Monday, July 29, 2013

Uptown Magazine - True Urban Chic by Joy Moyler Interiors

I was really flattered, when Uptown Magazine wanted to feature my Joy Moyler Interiors design work in their Home and Food June/July 2013 Issue.  Editor/Writer Ronda Racha Penrice and Editor in Chief Isoula Harris, were more than a pleasure and I exuberantly want to publicly say THANK YOU to both of them for their support!  
Of course, I am additionally honored to be featured alongside singer John Legend, who I am a big fan of.  Hmmmmm, I sure would like to work on a project for he and his fiancee Chrissy Tiegen - and a whole lot of other projects too!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Hawaiian Royalty - The Surfing Duke Kahanamoku

 Duke Kahanamoku, (August 24, 1890 - January 22, 1968) the famed Hawaiian surfer who later became Mayor of Honolulu, Hawaiian folk hero and five-time Olympic swim medalist.  You cannot walk on the main boulevards of Waikiki in Honolulu and not see images of Duke Kahanamoku.  Fresh leis are placed on his large bronze statue daily.  It is a pilgrimage for surfing enthusiasts young and old.
I have even witnessed a multitude of prayers taking place at its site.  Sure, his name is also on several restaurants throughout Hawaii.  But I yearned to know more about him.  
I love the water, I love surfing (granted I do not participate in the sport), I LOVE watching it!  Whenever I visit Oahu, I drive along the North Shore to Pipeline (stopping at as many shrimp trucks as I possibly can along the way).  Pipeline, is the locale where true enthusiasts surf.  The true desitination point. The waves are phenomenal, upwards of 40 feet  and many surfing competitions are held there.  It's the equivalent of the American Super Bowl or Wimbelton!  And boy oh boy is it worth going to!!! Did I mention just how hot those surf boys are?????

Duke was also a very good friend and surfing companion to Doris Duke, who built a manse (now a museum) on Oahu, known as Shangri-la.

While living in Newport BeachCalifornia on June 14, 1925, Kahanamoku rescued eight men from a fishing vessel that capsized in heavy surf while attempting to enter the city's harbor. 29 fishermen went into the water and 17 perished. Using his surfboard, he was able to make quick trips back and forth to shore to increase the number of sailors rescued. Two other surfers saved four more fishermen. Newport's police chief at the time called Duke's efforts "the most superhuman surfboard rescue act the world has ever seen."

The Duke with Amelia Earhardt in Honolulu

Duke passed away at the age of 77 from a massive heart attack.  Leaving a legacy carried on my lovers of the sport.

Long live the Duke!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Wedding Dresses fit for Royalty...

It's the heart of wedding season!  The time of year I become a single woman again because my hubby is a wedding photographer and I won't see him again until November (sigh).

Fortunately, I've been able to attend several wedding with him this season.  And I have to say - "the Ladies are bringing it"!  I have seen some of the most spectacular wedding dresses EVER!!!!

So in this week fueled with ideas and dreams of what it might feel like to marry a Royal - I thought I would share some of these exquisite bedazzled frocks fit for a Queen... Feast your eyes and behold!

Images via Preston Bailey and Reema Acra and Berta Bridal