Saturday, January 26, 2013

Meet the Ladies at Belle Mode: Rakeisha

Building strong, trustworthy relationships with our customers is very valuable to us at Belle Mode. We strive to be the bra fitting store that you can rely on to feel comfortable at.  Read up and get on a more personal level with the ladies at Belle Mode. We are all enthusiastic about getting to know you and helping you out in any way possible. 

Where were you born and raised?
 I was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Virginia.

What's your zodiac sign?
Taurus, the hard headed stubborn but STRONG bull.

What's your favorite fashion accessory?
Over sized earrings or an obnoxious statement necklace. 

5 words that describe you are ... 
Determined, loving, goofy, curious & eager.

What size bra do you wear?
32F or as Nicole would say 32FF. lol

What bra problems have you had in the past?
I've ALWAYS had problems with my boobs spilling out of almost every bra or a bra not being supportive enough. 

What bras currently exist in your wardrobe?
Panache Porcelain Molded T-Shirt Bra and Parfaits Charlotte Padded 3 Part Cup Bra

What's your favorite thing about working at Belle Mode?
I LOVE helping woman who have struggled trying to find the right bra size, find the right bra size. 

Who's your celebrity crush?
Female or male? lol Hmm lets see..
Female Beyonce and male The Game and Carmelo Anthony

Which celebrities style resembles your own?
I would have to say a mix of Alicia Keys, Beyonce, and Rihanna. 

Do you watch any TV shows?  If so, which ones?
Scandal, Housewives of Atlanta & Love & Hip Hop.

About Rakeisha from her boss:  Rakeisha has been with me since day one, which was several weeks before the store even opened.  She has been patient, flexible, and willing to learn all aspects of the business.  Opening a store has many ups and downs and she has been there for it all and hasn't complained one bit.   as well as take on responsibility for many things at the store.  Trustworthy, reliable and 

3 things I appreciate most about Rakeisha:
- She's very in the moment.  When she's at work, she's there to work.  She leaves her outside business, outside and as soon as she walks in the door she's getting tasks accomplished.  HARD WORKING woman right here!
- She's detail oriented and organized.  Often leaving me sticky notes for reminders (or as I call them, love notes) to make sure that I'm getting everything done and that the store is well organized for the customers. 
- Rakeisha is very observing of others and can read people well.  She knows mine as well as the other team members strengths and weaknesses and compensates where she knows it's needed.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Get to know the ladies at Belle Mode: Hannah

Building strong, trustworthy relationships with our customers is very valuable to us at Belle Mode. We strive to be the bra fitting store that you can rely on to feel comfortable at.  Read up and get on a more personal level with the ladies at Belle Mode. We are all enthusiastic about getting to know you and helping you out in any way possible. 
Hannah Frazier - Bra Specialist

Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Indiana and lived there most of my life! My junior year of high school (2008) my family and I were relocated to Stuarts Draft, Virginia due to my dad getting a new job. I attend George Mason University and Fairfax has become my home over the past 3 years.

What's your zodiac sign?

What's your favorite fashion accessory?
Hmmmmmm... my favorite fall/winter accessory is hands down scarves. I have a lot of them and they go with so many things. I am also a jewelry lover. If I had the money I would have such a large jewelry collection.

5 words that describe you are ... Compassionate, loving, hardworking, dedicated, and giving

What size bra do you wear?
 34DD depending upon the designer and style of the bra

When did you first learn how to bra fit and about bras?
I worked at Victoria Secret for a little under a year from October 2011-August 2011 and was the stand in bra specialist 80% of the time I worked there. I worked in the store in Fairoaks Mall and gained a lot of experience with customers of all shapes and sizes. They taught me how to bra fit there and I thoroughly enjoyed helping people and learning about bras; however I was not happy there as an employee so I sought out something else. Through some friends that knew of Belle Mode I came to work here in August 2012 and have learned about many more sizes that Victoria Secret does not carry and became much more knowledgeable on how to fit someone properly ever since.

What bras currently exist in your wardrobe?
Natori Lotus Bra, Elle MacPherson Bare Bold, Body by Victoria Push-up, and Very Sexy Push-up. I am still currently working on building my bra wardrobe with high quality Belle Mode bras.

What bra problems have you had in the past?
I am spread a part so I have the problem of bras rubbing in between on my rib cage. Also because I am spread apart the mass of my chest is further to the side so I often have the issue of the "side boob" if the bra doesn't work for me.

What's your favorite thing about working at Belle Mode?
The people I meet and helping women feel comfortable but sexy at the same time.

Who's your celebrity crush?
Oh so many beautiful men to chose from... but I like a man who can make me laugh and resembles my real boyfriend; so I would have to say Dane Cook ;)

Which celebrity(s) style resembles your own?
I wouldn't say that I resemble anyone particularly. I just go with the fashion treads that I find appealing not a specific celebrity.

Do you watch any TV shows?  If so, which ones?
I honestly don't watch much TV. When I have time I enjoy watching NCIS, SVU, Glee, and Cake Boss

About Hannah from her boss:
Hannah was like a Godsent, coming to me from Victoria's Secret and already knowing how to bra fit, she immediately hit the floor and got to business.  She realized very quickly that there were many things she needed to learn about the industry as she came from a place that was so confined with their services. This was no problem though as she is very intelligent and soaks up knowledge like no other. 

3 things I appreciate most about Hannah:
- She always keeps me on my toes, correcting me when I need correcting, and keeps the store moving in an innovative/positive direction
- She's genuinely enthusiastic about helping grow the business and is a great leader when it comes to facilitating pretty much anything at Belle Mode
- There is a quiet confidence about her that really shines when she's working with customers.  Always putting in 110%, doing anything and everything she can to help them in any way possible and they love that!

Friday, January 11, 2013


Visit a bra fitting boutique to get a legit bra fitting:

We recommend that all women get fitted at least once a year due to the fact that our bodies change shape all the time. Gravity is simply getting stronger as the days pass by! 85% of women are wearing the wrong size bra. Make it a goal of yours to get out of that 85% and become knowledgeable on your body shape.  Read more about the many ways that wearing the right size bra can benefit us all right here!

Be open minded during your next bra fitting experience:

If you go to get fitted by a well trained professional, they should offer to spend one on one time with you to help enhance and simplify your shopping experience. Let them take care of you and bring you bras to try on. Go into the fitting with an open mind and be willing to try anything. Lingerie is this persons specialty and they have the ability to help you, take advantage of this.

When customers are closed minded to trying new things they are depriving themselves of getting the full experience that we strive to give everyone in some cases leaving them dissatisfied. An open minded customer is the most successful. If you don't try new things,you will never get new results.

Re-Organize your lingerie drawer and keep it that way:

When my bras reach the end of their life, I tend to tuck them away in the back of my drawer instead of simply getting rid of them! This takes up half the drawer and makes it much harder to keep organized. GET RID OF THE BRAS AND PANTIES THAT DON'T FIT YOU! Say hello to new space in your drawer and utilize it appropriately.  

Start wearing no panty line underwear when necessary:

How many of you notice when the lady next to you is wearing the wrong undergarments for the occasion?  This problem occurs more than you think, and yes, people around you are aware of it.  There are too many solutions to this problem that it is unacceptable!  Get yourself some seamless underwear to wear with tight fitted pants, cotton dresses, etc so that you don't look ridiculous like the person above!

Add a little color or fashion to your wardrobe:

Black and nude bras are basics and are essential to have, but too many women stick to these basics causing their lingerie wardrobe to be dull. Change up the game this year and splurge on some fashion bras that will make you feel good and are fun to show off to your friends.

Ditch the old sweats and get something nice and new to sleep in:
Waking up on the wrong side of the bed is never a good start to anyone's day.  When sleeping in new sleepwear or at least good quality sleepwear you will almost always wake up on the right side leaving you in an extra good mood at the beginning of the day!  

First, figure out what it is that you value when it comes to your pj's.  Do you like them to be soft?  Do you like them to have temperature controlling features (breath-ability)?  Pj's are made with all sorts of intentions and are all good for different purposes.  Work with a sales specialist to find you new life changing nightwear!
Be daring and use your bra to make a fashion statement:
Photo: Alison Rubke, Faire Frou Frou via Facebook
Wearing your underwear as outerwear is not something that most woman are brave enough to do.  We encourage you to break out of that shell and start using your bras as fashion statements and working them into your style wardrobe.  This simple white tank and sweater has been turning into a more elegant and fashionable ensemble by wearing the Marlies Dekkers Dame de Paris bra.