Bangs or No Bangs?

December 30, 2010
With the new year just around the corner, I thought it would be a fun idea to post this blog about whether or not I should get bangs :) I have been wanting to change my hair for awhile now and have dabbled with the idea of getting bangs..Rodney Groves(an amazing hairstylist who I adore... check out his work here
did these bangs for fun for me on a recent shoot I did(details to come more in 2011) and I received a lot of different reactions- my assistant Michelle said "it seems like you've had them all along" and others have said I look like a movie actress from the past. Either one I'll take ;)

I have never dyed my hair before so the next step would be to get a different style/cut done. All you hairstylists out there, what are your thoughts?

Also I thought it would be fun to share this image above. It's our white board which we use to help organize and layout events, tasks, etc. Michelle and I are very visual and we like to see our agenda in a color coded layout (I know, you're probably saying to yourself- wow they are super anal about things but that's how we work! Boy Meets Anal keeps us in order! LOL!)
It's always so nice to see one big task be crossed out and then it's on to the next big event- February Fashion Week 2011! But of course I can't give away all those details yet...

These two images were taken while I was in Brazil over the holiday. I love this fountain. It reminded me of a wishing I made a wish and some resolutions for the New Year to come :) Here's to a very Happy and Healthy New Year! I look forward to the adventures and new memories 2011 will bring for me and my brand Boy Meets Girl(R)!
Thank you to my whole team for being incredible to work with. As DJ NielleKat said today "I have never been so excited to come to work." This was after our recent snowstorm :) But, hey we must be doing something right as we truly love our craft and I want to continue to inspire all to love what they are doing everyday.


p.s. Thank you Dj Blue Steel(and new name DJ editor) for your amazing Belief in me over the course of this past decade in building a brand from scratch. I hope you read this post so you see my special shoutout :) Without your continuous shoulder to lean on and your ear to listen to me and your jokes to make me laugh...I would not be where I am today. Thank you.

The LIGHT captured in Brazil! Happy Holidays to all.

December 25, 2010

Happy Holidays! So much to update you on. But, today I leave you with some amazing photos I was able to capture on my droid :) More to come. xo Stacy

Boy Meets Isabella Blow Girl

December 16, 2010
While I was traveling in Europe this past September, I was invited to the book launch for Blow by Blow- written by Detmar Blow, in dedication to his late wife, Isabella Blow. It was such a privilege to be there among fashion influencers such as Anna Wintour who personally knew Issie.
For those who do not know, Isabella Blow was known throughout the fashion world for her unpredictable flair and outrageously stylish wardrobe. She also discovered Alexander McQueen and Philip Tracey. Check out the video below of the book launch below- and sorry it was filmed the wrong way(I was just getting a hang of my new droid)! But you can hear Issie's husband speaking about her which is amazing :)

Of course I bought my own copy of Blow by Blow :). I am loving it so far and still have a ways to go but I HIGHLY recommend it as a last minute holiday gift for your fashionista friend. Issie's story is one to know and I can't wait to finish it over the holidays!

Check out the images below from the event with my amazing friend Tara Smith. I have written about Tara in the past. Make sure to check her hair products out in Duane Reade in NYC store locations and on her website here.


Sammi Hanratty visits Boy Meets Girl® Eco-Friendly Cardboard Office!

December 15, 2010

Last week the adorable Sammi Hanratty stopped by our Boy Meets Girl® Eco-Friendly Cardboard Office to check out the space and of course try on some Boy Meets Girl® clothes ;)

I can't believe how grown up she is! The last time I saw her was about a year and a half ago when we teamed up and created shirts for the campaign at Bloomingdale's. Check out this video footage of Sammi and I chatting about what she's been up to recently, her adorable horse Jack and other collaborations we hope to take on after the new year!

Sammi looked great in Boy Meets Girl® and was happy to model her new outfits for us! And of course everyone who stops by our office must make a wish in the cardboard wish-wall! I wonder what Sammi wished for ;)


Congrats to the following 6 winners who have been chosen at random for leaving a comment below their favorite webisode (Episode 1, 2 or 3) on these Youtube pages, here on my blog or Vimeo page. Check out a previous blog post I did which tells you about the contest rules :) These lucky 6 viewers have won a $100 gift card to the Boy Meets Girl® website which will be live March 2011!

From Youtube we have:

From Vimeo we have:

From my blog we have:

I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who left a comment! It was great to hear everyone's feed back on their favorite episode(s) and I am very excited to share more experiences with you all in the new year :)


First Look: An Eco-Designer’s Fantasy Office

December 8, 2010
First Look: An Eco-Designer’s Fantasy Office

Thank you Wendy Goodman for this amazing feature on my CardBoard Office.
I loved meeting you and sharing with you my initiatives on being green :)


Boy Meets Crazy Week Girl

December 3, 2010

What a busy week! Very happy it's Friday and excited to share with you all the fun things that happened with Boy Meets Girl
Let's start with Monday- my team and I had a full day of prep
aration for the Boy Meets Girl® Spring/Summer 2011 Press Preview at the Soho House for Tuesday. We had to pack up the goodie bags, prepare the collection,write thousands of emails, etc etc! Here's a little peak at what we put in the gift bags :)
Tuesday- Press preview day! This was a great day full of good food, meeting and greeting wit
h our guests, and showing the Sp/Su 2011 collection. Thank you to ALL of our wonderful sponsors for providing gifts for the bags- Tara Smith Hair Products, Alfred Kenney jewelry, Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Face Spray, Design Cycle cardboard candle holders, Acupuncture Treatment provided by Droge Clinic provided by Deb Ruffalo Ross, Neon Trees CD, Outernational CD, Martin Codax Wine and Pop Chips!
Thank you to all of the fabulous editors and stylists for celebrating the collection with us! We had a great time and hope you enjoyed the hair consultations by
celebrity hairstylist Tara Smith and manicures by Cowshed :)Thursday - The adorable Peyton List (check out her movies here) came to visit the Boy Meets Girl® office! She totally rocked the collection and is a true trend setter- she picked these great pair of leggings and a fantastic vest which she layered like a pro :) Check out our pics below!

Stay tuned for MORE exciting news next week! Until then, have a wonderful and relaxing weekend..I know I will ;)

p.s Thank you to DJ LONDON (aka Michelle) for working with me the night before the press preview until 3am to put everything together. Also thank you to our intern Annalise who was a rock star the day before the press preview picking up all the supplies for our special thank you bags. Amazing teamwork.

Boy Meets Tired Girl

November 30, 2010
so much to update you on. so little time. wowwwweeee
my goal is to get there by end of week if not the weekend with all reports on an incredible week. so many exciting updates.
thank you everyone for believing in me. Thank you my team for being incredible.
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. William Arthur Ward

Boy Meets Uptown Twirl Girl

November 22, 2010

I had the pleasure of meeting Cara Gray founder of while traveling for work in London. Cara interviewed me at this quaint brunch spot called Tom's in Notting Hill. Check out my interview here Cara is very talented and one to watch. I love her blog and love her ambition and what she is doing. Thank you for the feature. Although I was very tired that day you managed to capture me :)

Behind the Seams | FEATURED ON Rate My Professors!

November 16, 2010
Behind the Seams | Rate My Professors - Find and rate your professor, campus and more -

Boy Meets OPRAH Girl!

November 13, 2010

Last week I got an email from Stephanie Rosenbloom, a New York Times writer with an exciting hook for her latest article: she had found me while researching her article about Oprah Winfrey's last season. As some of you might know, my email signature includes my contact information and "OPRAH!! OPRAH!!" and my Facebook accounts, Twitter feeds, and this blog all give mulitple Oprah "shout outs."

I've watched Oprah since I was a little girl. Here was this strong woman inspiring me and countless others day after day through her show. When I started my clothing line, my goal was to make it big enough to one day grace Oprah's couch back in my hometown, sweet home Chicago! Along the way I've been interviewed lots of times, received some wonderful accolades, and met many incredible people who helped push my career forward. And, of course, I've never missed an opportunity to tell my captive audience about my dreams to be on Oprah's show (For instance, check out a couple of shameless Oprah plugs HERE and HERE).

Well, Stephanie's New York Times article was released online today here and will grace the FRONT PAGE of the New York Times Sunday Styles section tomorrow! And guess who the first featured interviewee is? That's right, its little ole' me! The article is titled, "Who Will be Oprah's Last Star!" Well, I can think of one Chicagoan fashion designer with a loyal online army to nominate for that role... :)

Please spread the gospel, share the love, tell a friend over brunch, retweet, blog, and otherwise do what you can to help me achieve my "Betty White" moment. Lets get the word out folks and I promise I will thank you profusely from Oprah's couch when I finally do get on the show before the show ends in September 2011.

In the mean time, I will continue to share my journey in this crazy world of fashion that I love so much -- the highs and the lows, the ups and downs.

Oprah: Since 1986, your show has been, in large part, about shining a spotlight on culture and the issues of the day. What better way to end your run than by interviewing a relatively unknown designer who made it to your star-studded couch thanks to a healthy dose of new school and old school -- social media networking and sheer determination?


BEHIND THE SEAMS WITH STACY IGEL® EP1-3 (read contest note)

November 11, 2010
I thought a fun way to kick off the web series would be to have a contest. So here’s how its gonna work - leave a comment below your favorite webisode (Episode 1, 2 or 3) on these Youtube pages or here on my blog or if you like Vimeo there too and you will automatically be entered into the contest for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the Boy Meets Girl® website!
Six winners will be chosen at random on December 15, 2010.
I am really excited to hear what you all think. So do let me know by leaving your comments :)


Behind the Seams with Stacy Igel

November 10, 2010
One of the recurring themes of this blog has been my roller coaster rider through the fashion industry with my brand, Boy Meets Girl®. I’ve shared with you all the exhilarating climbs as well as those moments where its all I can do to just hold on to whatever I can grasp and just put my faith in a higher power that everything will turn out okay in the end. To stick with the roller coaster theme, there’s been so many ups and downs and unexpected twists and turns.
Really, I’ve often thought you couldn’t script a better show than what happens to me in real life! So starting this week, my roller-coaster-ride-of-a-life will become a reality series on the web called, Behind the Seams with Stacy Igel®! You can check out the webisodes featured on Rate My Professors Blog next week here (link coming soon). Rate My Professors is a property of MTV networks.
Episodes 1-3 will take you behind the scenes as camera crews capture (i) Me & Boy Meets Girl®’s efforts to “go green” with a environmentally-focused office renovation, (ii) fitting models for my runway Spring 2010 fashion show at New York Fashion Week and (iii) the show itself, including backstage footage and last minute preparations.

Here you will see my old office turned into a chic cardboard city by Design Cycle/Campus-U! Cathy from Design Cylce transformed my office into all recycled cardboard and most of the pieces like the chair only took 4 steps to make..crazy huh?? She even created an adorable wish wall where you could insert your own wishes with the colored paper.

This was the day before the fashion show where we had back-to-back model fittings. It was so exiting to see the collection on the models and to see them practice their runway walk! I was so happy with the models we chose- they included winners from an contest, 2 fashion bloggers Saucy Glossie & Late Afternoon, actress Jenn Proske, and an artist Eunice Quiones. Also special guest, Elaine Bradley the drummer for Neon Trees stopped by and I dressed her in Boy Meets Girl®. She totally rocked!

Last but certainly not least- the actual Boy Meets Girl® fashion show! This was such an rewarding experience. My team did a fantastic job and it was so amazing to see it all come together. I don’t know what my favorite part of that day was as every moment I will cherish forever: seeing Neon Trees perform live, watching my models walk down the runway, hugging my team, meeting my family and friends afterward who came to see the show and the list goes on.....

I thought a fun way to kick off the web series would be to have a contest. So here’s how its gonna work - leave a comment below your favorite webisode (Episode 1, 2 or 3) on our Vimeo page, Youtube page or here on my blog and you will automatically be entered into the contest for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the Boy Meets Girl® website!
Six winners will be chosen at random on December 15, 2010.
I am really excited to hear what you all think. So do let me know by leaving your comments :)

Thank you again to my amazing team and I hope you all enjoy the episodes!

xo, Stacy

Happy Weekend & Thank you to the Amazing Nancy Colasurdo!

November 5, 2010

Check out Nancy Colasurdo twice-weekly column on here.

Today Nancy covered Mwa and my brand Boy Meets Girl(R).

Thank you Nancy for this amazing feature. I feel honored to grace your pages :)

Check out the feature here.

Hope you all enjoy the article. Excited to bring you big news next week!

Happy weekend!


p.s. make sure to tell Oprah ;) xo

My Midnight Creative juices(before Midnight!)....Travel inspiration series 3

November 1, 2010

Inspiration: London, United Kingdom
yep that's me in the rain in London with my British Umbrella working hard to get to a very special appointment will announce later in the series :)

DIY Halloween Costume-Featuring Boy Meets Girl®!

October 29, 2010
With Halloween just around the corner, Boy Meets Girl(R) wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Halloween! Now, we know there are a couple of procrastinators out there who haven't even begun to find their costumes so we would like to help you out with a fun DIY costume feature! One Boy Meets Girl(R) fan and featured guest for this blog is Emily, Michelle's(DJ London aka my brilliant PR assistant) little sister will show you what it takes to create a last minute costume- Geek Chic!

All it takes is just 6 simple items-Here is a list of what you will need & check out Emily below modeling the costume!
3. High waist shorts
4. Suspenders
5. Boy Meets Girl(R) knee high socks
6. Converse

A lot of these items are probably already in your closet! So hurry up and start creating!

The end result? A stylish bookworm who is chic but a geek at heart ;)

I hope everyone has an amazing & safe weekend full of candy, parties, crazy costumes and of course a bit of Boy Meets Girl(R)!



Thank you DJ London and Emily for helping to put this piece together.

My past PolyVore sets...more to come :)

My Midnight Creative juices....Travel inspiration series 2

Photo taken in Paris via the Droid
Inspiration: red gloves, belt as a layering piece, cozy winter beret, trench coat

Boy Meets FashionSheSays Girl followup

October 27, 2010
this past week I did a post as seen here

check out Becca's post on her blog about her recent visit and her rocking out Boy Meets Girl(R). Love this post and I know you will too!

Enter to win a Boy Meets Girl® Young Survival Coalition tote bag!

October 26, 2010
Hey everyone! I have some exciting news to share - we are currently redoing the Boy Meets Girl (R)website, but we need a little help from all of you! Please fill out the online questionnaire posted here (shouldn't take to long, I promise!) We will be giving away the Boy Meets Girl(R) Young Survival Coalition tote bags, that we are currently selling at Urban Outfitters, to five randomly selected participants. I will also sign and personalize the bag :). Don't forget to enter your E-mail address at the end in order to be entered for the tote bag giveaway! Thanks so much all for all of your support and feedback!



We will announce the five lucky winners on Monday Nov. 15th- so hurry up and fill out the survey!