Shop With Val

Houston, TX

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

My work stands out from others who do what I do because I am a people person first, then a stylist. With each job I accept, my top priority is to ensure that the client feels comfortable, relaxed and is enjoying them self. It is important for them to be able to put their trust into my hands. In addition, I pride myself in catering to all types of people - both men and women, young and old, petite and plus size, locals and out of towners. Lastly, my #1 goal from the first day I started my business in 2010 was to maintain competitive rates, allowing my styling services to be available to those working with all kinds of budgets - not just really big ones!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

There are so many things I love about my job... 1) The diversity of my clientele. My portfolio currently consists of over 250 clients - both men and women, ranging from ages 12-79, sizes 00 petite-24, and spanning across 22 countries! 2) I love connecting with people. Whether I work with someone visiting from out of town and may not see them for a year or I am working with a native New Yorker on a seasonal basis I love staying in touch with my clients, getting to know them, and seeing the impact my services have had on their life over time. 3) I get to do what I love! Although many people find it strange that I enjoy going through people's closets and shopping for hours on end I truly love helping people make sense of their wardrobe and feel good about themselves. Whether the goal is sharp and sophisticated or fun and edgy, I have always enjoyed working with clothing and creating different looks. I enjoy sharing my passion and skill set with others to make this dreadful task for many time and cost efficient, and even enjoyable!
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Location

Houston, TX 77046

Background check

Complete

Years in business

7

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

73

Reviews

34 Reviews
  • Adam B. May 31, 2017
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
    Valerie has been excellent to work with so far. She is the epitome of professionalism, she is ruthlessly efficient, and she never misses a detail. I trusted her to replace my entire wardrobe and she delivered!
  • Dane A. May 6, 2017
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
    Val arrived early and selected all the items I tried on, making the most of our time. The items were versatile and allowed me to combine them for many different looks. Most of all, she worked with me to achieve a look that was stylish and yet comfortable for me. I highly recommend her.
    Valerie H. May 12, 2017

    Thank you, Dane! In just your first session, we were able to build you an entire weekend/casual wardrobe for the season! What a great success! I look forward to working with you again!

  • Alex A. Feb 26, 2017
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
    4 hr shopping session
    Four hour shopping session. Got me out of my comfort zone and expanded my wardrobe significantly.
    Valerie H. Feb 26, 2017

    Thanks Alex! It was great meeting you. We accomplished so much for our initial appointment. I look forward to continuing to work together to help you rebuild your wardrobe. Enjoy all of your new purchases!

  • Victoria D. Jan 3, 2017
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review Updated
    You won't regret working with Val
    I was very hesitant about hiring someone to help me with my image, as I had never done anything like this before. However, Val immediately put me at ease upon speaking with her. When we met, she was accommodating, warm, friendly and knowledgable. She listened closely to my preferences and concerns and managed to deliver a slew of pieces that suited me so well, yet I would never thought to look at, let alone try. Thanks for helping me to begin to transform my image Val. I'm excited to work with you again soon!
    Valerie H. Feb 26, 2017

    Thank you, Victoria! I loved working with you and witnessing such a great transformation in your very first session. We have a beautiful journey ahead of us. I look forward to seeing you soon!

  • Verified Review Original
    You won't regret working with Val
    I was very hesitant about hiring someone to help me with my image, as I had never done anything like this before. However, Val immediately put me at ease upon speaking with her. When we met, she was accommodating, warm, friendly and knowledgable. She listened closely to my preferences and concerns and managed to deliver a slew of pieces that suited me so well, yet I would never thought to look at, let alone try. Thanks for helping me to begin to transform my image Val. I'm excited to work with you again soon!
  • Linda D. Dec 18, 2016
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
    The best gift you could give yourself
    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.
    Valerie H. Feb 16, 2017

    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!

  • Rachel M. Nov 18, 2016
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
    Great service
    I had a good time shopping with Val and really appreciated the advice she gave on my wardrobe choices. She took the time to understand what I was looking for in advance of the shopping trip and had everything ready to go in the dressing room by the time I arrived. I purchased a lot of great pieces with her and was easily able to supplement and exchange a few things that I changed my mind about a few days later.
    Valerie H. Nov 23, 2016

    Hi Rachel, Thank you your review! You got so many great pieces during our time together. I hope you're enjoying everything and I look forward to working with you again soon!

  • Caitlin M. Nov 17, 2016
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
    Treat Yourself!
    Working with Val was an absolute pleasure. I was moving to a new role in a downtown business environment after years of working in a place where I had to put on a uniform everyday. Needless to say I wasn't feeling super confident about my new clothing situation. Val put me completely at ease and made shopping (usually a tedious experience for me) fun and successful. After 4 hours, I had a completely new wardrobe and I've been set up for success in my new job. Three weeks into my new role and I'm already making a name for myself, in part because I am confident in how I look and I feel like I play the part. I've gotten a ton of compliments from friends and strangers alike. If you are on the fence due to expense, know first that Val's rate are very reasonable and also think of your time as money. To build the wardrobe that Val put together myself, it would have taken multiple trips to the store and hours of frustration. With Val, I got tips and ideas of what looked good on me and tried things that I never would have tried before and more importantly, got this big daunting task, done.
    Valerie H. Nov 23, 2016

    Caitlin, I'm so glad you enjoyed our time together and found it helpful. Thank you for your kind words, and I look forward to working with you again soon! Enjoy your new wardrobe!

  • Brian K. Aug 19, 2016
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
    SOME GOOD THINGS I imagine Val spends far more time working for her clients than what she bills for. With her help, I have a wardrobe I'm more proud of and go on dates without wondering if I look foolish. My negative view of short-sleeve button downs was cured. It helps to have a woman's input. She educated me on color matching, in ways that I haven't read about online or in books yet. She directed me to sites for fashion education and tailors afterward, which I'd asked for. She saves you time by pulling the things to try on from the store beforehand. Walking around the mall with a young woman about as tall as me in her heels was an unexpected pleasure. SOME BAD THINGS We spent too much time on clothes that weren't a match. Some clients need a style revolution, but I was only looking for an upgrade. I bought clothes she recommended but regretted some of those purchases later. I think she should've made her search broader at first and narrowed it down. Her questionnaire asked if I had a style icon, but I don't follow fashion. Perhaps showing photos and asking if I were strongly opposed to anything would've helped.
  • Sari K. Feb 3, 2016
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
    I hired Val to help me choose a few outfits for a photo shoot. She did a fantastic job of choosing dresses jackets that photographed beautifully and looked great! I can't wait to hire her again to help me pick out everyday clothes.
    Valerie H. Mar 7, 2016

    Sari, I had so much fun helping you create fun and vibrant looks for your album cover and website. All those hours of trying on clothes paid off. You looked like the superstar that you are! I can't wait to work with you again.

  • Mia L. Feb 1, 2016
    First, Val came to my house and went through my closet with me. We spoke about my personal style and style goals. I tried a lot of things on as well. She was amazing and really professional. The whole time, Val offered really practical feedback, tailoring recommendations, commenting on if the item felt a bit dated or not, and lots of tips. She also explained the WHY of everything she was saying, like why that sweater worked but the dress didnt, so it was like she was teaching me crucial style concepts that I could apply even after she left. When she left, I felt empowered and refreshed with regards to my style and dressing ability. She also left my closet neater than when she came! Then, we met and went shopping. Val had the clothes and accessories waiting, so there was no browsing needed at all. I tried on clothes and we discussed and took pictures of the outfits. The whole experience went so smoothly and the items she selected were amazing, and more importantly, not things I would necessarily have picked out for myself. It was a real learning experience again since she offered so much information about the clothes and why they worked and examples of when and how I could wear them. Throughout the whole experience Val was extremely professional and a pleasure to work with. She really opened my eyes to an entirely updated way of dressing up and down. I think differently about selecting clothes and pairing items together and I've gotten really positive feedback from friends and family about the results. I am so glad that I did this. THANK YOU VAL!!
    Valerie H. Mar 7, 2016

    Thank you, Mia! You came into this experience with such an open mind and therefore, got so much out of our brief time working together. I'm glad to hear you're reaping the benefits of your new and improved wardrobe and all the tips I've shared with you. You deserve it!

  • Chris R. Jan 22, 2016
    I had the typical overstuffed closet with nothing to wear hanging in it. I am a very organized person, but I have a hard time parting with something that isn't totally worn out. Val helped me sort though each item in my closet and evaluate whether it was being worn and I should keep it or whether it should be donated or sold. It was amazing how much I was willing to let go of with Val walking me through the process! We also had a shopping trip at Bloomingdales that was tons of fun! I usually get overwhelmed in large department stores, but she made it easy by filling the dressing room with clothing options that we had discussed that I wanted or needed during the clean out session. Now my closet is organized, well lit, and I love selecting my outfits from it. Thanks Val! Looking forward to our Spring shop!
    Valerie H. Mar 7, 2016

    Thank you, Chris, Your closets went through quite the transformation before we even went shopping! Several boxes to donate, more free space in your closets (which we all need living in NYC!) and tons of new outfits created using all pieces you already owned. It was a great success!

  • Wendy M. Dec 16, 2015
    My husband gave me a gift certificate to Shop With Val for my birthday, after I had lost 85 lbs and 5 sizes, with the help of bariatric surgery. It was the best gift I could ever ask for. I needed a full wardrobe, and had no clue where to begin. But Val knew. I'd never used a personal shopper before, so I was excited and nervous as I completed her new client questionnaire. Mostly, I was concerned that she might not pay attention to my budget and would, instead, try to push me to spend more than I wanted to. My worries turned out to be groundless. Val and I met at Lord & Taylor, which she chose because of their 'buy more/save more' sale. She had selected a rack full of clothes, all well within my price range. Trying on the clothes, seeing how Val mixed them and matched them, and listening to her explain why she chose certain items and styles and cuts for me was both fun and enlightening. I went home that day having purchased some work clothes, some 'going out' clothes, jeans, a pair of boots and even a special occasion dress that I needed. My only regret was that we ran out of time to look for accessories. Two months later (sorry it's taken so long for me to write my review) I still look back at the photos occasionally to remember which tops or jackets Val paired with which slacks or skirt. I'm set for Winter and I have every intention of calling Val again when I need Spring clothes. Hope you have as much fun shopping with Val as I did!
    Valerie H. Mar 7, 2016

    Wendy, it was such an honor and privilege to be able to help you rebuild your new wardrobe to reflect the new and improved you. I am so proud of you for coming in to this experience with such an open mind, and excited for you to feel good in your skin and the clothes you wear everyday. Looking forward to spring!

  • Susie W. Dec 2, 2015
    I am so pleased with my time with Val. She helped me purge my closet of clothes that no longer fit, flattered or made me feel like my best self. She then helped me rebuild my wardrobe with pieces that I love and am excited to wear. She stayed perfectly within my budget and helped me maximize what I was able to get. I am so pleased with my experience with Valerie and highly recommend her.
    Valerie H. Mar 7, 2016

    Thank you, Susie. I loved every minute of working together. You got yourself a fabulous new wardrobe for the season, including plenty of great staples. I hope the look book has allowed you to get maximum wear of everything hanging in your closet.

  • Linda A. Nov 19, 2015
    Val is not only talented but loves what she does which just makes the whole experience amazing. She effortless pulls together styles, gets sizing spot on and keys into what will make you look and feel great. I couldn't believe what we accomplished in such a short amount of time all the while having a blast :) Thanks a million for making this non-shopper have fun shopping and stylish again!
    Valerie H. Mar 7, 2016

    Thank you, Linda. We did have a lot of fun! I hope you are getting great wear of all your purchases and enjoying all the additional space in your closet. I would love to have the opportunity to work with you again!

  • Peter K. Nov 3, 2015
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
    Val is extraordinarily knowledgeable and professional and is easy to work with. I am very pleased that I retained Val to help me with my wardrobe.
  • Courtney M. Oct 22, 2015
    Val worked with me to edit my closet, then shop for missing items. She was extremely professional and offered great suggestions. Val is resourceful, efficient, and terrific to work with! I was hesitant to work with a stylist but it was a great investment.
    Valerie H. Mar 7, 2016

    Thank you, Courtney. I enjoyed our time together very much. Your closet is now not only organized, but filled with a great variety of sharp and stylish pieces that suit your lifestyle and your taste. Enjoy them all! I'm always here to help and hope to work together again soon!

  • Frank I. Oct 21, 2015
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
    Fantastic job of analyzing what I have, what I was missing, and how everything works together. I especially appreciate all the pictures of the outfits we put together.
    Valerie H. Mar 7, 2016

    Thank you, Frank. After a long afternoon shopping you walked away with an entire new wardrobe. What a great success! I hope you're enjoying everything, and I look forward to working with you again next season!

  • Lisa S. Oct 13, 2015
    First visit to New York (from Australia) with only a few days to see as much as possible. In terms of shopping, this was a job for a personal stylist! I am an experienced and confident shopper but Val helped me to target the stores that would maximise my spend, suit my style and find new looks that I normally would not try. She was just brilliant. On a personal note, Val is fun and down to earth and easy to click with. I have no hesitation recommending Shop With Val.
  • Margaret B. Aug 25, 2015
    I had contacted Val late in my trip to New York. It turned out that I had to fly right after seeing her. I have had "personal" shopping experiences before through department stores but was always aware that the shoppers were on paid commission based on the shopper's purchases. I wanted someone that was on my side. I arrive at the designated store on time and Val already had me set up in a dressing room filled with clothes in my size and based on what I had told her I needed. She also had the staff of the store on call and ready to help find other styles and sizes if need be. The overall experience was easy and quick and I left with purchases that I needed and liked. I was in the market for smart everyday clothes on which I could build a capsule wardrobe and I feel that we accomplished that goal. The next time I am in New York I will be sure and shop with her again. It took a lot of the fretting and searching out of the shopping experience. I also appreciated her candid assessment of the clothes I tried on. A real timesaver!
  • Robyn R. Aug 11, 2015
    I worked with Val to purchase some back to work clothes after having a baby. I had never met Val before, but after sending a photo and a brief description of my style, she was able to pick out a wide array of options for me that were spot on with my style. I now have about 5 outfits that I love, within the budget that I gave her. I already have an other session scheduled with Val for shoes and handbags! Do yourself a favor and book a session. - Robyn Reiss
    Valerie H. Mar 7, 2016

    Thank you, Robyn. We certainly were efficient with our time and got you a number of great staples for your work and everyday wardrobe. I look forward to working with you again!

  • Robert G. May 15, 2015
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
  • Nancy M. Apr 28, 2015
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
    Valarie picked styles for me that I never would have chosen for myself. She showed me how to make age appropriate choices that were fun and flattering. I had a great time!
  • Ellen K. Apr 23, 2015
    If you are looking for a stylish way to spend a few hours in New York, I cannot recommend the lovely Valerie and her 'Shop with Val' service highly enough. I had decided a personal shopping experience during a trip to NYC from Australia would be the perfect thing to do for someone who loves shopping; unfortunately so many personal shoppers cater for the super well-heeled rather than us mere mortals who like variety and value for money. Valerie caters so well for exactly this market and, through her gathering of detailed pre shopping information, you will be treated to exactly the sort of experience you desire. I had booked three hours with Val and had some specific things I wanted to purchase. I had also indicated how much I wanted to spend. I met Val on 5th Avenue and was thrilled with the pieces she had ready for me to try on in every shop. Val had converted all my Oz sizes to US ones and picked out perfect pieces. She had put a lot of work into this and it made the whole experience really easy and enabled me to tick everything off my list. I particularly liked the way she informed me if she had similar pieces put aside in other shops so I knew whether to purchase or wait and see what else was in store. Val also took pictures of me in everything I tried on to help me remember all the outfits in case I needed to look back for reference. She new exactly where the sales were and she also had further discounts at most of the places we went. I had a brilliant afternoon and walked away with the best part of a whole new wardrobe! Even with the rubbish exchange rate, I felt like I got excellent value for money and loved the whole experience. If you are in NYC and want to do so something other than the usual touristy things or if you are a local looking for a great shopping experience, get in touch with Valerie Halfon...you won't regret it! Ellen Kean (Australia)
  • Jane T. Mar 6, 2015
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
  • John B. Feb 16, 2015
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
    Had a great time! I'd definitely recommend her to anyone looking to get the most from a shopping excursion.
    Valerie H. Mar 7, 2016

    Thank you, John! I enjoyed working with your wife very much. I hope you enjoyed your time in town and please be in touch next time you're in NYC!

  • Zachary N. May 18, 2014
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
    Great experience working with Val. Very professional and fun. Had everything laid out for me in the dressing room prior to getting there, and everything fit me as well, just off the measurements I emailed her. Awesome taste of style that I couldn't have pulled off on my own in twice the time. Thanks Val!
  • Nick K. Dec 6, 2013
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
    Valerie is a pro! She was so easy to work with because she took the time to understand me as a person, and then went to the store ahead of time to pick out pieces which fit my personal style. She somehow helped me expand my comfort zone without ever making me feel like I was doing so. The clothes look great and I'm glad I spent the day with her!
  • Anne P. Jul 9, 2013
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
    Val does her job with ease. Very time efficient and organised. Excellent with judging what styles and colours work on skin tone, height, shape etc. Opened my wardrobe up to a ton of possibilities! I will definitely be seeing her again next year for another annual shop.
  • Robert D. Jun 27, 2013
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
    Val is a really great personal shopper to work with. I am a guy who doesn't like to put a whole lot of effort into my shopping, and she made the whole experience very easy for me. She has great inputs and suggestions for what you should wear and how/what you should wear it with. You meet up with her for an initial consultation, which was very laid back and she just asked a bunch of questions to try and get an idea for what you are looking for and your style. And then after that, we set up a date to meet again and she had coordinated everything for our itinerary of shopping. Also, the price seems pretty good compared to some other services around the NYC area. Overall, I would recommend her as a personal shopper and I plan on meeting up with her again several times this year in order to update my closet!
  • Byron G. Apr 2, 2013
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
  • Kate F. Jan 24, 2013
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
    Valerie and I shopped for three hours to a) find some specific pieces for an upcoming photo shoot and b) look for a mix of tops to add to my lacking wardrobe. It felt like it was our day--not only did I feel like I was shopping with an honest friend, I bought nearly everything, and on sale!!!
  • Alison W. Nov 29, 2012
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
  • Flurin C. Jun 10, 2012
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
    Valerie came with a handwritten list of stores and ideas specifically catering for my needs. She was perfect for me, since she picked sensible stores which were affordable and had lots of great products. I even had to fight her she kept wanting to carry the bags. She was a lovely combination of packing mule and shopping pit bull :-)
    Valerie H. Mar 7, 2016

    Thank you for your kind words! I do hope to have the opportunity to work with you again on your next visit to NYC!

  • Melissa S. Oct 14, 2010
    Wardrobe Consulting
    Verified Review
    I hired Valerie as a personal shopper for a friend's birthday gift recently and she was absolutely marvelous. Not only does she have an incredible eye for style that lent itself to pulling tons of clothes that were right for my friend, but she brings a personal touch to the experience that is equally important. She had a list of shopping tips to help us for the day and she was always by our side in the dressing room to give helpful and encouraging feedback on every outfit. Above all, she cares about helping the client find what works for her (or him!) given whatever body shape and size she's working with. She focuses on selecting clothes that fit right, look great, and make the client feel great to wear. My friend walked away from the day with tons of new pieces she would've never picked on her own and a huge smile. She's excited to get dressed again and Valerie is to thank for that.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
When working with a new client I like to learn as much as I can about them so that I can customize a plan that is catered to their needs. I send out a detailed questionnaire so that I can gather information regarding style preferences, measurements and budget. This information allows me to select stores and designers I feel would be a good match.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Unlike many competitors, all of my rates are available on my website, ShopWithVal.com. My shopping services are available for $115/hr, offered in two and four hour blocks. Other services like a Closet Consultation are a flat rate of $395 (up to 3 hrs) and a Home Rescue Visit is a flat rate of $230 (2 hr in home session to build look book). The best part is that if you are interested in more than one service or looking to work together on a regular basis, I offer packages that allow you to save up to 25% simply by purchasing your services together!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My cousin wanted to buy one of her best friends a day with a personal shopper for her birthday. She thought it would be the perfect gift -- thoughtful, unique and something she would really appreciate due to the rut she was in after gaining some weight. After doing some research, my cousin realized she unfortunately, couldn't afford a personal shopper. There seemed to be no market for affordable stylists. "If you weren't a celebrity or very wealthy didn't you deserve the right to have help too?" she thought. She offered to hire me for the day because she said, "You're the next best thing to a personal shopper. You're great with people, you have an eye for fashion, and you know how to look good without having to spend a lot." I was flattered. I accepted her job offer. After having great success with her friend, I realized it was time to help others the same way. It was so rewarding to use my natural instincts and passion for fashion to help people feel better about themselves.
What types of customers have you worked with?
My customers range from teens who are given my services as a birthday gift, to 20 something young professionals looking to build a work wardrobe, to 30 something mommy's to be looking for maternity wear, to a group of friends visiting NYC for the first time. The scenarios are endless. I work with actors, models and performers who need head shots or are preparing for an audition, as well families and couples who are having a photo shoot. There are also simply those who are looking to rebuild their wardrobe due to a change in sizes, new job or relocation. No matter what the reason is, Shop With Val is here to cater to all of your wardrobe and styling needs.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently worked with a woman, who was surprised by her family with my services as a birthday gift. After losing a significant amount of weight, and retiring from her job, she felt she had nothing to wear to fit her new lifestyle. After a Closet Consultation and full day of shopping I truly watched her transform, not just physically, but emotionally. She couldn't stop thanking me and telling me how excited she was to get dressed and go out again. It was an extremely rewarding experience. I now have had the pleasure of working with her daughter, too!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
If you're looking to hire a professional in your area look for someone you can connect with on a personal level as well as professional. So much of what I do isn't just about the clothes, but rather teaching clients and allowing them to feel confident and attractive. When you open your home to someone or share a fitting room with them you are letting them in to a very personal part of your life.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Before hiring a pro, be sure to ask about years of experience in the field, rates (and any hidden fees), any special offers/discounts, testimonials and featured press. Testimonials may be one of the most important! Reviews typically speak for themselves.