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December, 2012:

Hello 2013

James Andrew 2013

James Andrew 2013

This year seems to have flown by at super sonic speed, and if you are anything like me, the new year brings with it a certain amount of self-reflection—a taking stock of where one has been, where one is, and where one hopes to be!

Of course there are some pitfalls to this sort of introspection; often the tendency is to compare our lives with the lives of others—we may look at their achievements and successes and wonder why perhaps we may have not done as well as they have. You may be familiar with this sort of thinking—and you’ll probably agree with me that it gets you nowhere!

The idea of success is relative—to some it holds the more ego-based ideals of money and prestige, and for others, success has more to do with how much joy and fulfillment they are experiencing, that is, in a less material sense. As for me, I don’t think these things are mutually exclusive—it’s OK to dream—to want more…AND enjoy all of the fulfillment and satisfaction that is naturally ours spiritually in the “now.” As for others, I celebrate those who have done well, and I find inspiration in their example. In fact, much of what we do here on WIJW is exactly that!

In 2013 I hope you’ll be getting more acquainted with the sense of satisfaction and inner divinity you already possess, and that you’ll also grant yourself permission to manifest all of your most outrageous dreams and fantasies!

My brilliant young friend, Paulo Cezar (author of the glorious The Cherry is on my Cake blog ) has this bit of priceless inspiration to share:

Your ultimate dream should be unreasonable and senseless. If it is not, you are not dreaming big enough. When you have a dream that is big enough it will be totally mind-blowing. It will be one that will challenge you and scare you at the same time. It will be a dream that is so huge you will get excited and question your own sanity at the same time.

So here’s to going off the deep end in 2013!

Captured by Scott McBee in my gracious drawing room, I’m outfitted to celebrate 2012 as well as all that awaits in 2013! I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci dinner jacket in black wool trimmed in black velvet, black wool tuxedo pant andblack patent leather opera pumps, Tom Ford aquamarine cotton tuxedo shirt and black and white silk pocket square, Ralph Lauren wool challis tartan tie, antique black pearl cuff links, Rolex watch and my fragrance is the very elegant Creed Millesime Imperial.

A Felicitous Feast

A Christmas dinner table setting by James Andrew

A Christmas dinner table setting by James Andrew

Well, we here at WIJW have been taking a few moments to recuperate from recent holiday festivities! We’ve been missing you terribly in the interim, though, and so we thought to briefly share a recap of our glorious WIJW Christmas dinner – a felicitous feast made possible via the guidance of our friend, the brilliant Chef Alex Hitz, author of My Beverly Hills Kitchen.

Our champagne flutes filled and suitable toasts made, Hitz had us start off with his Smoked Salmon Tartar on Cucumber Rounds…with whetted appetites, we moved on to a lovely Lobster Bisque, and then to a ravishing Roast Tenderloin of Beef and Horseradish Sauce with sides of his famous “Potatoes Patio” and asparagus (all served with the most marvelous Médoc). We concluded with an exquisite coconut pudding, and washed it all down with another round of champagne!

Lobster bisque - Alex Hitz recipe - served at James Andrew's WIJW Christmas dinner

Lobster bisque - Alex Hitz recipe - served at James Andrew's WIJW Christmas dinner

As you know, I do love dressing a table, and, in keeping with the occasion, I went for an elegant setting comprised of: English kings silver flatware, Black Aves china by Royal Crown Derby paired with antique Bavarian soup plates, antique ruby water glasses, Baccarat Brummel wine glasses, candle sticks and decanters, antique Christofle serving pieces, antique white linen napkins, and a white melon tureen by Este as the perfect centerpiece.

Needless to say, this was a Christmas dinner to remember! I hope many of our WIJW readers had a chance to reference Alex Hitz’s new book for their own culinary creations this holiday season–I’ve certainly made it an indispensable part of my kitchen!

Stay tuned—we do indeed have some fun posts planned ahead, including (but not limited to) a January trip to Lyford Cay for their Design Weekend, and a winter getaway to St. Barths!

We trust you are all enjoying this time, celebrating family and friends, and treasuring each moment shared. We happen to think 2013 will be the best year yet.

Love, Light, and Blessings.

James

Marvelous Merry Christmas Wishes

LIttle James

LIttle James


Apparently the world is still turning (despite predictions to the contrary), and so I’m sending out an extra dose of love today! I think I might also take the opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation to all of our WIJW friends out there. May you have the most magnificent holidays, filled with laughter, light, beauty, comfort, and, oh yes, plenty of joy!

As you can see in the photo above, a very young James already had plans for global adventure (yes, I did request luggage that Xmas!)…and you may also note that I had nearly perfected my trademark JA pose, donning a coordinated ensemble no less! 

Are you starting to feel some of that holiday cheer yet?