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James Andrew - Four Arts Botanical Gardens

James Andrew – Four Arts Botanical Gardens

Though we are now back in the city, a part of us is still at the sublime Colony Palm Beach – we’re still thinking of the tropical splendor, marvelous surrounds, sun, fun, and fine dining with friends – really the perfection of it all. It goes without saying that we can’t wait to return.

Maurice Fatio's "Villa Today," Palm Beach

Maurice Fatio’s “Villa Today,” Palm Beach

All of this has us conjuring up fabulous fantasies of having a little retreat in Palm Beach of our own – ideally something like Maurice Fatio’s Villa Today – a sublime art deco-influenced mini mansion on the lake. I am also fond of Clarence Mack’s Neo-Regency confections and would be perfectly happy in one! Why not dream big!?

Architect Clarence Mack, Palm Beach

Architect Clarence Mack, Palm Beach

While in Palm Beach, we paid a visit to the Four Arts Botanical Gardens which was established in 1938 to showcase the kinds of tropical plants suitable for South Florida gardens – just gorgeous. I’m photographed getting ideas for our very own tropical garden! I’m sporting a glorious embroidered Pucci kaftan-style shirt, Tom Ford lavender silk herringbone pants, Hadliegh’s cobalt gingham slippers, Le Noeud Papillon purple and blue silk ascot, Tom Ford “Marco” sun glasses, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel and Creed Windsor fragrance.


James Andrew - Palm Beach

James Andrew – Palm Beach

In desperate need of a tropical getaway, Scott McBee and I took rooms at the Colony Palm Beach, and I have to tell you it is the most perfect slice of heaven — just what we needed!

The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach has been the destination of choice since the 1940s. Even the Duke and Duchess of Windsor spent a season there in the early 60s. It’s a Neo-Caribbean British-Colonial style confection, and has recently undergone some ravishing refurbishment. Dorothy Draper’s Carleton Varney was the mastermind behind the re-imagining, bringing a fresh sense of Palm Beach chic to it with an exuberant mix of tropical patterns and a riot of color.

The Colony Palm Beach

The Colony Palm Beach

I’m particularly fond of the sublime shade of shell pink (Wolcott Salmon from Fine Paints of Europe to be exact) that coats its exterior. Needless to say, the place is Palm Beach glamour through and through.

The Colony Palm Beach

The Colony Palm Beach

One couldn’t ask for a better location either, with the beach, Worth Avenue, and a bevy of superb restaurants just a quick jaunt from the hotel – a car is simply not needed to explore most of what Palm Beach has to offer. The hotel has the feel of a super chic club and everyone is super friendly — we met an endless stream of friends, both old and new, every time we walked through the lobby.

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Basking in the beauty of the Colony Palm Beach (top) I’m sporting a Tom Ford ink and ivory glen plaid silk jacket, lavender and white striped cotton shirt, silk and linen floral pants and a royal and white silk pocket square, Ralph Lauren royal blue leather driving loafers, vintage Rolex, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links , Creed Windsor fragrance, and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow.

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James Andrew, NYC

James Andrew, NYC

Are you as baffled as I am that this is actually the last week of winter? Where did it all go? It sort of whisked by, barely noticed here on the East Coast with its unseasonably warm temperatures. I barely got to wear my new Tom Ford navy cashmere plaid overcoat! Oh well, time to move forward – and depending on how this week and the beginning of spring unfolds, perhaps opportunities will present themselves to wear a few more of my winter beauties.

As many of our WIJW fans must know by now, I’m all about what is appropriate to the weather versus antiquated rules regarding what should and should not be warn on such and such a date. Just because spring is pending does not mean that I have to break out the pastels — I mean, an unexpected snow storm might show up (and when you live around here, you know that is always a strong possibility)!

February/March is typically when I begin to think about my spring/summer wardrobe, and what I may want to add to enhance my sartorial splendor. This year, I’m leaning toward turquoise, pale blue, and lime green, and I’m already obsessing over a few exceptional pieces. Hopefully they will come my way! This is also a time when I’m in serious need of a tropical getaway! Palm Beach here we come! We’re heading down to catch up with clients and friends from March 16-21 and the Colony Palm Beach will provide for a lovely base of operations!

Celebrating the last days of winter, I’m sporting a Ralph Lauren Purple Label cashmere/wool tartan jacket, Tom Ford era Gucci ivory cashmere turtleneck sweater, Uniqlo red down vest, Tom Ford charcoal wool flannel pants. Max Verre red leather tasseled loafers, Sermonetta red leather gloves, vintage Rolex, Charvet black silk pocket square, Tom Ford Marco sunglasses, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow, and my fragrance is Creed Royal Oud.