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Posts from ‘June, 2009’

Moonage Daydream

The former United States Embassy is a magical property neighboring “Bellevue Beach House.” Its fantastic moon gate provides a dramatic passage between estate and sea. Made from “Bermuda” stone – a limestone that grays when exposed to the elements – this select material is used in all of the finest Bermudian gardens. Moon gates were first introduced to Bermuda in the mid 19th century by a sea captain who had seen them on his travels to the orient. I love the idea behind them – the complete circle symbolizes unity, peace, and happiness. I’m not sure if this moon gate has some mystical power or perhaps it is simply a reminder of the power within – either way it has me completely fired up thinking of all the possibilities that life has to offer!

James Andrew and Bermuda moongate

James Andrew and Bermuda moongate

Blissing out barefoot, I’m sporting a Gucci white cotton voile safari shirt, H & M purple cotton poplin shorts, silver chain link belt and aqua mint cotton jacket – both by Gucci, (I will often travel with a suit, it provides 3 looks -as a complete suit, as a jacket and one can wear just the pants) lavender cotton Glenn plaid pocket square by Tom Ford.

Beauty Inside and Out

The beauty of “Bellevue Beach House” continues…. Pristine white stucco walls and ceilings provide the perfect backdrop for my dear friend Lindsay’s collection of outrageous antiques and handsome family portraits. Fine English antiques placed among down filled sofas and chairs covered in a variety of semi-tropical chintz, rare Bermuda cypress furniture, exotic indigenous flower arrangements throughout – everything has been meticulously selected and positioned to create an effect that is elegant, inviting and comfortable – simply sublime!

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At “Bellevue Beach House” most meals (and cocktails) are served alfresco on the terrace, and an extensive collection of beautiful chinaware ensures one will never be served a scrumptious Lindsay masterpiece on the same pattern twice!

What a gift to be able to enjoy the company of a dear friend in such a fabulous Bermuda retreat! Bellevue truly defines elevated living.

Studying the details of Lindsay’s brilliant drawing room, I’m wearing a crisp white linen jacket by Gucci, Etro silk pocket square, Turnbull and Asser purple and white cotton gingham shirt, cerulean blue cotton shorts by Club Monaco, a purple alligator belt with sterling buckle by Ralph Lauren and Gucci python loafers.

Bellevue Beach House

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While in Bermuda, Scott McBee and I were the guests of the very stylish Lindsay Anderson – a designer, artist, bon vivant, world traveler, and hostess extraordinaire. Lindsay’s family owns a beautiful house called “Bellevue Beach House” which was originally part of her family’s Bellevue estate. Over the years the beach house has been added to and enlarged to become the grand property it is today. The house is a fantastic blending of typical Bermudian architecture – white stepped roof and chimneys, pale pink coral facade (this is the real Bermuda pink color), Dutch colonial style pediment profile etc.. A glorious terrace and swimming pool runs the entire length of the house – and all of course overlooks the magnificent turquoise sea! Heaven!

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Here I’m striking a dramatic pose while taking in the breathtaking ocean views – definitely feeling a lot of gratitude. Dressed for cocktail hour, I’m wearing a Gucci beige wool, silk, and cotton peaked lapel jacket, Tom Ford purple and brown silk polka dot pocket square, Turnbull and Asser white and turquoise striped cotton shirt with contrast white collar and french cuffs, Seaman Schepps turquoise and white gold cufflinks, Diesel purple skinny jeans, silver chain link belt, and white leather loafers both by Gucci. Now should I have a “Bull Shot” or a “Dark and Stormy?”