We like to keep our passports handy. Traveling – even if it’s just exploring small streets and remote places nearby our hometown – is just one of the things that keep us inspired, curious, and grateful for everything that surrounds us. We were flattered when Passion Passport‘s team reached out to our owner Romana Lilic and asked if they could do a feature about our adventures and favorite places in Mexico. Below is an excerpt, read the entire feature here.
They say love makes the world go around, but in my case, love made me go around the world. Ten years ago, I followed my heart and moved from Slovenia 10,000 km across the Atlantic Ocean to beautiful Mexico. Living in a place where others come for vacation is everything but a vacation for me! Contrary to what some may believe, I do not lay on the beach every day and drink piña coladas (although it doesn’t sound like a bad idea!). In Mexico, everything is different than back home, so I had to learn things from the beginning, with open eyes, attention, and child-like curiosity. Adapting wasn’t easy, but it made me see life, people, culture, traditions, and daily occurrences with new eyes. Ten years later, Mexico still continues to amaze and inspire me every day. I believe living and working in a foreign country taught me to pay more attention, be humble, observe and listen, to see the small things, and ultimately become a better person.
The New York Times recently featured an article “The New Crop of Exceptional Farm Stays” and among the selected four farms they also featured Acre Baja, farm to table restaurant located in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. We are happy that one of our photographs was chosen to present Acre in this article.
Acre restaurant is one of the newest additions to Los Cabos’s vibrant culinary scene. They offer global cuisine with local ingredients by Chefs Kevin Luzande and Oscar Torres, accompanied with cocktails and signature drinks from their excellent cocktail bar, managed by Danielle Tatarin. We can’t wait to see the completed treehouses, and other new additions at the property.
Acre restaurant’s architects FabriKG and interior design studio MarStudio have hired LA76 Photography to capture in photographs their work, design and decor details, as well as the entire ambiance of the place.
We’re happy our work has been selected to be featured in New York Times magazine.
Header photo as featured in NYTimes. On the collage clockwise from top left: one of the new treehouse guest rooms at Acre in Mexico (Daniela Fernandez); a Beso de Katrina mezcal cocktail with lime, pineapple, hibiscus syrup and oregano (Daniela Fernandez); the restaurant’s entrance (LA76 Photography).
About Acre Baja
Acre is a 25 acre piece of farmland adjacent to San Jose del Cabo. The restaurant, cocktail bar, event space and surrounding farms is the first phase. 12 tree-houses will be added to our palm forest shortly. Eventually the full 25 acres will be developed as a space for people to relax, learn, rejuvenate and celebrate. All efforts have been made to keep Acre true to its place. The very walls are made from compressing the surrounding earth. The shade structures are made with sticks from local palo de arco trees. All of the furniture, dishware, lighting and accessories come from the Baja or the Mexican mainland. It’s Acre’s belief that people appreciate authenticity in their surroundings. Acre is owned by Stuart McPherson & Cameron Watt.
At LA76 Strategic Design we are proud to be part of Mala and Mantra’s efforts to help build awareness and raise funds for the most damaged by Hurricane Odile. Mala and Mantra‘s “I Am Cabo” Collection is the first in the “Crafted for a Cause” Series, with the aim to benefit relief efforts in Los Cabos on the one year anniversary of hurricane Odile. LA76 is part of the project with lifestyle and product photographs of the collection.
Mala and Mantra, a consciously created accessories company, has launched its “Crafted for a Cause” line designed to raise funds for pressing social causes. The first in the series is the “I Am Cabo Collection,” a Cabo-inspired bracelet line that will donate five dollars of every sale to the Cabo Hurricane Fund, a nonprofit organization committed to providing emergency relief and rebuilding the Los Cabos neighborhoods of Mexico that were devastated by Hurricane Odile last September.
Inspired by the colors and textures of the famous Cabo arch and picturesque sun, sea, and sand, this beautiful collection for both men and women features two mala bracelet variations strung with whitewood, rosewood, yellow jade, picture jasper, and howlite turquoise.
Hurricane Odile, one of the most destructive hurricanes on record in the region, destroyed an estimated 8,000 homes primarily in the poorer urban communities, displacing thousands of families. While the economic and tourist regions have largely been rebuilt over the past year, many local residents still lack permanent housing.
The Cabo Hurricane Fund was formed to support these most vulnerable communities in Los Cabos, and this past August, the first family was able to move into their new home (read more about it here). The sustainable social housing solution was strategically planned and designed by Capa LAB‘s founders Mariano Arias Diez (a10 studio) and Gonzalo Elizarraras (fabriKG). With current funding, the Cabo Hurricane Fund will be able to build about 30 more houses, but hopes to continue their work through further partnerships and support from companies like Mala and Mantra.
“The I Am Cabo collection will be an incredible support for the Cabo Hurricane Fund project,” says Craig Nason, associate director of the Grassroots Global Development Foundation, which has managed the fund. “Beyond bringing funding to our housing projects, the pieces themselves capture the beauty and resilience of the Cabo community. They are a reminder of our initial vision and a celebration of the global community that is participating in post-Odile recovery.”
In the future, Judith Compton, the founder and creator of the California-based accessories line, plans to continue “Crafted for a Cause” with collections that will raise money for causes including breast cancer research and support for children and education in impoverished communities, as well as establish jewelry-making programs that will support women in need. To have the greatest impact possible, Mala and Mantra conducts extensive research to ensure that each non-profit supported allocates the majority of funds directly towards its cause.
“I created Mala and Mantra to spread the message of mindfulness, empower underprivileged women through sustainable work, and provide support to those who need it most,” Compton says. “While all of our current items are crafted by a fair trade women’s cooperative in the Philippines, I also wanted to design a new collection several times a year that would assist and provide wellness to the global community.”
The “I am Cabo” bracelets are beautiful, fun to layer and mix, and everyone at LA76 team uses them daily! To get your #IAmCabo bracelet or learn more about #CraftedForACause, please visit their website here.
The I am Cabo bracelets are available for purchase also in Cabo San Lucas at: The Spa at Pedregal, AlmArte at Resort at Pedregal, V Fraiche restaurant, Villa Valentina, and One & Only Palmilla.
About Mala and Mantra: Mala and Mantra was created in Spring 2013 by retail industry expert Judith P. Compton. Its debut collection of fashionable, handmade, and hand-knotted mala bead bracelets and necklaces was unveiled in February 2014 and features a lineup of 36 products designed with intention in San Diego and consciously created in the Philippines. With a focus on wellness, mindfulness, and self-discovery, Mala and Mantra products support their wearers in living a life of intention.
Hola, we hope you had a fabulous Easter! We’re back on our blog after a short break, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy! We spent the month of February renovating our office, which got devastated during hurricane Odile, and we’re quite pleased how the works are turning out. Our thinking hammocks are back, and we now have two new cool spaces for brainstormings and gatherings, which is super nice. I’m sure we’ll be using them with pleasure and create some fantastic ideas around them. There are some details still missing, but I think that design is a never-ending process in general; there is just always something that you can still improve on, add on. Then March was marked with this happy event, and gatherings with family and friends which visited us all the way from Slovenia, Serbia, Australia, Canada, US, mainland Mexico and Baja.
We have a couple of very exciting projects at the LA76 office currently, about which I will write more once they are launched, but here I will mention a re-branding of a hair & make up company, with new corporate visual identity and a responsive website, a communications strategy for a financial consulting company, exciting new marketing strategy for a book launch, social media contest for a restaurant, vacation / real estate photography of a stunning beachfront home, a collaboration with a new Slovenian magazine, and more.
We’ve also decided to explore more of our beautiful Baja. This Easter we hiked one of the hills near Todos Santos, only to discover a location of the antique port, a home of sea lions and a new favorite picnic spot. It was spectacular, and we’re already planning new adventures.
What are you up to lately? Share with us in the comments below.
I am very happy to share with you today that one of the photographs of LA76 Photography has been published in the March 2014 edition of Condé Nast Traveler, in featured story Beach: 33 no-fail, keep-everyone-happy reasons why it’s totally possible to have the perfect beach vacation – and then some.
Get the latest edition of Condé Nast Traveler here, and see LA76 Photography work here.