Born To Be

Baby Watch

This is an old pic of Ericke with the grandparents I took in LA in 1990. She was approximately a month old.

And here’s a photo on her Facebook timeline a week ago.

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Happy Birthday, Ericke!

Photos via Ericke’s blog.

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The Polka Dot Launch

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Had a blast at the successful launch of Red Dot’s latest line — POLKA DOT! The three fab ambassadresses, Ericke Tan, Lovely Abadilla and Ivon Domingo were the personification of  uber-freshness in their Polka Dot dresses.

Congratulations to Mary Ann and Bernard Macaraeg and the creative team of Visionaire Inc. for coming up with the new online store,, exclusively carrying Polka Dot!

I seldom attend social gatherings… ’twas great seeing the couple, old friends, fellow bloggers and facebook friends:)

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On the left is beautiful beauty blogger Christine… you may want to check out her site here.

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Lovely Abadilla and her equally lovely mom.

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Moms and Daughters

Beautiful moms and daughters, Francine and Kristine Umali-Fariñas, and Ann and Ginger Ang. Btw, Ann is the owner of Red Dot, Tuguegarao, and Tutti Footie, Dagupan, both authorized Havaianas dealer.

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Alexa joins the Fariñases — Rachel, Kristine Fariñas-Tecson, Francine and Kristine, the kitchen wonder girl of Bistro 51, one of my fave restos in Laoag.


Spotted: Emilio Pucci! on Teenie!

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Catching up with my fashionable friend Marla and my former co-tourism officer Toni Carag.  Happy with their first dibs:)

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Alma Oida came all the way from Kapuluan in Pagudpud to witness the launch. And shop.

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Being the ever meticulous hostess, Me-Ann had fraise macarons, red velvet cupcakes (all specially made in Laoag by a special baker, a secret as of now:)), kabobs, lasagna, veggies on pita bread and feta cheese on toasts. Yum!

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Blogger/restaurant co-owner Tricia Domingo, make-up artist Mara Manuel (third from left), Royalty Heels’ China Chua Miguel, Nerissa Madamba, fashion designer Joel Dul-loog and photographer/blogger Marianne Pasion.

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Isn’t that sweet? A stylized bakya, hahah, wooden clogs, also available at the Red Dot online store. How I wish I could run in them. It would look great with any of my outfits.

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Pastor Bryan Shah and the man behind Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant and Balay da Blas Pensionne House, Sammy Blas, in a rare photo over at BlauEarth:)

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Tintin Alcid Apostol and Jojami Tremor Alcid of Shop & Go convenience stores, Danda  Alcid and photographer Glenn Tumaneng.

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Flanked by two super interesting personalities Ivon Domingo and Visionaire’s Ajo Rumbaoa.

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Got 3 necklaces for my first Polka Dot purchase. Will post photos next time. Btw, got the very comfortable maxi dress I wore from the Red Dot Plains & Prints summer collection.  Enjoy your Sunday, everyone!

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Style File: Ericke Tan, fashion insider/blogger/stylist/environment advocate

For my latest Style Files, I’m featuring my alter ego, Ericke Tan. She raids my closet and wears some of my things better than I do. A couple of weeks ago, she traded her new pair of sunnies for my eco-bag. The sunnies were actually more me. But she can be my worst critic. I listen anyway because I admire her fearless fashion sense.

Like any mother and daughter, perhaps, we know each other only to a certain extent. There are certain things in this world that we don’t talk about no matter if we live in the same house.

Now’s the chance:)

What’s the first thing you do as soon as you wake up?
Check my phone then take another 5-minute nap:)

What did you want to be while growing up?
My earliest memory was that I wanted to be a vet. But that’s when I thought vets had to deal with dinosaurs.

What’s on your playlist?
Indie music along with oldies but goodies like classic No Doubt and Garbage.

Where do you often eat out with Alvin [Alvin is the boyfriend]?
He cooks for me most of the time, but Saramsam and Bistro 51 are our go-to places.

What’s your fave dessert?
Oh my… I can live off sweets. That’s like asking a mom who her favorite child is. I guess French macarons because I don’t get them often.

And your favorite fruit?

What are your three favorite beauty products?
MAC Scarlet Ibis, Majolica Majorca lash extension mascara and fluid liner.

Heels or flats?
I prefer heels, I feel sexier and more confident in heels. Let’s face it, I need the added height. But I’m working in flats because I have to walk around a lot.

What’s your typical work day?
I usually don’t have enough time to dress up before going to work, so I usually keep it casual. I have to be at this office by 8:30am, browse the internet for upcoming trends, check emails, meetings and go to Red Dot every so often.

Who is your style icon?
Anna Dello Russo, she does a sophisticated take on the “I don’t give a shit, this is what I want to wear! style”.

Your favorite fashion moment?
When Björk decided to wear that swan dress for the Red Carpet! Tell me it doesn’t put a smile on your face when you remember it.

What is your signature style?
I’m always in short shorts and breezy blouses with stacks on stacks of accessories. Haha!

What’s the one thing you would never wear?
PLASTIC BRA STRAPS! I don’t get them, they’re not invisible at all!

What’s the most abused item in your closet?
This ugly bronze glitter dress I got from the ukay. It looks like an old lady’s costume for Halloween, dressed as a pirate. I still haven’t figured out why I bought it.

Is there anything you’d want to change about yourself?
I wish I had more patience to learn things.

What’s your fashion advice to girls your age?
Don’t be afraid to experiment. Wear whatever you want as long as you’re comfortable.

How do you see yourself ten years from now?
Living in a beach somewhere. Seriously. My friend Ivon and I plan to register for a bank account called Ericke and Ivon’s Beach House.

Tell me the last thing you do at night.
Same thing I do before waking up. I check my phone.

Photos via Ericke Tan and Ivon Domingo’s facebook accounts.
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