Bridgette Raes

I am Bridgette Raes and, if you don’t know me, I am a style expert, author of the book Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want and I run the New York City based style consulting company for women, Bridgette Raes Style Group where I have been personally styling clients for the past 12 years. Prior to this I worked as fashion designer for ten years. I also run a successful blog on my site and write a lot of about the importance of accessorizing. I was thrilled to be asked to blog twice a month on this favorite topic of mine for Wantable.
A few weeks ago I was approached by Philip Stein to talk about their Health Bracelets.  Reading on their website I learned Philip Stein claims their bracelets act as a sort of antenna that “channels the frequencies naturally found in the environment toward our bodies to promote overall well being.”
I can hear you rolling your eyes! I rolled my eyes too. I mean it sounds pretty new agey. Except that the online reviews have been surprisingly positive.  Philip Stein has sold thousands with almost no returns Bridgette Raes.
Dozens of people have written online reviews talk about how it helped calm them, made them feel more energetic and sleep more deeply.  The company kindly offered one to my friend, a LA based actor (if you saw you’d say ‘oh yeah…that guy) who was in town for MBFW, unfortunately he was swamped (as was I) and I never got the bracelet to him.  So I started wearing Bridgette Raes.
A few reviewers described a tingling feeling in their fingers when they first put it on.  I felt that too. I DID notice one thing. When I ate things that were bad for me, candy, soda etc, I felt REALLY bad right away.  Queasy, indigestion, etc., and I found myself craving foods that were good for me.  Fruit vegetables, wanting water rather than Bridgette Raes.
But all in all my head felt clearer, my thoughts more succinct.
Are Bridgette Raes the Philip Stein Health bracelets supported by science? According to their webpage:
“We are working with research institutes around the world to scientifically demonstrate the ways in which our proprietary Natural Frequency Bridgette Raes Technology positively affects the human body. Preliminary studies have been very promising. Results from double blind studies at the Neurokinetics Institute in Canada and at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida suggest improved balance, Bridgette Raes  ocular focus and a reduced feeling of lightheadedness when standing up abruptly – all wellbeing indicators.”
Of course I can’t help but notice there are no links to the studies or dates the studies took place.
However I can tell you I’ve read dozens of reviews who say they felt, better less stressed, and like me experience an odd “lighter” feeling as though I’d set some heavy down or taken off an heavy article of clothing.
If nothing else the bracelets are super stylish and durable. They are not cheap but they do come with a 30 return policy. But the company insists they have had very few returns and I can tell you from my experience I can see why.


Virtual Styling Session with Bridgette Raes

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ve seen that I often link to articles written by style expert, Bridgette RaesBridgette is a New York City based personal stylist and blogger who writes frequently about creating a cohesive wardrobe, the power of color and accessories, and how to shop wisely.
I love Bridgette’s witty writing style and refreshing attitude toward fashion.  While many other stylists focus predominantly on current trends and continuously shopping to keep up, Bridgette is far more pragmatic and realistic in her approach.  I can see why many of her clients have been with her for years and rely on her helpful, no-nonsense advice!
Working with Bridgette & A New Series for the Blog
After being an admirer of Bridgette’s for several years, I finally took the plunge to hire her for virtual styling help.  I had a Skype session with her last week and plan to have a follow-up session sometime next month.
Today’s post is the first in a series in which I’ll share my experience of working with Bridgette Raes to improve my personal style.  I will start with the preliminary work I did prior to the session, which is the focus on today’s post.  In a post later this week, I’ll write about the session itself and Bridgette’s recommendations for me.  Future installments will focus on the ways in which I implement Bridgette’s advice, as well as my report from my second virtual styling session.
Why I Hired Bridgette to Help Me
I decided to hire Bridgette because I’ve been feeling a bit stuck in some aspects of my personal style and felt I could use some advice to take me to the next level.  While I could have reached out to a stylist in my local area, I opted to work with Bridgette instead for several reasons:
•    I have come to know Bridgette and her approach through her blog, and it resonates well with me.
•    She is also familiar with me and my blog and I felt she would be mindful of my compulsive shopping problem and not steer me toward excessive purchases or “trend chasing.”
•    She is in my age range (over 40, but I’ve got a few years on her…) and also has a fairly casual work-from-home lifestyle.
•    I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on styling services, so I thought a few strategic virtual sessions would be the best option for me at this time.
Bridgette’s services are not cheap by any means, but she has over two decades of style and fashion experience under her belt.  I knew she’d be able to offer me a wealth of expert advice even in the short time frame we’d be spending together.  Now that I’ve had my first session with her, I have to say that hiring her was a great thing to do!   I know it will be money well spent and that I’ll likely end up saving myself money in the long run.  If you’re at all considering working with a stylist, I can definitely recommend hiring Bridgette (I don’t get any “kick-backs” for making this recommendation – I just believe in her!).