The basic, the refined, and everything in between.
A photographic journey of style, beauty, & locale - fueled by a passion to create and guided by my heart and imagination.
Thank you to all my friends, family, and supporters who voted for me in the 7x7 and Future Glory #7x7Style contest.  I won and was gifted this gorgeous handmade handbag designed by Future Glory as a prize.  It is a special edition collaboration with 7x7 Editors - the Chloe Foldover Bracelet Clutch in Metallic Pewter.I’m grateful for all your support.
With Love,Bertina

Thank you to all my friends, family, and supporters who voted for me in the 7x7 and Future Glory #7x7Style contest.  I won and was gifted this gorgeous handmade handbag designed by Future Glory as a prize.  It is a special edition collaboration with 7x7 Editors - the Chloe Foldover Bracelet Clutch in Metallic Pewter.

I’m grateful for all your support.

With Love,
Bertina

Earlier this month I attended a high school girlfriend’s wedding.  For my outfit I went with classic and chic colors of red, black, white, and gold.  I wore a long sleeve houndstooth dress and accented it with plenty of shiny gold accessories - a rose gold watch, gold belt, gold rings and topped it all off with my favorite bright red-orange nail polish.

I submitted this outfit photo to 7x7 and was thrilled to be selected as a finalist for their #7x7Style contest.  If you like what you see, please support and vote for me here.  I would much appreciate it.  Simply scroll down, select @missbertina, then click Submit!  Thank you so much for voting and have a fabulous weekend!

Dress: Michael Kors
Watch: Michael Kors at Nordstrom
Belt: BCBG Max Azria
Nail Polish: Lancome at Nordstrom

With Love,
Bertina

Spring is officially here!  If I could bottle up Spring and paint it on my nails - it would look something like these two Nails of The Day (NOTD) designs I did.  In the first photo I was recently inspired by painter and textile designer Kindah Khalidy.  Her works are colorful, free spirited, and simply beautiful.

The second photo is my Flashback Friday post because I did these nails last Spring, April 2013.  I was inspired by a colorful and gorgeous bouquet of flowers and decided to mesh pretty pastels + bright pinks and fuchsias together in a watercolor effect.

Of all the nail designs I’ve done, these two are some of my favorites.  They’re refreshing, fun, and lively - a simple way to brighten up the day or an outfit with pops of color.

Nail Polish: Lancome at Nordstrom / Sephora by Opi at Sephora / Essie at Target / Orly

With Love,
Bertina

Flashback Friday.  Once upon a summertime when I was 19 years old, I acted in a few Vietnamese karaoke videos.  It was a paid summer job for fun.

These video stills are from one of the videos.  The pictures were taken on a gorgeous white sand secluded beach in Carmel.  We’re playing in the ocean.  I remember the water being icy cold as is typical for Northern California beaches, but the scenery was beautiful and it was a bright and cheery sunny day.  (He was wearing jeans).

With Love,
Bertina

Last month I was invited by a friend (thank you Zach!) to support an amazing iPhone night photography and videography accessory called Ember, created by filmmaker Jedd Goble.  I supported by being a part of his product promotional and Kickstarter campaign video.

As an avid iPhone photography enthusiast and lover of all things photography and videography related, I was thrilled with the opportunity and also excited to try the Ember.

The night video shoot took place in one of my absolute favorite local destinations - beautiful San Francisco!  We got to run around the city at various locations shooting with the Ember and had such a fabulously fun time doing so.

Check out the Ember video and website on Kickstarter for more details about the Ember and how your support could bring it into production!

Dress: ASOS

With Love,
Bertina

Follow me to The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade!

San Francisco, CA
February, 2014
Photo by Michael Vu

In anticipation of February’s photo shoot, the month of the special Lunar New Year celebration - I had the idea to wear a tradition Vietnamese ao dai dress.  A dress which not only represents my ethnicity and culture, but is also a sentimental souvenir which I had custom made during my first trip to Vietnam in 2000.  A very memorable three week trip spent traveling the northern, middle, and southern regions of Vietnam with my family and relatives.  The trip was an amazing eye opening and heart warming experience and really evoked all my senses and emotions.  I will always cherish those fond and beautiful memories of my first trip to my homeland.

For the setting of this photo shoot, I initially had a lucky Vietnamese location in San Jose in mind.  But Michael suggested capturing the shot amidst a Lunar New Year parade instead.  I immediately fell in love with this idea, searched for local parades online and found The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade.

This was a massive annual event with one million attendees at what is known as the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia and named one of the top ten parades in the World by IFEA. It was a fun and festive pleasure for us to watch and shoot at this amazing celebration.

Dress (Ao Dai): Custom Made in Vietnam

With Love,
Bertina