Bridgette Raes

Raes grew up in Hasbrouck Heights tieks review, New Jersey and now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband Frank Mazzola. She studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York and worked for several years as adesigner with clients including Wal-Mart, Barry Bricken and Talbots. Raes returned to FIT to train as an image consultant and, in September 2002, founded Bridgette Raes Style Group tieks review.
Raes is frequently featured as a fashion consultant in magazines, such as Real Simple, Woman’s World and First For Women tieks review, as well as on AOL’s Stylelist.com, MSN and on iVillage. She has been an expert on Glamour Sizing for media outlets including The Boston Globe and Good Morning America. She has also had numerous television appearances on television, including on CNN and The Daily Buzz.
Bridgette Raes really is an inspiring entrepreneur tieks review, and I think this interview teaches valuable lessons. She went through the process of finding what she was meant to be doing with her life, and later opened and developed her business tieks review. She learned the importance of believing in herself, identifying the things she needed help with, getting help and learning how to sell the service she provides tieks review. I hope you enjoy reading and learning more about Bridgette and her business as I did interviewing her.

Bridgette Raes tieks review embarked on a career in fashion design after obtaining her degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology tieks review. Despite the glamorous trappings of her career, from her participation in important events to trips to Europe, Bridgette wasn’t completely satisfied with her work. After a few years in the industry Bridgette realized she wanted more from life, and set out to find a way to combine her love for fashion and style with her interest in making a difference. She found what she was looking for in the field of personal style consultation. She recently went back to FIT to study image consulting, and in September 2002, after ten years as a fashion designer, founded Bridgette Raes Style Group.
Bridgette had learned from her years in fashion design that while most designers realize how challenging it can be for women to get dressed and determine their style  , they don’t do much about it. She no longer could overlook women’s cry for help to figure out their image and style. As Bridgette explains, “Our image and clothes are powerful communicator of who we are, what we want, our goals, how we can achieve them. This is something that shouldn’t be ignored.”
Her ten years of experience, along with subsequent training in image consultation at FIT, gave Bridgette the key to her achievements. Bridgette’s instructors at FIT were fashion industry professionals in the business for over 20 years and successful business owners themselves. By paying attention to what they had to say and at the same time taking in consideration her own personal experiences, Bridgette was able to create her own business concept and mission.
The current crop of makeover shows featured on the airwaves right now, from series such as Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Extreme Makeover to the makeover features on The Oprah Winfrey Show, are an indication of the public fascination with and interest in personal image development. During our interview, Bridgette mentioned people’s tendency to regress back to their previous image behavior following those makeovers, since there is no education and no long-term change in a makeover subject’s point of view.
In her own business, Bridgette helps her clients to establish lasting changes in their mindsets through a 5-step program she developed. Her program assesses a wide range of aspects of each client’s life and tastes, from her life and goals to her preferred colors. She helps her clients improve their wardrobe by guiding them through each step of wardrobe selection, from understanding what pieces do or do not work for her client to helping them shop. Bridgette also offers smaller programs as well as workshops. She has a roster of trusted professionals to whom she refer clients who need more help in areas such as makeup application, organization, and personal coaching.
The Business
Bridgette recalls that she was naïve as she first started out on her business; she believed the phone would start ringing without much effort. She knew she had a skill, but didn’t know how to market it. She later hired a business coach, who helped her gain more focus through creating a 5-year plan that includes specific goals of what she hopes to accomplish.
The business coaching, along with a few business classes she took at FIT, helped her to more effectively identify her client base and market her services. It opened her mind and changed her perspective on the business and how she presents herself. Building her business took time, and at first Bridgette continued to work part-time as a freelance designer while marketing and growing Bridgette Raes Style Group. But in May 2003 her business had expanded enough for her to work at it full-time, and today it continues to flourish.

Bridgette Raes

Body  Image and how we perceive ourselves can alter how others see us too. Did you realize that? If you don’t like your body people can tell. If you feel good about yourself people will pick up on that too. Women seem to be told by the fashion industry what their shape should and should not look like and we are always moaning over how we just don’t have that shape that’s perfect.This leads us to feel unattractive. One thing I have learned through my life and my job is there is someone for everyone. No matter what you look like there is someone who will be attracted to you. The Key though is loving yourself first, after that finding someone who loves you too is simple.

My awesome friend Bridgette Raes and her co-host Amanda Jornov did a great radio show about body image, with guest, Wendy Shaker, the Author of “The Fat Girl’s Guide To Life”.   Wendy Shaker explains how to  love the body you have now (not the one you wish was smaller) and how to be comfortable in your own skin, with power and a sense of humor. I loved the show and have admired the work of  Bridgette Raes for some time now. (See The Link at the Bottom of this post to listen in and learn to love you just the way you are .)

Bridgette is a style expert and can guide you to fashion made for your body type and taste. Not only does she help you figure out your body type but will show you  the clothes that flatter that type. She has a cool app that will even tell you where to buy these clothes. I’ve had a great time playing with it and recommend you try it for yourself. Go HERE  to  her site and play with her Body  Image and how we perceive ourselves can alter how others see us too. Did you realize that? If you don’t like your body people can tell. If you feel good about yourself people will pick up on that too. Women seem to be told by the fashion industry what their shape should and should not look like and we are always moaning over how we just don’t have that shape that’s perfect.This leads us to feel unattractive. One thing I have learned through my life and my job is there is someone for everyone. No matter what you look like there is someone who will be attracted to you. The Key though is loving yourself first, after that finding someone who loves you too is simple.

My awesome friend Bridgette Raes and her co-host Amanda Jornov did a great radio show about body image, with guest, Wendy Shaker, the Author of “The Fat Girl’s Guide To Life”.   Wendy Shaker explains how to  love the body you have now (not the one you wish was smaller) and how to be comfortable in your own skin, with power and a sense of humor. I loved the show and have admired the work of  Bridgette Raes for some time now. (See The Link at the Bottom of this post to listen in and learn to love you just the way you are .)

Bridgette is a style expert and can guide you to fashion made for your body type and taste. Not only does she help you figure out your body type but will show you  the clothes that flatter that type. She has a cool app that will even tell you where to buy these clothes. I’ve had a great time playing with it and recommend you try it for yourself. Go HERE  to  her site and play with her Virtual Style Guide. Knowing how to dress yourself can go a long way to improve your body image. Bridgette can help you there.
I have a secret to tell you about how I learned a lot about body image. I struggled with my body image as most women have through out my life. Worried I had too much of this and not enough of that. I believed I needed to be thin to be attractive and fought to be that way but still never liked what I saw. In 2003 when I started my online marketing company I began working with niche dating sites. I looked at all the niches and noticed one for Big Beautiful Women. I thought what is this? I have no idea how to market this niche. I thought who will be there?  Just women who are over weight and can’t find a date? No way am a marketing that one because those members won’t meet a match and it wouldn’t be fair. I was encouraged to market it and told it was a profitable niche. I went to the site looked through the members and to my surprise there were as many men as women there. What? I though men only wanted skinny women? Nope, not the case. That was an eye-opening day for me. I built a BBW dating site called Big-Beautiful-Dates.com and had more men than women join. I had men paying me to get the chance to meet a Big Beautiful Woman. To This day it is one of my most profitable sites.image. Bridgette can help you there.
I have a secret to tell you about how I learned a lot about body image. I struggled with my body image as most women have through out my life. Worried I had too much of this and not enough of that. I believed I needed to be thin to be attractive and fought to be that way but still never liked what I saw. In 2003 when I started my online marketing company I began working with niche dating sites. I looked at all the niches and noticed one for Big Beautiful Women. I thought what is this? I have no idea how to market this niche. I thought who will be there?  Just women who are over weight and can’t find a date? No way am a marketing that one because those members won’t meet a match and it wouldn’t be fair. I was encouraged to market it and told it was a profitable niche. I went to the site looked through the members and to my surprise there were as many men as women there. What? I though men only wanted skinny women? Nope, not the case. That was an eye-opening day for me. I built a BBW dating site called Big-Beautiful-Dates.com and had more men than women join. I had men paying me to get the chance to meet a Big Beautiful Woman. To This day it is one of my most profitable sites.