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HELLO CAPE COD

James Andrew, Cape Cod

James Andrew, Cape Cod

After what seemed like a very quick train ride from New York City, we arrived at Boston and were promptly whisked off to our friends’ home on the Cape — a monumental modernist affair perched high on a hill overlooking the sea with a nearly private stretch of beach at its foot. From here, just across Cape Cod Bay, one can see Provincetown. We arrived in time for a late luncheon with ample time to enjoy some hours soaking in the sun. I can’t tell you how restorative it was to be out of the heat of the city. Cocktails were served at 5 — martinis and delicious raw oysters on the half shell were the order of the day. A gathering of wonderful friends joined for a most delicious dinner accompanied by several lovely bottles of cooling Rosé — a perfectly idyllic way to launch our mini holiday!

Our beach

Our beach

Dressed for dinner in an elegant but casual summer ensemble, I’m enjoying a bit more beach-time before cocktail hour. I’m wearing a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton pique jacket, Tom Ford cobalt dot print silk pocket square, Alexander McQueen pink micro stripe cotton shirt with pink gross grain trim, Club Monaco madras plaid cotton shorts (I tend to not wear shorts in town, but love shorts and a jacket by the beach or in the country), Ralph Lauren red alligator belt with sterling belt and royal blue suede espadrilles, Gucci sunglasses, vintage Rolex and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.

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The World of Gloria Vanderbilt

James Andrew at the 1st Dibs Gloria Vanderbilt exhibition.

James Andrew at the 1st Dibs Gloria Vanderbilt exhibition.

I was absolutely thrilled to see the most fabulous exhibition entitled The World of Gloria Vanderbilt at 1st Dibs Gallery in NYC. Always on the hunt for just the right pictures and paintings for my clients, the event provided me with the most perfect opportunity to blend vocation with vacation, which is always a welcome thing!

Heiress, designer, painter, model, actor, socialite and icon, Gloria Vanderbilt was quite the renaissance woman. She had seemingly boundless energy and certainly was not afraid to explore her many diverse passions! In short, she dreamed…and her great lust for life found the most delicious expression in her creative work.

Needless to say, she has been hugely inspirational to many, including your’s truly.

Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt

In her words, “often my images are channeled in dreams which find expression in my paintings…. Memory is also a driving influence, memories I absorb and reinvent to changing effect because I have changed but do not want to let them go. Color too intoxicates, inspires, so does the beauty of a person, who has something I can’t quite catch. They become muses which I become obsessed to define, reveal something of their mystery.” – excerpt from the Gloria Vanderbilt website.

I’ve included here just a few images to provide a bit of a tease as I’m sure you’ll be heading to 1st DIbs to see this glorious exhibition first hand! I was quite taken with Vanderbilt’s self portraits as well as of Truman Capote (below).

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

I might also recommend Wendy Goodman’s rather marvelous book, “The World of Gloria Vanderbilt” for a more in-depth look at this iconic woman’s fascinating life. See this link.

For a super casual day I am sporting Ralph Lauren cream cotton cable knit sweater with shawl collar, Alexander McQueen pink and white cotton mini stripe shirt with pink gross grain ribbon trim, Uniqlo white jeans, Gucci python belt with silver buckle and aviator sun glasses, Lanvin sneakers, vintage Rolex watch and my fragrance is Eau d’Italie’s Paestum Rose.

It Ain’t All Crystals and Rainbows

James Andrew, Lincoln Center Theater

James Andrew, Lincoln Center Theater


I believe we’re all on a spiritual journey—a path to enlightenment if you will. We may not all chose the same road but what is important is that we’re striving to make our lives happier and more fulfilled.

I’ve found several ideas that most new age schools of thought all share, and as there has been some interest from our readers on this subject, I thought they might be of some benefit to share here. Since these elements come in no particular order I’ll just jump right in.

Awareness is hugely important—we need to ask ourselves what are the thoughts and stories we are telling ourselves. When we can step back and simply observe, we can begin to separate ourselves from the thoughts and stories that do not serve us. We can then begin to tell better stories. On a relative level at least, we are our thoughts and conceptions!

Our thoughts and imagination are very powerful, and one should visualize and imagine the reality we would like to be experiencing in such a way that we actually bring up the emotion of what the complete fulfillment of these desires feels like. We exist in a feeling universe. This idea is about being a vibrational match to the things we want, and the universe acts like a mirror reflecting what we put out. Now this is not always the easiest things to do when we are undergoing some harsh times, but I assure you that by acknowledging where we are now, focusing on where we want to be—on things working out rather than focusing on all that is wrong in our lives we put ourselves in a much better place.

Love and forgiveness are also very powerful. One should always attempt to be the love one wants to receive. Forgiveness can become a good kind of selfish act in that it often does more good for the person that forgives than for the one who is forgiven. In this way we free ourselves from negative emotions like anger, resentment, and bitterness and we start to make room for better things to come into our lives.

Letting go of fear is pretty liberating as well—being free to fail, and just taking a massive leap. We need to be aware of fear—the fear of getting hurt, having our hearts broken, business failures, whatever it is, we are often missing out on all the potential and possibility by protecting ourselves. One could just as easily see anxiety as a form of excitement! By just “going for it” we give ourselves a chance to manifest what we desire.

These are just a few ideas to explore. I know many of them are working for me personally. Rather fabulous things are always happening in my own life, and at the very least I can say I’ve gained more inner peace, tranquility and love, which in turn encourages me to continue on this journey.

I love all the new age/hippie symbolism of “Crystals and Rainbows” and perhaps there are indeed some magical powers behind these things, (possibly based on the power of belief?), but for me, I think the more practical and useful ideas and tools offer much more tangible results.

I’m captured here at the ravishing reflecting pool at Lincoln Center Theatre pondering some of these ideas while sporting a pair of Tom Ford “Regency” pants in pink & green silk cotton madras check, an Alexander McQueen cotton pink and white micro stripe shirt with pink gross grain ribbon trim, woven white leather flip flops are by local sandal maker, Schettino di Capri, vintage Rolex watch and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.