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Feel Like You’re On A Merry-Go-Round?

James Andrew Le Carrousel in Bryant Park

James Andrew – Le Carrousel, Bryant Park

It really is so easy to get side tracked – to forget our goals and fantasies – to never step out of one’s comfort zone for fear of failure. Going round and round we find that despite the illusion of moving we have not really gone anywhere.

While perusing Mastin Kipp ‘s brilliant blog The Daily Love I read the most fantastic post:

Do you find yourself faffing your life away?….

According to the Urban Dictionary faffing means to aimlessly waste time doing useless tasks. Ouch!

I do that all the time.
Here’s how I faff…
1. Social media addiction
2. Email addiction
3. Social media commenting addiction
4. Cleaning up too much when I should be writing
5. Taking on projects that don’t scare me, while avoiding soul projects that I know I should be doing
6. Living my life based on what other people think
7. Did I mention social media addiction?
8. Eating comfort food when I should be creating

Kipp cites as the main culprit, “… Fear of the unknown. Fear of change. Fear of rejection. Fear of life getting worse instead of better. Fear of fear. And fear of fearing fear.” He concludes with a pretty inspirational “…It’s all fear and quite frankly it’s all BS.”

His thoughts really do touch on the heart of things, I think – particularly with regard to social media addiction. Certanly Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, etc., can be tremendously entertaining, and brilliant ways to connect with people on a global scale – even a way to become inspired – but there is really a balance that needs to be struck. So much of it is about being aware of how we are using our time and how deeply social media has imbedded itself in our lives – for instance, if you’re on a dinner/drinks date, let’s turn the phone off. That person in real time/space who took the time to actually get dressed and come meet you, simply must take precedence. It’s just plain old good manners! There is so much to life that I think we’re starting to miss – a seemingly mundain walk from point a to b can turn out to be a pretty enriching thing when one takes the time to notice things…to look beyond the screen.

Le Carrousel in Bryant Park, was specially created to complement the park’s French classical style – an homage to both European and American traditions, it’s the most perfectly symbolic backdrop for today’s photo. I’m sporting a Tom Ford mango silk “Spencer” jacket, lavender and white striped cotton shirt with contrast white collar and french cuffs, shell and coral cuff links, vintage Rolex watch, lavender cotton mini glen check pocket square, white Uniqlo pants, vintage Gucci python belt with silver double horse head buckle, saddle leather loafers, and my fragrance is Creed Orange Spice.


  1. Alexx says:

    I love the orange with white !!! Great look as always


  2. James Andrew says:

    Querido Alexx,


    Tu eres muy simpatico!

    Un abrazzo fuerte!


  3. Dear James,
    How very wise of both you and Mr Kipp. So I shall not faff about – always loved the word, not the (in)action – and just say I love the orange jacket. I am currently bobbing along the French coast in a boat – preparing the way for you and Mr McB later this summer – but still want to entice you both to Ireland. An autumn jaunt?
    As ever,

  4. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Robert O’Byrne,

    Yes- time for me to stop faffing about today and get to work!

    This orange jacket always gets loads of comments- wait till you see my orange shantung pants.

    I wish I was bobbing along the French Coast with you – let me know if you visit Villa Fiorentina!

    AN autumn jaunt to Ireland might be sublime- let’s Think Tank!

    Light and Love


  5. Mark S. Flood says:

    James you have surpassed yourself yet again! I love the orange jacket! My favourite colour, I want one for myself. Definitely visit Ireland this year, we can show you the best it has to offer.

    Mark xXx

  6. James Andrew says:


    My Dear Boy!

    I can’t get enough of your fabulous feedback!

    Keep it coming!

    I hope you get to met my dear friend and fellow aesthete – Robert O’Byrne shortly.



  7. Oonagh says:

    Thank you James, inspirational as ever. Love the jacket, especially with white, and oh! the socks! the shoes! Fabulous.
    I do hope Mark and Robert manage to entice you to Ireland.
    O x

  8. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Oonagh,

    I am here to share what has inspired me, I only hope it inspires others as well.

    This TF jacket is just so sublime isn’t it ?

    I am looking forward to what these gentleman can conjure up to get me to Ireland- I just can’t wait.



  9. Dear James,

    Thank you for another inspiring post! Quite relevant to my life right now where I am trying to get back on track and focus on my goals and the things that mean the most to me. Love you in orange BTW.



  10. James Andrew says:

    Dear Michael,

    I love sharing these ideas that I have found so helpful!

    Thrilled to hear you found some inspiration in this as well!



  11. Dean Farris says:

    Lovely post! Orange is the colour of optimism and hope-it also is horribly chic due to those Hermes’ boxes- I love it when you wax philosophical James. You are so fab when you do that- I predict that J-Lo will be calling you soon, to do up her new Hamptons manse…


  12. James Andrew says:

    Hello Dean,

    Orange is also a very healing color as well- which is perhaps why I am so drawn to it!

    Happy to hear you like the expression of some of these more magnificent metaphysical ideas.



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