The house feels empty without Ericke’s clutter. Let’s try to dissect her life (and closet) in a new home.
Describe your new home.
It’s new, but it’s good that it’s still very familiar to me. LA, unlike other metropolitan cities, can still offer you an escape from the city — lots of hiking trails, waterfalls and the beach is right there. I like that it’s a melting pot of different cultures, there’s always something exciting going on and there are always interesting people you meet. LA is so much different now than how it was the last time I was here 5 years ago. There are so many more areas that are gentrified, with little hole in the wall gems. The best part about it is the accessibility of authentic ethnic food from Mexican to Mediterranean to Japanese to Ethiopian to Filipino food to whatever you can imagine.
Describe the new Ericke in three words.
Constantly creating and exploring.
What’s it like living on your own?
I’m used to living with my big family, so I miss the noise sometimes and having other people to rely on. I’ve learned how to take care of myself better. I’ve always been self-reliant but now I have to figure out my weekly budget, clean after myself, and pretty much be more realistic with my expectations. It’s also nice to have all the time in the world and not having to answer to anyone.
What do you wear to office?
I’m the laziest person in the morning, so I usually throw on whatever is within reach. My office does not have any restrictions when it comes to clothing, so I can get away with pretty much anything. For client meetings, my go to outfit is a mid-length tight dress and black heels, but everyday I usually just wear a circle skirt or a tennis skirt with a crop top and a nice pair of sandals or sneakers.
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What’s the best ever marketing slogan?
I love Grand Theft Auto V’s slogan: “Live in your world. Play in ours.” I think it’s very smart for what it is because GTA is people’s form of escape. It’s very simple. I also love Coke’s “Open Happiness” and the way they market it, when you buy coke, you don’t care that much about the actual taste. You buy Coke because of the fun memories you associate it with.
What’s in your makeup bag right now?
Urban Decay’s Naked basics, NARS blush in Orgasm, YSL Rouge Volupte #9, Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Sandwash Pink, blush brush, a sample size eyeliner pencil from Make Up Forever, Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette, 2 Goody Hair Ties, Tide To Go, mints and EOS lip balm.
What do you do on weekends?
Is it boring to say that I sleep in til 3 pm? That has been very consistent for the past 2 months. I work Mondays-Fridays so I only have the weekend to catch up on sleep. I jog on Saturday afternoons if I’m in the mood. On Sundays I like to go to the flea market, even if I don’t buy anything — it’s a very good source of inspiration. I also typically do my grocery shopping on Sundays and catch up on all of my TV shows with my boyfriend; very mundane things. My friends love good food, cheap drinks and good music, so when we get together on weekends we usually go out and eat at our favorite spots, then go drinking at a show or at a dive bar. We frequent Silver Lake dive bars.
How many pairs of eyeglasses do you own?
I have 3 – one very quirky 2 toned frames I got from a bazaar. I also still have my very old tortoise frames I keep on my desk in case I forget to bring my black Tom Fords which I use everyday.
What’s your festival look?
Usually music festivals are held in muddy or dusty areas, so I just wear boots or very comfortable sandals paired with shorts. I like to wear fun print co-ords too. It really depends on what music festival it is, for something that has more indie acts, I would just wear denim shorts or a vintage dress with ankle boots. For more e.d.m. acts or hip hop acts, I like to be more funky with prints and colors. I also try to avoid looking very bohemian, I don’t want to drown in a sea of elaborate flower crowns and crochet tops. I’m usually the girl in giant sunglasses, bare legs and an Instax camera on her hand at a music festival.
What’s your favorite burger?
In-N-Out: double double with caramelized onions, always and forever. If I feel like eating something more special, I go to Eden Burger Bar in Glendale for their Black Label burger —- it has truffle cheddar, black truffle shavings and potato strings topped with truffle garlic aioli – it’s perfection in between buns sprinkled with black sesame seeds.
Starbucks or The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf?
I like Starbucks because there’s just more options. I order a Passion Fruit Lemonade almost every morning and a White Chocolate Mocha if I need something stronger.
What’s the latest movie you watched?
I think it was The Wolf Of Wall Street with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, nothing but great intense acting from Leonardo and an overall great movie by Scorsese, but Jonah Hill pretty much stole the show. It’s not very new. I need a movie buddy, but I digress.
What are your splurges?
I splurge on classic pieces that go beyond the seasonal trends, because these are the ones I would use and abuse. My latest splurge is a dark purple Givenchy Lucrezia satchel and a pair of Celine Audrey sunglasses. They’re both very simple that easily match a lot of things I already own. I also splurge on skin care products, I had an acne breakout last year, so now only organic cremes and Kate Sommerville scrubs touch my face.
What do you miss most about home except us?
I terribly miss the food, I randomly crave sweet empanada near PLDT, miki, tuyo, dinardaraan, sinigang and tinuno with papaitan. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know how often I talk about these things. Haha.
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