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MY LYFORD TROPICAL VILLA

My fantasy Lyford Villa

My fantasy Lyford Villa

Some may say I am jumping the gun just a bit, seeing as how I don’t actually own my favorite Lyford tropical villa yet, but there IS something to be said for living as if. So much of life is related to the stories we tell ourselves, and that can range from topics of health and well-being to financial issues as well. Telling ourselves a better story may seem delusional, but the fact is, one might just need that shift in attitude to actually accomplish one’s goals. As our WIJW readership probably knows by now, I like to tell myself some pretty fabulous tales — my reasoning (other than being a whole lot of fun) is that if one’s dreams don’t scare one a little, then they aren’t big enough — and truth be told, one often does make more progress when those dreams are big!

Places like Lyford put me completely at ease, and it didn’t take much deliberation for me to locate my tropical fantasy villa here in this corner of paradise. As imagined, my design would have a stunningly exotic orientalist-in-the-tropics sort of vibe — think: Doris Duke’s Islamic-style Hawaiian Shangri La. Not satisfied to leave this as a simple daydream, I’ve actually taken this design to the point where I have folders on my desktop overflowing with images of art and antiques to fill my Lyford villa. Whether I realize my dreams or not, I’ve been having a blast fleshing out ideas, and who knows, these things do start to gather momentum beyond mere thought!

For a visit to my lovely Lyford Villa (I do think this semi-ruin is well worth saving – kickstarter anyone?), I’m sporting another look inspired by my friend Amanda Strong Boalt’s take on Palm Beach style. I’m wearing a Tom Ford era Gucci white linen jacket and linen madras shirt, Strong Boalt Hybrid “Seafoam” shorts, Tom Ford ivory suede loafers, lavender glen plaid cotton pocket square, “Dimitry” sunglasses, vintage Rolex, and my fragrance is Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino.

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HOMAGE TO CDR. WHITEHEAD AND SLIM AARONS

James Andrew, Lyford - after Slim Aarons' Cmdr. Whitehead at Lyford.

James Andrew, Lyford – after Slim Aarons’ Cmdr. Whitehead at Lyford.

For an artist who most enjoyed “…photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places,” it’s no wonder that Slim Aarons found himself quite at home in Lyford. From its inception the Lyford Cay Club sought to attract the rich. the interesting, and the beautiful as members — and unlike many clubs in places like Palm Beach, Lyford welcomed all sorts without the dogmatic discrimination and antisemitism that pervaded so many social clubs of the day.

A long time Lyford member, Commander Edward Whitehead has to be the original mold for the “most interesting man in the world.” A former British Royal Navy officer and head of Schweppes USA, Commander Whitehead became the face of Schweppes, with the now classic ad campaign portraying the Englishman delivering highbrow discourse on the beverage’s “Schweppervescence.” He also wrote a treatise How to Live the Good Life: The Commander Tells You How based on words he delivered aboard the Cunard liner, QE2. My friends who knew him at Lyford tell me he was a delightful, dashing, and debonaire man. Needless to say he is a man after my own heart. I’m sure he would have had a blog if he were with us today!

Commander Whitehead by Slim Aarons

Commander Whitehead by Slim Aarons

For today’s post, I’m paying homage to Commander Whitehead and his brilliant portrait by Slim Aarons. I’m dressed in a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton pique jacket, Tom Ford pale blue shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs and white cotton twill pants, Ralph Lauren silk and linen pink, ivory and pale blue stripe tie, pink silk pocket square by Charvet, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, red and blue bi-color braided belt with silver buckle by Adriano Meneghetti, navy suede Gucci loafers, Rolex, and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.

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DIA:BEACON AND A WEEKEND AT WYNKOOP

James Andrew at DIA:Beacon

James Andrew at DIA:Beacon


James Andrew at DIA:Beacon (detail)

James Andrew at DIA:Beacon (detail)


Summer always finds me anxious to get out of town for a bit of rejuvinative green and nature. Thankfully I’ve been blessed with quite a few weekend invites to some of the most lovely places this summer. This weekend was no exeption as it brought a gorgeous getaway invitation to my super chic friend’s Hudson Valley country home, Wynkoop (more about this in our next post).

En route to Wynkoop House we decided to rendezvous at the Carl Andre Exhibition at DIA:Beacon —- it’s just a quick scenic train ride from the city that affords some glorious views of the Hudson River along the way. If you don’t know, DIA:Beacon is housed in a former Nabisco box printing factory with 300,000 square feet of the most perfect exhibition space illuminated by a spectacular 34,000 square feet of skylight—a perfect space to enjoy the equally spectacular installation of grand scale Serra sculptures there.

Serra at DIA:Beacon

Serra at DIA:Beacon

The beauty of the place extends beyond the confines of the building into Robert Irwin’s gardens, where I stopped for a photo amidst ravishing rows of hornbeam hedge. For our art expedition, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci white linen jacket, Michael Bastian for Gant chartreuse cotton safari shirt, chartreuse silk pocket square from Charvet Paris, Tom Ford era Gucci olive python belt with silver double horse head buckle, white cotton shorts by Mario Matteo,Tom Ford woven olive suede espadrilles, a vintage Rolex and my fragrance is Creed Bois de Cedrat.

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