of nature and I couldn’t be more proud and excited to sing the praises of her first novel. Now get thee to Barnes and Noble (or Amazon, or possibly your local independent bookstore) and pick up your copy. You’re welcome.
With Love,
Amanda
Amanda Luttrell Garrigus Falling in bed
Amanda Luttrell Garrigus in bed with Robinne Lee's novel The Idea of You

Pajama Top and the Start of Summer

It’s summertime! At least it feels like it is, what with my oldest daughter being on her summer break and my youngest looking forward to her upcoming camp days. As for me, in spite of world events (which I try with varying degrees of success to push to the recesses of my mind), I too have begun to feel the lightness of being that comes with longer, warmer, easier and breezier days. One of the great benefits of a summer holiday is the chance to rest. Enter the pajama top! This well established trend takes our bedroom favorite and brings it into the light of day. Not much that’s more relaxed and comfortable than that. I think the trend works especially well in the evening, cocktail hour, then you can just fall into bed after a night of summery mischief…

With love,

Amanda

Amanda Garrigus in pajama top and black Theory pants

Amanda Luttrell Garrigus in pajama top and black skinnies

More to love… Tobi Black and White Pajama Top; Theory Classic Crop Pant