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An Adventure In Catalina

An Adventure In Catalina: Avalon

Most Angelenos have some sort of vague idea of what Catalina Island is. “That’s where Natalie Wood died, right?” some may ask, attempting to locate the place in relationship to Los Angeles history. Others have spread rumors that it’s cheesy or full of older people or even simply just an island lost somewhere near Los Angeles’ Pacific Ocean: most Angelenos feeling toward Catalina is nothing more than meh at best. The vacation destination loses out to cooler locations like Joshua Tree and Palm Springs.

But who has actually been to Catalina? Have you? Ask someone near you: have they? Of the many friends and acquaintances that I have polled in the past month, only two people noted visiting the island, both of who had visited the place one time and couldn’t really weigh in on what the place was like. When we were invited to visit the island for a wildflower tour by the Catalina Conservancy, we were certainly intrigued. The island has been on our list of places to go in Southern California for years and is one of those places that needed to be explored: the oceanic veil has to be lifted so that we can all gaze upon Catalina’s face.

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The Soles Of Royal Elastics’ Shoes

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We’ve been familiar with Royal Elastics‘ shoes for some time now. They’re a Downtown LA footwear brand who make shoe wearing easy (because you don’t have to tie the shoes, hence the name) and they do it in a very stylish way. We’ve popped onto their site every now and then to see what they are up to and there are always a few shoes that look great. One big thing we noticed on a recent online-window-shopping trip in their men’s shoes department was that something was going on with their soles: they have a little attitude. A lot of them are tri-colored cool!

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A Little Help From TYLT

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Simi Valley will always sound like it is some sort of technology destination. Perhaps because of the closeness in name to the popular Sim game franchise or even because it is another Si-prefixed Valley (a la Silicon Valley), there has always been a relationship to technology and Simi Valley in my brain. There isn’t any support of this idea either as the greater Los Angeles city is undoubtedly quaint and quiet in our few visits we’ve taken there. But could it be a tech something? Potentially–and if Simi Valley based tech innovators TYLT has anything to do with it, Simi Valley could become some sort of computerized mecca. The company makes really smart, bright mobile accessories from cases to speakers but have carved a place in the on-the-go charging station with products like their Energi and Zumo. We recently got our hands on their beefy PowerPlant, a tiny mega-machine that can bring your electronic device back to life in a pinch.

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Inside Book Stand At The Standard

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For the first time in a while, it seemed like last Thursday was one of those evening where there were so many things we had so many things we wanted to attend. There was the Munny show, there was the Charming Baker opening, and there was the opening of The Standard Hollywood’s Book Stand. The first two we had an idea of what to expect but the latter was the most intriguing as we hadn’t heard anything about it save for the hyper-clean website we had shared last week. What is it? An equally as crisp and clean and effortlessly cool pop-up plant and outdoorsy lifestyle store.

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Haunted Screens German Cinema Los Angeles LACMA

LACMA is welcoming a show about German cinema and Expressionism called Haunted Screens. It’s on view from September 21 through January 4.

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For Export Only Shulamit Gallery

Shulamit Gallery is hosting a new group show starting September 6 called For Export Only. It’s on view through November 1.

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