(from Bernie's website)
Loves & Inspirations
I love champagne especially with potato chips!! Red is my favourite color!
I love lingerie, high heels, rockabilly music, film noir, the beach and
the sand between my toes!! Oh and diamonds of course! I love
Eugene Savage especially his Hawaiian print clothes! There is nothing like
slinky cold rayon next to my skin!! Then of course there are thrift
shops & Ebay (here's
a link to my Ebay store). As for those who inspire me chief among these
is my mom. Other inspirations include Bette Davis, Bunny Yeager, Jean Harlow,
Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe, Mamie Van Doren, Anne Margaret, Jayne Mansfield
and Jane Russell.
Even as young as 5 or
6 I had started to stand by my mother's side for hours watching her do her
make up & hair. She used false eyelashes & everything! I was always fascinated
with her transformation from girl next door to this sexy vixen!! I remember
even trying on her high heel shoes when she would leave the room so I guess
the seed had been sown all the way back then. When I was not studying my
mom I was in front of the television fascinated with the family film festival
on Sunday mornings. I loved watching the black/white and Technicolor films
as the dancing was inspiring and the women so glamorous. As a consequence
I begged my mom for tap dance lessons which I started aged just 5 years
My name is Bernadette
but nobody calls me that (unless I'm getting carded or pulled over of course).
All my friends call me Bernie. I live in San Diego and love the slower pace
of life and of course the feeling of the sun and beach breezes on my skin.
My mother is from Oklahoma City and my father is from the Philippine Islands
(now I think of it I am convinced this is where I get my curvy shape from).
They met in the 1960's at a club where my mom danced when my father was
on leave from the U.S. Navy. He fell in love with her at first sight! My
mother became a burlesque dancer at the ripe old age of 17 and as a kid
I had no idea really what kind of dancing she did until I was rummaging
through an old 1800's trunk she owned and found some old lobby cards that