A BRIEF INTRODUCTION
Bonjour et bienvenue! Je m’appelle Erica, or E, a fiery 20-somethin’-year-old brought to you by overpriced coffee and a soft contour. I’m a girl in the tech industry by day and blogger by night. Welcome to Bouge & Rouge, my playground of thoughts and the diary of my 20s.
I’m a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where I studied Business and Decision Science. I am in love with all things French and am always looking for an adventure, whether that’s doing something spontaneous with my friends on a Friday night or ziplining across a forest in Mexico. If there is anything to know about me it’s that I have an unhealthy obsession with sushi, spicy noodles, artisan cheese, outlandish shoes, and eyeshadow palettes.
When I’m not at my 9-to-5 job or blogging, I am usually out and about. You can find me attending concerts, at a boxing or dance class, snowboarding on powdery slopes, brunching on rooftop gardens, exploring new places, or hiding away in a New York speakeasy with a bourbon cocktail. On the days that I do hole up at home, I love to paint, sing an unnecessary amount of songs from my favorite musical soundtracks, and watch Gossip Girl on repeat. You can best describe me as a typical Aries, ENFP, a bit of a Carrie Bradshaw.
My inspiration for the name and tagline of this blog stems from:
- Bouge: living to your fullest even when there are constraints
- Rouge: the color red (in French, my favorite language) which resembles fortune, boldness, passion, and love
- Curated for the bold ones: I believe that the only way to be impactful is to be daring and bold. That’s why I love making a statement, whether it’s with fashion, my makeup, or my opinions. Bouge & Rouge is a collection of my bold statements.
Height: 5’3″ / 160cm
Apparel: US S / size 2-4
Shoes: size 6
THE STORY OF BOUGE & ROUGE
With a strong passion for writing and expression, I’ve always loved writing stories. Unfortunately, I often grew frustrated or bored with my plots and eventually found myself stuck with a 7 year long writer’s block. A month before my senior year of college, I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to create a personal blog. The purpose behind it was to give myself a space to write whatever I’m passionate about in the moment in hopes of falling in love with writing again. So, Bouge & Rouge was born.
After graduation, I decided to rebrand and relaunch B&R into a lifestyle, fashion, and beauty blog because I realized that I loved sharing my knowledge and experiences to help or inspire others. I found that I connected with some of the most important people in my life through something as simple as teaching them how to do a smoky eye to something as big as prepping for interviews together. So when relaunching B&R, I decided to expand blog to cover multiple topics. But, I made sure to kept a personal blog section and a section for all things art related to stay true to the origins of B&R and my love for expression.
As of relaunch mid-July 2017, my new goal for this blog is to share my adventures through my 20s in hopes of inspiring someone to also push past obstacles and achieve their goals too. Everyone tends to get a little lost figuring life out in these years of our lives, so why not grow together?
Pop a bottle and enjoy the ride, mes chéries! 😉
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO YOU BLOG FULL-TIME?
I actually do not! I work in programmatic marketing for a tech company.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I was born and raised in New Jersey. Some of my posts and photos are taken in Pittsburgh where I went to college, but I currently live in New York City.
WHAT IS YOUR ETHNICITY?
I am Taiwanese 🇹🇼 I’m the first in my family to be born out of the country and in the United States!
WHAT CAMERA DO YOU USE?
I use a mix of my iPhone 7 and my Canon EOS Rebel T7i with a 18-55mm lens.
WHO TAKES YOUR PHOTOS?
All my photos are taken by some of my very patient best friends/roommates!
WHY IS THERE A CHERRY EMOJI ON ALL YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT NAMES?
Cherries are red (rouge) and my favorite fruit! The word itself also looks and sounds a lot like chérie, meaning darling, which is what I call my readers.