May 11, 2018
  • In 2001 I created the BOY MEETS GIRL® Brand (my fabric baby)
  • In 2006 I married my main squeeze 
  • In 2008 I created this blog BEHIND THE SEAMS with Stacy Igel
  • In 2011 I co-created the BEHIND THE SEAMS with Stacy Igel web series
  • In 2014 my SON Dylan Reid Igel (@dylanreidigel) was born (my real baby)
  • In 2018 I co-created the #MOMSGOTTHIS Podcast with Mouth Media Network and recruited this amazing mama Michelle Park to be my co-host ; ) 

Now you are asking the same question everyone asks me. How do you balance? How do you manage to own a business, run a blog and be a mommy? Well, I am writing this at 12:24am and I did finally get to the gym at 7am today after months of not being there. My life is not easy and it is not for everyone. However, I love what I do and I love my son. I am not going to lie I have struggled internally a lot with having a passion and drive and being a MOM. I have always turned to my other working mom and dad friends when I needed encouragement. My mom was an entrepreneur as well and she showed me that you can do it all and that your time with your children is special always whether you are working or not. I cherish my morning and evening times with Dylan and my weekends are even more special now. Therefore, to add more to my running to do list I decided to create a show with the incredible team at Mouth Media Network. I recruited co-host Michelle Park so we could give you an inside look at the lives of women balancing high-powered careers and motherhood. We are also interviewing some amazing fathers (such as my BFF actor Ike Barinholtz) to give their perspective as well. Although I do not have many hours in the day I really felt because I am asked how do I do it almost every day you would find it helpful to hear from others as well. Their stories are fascinating and every day I am learning too. 

You can subscribe here for free https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/moms-got-this/id1381300284?mt=2 and hear the introduction piece we did almost a year ago. This has been a project we have all worked hard for over the past year (thank you all) and I am so excited to bring you this weekly show starting Monday, May 14th. This is a daily show running Monday through Thursday, each episode covers different parts of a guest's life including careers, adventures, mommy moments, products they like (and don’t like), recipes that save the day, and how they find a work-mom balance. On the week of May 14th, come join us with special guest CNN Entertainment reporter and new mom Chloe Melas.

Thank you to Lily Lane and Luck Music for creating the jingle for the show!

Thank you all for being part of my ride. I hope I am still standing tomorrow lol. 
And tell everyone you know to subscribe to #MOMSGOTTHIS.

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Inspiration with Igel: Meet Shirley Yang - Founder of the Muses App

April 20, 2018
Are you looking for an app that connects brands & influencers alike in a crowded social media space? The Muses App is bridging the gap between the two, with Founder & CEO Shirley Yang at the forefront.

Shirley Yang is the Founder and CEO of Muses, a global network of brand builders who utilize one another's social media influence to grow audiences. Muses is in 75 countries and has over 250 million social media network reach. Shirley started her career at MySpace (I was on Myspace were you?), led teams at NBC and Amazon, and has worked with thousands of YouTube stars and brands rise to fame. Shirley is also on the Advisory Board for Women Tech Founders and DoSomething.org.

I bet you want to learn more about this incredible womenpreneur! Check out my interview below. 

What is the moment you came to the realization that you wanted to be an entrepreneur?
I've always been an "intrepreneur" while working for large companies: Amazon, NBC, etc. I was always the one pushing the envelope for innovation within a large organization. I also always knew I would break out and start my own business, it was just a matter of when I felt ready with enough experience and capital.

What are some causes you advocate for? How do you incorporate this into business?
I am a huge advocate for women supporting women, fempower, female entrepreneurs, etc. all the movements surrounding lifting women up. My business is about "growing together". We have thousands of women in the app supporting one another's brand building journey, and we work with female crowdfunding platforms to provide influencer marketing advice and blogger partnerships to help get their new businesses heard and seen online.

College! Where did you go, and what was your first internship?
I went to USC in Los Angeles for college and graduated with an Engineering degree. My first internship was with Honeywell Turbo Technologies in Torrance California.

What do you believe is the biggest challenge of being an entrepreneur?
Staying hopeful and optimistic through all times! No matter what happens on your journey of entrepreneurship, it is very important to keep your head up and face any challenge that comes your way. You overcome those challenges and keep moving forward.

Lastly, if you could give a quick piece of advice to entrepreneurs, what would it be?
Stay kind. As an entrepreneur, your company and brand reflect who you are as a person.

Love Shirley's look?  You can get it here...

Who to Watch: Chicago Splash Magazine

March 2, 2018
Home sweet home, Chicago!
I had the amazing opportunity to be interviewed for the "Who to Watch" segment
for Chicago Splash, discussing topics from my start in the business to collaborations,
to now diving into styles for home.
(Photography: Sophie Elgort / Makeup: Caravan Stylist Studio)

(Photography: Sophie Elgort / Makeup: Caravan Stylist Studio)

As quoted in the feature in Splash Magazine, “I wanted to be in fashion since I was three,” Igel says.
“I would go to Vogue Fabrics in Water Tower Place and buy fabrics.
I made my first skirt by hand and wore it to my first day of sixth grade.”
In high school, she took design and art classes at Columbia College and
the Art Institute of Chicago; after graduating from the University of Wisconsin,
she moved to New York and worked for Izod and Elie Tahari before launching her own line.”

(Photography: Sophie Elgort / Makeup: Caravan Stylist Studio)

In the feature, I talk a little about BOY MEETS GIRL HOME!
We did a limited run on our website for April (sold out now due to popular demand).
Stay tuned for our next drop. Check it out here!
You can, however, find a full home collection in Finland!

Boy Meets Girl® in Chicago Black Crop Sweatshirt.
There are 3 body colors available (black, white and heather grey), as well as 7 thread color options. Check out the other cities and countries too here!

The interview is now live on their website here.
The print edition hit stands on February 25th, 2018.

Thank you for this feature. I am proud to represent my hometown. #sweethomechicago