Music Monday- Ultimate 70s Playlist

October 31, 2011
First of all HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE! I hope you all have a very safe and fun time!

When I put on this outfit this past weekend I felt very retro and straight from the 70s which is one of my favorite fashion eras! Maybe it was the hat or little booties..but it seemed appropriate to pair my outfit with a suitable play-list to bring you back to the 70s :)




Coat: H&M, Hat: Lela Rowe, Scarf: Str, Boots: Urban Outfitters, Tote: Boy Meets Girl(R)s, Tote: Boy Meets Girl(R)



The Mamas And The Papas - San Francisco by dj ashy ( ashvin )

California Dreaming - Mamas and the Papas by michaelmaclennanpianoman

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (1977) by krojac

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (1977) by krojac

Go ahead get into the groove!

Xo,
Stacy

Q&A with Jody Lee from Agoura High School!

October 28, 2011
This week I had the privilege of meeting an extremely talented High School student, Jody Lee from Agoura High School in LA. I can't tell you too much...but a little hint as to why Jody paid us a little visit: Boy Meets Girl(R) is teaming up with Jody's fashion class at her High School to do a joint design project this November (excited to tell you more details soon)!

She recently participated in a Teen Vogue/Oneill's contest where she designed, produced and marketed a dress and handbag for Oneill's! Talk about a talented young lady! She was picked out of 1000 applicants and was 1 out of 5 chosen for this project.

I just had to do a Q&A on this fabulous student. Jody is driven, smart and has a great head on her shoulders! It's so nice to see her High School provide such great opportunities and classes for those interested in a specific field (and yes my favorite field) :)


Jody and I in the showroom :)

1) How would you style your favorite Boy Meets Girl® item?
I am absolutely in love with the Sanctuary top! I would style it with a short length brightly colored tank top underneath with a simple pair of shorts. I love how this top looks great buttoned or unbuttoned!

2) What causes and/or organizations do you support?
Because my mother is a victim of breast cancer, I support any breast cancer causes. Such causes include Young Survival Coalition, the American Cancer Society, and the Keep-a-Breast foundation. I also love what the Make-a-Wish foundation does since it is so personal and makes patients' dreams come true!

3) What is your favorite part of high school?
My favorite part of high school is that, unlike elementary or middle school, I can choose my own classes to my liking. At my school (Agoura High School) I have taken four Clothing Construction courses and I am enrolled in a Fashion Design and Merchandising class from my favorite teacher Mrs. Kim Speth, who is seriously the most amazing woman alive. These classes contribute to my passion for fashion! I also took Photography, Chinese, Dance, and Psychology which all really intrigued me and was to my benefit.

4) Favorite all time movie quote?
The first quote that comes into my mind is from Finding Nemo when Dory sings to Marlin to "Just keep swimmin', just keep swimmin'." Not only is it humorous in the way that she says it, but I realize that no matter what obstacles I experience in life, it is important to keep pushing forward and progress, although life may present discouraging occurrences.
Also, I'm on my school's Cross Country team and I find that saying this to myself in my mind while I run helps me a lot. Ironic,no?

5) Favorite thing to do in NYC/or city live in?
Since this past week was my first time ever being in NYC, my favorite thing to do in NYC is just to simply wander around the busiest parts of the city. I love admiring how tall the buildings are; they make me feel tiny and youthful. Within a few subway stops I can view the Rembrandt collection at the Met, take a bite in Little Italy, and visit Alexander Wang's flagship store.


6) If you could live out of the country where would you settle down?
I took a trip to Hong Kong this past summer and like New York City, the streets are filled with hustle and bustle. The city never sleeps. Neon lights illuminate the night. Chinese culture is present at every corner turned at. Adorable clothes are like 80% off what I usually pay for. My whole extended family is there as well so it's nice to be near them.

7) What’s your favorite..

Website? Social Networking: Tumblr and Blogspot. Everything else: Style.com

Book? The Great Gatsby, without a doubt.

Gadget? My iPod touch. I'm addicted to all the apps and stuff, but because I don't have internet access on it 24/7 it limits how often I use it.

Midnight Snack? Pasta pasta pasta. I'll mass cook pasta and just put it in the fridge for the next time I want a snack on pasta which can be at like 3am. I think this is a runner's thing. Or maybe just a weird Jody thing.

Guilty pleasure? Pretty Little Liars and pasta.


8) What’s been your biggest splurge this season?
I'm not one to spend great loads of money on apparel, but if I had to pick it'd probably be a long coat I purchased from H&M.


9) What’s your biggest purchase steal?
I literally just bought three sweaters from some sketchy vintage shop for two bucks each like fifteen minutes ago. I had to dig through the store, but it's so worth it. It's so like-new!



Jody making a wish in our wish wall!


I am so excited to share more with you all about this fun project we will be doing! More updates to come..and THANK YOU Jody and her teacher Kim Speth :)

Xo,
Stacy





My Style Tips of the Day!

October 27, 2011
Hi everyone! This week has been so productive and busy :) so much to tell  you and a lot going on for the future! I have to keep that a secret, but for today I wanted to share a little video featuring the Boy Meets Girl(R) Intimates Collection, hope you like it!





Xo,
Stacy

University Style

October 25, 2011
After a great experience at Campus Candy in State College, PA (Penn State University ) The DJ team has become college obsessed! I attended University of Wisconsin and had the opportunity to experience a Big 10 College at its finest. Check out trends we noticed while at PSU and see what was popular when I was at Wisconsin!
1.     Sweatpants - An easy way to update your old sweat pants is by rocking Boy Meets Girl ®  Forbidden Pants.



 2.     Sweatshirt - Need a comfy fix? Check out either our Every Time Hoodie (pull-over) or CoCo Hoodie (zip-up)







5.     School spirit items - GO COLLEGE!










 10.   Lots of jewelry! Layer it on, the more the better this season :) So make sure to check out these pins to layer on your blazers here ..Boy Meets Girl Pins



 HEY College girl! Do you have a favorite trend we missed? Comment on your favorites!

Xo,
Stacy

9.     A new take on pants- For the days where you don’t want to wear your basic jeans but want to feel as effortless try the Boy Meets Girl ® Paramount pant.8.     A little black dress- Perfect for formals, night out with the girls, or just for a classy dinner! If you’re looking for a more casual one check out the Expedition Dress.7.     A good blazer - Be on the lookout for the Boy Meets Girl ® Steadfast Blazer!6.     A mini skirt - check out the On the Road skirt which is a versatile and chic addition to any going out outfit!4.     Totebag - Get a free Boy Meets Girl®  one with every purchase on www.boymeetsgirlusa.com  
 3      Uggs - rock them when its cold out or with a pair of shorts and knee high socks from Boy Meets Girl(R)  (we noticed a few girls doing that at PSU!)

Boy Meets DJ Smarty Girl

October 21, 2011
I love meeting new people and was so lucky to meet Liz Dee through my good friend Ted Rubin. Liz is a 5th Generation Candy Maker and one of the sweetest people I know.. no pun intended!! She was nice enough to invite the Dj team out to the Smarties Factory Last week for a VIP tour. It was such a great time meeting their team and some of the Dee family members who work at Smarties!! And of course seeing the colorful office!





We got Liz to answer some questions about her job...  including who her Favorite Smarty Pants is, and her favorite Fashion Accessory... you are all going to die over it!! :)) She also shares what she wears to work, but if she could choose, she would wear a JUMPSUIT!! As you all know, I love jumpsuits! Check out the video of our meeting below:








Can’t wait to see you again soon Liz aka DJ Smarty!! Thank you again!


Xo,
Stacy

p.s. Also more to come on my tour with Liz and the Smarties Team when my exclusive series Behind The Seams with Stacy Igel airs on Lockerz.com in December! Stay Tuned!
p.p.s. Find out the WINNER of our favorite Smarty Pants Contest by Clicking HERE!! :) Check her out!!



 

Tips of the Day: When you're first starting your business the do's and don'ts

October 19, 2011
I've always loved the story behind a person's career or how they got started and to tell of how they began (probably why I am obsessed with autobiographies these days). My story began in my college dorm room (actually my home bedroom when I was 6 years old) and officially when I moved to NYC in 1999. I worked out of my first bedroom that I shared with 3 of my college roommates(and best friends) and built a sewing/cutting table/work station in my bedroom. I ran my business between my home and space I built in Union City, NJ and the NYC Garment Center. So much more to tell so you will have to come back and read more :)  

But for now...

Here are a couple of tips of the do's and don'ts for those who are just starting their business and need to maximize their (tiny) space!

1.Organize the clutter as best as you can. Working in your bedroom you need to separate work vs. your own space. *see my divider in the picture below*

2. Take breaks. Even if it is just a walk around your block to get a breath of fresh air and as I like to say breathe. You are living and working in the same space. You need a moment of your own time.

3. If you live with roommates. Make sure you Thank them for letting you have a business in your space. My girls were amazing and of course they got rewarded in my creations :) I will be forever grateful for their belief in me.

The best was at the end of the day (which of course was super late!) I could just crash!
Check out these snapshots from the good ‘ole days!

a photo shoot taken in my bedroom by Lucky Magazine. I a featured designer in Lucky's "one to watch". I will never forget this photo shoot. I was like yes you can shoot but it is in my bedroom lol!
Training my assistant at the time in my 2nd apartment when I moved on my own and had my business in my living room.
my first patternmaker Hernan and I in my studio I built in the heart of the garment center where I built a cutting and sewing room!

moving in to a NEW YORK City garment center space. DJ Blue Steel there to help me every step of the way.
“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.”  -Don Williams Jr.

 I would love to hear about your journey! 

Xo,
Stacy

Music Monday- featuring Milo Greene and Broken Bells

October 17, 2011
My new favorite bands Milo Greene and Broken Bells will be playing in NYC next week and I had to share some of their amazing songs. Along with today's play-list which is sure to get you movin',  check out the new Boy Meets Girl(R) products; intimates and legwear for every fashionista on the go!





Three's a Charm Anklet Socks
Enjoy and happy Monday! 

Xo,
Stacy

Friday's Photography Finds with the amazing Marc Mez!

October 14, 2011
Marc Mez has been the genius behind our Summer & Fall 2011 images! Check out the Boy Meets Girl(R) site for his work. Last week he sent me the link to a new section on his site, which of course I fell in love with instantly! He featured more Boy Meets Girl(R) products, and I especially love all of the tights shots! 




To see more check out http://marcmez.com/bmg



Which picture is your fav?

Xo,
Stacy

StarFest 2011

October 13, 2011
As I was browsing through Time Out Magazine recently, I noticed that Central Park is having a lot of great Fall events..one being the StarFest 2011! Telescopes and binoculars will be provided at this event and I am really excited to see the Constellations that vividly. I remember studying these in my science classes... And DJ Blue Steel bought me a star a long time ago so excited to hopefully find it!!!

Images found here


You can also check out Time Out's events online here :)



Xo,
Stacy

Tip of the day for young designers!

October 12, 2011
My mom and I at my first trade show!


-Tips for young designers


1. Be prepared to work like you’ve never worked before.
2.  Being a talented designer is not enough. You need to learn how to be an effective marketer, networker, salesperson, service provider, writer, stylist, merchandiser and psychiatrist too.  
3.  Work with multiple vendors and never stop sourcing potential new ones.  It gives you leverage and protects you from catastrophes.
4. Last, but not least... BELIEVE!

I quickly learned the importance of hard work and customer service.  There are a lot of amazingly talented people in this world.  While you may not always be the most creative, charming or brilliant person in the room, you can be the hardest working and most dedicated -- that is something that is totally within your own control.  By working hard, my bosses took notice at my earlier jobs and my employees take notice now.  Its leadership by example and I think it fosters loyalty and camaraderie.

A young designers survival kit:
- Sketchpad // Moleskin notebook - to draw, write, or post what inspires you
- Totebag - to carry all these goodies in
- Pens // Pencils - To doodle away with in your sketch place
- Camera - to capture things that inspire you
- Needles and thread - for any last minute touch ups
- Phone charger - you never know when your phone might die

- A pins and needles holder - put your pins and needles somewhere so that they are accessible and not poking you!
- Planner or a phone with a great one - staying organized is super important to me and should be a priority to all aspiring designers.
- Vitamin C - Staying healthy is key to running my brand so these tablets are just one way to stay away from being sick.
- Luna // Protein bar - energy on the go!
- Lipstick - adds a little shine to your smile
- Mints - to spark some fresh breathe before you meet someone


XO,
Stacy

Boy Meets Young Survival Coalition/BCA Girl

October 11, 2011
 I wanted to share with everyone how important Breast Cancer Awareness month is for me and give you more details about an amazing organization called the Young Survival Coalition. Check out my video below :)





Outfit details:
J brand jeans
Boy Meets Girl(R) Campus Candy Naughty-n-Nice Tee
Necklace- birthday gift from my sis#2
Ring- LF (gift from mother in law and sister in law)
Headband-In God We Trust
Hair tie- BCA Scunci


Xo,
Stacy

p.s. check out past posts on BCA
http://stacyigel.blogspot.com/2011/04/in-living-pink-may-19th-2011-please.html 

Music Monday - Float On (Goldspot)

October 10, 2011
Happy Monday!  The weekend is over and now it's time to be productive again!  This song is sure to wake up and get you moving through the work week.  I love to remember that even if something bad happens today, we will all "float on" okay.
Remember that it's okay to make mistakes every once in a while.  It means you're trying.


Music Monday - Float On (Goldsport)

Crop tee
boymeetsgirlusa.com




Xo,
Stacy

NOW LAUNCHING BOY MEETS GIRL(R) NEW INTIMATES & SOCKS/SLIPPERS COLLECTION

October 7, 2011
I am beyond excited to launch the Boy Meets Girl(R) NEW Intimates and Socks & Slippers Collection on www.boymeetsgirlusa.com TODAY! This is truly a dream for me! I have been wanting to introduce this to my line for years and finally I can bring this to you! YA!

What I love about these collections are they are fun, flirty and have playful prints which have the Boy Meets Girl(R) logo in certain places. If you are in need of a quick birthday, holiday or bridal partygift idea, check out our collections here.
And if you just want to covet for yourself I suggest you do. Yes I may be bias but the Intimates fit amazing. And the prices are also out of this world! The 3 Pair socks can be worn all together and/or seperate for each day of the week on rotation and the travel slippers are great for a girl like me on the go and always traveling.
ENJOY!

Photos by Marc Mez



Photos by Marc Mez


Let me know what you think of the new collections! 

xo, Stacy

Tips of the Day! Entrepreneurial guidelines 2.0..

October 6, 2011
Entrepreneurial Guidelines 2.0


Me speaking at Fashion140 this year on "Humanizing a brand in the social media space" conquered my fear of speaking!
The Spice Girls promoted this best with their message of "Girl Power." 
Today women are shining so bright as they are changing the business world by leading it with a bang. One of these leaders I admire for her determination and changing the way people do things is Arianna Huffington. She is truly an inspiration.
Many women admit that their biggest mistake was not starting sooner - so why not start today! If you have a vision let it be heard. Here are some tips to being a successful woman entrepreneur.

- Embrace the “mother-like” qualities you have and focus on customer service, creating warm feelings and special relationships.
- Be passionate and vocal
- Take advantage of social media - growing my brand I have embraced many social media platforms. But, make sure they are right for you at the right time. There is a strategy behind everything I do(as I say their is meaning behind the madness). Clearly I love Twitter, Facebook, Blogspot, Polyvore and Tumblr but with all I have reason behind what I do with each platform.
- Women at any age can be entrepreneurs!I started my brand at a very young age.
- Always be working to get ahead! Sure its good to be getting by but why not be great?!

I would love to know your tips to success? Share them here!


Xo,
Stacy