A New Year Resolution

A New Year Resolution

I have a cousin who always uses the above phrase and

I really try to live by that. I do not want to make a long list of must do self improvements,

I just want to

SPARKLE ON!

And the Gates Opened for Her

My heart ripped apart earlier this year when someone very special to me passed on from life to death. Suzi is an enormous part of my journey that I have been on with the creation and branding of Erica Maree designs. One of the first seamstress to join the team she is deeply missed.

She has been visiting my thoughts a lot the past month. Here in Mexico the traditional holiday Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead was recently celebrated. Here they believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them. The streets are full of color, homes are decorated with traditional flowers and flags. I really do love this time of year. So naturally and with no question, we built an altar to honor the life of Suzy.

“te extrano tanto Suzi”

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Planes Cars and Babies…OH My!

Recently our team set off in search of new materials in remote regions of Mexico. The traditional Chanel embroidery Erica Maree in-compasses in her designs has really exploded in the last 5 years on an international level.  Bringing a new feel and technique to the bohemian chic trends we have been seeing from brands like Free People to Old Navy!

We boarded a plane with our first leg of the trip being Mexico City. From here we needed to rent a car and slip out of one of the largest cities in the world and made our way east to the Mole capital of Mexico….Puebla. Puebla is known not only for the mouth watering Mole (which we had for all three meals one day)  but also for its fabric industry. Some of the worlds best textiles come from this area and we found some amazing new things to introduce into the Erica Maree collection. Hint: cuddly gauze cotton.

The following morning and day 2 of our whirlwind trip we set off even further east in search of new embroidery and eye catching textiles. Some of the most amazing embroidery was found by simply saying hello or popping our heads into work studios that happened to have their doors open….you can even find babies to hold!!

Stay tuned for new designs and products coming soon…

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Taking in the Cultures of Puerto Vallarta

Each year in celebration of Mexico’s Charro tradition, Puerto Vallarta honors Charro Day with a parade and performance. It also marks the kick off celebrations to Mexico Independence Day here in our city. Today the Erica Maree team stepped out of the studio to take front row seats of the parade that begins in Old Town then follows our boardwalk melacon and ends at the Sheraton hotel. 

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Connections that Matter

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I recently found myself in a heart breaking, heart ripped  out of your chest kinda moment. I needed someone I could talk to and lean on. Someone to just tell me it would be OK and that I would make it through this muddy mess in my heart. I wandered aimlessly and found myself at the doorstep of a friend who I have had for many years. The kind of friend you check in on every now and then. The occasional text message or lunch date. The kind of pal who shows up to your birthday parties and is there in the background of your everyday life.

We spent the rest of the afternoon talking about the bad the ugly and the messy of what I was going through. Tears were falling but we found laughter and we found each other again. A very obvious moment that I needed to be in her life and her in mine. I left her apt and realized how much this person means to me. How much I truly love her and her friendship…and her cooking! Such an amazing human that crossed my path and is on a life journey with me. Even if it is once in a while and not more often then I would like. She helped band-aid the hurt!  It got me thinking of what an authentic connection is and how we can have more with the people who cross our paths…..and more often.

First be a good listener: You know those people who you tell a story to and they seem distracted or? It’s sux! Don’t be that person. Listen with your heart, your ears and with every fiber. FOCUS! 😉

Show kindness. We all have untold stories. Every one is fighting their own battle. EV-ER-Y person. Offer kindness and grant them patience and grace just as you wish they would you.

Ask sincere questions. As you intently listen to others, hopefully you will cross into a world called curiosity. It’s ok to ask them questions.

Empathy is a strength. Show compassion. Be understanding and warm. Listen without mentally criticizing the things she tells you.And, friends…do not judge.

Friends