Labor Day Dressing and Great Expectations

Amanda Garrigus white peasant dress

I have been thinking a lot about expectations lately. What I expect of myself, yes, but even more what I perceive others expect of me. How should I move forward and in which direction? How do I choose which way to go? And then Labor Day came along and so did the answers to my not-so-existential questions. It was a single answer actually. Follow my gut. It is at once relieving and wildly dissatisfying (terrifying even?), to realize that the only one with the answers to your burning life questions, is you. Oh, your friends and family can, and — if they are good at their respective supporting roles in your life — will offer their opinions, but, in the end, it’s on you. I hate this truth. I still want someone to hand me life’s manual. The roadmap. The key! Alas. That key is me. So I followed my gut right into this easy breezy dress from Forever 21. I’m starting small people, and it’s Labor Day after all. But tomorrow I’ll take the next step on my journey of a thousand miles and then the next and the next. Each step of the way checking in with this here gut. And I have great expectations for what’s to come.

With love,


Amanda Garrigus Forever 21 white summer dress

Amanda Garrigus Forever 21 white dress

Amanda Garrigus Forever 21 black bow sandal


Military Shirt Civilian Short

Ok it’s a painterly top that’s cropped in the back and knotted in the front, therefore no one on active duty in the military would ever wear it, but, some of the details are in homage. Take the shoulder epaulets and the front patch pockets. Um, alright, that’s where the similarities end. But there is still so much to love! For example, when I wear this I feel like an artist, or an artist’s girlfriend who got covered in paint while…ehm, helping her boyfriend with his latest canvas. Let your imaginations run wild. I know I do! And the denim short, well, by now you know I love them. As soon as the weather warms enough, you’ll find me traipsing all over LA in these little numbers. At least while the sun is still up. At night, that’s a whole different ballgame. The black hobo bag with the gold tassels takes the look down the road Luxe, and the Dolce Vita sandals add a level of sophistication. How would you wear this shirt??

Amanda Garrigus - Denim Shorts

Amanda Garrigus - Joe's Jeans Military Top

Amanda Garrigus -  Joe's Military Shirt

Amanda Garrigus - Shirt Epaulet

Amanda Garrigus -  Joe's Bleached Top