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PONDERING PALM BEACH

A Palm Beach selfie.

A Palm Beach selfie.

The Palm Beach area is where I spent the bulk of my time on my recent Florida expedition. I have a wonderful collection of friends there and I am quite sentimental about it all. I think a lot of those feelings are based on my early visits in the 70’s. Palm Beach was a very different place in those day – it was a bit more the way Lyford feels today—a bastian of old-world manners, charm, and politesse—a place where people cared enough to get properly dressed for dinner and parties. It has changed quite a bit now, though there are indeed a select few who still bask in the chic that was once Palm Beach. Whatever the case may be, I do believe one needs to bring one’s own brand of chic WHEREVER one might go. Needless to say, when I go to Palm Beach I certainly dress for dinner or, say, a stroll down Worth Avenue.

I often wonder if I were to spend more of my life in Florida, where would it be? Despite all of the change, there is still so much I adore about Palm Beach, and the idea of splitting my time between New York and Florida is becoming more appealing! I guess we shall see how these thoughts unfold.

While pondering questions like these, I took this selfie on a friend’s Palm Beach terrace. I’m sporting a Tom Ford pale blue oxford shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford glasses and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.

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8 Comments

  1. Ashley says:

    Hi James,

    As a resident for over 30 years, I know exactly what you are talking about. I too miss the old days… Oh..the stories I could tell…

    If you’d like to explore the idea of buying a place here, I’d be happy to show you whats available. You can be sure to get stories galore during your tour. I work with Douglas Elliman as the Director of Luxury sales in Palm Beach…a company I’m sure you are very familiar with coming from New York. Please let me know if I can help you. Have a fantastic day!

  2. Ashley says:

    Hi James,

    As a resident for over 30 years, I know exactly what you are talking about. I too miss the old days… Oh..the stories I could tell…

    If you’d like to explore the idea of buying a place here, I’d be happy to show you whats available. You can be sure to get stories galore during your tour. I work with Douglas Elliman as the Director of Luxury sales in Palm Beach…a company I’m sure you are very familiar with coming from New York. Please let me know if I can help you. Have a fantastic day!

  3. M.B. says:

    Great glasses James.

  4. James Andrew says:

    My Dear M.B.,

    Thank You!

    I love these glasses and the rather unusual gray tortoise.

    Cheers,

    JA

  5. La Contessa says:

    How odd…..I was in PALM SPRINGS this past weekend and had the same thought could I live in two different places??At first I thought NO.Then at the end of the trip I thought why that might be nice to have two homes to stash with stuff!IT’s a tuff decision for me.But that is not even in my cards at the moment so I do not know why I am even pondering it!But we were on the same wave length!
    KEEP DRESSING JAMES…….I was the ONLY one DRESSED for a night at the FOLLIES downtown PS.IT ALL MUST COME BACK………it will but we might be too old to enjoy it!
    xxx

  6. James Andrew says:

    My Darling La Contessa,

    I am so anxious to explore Palm Springs! Never been!

    Where do you like to stay? I can’t wait to hear more about your fav places there.

    Are you smitten by a home there ?

    Like you I tend to like the concept that it is always better to be over dressed than under dressed and who knows – maybe our example will raise the bar.

    In the mean time it sure is fun to explore some of these ideas of having 2 very different residences.

    Much Love and Lots of Light,

    JA

  7. Anitpodean says:

    Love, love, love the Tom Ford glasses. They suit you so well.

    I do hope that Mr Ford appreciates all that you do for him!

    As you know, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, therefore, I am getting me some TF spectacles.

    Many thanks for the fabulous blog.

  8. James Andrew says:

    Thank You My Dear Antipodean,

    I have to say – I do not like to wear one designer head to toe typically but I found this grey tortoise look so appealing and very fetching with my incoming grey hair.

    I wonder if Mr Ford even knows who I am.

    Please share a photo when your sort out your Tom Ford spectacles!

    Cheers

    JA

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