Friday, August 30, 2013

Stella & Dot Labor Day Sale!


Labor Day Weekend SALE is on! Get an extra 25% off our sale items including Limited Edition and designs by Alice TemperleyGet a jump start on holiday gifts! The Swallow Studs are now only $7.13! Down from $19.

Shop now thru Mon., 9/2 10pm. Shop at http://www.stelladot.com/Bernadette 

Which pieces are you interested in?

Enjoy the long weekend and please be safe out there!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Warrior Dash 2013



Sponsor me in my first Warrior Dash!!! I am no runner but I am going to do this with my Lagade family - Team 'We R Pamily.' Please make your tax-deductible donation benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at http://www.stjudewarriors.org/Bernadette  Visit my fundraising page for more information.

  • Raising $50 could help provide infant care supplies for 10 babies.
  • Raising $70 could help provide a wagon for patients to travel the halls of St. Jude.
  • Raising $100 could help provide toys to fill play areas.
  • Raising $250 could help provide two chest X-rays.
  • Raising $500 could help provide domestic airfare for a member of a St. Jude family.
  • Raising $1,000 could help provide one day of chemotherapy for a leukemia patient.
  • Raising $5,000 could help provide an above-knee prosthesis.

I am also going to donate my entire commission to the sale of every Stella & Dot Valor Necklace ($39) and Earrings ($24) towards my goal. These pieces look like shields, perfect for us Warriors! 



Thx for reading! Shop at http://www.stelladot.com/Bernadette

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

What Next?

It is August 20th, 2013 and I have nothing really major on my calendar until probably December where I am thinking about going to Okinawa to visit my cousin who is stationed there. I have a couple of Stella & Dot trunk shows scheduled (book yours!) and am excited for the Niners v. Colts on my actual birthday on September 22nd. I have 11 seats and family and loved ones are in attendance. Last year's birthday festivities included a Niners' game as well. I think I'll make it a tradition. GO NINERS!


This year has definitely been busy. With it more than half over, I think I have accomplished quite a bit. Just before the end of 2012, I decided to make a major change in my life and put my happiness first. Sadly, shortly after, my grandfather passed away. I was there in the hospital room with my father when Lolo took his last breath. I have only had my heart broken one other time in my life; this was the second. The loss of him reminded me that life is short.  I'm not one to really just let things happen. I go after what I want. So part of me wants to let life happen and see what God has in store for me. (My Lolo and Lola are very religious.) And part of me wants to soak up anything and everything that life and the world has to offer but on my terms - to meet new people, take risks, travel, be adventurous, love a lot, laugh a lot, do something new, continue to learn and grow. Above everything, I just want to be happy.



I have been living the single life and trying to embrace it since I really haven't been single in 10 whole years. I was always in back-to-back relationships. I realized that was the case when Valentine's Day was approaching. It was quite a strange feeling but I had a good night out with my girlfriend, hit on the Floor Manager of the restaurant we were at for our romantic dinner at the bar, and moved on with my life. I survived my first single Valentine's Day. Other single women can do it too, I assure you. I won't go into detail of what the dating world is like for someone that's not entirely free yet and in their 30s (Dear God.), but it's definitely been interesting, ...irritating, frustrating, and eye-opening but also could be exciting and trigger hope that "Wow, you do exist!" I will say this though:. Men (most likely goes for women too) really need to stop being such cowards. I can respect someone that has the courage to be honest; not so much for someone that is too scared to tell the truth. However, words are just words. I love words of affirmation but your actions will speak volumes.

In April, I went to Miami for a Bachelorette party with 11 other women. It was awesome to say the least. I have been meaning to write more but just haven't had the time. 

In May and June, I was busy working on the wedding in Carmel, California. It was a lot of work but everything was on time and the bride and groom were wonderful. Just before the wedding, I was in Kauai, Hawaii for five days visiting my sweet cousin and her family. Here we are on a boat along the Napali Coast. Absolutely gorgeous.

July, I was in Vegas for five days for fun and Hoopla, the Stella & Dot annual sales conference. Earlier this month, I was a bridesmaid for a very dear friend of mine. 

And I was also in Nashville, Tennessee for my baby cousin's wedding. It was so special because all six Manzano grandchildren were together. I can't remember the last time we were. Sadly, one of us was even missing for our grandfather's funeral in February. 

Plus a Los Lonely Boys show in Napa, California, the day after I returned. 

And last night, I had the annual company party I work and everything was set up on time and went off without a hitch. It was perfect.


Life has been great for the most part. There have definitely been some low and emotional times when I could have used a partner in life, for someone to be anxiously waiting my return from these trips or someone to ask how my day is/was. But things will fall into place if it's in the cards. And, the more I survive these moments, it will be reaffirmed I can do it again. I am so thankful for my wonderful friends and loving family. I am definitely not without love. I think moving forward, I will try to slow down a bit. I will focus on reaching my personal, life, family, financial, fitness and career goals. It sounds like a good plan.



What's your plan for the rest of the year?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

My Cousin's First Dance Medley

My family and I went out to Nashville, Tennessee last week for our baby cousin’s wedding. Check out their first dance. LOVE it!


Venue: The Cannary Ballroom

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Dashboard the Series - Starring Megan Zerga

My good friend, Megan Zerga, plays Kara. "Dashboard is about three girls sharing one dorm in college. Kara is a fangirl and speaks geek and web and 1337 while everyone around her just smiles and nods. Ariel is the new girl in town, raised in a small suburban town and curious about everything in this new fast paced society she's found herself in. Epi is a dorm RA by day and a dominatrix... well, not by night because she chooses when she wants to be a dominatrix, not the time of day. And then there's the worst - the Mystery Guy. What does that even mean? You'll have to tune in to find out!" View the preview below.



Want more? Help keep filming going by:


Pledging $20 or more
shout-out on twitter + thank you on website + mp3 of intro song + Dashboard sticker + pdf scripts of episodes that are out (you'll get it weekly) + 5 pins

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shout-out on twitter + thank you on website + mp3 of intro song + Dashboard sticker + pdf scripts of episodes that are out (you'll get it weekly) + 2 pins + Dashboard shirt

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