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WORTH AVENUE PALM BEACH

James Andrew, Worth Avenue

James Andrew, Worth Avenue

I first visited Palm Beach in the 70’s, and ever since, the Mizner designed Worth Avenue with its Mediterranean feel and many connecting Vias continues to be one of my favorite destinations.

One of the charming Vias off of Worth Avenue

One of the charming Vias off of Worth Avenue

Alas, Worth Avenue has changed quite a bit, becoming more of a Rodeo Drive with an overabundance of jewelry stores and hideous art galleries — and sadly no Tom Ford boutique.

Cashmere at Trillion

Cashmere at Trillion

That being said, happily one can still find unique shops and boutiques that capture the classic Palm Beach of yore. A few of my favorites: Trillion – one is greated by a rainbow of cashmere sweaters there; the retro chic Kassatly Inc. (Fine Linens & Lingerie) located at 250 Worth Avenue where I always snap up Madeira ladies in lingerie cocktail napkins which I think make a most perfect hostess gift; the Leta Austin Foster boutique at 64 Via Mizner certainly has one of the most sublime selections of homewares; Mary Mahoney who has a plethora of marvelous tabletop collections along with quite a range of other items.

And after all of that shopping do stop at Pizza al Fresco or perhaps Renato’s for a lovely and restorative luncheon — both have splendid outdoor dining – which is exactly what one wants in Palm Beach!

Detail

Ironwork detail

Enjoying this elegant enclave, I’m feeling very Windsor, making a grand promenade. I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton pique jacket, Tom Ford navy cotton dot print shirt, vintage red and royal linen pocket square, Uniqlo white slim jeans, Ralph Lauren red alligator belt with sterling buckle, vintage Rolex, Gucci white leather loafers and tote bag, Tom Ford, Neroli Portofino fragrance, and Tom Ford bronzing gel for a sun kissed glow.

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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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A WEEKEND AT WYNKOOP

James Andrew (and Emma) at Wynkoop

James Andrew (and Emma) at Wynkoop

After our fabulous visit to DIA:Beacon we were off to Wynkoop House – I’ve been eagerly anticipating seeing my friends’ house for some years, and boy was it worth the wait. Wynkoop is a stately 18th century stone manor house filled with period treasures and is incredibly well preserved, with practically all of the original paint intact. Apparently the last owner was born there and lived in the house until she died – she was sadly lacking in resources, but as it turned out, her somewhat limited state of affairs kept the place virtually unchanged for nearly 90 years.

wynkoop_bedMy friends are incredibly stylish and they just get everything right. The property is perfection, from the incredible interiors to the glorious gardens (where we had the most elegant garden tea, made all the more so by the very elegant greyhound, Emma). Wynkoop is a glimpse into the 18th century without sacrificing any of the modern conveniences one could possibly want. There are also some good dining out options nearby, and I was treated to a rather delicious dinner at Cucina Restaurant in Woodstock. They serve innovative Italian cuisine in a really stunning setting, including a porch for al fresco dining. Nothing could be better than to enjoy a few lush and languid days surrounded by friends, nature, and beauty – all this being said, it won’t surprise you when I say that I’m already planning a return to Wynkoop in the autumn!

Incidentally, Wynkoop House is available for photo shoots, weddings, parties, or simply as a private escape destination.

Wynkoop

At Wynkoop

Photographed in one of the Wynkoop gardens with Emma (top), I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci chartreuse suede safari jacket, Gucci retro floral print cotton voile shirt, silk and hemp shorts by Our Legacy, Adriano Meneghetti “Military” belt in olive braided waxed cotton and leather with silver buckle, Tom Ford brown leather sandals, vintage Rolex watch and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.

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