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.* * *
As you might imagine we were beyond thrilled to soak in some of those last few rays of sun with a most luxurious visit to Lyford Cay.
It’s off-season at Lyford, but the quiet actually suited us just fine — the weather was splendid and a bit of solitude amidst the lush surrounds and the gentle waves of the Caribbean were the perfect culmination to a lovely summer.
The first order of business upon arrival is to head seaside, and fortunately my exquisite friend Lulu de Kwiatowski — artist, designer and long time resident of Lyford — rather graciously offered her private beach and pool with instructions to “frolic and enjoy.” Serendip Cove is certainly one of the most glorious estates in Lyford and we were overjoyed to be there.
On my way to the beach at Serendip Cove, I’m taking sartorial inspiration from my friend Amanda Stongboalt and her take on Palm Beach style. I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Spencer” jacket in pink silk basket weave, white cotton shirt, and ivory suede loafers. I’m also wearing Classic Boardshort Sharks Shallow Water shorts, precious turquoise cufflinks, Charvet turquoise silk pocket square, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.
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Labor Day inevitably ushers in mass dismay; the general consensus is that summer is over! (though it is still weeks before its official demise) —— meanwhile, temperatures continue to be well over ninety degrees! What is all the rush about? I for one am quite happy to extend summer as long as the weather lasts. My beloved Scott McBee feels the same way, and so we’ve booked a trip to Lyford this coming week for some extended summer fun, sun, and sea. In the meantime, at home, I continue to stocks cases of rosé and I’m still serving up the best of Alex Hitz’s summer recipes.
I do enjoy autumn, and certainly look forward to a change in wardrobe, but we here at WIJW are not quite ready to give up on our colors, silks, and linens!
For our picture today, I’m sporting a Tom Ford ink and ivory silk glen plaid jacket, royal and white dot print shirt and a royal retro print pocket square, Uniqlo white jeans, KJP woven white cotton belt, vintage Rolex, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, royal blue suede espadrilles by Ralph Lauren, my fragrance Tom Ford, Costa Azzura.