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December, 2017:




A portrait of James Andrew by Alexis Zambrano

A painted portrait of James Andrew by Alexis Zambrano

Some of you may recall my young friend, artist, aesthete, and Renaissance man, Alexis Zambrano that we featured here on WIJW some time ago (see our previous post here).

And you may also recall that I am a huge fan of his work! I’ve been rather mesmerized by the portraits he has been painting lately, and thought it’d be a tremendous gift to myself to commission Zambrano to paint my portrait! He liked a photo of me by my super stylish friend Christopher Korey, and Zambrano used that as a basis for this lovely painting.

alexis Zambrano and James Andrew - photo Boris Glamocanin

lexis Zambrano and James Andrew – photo Boris Glamocanin

There is a touch of Sargent in Zambrano’s work I think – with an added refreshing modern twist. Why not have your friends, family and/or lovers captured by Zambrano’s exquisite eye?!


James Andrew, Morgan Library, NYC

James Andrew, Morgan Library, NYC

I’ve been feeling a little out of sorts lately – lacking motivation and suffering from general malaise – with no apparent good reason to feel this way. Nothing really drastic, but something I’ve noticed. Of course, there are many possible common causes. Whatever they may be, I’m sure many of you can relate. Life always has these ups and downs.

In times like these, I like to sit with those feelings, breath, and relax. It can be exhausting to constantly have to seek antidotes – there can be a feeling that things shouldn’t be the way they are, and this can easily turn into less than useful thought-spirals.

All is just as it is – no more, no less. The magic is that opening up, being present with the natural state of things, both physically and mentally, can allow our innate inspiration some actual room to be heard. It’s always there, but so often it is simply too clouded by thoughts to be seen or heard. I often talk about the inner dialogue and and the stories we tell ourselves. I think it is really important to be aware of the things we’re constantly telling ourselves – things that cloud your best self. I encourage you to take it easy, let go of the caustic thoughts, and perhaps start to tell a better story.

Additionally one might take some small action – something as simple as dressing up in a fab ensemble can elevate one’s sense of self and shift one’s mood to a higher place.

I have always loved this quotation (often attributed to Regina Brett): “No matter how you feel. Get up. Dress up. Show up. And never give up.”

In that spirit, for today’s post, I dressed up in my Sunday best…and I have to say, I’m feeling better already 🙂 I hope some of these thoughts will be useful to some of you out there. Keep your chin up! Dress up today. Be the star that you are.

To elevate my spirits, I wore this tremendous Tom Ford cashmere wool check jacket, gray and black window pane plaid cotton shirt, purple and charcoal cashmere wool tie, ivory and grey silk pocket square,grey flannel pant, Tom Ford for YSL “Windsor” loafers,Cartier “Tank Divan,” Seaman Schepps grey peal cufflinks, a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow, and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.