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A DELIGHTFUL AFTERNOON OF ANTIQUING IN STAMFORD

James Andrew at Antique and Artisans Gallery

James Andrew at Antique and Artisans Gallery


When I’ve exhausted my New York City resources looking for unusual and sublime items for for my clients, I rush to Grand Central and hop a train to the antiques centers in Stamford CT. They’re a treasure trove with something like six warehouse buildings packed with a wide variety of antiques dealers – something for every taste and budget!

One of my very favorites is the Antique and Artisan Gallery which feels more like a super chic boutique than an antiques center. They always have the most interesting things. I fell in love with a stack of coral and gold shell plates as well as a white palm leaf and mirror planter (I’m planning where best to install this as I write!).

Set of coral and gold shell-design dessert plates.

Set of coral and gold shell-design dessert plates.

White palm leaf and mirror planter.

White palm leaf and mirror planter.

At Hiden Galleries I found the most perfect small scale Dupre Lafon chair for our very own Scott McBee’s maisonette as well as an Albert Hadley style tufted slipper chair.

Dupre Lafon chair.

Dupre Lafon chair.

Harbor View has a tremendous collection as well – I’m wild about an unusual coromandel lacquer table with giraffe.

Coromandel lacquer tabletop.

Coromandel lacquer tabletop.

It’s always rather refreshing to have a little jaunt out of town for a delightful afternoon of antiquing.

Photographed by Scott McBee at the super chic Antique and Artisans Gallery, I am sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci chartreuse suede safari jacket, Tom Ford gray and charcoal window pane plaid cotton shirt and gray cotton cashmere corduroy pants, RL Purple Label grey cashmere fair isle V-neck sweater, grey pearl cuff links by Seaman Schepps, vintage Rolex, Creed Bois du Portugal fragrance, and a touch of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for that sun kissed glow.

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FINAL DESTINATIONS: ST KITTS AND ST BARTHS VIA WINDSTAR

James Andrew aboard Windsurf

James Andrew aboard Windsurf

Most mornings aboard Windsurf begin with breakfast al fresco on one of the ship’s outdoor dining decks. There one could ease into a delightful day while enjoying a phenomenal view of the island one was about to explore.

We’d be presented with recommendations for interesting spots to visit and nicely packaged Windstar tours one could take, but if one wanted to be a bit more independent (as we generally do) it’s an easy thing to arrange one’s own sightseeing itinerary.

For St Kitts we sorted out the most brilliant tour guide/driver and were whisked off to the glorious gardens at the Romney Plantation, followed by a day of luxury and lounging seaside at the Carambola Beach Club.

Carambola Beach Club, St Kitts.

Carambola Beach Club, St Kitts.

St Barths was our last stop – I commend Windstar’s planning staff for choosing this as the finale to our beautiful cruise. As our readers may know we at WIJW absolutely adore St Barths, and we spent a full day on this super chic island.

Shellona Beach Club-, St Barths

Shellona Beach Club-, St Barths

St Barths

St Barths

We took in a bit of shopping in fabulous Gustavia. 100% Capri (originated in Capri) has the most divine designs, hats, belts, and lovely linen clothing. We also love Bijoux de la Mer with their unique pearl and leather bracelets and necklaces. Our very own Scott McBee treated himself to the most gorgeous bracelet there! Then we were off to the impossibly chic Shellona Beach Club – more lounging seaside, glorious views, a lovely luncheon, and of course the requisite bottles of rosé. Perfection. We capped off our splendid day on St Barths with cocktails and then boarded Windsurf for our farewell dinner.

This was such a sublime voyage and a truly brilliant way to explore many of the islands we had not been to.

Farewell Windsurf!

Farewell Windsurf!

With the smell of palm and tropical sea air still lingering in our minds, it won’t surprise you that we can’t wait for our next cruise!

For our farewell dinner aboard Windsurf, I’m sporting Tom Ford indigo and ivory silk glen plaid jacket, a navy dot print cotton shirt, white and navy pin stripe linen pants, Battistoni navy and white silk pocket square, Max Verre denim tasseled loafers, vintage Rolex, Kiel James Patrick woven white cotton belt, and my fragrance Tom Ford’s Mandarino di Amalfi.

ST. LUCIA AND GUADELOUPE VIA WINDSTAR

James Andrew on Windstar's Windsurf

James Andrew on Windstar’s Windsurf

More sun drenched days spent shuttling between the elegant Windsurf, and tantalizing tropical islands.

I had great fun planning my ensembles, but sadly this time around we had our hands full during the day, so we weren’t able to capture my day outfits which were generally shorts and fab shirts – but upon our return to Windsurf, I’d throw on my very best for cocktails and dinner.

Our voyage mostly focused on the French Antilles, and the lovely St Lucia and Guadeloupe were our next ports of call.

St Lucia

St Lucia

St Lucia

St Lucia

Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe

On Guadeloupe’s Pigeon Island, we were treated to a seaside barbecue luncheon and spent a day luxuriating beach side. We wandered a park with ruins of an old British fort. Parts of of the ruin were restored to give one the sense of its original Caribbean Neo Classical style grandeur. It probably goes without saying that I’d move there in a heartbeat.

Les Saintes, Guadaloupe was next on our itinerary. When approached by sea, it’s very much like coming to a pre-jet-set St Barthelemy of sorts – a stunningly lush island with fabulous French cuisine, beautiful beaches, and a charming town. Les Saintes is a destination to consider, especially with prices being a fraction of a stay in St Barthelemy.

Guadalupe

Guadalupe

Being an interior designer, I’m always taking notes, and there is no shortage of inspiration to be had on a voyage like this! I’ll certainly be utilizing much of what I’ve gathered for future projects.

Back on board Windstar’s Windsurf and dressed for our cocktail hour (top), I’m sporting a red cotton Tom Ford jacket, blue pinpoint oxford shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs, royal blue cotton pants, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, vintage Rolex, vintage blue, white and red silk pocket square, Tom Ford era Gucci sunglasses, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.