Explore Long Beach + Port LB

February 27, 2013

Port LB / blog.jchognstudio.com
i can't believe that in a week it will mark my forth year living in long beach. still after living here four years, if i am not working or traveling i usually spend by days at the beach so there is still a lot of uncovered territory i haven't explored in long beach. today i bring to you port long beach – it's a womens/men's apparel shop that is skate/surf inspired. while i don't consider myself a skate/surf girl they carry some brands i love like herschel and even have their own private label. while i think the style of some of the clothing doesn't fit my style i love coming in to browse.

Port LB / blog.jchognstudio.com
Port LB / blog.jchognstudio.com
Port LB / blog.jchognstudio.com
not too long ago they started carrying salud juice which i have to say is quite tasty!

Port LB / blog.jchognstudio.com

PORT LONG BEACH
3202 East Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803
562.434.7678

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Baco Mercat

February 22, 2013

Baco Mercat / blog.jchongstudio.com
while i've only been able to dine at baco mercat once, i am completely smitten. i've been reading and lusting over the food at baco mercat for quite some time now and finally had some lunch there the other day. not only was the food absolutely delicious the service was really great too. for me, dining out isn't just about the food it's about the entire experience and everything hit the right note.

Baco Mercat / blog.jchongstudio.com
don't miss the hamachi crudo (pictured above) – such amazing texture and flavors in every single bite. we also ordered caesar brussel sprouts (pictured below), toron baco – oxtail hash, cheddar tarter and horseradish, the original baco - pork, beef carnitas, salbitxada sauce, and tapioca dolce for dessert. i seriously can not wait to go back – who wants to go?

Baco Mercat / blog.jchongstudio.com

BACO MERCAT
408 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213.687.8808

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JENNIFER CHONG

Shop Small + Pie Hole LA

February 20, 2013

thepieholela.com /Jennifer Chong #shopsmalllast year american express asked me to document some of my favorite places to shop/eat small in collaboration with small business saturday, i was thrilled about the opportunity. there are lots of places i love in los angeles and i thought it would be fun to share a few photos from my shoot. i hope you'll pay a visit to all of these unique shops.

nom nom nom, i love pie hole! it's right down the street from poketo and wurstkuche and the perfect place to go for a snack or even a full on meal. yes that means two pies, one savory + one sweet (but really, when i go, i go crazy proof is on my instagram!) my favorite savory pie is the turkey pot pie, it's seasonal but so very very delicious. as far as sweet pie's go, i doubt you can go wrong with anything here – i am a fan of their mexican chocolate pie and pumpkin pie. i've heard rumors about a thai tea pie that i am dying to try.

thepieholela.com /Jennifer Chong #shopsmall
thepieholela.com /Jennifer Chong #shopsmall
thepieholela.com /Jennifer Chong #shopsmall
thepieholela.com /Jennifer Chong #shopsmall
THE PIE HOLE LA
714 Traction Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213.537.0115

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG FOR AMERICAN EXPRESS

Inside Target HQ

February 18, 2013


a few weeks ago i had the pleasure of visiting the target headquarters in minneapolis with a few of my fellow target inner circle members. *pinch me* it was two days of fun filled activities including meeting the design and product development team, going inside the target test kitchen to makeup by sonia kashuk and a photo shoot styled by sam spector! i've always been really curious about target hq and being behind the scene so i thought i'd share pictures from my time there.


heres a snapshot of some of the inner circle members – yes, everything we are wearing is target!
TOP ROW - gina homolka (skinny taste) . jo-lynne shane (musings of a housewife) . jennifer pebbles (studio pebbles) . jennie lyon (sweet greens) . jenni radosevich (i spy diy) . allyson seligman (average girls guide) . patrice yursik (afrobella) . samantha hutchinson (could i have that?)BOTTOM ROW - amy mascott (teach mama) . anne sage (city sage) . me :)

Shop Small + Poketo

February 13, 2013

poketo.com / Jennifer Chong #shopsmall
last year american express asked me to document some of my favorite places to shop/eat small in collaboration with small business saturday, i was thrilled about the opportunity. there are lots of places i love in los angeles and i thought it would be fun to share a few photos from my shoot. i hope you'll pay a visit to all of these unique shops.

if you're in la and haven't heard of poketo, stop everything and go now! poketo is the best store for all your gift giving needs. the store is filled with modern and fun art that i could easily spend hours looking at. it's hard not to buy two of everything, one for a friend and one for yourself.

besides having an amazing collection of things, i love the raw decor of the space. exposed ceilings, fun lighting, and the a frame tables with yellow legs? perfect!

poketo.com / Jennifer Chong #shopsmall
poketo.com / Jennifer Chong #shopsmall
poketo.com / Jennifer Chong #shopsmall
poketo.com / Jennifer Chong #shopsmall
POKETO
820 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213.537.0751

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG FOR AMERICAN EXPRESS

East Borough

February 11, 2013


a few weeks ago jonathan lo and i had lunch over at east borough. it's located in the camp at costa mesa a hipster spot with a few cute shops and eateries like umami burger. east borough always caught my attention for a modern hip outdoor space eatery that serves vietnamese food, say what? i admit i was a bit skeptical, but i was pleasantly surprised. jonathan ordered this pho + bahn mi combo and i ordered the spring rolls and the special of the day a braised pork belly with rice and egg combo. the spring roll was good but the braised pork hit the spot and really made my heart so happy. filled with flavor and i loved the texture of the jasmine rice – definitely my type of comfort food!

EAST BOROUGH
2937 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.641.5010

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Thom Kha Kai

February 08, 2013

Thom Kha Kai / blog.jchongstudio.com
i've been missing thailand lately and craving thai food all the time. long beach thai restaurant is my go-to spot nearby for thai, and i've been literally going there at least once a week i thought it might be time to start making this at home instead. i've made this a couple of times now each time adapting something new! its super easy and delicious!

Shop Small + Twig and Willow

February 06, 2013

twigandwillow.com / Jennifer Chong #shopsmall
last year american express asked me to document some of my favorite places to shop/eat small in collaboration with small business saturday, i was thrilled about the opportunity. there are lots of places i love in los angeles and i thought it would be fun to share a few photos from my shoot. i hope you'll pay a visit to all of these unique shops.

i first learned about twig and willow on design*sponge's long beach city guide, and happy to have discovered it's in my backyard! the shop is only a few blocks from my house and is so charming. they carry clothing, accessories, apothecary, baby, and my favorite from the store, jewelry. if you ever need help finding something special, their staff is incredibly friendly and can help you find whatever you need!

twigandwillow.com / Jennifer Chong #shopsmall
twigandwillow.com / Jennifer Chong #shopsmall
twigandwillow.com / Jennifer Chong #shopsmall
twigandwillow.com / Jennifer Chong #shopsmall
twigandwillow.com / Jennifer Chong #shopsmall

TWIG AND WILLOW
3740 E. 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
562.353.89.44

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG FOR AMERICAN EXPRESS

February Round Up

February 04, 2013

i've been really drawn to indigo, neutrals and patterns like ikat lately. it's strange how as i get older the things i never loved before (like gold) are slowly starting to draw me in. do you guys feel the same way about certain trends?

i am off to cold minneapolis today, visiting the target headquarters! so excited look forward to sharing some snapshots from my trip with you later.

1. FOG LINEN ROUND TRAY   •  2. INDIGO DIPPED MUG   •   3. THE ORIGINAL FLEA SADDLE   •   4. PAD PRINTED IKAT BOWLS  •
5. FEBRUARY CARD BY PAPER AND TYPE   •   6. SUKAN IKAT SCARF   •   7. YVETTE HANDBAG  •   8. WATER COLOR JOSE F SOSA   • 9. HERRINGBONE PILLOW

PHOTOS AS NOTED ABOVE | LAYOUT BY JCHONG STUDIO

Target Style

February 01, 2013

Satsuki Shibuya / blog.jchongstudio.com
a few weeks ago target invited me to get a new years hair and make-up makeover with some friends. i asked satsuki and victoria to join along in the fun. i took some portraits of satsuki afterwards and wanted to share them here, don't you love the red lip color on her? it's bright red by napoleon perdis

Satsuki Shibuya / blog.jchongstudio.com
we were spoiled by the team at umberto beverly hills and napoleon perdis hollywood thank you for a fun filled pampered day!

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG | HAIR BY UMBERTO SALON MAKE UP BY NAPOLEON PERDIS

Graphic Design © Jennifer Chong

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