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December, 2011:

New Year’s Resolutions

James Andrew - photo by Gabriel Everett

Let’s face it, most well intentioned New Year’s resolutions are forged and then forgotten. For whatever reason, they just don’t seem to stick.

At the risk of sounding a bit preachy, I want to quickly share my thoughts on the subject.

A big part of the problem seems to lie in our concept of time, and particularly with our expectations of the future. In fact, looking to fulfill dreams somewhere down the road often prevents us from finding them in the only moment we’ll ever have—and that, of course, is “the present.” The past is gone by definition, and the future is always beyond experience. Once we know that, then the real question becomes can we muster the courage and focus to bring our dreamiest of dreams into this very moment. Most of the time the little voices are saying no—doubt and/or fear prevail. Don’t get me wrong, caution can be a lifesaver, but if we can’t turn the negative self-speak off, then we’ve got a real problem. It colors our whole present.

In an effort to break this limiting internal dialogue, I’ve found the following two tiered approach to be particularly effective. While you may already be familiar with these ideas, it might be well worth reacquainting yourself with them. For fun, let’s just call these the WIJW Commandments:

1) Be aware of the story you’re telling yourself, and if it isn’t helping, then tell yourself a better story—this new story doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, just the tiniest positive shift in the tragic narrative you may be imagining. You can build a better and more beautiful story as things progress. Focus on POSSIBILITY instead of impossibility, and why things CAN happen, instead of why they can’t.

2) Practice gratitude. Find that spot that feels good, even if it’s only the tip of your toe, acknowledge and feel its goodness. We need to make space for good things to happen right here and now, and unproductive feelings of want and lack only perpetuate themselves. Like attracts like.

Give these a try if you care to, and be sure to let us know your thoughts along the way! Whatever your situation may be, WIJW wishes you good luck on your own amazing adventure.

Here’s to a remarkable New Year, filled with awareness, light, and blessings!



Taking some time to reflect and contemplate, I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Country Jacket” in a dark brown wide wool check, brown silk pocket square, brown wool knit tie and “Cyrille” sunglasses, Turnbull and Asser red and white striped cotton shirt with contrast white collar and French cuffs, vintage agate cuff links, Gucci brown tweed motor cycle pant, python belt and brown leather Chelsea boots, red leather gloves by Sermoneta, Etro silk paisley scarf and my fragrance is Creed Vintage Taborome.

Happiest Holiday Wishes from WIJW

James Andrew Christmas 2011

We are a bit busy planning some uber posh holiday festivities, but just wanted to take a few moments to send out a message of love, light and appreciation to our readership. I AM pretty crazy about this time of year—getting dressed up, setting spectacular tables, and yes, concocting some gorgeous cocktails to help usher in the spirit of the winter season. It’s all about the people in our lives, and sharing one’s good fortune with loved ones—be sure to take a breath and de-frazzle along the way, so that you’ll be at your very best to share in all the joy!

Wearing my own special brand of holiday attire, I’m sporting a Tom Ford Gucci era red leather biker jacket, a red tartan shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs by Turnbull and Asser, Paul Smith black watch wool tartan pants, forest green cashmere tie by Borrelli, Gucci black leather tasseled loafers, Ralph Lauren black alligator belt with sterling buckle. black pearl cuff links and my fragrance is Creed Imperial Millesime.

Cecil Beaton: The New York Years

It shouldn’t surprise you to hear that I often look to Cecil Beaton’s wide body of work as well as the life of the man himself for inspiration. While Beaton is primarily known as a photographer, his influences were felt (and continue to be felt) in almost every creative medium he worked in, including set design, film, painting, and writing. He documented and conversely set trends internationally through major publications such as Vogue and Vanity Fair, producing nearly fifty years of iconic photographs.

Needless to say New York was a fertile artistic and social stomping ground for Beaton, and that brings us happily to this gorgeous new book by Donald Albrecht, Cecil Beaton: The New York Years, which encompasses a prolific body of work and chronicles the refined vision that Beaton brought to bare on fashion, the fashionable, and indeed on entire eras.

Compulsory material for any aspiring bon vivant and/or creative, this is a certified WIJW must-have for your library. Do secure a copy.