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. 



Connections that Matter


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.




Mexican Boutiques

I love when things magically “happen”. People places and time all come together and opportunities present themselves at the oddest of moments. When your least expecting it. Yesterday I happen to be on my way out of the studio with a customer shipment heading to Texas *love me some Texas customers♥, I changed my route at the last minute and decided that I would ship at my local FedEx location prior to heading into Vallarta Centro to handle some other errands. I walk in and theres a bright and happy woman with an adorble golden blond toddler sitting to my right as I enter. After a few minutes she ask me if I’m Erica Maree (of course I am carrying handbag, wallet, pouch and other little Erica Maree products as I am preparing my export shipping documents.) It turns out she has owns a sweet little shop in Punta de Mita, MX, about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta, and has been eyeing my line for some time. We put together an order right on the spot and so our friendship/business relationship begins.

Check out her facebook page to see her super cool items

  • Avenida Redes Second floor of the Plaza of shops,a block up from the El Anclote beach
  • 63734 Punta De Mita, Nayarit, Mexico

Phone 01 322 160 9830 Email bonitabythesea@gmail.com,ninacatrina@gmail.com


Sense of Touch

Do you ever catch yourself running your hands over that uber soft ultra fiber blanket you pass by in the store aisle? Or let your fingers linger a little longer over the most delicate of laces? I know I do.  My hands just magnetize towards all things textured! The sense of touch can be so over whelmng

Almost every piece of my line embodies texture. Whether it’s a hand embroidered artwork or nylon macrame straps. I can’t resist and you wont be able to either!

macrame strap

Palm Trees Ocean Breeze Salty Air Sun Kissed Hair

Summer brings so much inspiration…I can taste it, smell it and feel it everywhere. I finally had some time to sit down at my work table and play with new fabrics, bold colors and patterns for the upcoming 2013-2014 season. This is what I love the most about this adventure I have been on.

As a business owner a lot of my time is wrapped up in keeping this all going. Planning for upcoming Pop-up stores/show’s, shopping for new supplies, shipping products out, working with new customers and the list does not end there. I love every minute it of it, but what I love most of all is watching my designs create themselves in my my mind then taking it to paper and constructing those final pieces into that “thing” I pictured. That is what tickles me and gives me goosebumps. Someone once asked me what I was passionate about. I couldn’t answer. I could only see it in my mind. The colors, textures and inspiration behind my everyday.

So with all of that being said, I have some exciting new lovely bags AND clothing in the makings.  Hint* leather. EEKKK!