Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Make Yours A Tucker Holiday!

Calling all downtown fashionistas: this one will tickle your Holiday fancy! The good folks at Tucker by Gaby Basora have been running a fabulous promo, and there's still time to get yours!

Send pics of yourself in your favorite Tucker top by midnight tonight to; a selection of them will be posted on their website right before the Christmas Holiday.

The most fab gal will win a blouse courtesy of Tucker!

Be sure to email in your size and preference in styles. Good Luck!

To view current Tucker styles, go to, to purchase prints that are sold out everywhere else, visit

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Current Obsession: Sammy's Fishbox

In NYC, it can be a challenge to find delicious food that doesn't break the bank. When I discover a new gem, I tend to get a bit obsessed. Spice thai had long held my favorite place to eat position until last weekend when i first encountered Sammy's Fishbox. Located at the tail end of City Island, a sleepy beach town off the Bronx, this had to be the most flavorful food/seafood I'd ever tasted in my life!
As if good food isn't enough, the restaurant is sprawling (so nice to not eat on top of your neighbors!), open after midnight, family friendly and also good for dates. Accessible by city bus BX29 or driving, a visit to Sammy's makes for a lovely summer lunch or cozy winter meal.
The portions are so huge, you'll be eating Sammy's for days! I had Shrimp Scampi, but next time I'm getting a Seafood Lovers Fried Platter :)

Other Sammy's fans? Regulars, Mariah Carey and the New York Yankees. I venture to say this is the best seafood in New York City!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

ValStyle for Veronica Webb X Harlem United

About a month ago, we received an email requesting our support of model/host/supermom Veronica Webb, who had been invited on behalf of Harlem United to run the New York City Marathon on November 1st.

Harlem United is an AIDS service provider servicing the most at risk segment of the population struggling with HIV/AIDS. Harlem United has helped over 3,600 people of color from all walks of life,especially patients who are mentally ill, homeless, dealing with gender identity issues, or drug addiction.

We were honored to sponsor Veronica in support of the cause.

On Sunday November 1st, she completed the marathon in an impressive 6 hours!

Read Veronica's Global Grind article "Run Like Your Life Depends On It" here. Follow her Tweets here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I Love MObama

Can I be this fly at forty-something?

That is all.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Look of The Century

The headline might be a tad melodramatic, but seriously, Halle Berry showed up at Alicia Keys' Keep A Child Alive Benefit at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC (co-hosted by Padma Lakshmi) looking SMOKIN in this black sequin number!
She stylishly pairs this sexy Kaufman Franco dress with Christian Louboutin heels.

Anybody else agree with Halle that women are sexier once they become mothers?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Savings @ La Perla, Strictly For The Grown & Sexy

We received a fabulous email in our inbox this morning...40% off at the new (we're sooooo happy they FINALLY upgraded their site! and they're giving away lace eyemasks with every $200 purchase)!

We LOVE their lingerie!!!

Ladies, hit this up immediately!

Shout-out to our friends at BupGrade for the tip!

Monday, August 17, 2009

WSJ Covers Veronica Webb's Closet

Different folks know Veronica Webb in different lights -- supermodel. supermom. style maven. scenster. host. columnist. health nut. luxury lifestyle consultant.

Some know her as all of the above. And she's got the wardrobe to show for it.

Click here for a link to the WSJ feature on her incredibly fabulous closet.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ValStyle = Still In The Retail Business!

We realize we've been bringing you lots of travel, culture and lifestyle insights as ValStyle expands into other domains, but retailing is still at our core! 

Some favorite trades as of late....

Shout out to a couple of new ValStyle customers in Hong Kong and Oslo!

Monday, July 13, 2009

NYC Restaurant Week: July 12-31

Yesterday marked the launch of 3 weeks of fine dining at over 250 of the city’s top restaurants!

Check out my list of “la creme de la creme” on Voyage Insider.

Prix fixe lunch of $24.07 and dinner at $35? All I can say is...Yum!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Visit Barbados For Crop Over, Stay At The Crane Resort

ValStyle Founder and CEO Val Idehen has been tapped by new luxury travel platform to manage the travel lifestyle channel

From time to time, you'll see stories from Voyage Insider on ValStyle: The Blog

Check out her latest post on Crop Over

Barbados' biggest summer festival
as well as a look inside the elegant Crane Resort.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Elizabeth Alexander @ Summerstage

It's a pretty gray day in NYC, but it can't dull my excitement to hear my college mentor read this evening at Central Park Summerstage with Sharon Olds and Thomas Sayer Ellis!
Learn more about this fabulous entrepreneur at

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tracy Feith Hits Target

...and high-value propsects promptly fly out of stock!

We were first introduced to the designer by none other than our fabulous First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama and her lovely choice of dress to the National Prayer Service the morning after her husband's Inauguration.

The designer, a Texan born surfer turned fashion dude, has a pretty interesting story too...

We were hoping to get our Michelle O on in this very ValStyle number:

but may have to settle for a comparable alternative:

Get yours while it's hot!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

ValStyle Offers Advice to Aspiring Entrepreneurs on EntreWorld Today Radio

On the morning of Saturday April 25, Bobby Norrson, host of EntreWorld Today Radio Show invited us on to share the story of how we started ValStyle, and offer advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. Bobby founded the show over 8 years ago with the goal of creating the foremost trusted resource for entrepreneurs nationwide. The show’s mission is to point current and future entrepreneurs in the right direction through a straightforward and entertaining message with tips on how to launch, grow, market and maintain successful businesses.

The show broadcasts in Raleigh, NC from 8am-9am every Saturday morning, but anyone can listen live on the web.

Listen to our interview on Hello Beautiful!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Mayhem at Mayle Closing in NYC

About a week and a half ago, I spent two fairly excruciating hours on what had to be the longest, slowest moving line in sample sale history! While waiting, I encountered everyone from quitters to disgruntled shoppers to patient loyalists who had already been waiting for five and a half hours!! all got me wondering -- how could a designer with such a fanatic customer base be going out of business? Didn't help that a couple nights before and four storefronts over, BabyStyle, owner of Cadeau Maternity shuttered all 6 of its doors and its web business-after 10 years of delivering maternity chic-in a liquidation of an expectantista's lifetime. So, what gives?

Is the economy gobbling up everything from excessive output to products people actually want, will wait and pay for? Has the recession killed the fundamental indicators of of successful business as we know it? I couldn't let this go, so I went home and did some research. Here were my findings: as it turns out, Jane Mayle decided to shutter her decade old line, despite healthy $5 million dollar annual revenues in 65 wholesale accounts, because she sensed the bubble before it burst and was ready to gracefully bow out. She'd actually decided to end the line earlier last year, and told Womens Wear Daily

"It seems like a commercial cul-de-sac in a way that the customer gets tired before collections even hit stores," Mayle said. "How I came into this business was all about dreaming and building a wardrobe you would be seduced by. That mystery and remoteness ans insouciance have disappeared from fashion in order to accelerate the product. I feel I have just become another cog in that machinery."

Well, Kudos to her for quitting while ahead. As scary as it is to see two popular storefronts on Elizabeth Street shut down within days of each other, not to mention all the other empty storefronts in the city, maybe this recession is for the better.

Maybe everyone recalibrates and this downturn leads us away from cheap money and excess and back to basics alongside creativity when it comes to American business.

Editorial Note: This post was originally published on Hello Beautiful.

Shopping Note: Are you a Mayle enthusiast? Email to check out what was acquired before it goes online!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

ValStyle Online: Now Offering International Checkout

Of course our valued customers in London, Japan and Ukraine already knew we offered international delivery, but as of Friday April 10, ValStyle's officially Gone Global.

Customers from over 100 countries can now checkout on!

Payments may be received by US Visa, Mastercard or American Express cards or the eBay lovers' service of choice - Paypal.

Now if you choose to paypal your money, BE SURE TO FINISH THE TRANSACTION ON PAYPAL'S SITE AFTER COMPLETING OUR CHECKOUT!!! Otherwise, your item won't ship.

Delivery is offered through the USPS (which is somehow more reliable abroad than domestically).

So are you a fashionista in Seoul, South Korea? Mumbai, India? Champagne, France? We See You! Check out what's new to the mix and go 'head, get your shop on! ;)


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Label Lust Vol. V

YO! This is the flyest clutch I've seen in a while.

Pink. Suede. Patchwork. Amazing. Most definitely ValStyle.

Barneys has my number. When this bad boy gets marked down, it's on like popcorn!