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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More picturesque images from her Instagram:

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I love horses.  Always have, always will.  As a 5 year old I was so convinced I was going to get a pony, that after a very vivid dream one night, I got up and searched the house for the pony I was sure my parents were housing in the garage.  Alas, no pony for me, but I still love to ride and I love to visit stables.  Sea Island has one of the most beautiful stables I have every seen and the other day I took my little girl (almost 11 months old now!  Eeek!) to go see the horsies.  She LOVED it to say the least.  Looks like we have another little girl horse lover on our hands.



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Who doesn’t love a little equestrian style interior and fashion?  I know I do!  And for all things horses my favorite blog is Horse Country Chic.  Ann really knows her horses…and style.  Here are some of my favorites found on Pintrest. (Sorry for the pitiful photo credits.  It is so hard to track them down via Pintrest…please fill in if you know a photo credit.)

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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.



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


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