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.