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HERITAGE DAY ON THE NORTH FORK

James Andrew, the North Fork. Photo Scott McBee

James Andrew, the North Fork. Photo Scott McBee

Independence Day weekend on the North Fork is one of those genuine slices of Americana that mostly only ever exists in movies and books these days — and it is exactly this small-town yesteryear vibe one longs for after a week of hubbub and worries in the big-town of NYC.

Heritage Day parade,  Orient

Heritage Day parade, Orient

Heritage Day parade, Orient

Heritage Day parade, Orient

You’ll have to agree, these shots of the Heritage Day parade in Orient village are full-blown Norman Rockwell — the folks there have the most marvelous parade with bicycling children, vintage tractors, fire engines, and so-on — you get the picture — a full 20 minutes of Aunt Bee approved apple pie for the eyes that concludes with a heartfelt reading of the Declaration of Independence no less — plenty of hotdogs follow, and they are served on a great lawn to all present!

Heritage Day parade,  Orient

Heritage Day parade, Orient

Later, we topped off the idyllic day with dinner served al fresco – glasses of rose raised to celebrate! I’m captured here (top photo) on a pre-dinner stroll — photo by our beloved Scott McBee. I’m wearing a Ralph Lauren cream cotton cable knit shawl collared cardigan, Michael Bastian white denim pants, Uniqlo white cotton polo shirt, Kiel James Patrick woven white cotton belt, vintage Rolex, Adidas Stan Smith white leather tennis shoes, Creed Acqua Originale Vetiver Geranium and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel to provide bit of a sun kissed glow.

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MORE NORTH FORK THE UN-HAMPTONS

James Andrew --  North Fork

James Andrew — North Fork

North  Fork

North Fork

North Fork provided our own Scott McBee and I with some truly lovely languid days — reading, lounging and generally being grateful for the change of pace. It was the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends while getting aquatinted with this beautiful place.

Old Orchard

A few minutes walk is the village of Orient where we had a bite at the charming little Orient Country Store — for the most scrumptious desserts one only has to head to the Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie shop. If you are in the mood, a little shopping at the Old Orchard Farm Store will find you a sensational assortment of reasonably priced things.

A little tour on our hosts’ boat gave us an entirely different perspective of North Fork and its sublime seaside setting — needless to say, we’ve already sorted out a plan for the 4th of July holiday weekend there.

Seaside at North Fork

Seaside at North Fork

I am photographed (top) taking a moment before cocktail hour — I’m sporting a Tom Ford red cotton jacket, pale blue cotton mini herringbone weave shirt and a royal dot print silk pocket square, Uniqlo white slim jeans, an Adriano Meneghetti braided cotton belt (detail below).

Adrianno Meneghetti braided belt

Adrianno Meneghetti braided belt

I’m also wearing Ralph Lauren madras plaid espadrilles, vintage Rolex, Creed Cedre Blanc fragrance and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow.

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METRO CURATES

James Andrew at Metro Curates

James Andrew at Metro Curates

As an interior designer, I’m always searching for versatile, elegant, unusual and one-of-a-kind pieces that take an interior to the level of the sublime — and with so many cookie cutter designers out there these days, it is especially important to me that my objects, and thus my interiors, stand out as truly exceptional.

300 year old pancho Metro Curates

300 year old pancho Metro Curates

Thankfully there is the Metro Curates fair — it’s one of those not-to-be missed events showcasing unique folk, contemporary and ethnographic offerings from all over the world (I often liken the uptown Winter Antiques Show to a Broadway show, whereas the Metro Show is a bit more off Broadway — always guaranteed to feature the unique and unexpected!). I’m sharing a few highlights from this year’s show which sadly ends today, but I strongly encourage everyone to attend the next one!

Stephanie Wilde painting at Angela Usrey, Metro Curates

Stephanie Wilde painting at Angela Usrey, Metro Curates

Folk art bust, Metro Curates

Folk art bust, Metro Curates

I’m sporting (top) a Tom Ford era Gucci black cashmere top coat over a Paul Stuart teal cashmere sweater coat, a Gucci vintage Russian print silk shirt, purple foulard silk scarf, Tom Ford era Gucci purple cashmere turtleneck sweater, Uniqlo jeans, Ralph Lauren purple alligator belt with silver buckle, Tom Ford era Yves Saint Laurent aubergine suede “Eton” boots, vintage Rolex, tom Ford Marco sunglasses, my fragrance is Creed Himalaya, and I’m using a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun-kissed glow.