Snake Oil Provisions | Long Beach, California

October 30, 2014


It's been a while since I've featured a Long Beach shop here on the blog, but I am excited to share with you one of LB's newest editions – Snake Oil Provisions. SOP is a men's shop with high quality, domestically sourced menswear and dry goods. The shop is small but filled with beautifully crafted menswear, some of which can only be found in their stores right here in Long Beach. I had the pleasure of meeting Miranda and Ben on one of my visits and discovered they both moved here from Atlanta and Miranda used to work at SCAD (my alma matter). It's always a nice surprise to meet others from ATL. If you're searching for a new men's shop in LB - Snake Oil Provisions is your place.


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Snake Oil Provisions
2742 East Broadway
Long Beach, California 90803

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

In the Studio with Julia Kostreva

September 03, 2014


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Inside the Studio with Julia Kostreva / blog.jchongstudio.com
Earlier this year I asked my friend Julia Kostreva for a little peak into her studio and creative process. I'm a huge fan of her work and admire everything she is doing. Here is a little glimpse into our day!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work!
I'm a creative director and designer in San Francisco. I help creative businesses with branding direction and development to build their vision, visual design like logo and branding design, styling, campaign art direction, graphic design, web design, and print. I love tactile work as well - I have a background in printmaking, screen printing, and letterpress. I also design products for my shop. My shop is my playground. I like to paint for patterned products and also paint just to paint, and design products that I’d like to have. My newest products are a mix of joyful painting and pattern, and lighthearted photography and a couple daily mantras to keep us going. Also, over the last few months I have begun to collaborate with boutiques and makers to create collaborations and exclusive products - this has been my favorite thing yet and I hope to be able to do it more!


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Can you describe your creative process?
I use japanese sumi ink to get started with my patterns and designs, then finish coloring them digitally on the computer. For example - there are the two new paint stroke patterned iPhone cases in my shop. They are different designs in the end, but they are both created from the same original black ink painting, if you can believe it! I use the computer to design from pieces of scanned artwork, transform shape and scale and bring in color. These are both inspired by the Henri Matisse quote, "There are always flowers for those who want to see them." The original painting is called Garden, and is sold as an artist print in my shop.


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Inside the Studio with Julia Kostreva / blog.jchongstudio.com
What inspires you?
Everything in my daily life - I'll see something out the window, or pick something up on a walk, or bring in new plants or move furniture around and create different spaces. I like to get away from the computer and see things in a different light. When I'm looking to spark an idea.... Giving myself space and time always (albeit slowly) brings me the best ideas. Inspiration is sudden, and you can look to find inspiration, but the best inspiration simply finds you. I also love trying new things - trying different mediums, learning new processes, dabbling and learning about things that other people do. When I try something new it changes the way I think about things, gives me new methods of approach, and most of all, trying new things gives me so much respect for the people who have mastered it.


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Inside the Studio with Julia Kostreva / blog.jchongstudio.com
If you could only choose one, what is your favorite item in your shop?
I love artwork... I'd choose one of the ink paintings. I can't stop looking at "Women" or "The Row".

What is the most important thing you've learned since starting your business?
Keep going. Definitely one of my biggest daily mantras of my life. Things go up and down all the time. That’s the nature of freelance. I like a challenge, and I like that every day is completely different. I encourage you, find things that light up your heart! Work relentlessly. Make that thing because you want to see it... Be on fire about it! Make it happen. Then do something else.


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Inside the Studio with Julia Kostreva / blog.jchongstudio.com

What has been your favorite moment so far?
I feel very grateful that I’m able to continue to grow as a freelancer, able to work with creative people, help people start or grow their business, and able to create my own projects …and all the while earn a living. I wouldn’t trade it for any other life.

Where would you like to see your studio in 5 years?
Right now it's been about a year and half since I started freelance - so I'm now getting my feet planted and feeling sturdy. Feels like a good start. I'm really hoping to get back to my art roots and make more things with my hands. Create freely and design for different handmade processes. I'd love to continue to collaborate with boutiques and other makers - that is the most inspiring and amazing and humbling experience as an artist, to be able to see how others work, and work alongside them on something collaborative.

Vist Julia's shop at juliakostreva.com


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Travelogue | Seattle, Washington

August 14, 2014


Because I can't blog about every place I visited (well I could...) I thought it would be easiest to create a quick list of all the great places I visited while in Seattle. If you find yourself in Seattle – check out these great spots. I will add that 98% of these places are food related :P

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CafĂ© Presse 1117 12th Ave – Neighborhood: First Hill
Great for lunch or dinner. Try their Croque madame or Steak-frites.

Hello Robin + Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream 522 19th Ave E – Neighborhood: Capital Hill
Ice cream and cookies how can you go wrong?

Totokaelo 1523 10th Ave – Neighborhood: Capital Hill
Perfect place for window shopping – this store is filled with designer fashion and home goods. The store is a bit of a gallery in itself.

Espresso Vivace Roasteria 532 Broadway E – Neighborhood: Capital Hill
People watch while enjoying a Cafe Nico – not quite like your in Europe but the drink is a great afternoon pick me up.


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London Plane 300 Occidental Ave S – Neighborhood: Pioneer Square
A beautiful space to grab a quick bite, shop for unique home goods or flowers.

Bar Sajor 323 Occidental Ave S – Neighborhood: Pioneer Square
A nice place for dinner – beautiful inviting space. Check out the full post on Bar Sajor here.

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Kedai Makan 1510 E Olive Way – Neighborhood: Capital Hill
Malaysian street food – try Nasi Goreng - Malaysian fried rice with a sunny side egg. They don't have seating but you can order your food and sit at the bars nearby!

Paseo Multiple locations
Oh man this was probably one of my favorite places in Seattle. Everyone talks about the Paseo press sandwich but the grilled prawns sandwich is hands down way better in my opinion.

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Bar Sajor | Seattle, Washington

August 12, 2014

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While in Seattle shooting Broadcast I spent a few extra days eating my way through Seattle. I'll share a list of all the places I stopped but wanted to highlight this other gem, Bar Sajor. Chef Matt Dillon who is also the mastermind behind some other notable Seattle spots like The London Plane and Sitka and Spruce opened Bar Sajor in 2012. Located in Pioneer Square this space is beautiful – with a rustic white look and open kitchen that feels like a old but hip modern home. The place is heavenly.

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Since I went with a big group we decided to order a few different items to we could get a taste of it all. We started with some bread and butter, Smoked Whole Milk Yogurt and continued with Natural Morels, Sugar Snap Peas, Fire Roasted Broccolini with a Poached Egg, and Warm Dungenuss Crab. Everything was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. The yogurt was a favorite among the group and the broccolini was a hit too.

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Bar Sajor
323 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
206.682.1117

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Broadcast Coffee | Seattle, Washington

August 05, 2014

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It's so crazy to think that in a year I can say I've been out of college for 10 years. TEN YEARS! That is insane and now I instantly feel super old, though I do get a kick when people ask me if I am a student or have a student ID. For those who don't know my background is actually in graphic design – I went to SCAD where I was surrounded by some crazy talented makers, artist and designers. Trey Jones was one of them. Trey lived a floor below me in my freshman dorms – a boy from Kentucky who wanted to make kick ass furniture. And he did, he is the designer behind these urbancase products – sidebar, ledge, and edge to name a few. In addition to designing furniture Trey just completed this beautiful coffee shop space that I had the pleasure of photographing – Broadcast Coffee.

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It's so great to see how all my college friends have grown and to see them accomplish some amazing things. I was in awe of this beautiful space, I know it's definitely a place where I'd love to spend hours working on my computer. Broadcast has several locations but this Roosevelt location is the first to get Trey's magic touch. The details of the wall, lights and even how your espresso is delivered were thoughtfully planned out.

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I had a great time catching up with my old friend and watching him work in his studio. Should you ever find yourself in Seattle please make a trip out to Broadcast for some coffee and a pretty space to instagram!

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BROADCAST COFFEE
6515 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
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