• Image about David Orias
Summer’s a crowd pleaser … a time for picnic baskets, music festivals, family travel, and sand castles. How convenient: We’ve covered all these subjects and more in this, our summer issue.

Senior editor Lori Stacy delves into the hot trend of edible landscapes; beautiful beach-house decor graces the pages; and our illustrious director of art and editorial, Michael Woody, educates us about incredible wooden boats. Online at celebratedliving.com, you’ll find an exclusive roundup of some of the coolest new outdoor furniture options for patio playtime.

Cruiser-style bicycles are the rage (see page 14) and are the epitome of carefree summertime fun. One company we’ve featured, Villy Customs, lets you design your own cruiser, and we are partnering with them to give away a custom bike. We’ll draw the lucky winner toward the end of summer, so visit celebratedliving.com/promotions to get in on the fun.

Speaking of giveaways, you’ll notice this is Celebrated Living’s annual Platinum List issue, where we reveal our readers’ choices for the best hotels, golf courses, cruise lines, and spas. One lucky grand-prize winner received a whopping 500,000 AAdvantage miles plus a pair of TAG Heuer Aquaracer watches presented by luxury jewelers Little Switzerland and Jewels, and five other winners each snagged 100,000 AAdvantage miles — just for lending their expert opinions. Pretty sweet deal, I’d say.

One of the most compelling stories in this issue isn’t exactly a story at all. It’s more of a visual gift from photographer David Orias, which we entitle “Making Waves.” Something about beaches and sunsets and water drives a desire to capture them with photography, and Orias is an amazing self-taught photographer who encourages people to “shoot what you’re passionate about.” We thought it would be cool to have you do just that. We’d like you to send in some of your favorite summertime photos (see celebratedliving.com/promotions), and we might just show off some of our favorites!

  • Image about David Orias
Here’s some inspiration for you: During my more than 21 years with American Airlines, I’ve passionately pursued photography as a hobby. I recently donated a large-scale canvas version of the water image you see here to a charity fundraiser auction, and was thrilled when the piece sold for far more than we ever imagined. The idea that my art made a positive impact and that someone somewhere is enjoying the image on a wall in their home is hugely gratifying — and just plain fun — so show us your summer photos! When I interviewed Orias, he inspired me to finally put a collection of my images on a website, and thomasintandem.com is my budding work in progress.

Here’s hoping this issue inspires you this summer.

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Celebrated Living