DOC360°

Exploring the world just got a little bit easier, thanks to three very innovative gentlemen.

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Inspired by their study abroad programs and international service trips, the determined trio behind DOC360° has developed an interactive non-profit organization that focuses on the documentation of cultures and people from around the globe. Founders Sam Shimizu-Jones, Phil Ebiner, and Caleb Negassa met in Los Angeles while studying film and directing at Loyola Marymount University. Since then, the group has been a thriving force in Los Angeles cinematography and documentation. As a collective group, “DOC306° aims to redefine global exploration by showcasing the shared human experience.” While their concept may sound relatively simple, their goal is nothing short of mind-blowing.

Here is how it works. Teams of photographers, cinematographers or both, are sent out on sponsored trips to various destinations throughout the world. During their travels, team members are expected to document the culture, architecture, and even the people of each respective location–focusing heavily on capturing the human spirit and essence of the region. Findings are then shared with DOC360° followers through photographs and short-film documentaries on the organization’s website.

Although still in its beta phase, DOC360° has collected photography, filmed documentaries and reported on more than twenty locations around the world. Countries include Columbia, Argentina, Hungary, Germany, Ethiopia, India, and Tanzania, just to name a few. In exploring these areas, the group hopes to help followers discover a bit more of their global community and document the beauty of diversity in our world. And while this may be the ultimate goal of the org, DOC360° also extends their invitation and, “encourage[s] the participation of our audience while on their own travels”–making for a true global collaboration.

For your chance to become an active DOC360° travel buddy or to simply start exploring the world through the eyes of fellow photographers and filmmakers, be sure to visit the DOC360° website.

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The Oinkster

A small town eatery with a menu full of big flavor.

Tucked away in the charming up-and-coming hip neighborhood of Eagle Rock, is one of the best sandwich shops in Los Angeles. Known for being the king of all “slow fast food,” The Oinkster Restaurant delivers a premium American-classic menu that will satisfy anyone’s quench for quality grub. Found on the newly renovated restaurant row of Colorado Blvd. in this Los Angeles old town community, owner Andre Guerrero has created a prime dinning experience for your taste buds as well as your wallet. The “$10-and-under menu,” guarantees the establishment’s commitment to, “skip high prices in favor of better flavors”– a quality we here at The Squirrel Co. can definitely appreciate.

The menu features classic Americana staples, from Nebraska Angus beef burgers to The Oinkster’s prized pastrami sandwiches, each with their own modern culinary twist. Whether you’re in the mood for their Chicken and Brie Sandwich ($7.50) or the BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich ($7), each dish is homemade and contains ingredients that are fresh and locally grown. But if that isn’t enough to convince you to visit the east-side establishment, The Oinkster also features a number of draft beers on tab from in and around Los Angeles as well as a happy hour menu that features both food and drinks.

For a not-so-typical L.A. dinning experience that is full of flavor, be sure to visit The Oinkster Restaurant at its Eagle Rock location at 2005 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, CA 90042. More information also available on their website: www.theoinkster.com.

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Men’s Holiday Socks

While we never thought we would be writing an article on an item of menswear that we rarely sport, this collection of men’s holiday socks has us doing just that. And in good nature too! Thanks to the ever-so convincing charm of Maxton Men and their limited collection of socks that were recently released, The Squirrel Co. welcomes the two golden toes in men’s footwear– PACT and Richer Poorer. These two remarkable California brands are sure to bring that little extra something, to that otherwise stylish wardrobe of yours! From organic cotton to a combed cotton-nylon blend, these men’s holiday socks will carry you and your style far pass this holiday season.

You can expect a variety of styles and colors, fit for any gentleman. For a look that says, “I’m ready to go chop down this year’s Christmas tree, honey!” PACT offers the Work Socks— an organic cotton blend, free from pesticides, bleaches, and sweatshops– that come in a navy, charcoal, light grey, and red base color that will compliment any khaki pant or simply look good thrown under your favorite pair of jeans. For that office newbie, fresh out of college, that wants to remind everyone in the office, “I can still frat hard,”  Richer-Poorer is ready to deliver with their Recruit Socks in both blue and green. These socks use a digital camo pattern that brings, “personality and toughness,” to your office threads. And finally, for the patriotic, BBQ loving American civil soldier in every family, we present the Richer Poorer’s American-made Patriotic Navy and Red Socks— made of 78% combed cotton and marked with stars and stripes.

In good holiday spirit, The Squirrel Co. would like to tip our hats to both of these brands for inspiring our style creativity and making true sock-fans out of us! To get your hands on these men’s holiday socks from PACT and Richer Poorer, visit the Maxton Men online store and place your order while supplies last.

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