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Be a Modern Day Renaissance Person

James Andrew - photo and painting by Scott McBee

James Andrew – photo and painting by Scott McBee

From da Vinci to Thomas Jefferson, Mariano Fortuny to Oprah…we here at WIJW love Renaissance men and woman. Taking our cues from the greats, we like to give ourselves free rein to indulging our many and diverse curiosities. We’re passionate about what we do…and this forum truly has given us the widest berth to explore! I’m pretty proud to have Christie’s call me “interior designer, style icon, and blogger extraordinaire.” It does seem to encapsulate much of what I’ve been dedicated to over these many years—and yet, I remain open to new interests and possibilities. Why limit oneself? I adore Henry Ford’s “If you think you can or you think you can’t either way you are right.” It is really is up to us to decide!

I’m photographed here with a marvelous collage by Scott Houston McBee. Quite a Renaissance man himself, McBee is no stranger to diverse artistic explorations, with work ranging from monumental ocean liners and private yachts, to animal paintings, to top-notch storyboarding and illustration, to collage, and photography.

I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton pique jacket, Tom Ford pale blue herringbone weave cotton shirt and pale blue silk knit tie, Charvet retro print pocket square, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, Paul Smith light weight grey wool pant, Ralph Lauren Navy leather D ring belt, Gucci navy slip on shoes, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford Reading glasses and my cologne is Creed Original Cologne.


  1. Jim Fairfax says:

    Well said indeed!!! I’m crazy about Scott’s collage – that would be an incredible table top inset!

  2. James Andrew says:

    Dear Jim,

    Yes I agree – I often can see these or even one of his animal portraits set within a cabinet door etc.



  3. Jon k says:

    How fabulous! Very sharp and very nice shot by Scott 🙂 Lovely spectacles as well.

  4. James Andrew says:

    My Dear jon k,

    Why Thank You!

    No one rocks a pair of spectacles like you- giving that sexy intellectual vibe that is so very desirable.



  5. Very insipring words! Love your handsome outfit and the McBee!

  6. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Allison,

    So Happy to hear you enjoyed this!

    I am sure you have many talents and gifts to share with the world!



  7. Charles Allen says:

    Wow! Always love the blog or whatever you gift us with! Great style! Great clothes! Great advice! Great “sassiness!”

  8. James Andrew says:

    Dear Charles,

    Thank You!

    So Happy to hear you are enjoying what we are sharing here on WIJW?

    We are always looking to inspire.



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