Amanda Brooks' Personal Style Is a Cross Between Pastoral Chic and Global Bohemian
After carving a chic swath through New York City's style world—she was creative director for Tuleh and consulted for Chanel and Tory Burch before rising to the role of Barneys fashion director—Amanda Brooks jumped across the pond for more pastoral pursuits, choosing to settle into a quiet and charming English farmhouse.
Since then, she's penned two books, including Farm From Home: A Year of Stories, Pictures, and Recipes from a City Girl in the Country (from $13.99, amazon.com), and enchanted Instagram followers with shots of her bucolic life: a newborn lamb here, a favorite mare there, and, of course, perfectly imperfectly set tables. Last year she opened Cutter Brooks (her maiden and married names), a shop in Stow-on-the-Wold, so that we, too, can have a piece of the dream.
"I want to support people who have the courage to start businesses and share their creativity," says Brooks, who blends English housewares with patchwork jeans and Italian smocked nightgowns. Whether she's gardening or off to Morocco, the mom of two mixes it up every day. "I love clothes too much to have a uniform," she says. "I'm an American girl next door with a bohemian streak. And now there's some English farmwife thrown in." Ahead, Brooks shares a few of her favorite things that play into her personal aesthetic—from beauty workhorses (like her forever nail polish and beloved face oil) and go-to dresses that she turns to each and every day to the more precious items that she can't live without.
"I take a bath every night and put this on afterward. It feels so nourishing."
Shop Now: True Botanicals Renew Pure Radiance Oil, $110, goop.com.
A Gift from Dad
"It was a gift from my father when he died. I never take it off."
Shop Now: Cartier Tank Louis Watch, price upon request, cartier.com.
Day to Night Dress
"I would wear this with black suede lace-up boots in the day time, or satin mules in the evening."
Shop Now: Sea NY "Mari" Dolman Midi Dress, $295, shopbop.com.
Go-To Nail Polish
"It's the only color I wear."
Shop Now: Essie Nail Polish in Fishnet Stockings, $9, walmart.com.
"The perfect way to moisturize before applying makeup, it absorbs quickly and isn't greasy or shiny."
Shop Now: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, $28, dermstore.com.
"I'm a grammar nerd and keep a copy on my nightstand."
Shop Now: Dreyer's English by Benjamin Dreyer, $25, amazon.com.
"It works like foundation without looking caked on."
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"The sound is great. When I travel, I listen to mixes made by my friend Randall Poster, Wes Anderson's music supervisor."
Shop Now: Bang & Olufson Beoplay H9 headphones in Limited-Edition Pine, $500, bang-olufson.com.
"I prefer a glass of this to a cocktail."
Shop Now: Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir, $41, clos19.com.
"Everything about it is so charming."
Shop Now: Cutter Brooks Vintage "God Speed the Plough" Cider Mug, $87, cutterbrooks.com.
Shatter-Proof Wine Glasses
"The special glass mix makes them very hard to break."
Shop Now: Astier de Villatte Simple Wine Glass, from $90, suefisherking.com.
"It smells fresh, like orange blossom."
Shop Now: Astier de Villatte Splash Cologne, $110, johnderian.com.
The Perfect Bra
"This fits me so well."
Shop Now: American Apparel Jersey Crossback Bra, $14, amazon.com.
"I use these every day for serving my whole family."
Shop Now: Mira Santo Clerkenwell Blue Dinner Plate, $95, brookfarmgeneralstore.com.
"I have six pairs and wear them day or night—all year round."
Shop Now: Le Monde Beryl Velvet Venetian Mules in Rust, $365, lemondeberyl.com.
"I carry it with me whenever I travel; the photos on my website were taken with it."
Shop Now: Leica Q Camera, $4,250, us.leica-camera.com.
"It's super for making short-crust pastry, wild-garlic pesto, and banana smoothies."
Shop Now: Magimix 5200XL, $500, magimix.com.