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James Andrew

James Andrew, Winter 2009

I trust you all had a few marvelous days filled with love, family, and friends! I had a splendid Xmas eve dinner with my dear friend Adrianne and my Scott McBee at the Park Avenue Winter restaurant. Then on to a simple Xmas day spent with McBee opening presents under a nicely decorated tree – a Rigaud Cypress candle burning, the smell of paper whites, and a celebratory bottle of Dom Perignon uncorked – Bliss! Gift boxes were wrapped in a red and white faux bois print and among the offerings therein were a few well selected items from some of my favorites – Tom Ford, Hermes, and Alexander McQueen. Among all of these lovely gifts, I was very happy to receive a divine set of antique ruby crystal water goblets, and I’ll be sure to work them into a future post.

Particularly thoughtful, and perhaps most appreciated, were two modest books given to Scott and me – “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David J. Schwartz, Ph.D. – a wonderful lesson in not selling ourselves short, belief in our own potential to succeed, and removing the fear and negativity that can interfere with achieving of our dreams; and the other book we received was Norman Vincent Peale’s “You Can If You Think You Can” – a treatment on making the seemingly impossible possible. So some good reading and some fine thoughts to kick off the New Year!

As you might have gathered by now, I’m not one to settle for little fantasies, and I’m expecting miracles in 2010! What miracles will you be creating?

I’m wearing a forest green leather bomber jacket and dove gray cashmere turtleneck sweater both by Gucci, purple jeans by Diesel, black leather “Windsor” loafers by Yves Saint Laurent, black leather tote by Gucci, purple leather gloves by Sermoneta and glasses by Dior.


  1. Gina says:

    So glad you enjoyed a lovely simple xmas,always the best kind. Just want to say..I love the purple gloves 🙂 x

  2. Bruno says:

    Thank you James bringing us some colors! I love the fountain at the background, it reminds me of those I saw when I went to Italy… This is great reading you received and offered fab presents!
    Once again this is outfit is wonderful and I’m waiting impatiently the next one!

  3. Christian Fuchs says:

    I´m sure 2010 will be a year full of miracles for you!



  4. Mara Helmrich von Elgott says:

    I´m glad to know that you had a nice Christmas, you deserve all the best!



  5. Lola Montes says:

    Querido James,

    Parece que pasaste una Navidad Maravillosa, la mía también fue super linda, me encanta tu outfit del día de hoy, esos colores te sientan muy bien!



  6. Adelaide says:

    I´m sure your present opening was really amazing!

  7. Aurelia Camargo says:

    I have heard about these books, will get them too! It´s really nice beginning the day reading your blog!

    Hugs from Brazil


  8. Paper Doll says:

    You look fantastic Darling, it seems Santa was very good to u!

  9. you know me honey says:

    you look really fab!

  10. Edie B. says:

    I am glad to hear you had an amazing Christmas, I received a lot of presents. My cats and racoons were very happy too!

    send u lots of love


  11. Absolutely in Love says:

    I absolutely adore the way you look!

  12. Felicity Harris says:

    I love the turtleneck, you look great!

  13. Rachel Lynde says:

    I am sure you had a great time! dinning at Park Avenue Winter must be delicious!

    warmest regards


  14. Maria La Torre says:

    Querido James,

    Me alegra que hayas tenido unas felices fiestas, creo que este año será muy especial para todos nosotros!

    mil besos


  15. Pearl Hammond says:

    Your hair looks great! I ADORE it!

  16. Monaco Girl says:

    Thinking big is the best thing you can do! As you said in one of your earlier posts:



    Monaco Girl

  17. Alicia says:

    LOVE that jacket and NVP is a genius! Good book idea from your friend

  18. Looking great once again in royal color~
    I had red & white Christmas theme as well, so glad you had a lovely time!

  19. Christiane von Könemann says:

    Lieber James,

    Es freut mich sehr zu wissen dass Du einen schönen Weihnachtsabend verbracht hast. Die Bücher werde ich mir sofort kaufen!

    Liebste Grüsse

    Deine Christiane

  20. Terry Kerr says:

    I only dream big…….

  21. Dean says:

    Dear James and Scott,

    Happy Holidays !

    Dean Farris Naples, Florida

  22. Your biggest fan says:

    I´m happy u had a great Christmas eve!


  23. Lil´Lilly says:


  24. Prince Michael the Second Ave says:

    Well shovel me out with a snowshoe, Jason Bourne! Don’t you look all secret agent North Pole. I love it!!!!
    Johnny and I just got back from Aspen for the holidays. Do I EVER wish you and McB could have been with us – although that tough spy thing you’ve got going would have surely had you sitting at the padded seat brunch Christmas morning…Grrrrrowl!!
    Glad to hear of the joy and the gifts sound fab. I’ll trust you on the book though. If I have Johnny thinking any bigger I’d be in traction until February.
    Kisses –
    Prince M.

  25. suzanne says:

    Just found your blog and LOVE it. Your dogs are so cute.

  26. Shani says:

    Happy New Year, James! Here is to an absolutely fantastic 2010 that will be overflowing with dreams fulfilled and new ideas to conquer!

  27. applejuce says:

    I’ve been following your blog for about a year now. I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate it. As a fellow fashionisto and as an Interior Design student, I eat up all the little tidbits that you spill on ID. I could use a mentor just like you when I finish school.

    Happy New Year!!

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