Bridgette Raes Style Expert

For this weeks Fab Find I turn to mother nature or more accurately the way She has been making the East Coast her bitch for the past few weeks for inspiration. I don’t know about you, but it has been SO FREAKING COLD here in New York, I’ve been wearing one pair of shoes outside and they are my fur lined, warm, uber practical snow boots. Man are they ugly. Also they are not acceptable footwear for my office. I’ve written about Footyfolds (and I have a pair which I adore!) and how delightfully they tuck into your purse, sadly there are times only a uber stylish sexy pump, or those cuban heels that are the PERFECT shade of red will do.

Yup that means every day I’ve been picking out the shoes to match my outfit, wrapping them in an old Fairway Market bag and shoving into my already overstuffed purse which thanks to this bitter endless cold, is already overflowing with mittens, ear muffs, throat lozenges and tissues.

Then came a solution so painfully obvious it never would have occurred to me in a million years. Shoe Along, a bag designed to be carried outside your purse. My first thought was “Why do I need this?” But the more I learned about it, I realized “Oh yes I need this”.

First its not IN your purse, its designed to fit along your purse by hooking onto your strap, that means no heel punching through the plastic bag, and spearing a New York Public Library book which you then have to PAY for in order to keep your borrowing privileges!

But I digress. The durable soft stretchy bag is made of nylon lined, neoprene fabric, water resistant and can be wiped clean. No more hidden snow slush destroying that absolutely perfect shade of pink/peach blusher you paid a whooping $23 dollars for and are now watching dissolved into a rose colored smear at the bottom of your purse. Priced at an easily affordable 15.95, it comes in black, chocolate brown and zebra stripes. Save your plastic bags for cleaning up after your pup.

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Virtual Styling Session with Bridgette Raes

In my last post, I shared that I recently had a virtual styling session with Bridgette Raes. I highlighted my reasons for doing this, included excerpts from my pre-session questionnaire, and showed some inspirational images of style aesthetics that I appreciate

 

Today’s post focuses on my actual session with Bridgette, including the style advice that she gave me. Please note that the session was really jam-packed with information, too much to include in a blog post, even considering the extra-long posts I often publish. I’m including enough here to give you a taste of what it’s like to work with an expert stylist and how it can benefit those who are struggling to cultivate and express a resonant and appropriate sense of personal style.

I hope you’ll find the information that I share helpful and will be able to glean useful tips to guide you in your own style journey. I hesitated about what and how much to include in this post. I have to admit that I was wary of sharing my outfit photos after my last experience with this, but I’ve opted to do so in the interest of better illustrating Bridgette’s points and the value of my work with her.

Leading Up to the Session

A few days prior to our session, Bridgette sent me a report to review. This report included her overall impressions of my questionnaire, outfit photos, and style inspiration images. She also gave me specific written feedback on each of the ten outfit photos I had sent her. It was great to be able to review and reflect upon Bridgette’s feedback prior to meeting with her, as it helped me to come up with additional questions to ask during the session.

In addition to the pre-session notes, Bridgette also sent me a color combining book based upon my personal coloring. Although she was unable to do an official color analysis remotely, she felt confident placing me in the “Winter” category based upon my coloring, the colors I gravitate towards, and the way I look in the colors in my outfit photos. She told me later that she is able to color type approximately 90% of her virtual clients and send them color booklets.

The color combining book includes swatches for base, accent, and pop colors, as well as a number of examples for how best to combine these colors in my outfits. Since I enjoy wearing black, I was happy to learn that Bridgette feels I look good in that color (as long as I don’t become a “blackcident” by wearing too much of it!). Below are the accent and pop colors that are recommended for me to wear. I was very pleased to see many of my favorite hues in the mix!

Bridge raes style expert

I have some great news!  If you’re not a subscriber to Real Simple Magazine, then go out and pick up a copy of May’s issue, available on newsstands now, because I am one of the experts featured in an article on figure flattering fashion.  About once a year, this publication calls on me to be part of an article on this topic and I’m always thrilled to give my advice to such a wonderful magazine!  I hope you can pick up a copy!!

With the warm weather finally here in the northeast, I’ve been spending time with clients, virtually and in-person, helping them get their style ready for spring!  Prepare yourselves for a lot of neon in the stores!  Here is a photo of some neon shoes that I took at Lord & Taylor yesterday showing that neon can be fun and it can also be a bit crazy…and ugly.
If you’re feeling ready for spring but worry that your personal style and image isn’t up to speed, I am always available for wardrobe consult either in person or virtually.  You can check out my services or drop me an email and we can discuss how to get ready for the warm weather.  And, I promise, no neon…unless you want it!

In the meantime, check out what you’ve missed on my blog from the past week. You can also always stay looped in with me on Twitter, my Fan Page on Facebook and Pinterest, to name just a few.  Look to the right for more ways to connect with me and my advice.

Valentine’s Gift Idea For Woman: Genie Bra & Slim And Tone Leggings

Looking for a desirable bra that is packed with comfort, support, and is stylish? ME TOO.

Let me introduce you to a fabulous bra made for active moms like me. The Genie Bra!

I saw Genie Bra on TV and thought it looked so comfortable. WELL after having the chance to try it on myself, it is SO much better in person.

More about Genie Bra:

  • Offers woven ever-last comfort stretch fabric
  • Secret pouch to slip in support pads for extra lift and coverage
  • Machine washable
  • Doesn’t lose shape (It’s unique fabric that conforms to any cup size and never looses it shape)
  • Form fitting seamless construction
  • Cups stretch to conform to your body shape
  • Offers support
  • No uncomfortable wires or hooks
  • Offers wide comfort lift band, which stops it from rolling up like other wireless bras
  • Pads are included in each box to add extra lift and coverage

Sizes run in Small-2X (From 32A-46C- To 48A). Colors include: White, Black, Nude, Barely Pink, Sot Heather, Powder Blue, Twilight Blue, Warm Plum, Rich Cocoa, Brilliant Turquoise, Vibrant Coral, and Royal violet.

What I thought: OH my goodness it is nice to have a bra that is comfortable, I can exercise in, AND IS WASHABLE. It is so time consuming to hand wash all my bras and extremely uncomfortable wearing regular bras to work out in or just for my BUSY everyday routine. I like how the Genie Bra gives you options with or without pads. Contoured pads are easy to insert and remove and there are no lines or creases. Genie Bras are comfortable for all day wear (with or without exercise).

Genie Bras are comfortable and soft enough to sleep in. It is almost like you are not wearing a bra, just a comfortable undershirt.

genie bra :: Valentine’s Gift Idea For Woman: Genie Bra & Slim And Tone Leggings – Blog

February 05, 2013

Looking for a desirable bra that is packed with comfort, support, and is stylish? ME TOO.

Let me introduce you to a fabulous bra made for active moms like me. The Genie Bra!

I saw Genie Bra on TV and thought it looked so comfortable. WELL after having the chance to try it on myself, it is SO much better in person.

More about Genie Bra:

  • Offers woven ever-last comfort stretch fabric
  • Secret pouch to slip in support pads for extra lift and coverage
  • Machine washable
  • Doesn’t lose shape (It’s unique fabric that conforms to any cup size and never looses it shape)
  • Form fitting seamless construction
  • Cups stretch to conform to your body shape
  • Offers support
  • No uncomfortable wires or hooks
  • Offers wide comfort lift band, which stops it from rolling up like other wireless bras
  • Pads are included in each box to add extra lift and coverage

Sizes run in Small-2X (From 32A-46C- To 48A). Colors include: White, Black, Nude, Barely Pink, Sot Heather, Powder Blue, Twilight Blue, Warm Plum, Rich Cocoa, Brilliant Turquoise, Vibrant Coral, and Royal violet.

What I thought: OH my goodness it is nice to have a bra that is comfortable, I can exercise in, AND IS WASHABLE. It is so time consuming to hand wash all my bras and extremely uncomfortable wearing regular bras to work out in or just for my BUSY everyday routine. I like how the Genie Bra gives you options with or without pads. Contoured pads are easy to insert and remove and there are no lines or creases. Genie Bras are comfortable for all day wear (with or without exercise).

 

Genie Bras are comfortable and soft enough to sleep in. It is almost like you are not wearing a bra, just a comfortable undershirt.

How to Wear Printed Shoes

If you’ve fallen in love with the print-on-print trend and you’re ready to take it to the professional-fashionista level, it’s time to start collecting printed shoes for mixing and matching with your other printed clothes.

I don’t care if you collect your patterned shoes from thrift stores, borrow them from your grandma’s closet, or buy them from ritzy stores like Neiman Marcus or Nordstrom’s… just get them. Printed shoes, sandals, and boots are hot hot hot right now.It’s so easy to jazz up any solid-colored outfit with a pair of printed pumps or flats. And, from what I’ve seen, all jeans look better with printed booties or sandals. So, try wearing a pair of floral-print heels with your rolled-up boyfriend jeans… to add a tiny dash of fashion-forward edginess. (This style looks good on all ages… as far as I know.)

Shoes Come in Your Size

It doesn’t matter what size you are… even if you are a plus-plus size… you can always find shoes that fit. So, if you can’t find trendy clothes that look good on you, shoes and other accessories are an awesome way to punk out (or glam up) your boring outfits.

Printed Shoes Update Your Wardrobe

Shoes are an easy fix. Shoes are fun.

Lots of women choose beige or black or solid-colored shoes when they are putting together a mixed-print outfit. It’s like the shoes don’t matter. It’s like the shoes are just an afterthought. But, we all know that shoes can make or break an outfit, so don’t forget to include your shoes when you’re playing with patterns.

And, at the bottom of the article, there’s a link that goes to my Printed Shoes Pinterest board. (If you don’t see it right away, come back in a bit.) If you pay attention to some of the really cool ensembles on my board, you’ll see that printed shoes really give many outfits a cohesive, polished touch. You’ll see what I mean. Mixing prints and patterns is all about scale and balance (and color). It’s an art form that requires practice… and a playful mind.

  1. Leopard Print Shoes: Leopard is the easiest pattern to wear with other prints, because leopard feels like a solid. Leopard can be worn with floral prints, tribal prints, folkloric patterns, plaids, checks… heck, leopard will go with just about everything in your closet.

I think you should start with leopard shoes… just to get familiar with the fun of mixing and matching. After a while, leopard will seem so tame that you’ll want to branch out.

  1. Animal Print Shoes: Other animal-print shoes include zebra, pony, cheetah, tiger, and strangely mutated digital designs that look like they come from another planet… but have the feel of an animal “skin”. These other animal prints are almost as easy to mix and match as zebra.