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HOTEL PESTANA PALACE LISBON AND QUELUZ

James Andrew, Queluz

James Andrew, Queluz

We are just back from our journey Portugaise. As you’ll see over the next several installments of WIJW, it was everything we thought it would be…and much much more!

We structured this trip around the great houses and palaces of Portugal while staying in hotels that were, you guessed it, former palaces. Needless to say, there was endless inspiration to be had in Portugal, and I am sure by the end of this little WIJW series you yourself will be sorting a journey there. Certainly Portugal as a destination has been a bit unsung, but I’m guessing like all good things that this will all change in the not too distant future. With the loveliest people, sublime cuisine and the most beautiful homes, palaces and other sites to discover, I suggest that you start packing now!

After extensive research, we decided that for the Lisbon leg of our trip the Pestana Palace was the most perfect choice. Built in 1904 it was originally the home of the Marquis de Valle Flor who amassed one of the largest fortunes in all of Portugal through cocoa production. The palace is gorgeous and perfectly situated to afford equally sublime views of the Tagus River. We called it home in Lisbon for five glorious days. For your visit there, Insist on rooms in the original palace part of the hotel — you will not be disappointed.

Queluz facade

Queluz facade

Corredor dasMangas at Queluz

Corredor das Mangas at Queluz

An inner courtyard at Queluz

An inner courtyard at Queluz

Queluz facade

Queluz facade

Tiled canal at Queluz

Tiled canal at Queluz

For our first Palace day-excursion we went to Palacio Nacional de Queluz, the Rococo Summer Palace built in 1747 by Pedro younger son of Joao V – and later expanded by Maria I. Since childhood I had dreamed of touring what once was nicknamed “pink palace” (It has now been restored to what is believed to be its original blue and yellow palette). The actuality of the place was better than my wildest boyhood fantasies. The day was perfect – the grand palace set against a spectacularly clear cobalt sky – really this was an absolute dream come true. We spent three hours leisurely exploring every incredible inch of the building and its gardens, followed by a splendid luncheon with our dashing friend Ze Cabral at Cozinha Velha at Queluz.

James Andrew, Pestana Palace Lisbon

James Andrew, Pestana Palace Lisbon

Pestana Palace Lisbon

Pestana Palace Lisbon

FYI., I ll be posting many more pics on Instagram should you want more!

For your dinner in Lisbon, we highly suggest an evening at Restaurant Eleven. With Michelin Star awarded chef Joachim Koerper and his highly imaginative take on Portuguese cuisine, the meal is guaranteed to be a delight!

Soaking in all the beauty that is Queluz (top), I’m sporting Tom Ford ivory cashmere cotton corduroy jacket, charcoal cashmere wool tweed pants and grey, ivory and black checked cotton shirt, Tom Ford era Gucci black suede loafers, Turnbull and Asser ivory and black silk scark and grey and black polka dot silk pocket square, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford “Marco” sunglasses, a bit of summer glow with Tom Ford Bronzing Gel and my fragrance is Creed Windsor.

AND SUDDENLY AUTUMN

James Andrew -- early autumn ensemble

James Andrew — early autumn ensemble

I’m not sure what happened. I was enjoying my extension of summer and suddenly it’s Autumn!

And so I’m reluctantly retiring my summer ensembles — as well as the rosé I’ve been drinking, I’ll have to shelve it for something more full bodied – something that can take the chill out of the air!

Transitional times of year can leave one in a sort of no man’s land when it comes to wardrobe choices. Of course, this rather drastic meteorological shift toward darker, cooler climes comes with some emotional changes as well, but sorting out one’s wardrobe can certainly help one feel a bit better about the whole thing!

I’m thinking it may be too early for tweed, but perhaps corduroy, camel hair, and cashmere might provide just the right level of insulation for now — we’ll graduate to heavier fabrics as the season progresses. Time to break out some of my warmer/richer toned fragrance favorites as well! Tom Ford London and Tuscan Leather; Creed Bois du Portugal and Vintage Taborome; Jo Malone Amber and Lavender; all seem right for this time of year. Needless to say, I’m scrambling to put together finishing touches and track down pieces where there are gaps – the right ties, shirts, shoes, gloves, scarves, etc., to flesh out and complete a fabulous fall look.

By the way, eBay has offered some rather spectacular finds and I can’t wait to sport some of these new pieces for you. I’ll be mixing it up a bit with my tried and tested staple pieces, giving all new life and interest.

A perfect early autumn ensemble starts with this sublime camel hair and cashmere jacket with suede accents by Tom Ford, Turnbull and Asser purple gingham cotton shirt, Polo Ralph Lauren purple cotton corduroy pants, vintage Gucci purple foulard silk scarf and python belt with silver double horse head buckle, vintage orange, purple, and lavender plaid silk pocket square, vintage Rolex, Polo Ralph Lauren sneaker boots (an eBay steal), and my fragrance is Jo Malone Amber and Lavender.

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THE GIFT WITHIN THE PROBLEM

James Andrew

James Andrew


So often in life we are presented with problems – our initial reaction is to judge the situation as “bad.” We get caught up in the drama of it all and often end up in a downward spiral, adding fuel to that descent as we go. In the thick of it, it is rather challenging to take a moment to see that opportunities can come disguised as problems.

When I was in the employ of Ralph Lauren I was offered a situation working for both Ralph Lauren and Bloomingdales — the mission was to create more authentic Ralph Lauren Boutiques within the Bloomingdales stores. Well, it didn’t turn out well, and it was a torturous year for me. The position was soon eliminated and I was left without a job. The only position available was to work as a salesperson at the Ralph Lauren store on Madison Avenue. My ego was telling me that this was a real step down. To add to things, I had not done retail sales in years. Well, it turned out that the job was an absolute goldmine for interior design clients. New projects were constantly coming my way. One day I’d just totally burned out on the retail world, and I told myself that if I got one more client, I’d give notice. That very afternoon, I found a new client and thus began James Andrew Interior Design Inc., and a new chapter in my life.

Life is never perfect, there will always be issues. It really comes down to how we deal with them. The best advice I know is to focus on solutions and not “problems.” Take time to find the gift within — even if it is seems too difficult during the worst of things, trust that the opportunity will reveal itself soon enough!

James Andrew ensemble. detail

James Andrew ensemble. detail

To get a much needed dose of the countryside while remaining in NYC, I headed to the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden. In 1826, the bustle of the city didn’t extend beyond 14th Street, and the Mount Vernon was considered a fashionable country resort! I am sporting a Gucci chartreuse suede safari jacket, Ralph Lauren Denim and Supply, chartreuse linen cardigan, Turnbull and Asser purple gingham cotton shirt, Polo Ralph Lauren khaki pants, Gucci python belt with silver double horse head buckle, Tom Ford pale olive woven suede espadrilles, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow and my fragrance is Creed Bois de Cedrat.

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