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As known as Sonia Eryka, a happy-go-lucky kid who stays and lickin Jakarta's lips as a blogger, vocalist, freelance fashion stylist, experimental photographer, and a cafe owner.


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02 August 2015

wearing Cottonink top & white pants, Staccato snakeskin pointy heels, LV speedy bag

Went to STACCATO Styling Session earlier to talk about styling and share some tips and tricks on how to fit your personal style into your daily outfits. I was the speaker along with Clara and Ditya. It was honestly one of the most favourite workshops I ever attend to because not only we got to meet with the readers who share the same passions with ours (you know when we girls talked about fashion and photography, instagram thingy, accompanied with pretty shoes, everything just CLICKED right away), we also got a chance to do a styling competition on stage and see our awesome readers do the styling with their own personal styles! Thanks STACCATO for hosting this in your super chic store, I hope there will be more of these later! :)

supported by Cottonink who provides all the wardrobes for the models and styling competition. Thank you!

So here's my adorably laid-back model, so good to see my styling seemed to match her personality perfectly!

My model wearing my sunglasses, dressed in all hippie chic but still appropriate for school or work! :)

The session started!

So here's Clara's look and mine, all from the same brands of clothing, Cottonink, and shoes by Staccato. We're showing how your personal style shows even when you're wearing the same brands or the same monochromatic look. One thing I always love from Staccato collection is that they're really versatile and they have a wide collection of shoes, from a vintage pumps, edgy ankle boots, sporty sneakers, classy kitten heels, and cute flats. They let us to experiment with our style yet still be comfortable at the same time. Speaking of comfortability, their heels are always in the perfect height to wear everyday, it doesn't make me tired or have blisters on my feet, super comfy, I can go on and on about what I love about this brand because it's what I wear on a daily basis!

Clara chose a pair of grey pumps which is perfect for her signature vintage style. I got a quirky touch going on my look, I paired an all white top and wide legged pants, doubled it up with a black long vest and matched it with a wood and leather clogs to go with the hippie vibe. This is the look I'd choose if I were to go to campus or work, because you know, I feel better when I start the day wearing the outfit that I love to wear. I can feel my mood goes brighter and it feels like I'm ready to face anything if I'm dressed for it. Yes, choosing outfit for your daily activity is that important (that's why we spend so much time every morning figuring out what to wear) so ditch all your boring outfits and start playing dress up!

Ditya shared her tips and tricks on how to capture good fashion photos for your instagram and blog, how to get inspirations and I actually learned a lot from her session too! I love it when she talked about capturing moods and feelings in your photographs because that's what you have to deliver when you take pictures, it's about speaking without words. :)

[pic by Reggie]

Overall it was really fun, we had the styling competition and these girls styled their best friend with their own style, the winners brought home a head-to-toe outfit set from Cottonink and Staccato, WOOHOO! Thank you for coming to our session and hope to see you again on our next event, if you want to be informed on our next meet-up or workshops, you can send me email at contact.soniaeryka(at)yahoo(dot)com with subject (contact me!) and follow my instagram and blog, I will be glad to invite you! :)

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Gentlemen Prefer Brunettes. - PHOTOSET
01 August 2015

A collaboration photoset for Moreno Photography x Hian Tjen.
Make-up, hair-do and styling: Andreas Zhu
Directed by: Jo Widira
Photographer: Agung from Moreno Photography

Despite the provocative title which I grabbed from Marilyn Monroe's movie "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", no I do not dress for the gentlemen. This is another persona from the photo collaboration that takes place during the 50's Broadway Burlesque era. Kak Jo from Moreno Photography made a vintage cinematic setting to match with Hian Tjen's beautiful leather and sequin corset. The talented make-up artist Andreas Zhu
styled my hair into a retro Hollywood waves which I totally love! I never did my hair this way before and it's really a surprising talent that he can magically change my short hairstyle into something like this.


(Disclaimer: I do not promote or encourage smoking, cigarette in the picture is used as prop and effect for photographic purpose only.)

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Under Your Spell - PHOTO SET.
29 July 2015


A collaboration photo set for Moreno Photography x Hian Tjen
Make-up, hair-do and styling by Andreas Zhu
Directed by Jo Widira
Photographer: Agung from Moreno Photography

I was completely in awe with the change made by these amazing people's magic hands. Huge transformation especially on my hair done by the talented Andreas Zhu (you can't even tell if my hair is not real), I'm now a pale and fragile porcelain doll. And I admire Kak Jo & Agung's ingenious work of capturing this beautiful lacy white dress by Hian Tjen to show its delicacy. It's somehow romantic and fragile yet still has a grungy vibe in it at the same time. Such a pleasure to work with these creative people, it's like they breath life into a photography, what they do is magic.

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Reliving Daisy Buchanan. // PHOTOSET
28 July 2015

A collaboration photoset for Moreno Photography x Yogie Pratama.
Make-up, hair-do and styling: Andreas Zhu
Directed by: Jo Widira
Photographer: Agung from Moreno Photography

It was a super fun photo session and I was styled as 3 different persona from different eras. The first look is a beautiful flapper-inspired dress by Yogie Pratama, matched with my 20s bob hair as we took some ballet dancing reference to make it even dreamier like a doll under a magical spell.

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Tex Saverio X Love Bonito Show // Singapore Fashion Week 2015
20 July 2015

All dolled up in red lipstick (and I love how versatile my short hair is. I can go straight for a simple and minimalistic look, let it go wavy and wild for an effortless look, or styling it curly for a touch of Hollywood golden era!), wearing Love Bonito dress for tonight's Tex Saverio x Love Bonito show.

A bucket of fresh flower and an invitation.

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An Afternoon with Franc Nobel
14 July 2015

RIOTOUS leather top, Cottonink white legged pants, LV speedy bag

Meet the girls: Ayla Dimitri, Clara Devi, Pupu Paula and Ucita Pohan.

Attending launching brunch with the girls, held by Franc Nobel fine quality eyeglasses brand from Germany. 3 things that makes me happy for this new eyeglasses brand in town is that all of their designs are vintage-inspired, they have excellent service, and it's surprisingly affordable. Their eyeglasses pricing starts from Rp. 750.000,- including high-quality prescription lens and free shipping. Sweet! 

retro-inspired Chadwick with map printed on the back.

Pick your guy! Franc Nobel named their eyeglasses articles with cute British guys names and we were busy picking which guy suit us best *LOL*. My favourite is Dexter, Lennon, and Picasso. Which one's yours? Check out their collection here!

me wearing Picasso monochrome.

We had fun trying out those glasses and you can try it out too! As I mentioned earlier about the excellent service, they're not only provide cash on delivery service, they also want you to try before you buy. They have this home try-on system where you can choose your favourite pairs, and they will deliver it right to your house, you can try it out for 7 days and then make your choice! 

Marc Uthay and Christian Csermak as the founders of Franc Nobel, telling us the story of how it all started.

In the search of a prescription eyeglasses, I found Franc Nobel's fashion-forward design and sweet price to be a fresh alternative to your usual, boring and overpriced eyeglasses.

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