July 14th, 2013
On My Mind

Amanda Brooks

Amanda Brooks © British Vogue

In the July issue of Bristish Vogue there’s a thoughtful piece by Amanda Brooks in which she talks about her new life in England. I have been thinking about Amanda and her decision to move her family from Manhattan to her husband’s ancestral farm in Oxfordshire. I understand that the impetus was wanting to support her husband’s family during trying times, but I suspect that the unanticipated move became a welcome life-change unto itself.

The focus of the article is how Amanda, most recently the fashion director of Barneys, edited her wardrobe to fit into three suitcases for her yearlong sabbatical. My take-away from the piece is not only how happy her children are in the English countryside, a far cry from life in downtown NYC, but when Amanda says “I was also excited to stop and take stock of my life. I had worked for nearly 20 years in fashion and I was good at it but I had never really felt I had found the job that satisfied me over a long period of time”– this resonated with me.

I felt the same way when we left the Upper East Side to be closer to the barn. Wanting a break, but not happy to stop working completely, I started KiC to fill my time. Amanda’s blog I Love Your Style, back burnered during her year at Barneys, is now her work. Still style focused, the site includes more family posts as Amanda chronicles her farm lifestyle. While still in New York, Amanda was inspired by an article on Ree Drummond and her successful blog, The Pioneer Woman. Ms. Drummond is a mother of four and lives on a cattle ranch outside Pawshuska, Oklahoma. Amanda told the NYT’s “(i)t’s the idea of having a career on your own terms, anywhere” that “got me really fired up”. Hear hear.


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  • Amanda is on my mind too! I love how she has embraced her farm life and found a balance. She is as stylish as ever and seems so happy, not to mention her family seems so happy. I say it looks like a win win to me. I have to say I am a tad jealous…

    Ridgely's RadarJuly 14th, 2013  11:32 AM

  • I don’t personally know this woman but she sure looks a lot happier now in pictures than she did when she was photographed while living / working in NYC.

    HeathcliffJuly 14th, 2013  11:50 AM

  • I always struggle between loving city life but also the simplicities of a life more in the country. The city has all you want at a moments notice, but life outside means more family time, more cooking, reading, taking a little more time to thoughtfully do things. I really want to find British Vogue now.


    Caitlin ConfidentialJuly 14th, 2013  5:45 PM

  • Ree Drummond’s blog is a joyful and many times poignant read…have enjoyed it for years…I truly believe that it is the simplification of life that brings us the greatest peace in life…kudos to you, Preston, for moving in that direction and recognizing its value…and it looks like Amanda is doing the same…not a blogger, but I , too, have retired my “serious career” to persue my dreams on my own terms…

    SheriJuly 15th, 2013  9:06 AM

  • I follow Amanda Brooks on Instagram and she posts the most beautiful pictures! Highly recommend you ladies to take a peek into her life thru instagram!

    ameeJuly 15th, 2013  9:37 AM

  • I have also followed the Pioneer Woman’s blog for several years now. I have also started to check out Amanda’s for the last 6 months or so. Its so interesting when people say they are inspired by another, yet the style is so vastly different! It reminds me of the discussion we had regarding the distinction between inspiration and copying. Amanda may have been inspired by Ree, but she certainly didn’t copy her. They have totally different styles, each true to themselves.

    AprilJuly 15th, 2013  8:22 PM

  • Thanks so much for the shout out. I’m so glad to hear my blog is unlike Pioneer Woman. I was so inspired by her article in The New Yorker but was scared of being overly influenced by her so I have actually never looked at her blog! Maybe its time I check it out…… xx

    Amanda BrooksJuly 16th, 2013  6:10 PM

  • It’s the idea of having a ‘career’ outside of a major city (a farm in England, a cottage on Oyster Bay..) that is inspiring, not the Pioneer Woman’s blog itself.

    PrestonJuly 16th, 2013  8:04 PM


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