Midnight Inspirations: New Year Resolutions- Good bye 2013

December 31, 2013
clearly destined to be a fashion designer at the age of 3  :)

That was me then..This is me now!

My New Year's Resolutions:
1. Balance
2. More Balance
3. Quality time with my husband
4. Quality time with my amazing friends and family
5. Boy Meets Girl=2014=Boy Meets Girl=Global Growth=Biggest Year to come for my baby!

 What are your resolutions for 2014?!

what I wore: Engagement Party Style & what Sophie wore!

December 27, 2013
I hope everyone had a beautiful and Merry Christmas! I recently celebrated my good friend Sophie Elgort's recent engagement. So excited to continue to celebrate Sophie into 2014! Sophie and I met a few years ago and have worked together on several projects including this shoot as seen below in my BTS web series. 

Booming pop sensation Sabi, a featured artist on the Britney Spears Femme Fatale Tour and Cobra Starship's hit song "You Make Me Feel," joins Stacy for a fun-filled photo shoot at Caravan Stylist Studio with Sophie Elgort, the highly sought after shutterbug and daughter of world-renown photographer Arthur Elgort. Both Stacy and stylist Ali Lang dress Sabi for Boy Meets Girl's Spring 2012 campaign in the latest styles.

what Sophie wore:
Dress: ADEAM 

what I wore:

Jacket: Laveer 
Sweater: Vince
Skirt: Theory
Cross Body bag: Fendi
Necklace: Vintage
Rings: Boy Meets Girl® x Roman Luxe 

How do you dress for an after work engagement party? 

Midnight Inspirations: A stroll through the park

December 23, 2013
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything" -Plato

shot on my IPHONE4S #nofilter seen on my Instagram

Behind the Seams: Q&A with DJ Hesta Prynn

December 20, 2013
Okay, so some of you might know that I’m a super kick-ass DJ.  Just check out my  BTS web series to see my mad skillz...  JEALOUS?!?!?  Hard to believe it’s been two years since I surprised my team with a day at Scratch DJ Academy, where each of them took a spin on the turntables and was anointed with their very own DJ names. 

But seriously folks, I love DJs and how skilled they are at setting the mood.  They really are such talented artists and its hard in this day and age to think about attending any event without a tailor-made sound track courtesy of a DJ.  Recently, I had the great privilege to meet the uber-talented DJ Hesta Prynn. Hesta is also a songwriter and a writer-writer for Paper Magazine. Hesta worked my Fashion Week after party last season. You know you have a killer DJ when the crowd won’t leave even after last call! That was my after party. Thank you DJ Hesta! I hope to get a special DJ lesson from you soon. Lord knows I need it. 

Learn more about DJ Hesta Prynn in my Q&A below and make sure to check out this beautiful artist on the rise!

Also check out this AMAZING soundcloud playlist DJ Hesta created for me & Boy Meets Girl®!

More about DJ Hesta Prynn on these social footprints:

My tips: How to keep your skin soft this winter!

December 18, 2013
I can't believe it's already the middle of the December! I'm not sure where you are but here in NYC it is COLD, COLD, COLD! And when the temperature drops our skin can go haywire!

Here are some of my tips for keeping your skin smooth and beautiful in the winter months!

1. Water & Lot's of ZICO Coconut water!
It's so important to drink water all year long, but in the winter months it's vital to keep your skin soft! Keep a water bottle in your bag, get a fancy water cup for your desk, add a little lemon to your water, whatever helps you drink more water, just do it!  Also ZICO's amazing natural coconut water has as much potassium as a banana and five essential electrolytes which keeps you hydrated, replenished and feeling renewed!
2. Scrub a dub dub! 
Scrubs are important in the Winter months to remove all the dry skin and smooth everything out! It's important to uses body and facial scrubs if you want fresh smooth skin! Check out this DIY "Tropical Oat Scrub" recipe from good friend Alexis Wolfer, founder of BeautyBean.com and author of "The Recipe for Radiance".
All you need to do is Pulse 1 cup raw oats in a blender until coarsely chopped then Mix with 1/4 cup liquified coconut oil (warm it if it's solidified). Scrub over damp, softened skin (after a shower is best) using gentle circular motions. You can use this on sensitive and even acne-prone skin (even on your face!) since the oats are gentle and the coconut oil is antibacterial and antimicrobial so it won't cause breakouts. If your body needs an extra vigorous scrub down, add 1/4 cup raw sugar as well for a more granular scrub. Rinse the scrub off with warm water leaving the residual oil on to moisturize.  

3. Lotion away!
Lotion is another essential needed in these winter months! Especially for your hands, body and feet!
I love putting this lotion on my feet right before bedtime :)

What do you use to keep your skin soft in the Winter? 

what I wore: As many layers as possible!

December 16, 2013
Tutrlement love/love
 Sweater: H&M 
Tights: Forever21
Skort: Zara

the Winter Coat Challenge (I had chosen B and so did all of you!) 
You can see further comments here & here
 Jacket: BCBG

my Leopard companion
coat: Zara

What are you wearing this fall?

Behind the Seams: Boy Meets Girl® x Roman Luxe Jewelry collection

December 12, 2013

This past summer I was introduced to the amazing Roman & Sunstone team via Accessories Council  president, Karen Giberson. I met with Sally Alex, the companys president, we hit it off, and ultimately decided to produce a line together. Our two brands mesh so well, and its been such a pleasure to work with dedicated, passionate, intelligent people like Sally and her team. The Boy Meets Girl® x Roman Luxe line made its debut during Fashion Week at the Just Dance with Boy Meets Girl®  runway show. The current collection consists of high polished gold plating gold rings in four styles that I named: Happy, Funky, Crazy and Jazzy The picture below was taken the day we sealed our licensing agreement. I love the ray of light you see below, Its been an amazing partnership so far, and we have a lot more to come in 2014, but for now enjoy our Ring Party :)

Below is my favorite EMOJI pow boom sign you probably see on my instagram a lot!

Which ring is your favorite?

Currently available here at these amazing online destinations:
Max and Chloe
Peace Love Threads

Contests & Giveaways: A special gift for **YOU**

December 9, 2013
Hi guys! So I'm so excited to share with you this AMAZING giveaway I'm launching today! In all the holiday craziness it can be hard to take a moment and treat YOURSELF. From the holiday shopping, cooking, preparing for family in town, it can be overwhelming! So I wanted to put together something to treat one of YOU to a special gift just for YOU! I have teamed up these amazing brands and all you have to do is enter below! The giveaway starts TODAY 12/9 and ENDS 12/16. I will be announcing the WINNER here on this post on 12/17. Good Luck (I want to win)!

Here's what YOU win(total package value $600+):
A set of the Boy Meets Girl® x Roman Luxe ring collection (value $270 )
Boy Meets Girl® Coco Hoodie for a Cause, that supports the Young Survival Coalition! (value $55)
Green bag from the "Donate by Color" movement by ANGELA ROI that supports the prevention & treatment of Anxiety & Depression. AR donates $5 of every Green handbag sold to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America. (value $65)
A pair of shoes from BC Shoes (up to $100)

What are you looking forward to getting for yourself and others this season? 
Linking up to IFB Project 125!

Midnight Inspirations: Holiday gifts under $50!

December 6, 2013

 The holidays crept up on us all so fast! Thanksgivukkah is over but Christmas is right around the corner!
 If you missed all the black friday and cyber monday shopping here are some perfect gifts for family, friends and coworkers for under $50! 

1. Cozy Sweaters:
Minnie Mouse a must
4. Happy Rings: 
Boy Meets Girl® x Roman Luxe Happy Rings
5. For the Candle Lover:  

Make sure to come right back here on 12/9/13 for a special Holiday Giveaway just for you featuring incredible brands with over $600 in prizes!!!

Midnight Inspirations: My routine & must reads online!

December 4, 2013
I was recently interviewed by ModaDossier.com One of their questions to me was, Walk us through a typical day in your lifeI had never really stopped to think about my patterns.  I found it quite shocking that I do really have a routine, and just going through this exercise actually taught me something about myself but more on that in a bit.  First, below, a typical Stacy Igel day…
Wake-up 6am. First thing I do? Reach for my phone (I know, I know).  Time to get social: Insta, tweet, like… dork out on customized news courtesy of  theSkimm… Brush my teeth, get dressed and kiss my husband (sometimes not in that order!)… Have a shake (Barlean’s greens, some fruit, chia seeds, almond butter, almond milk and whey protein). If I leave early enough, hop on the train and read an actual physical paper, Women’s Wear Daily (which I have been reading since my first subscription was sent to me at the age of 12).  Can’t do that during rush hour though, the natives get too restless.  If I'm late, I'll hop in a cab, get stuck in traffic, and yell at myself for not taking the subway.  But at least I can start going through my emails and reading WhoWhatWear, which is perfect for what's trending right now (thanks Mindy Kaling for Rockin’ BMG).  Once I get to work, the meetings begin: Design, Sales, Social , E-com, PR, Bizdev.  Without fail, someone in one of these meetings (often me) will mention an article in TechCrunch or Mashable that is apropos of something we're talking about.  And then someone will lead the meeting off on a tangent (again, often me) about something funny they read in Buzzfeed. After meetings, we “break” for lunch.  Well, not really a break, because I'm not kidding when I tell you that I often have 500 new emails to go through while I eat lunch. Around 6pm, the office begins to get quiet.  I love this time of day.  I can be super efficient.  I turn the speakers up to eleven and just get crackin’.  I’ve tried to cut down on the number of after work dinner and events I go to.  Otherwise, you know, I'd have no personal life.  When I do have events, my husband (who’s also in the business) often joins me.  When I get home, I unwind with some truly horrible reality TV while my husband tries to sleep! My husband says I burn the candle at both ends, but isn't that what life is all about???

So here’s what I learned after this exercise:
1.      I’m addicted to content.  I'm equally voracious as a consumer and a creator. 
2.      I think I need a nap.
3.      I need to figure out ways to increase efficiency. I used to have an elaborate email system that helped me separate the important emails from the REALLY important emails.  Maybe I'll go back to that… Also, maybe I’ll get a treadmill desk!

What's your routine? What do you read in the morning?

Midnight Inspirations: Meet our December Muse of the Month, U edition!

December 2, 2013
 Introducing our December ‘13 Muse of the Month, U edition- Kristy!
I cannot believe this is our last MUSE of the year! It has been such a pleasure introducing you to these incredible muses over the past few years. Each muse has their own story and inspire me and my team.
I am excited to introduce you to our new category Muse of the Month...the University(U) Edition. Check out Kristy from Clemson University and learn more about her below and why she loves Orange!

Name: Kristy Ward

School & Major: Clemson, Marketing Major

What do you hope to do after graduation? 
After graduation, I hope to be a fashion buyer or do Marketing Research in the Fashion industry. 

What is your favorite extracurricular activity? 
I have danced ballet my whole life, and love any type of dance, from classical to zumba! 

What do you wear to show your school spirit but stay fashionable at the same time?
 I love to accessorize with scarves, they can really make an outfit especially in chilly fall weather! I have so many orange scarves that I wear around campus on our Solid Orange Fridays. 

Who is your muse or the person who inspires you most? Could be anyone! If you would like to be considered for Boy Meets Girl®'s Muse of the Month see the rules here!

Behind the Seams: What I'm Thankful for This Year!

November 27, 2013
I have done several posts over the years 2010, 2011 and 2012 on this special day taking a moment and reflecting on the year and what I am grateful for. As I sit here writing this post and flipping through 1000000 of photos I find myself teary eyed (I am a woman as you know we do get emotional)!
This year has been a roller-coaster with a lot of twists and turns...I am grateful for my beautiful family, friends, team, fans and husband.
Happy Thanksgiving and Thanksgivukkah!

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My Tips: Sales, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Thanksgivukkah!

November 25, 2013
It's so crazy that Chanukah falls around Thanksgiving this year(Thanksgivukkah)! This hasn't happened since 1888 and won't happen again for another 79,000 years! Friday kicks off the holiday shopping craziness so of I wanted to share with you guys my tips on how to shop Black Friday and Cyber Monday like a pro!

Bergdorf Goodman opens at 8AM on Friday 11/29/13(first time ever)! Guess who will be there?

1. Make a list of who you need to buy for!
This way you don't forget anyone!  Write everyone down you need to get something for whether it's your best friend, niece/nephew or your co-workers! Keep track of who you've bought gifts for. I like to do that via a google-doc spreadsheet, my evernote app and sometimes old school on the back of my WWD!

2. Check out the sales beforehand!
See who has the best deals on the items you need! Some people might be doing 40-50% off some might be at 70%! Some might have additional freebies! It's good to know what everyone's planning and what its going to be the hot ticket items! I made a list below of some the many great sales going both online & offline that I am excited about and some have even started today!

Boy Meets Girl®
Use CODE THANKS at checkout to get 40% off your purchase (excluding personalization)! 
DATES: Nov 25 – Dec 2,  Use CODE: THANKS at check out!

Save 30% off 3 items or more, full price or sale + free ground shipping. 
DATES: Nov 27 – Dec 1,  Use CODE: GIFTS30 at check out!

Save  up to 50% off 
DATES: Nov 25 – Dec 1!

Receive a free mystery sample bag with any $25 purchase
DATES: November 25th 

Save 20% off site wide

3. Plan out what sales you want to take advantage off and where you want to go!
Now that you know who you need to buy for and what kind of sales are out there, it's time to decide what to get them! Choose places that you can buy more than one gift from! Whether its going into the store or shopping online, you'll save time and money and shipping!

4. Set your budget and stay focused!
I think it's best to set a budget for how much you're willing to spend on everyone and to try and stick to it as much as possible! For these crazy holiday sales, retailers like to throw out surprises that can detour your shopping plan, but remain strong! You got this!

Happy Shopping!

Midnight Inspirations: BrownBerry Clear Sunless Tanning Spray

November 21, 2013
photo c/o of Brownberry

Well, today its 30-something degrees and super windy in New York City.  Yes, Don Henley, the boys of summer have most certainly gone...  So what’s a melatonin-deprived girl to do?  
Meet Brownberry Clear Sunless Tanning Spray! This hybrid skincare and sunless tanner is pure sunshine in a bottle.  There are other sunless tanners out there, of course, but Brownberry goes on clear. 
I repeat: CLEAR. How cool right?  
Also, it is formulated with Vitamin D3, which has purported antioxidant properties. 
When applied topically, the antioxidant properties are smooth and soften skin while also linked to treating skin conditions like Vitiligo and Psoriasis.  

So give it a shot. Because not everyone can jet off to St. Tropez for the weekend. 
And I promise it will be your new healthy addiction.

*Please note all opinions are my own*

Stay tuned for some fun before and after photos and check out these how-to videos from Brownberry here. More on Brownberry New York below:

Also special promo code BMG21 for my readers to receive free shipping now until Dec.1st 
use BMG21 at checkout!

Happy Birthday shout-out to founder of Brownberry, Meredith Fish! Have a Sunny Day!

My Tips: Beauty on the go! Vol. 2

November 19, 2013
I am a girl on the go and have picked up a few beauty tricks on the way to help me touch up from meeting to meeting! Enjoy :)

1. Multi purpose products! 
I was recently gifted this amazing new cosmetic line "Flower" by Drew BarryMore which is sold exclusively at Walmart (thank you AB team). The Creme Eyeshadow in the color "mum's the word" , I found I could triple as eye shadow, lipstick and sometimes even blush! I am not sure if that was intended on Flower's end but for me it works! I love the size of the container and its easy for me to take on the go. Classic soft pink shades are the best for this multiple purpose use!
2.  Baby Powder
I have been using baby powder I think since the womb! Johnson's Baby Powder comes in small sizes so you can keep it in your purse and use on the go. It is perfect if you feel a little greasy at the end of the day. Baby Powder helps absorb the oils in your hair. Just sprinkle a little powder in your hair and you are good to go!

3. Keep a few of your key make up items like eyeliner and mascara at home and then in your purse/office for last minute touch ups for unexpected meetings and late night soiree's!

available here

Check out my last post on this topic here
What are you on the go beauty tips?