How I Made $2K on Poshmark

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 ...

 Carrie Colbert is the founder, and CEO of  CarrieColbert.com , where their mission is  to empower women to live, think and dress with more color . Their slogan?  More Color Please.  Since starting Shop With Val in 2010 I have always told my clients one of the easiest ways to spruce up their wardrobe is simply to  ADD MORE COLOR . I am a huge fan of Carrie's mission and love the way she executes her colorful and often bold looks by complementing them against color coordinating murals throughout Houston and other major cities across the US.

Carrie Colbert is the founder, and CEO of CarrieColbert.com, where their mission is to empower women to live, think and dress with more color. Their slogan? More Color Please. Since starting Shop With Val in 2010 I have always told my clients one of the easiest ways to spruce up their wardrobe is simply to ADD MORE COLOR. I am a huge fan of Carrie's mission and love the way she executes her colorful and often bold looks by complementing them against color coordinating murals throughout Houston and other major cities across the US.

 If you follow Carrie on  Instagram  or her  blog  you'd probably do anything to take a look inside her closet. Well, now you can  shop Carrie's closet!  With the help of Shop With Val, Carrie Colbert's closet is now available on  Poshmark ! With nearly 100 items up for grabs, be sure to check back weekly as new items are constantly being added. The best part of all? Most of these pieces are in like new condition and can be yours for 30-60% off! From affordable brands we all know and love like J. Crew and Madewell to designer pieces from Tibi, Kate Spade, and DVF, with a sprinkle of one of a kind pieces from Carrie's favorite up and coming designers, her closet has something for everyone. You can shop casual basics like jeans and sneakers or get glam with one of her gowns. Be sure to  follow Carrie  and  follow Shop With Val  on Postmark to snag one of your very own pieces from our closet! If you're new to the game  sign up  using code " shopwithvalerie " to get $5 off your first purchase.

If you follow Carrie on Instagram or her blog you'd probably do anything to take a look inside her closet. Well, now you can shop Carrie's closet! With the help of Shop With Val, Carrie Colbert's closet is now available on Poshmark! With nearly 100 items up for grabs, be sure to check back weekly as new items are constantly being added. The best part of all? Most of these pieces are in like new condition and can be yours for 30-60% off! From affordable brands we all know and love like J. Crew and Madewell to designer pieces from Tibi, Kate Spade, and DVF, with a sprinkle of one of a kind pieces from Carrie's favorite up and coming designers, her closet has something for everyone. You can shop casual basics like jeans and sneakers or get glam with one of her gowns. Be sure to follow Carrie and follow Shop With Val on Postmark to snag one of your very own pieces from our closet! If you're new to the game sign up using code "shopwithvalerie" to get $5 off your first purchase.

 Don't have the time to sell your stuff? Let Shop With Val help!  Contact Val  to learn how we can help with all the dirty work so you can  earn cash for the items you no longer wear!  As they say,  Happy Poshing ! xo

Don't have the time to sell your stuff? Let Shop With Val help! Contact Val to learn how we can help with all the dirty work so you can earn cash for the items you no longer wear! As they say, Happy Poshing! xo

Arthursday's with Shop With Val

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!

Click HERE to read my full interview with Arthur. #ItPaysToShopWithVal #JoinArthur

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Shop With Val on air in Germany!

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!)

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My favorite handbag

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

Shop With Val is on Poshmark!

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!

From the airport to the runway in under an hour.

Two weeks ago marked the closing night of the first annual Fashion x Houston. As soon as I heard about it I knew I had to go. It sounded like THE fashion event of the year in Houston, showcasing independent and emerging designers, including a gallery of pop up shops hosted by jewelry and accessories designer. (Sold!) There was one problem. I was flying back from NYC that evening, and the odds seemed impossible getting there on time. However, I was determined to make it work (even if I had to roll in with luggage). Here's what happened...

My flight was scheduled to land at 5:30 at Hobby. Registration for the event was from 6-7 and it had been made clear that guests would not be permitted in after 7 (so I told myself  7 was doable). Forget all the elements that were against me: possible flight delays, rush hour traffic and where/when/how would I get ready for such a big fashion event -- at the airport? Well, yes. That's exactly where I planned to glam up. 

With a crazy two weeks of work behind me, I had no time to find something fab for myself to wear! Luckily, I shop well under pressure (as all good personal shoppers should). With about an hour to spare the night before the event I made a quick run to a department store in NYC and skimmed through four floors to ensure I didn't miss a thing before heading to the fitting room. I walked in with four dresses feeling really confident and walked out with two - two very different style dresses, as I was unsure of what the dress code was going to be for such a big fashion event as this. So I decided on keeping my options open. Later that evening I sent photos of myself in each of the dresses to a few friends to get some opinions and it was instantly clear which one was the winner. So I packed it in my carry on (rolled up, of course, so that it'll come out wrinkle free) along with a pair of nude pumps (I don't travel without them) and my cosmetic bag. This was going to happen.

By the grace of G-d my flight somehow landed 30 minutes early. I called my fiancee to let him know of my early arrival and to get his butt over to me quickly! Upon exiting the plane, I immediately parked myself at the first ladies room I saw at the airport terminal and so the transformation began. From a maxi dress, denim jacket, fedora and ballet flats the bathroom attendant watched a caterpillar turn into a butterfly right before her eyes in a matter of minutes. Needless to say, we were best buds by the end of our interaction. "Bye hunnie, have fun tonight! You look beautiful," she said.

My award winning fiancee arrived shortly after with a stack of tupperware filled with a three course meal. (The man doesn't joke around when it comes to food.) He thought I had traveled all glammed up as he couldn't imagine how/when/where I would've gotten ready otherwise. (Girl's got skills.) The forces of nature had alined that evening. There was no traffic and I got to the event at 6pm - one of the first to arrive, with my guest arriving just minutes before me. He dropped me off, took my luggage home and then the night began...

The night was filled with incredible fashion, talented designers and hundreds of fashion forward men and women. The icing on the cake was having the event's Instagram page repost one of my photos from the night. I guess they liked the dress too ;-)

With Brio - Shoes from Italy

Upon my second week in Houston I met a wonderful young woman named Francesca, who is the owner of Brio & Co., a platform for sharing beautiful hand-made Italian shoes, and the story that comes with each pair.  "Brio" is a word of Italian origin, defined as "the quality of being active or spirited." It is another word for "life force." (Gotta love the Italians!) The mission of Brio & Co. is to handpick quality brands not ordinarily found in the shopping scene, visit the manufacturers in their workshops in Italy, learn about their work and bring limited quantities of selected footwear and accessories as true storytellers, preserving the artisan spirit and flair. For Francesca, "It's really about stories, passion & shoes." I couldn't agree more.

Check out some of my top picks below and be sure to use promo code "SHOPWITHVAL" (all caps) at checkout in order to receive 10% off your purchase!

Oh, and if you're wondering what to get me for the holidays this year I'll take one of these insanely adorable coin purses. That's how you make a statement with change!

Shop With Val x New York Life

On October 13 I had the honor and privilege of speaking to over 50 employees of New York Life about the importance of dressing for your best self. In this workshop I covered topics such as transitioning to a business casual environment, how to dress different body types, and even shared some of my favorite shops and designers. The event was a huge success and I hope to have the opportunity to come back and speak to them again down the road. Big thanks to PLC (Peer Leadership Circles) and TWI (The Women's Initiative) for hosting me. A special shoutout to my client, Kari, who was the recipient of the Financial Women's Association's Pacesetters Award, which recognizes women who are emerging leaders within their fields and in their companies. I enjoyed meeting all of you and look forward to connecting in the future!

Nora Gardner: Your go-to work essentials for fall

Nora Gardner, is a young, smart and talented designer who I have had the privilege of working with for nearly three years now. Over time, I have seen her collection grow and evolve, and it just keeps getting better. What I love about her line is its simplicity and versatility - two things we all crave in our wardrobe. Although my clientele is incredibly diverse, one of the biggest requests I get from women is for transitional workwear -- that perfect dress or outfit that can take them from desk to dinner or work to weekend. Now a days women typically no longer want (or need) to have two separate wardrobes. It's my job to show them how to focus on finding the right pieces that will suit them for both work and play. Nora Gardner's pieces are classic, beautifully designed, and made in NYC. #winning! Below is a peek of one of my favorite new styles (the Lizette dress in merlot) from her newly debuted fall collection. Check out her website and enter promo code, 'shopwithval16' to receive 10% off your purchase! If you're located in the NYC area, go visit her in person at her midtown location at the Bene Realto Market, 13 West 38 Street between 5 and 6 Avenues. Just mention 'Shop With Val' to receive your discount. Enjoy!

Shop With Val makes her Houston debut!

With a little help from the lovely and talented writer and Houston blogger, Julie Lauren, Shop With Val is proud to have made her debut in the Houston fashion world. Thanks to Julie, Houstonians can now learn more about how Shop With Val got its start and how I'm bringing the best of NYC to Texas. Check out my interview here. Thanks, Julie!