Meet Your Coach
Barbara Ann Bruno
Hello! I am so happy you are here!
Thank you for taking the time to get to know a little bit about me.
I began my coaching career as a certified Health Coach in 2015. I wrote a best seller soon afterwards called "Take Back Your Life One Relationship at a Time". I was very happy supporting other women in their quest to lose weight and repair their personal relationships through coaching and writing. It was very rewarding. After writing my first book, relationships moved to the forefront of my coaching and I made the transition into Life Coaching.
Body image coaching came about as I ventured into styling. I struggled with my own image for years. I grew up in a time when thin was in and MTV videos projected images of sexy women flaunting their toned bodies on the screen. I thought that was normal and there wasn't anything to tell me it was not. I was determined to stay thin as my teen years approached. As a young girl I was a bit overweight, teased for it, and called the chubby kid. I even looked like Little Orphan Annie on steroids at the age of ten.
I became anorexic at the age of thirteen and continued to hide what I was doing until about the age of seventeen. This was the late 80's early 90's. There wasn't much education at that time and like many other things, it was swept under the rug. I finally realized I was the only one who could help me. I began to love myself more and take better care of myself.
Fast forward to last year when Covid entered the mainstream in 2020, I decided to stay home with my family and begin to work on my first love, fashion. Putting together and creating outfits has always been a creative outlet for me. Fashion has been an interest of mine from a young age. In the 80's, everything I wore was color coordinated from head to toe! I followed Vogue religiously and was already subscribed to a box of makeup (The Devil Wears Prada is one of my favorite movies).
Makeup was my first love. I loved how I was able to completely change the way I looked depending on how I felt. As a teenager personal expression was so important to me.
My friends saw me posting my daily outfits and makeup looks, and asked, "Hey, can you style me?" And that's how it happened.
I have had the pleasure to inspire other women to get out of their lounge wear and get dressed for themselves, even if staying at home and chasing children. I myself have four children that I no longer need to chase, but my granddaughter keeps me on my toes!
I am married to a man who supports all my dreams. When I mentioned this venture to him, he was very interested in to see my ideas. We love to cook together, and we still enjoy traveling where and when we can. Someday we will get to Paris and Rome. He has been at many fashion weeks in Manhattan, New York working as a first responder. I have never been to one! He makes me a bit jealous when I hear about the backstage stories.
That brings us to today.
I didn't want do one or the other, coaching or styling, so I found a way to combine them!
Body image and styling go hand in hand. Our choices reflect who we are. If we are unhappy with the body we are in eventually we begin to hide it with clothing or by doing other harmful things to it.
My style is practical, simple, and classic with a touch of trendy. If that's not you, that's okay. I have styled many different women who have styles ranging from boho, eclectic, sporty, and classic.
I'm a true believer in supporting other women to become successful and walk into their authenticity. Coaching them through various body image issues and styling them gives me that opportunity.