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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James Andrew on Quintessence
While we’re away on holiday in Lyford, I’d quickly like to encourage our WIJW readership to have a look at the super chic blog entitled Quintessence, to read a marvelous piece by my friends Stacey Bewkes and Susanne Salk. They’ve created a special video series for Fashion Week here in New York City to celebrate well dressed interior designers, and I’m thrilled and honored to say I’ve been included! See here: 16 interior designers who dress as stylishly as they decorate!. You’ll also find pieces on art, architecture, fashion. jewelry, food, travel and much more. I’m particularly fond of their video series At Home With — it includes tours of many of the most fabulous places on earth. Needless to say, there’s something for everyone at Quintessence. Do have a look!* * *
I have some super chic clients in Florida who’ve had a life-long love of all things Africa, and their many travels to Africa have provided us (my clients and me) with some fascinating decorative pieces to work with. Despite these many trips abroad, it has been a daunting task to amass enough objects for a room with nearly 15 foot high ceilings, so I’ve been snapping up some wonderful pieces at the newly reinvigorated flea market on West 25th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenues here in NYC. Up until recently the flea market has been a vapor of what it once was, so I’m hugely pleased to have this as a fabulous resource again.
There are several dealers here who specialize in a multitude of art, crafts, and textiles from Africa, and consequently I’ve had great luck purchasing fabrics to make some truly unique one-of-a kind pillows and upholstered ottomans, among many other applications.
The place has a great assortment of richly colored beads as well, which I’ve used simply as objet du table or to adorn the occasional classical bust for a touch of the exotic. Needless to say, I’ve been feeling quite inspired! I’ll be sure to share more on this project as we get further along.
A rather casual WIJW today, I’m mixing high and low, with a Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply olive linen sweater, Uniqlo khaki slim cargo pants and white cotton pique long sleeve top, Tom Ford woven olive suede espadrilles, Adriano Meneghetti military belt in olive waxed cotton and leather, Hildestahl Valfrid tote Tom Ford, Dimitry sunglasses, and my fragrance is Creed Bois de Cedrat.
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