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Transformation: The Farm Girl Fashionista

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Meet Amanda Brooks, former New York Socialite, former Fashion Director of Barneys, one of the leading Department Stores in America and author of the book I Love Your Style, from which her own blog is called. Last year, Amanda left her home in New York City to move to the English countryside in the Cotswolds with her English husband, Christopher Brooks and their two children. Amanda was featured in the July 2013 British Vogue Ageless Style Issue. In the article, Amanda shared about her move from NYC to England with only three suitcases of clothing comprised of the best Designer clothes from her huge collection of clothes and accessories when they lived in NYC.

Presently, Amanda is living on a farm in the Cotswolds in England that belonged to her husband's family for many decades. One can see through her Instagram  and her own blog I Love Your Style her transformation from New York City socialite who let her clothes define her to a country girl in the Cotswolds riding her horses with her children, tending to farm animals and just loving the English countryside with her family and friends. It is for me a marvel about transformations. As the saying goes, the only constant in life is Change. Through Amanda, I can see that we should not be afraid to embrace change and make the best of life wherever we may be at the present moment.
Amanda shared that Life on the farm would allow me to take the focus off buying clothes and focus instead on my family. I had let clothes define me for a very long time...For the first time in my life, I am not overspending on clothes. There is no need.

Amanda also shared on British Vogue that Most people probably think that living on a farm is isolating, but I am actually more sociable here, albeit in a less exhausting way, than I was in New York. 

Amanda's new attitude on clothes and on dressing up: In addition to refining my fashion self, I have come back into my own body, so to speak. I am calm, I am present, I am happy. I still care deeply about the clothes I put on, how they go together, and what the final impact will be. 

The best impact about their move to the English countryside is that After years of arriving at my kids' school on my way to a fashion show (in NYC) and completely overdressed, I find it a relief just to fit in. 

As for me, I am thoroughly enjoying reading about her adventures and charmed life through her blog and seeing her photos on her Instagram, sharing with us her transformation from a City Fashionista to a lady now enjoying her country life in England with her family. She features on her Blog and Instagram photos the beauty of the English countryside with its lush green expanse of land and lots of riding horses around it.

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21 comments

  1. Gorgeous story !! Thanks for sharing, I am going to have a look at her blog !

    XX Luba

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  2. As soon as I saw the first picture I knew that it was in my home territory of the Cotswolds.
    Thanks for the introduction to Amanda's lovely blog.

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  3. Hi Pamela! You are right, we shouldnt be afraid to embrace changes. And what a change she did! From a city fashionista to a country life, two opposite worlds! Plus she moved, she has all my admiration, must have been easy at all!:) Thanks for sharing dear, I actually have no idea about her story!:) Kisses! xo

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  4. Very interesting read, especially since I'm currently in NYC and experience all the shopping temptations! It's interesting that she had an opportunity to evolve and make a radical change of environment. This allowed her to view her life from a different point of view. Whilst others will remain stuck in the fashion rat race for ever.

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  5. What a lucky girl! She had a marvelous career & experiences and now has a delightful family life. What I wouldn't give for someone to whisk me away to England. HAHAHA Love it! So happy for her. I'll have to check out her blog and the other links. This is so interesting.
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  6. Great outfit! And amazing pics:)

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  7. Great outfit!

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  8. How fun for her. She has had the best of both worlds!

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  9. Thank you for this introduction Pam! Never visited her blog before. I will now :-)

    Madelief x

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  10. Loved reading Amanda's story, I think for me the swop to the countryside would be an easy one, I much prefer a quieter type of place rather than a bustling city. She has an amazing working history!

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  11. THis is just beautiful. I love this story, of course--I gave up my dresses and heels for life at the beach, so can relate ;)
    xo Mary Jo

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  12. Wow! She is truly inspiring! I love to hear when people do what makes them happy!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  13. I love her story, because it's so unconventional. How often do you hear this happening? Can you imagine Olivia Palermo living on a farm? Haha, I couldn't. It's definitely not an easy transition but she makes it seem so seemingless, and she looks great to boot!

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  14. What an interesting post and that really is a change of direction and such a slower pace of life. It's a beautiful area. I wonder how she managed to limit her clothes to threee suitcases. I'll pop over to read her blog!
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. Wow i love a great transition story and piece like this. I agree when you move from bustling to more subdued, your more likely to relax. I love her style, she looks very fresh faced. Good for her!

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  16. great post like it
    xx
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  17. Wow!Great story She is truly inspiring! I love to hear when people do what makes them happy!
    I love your blog too. Would you like to follow each other?


    http://rakhshanda-chamberofbeauty.blogspot.in/

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  18. Could be difficult for a city girl change her life into a farm girl.
    But, Only 3 suitcase!!! I think my wardrobe could be in just one suitcase.
    I dindt know who this girl is, but from now i follow her blog, it looks intereting.

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  19. Such a great and interesting story! I admire her for making such a big move. Thanks for the introduction, Pamela. I'll check out her blog and site. Have a great weekend, my friend!
    x Loi

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  20. Pam, I loved this. I also read the article about Amanda and it was interesting. I love her I Heart Your Style book and have followed her blog for a while. Sounds like great life in the countryside!

    Have a good weekend!

    xxKim

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Pamela lives in Toronto, Canada, currently working in Banking in the field of Credit and Finance. The Chic Delights blog has evolved into an on-line magazine about my experiences and inspirations on style, travel, people, lifestyle and current events. My features are not sponsored posts. The photographs and stories featured here are all from my own resources and experiences. [Pamela RG] (https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-43Wqs-SmwEU/UggtnO60INI/AAAAAAAAQw0/HZa9oGRC8Bc/w200-h200-no/DSCN0550.jpg)