Originally launched in 2009, BernadetteSunset.com was created by Bernadette McCrea Klees as a magazine website, and one-stop destination for each of her passions: Art, Photography, Fashion, Beauty, Health and Wellness, and Fitness. The website strives to inspire, entertain, and inform through various media projects, such as product recommendations and reviews, how-to photos and videos, DIY instructions, and much more. It is also an online shop where merchandise, products, and services can be purchased directly.
About Bernadette Sunset LLC:
Also formed in 2009, in San Diego, CA, Bernadette Sunset LLC is the Multi-Media Company founded by Bernadette McCrea Klees, licensed by the State of California. All content, media, merchandise and services are Copyrights of Bernadette Sunset LLC.
About The Daily Sunset:
The Daily Sunset is a blog and newsletter that can be received via email by subscription. It is a publication of BernadetteSunset.com that has the most up to date posts and latest tips, exclusive info, discounts, promotions, and contests, as well as an exclusive photo of the daily sunset.
About Bernadette McCrea Klees:
Raised in Newark, New Jersey, a talented multi-media artist, photographer, fashion & accessories designer, wardrobe stylist, makeup artist, beauty expert, and health, wellness, and fitness enthusiast, Bernadette McCrea Klees could not choose just one field to pursue. So, she decided to create a company and website where she could share her knowledge, expertise, and creations in all the fields of her passionate works.
Bernadette was born an artist, constantly creating, painting, writing, and sketching original fashion illustrations. She expressed an early interest in oil painting, her favorite media, inspired by her grandfather, Grover McCrea, who was an oil painter and art teacher in West Palm Beach, Florida. She was self-taught, with the help of Bob Ross, whom she watched and painted along with, while watching his tv show “The Joy of Painting”.
She later honed her skills in advanced art classes in East Side High School and the Mason Gross School of Art, at Rutgers University. Instead of continuing her Fine Art Degree program, she left to pursue an education in Fashion Design, and completed her Certificate of Fashion Design and Garment Construction at Fashion Design Training Studio, as well as Digital Fashion and Textile Design courses in Photoshop and Illustrator at Xincon Technology School in Manhattan.
To get started in the business, she took a full time Assistant Merchandising position in an East Village retail clothing store, Bang Bang, that opened many doors, and provided a great education in the business side of fashion, while allowing her to be visually creative. She was promoted soon after, to Merchandising Manager, then Store Manager, and finally, Field Merchandiser.
She learned all the necessary skills to run a fashion business, from construction, layout, design, planning, staffing, and organizing new store openings, to the buying, shipping, receiving, operating, and running of the everyday business.
After the closing of the Bang Bang Company, she managed for other corporations such as Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, and most recently Ann Taylor, wearing many different hats with involvement in all aspects of business, from Human Resource and Operations, to Loss Prevention, Sales Management, Visual Merchandising Management, Styling, Window Design, Marketing, Outside Sales and Management Training.
She has a total of 15 years experience in the field, heading new store openings, inventories, and operating locations of all demographics and volumes up to 10 million annually, and locations of up to 66,000 sq feet, on both the East and West Coast.
In 2009, she finally ventured into starting her own businesses, first as an Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics, where she learned all about skin care, makeup artistry and techniques, and direct sales, and running her first website, MaryKay.com/BernadetteSunset.
She had a makeup chair at Bella Ray Salon, in Mission Beach, San Diego where she also eventually sold her first Bernadette Sunset Accessories line. She then added to those businesses, Bernadette Sunset LLC, and BernadetteSunset.com, where she incorporated her love of Photography, Art, and Fashion, with services such as: Portrait, Event, Family, and Fashion Photography, with Wardrobe Styling, Makeup Artistry, Custom Artwork, Clothing, and Accessory Design, and much more!
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”
Health, Wellness, and Fitness also played a huge role throughout her life, as did travel. In July of 2006, her life was dramatically changed when she suffered near fatal injuries after being struck by an SUV as a pedestrian crossing the street. She fought for her life, and won, enduring months of rehab and physical therapy, many surgeries, and lots of pain.
Her positive attitude and dedication to fulfilling her dreams lead her to journey across the country. When she was able to walk again, she relocated from Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY, to San Diego, California, where she currently resides.
Her decision to cross the country was inspired by her dream to see the sun set over the ocean, an image she had painted constantly throughout her life.
That is why she named her business Bernadette Sunset, to tell the story of her remarkable recovery and journey, it’s influence in her life, art, career, and dreams, which have indeed come true!
She loves to share what she has learned, and to inspire people to live their healthiest, most abundant life, to encourage them to pursue their dreams, and enjoy the incredible beauty of nature, the adventure of travel, and the glitz and glamour of art, fashion, and beauty.
Join her on her journey, and enjoy her creations, observations, services, and recommendations! She has so many ambitions and projects in the works!
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