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Bye Bye Birthday Blues

James Andrew

James Andrew - photo by Gabriel Everett

Birthdays can give one pause to reflect on time—particularly on how little of it there seems to be—and one takes stock of the high and low points of the year, wishing and hoping for more of the high ones! Despite the anxiety and unrest that often comes with this not always so happy day, I reminded myself this past Wednesday, on the occasion of my birthday, that there are always more things to create and experience, and it’s nearly impossible to get everything done!

With a monumental birthday looming this coming year (hey, it’s tough turning twenty!) I’ve found some solace in what my friends Abraham-Hicks™ have to say about things:

“What is the perfect age? Well, it’s the age where I finally understand my freedom, and I finally understand that I am free to create, and it’s the age that I am at my most beautiful. And we say, by whose standards? In other words, who gets to decide the perfect age? And we say, rather than determining what the perfect age is, why not decide what the perfect state of being is—and then discover that you can find the perfect state of being at any age.”

And still of course time goes by and we get older, but I’m happy to say that age has its benefits—every year I find myself getting closer to the full realization that we determine our reality, and that we do indeed have the power to create anything we want in life and beyond! Why not make every day a joyous birthday celebration?

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Scott McBee's glorious birthday card illustration .

Scott McBee made me the most marvelous card above. Do keep him in mind when looking for your very own bespoke greeting cards!

After a fairly introspective day mulling over my mortality, our beloved Scott treated me to a splendid dinner at the Four Seasons. We had martinis, oysters, lobster bisque, and pheasant accompanied by the most delicious Côtes du Rhône. Champagne toasts followed along with a great billowing cloud of cotton candy and a dreamy chocolate soufflé—a sure fire way to turn anyone’s birthday gloom to glee!

The brilliant photo at top was taken by the very talented Gabriel Everett – definitely has a bit Dorian Gray feeling about it.

I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Snowdon” suit in lilac rose silk wool linen melange twill, brown and white woven mini hounds tooth shirt with French cuffs, brown and purple silk polka dot pocket square and brown suede tasseled loafers, Gucci python belt with silver buckle, vintage moon stone cuff links, Swaine Adeney Brigg Whangee umbrella and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.

8 Comments

  1. danny says:

    Hi James, Best birthday wishes! Men!, We get better with age! Best aid to aging well: Inner Happiness will always show…. as will a well cut suit… and a perfect fit on your pair of jeans… As you’ve so well proven, looking great is the best antidote!

    x Danny

  2. Dean Farris says:

    Total Fabulocity!

  3. Topaz says:

    Best wishes! And whatever age you are, you look great!

    P.S. Saw your room in House Beautiful. Beautiful!

  4. Marc de Paris says:

    Best wishes for your birthday, dear James.

    Congratulations for Scott McBee’s peacock. Amazing drawing.

    Looking forward to your coming in Paris, we are still waiting for you!

  5. Nick Zantop says:

    Very Dorian Gray indeed, I’m loving that belt – especially the buckle.

    It sounds like you had a great birthday dinner with great company; eating well is definitely one of the secrets to longevity. And of course, if it turns out that isn’t really true, well….at least we will have eaten well!

  6. Oonagh says:

    Happy birthday, James. Count your blessings not your years!

    The peacock is just perfect – I love the little glint in his eye!

  7. PEPA CHARLTON says:

    a belate birthday greetings.
    You look fabulosooooooo does not matter what ever your age is.
    It must had been a wonderful birthday soiree shared with lovely Scott.
    All the best
    pepa

  8. Sultan says:

    Happy birthday Gorgeous, James!

    With love,
    Sultan

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