Taylor Swift and Crop Tops

Is it provocative of me to say that I am inspired by a one multi-talented, high flying, super cutie named Taylor Swift? Now let’s be clear, I don’t aspire to live her same life O’Reilly (fat chance anyway, right?!), nor do I think she’s without fault (she’s human, hallelujah!), but I do think she writes beautiful music from the heart and she’s out there in the world kicking a@# and taking numbers. Go girl power! I also like to see what she wears as she parades down red carpets and through glossy magazines, and lately I’ve been seeing pics of her traipsing all over NYC in crop tops and little skirts. Et voila! Just like that I’m inspired to try the same. Would I come a step closer to her playful persona if I dress like the country/pop crossover superstar? The answer? A resounding yes! Here I’m wearing a blue lace crop top from Topshop with a black mini skirt, Dolce Vita booties and a little black rubber bracelet I picked up at a Valentino party once upon a long time ago. It’s a win! And thus, giving me still another reason to admire the girl with a thousand lyricized heartbreaks and the world at her feet.

Amanda Garrigus - Topshop top

Amanda Garrigus - Taylor Swift Inspired Look

Amanda Garrigus - Crop top and mini skirt

Amanda Garrigus - Blue Cropped Top

Amanda Garrigus - Crop Top

Here’s to the Mamas

We interrupt our regularly scheduled #ootd (that’s “outfit of the day” for the uninitiated) moment to bring you a heartfelt Happy Mother’s Day! Yes, it’s true that I love playing dress up, sooooo much. But my clothes, while they may provide a window into my mood or a little insight into my personality, don’t tell the whole story. That goes waaay deeper. I’m a mom you see. So, that trumps everything. There isn’t a thing in the world I love more, or that has transformed and improved me more, than my two beautiful daughters, Sophie and Emma. You want to see a real makeover?? Follow a mom’s journey and you’ll have a ringside seat to one of the greatest stories ever told, and retold, and told again. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll cringe, you’ll be on the edge of your seat. What will happen next?!?! Who will win the battle of wills? Toddler vs Mommy. Titans both. Equal odds on the outcome. So, as Mother’s Day approaches I’m sharing my two loves with you. And a third. Singing. I love to sing to, and with, my girls. This song (may you, and Taylor Swift, forgive me for chewing it up), no fancy engineering, no auto-tune, gasp! …as if you wouldn’t notice… is just about love. Happy Mother’s Day, to daughters and sons and mums everywhere.

With love, Amanda

“Never Grow Up” by Taylor Swift sung by Me

Amanda Garrigus and her daughter Sophie

My Sophie

Amanda Garrigus and her daughter Emma

My Emma


Emma and Sophie. Growing up. Beautifully.