MFEO is a little sustainable local design duo from Aaron and Claire Van Holland. They have a passion for reclaiming wood and furniture and more and reusing it for their craft. This creative effort isn’t to make little trinkets or toys but instead to make huge and very useful home goods like lamps, consoles, beds, and more that look good and come from a place that left a very small footprint on the world. MFEO helps lift the weight we place on the planet and does it with quite a lot of style, too.
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.
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!
When it’s too cold outside for the curatorial eyes of Cinespia to bring their film selections to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, they have to get creative. Saturday night, the sci-fi classic Blade Runner found its way into the haunting, ornate, and nearly century-old Million Dollar Theater in Downtown LA.
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.