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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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Foxy Faux Bob
04 February 2015

Karen Millen dress, The Editor's Market bag, Jeffrey Campbell shoes, Riots Barbie sunglasses

I'm seriously in love with this Karen Millen midi dress. It's a sweater, it's a dress, it has turtleneck, it's midi, with flattering silhouette, definitely all of my favourite things combined to an outfit! This is what I wear when I feel like wearing a sweater without looking bulky and lousy. Comfy and neat at the same time.

And my new faux bob hair (we've all done this at some point in our life) or in 2015 we call it 'turtleneck hair' is trending this season. :D

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Plastic Rainbow

D-I-Y Flower headpiece, Karen Millen white shirt & leather pleats skirt, Balenciaga heels

Loving this structured white shirt from Karen Millen, and also the neat leather pleats skirt is so me! Anyway, I'm flying to Tokyo, Japan tonight for vacation and a little bit of pre-wedding preps and photoshoot. Yaaay! Back to one of my favourite place on earth again, and planning to spend Valentine's Day there. I'm so excited for snowy February!

Closer look on my new dinosaurs necklaces! :D

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Breaking The Rules
26 January 2015

Wearing Suite Blanco x Irina Shayk's super pretty sparkly sequin top. I'm feeling like a mermaid! I might be breaking the rule wearing sequin and leather together… I mix it with all the dark colours, also my dark Limecrime lipstick so it doesn't look over the top.

Topshop chunky heels

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You're Never Fully Dressed Up Without Your Smile
24 January 2015

wearing Karen Millen dress for today's event. 

As I entered the Cloud Lounge, The Plaza, I was greeted with a small card with a fashion quote on it. Close-up invited me, Harumi PS from mytipscantik.com, Ayla Dimitri from Style.com Indonesia, and Diera Bachier, one of Indonesia's most famous fashion photographer, and together with fashion & beauty bloggers to share about blogging, make-up, fashion, and photography tips to boost our day & night appearance. (If you're a blogger too and you want to get invited to my next events / gathering, please do drop me email to contact.soniaeryka@yahoo.com with subject "Contact me", I will be glad to notify you by email!)

Amazing view from 54th floor, while the event was about to start.


This event is also an exclusive preview of Close-Up's newest line of toothpaste, collaborating with cosmetic dentistry to create a one-time use instant whitening. Consultation session with celebrities' favourite cosmetic dentist, Drg. Hilly Gayatri, she explained the facts and correlation between white teeth and beauty. Some facts I just discover, whiter teeth makes you look 5 years younger, 20% more attractive, and it even increases the the percentage of getting a job and being employed (It's pretty surprising how your bad teeth can easily ruin your social life.) She also explained the procedures of teeth whitening, which ones are the safe one and which one aren't. However, Close-Up's newest invention is the Blue Light Technology, which is using blue light illusion with their blue paste & foam, it makes your teeth instantly look brighter after using, with no bleaching or other dangerous method. Hurray!

Drg. Hilly showed us a simple example of how the toothpaste work. She put a pearl necklace in coffee, in other glass she diluted the toothpaste and hot water, then inserted half part of the coffee-stained pearl necklace and wait for approximately 1-2 minutes.

The pearl necklace went back to its real white color!

Now it's the bloggers turn to take the stage. Harumi showed the technique of getting whiter teeth illusion with just bronzer and red lipstick with blue undertone. I also shared jewellery mix and match tips, how to wear necklace and earrings to match with your outfit yet not over shine your whole appearance. Continued by Ayla's tips to pose and smile, and Diera Bachier's photography tips. Over all, it was one productive night with lots of new knowledge shared!

The lucky girl that night was Thalia, to get the experimental make-over by us after the talkshow!

Look at that sparkly confident smile!

Thanks to my best gals Anastasia Siantar & Clara Devi for coming tonight, here are our mitchy-matchy white outfits! :D Went home with a box of Close Up Diamond Attraction (look at that fabulous packaging design which is unusual for toothpaste! Definitely created for stylish women.) Can't wait to try it myself! Xx

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Made My Day
22 January 2015

My styling collaboration with Nurulita as the photographer and Husein Yunior as M.U.A, contributing for Bazaar Magazine, Fashion & Food Festival 2015 January edition. The theme is Indonesia, with a touch of red. Go get yourself a copy! :)

Indonesia's postage stamps with my work on it! Such an honour. :D

Exploring unusual hangout places impulsively last week. A friend of mine which also a wonderful siblings, Audrey and Gamal, took me to this place, some kind of unique gift shop, called Alska (it means 'Love' in Swedish). They sell various knick-knacks from jewellery to furnitures and rugs, from all around the world. Then we went to visit Doubledeer to look for some vinyl players. I enjoyed spending time exploring small, lonesome places so it was definitely my version of a wonderful day.

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Bali Vacation - Samsung NX Mini Review!
21 January 2015

Looks like I still couldn't move on from my New Year's Eve vacation… my Bali vacation was such a blast, I had a lot of fun strolling around Seminyak riding rented motorcycle with my fiancé, trying out new foods, coffee shops, and places to hang out.

wearing Karen Millen embroidery dress.

And some of you have been asking the review of my new compact camera, Samsung NX Mini so here are a few pics I took in Bali… 

The wide angle is so majestic, great for capturing buildings and landscape. I love it.

Vibrant color, great sharpness, and the wide angle from the lens, overall I really LOVE the results! Usually compact digital camera always makes me go 'meh' for the quality, so I only bought them for the sake of practicality and expect nothing from the quality of the pics, let alone using compact camera for instagram or blog, even my iPhone could take better pictures… but this! Please excuse my euphoria, but there is really nothing I hate about this camera. It's adequate for blog pictures since it has large resolution, you all know the feel when you takes picture from your camera, and by the time you edit it, it turns pixelated and it sucks. No, it's not going to happen with this camera.

Second, the practicality. At work, I always need to bring at least 2 lenses with me, which is my 50mm fixed lens for close-up and detailed pictures, and 18-75mm to take wider angle. But it's certainly so heavy and not practical for events. But now I can easily switch the lens for my NX Mini because it fits my small purse and has great quality, the size is pretty much the same as iPhone, but with interchangeable lens. (Oh, the interchangeable lens! Almost forget to tell you that this camera also has other lenses so you can do so many more things with it.)

Look at how well it captured the colours of these greek dishes. Makes me go hungry again…

Another food shot with NX mini… yum yum!

As you can see yourself, I rarely use my phone for instagram anymore, since this camera's result is so much better. Even for selfies! Here's my other highlight. It has flippable screen so you can definitely abuse this camera to take picture of yourself quite often. And with wide-angle lens, it gives slimmer effect on my face (yay!). Not only that, NX Mini provides 'beauty face' filter, so you won't need to edit it anymore, your selfie will look flawless instantly.

My first attempt on taking selfie with NX Mini… and I didn't do any editing on my skin at all. 
This is phenomenal.

another wide shot… taking picture of skies on the highway is my favourite.  

now, outfit post… Blog worthy. No distorted body or head shape as what I often experienced with my phone. :D

For more result of the NX Mini, I also used it for my blogpost here.

You can see how great pictures is produced by a digicam this thin. It makes me happy!

Last but the most important for me, NX Mini is a wifi camera. You can import it to your phone right after you take pictures. No more transferring to laptop or any other old ways… You can either send it via wifi, email, even upload it straight to your Flickr, Dropbox, or Facebook!

What I like about Samsung NX Mini is it doesn't only sell 'cute appearance' for younger market (though I fell easily for this baby blue with leather-like texture), but it offers so many more in quality itself that this cute appearance is a bonus. :)

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