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UNEXPECTED BENEFITS

Mango silk blazer, ink plaid cotton shirt, floral print cotton shorts by Ralph Lauren, Orlebar Brown rope belt, Batistoni navy and white silk pocket square, Gucci navy suede loafers, vintage Rolex, Creed Orange Spice

Mango silk blazer, ink plaid cotton shirt, floral print cotton shorts by Ralph Lauren, Orlebar Brown rope belt, Batistoni navy and white silk pocket square, Gucci navy suede loafers, vintage Rolex, Creed Orange Spice

Before WIJW, I was fairly resistant to the idea of devoting a site to my daily duds and sartorial musings. As the story goes — and forgive me for repeating myself — I was goaded on by my trainer, the exquisite Ngo Okafar. At the time, the concept behind WIJW felt more than a bit self indulgent — remember, this was somewhat before blatant self-promotion and the “selfie” became so utterly ubiquitous online. However, with Okafar’s encouragement and the support of some fellow aesthetes, I entered the blogosphere as it were. Well, as the story continues, WIJW went viral and we quickly started to receive the most tremendous accolades, including some major press from main stream global media outlets. Yet despite all of the perks, and I’m not ashamed to say there have been quite a few of them, there was another unforeseen, and more important benefits to blogging; I actually started to make some meaningful connections with readers. In fact, it’s no exaggeration when I say that it has become one of the most fulfilling experiences I’ve known. One recent quite beautifully written comment brought me literally to tears (of joy!). It touched me so deeply that I hope you’ll excuse me for sharing it here again:

Dear James,

I hope you don’t mind that I wrote you here, but I felt compelled to message you and share how much one of your blog post touched me. It is so funny how life can connect people in the most unlikely way, and yet it usually ends up the perfect timing or being just what is needed….. So I decided it seemed that I was being led to check out your WhatisJamesWearing blog. I absolutely love your style and artistry in interior design, and in your personal style. Amazingly brilliant, all the way around.

I read through your blog I came to the post about Life Lessons Learned. Have you ever come across something out of the blue, but it was something that you needed in your life at that exact moment? That was your post for me. There were things in your post that I needed to be reminded of, needed to realize, and needed to refocus on. It was written in such an honest, straightforward, unadorned, yet lovely way. Recently I have had too many losses and “bumps in the roads” happen all at once. While I am a strong person for sure…sometimes it takes a little longer to pick oneself up again. I needed to read that post. And I am so very glad I did. The written word can have such an impact. It has honestly helped, I feel refocused, more aware, hopeful, and more importantly.. ready to pick myself up again.

You said in the post about Adrianne Grayson that “…blessings do often come disguised as problems.” I am learning that is so very true. Thank you for sharing your life lessons, I am so grateful I stumbled upon it. Your talent, creativity and sophistication is incredibly apparent but you also truly seem like such a unique and lovely person. I know I said this on IG already, but I am sending you my deepest condolences on the passing of the gorgeous Adrianne Grayson. Reading about your beautiful friendship, your memories … the love and respect you have for her was so very heartwarming. I know they say time heals all wounds, but sometimes…sometimes I do not think it’s meant to heal it. Sometimes we care too much and it’s not meant to be healed, but rather it will soften. And soon we find that instead of sharp pain, it’s a soft ache. But that soft ache reminds us of our loved ones, and then memories come and fill us with the joy of their presence once again. And that lets us know that they are never truly gone.

I know this must seem odd me writing you like this lol…sorry if it interrupted your day or bothered you!

Thank you again James!

Kindest regards,

Julie Andrews

( yes I am a red head named Julie Andrews…my parents were HUGE fans lol )

Yes, Julie, your words HAVE indeed interrupted my day, but as you might have surmised, in the most gloriously wonderful way, and I’m so pleased to have you share your thoughts with all of us here on WIJW!

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9 Comments

  1. beautiful. and i agree about how much it’s meant to me to meet fellow bloggers and readers and connect with them. i had the good fortune of meeting you this spring, and was delighted to make your acquaintance!

  2. Yes -I have to say the biggest perk is the friendships that I have made through my 8 years of blogging. Thats why I continue to blog and why I started in the first place! Thanks for sharing your lovely letter.

  3. Julie says:

    Ohhh my dear lovely James…now I am crying! Like you, they are happy tears. I had struggled a little the night I decided to write you, struggled with sharing the personal impact your post had for me. But, I knew I just had to share it with you. I am so glad I did. As you will read in my other message to you, you have had such a positive impact on my life and I am grateful, grateful to you James <3 Love and Light–Julie A.

  4. Julie says:

    PS: I love the outfit!! Orange is a fabulously happy color and it looks brilliant on you xo JA

  5. Danny says:

    Oh James!
    Somewhere there’s a super chatty party progressing- and you, in that super surf side outfit, are missing in action! There may even be a jerobaum of bubbly in that bessace!!!!

    X, Danny

  6. James Andrew says:

    My Darling pigtown*design,

    It is indeed marvelous to connect with friends and fans ,fellow bloggers et al.

    I have found the blogging community to be terribly supportive.

    It is quite moving to know that what we share may be having a positive impact on peoples lives.

    Much Love and Lots of Light

    JA

  7. James Andrew says:

    Dear Architect Design Blog,

    I agree wholeheartedly – this is far more meaningful than all the perks and other goodies we may receive.

    Thanks for sharing yourself!

    Cheers

    JA

  8. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Julie,

    I am so thrilled and honored to have shared your incredible note!

    The joy you gave me in knowing that what I am sharing has actually uplifted and inspired our freinds and fans is just so beyond fabulous!

    Thank You!

    Much Love and Lots of Light

    JA

  9. James Andrew says:

    Darling Danny,

    I adore a party- let me know where – now what to wear ????

    Cheers

    JA

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