Almost two years ago Amanda Brooks quit her job as Barneys New York’s vice president and fashion director and left New York for a life in the English Country side with her family.  To say her new life in Oxforshire is storybook like, is an understatement.  Storybooks aren’t this picturesque and “rustic” never looked this chic.  I am obsessed with following her in Instagram. Where she chronicles her daily activities such as riding, hunting, writing,  making perfect al fresco lunches for her family and chasing after an excaped pot belly pig here and there.  The Selby also did a editorial on their home and family life.  As a animal and horse obsessed little girl, this would have been my dream house in which to grow up.  Warning: It is all very landed-gentry, Downton Abby, Pride and Prejudice perfect.  I love it!

From The Selby: The House

 

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A little girl’s dream:

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Just living the country life:7_17_12_AmandaBrooksOBS186831

 

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More picturesque images from her Instagram:

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Equestrian Style

August 31, 2011

Growing up I was that little girl who LOVED horses.  I was always begging my parents to let me take ridding lessons, go to horseback ridding camp and (here is the big one) buy me a horse.  I had one instructor tell us ridding pupils to make a deal with our parents…we would buy the horse if they would pay for everything else.  A bargain if you have ever seen the cost of taking care of a show horse.  My parents never fell for that deal and I was never close to an Olympic rider of any sorts, but I loved all my lessons, and despite a pretty bad horseback ridding accident while jummping a few years ago, I love ridding and I am proud to say that riding a horse is on my list of can do’s.

To my delight I had the pleasant surprise of happening upon the Boston Equestrian Classic Demonstration held in the Boston Commons last week, and all my little girl love of horses can rushing back.  Horses are just so regal and beautiful and the gorgeous leather and shiny brass accessories that go with show jumping are a dream. Thank goodness I had my camera on me.

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Being Boston, the Stanley Cup naturally had to make an appearance.

Rocky Mountain High

October 12, 2010

The air is clearer, the sky is bigger and you do more in one day than in a week at home.  I had grand plans of shooting photographs till I was out of memory cards, but I mostly had too much fun hiking, horseback riding and college football tailgating, all the while lusting after the darling houses and amazing lifestyle in Bolder.

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You’ re an animal baby!

January 13, 2010


Animals are one of my favorite things to photograph.  As a photographer you have little to no control over them, but I often find them doing the craziest, funniest, most beautiful things, almost as if they know their photo is being taken.  Just look at these guys…

Wine Shop Guard Dog

Shar pei  in Valldemossa, Majorca, Spain

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Kitties of Spain

Vespa Kitty

“Leave me alone”


Perfect Profile Pose


Camo Kitty


The world is your trash can, just waiting to be rummaged.

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Dogs of Maine

Christmas dinner at my sister’s house in Maine consisted of 8 people, 1 Spinone, 1 Pug, and an 8 month old Llewellin Setter.  It was wild and fun to say the least…well at least until my sister stepped in Mya’s surprise she left upstais…Oops.

Sophie the Pug

Mya the Llweellin Setter

Feeling very sorry for the accident she had in which my sister stepped, and also looking like the Luck Dragon from the “Never Ending Story.”

Jake the Spinone – king of the house

And giant lap dog

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Horses, horses, horses, horses

Cajun

Melissa & Cody






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