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- Linda D.
I had a wonderful time working with Val. I came to her in need of work clothes, amongst some more stylish weekend wear and a few outfits for going out socially. I had lost some weight and desperately needed an update. In just one weekend I already feel so much more confidant about my image. It's unbelievable what a weekend with the right stylist can do. Working with Val is the best gift I could have given myself for the holidays and I cannot wait to see what we get next time. If you're thinking about working with a personal shopper don't hesitate. You won't regret working with Val. She's a gem.Dec 19, 2016VerifiedShop With Val's reply
Hi Linda, Thank you for your kind words. I am so honored I got to be a part of your transformation process. I look forward to helping you rebuild your wardrobe and continuing to guide you and encourage you to try new things. See you soon!
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- Stephanie W.
Until I met Val, I was always someone who disliked shopping. Val took the time to get to know me, and teach me how to pick out clothes that flatter my body. I was so impressed with Val, I booked a second shopping trip! Now I can honesty say I actually enjoy shopping and look forward to going. Thanks Val!Feb 24, 2020
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- Bara M.
I have used just about every one of Val’s services- wardrobe cleanup, in-person shopping, online recommendations, and putting together a look book, and have benefited from all of them. My main motivation was that I don’t like clothes shopping when it’s something I have to do— it’s stressful and time consuming. I was rewearing the same things all the time because I didn’t like most of what I owned, and the items I did wear I always wore the same way. Before finding Val I tried Stitch Fix and Trunk Club with pretty poor results. I also tried free personal shoppers at department stores but I always felt like I left having paid for stuff that didn’t look good on me, likely because they got commission for everything they sold me. Then I found Val. I think it was super helpful to start with the wardrobe consult so she could see what I already had to work with, get to know what I liked, and see how things looked on me. It also motivated me to get rid of a ton. I wanted to rebuild the majority of my wardrobe so I did two separate shopping trips in two different seasons. It was so much better than the free department store experience- she doesn’t get any commission so doesn’t hesitate to tell you what doesn’t work, and taught me about how to wear stuff- like how to dress the same top up or down or take it from work to a date after. I love that I can just flip through the look book on my phone and pick out an outfit without thinking about it, but if you have to do without a service that’s the one I think I got the least bang for my buck for—I would have liked to get more outfits put together for the price. 10/10 recommend!Feb 14, 2020Shop With Val's reply
Bara, thank you for the wonderful review. I am so happy to hear you have benefited from our work together and that we have been able to rebuild a huge chunk of your wardrobe. I hope this experience has changed your view on shopping and styling. It’s been a pleasure working with you.
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- Melissa B.
I recently hired Shop with Val to help me prepare for a new job that required a work wardrobe overhaul. Val was amazing in every way. She clearly has impeccable taste in fashion, but also upholds the highest standard of professionalism, patience, and kindness throughout her process. She expertly blends her clients' wants and needs with her own wealth of knowledge. I decided to start with the closet consultation service so Val could help me take stock of what I needed most in the work department. As soon as she stepped into my apartment, Val was nothing but kind, sensitive, and professional. She never made me feel the least bit shamed about my closet and she created a comprehensive list of items to prepare us for the shopping trip to come. Then came the big shopping day. It was by far the best shopping experience I have ever had! Val took care of all the no-fun parts like swapping sizes and searching through racks. When I walked into the dressing room at the start of our session, she had already prepared a huge selection for me to choose from. All I had to do was try on! This made the quality of the experience so much more enjoyable and efficient. By the end, I came away with 40+ new items! 6 weeks later, I still have new clothes to wear to the office and the joy over my new wardrobe has not worn off. I haven't been this excited to get dressed since I was a teenager and I have Val to thank!May 4, 2019VerifiedShop With Val's reply
Thank you so much, Melissa. We made some pretty incredible progress. I’m glad to hear you are enjoying your new wardrobe. You got so many beautiful pieces. I look forward to continuing to assist you.
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- Jeryl M.
We're just halfway through the process, but I'm more than happy to write something now. I chose the bundle with the initial closet consultation, two 4-hr shopping trips, then another home visit to sort out all of my new outfits. Val showed up promptly at the agreed upon time and we got to work. My closet was full of dated clothes that didn't fit. I told her to be merciless and she was - in a totally fun and comfortable way. I wasn't left with much, but I knew going in that that would be the case, and we were going shopping in two days anyway. Two days later, I met Val in NYC at noon for shopping. I have no idea how long she had been at the department store before I got there, but it had to have been hours. Shoes upon shoes were lined up ready for me to try on. A store employee stood at the ready, to run and get different colors and sizes. It went seamlessly and I bought so many wonderful shoes. Shoe shopping was always frustrating for me before - well, I had never been shoe shopping like this before! After shoes, straight to a spacious suite - no regular dressing rooms for Val! She had set up the room with countless pieces for me to try on. And she didn't just have me try things on - she explained what she liked about each piece or ensemble and then genuinely wanted my feedback. She wanted me to be 100% comfortable with something or else she didn't want me to buy it. Since gaining quite a bit of weight, shopping for clothes has been torture for me - I usually end up with a bunch of things in a dressing room the size of a shower stall, and then nothing fits properly or looks good on me, so I end up leaving in tears. Val was very sensitive to my needs and I felt completely comfortable and well-taken care of. Again, we had someone hovering outside the door, just waiting for cast offs, ready to get different sizes. The time flew by, and the next thing I knew, I actually had some clothes to take home! The seamstress came in to do some pinning for alterations to a few pieces, and the store will be shipping those pieces, as well as most of my shoes because there was no way I would have been able to manage getting it all to the train! I am SO looking forward to our next shopping session - more clothes, then accessories! I don't normally splurge on things like this, but after my experience with Val, unless I'm going for just one or two things, I can't imagine ever shopping any other way! Sorry Val - you're stuck with me for life!Apr 1, 2018VerifiedShop With Val's reply
Jeryl, we’ve made the most incredible progress over the course of one year. You have put time and effort into rebuilding your wardrobe and after just a few sessions I’m so happy to know that we have refilled your closet and it is better than ever. Thank you for trusting me with such a great task. It has been such an honor to assist you.
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Unlike many competitors, all of our rates are available on our website, shopwithval.com. There are no hidden fees. Wardrobe updates are available for $460 and include up to four hours of shopping. Other services like a Closet Consultation are offered at a flat rate of $395 (including up to 3 hrs) and a Home Rescue Visit (2 hr in-home session to build you a lookbook) is offered for $260. The best part is that if you are interested in more than one service or looking to work together on a regular basis, we offer a number of discounted packages that allow you to save up to 25% simply by purchasing your services together.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?When working with a new client we like to learn as much as we can about them so that we can customize a plan that is catered to their needs. We send new clients a detailed questionnaire so that we can gather information regarding style preferences, measurements, and budget. This information allows us to select stores and designers that we feel would be a good match.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?In 2010, our CEO, Valerie, was hired to help a friend in need after she had put on some weight and found herself in a style rut. After just a few hours together, she walked away with tons of new pieces that she kept saying, "I would have never picked this out myself, but I love it!" She was standing up a little taller and full of smiles and confidence. After having great success with her friend, Valerie realized it was time to put her shopping and styling skills to good use to help others the same way. A few months later, Shop With Val was born.