Boy Meets Nubia's Nonesense Girl!

June 30, 2011
I am sure we can all agree that dressing for the summer in NYC can be quite a challenge, especially for a summer concert outside! My friend/blogger Nubia of Nubia's Nonesense wanted to show me how she dresses for summer concerts! Take it away Nubia :)

  Basically as a born and raised New Yorker I know summer weather gets UNBEARABLE! You seriously want to wear a tank, shorts and nothing else! At times it's hard to feel stylish when it's 100 degrees. I think what is ideal for a concert or park trip in a NYC summer to feel comfortable yet look fashionable is.... shorts, tank tops, accessories (jewelry/headgear,purses, backpacks) Bright colors, comfortable shoes (fashionable flats: leopard, glitzy, or small wedges)


I love how Nubia paired the Boy Meets Girl® Coup D'oeil Short with a cropped top! 
What a great way to stay cool and stylish :) And it helps that Nubia has rock solid abs :)
 
Which of Nubia's outfit is your favorite look for this summer?


Xo,
Stacy

Q&A with Photographer Sopie Elgort!

June 29, 2011
I had the pleasure of meeting Sophie when Sophie worked at the Gates here in NYC. Sophie photographed my September NYFW runway show as she recently embraced her passion to go out on her own and pursue her love for photography. As you know I love featuring incredible entrepreneurs and inspiring you all to fulfill your dreams. THINK SAY DO.

You can see some other pictures here we put together of Sophie's work
Other works from Sophie that I love below!





I got to catch up with Sophie below. Check it out! Thank you Sophie for being part of today's Inspirational Wednesday feature. Look forward to working with you again soon.




1. What was the first camera you ever shot with?
Well the great thing about growing up in my house was that we had  cameras lying around everywhere so I got to use whichever ones I wanted. I would ask how to use them, usually we would put them on auto, and I would take pictures with it until I wanted to use another one. One of the ones that I used a lot, according to my parents, was the Konica Minolta (in film, of course, not digital at that point). I  also had a camera that had a plastic yellow case and that's the one  that I would take to camp and places with lots of rolls of film so  that I could throw it in my bag and not worry about it too much since  it was water resistant and hard to destroy. I still have tons of the photos (and photo albums) that I took with all those cameras. One thing that I miss about shooting film is that it used to be so exciting to get the film back and see what you got. Now with digital,  it's not as much of a surprise.

2. Did your dad inspire you to take pictures when you were little?
Yes, he was never pushy about having his kids take pictures, but we  always wanted to do it anyway because we saw my dad always taking our  pictures (and my mom always was taking pictures too especially on  trips) so we thought it was a normal thing to do. We got to go on his  photo shoots too, which was fun to see, so I would often have my friends dress up and do my own mini photo shoots with them as an  activity when they would come over. I also used to bring a camera to  school and take photos during breaks in the day. He always made it  really easy for us to get the film developed - we would just give him  the rolls of film when we were done with them and the photos would show up (doubles with a white border) a few days later and then I would hand them out to my friends or make photo albums.

3. Where do you draw inspiration from?
From real life. I don't like to force an image, I see what the subject is like and who they are, put them in a good location, and let them be themselves within that space and see what happens. I like images that have more than one person in them as well so that there is personal interaction in the image.

4. We first met when you were in marketing at the Gates..was photography always a hobby of yours?
Yes, that was a crazy time when I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to do "professionally" after graduating from college. Photography was always a hobby of mine, but honestly I had never  considered doing it professionally. When I was at The Gates, part of  my job was doing creative things like designing press kits and  invitations, so when I needed a photo for something I would often just  take it myself. During that time I met a lot of people through the job  that were in fashion and entertainment and I started receiving  questions about who to use as a photographer for certain projects,  etc.. A lot of the time I would look at who they were thinking of using and I would tell them that I could just do it for them. Little  by little I built up my portfolio and eventually I was being asked to  do so many photo jobs that I decided to start doing it professionally.  Once I had enough clients to support myself through photography alone,  I changed careers. Although working at The Gates was not in the field  of photography, I would never take back doing that job or that  experience because most of the people that I know and now work with or for in the industry are people that I met through The Gates (like you!).


5. Who is your favorite photographer? 
My dad, of course! But I also really like Avedon and a lot of others,  but my dad's photography has the kind of life pouring out of it that I aspire to capture as well.


6. What’s your favorite go to accessory?
 Well I always carry my Panasonic Lumix camera around with me. And my  iphone- I love twitter and posting photos on twitter and an iphone takes great pictures! But did you mean my favorite fashion accessory? I have an Alexander Wang tan leather shoulder bag that I carry all the time.

7. What are three items you can’t leave the house without?
Three items that I can't leave the house without: my little camera, my iphone (i'm a new iphone user, convert from blackberry, and I'm obsessed), and a great bag to throw everything in.


8. Who is the most memorable person that you have photographed?
I have been lucky and gotten to photograph so many cool people and during the photo shoot have been able to get to know them for a few hours. People that have really stood out to me are the artist Richard Dupont and jewelry designer Pamela Love, they both do such interesting work and are just fun people to be around.


9. What is your favorite spot in NYC to take pictures?
NYC is so great because there's never just one spot that's good! I really like being on location out on the street, and of course Central Park over by the carousel and some of the more creative parks (like the hippo park or Alice and Wonderland sculpture). Rooftops are also great, especially those that are still very raw spaces, but still have incredible views.

 10. What was it like being part of your father’s CFDA big night? 
 I  saw you got to capture the evening from your own lens, what was that feeling like? It was so special to be able to be there for my dad's CFDA award  acceptance and the whole evening as a whole. We were all so proud of  him, I can't imagine not having been there for it. He is always behind  the camera, so there aren't very many photos of him, so it was a great  opportunity to get photos of him with all of his favorite people since  everybody was in the same place at the same time. I had also spoken to  Teen Vogue before the event and let them know I would be there taking photos, so they told me to send them what I took after wards and they  were really happy with it so they decided to do a story and they even  let me write the captions for each photo, which was fun as well.


Xo,
Stacy

p.s. Make sure to check out Sophie's Dad, Arthur Elgort, and his amazing photography here. Arthur Elgort has been shooting for Conde Nast magazines for over 42 years and recently received the prestigious Special Tribute Award from The Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Congratulations! Bravo! xo Stacy

also to find out more on Sophie click here on Facebook
and on Twitter @SophieElgort

Caprice Crane’s Find Luck & Get Luck Contest

June 28, 2011
One of my favorite authors and a close friend of mine Caprice Crane has created a great contest around the release of her new book, With a Little Luck. Check out her contest below where you can enter to win a copy of her new book AND a Boy Meets Girl® t-shirt we designed together for her book launch!
Also Missy Peregrym, star of ABC’s summer hit, Rookie Blue is seen wearing the t-shirt here :)

I will never forget the first time I met Caprice in my old office in the garment center here in NYC. I got a knock on the door and this girl (aka Caprice) said "hey are you the owner for Boy Meets Girl(R) and I was like Yes"  And she proceeded to tell me she had just broken up with her BoyFriend and had bought a personalized hoodie from me so instead of throwing out she cut out his name from the hoodie because she loved the hoodie so much. And that is how we started our friendship & the rest is history xo Stacy
ohh and also check out the movie trailer Caprice wrote here Love Wedding Marriage





Challenge:

Show your skill for finding luck, not just waiting for it to happen.
Leprechauns have always led us to lucky finds and the little guy on a box of Lucky Charms™ is no different. He’s always shown us the way to delicious symbols of luck (not to mention sugary, marshmallow goodness).
Now it’s your turn to look around you and find luck in the world. It’s out there, and there’s no reason to just sit on your futon waiting for it to come to you. So get out there and send me photos of the symbols of luck found in a box of Lucky Charms™ in your universe.

Rules/Requirements:

1. Send one pic each of three of the symbols of luck represented in a box of Lucky Charms™ cereal:
Pink Hearts
Orange Stars
Yellow Moons
Green Clovers
Blue Diamonds
Purple Horsehoes
2. The pics must be sent together, all at once. You can set up a Flickr or Picasa (or your photo-sharing app of choice) album and just link me to that. The timing of your entry will be based on when all 3 pictures are received, so don’t think you’re being clever by sending one ASAP and then letting the other 5 trickle in. I’m onto you.
3. You must include the date in your photos so I know you didn’t just steal them from an online source or pull them from the random collection of photos on your phone. Your creative flair will determine how you include the date. It just needs to be there.
4. You have to take the photos yourself. I don’t want to have to break up any thumb wrestling matches over who has the rights to the photos. And I sure don’t want any calls from Annie Leibovitz telling me she should have won the t-shirt and not you.
5. Color matching for each symbol is not a requirement for winning, but it will be used as a tie-breaker. If the horseshoe you find is orange and not purple, you won’t be disqualified, but if I’m deciding between a purple horseshoe and an orange one, purple gets the edge.
6. SAFETY FIRST! Be careful getting pics. Don’t do anything dangerous. I mean, my book is good and the t-shirt is smokin’ but, seriously, it’s not worth injuring yourself or any of your friends.
Don’t make me send my mom to monitor your activities!

Winning:

Three winners will be chosen:
1. Fastest entry. The person who submits a complete, fully qualifying entry the fastest will win. I get to make the final call on what is “complete” and “fully qualifying.” Time of submission will be based on the timestamp applied to your submission on my site. And then I get to be the judge of who was first.
2. Most creative photos. I will also award a prize to the person who I feel found the symbols in the most creative places, or came up with the most creative way of photographing them. Check it: This is absolutely an objective prize. I GET PICKSIES! I like, you maybe win. I love, you totally win. You like, I don’t care. It’s my choice. Be creative.
3. Best use of other people. Don’t be naughty. Don’t be cruel. But do get your friends, neighbors and fellow citizens to help. Think of the fun you can create for all the people around you when you come up with ways for them to be the luck in your life.

Qualifying:

The contest runs from NOW until July 15, 2011
Photos must be taken by the entrant within the time frame of the contest. Use of stock photos is prohibited. Use of photos found on the Web is prohibited. Use of photos you took at some other time is prohibited. Come on, get out and have some fun with this. I know you can Google, so I’m not interested in your ability to find a blue diamond on the triple dubs.
Do not just take pictures of a box of Lucky Charms™ or the marshmallows contained in said box. Feel free to eat Lucky Charms™, but I won’t accept entries of Lucky Charms™. Don’t think I don’t know what you’re thinking about doing.
Entries must be complete at time of entry. All 3 photos must be submitted at the same time.
Entrants may submit more than one complete entry, but can only win once. One or two photos is not a complete entry. Each entry must contain 3 unique photos.
Entries must be submitted through capricecrane.com. No other method of submission will be considered. No kidding. I’d love 3 cakes with your pics in frosting on them, but they won’t win. (Though they may be tasty.) (I may rethink this.)

How to submit:

Send album links through Caprice's website capricecrane.com/contact


Enjoy and good luck!

Xo,
Stacy

p.s. you can see the other shirt I designed for Caprice's past book "Forget about It" here 

and last p.s.s. I love what I do and I am so grateful with a little bit of Luck I met my friend Caprice Crane :)

Music Mondays- Marry the Night (Lady Gaga)

June 27, 2011
Lady Gaga's new CD is amazing! Every time I listen to it, I just want to get up and dance ;) I had to create an outfit based on my favorite Gaga song- Marry the Night. It's so catchy and I can guarantee it will get you through your day ;)

Marry the Night- Lady Gage

Cropped t shirt
boymeetsgirlusa.com


Which Lady Gaga song is your favorite from her new album?

Xo,
Stacy

Friday's Date Night Finds

June 24, 2011
I am very excited to be spending a relaxing and (work-free..hopefully ;)) weekend with DJ Blue Steel. It's so important to decompress once in awhile! I planned a stay at home date night :)
Here are my essentials for the perfect date night at home:

1. Pick up a couple of great comedies, my personal favorites include: Harold and Maude, Airplane and CaddyShack.
You can purchase it here!


2. Snacks! A date night is not complete without some delicious goodies :) Frozen Grapes, Tofu Munchies, and my guilty pleasure PopChips. 


3. Take Out- PeaceFood Cafe has amazing delicious food that's good for you to!


tempeh avocado sandwich


4. Last but not least make sure all  your hand-held devices are turned off :)





Xo,
Stacy

One of My Favorite Hat Designers- Sample Sale today & tomorrow!

June 23, 2011


Hey everyone! Check out this awesome Eugenia Kim Sample Sale going on today and tomorrow ONLY!

Times: 10AM - 7PM
What? Amazing Savings: Up to 70% off of Eugenia Kim Spring/Summer 2011 styles and one-of-a-kind exclusive pieces!
They are offering straw fedoras, sunhats and woven caps as well as hair accessories. Both mens and womens and all items were further marked down this morning!
They accept cash and credit - AMEX, VISA, MC
Address:
347 W 36th St. (b/w 8th and 9th ave)
Suite 501
NY, NY 10018
Subways: 1/2/3, A/C/E, B/D/F/V, N/R/W to 34th st or 42nd and walk

You can grab my favorite hats as written about in my blog here :) 

Xo,
Stacy

A great hat speaks for itself

I must share with you all one of my favorite hat designers, Eugenia Kim!  Make sure to check out her site and her amazing designs! I especially love her hat called Max 9, so adorable and great for a summer day! (see below) and  I might have to scoop up her Men's hat called Ronson1 for Dj Blue Steel (see below). Nothing like rocking a hat with the one you love :) Check out last Summer's post relating to Boy &Girl style here

Max 9





What type of hats are your favorite this summer??

Xo,
Stacy

2011 Wayuu Taya Foundation Gala

June 22, 2011


Last week I attended my dear friend Patricia Velásquez Wayuu Taya Foundation Gala and had an amazing time! I have attended the past 3 years and have been involved personally and also along with my brand, Boy Meets Girl(R)  -you can see my past blog post here.  I loved catching up with my friend, artist, Peter Tunney he was the auctioneer of the evening and did an amazing job. Also loved seeing one of my bff's celebrity hair stylist Tara Smith. It was also great to catch up with Russell Simmons and Padma Lakshmi :)
I was blown away by violinist and Grammy Award winner, Miri Ben-Ari's performance.  I was also thrilled to see my fav Mimi of Rent, Daphne Rubin-Vega, who performed one of my favorite songs, "Seasons of Love."  Check out clip coverage in the video below. All took place at Donna Karan's incredible Urban Zen space.
Congrats to Patricia on an amazing job!



Photos from the Gala

Patricia Velasquez

Donna Karan & violinist, Miri Ben-Ari

Me, Stacy Igel

All of above photos found here: 
http://www.blubiker.fotki.com/wayuu-taya-foundati/ 

The Wayúu Tayá Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-governmental, nonprofit organization founded in 2002 by Venezuelan model and actress Patricia Velásquez. The Foundation began its operations in Mara—a region located in the Zulia state of Venezuela— where it has concentrated its efforts in assisting the Wayúu, an indigenous group comprised of over 300,000 people. The Wayúu Tayá Foundation was created in order to help improve the lives of Latin-American indigenous people while maintaining and respecting their traditions, culture and beliefs. 



To find out more about the Wayuu Taya Foundation, check out their website here. 
I hope you will all join me next year!

Xo,
Stacy

p.s. Thank you to Dj Sly for editing this video. Love your Dj skills!

Favorite Pastime Game "BackGammon"

June 21, 2011
One of my favorite pastime games is backgammon- not sure how to play? I found some rules on the game here in case you want to try it out for yourself! My father taught me this game when I was little. I think I fell in love with it because it challenges your brain and you get to still be Creative while playing against your opponent. I taught Dj Blue Steel how to play a few years ago and he is now an official obsessed player. I am still up a game on him!


Wearing my favorite lounge tee- the





Xo,
Stacy

Music Monday- Cloud (Sia)

June 20, 2011
I am loving Australian singer Sia! She is so fierce, quirky and has an amazing raw voice. This song is a great song to start your day if you've been feeling off lately- it makes me forget the reality of my crazy Monday. She is a powerful lady and I want to channel her energy today! Enjoy!


Sia- Cloud

Seychelles vintage shoes
$73 - endless.com
City of Lights Tee
boymeetsgirlusa.com

You can also check out the song here.

Xo,
Stacy

Friday Meets Jumper Finds

June 17, 2011
One of my favorite pieces for this summer is the Boy Meets Girl®Defiant Jumper- as you can see below I love it so much that I'm jumping up and down with joy hehe ;)



This breathable jumper is perfect for the beach, a walk in the park or a day of shopping! I love how Cheryl of the blog Oh To Be A Muse our South West Blog Rep styled her Defiant Jumper too! She paired it with great accessories :) You can enter the chance to win a Boy Meets Girl® tote bag and knee high socks..Check out her blog for more details :)




Xo,
Stacy

GIVEAWAY- Win a "Zoe" tee

June 16, 2011
What better way to celebrate this gorgeous weather than by having a GIVEAWAY!  Were giving one fan/follower our favorite graphic "Zoe" tee! I literally wear this oversized crop top at least once a week... obsessed!


How to enter:
A) Follow @boymeetsgirlusa and tweet why you love the "Zoe" tee using #BMGgiveaway
OR
B) 'Like' the Boy Meets Girl® Facebook page and post on our wall why you love the "Zoe" tee.
OR
C) Tweet @boymeetsgirlusa and post on the Boy Meets Girl® Facebook page and receive 2 entries!!

Details:
Giveaway Starts: NOW!
Giveaway ends: Thursday, June 30th 11:59pm EST
Winner announced: Friday, July 1st 12:00pm EST

If you don’t have a Twitter or Facebook, or don’t feel comfortable entering via the internet, please send your entry to the address below before June 30th, 2011: Please include either a self addressed, stamped envelope or an email address where you can be contacted.
 
Boy Meets Girl®
Fashion Week Contest
1411 Broadway, 8th floor
New York, NY 10018

Best of luck!
xo Stacy

Get to Know: Tara Smith, Celebrity Hairstylist 6/16

One of my good friends and celebrity hairstylists, Tara Smith has been a busy girl traveling all over to do hair for events and movie premieres. Recently she styled Vannesa Hudgens and Rosario Dawson's hair in Cannes for the Calvin Klein event. She also styled Eve Hewson, Bono’s daughter for the premiere of Eve's film- ‘THIS MUST BE THE PLACE’- co-starring Sean Penn.


Vannesa Hudgens

Rosario Dawson


Vanessa Hudgens was voted one of the best looks of Cannes by Hollywood Life the night that Tara styled her! So proud of you Tara! Check out the story here.  Thank you for rocking my hair at many of my events and shoots.
Tara gave me the inside scoop on what the look was for Cannes:  
“There’s a new informality, whether the hair is up, or down, the vibe has been laid back and textured. This is a younger and fresher look than the super-glam, super “done” looks of the past. Soft, healthy hair is a must to pull off this look as it is all about showing the hair in an almost natural state- but better! One popular trend being played with is a deep side part, which I combined with a sassy ponytail on the gorgeous actress Eve Hewson." 

Eve Hewson



Tara uses products from her Tara Smith Natural and Organic Hair Care line on all of her glamorous clients.  Her must have product to prep any style is her Base Coat Serum, a little bit worked thru wet hair controls frizz and makes hair incredibly soft, silky and manageable. After styling, a finishing spritz of her Tara Smith Top Coat Glosser adds an amazing fresh orange scent, and instant red carpet shine!     
Tara Smith Natural and Organic Hair Care is available at:



Which celebrity hairstyle is your favorite that Tara did? I highly recommend the two products above, I own both of them and they make my hair feel so great! You know I love eco-friendly products ;)

Xo,
Stacy

Good things come to those who wait

June 15, 2011
"No it won't all go the way it should, but I know the heart of life is good."

 I'm not sure who wrote this quote, but it fits how I am feeling this week.


Shot this on my Blackberry in Brazil

Shot this on my Blackberry in Brazil

Xo,
Stacy

How to wear the Boy Meets Girl® Sanctuary Top!

June 14, 2011
One of my favorite things about the Boy Meets Girl® Sanctuary Top is the many ways I can style it around my outfit. It's so light and comfortable and I look forward to wearing it many more times this summer :) Check out how I styled it below- one time I wore it over a colorful romper and the second time tied into a knot and cinched at the waist over a maxi dress. Both styles made me feel fun and flirty and ready to take on the day/night and hot summer!




Which outfit do you like better? How would you style your Sanctuary Top?

Xo,
Stacy

Music Mondays- Orange Sky (Alexi Murdoch) 6/13

June 13, 2011
Alexi Murdoch is one of my favorite singers- his voice and music always makes me calm and less stressed, not sure how he does it, but I love to play him on repeat in my office :) If you need to calm down your crazy Monday, this is the perfect music to accompany you, enjoy!

This polyvore set was dedicated to one of my favorite songs by him- Orange Sky. What do you think?


Orange Sky- Alexi Murdoch

Boy Meets Girl Tee
boymeetsgirlusa.com


Xo,
Stacy

Friday's Father Day Gift Finds

June 10, 2011
It seemed appropriate to share with you all some gift ideas I think would be perfect for every type of dad :) Whether your dad likes the outdoors, likes sailing, likes to kick back and relax or likes to venture out into the city- I'm sure you will have no problem finding him the perfect gift!

1. Jersey Boys on Broadway- this musical was absolutely amazing! This fun musical is sure to bring back memories :)

Purchase tickets here :)




 2. This hammock from BrookStone.com looks so comfortable and great for any dad to kick back and relax! I am especially digging this picture. It just gives me a chuckle! (love this gift for my rockstar father-in-law)

Check it out!


3. I thought this was a fun gift! It's an assortment of different types of beer and snacks that I'm sure you're dad will love. (love this gift for my brother-in-law. Amazing father to my nieces & nephew)

Microbrew Beer Bucket Gift Basket

4.My father is a sailor and loves to cook so I found him a special bowl that you can personalize and is great for serving guests. I am a big fan of customizing a product. It always wins me over. If your reading this Dodi a special gift is on its way :)

to find out where to get this nautical piece check here at the StationairyStudio.com

What are you getting your dad this year?? Make sure to share them with me here. Look forward to hearing from you.

Xo,
Stacy

Minjae Lee

June 9, 2011
While stumbling around the internet late the other night(midnight inspirations :)), I found this amazing artist from South Korea named Minjae Lee & Greno. I love the use of color in his work and the combination's of  portrait drawings mixed with sketch detailing. Two Words= Beautiful Talent!

Blue Lip

Reminiscence III

Reminiscence II

Blossom Desire

Xo,
Stacy