Orn Hansen | Long Beach

February 18, 2014

Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com
It's been a while since I've done a local small shop. Quite frankly I sort of ran out of local shop ideas, so if you're a reader and have some long beach favorites please let me know! Anyhow, last fall Orn Hansen popped into town, right next to Lord Windsors. It's a welcoming addition to this Long Beach corner and it excites me to see shops like these pop up in town. Orn Hansen caters to both men and women from clothing and jewelry to handmade soaps and leather goods. Everything in the store is made in the US and even a good handful of local LB artist are represented in the store. Be sure to check it out on your next visit to Long Beach!

Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com

Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com

ORN HANSEN
306 Cerritos Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802
714.402.8097

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Death Valley

November 14, 2013

Death Valley / blog.jchongstudio.com
death valley was such a drastic contrast to sequoia as you can imagine. lots of trees and greenery to a whole lot of nothing, but i thoroughly enjoyed it. we visited bad water basin which is the lowest point in the us - the floor was filled with salt (i may or may not have picked up a piece to try...) it felt a lot like walking in icy cold snow a crunch with every step. there is actually a small pool of water note how it got it's 'bad water' name. i like how the salt crust forms hexagonal honeycomb shapes all around the area.

Death Valley / blog.jchongstudio.com
Death Valley / blog.jchongstudio.com
Death Valley / blog.jchongstudio.com
Death Valley / blog.jchongstudio.com
Death Valley / blog.jchongstudio.com
right outside of death valley we also visited manzanar. manzanar is one of ten camps where japanesse american were incarcerated during world war II. it has a small museum that was really well designed and informative – the view at the manzanar monument has a beautiful view of mt whitney (the tallest point in the us). definitely worth a quick trip over.

Death Valley / blog.jchongstudio.com
Death Valley / blog.jchongstudio.com
Death Valley / blog.jchongstudio.com

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Sequoia National Park

November 13, 2013


a lot of people ask me if i miss seasons since i've moved to la and sometimes i do but i do a good bit of traveling so luckily i get to experience the the ones that i miss. a couple weeks ago i headed out for a short road trip to both sequoia and death valley (more on that later). thankfully the parks just opened back up after the federal government shutdown – i can't imagine all the people who were turned away! my friend and i spent a day in sequoia, where everything looked perfectly fall - the air was cool and crisp. i got to see general sherman – the worlds largest tree! i absolutely love the textures you find on the trees i would have love to take a piece home to try an attempt my own bryan nash print. will share some photos from my death valley later this week!

Sequoia National Park / blog.jchongstudio.com
Sequoia National Park / blog.jchongstudio.com
Sequoia National Park / blog.jchongstudio.com
Sequoia National Park / blog.jchongstudio.com
Sequoia National Park / blog.jchongstudio.com
Sequoia National Park / blog.jchongstudio.com


PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Love and Whiskey | Irvine, California

October 31, 2013

Love and Whiskey / blog.jchongstudio.com
Love and Whiskey / blog.jchongstudio.com
Love and Whiskey / blog.jchongstudio.com
just discovered this new gem in irvine – love and whiskey. a great boutique in tucked away in park place. yes you heard me a cute boutique in irvine! they carry an assortment of women's and men's clothing – a mix of local and domestically produced and even cause-driven brands like 31 bits and krochet kids. one of my favorite things they carry is tanner good – the most incredibly crafted leather goods. i had the pleasure of chatting with owners sarah and mike on my recent visit. such a pleasure visiting their shop!

Love and Whiskey / blog.jchongstudio.com
Love and Whiskey / blog.jchongstudio.com
tell us a little bit about love vs whiskey and how it began, what were you doing before you opened your own retail space?
sarah - before opening our own retail space, i worked 19 years in retail management for companies like nike women, d & g, bally, st. john and tse cashmere. love & whiskey began when we were asked to expand our first location deer lovely/whiskey tango 1977 into a 2nd location. we believe in evolving as a company, so we didn’t want to do the exact same thing as our first retail space. we wanted it to be refined. we combined the names of our original stores into love & whiskey and began curating our favorite brands... some old and some new.

what can people find at love vs whiskey, what makes you different than other retailers?
a unique selection of nicely curated items from a variety brands and local artists that changes and is updated frequently. people can also find whiskey tastings at our store every third thursday of the month. guests can pop in, enjoy a whiskey cocktail, and shop!

Love and Whiskey / blog.jchongstudio.com
whats the most important thing you’ve learned since opening your business?
that i am a really good buyer and to be confident when i feel strongly about new styles or when i want to take a risk.

what has been your favorite moment so far?
our favorite moments are when clients comment that there is finally a “cool” shop in irvine. irvine is known for everything looking boring and the same. we set out to be different so it is nice to be noticed for that exact thing.

Love and Whiskey / blog.jchongstudio.com
Love and Whiskey / blog.jchongstudio.com
Love and Whiskey / blog.jchongstudio.com
Love and Whiskey / blog.jchongstudio.com

three other local favorite shops?
analog at the oc mix at soco in costa mesa
tankfarm in seal beach, ca.
laguna supply co. in laguna beach, ca

LOVE AND WHISKEY
2967-A Michelson Dr
Irvine, CA 92612
949.660.5659

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG
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Almond | Newport Beach, Orange County

August 29, 2013


Almond Surfboards / blog.jchongstudio.com
Almond Surfboards / blog.jchongstudio.com
when i first moved to california, in attempts to meet people and be active i thought i should pick up a sport, a california sport. it was between surfing and volleyball and those who know me well, know that i love my volleyball. choosing between the two was pretty easy as i can't swim and the water is cold (i guess the first reason is a good enough one!) even though im not a surfer, i appreciate the sport and fell in love with these beautiful boards. if i ever became a surfer i'd want one of these beauties.

since i don't know anything about surfboard, chad was kind enough to give me the rundown of the boards. their staff is knowledgeable and friendly – they also carry a mens clothing line too, you can purchase online.

Yoki Shop | Newport Beach, Orange County

August 22, 2013

Yoki Shop / blog.jchongstudio.com
Yoki Shop / blog.jchongstudio.com
Yoki Shop / blog.jchongstudio.com
i recently visited yoki shop *thanks to devon for the tip!* in newport beach – as described on their site "yoki shop is a place where shopping is not the only objective. it is a shop where just looking and being inspired is encouraged." and inspired was exactly how i felt. the products behind yoki shop are pretty unique, designer, jeff 'yoki' yokoyama and his team (just the three of them!) make every product you see in-house by hand all from re-purposed fabric like jerseys and beach towels. i was quite impressed with the quality of everything – how well can a hoodie be made up of an old beach towel and sweatshirt? pretty darn amazing! check out their website to check out all the goods or if your local, definitely check out their shop!
Yoki Shop / blog.jchongstudio.com

Sugarbird Sweets

August 20, 2013

Sugarbird Sweets / blog.jchongstudio.com
Sugarbird Sweets / blog.jchongstudio.com
Sugarbird Sweets / blog.jchongstudio.com
last month i had the pleasure of photographing for kei okumura of sugarbird sweets, talk about fun and tasty! kei recently moved into a new kitchen and their new space is beautiful, filled with gorgeous light. i got some behind the scenes action of her team baking up some delicious treats, it smelled heavenly and it was hard to not devour everything until after we finished shooting.

her signature items are scones and teas. honestly i'm not much of a scone gal, i think they are always too dense and dry, but the scones at sugarbird sweets didn't disappoint. i tried a bite from probably every singe scone on her menu and each was soft but not too cakey and full of intense flavor – in a good way. the tea's are all crafted by kei herself, they smell and taste amazing – perfect combo with her scones.

sugarbird sweets is available online and at select retailers around los angeles. be sure to check her out if you are local (and go early!).

Let's Build a Farm Together

August 15, 2013


Let's Build a Farm Together / Please help this great Kickstarter!
Let's Build a Farm Together / Please help this great Kickstarter!
today i want to share a personal project that's close to me – over a year ago, i signed up to receive an email newsletter from a new local farm called primal pastures, they were a small farm with free-range pasture raised chickens. paul one of the farmers saw that i signed up, found my contact info and connected with me on doing some work with them. loved getting to know paul and the other farmers, we chatted a lot about healthy raised animals, golden egg yolks and their dreams of one day having enough land to fill with healthy and happy cattle, turkey, lamb and ducks.

fast forward to today and i'm happy to say that primal pastures now has enough land to make these dreams a reality, but now he needs the communities help to fill the farm. primal pastures is about providing food that we feel good about feeding to ourselves and our families – food that is raised responsibly, sustainably, and according to nature's brilliant design. there are some great rewards, for both local and non-local folks – i really love those hedley and bennett custom aprons and well, seriously their chickens and eggs are amazing. i called them golden eggs, cause they are perfectly golden. i greatly appreciate anyone who takes the time to look, contribute and/or share – every little bit counts!

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Short Cake - White Peach Crisp with Brown Butter Walnut Crumble | Los Angeles [Part 2]

July 09, 2013

White Peach Crisp with Brown Butter Walnut Crumble / blog.jchongstudio.com
i loved our visit to short cake and meeting with hourie sahakian, the head baker. you could feel the love by watching her work – and to imagine she has a gluten intolerance is quite remarkable for all the amazing things she bakes up. here is the delicious white peach crisp recipe adapted just for you all to enjoy at home!

Short Cake | Los Angeles [Part 1]

July 08, 2013

Short Cake /
Short Cake /
Short Cake /
so excited to share a new collaboration with the ever so talented adrianna adarme of a cozy kitchen. if you're not familiar with a cozy kitchen, please go check her out right away! she just released a beautiful cookbook all about pancakes!

i know a lot of times i am sharing photos of a beautiful restaurant or meal that i've had. if you don't live near by or don't have a trip planned you can't do much with the information besides bookmark it for a later visit. adrianne is a wiz in the kitchen and with her help we are going inside some of our favorite la spots to bring you a little piece of their kitchen into yours. we'll share some stories of the restaurants and later bring you a recipe you can make in your very own kitchen.

today we have the popular short cake, an adorable pastry shop located in the farmers market at the grove. they carry pies, cakes, breakfast pastries, and specialty gluten-free items as well as salads and sandwiches all with the the highest-quality, seasonal ingredients.

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