Yesterday I had the privilege to return to Houston Life. I hosted a segment that focused on looking great at any budget! I styled three looks - one for work, one for evening and one for weekend. Each look had two models - one wearing J. Crew, the other wearing designers from Neiman Marcus. See if you can guess which look is the “Save” and which is the “Splurge.” I challenge you! Click HERE to watch!
Since moving to Houston two years ago I realized how difficult it can feel at times to dress seasonally appropriate when the the calendar says it’s one season but the forecast says another (it probably says summer). As a New Yorker I’ve had plenty of experience with layering, fluctuating temperatures and learning to adapt to unpredictable and rapidly changing weather. I’ve put together a list of suggested items and trends below of varying styles and price points to help you stay current and cool. Let me know what you end up with and don’t forget to post a pic in your best fall look and tag @ShopWithVal. Enjoy! (Scroll down to bottom to for slides.)
Slide 1: MILITARY JACKETS FOR HER
Slide 2: Military Jacket For Him
Slide 3: ANKLE BOOTS
Slide 4: Leather Jackets For Her
Slide 5: Leather Jackets For Him
Slide 6: Capes
Slide 7: Vests For Her:
Slide 8: Vests For Him:
Slide 9: Textured Jeans (velvet + corduroy)
Slide 10: Plaid For Her
Slide 11: Plaid For Him
Slide 12: Animal Print
Slide 13: Denim Jackets for Her
Slide 14: Denim Jackets For Him
Just a few weeks ago I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to be the featured guest on my good friend, Julie Lauren's podcast, Hashtag No Filter. A writer and author, Julie recently launched her new podcast with the hopes of connecting young women on a variety of topics that engage, enlighten and often make you laugh. As the title may imply the theme of the podcast is raw and authentic conversations with real people. No topic is off limits and there is definitely no filter! Julie's humor and lighthearted demeanor keep every episode entertaining no matter what the topic. Tune in to Episode 7 to learn how I got started in the business, my tips for cleaning out your closet and one of the most unique requests I've ever received.
As Shop With Val enters its eighth year in business (woo!) I am thrilled to be adding new services and packages to the list we offer so that I can accommodate all of my client's needs and requests. My newest service entails helping clients sell their unwanted clothing (shoes and accessories too!). Quite often, after a Closet Consultation, a client is left with several garbage bags full of items they are getting rid of. Many times, these pieces are in great condition - even unworn or with tags on them! With items such as these (especially if they are designer) I recommend that clients consider selling them. Based on experience, consigning can often be quick and easy, but gets you very little money. I like the idea of controlling the price and how much I make. So last December I started going through my own closet and setting aside all the items I no longer wore or loved and posted them on Poshmark. Since then I have sold over 60 items and made over $2,000! My closet currently has over 250 items in it and keeps growing! #PoshAddict So now it's time for me to share with you some of my top pointers on how to be successful on Poshmark.
This also leads me to a recent project I have been working on over the last few weeks that I am excited to finally share with you ...
Many of my clients have said to me over the years, "I'd love to see your closet. I bet it's amazing!" In my seven years of business, I've never exposed the depths of my closet/wardrobe. In Houston, I'm fortunate enough to have two walk-in closets. (To my New Yorkers, I promise I'm not bragging.) Photographed below is one of my closets, in which I store my fall/winter pieces and (all) my shoes.
Recently I noticed this closet was rapidly being taken over by over 200 items I am currently selling on Poshmark. It was getting a bit out of hand, to say the least. So what did I do? I gave myself a Closet Organization session. About two and a half hours later I felt refreshed and rejuvenated by the transformation that occurred before my eyes. I believe physical clutter is tied to mental clutter and let me tell you, it felt great to eliminate that! It even inspired me to tackle one room at a time throughout my home with the same approach. Nearly two weeks later and my home has never looked better!
The first two pictures below are the "before." (Like my wedding dress hanging in the middle of everything? it's for sale, if you're interested!) Notice that there's not much rhyme or reason as to how things are stored. Things are just stuffed in (as some of you may be able to relate to). Keep clicking for the "after." I purchased clear shoe boxes from Bed Bath & Beyond for every pair of shoes I owned without a box. This already helped it to feel more organized. i like storing my shoes in their original box, but if it's hard to tell what is inside each box i recommend switching over to clear boxes for all your shoes.
not only did I barely get rid of anything, but by simply reorganizing I was able to clear up space on the floor and even added three piles of clothes into the closet (seen on the top shelf in the last photo) that were not inside previously. I can now find and get to things more easily. Therefore, the guest closet can now actually be used for guests. (I imagine my family will be thankful for this when they visit.)
Moral of the story: If you're looking to simplify and/or organize your wardrobe contact Shop With Val to set up a consultation. I'll do all the work and you'll be left with a clean, organized closet that will make getting dressed in the morning easier. Promise.
P.S. You can shop my closet on Poshmark by following me at ShopWithValerie. #ItPaysToShopWithVal
I recently had the opportunity to host my first shopping and styling event in Houston. Lucky for me it was at one of my favorite stores, Theory. There are few brands I can say I have had such great success with over the years with both my male and female clients; a brand that stands for quality, versatility and timeless fashion with just the right amount of edge and attention to detail.
In case you missed it, Shop With Val offered complimentary styling the evening of January 25 at Theory in the River Oaks District in Houston. Guests enjoyed bubbly while shopping the brand's new spring collection, plus all guests received 20% off their purchase. One lucky guest even won a two-hour shopping session with Shop With Val! Below are highlights from the event (click to scroll through the photos). Special thank you to Courtney and the team at Theory for their assistance in preparing for the event and also throughout the night.
"This Personal Shopper Specializes in Fitting Room Epiphanies.
In Houston and NYC, Shop With Val takes the legwork out of looking good."
I couldn't agree more! As many of you know I have been working hard to build my business in Houston over the past 18 months. It's never easy starting over in a new city, but I have met some wonderful people along the way and have enjoyed the journey thus far. I am honored and privileged to have the opportunity to share a piece of my story so that Houstonians can discover the services of Shop With Val.
To quote the article,
As one might expect, a Shop With Val session takes all the legwork out of shopping—clients arrive at the fitting room to find all the pieces for full outfits pre-selected in their sizes, and sometimes specially discounted for Halfon.
Beyond personal shopping, Halfon also offers closet consultations (think a much kinder Kanye), style workshops, shopping city tours, and more. Going away? She’ll even style your vacation ensembles, photograph them for your personal look book, and pack your bags for you.
Read the full story HERE and share with anyone you know that needs some wardrobe or styling assistance! Earn a $50 credit good towards any service for each client referred that books an appointment. Special thank you to Abby and Houstonia for spreading the love ...
A big thank you to Arthur for including me in their Arthursdays series as this week's featured stylist. Arthur is a platform I started using this year which allows me to provide virtual styling assistance anytime anywhere. After relocating to Houston from NYC last year it was important to me that my clients knew that I was always there to assist them. Shop With Val currently has clients in over 15 states, and nearly two dozen countries. Whether you choose to use Arthur in between appointments, or you're not local to the NYC or Houston area, Shop With Val can send virtual look-books your way. With the click of a button, you can easily purchase any of the items I have suggested for you, along with personal notes I've included on how to style the looks.
I've put together a lookbook of Fall Essentials with 10 of my top looks for the season. Check them out HERE! To learn more about how you can work with Shop With Val anywhere, anytime email me for more information on how to get started!
Today I received a request from a client in Germany. When asked how she heard about Shop With Val I was pretty amazed. She was listening to a podcast interview about "www.Outfittery.de" where the founder said I was her inspiration when she was in NYC a few years ago. I had worked with her male friend, who had such a great experience with me. How cool is that? After visiting their website I found this note below on how they got started. (Hint: the personal shopper they mention is me!) Outfittery is now a wildly successful company providing personal shopping services for men throughout Europe. Thank you Outfittery for the honorable mention. I am so happy to know the scope of my work truly affects people worldwide. #ItPaysToShopWithVal
If you understand German feel free to listen to the podcast HERE. Genießen! (Enjoy!)
1) I need to tan my back.
2) All those classes at the Bar Method Houston are really paying off!
3) Wedding dresses have NO GIVE. How's a girl supposed to drink and chow down when she can barely sit in her dress?!
4) Bring your #GirlSquad. They'll be able to see things you wouldn't notice and ask helpful questions (i.e. details on back, how it looks while you're moving, etc.)
5) It's not official until the veil is placed on your head. (Cue waterworks.) I was going through the motions, feeling like I was simply playing dress up the whole time. The moment the veil was placed on my head it felt real. What an incredibly emotional, overwhelming, surreal moment.
So excited to announce that I'm featured in the May issue of Long Island Pulse magazine. The article is titled "Live Luxuriously" and discusses ways you can step up your game within your home, wardrobe and even vacations. You can pick up a copy at various locations throughout the island by clicking HERE. Enjoy the read, and don't forget to contact Shop With Val for all your wardrobe and styling needs!
With spring just a week away it's time to start thinking about cleaning out your closet and preparing for the warm weather. My friend, Julie Weinstein, a talented writer and blogger based in Houston, contacted me to offer some of my top tips for spring cleaning on her blog, Julie Lauren. Julie got to experience a Closet Consultation first-hand reaping all the benefits my clients do - cleaning out their closet, ridding of outdated, ill-fitting pieces, finding a good home for all the items they part with, and organizing the contents of their wardrobe. This experience (which typically takes about three hours depending on the size of your wardrobe) is meant to make you feel excited about "shopping your wardrobe" before you even purchase anything.
A clean closet offers peace of mind and makes getting dressed everyday a more enjoyable experience. I hope to be able to share this gift with you. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (347) SHOP787 to schedule a Closet Consultation or spring shopping session. It's a game changer. Just ask Julie. :-)
Over the last six years as a personal shopper, some of the challenges I noticed that women are facing in their daily routine are that more women are going to multiple functions each day, juggling many tasks at work and home, or traveling more frequently for work or leisure. Looking good without having to own or travel with a lot of clothing isn't always easy. In addition, with an overwhelming amount of choices and a closet that is likely already full, many women still seem to struggle to find the right things to wear that make them feel good.
A few months ago I stumbled upon Jia Collection in NYC, a compilation of pieces (both separates and dresses) that could be worn reversible -- some pieces even had 3 or 4 ways to wear them. Talk about versatile fashion for women on the go! I was instantly intrigued.
Designer, Jia Li, is all about helping people through functional designs, productivity and efficiency. Her innovative designs have been featured in Forbes, InStyle, O, Elle, Lucky, and Travel+Leisure. It's time I pass this gem of a collection on to you. Use my referral code to receive 20% off your first purchase and code "shopwithval" thereafter, to receive 15% off future purchases. It's a win win deal. Happy hunting!
Whether you're left with a number of bags filled with things to get rid of following your Closet Consultation or you simply want to make some cash selling fashion and beauty related items you no longer use, then you should definitely sign up for Poshmark. After recently joining, I have already sold a number of items and I'll admit, I'm addicted. Sign up with code GSRGU to get $5 off your first order! Don't forget to check out my closet to see what I'm currently selling!
Over the years I have had such great luck with many of you shopping Vince Camuto. I particularly love their workwear essentials, shoes and accessories for men and women. If you're new to the brand, I think you're going to love it as much as I do. Here's $20 to spend shopping the site. Go. Buy. And let me know what you nabbed! #ItPaysToShopWithVal
I’m thrilled to announce my partnership with Rebagg, a company that purchases pre-owned designer handbags. The benefits of selling with them are that they generate upfront price quotes, purchase bags outright (no consignment hassles), pay via check or bank transfer in 2-3 business days and you can get paid for cleaning your closet! They even offer free pick up and shipping. Please contact me if you have a bag you would like to sell!
Theory and Shop With Val are pleased to present
an invite only VIP shopping event for you and a guest.
Enjoy champagne & hors d'oeuvres
with complimentary styling by NYC stylist, Valerie Halfon
All guests will receive 20% off their purchase
Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6-9pm
Theory's new SoHo Flagship
47 Greene Street New York, NY 10013
Please RSVP to email@example.com
Purchases of $250+ qualify for a chance to win
a two hour personal shopping session with Valerie
As I get older, I have learned the importance of a good handbag. In an ideal world I would be walking around with a Chanel on my arm for every occasion, but I'm still working on that one. Even if you're not ready for THAT kind of investment every woman should realize that a good handbag can make you feel more powerful and confident (in addition to more organized)! Stacia Friedman of NYCityWoman just published, A Bag For All Seasons, where she dives into what makes a great bag. Click the link to learn more about my favorite and how you can score yourself a designer handbag without breaking the bank! #Amen
Although I've known about Poshmark for some time I finally decided to put it to the test. I joined just a week ago and am already addicted. If you're a fan of eBay, Poshmark is a bit more refined for the fashion forward. Check out some of the gems I'm selling by visiting https://poshmark.com/closet/shopwithvalerie - Happy hunting!
Just recently I contributed to an article for Refinery 29 on common shopping mistakes. As a personal shopper, I see firsthand the do's and don't's my clients have made before we started working together. My goal is always to not only help them improve their wardrobe, but also to become a smarter shopper. Check out some of my top tips (slides 1, 5, 12, 20 and 26) to learn more. Happy hunting!