Behind the Seams: Q&A with Chelsea Briggs

December 19, 2014

I recently caught up with Chelsea Briggs and I am so excited to to take you all Behind the Seams™ today to learn more about this amazing woman. Chelsea reached out to me in 2010 right before my NYFW show featuring the Neon Trees and interviewed me for Hollywire in my cardboard office. I remember our meeting as if it was yesterday...




Chelsea has so much life and pizazz (yes I used PIZAZZ) and I knew she would go on to do big big things. Chelsea started as in intern in 2009 at Hollywire.com + HollywireTV (YouTube) and after 5 1/2 years she worked her way up to running the whole thing and earning part ownership in the company! Now with almost 1-million subscribers on YouTube, about 14 million monthly views, and a total of over 320 million views in total Chelsea is not stopping and only getting bigger and better. As she noted to me, "A lot of times the most successful people make their own opportunities and don’t wait for them to come along. It’s all about hard work & persistence. Also, Being told ‘no’ is not the end of your career, it’s the beginning of a new strategy."  I completely agree and find myself saying this exact same thing to others when talking about building your career. Chelsea has covered Sundance, SXSW Music Festival, NYFW and has interviewed just about EVERYONE in the industry from One Direction, Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato to Joseph Gordin-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd and Me :) At Hollywire, Chelsea does not only host, write and produce the daily videos, but she also manages a small team and makes most of all the business decisions. When I asked Chelsea what her biggest work challenge was she noted, "I wear a lot of hats at my company, so I guess just balancing the workload on a daily basis without getting overwhelmed and burnt out. Also, not being so mean to myself because I can be my WORST critic." I completely relate to Chelsea and this balance is hard but as you can see Chelsea, has a positive work ethic and attitude! 

Me: What is your proudest career moment? AMA’s?
Chelsea:  It’s funny -- there have been a lot of little victories along the way that have made me super proud, but I think the most recent one was hosting the 2014 American Music Awards (AMA's) red carpet pre-show. For as long as I can remember it’s been a goal of mine, so being able to cross that off my list is pretty darn awesome! Plus, it was a challenge and a blast all at the same time!

Get to know more about Chelsea below...


I've always been a big supporter of Breast Cancer Research & Awareness (Susan G. Komen.) I'm also 100% on board when it comes to any anti-bullying charity. There are two girls who started this really awesome nonprofit called The Kind Campaign and I think they’re doing really great things!

Favorite movie quote...
“That’s like, so Fetch” – Mean Girls

To catch up with Chelsea on social media make sure to follow her on 
Twitter & Instagram @Chelsea_Briggs and on YouTube HollywireTV




More BTS interviews here ---> http://www.stacyigel.com/search/label/QandA


#TBT

December 18, 2014
I got an email from shutterfly and forgot I used to upload my photos to their shared stream before we had fancy photostream apps and iphones. Yes that is me surfing out in the first picture. I remember this day and it might look like I am a great surfer but really I was crashing into these big waves and learning how to survive during these conditions (no joke). I am not sure when I will take my next surf vacation but finding these pictures DJ Blue Steel and I took while away several years ago is quite dreamy. 

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors 
where there were only walls-Joseph Campbell






Getting in the Spirit...

December 16, 2014
So quickly the leaves have fallen from the trees, thanksgiving has come and gone and we find ourselves staring at the blinking lights down our streets in the trees which gives us a holiday ring ring ring.  Wishing everyone a Happy First night of Hanukkah/Chanukah and why not enjoy the festivities in some fun yet ugly sweaters!










What happened to my favorite hat?

December 8, 2014
You know the feeling when you love something so much and you misplace it. It definitely blows. Over the years this white winter hat has traveled many days and nights with me. It was one of those hats that I felt shaped my face and was that go to hat for me on a bad hair day. It was my saucy hat.
So in search of my next saucy hat check out some of my midnight inspirations below. I will keep you posted if I find that ONE. Until then Happy Winter.





Meet our December Muse of the Month!

December 2, 2014
Introducing our December ‘14 Muse of the Month and last Muse of 2014, Sophie!

I cannot believe this is my last Muse feature of the year.  I am so excited to end it with my dear friend and photographer, Sophie Elgort.  My first feature with Sophie was in 2011, almost four years ago, which you can check out here.  Sophie is an amazing friend and human being.  She has a passion, drive and an incredible work ethic. I have been fortunate to join forces with Sophie during several NYFW shows and with artists such as Sabi which you can see here in my BTS web series.  In 2012, Sophie captured me for her Financial Times piece called Suits in the City.  Sophie recently got married to Eric Von Stroh and I had the pleasure of toasting her at her engagement party and then, this past summer, attending her incredible wedding in the Hamptons.  Find out more about Sophie below and see why we thought she would be our perfect end of the year MUSE! 


1. Name and Social media channels: Sophie Elgort 
Instagram: @sophieelgort
Twitter: @sophieelgort

2. Favorite charity to support and why?  
I have two organizations that I am extremely involved in and have been for many years: Young Audiences and Ballet Hispanico. I co-chair the Young Audiences Arts for Learning event each year for the past five years and have been on the steering committee of Ballet Hispanico's junior board since it was created. I choose to support these organizations because they both support arts in education, which I truly believe positively affects all aspects of students’ learning and influences the development of creativity, cultural awareness, and critical thinking skills.



3. Favorite Boy Meets Girl® item and why?
The Boy Meets Girl hoodies


At my wedding this past August, we had them personalized for all the bridesmaids. 


I also love the slippers - I carry them in my bag each time I travel and before the flight takes off, I change out of my shoes and into my slippers. They fit in my bag as easily as a pair of socks, but are so cozy!






To see all our past Muses click--> here

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 in 2016 see the rules here!

Holiday Giveaway!

November 30, 2014

It's the day before December and I decided while in the midst of holiday fun I would prepare for more holiday parties coming up and thought you would all enjoy a fun giveaway! I love throwing my Boy Meets Girl® Alice Tees on with jeans and a blazer and also pairing them with high waisted skirts and over dresses. You can take a tee from day to night so thought this purse screamed holiday fun and want you all to enjoy this time a year especially this December. 

The vintage organic BMG shirts are small and extra small and the new Jessica McClintock purse is a cross body metal mesh one size clutch (Retail Value $150). I will ship all 3 items to the winner I choose. 

Just leave your name and e-mail in the comment section below and I will choose at random tomorrow. Good luck guys! 

I will announce a winner Monday at Midnight :) 

The winner is 

My birthday is Thursday...this would be such an awesome birthday gift! Andrea Darst, andreaunke@yahoo.com

Congrats Andrea I picked your name out of a hat and so happy to see it is your Birthday this week. Happy almost Birthday. The odds were in your favor :)



Two Words: THANK YOU!

November 26, 2014
Photography: Jennifer Lee Photography


My sister introduced me to Jennifer Lee 10+ years ago. Jennifer first took photos of Dj Blue Steel and I at one my of my sister's fabu Halloween Parties and it was love at camera site ( or is the saying love at first sight wink wink). Dylan Reid finally gave us the chance to work together!  I am truly grateful we made time to capture these special moments of Dylan Reid at three weeks. He will be two months on December 4th and he has already grown three pounds and three inches in length since these photos were taken. Life moves so fast and if you take a moment to capture the steps along the way it truly is worth it. Thank you Jennifer Lee for capturing my baby boy. Looking forward to working with you again on a special project I will be sharing with you all here in 2015! 

“If you want to keep your memories, you first have to live them.” 

― Bob Dylan








past Thanksgiving posts for reading pleasure:





The Golden Gift Guide...

November 24, 2014


15 Golden Gift Ideas for all your loved ones this Holiday Season!

1. For the photographer lover or the aspiring photographer Arthur Elgort : The Big Picture
2. For the Man in your life Auburn Bow Tie cufflinks 
3. For your BFF who gives back Easter Seals Gives Back Bracelets by ElyseRyan
4. For your Mother who wants to save the environment Mujus Gema Necklace
5. For the Girl who always has a rubber band around her wrist (aka ME) VIP unlimited
6. For your Niece/s sleepovers and sleep unders BE mine Betsey Johnson overnight bag
8. For your Cousin/s who love old-school tunes Marylai Maeve Mixtape pouch/wristlet 
9. For your Roommate who understands Everyday Until Whenever by Boy Meets Girl®
10. For your Stylist friend who can't lose her glasses on the job Fantas-Eyes SS-Alma Mater sunglasses and headband all in one
12. For the Girl on the RUN Boy Meets Girl®'s gold metallic City Legging
13. For your Friend contemplating getting a real tattoo Black Lace Skin Jewelry Metallic temporary tattoos
14. For the New Mom (hello) to play to her new Baby Zero Rules Blow Harmonicas 
15. For your Sister who always needs a perfect bag Dolce Vita Charlotte Crossbody Bag

Past gift guide posts for reading pleasure:

Coffee, Ear Muffs and Slip Ons...

November 18, 2014

















My other baby...Boy Meets Girl Hits Nordstrom.com!

November 14, 2014

I have been struggling on how to write this post only because I have so much to say but want to keep it short and sweet (we will see if that is doable wink wink). The past two months have truly been surreal. My baby boy Dylan Reid was born on October 4th and my other baby Boy Meets Girl® launched on Nordstrom.com this past Monday on November 10th. Dylan was born three weeks early and a few days before he was born I was finalizing all launch items with my team and the Nordstrom team and ok from the hospital too (that is not a joke) and up until late late Sunday (Nov.9th) night (5amer)!  Dylan's early arrival took me by surprise but has been the biggest present in my life. As most of you who read my blog know I am 24/7 running my business, blogging about things I love, writing for OliviaPalermo.com , showing you what I wore to an event and taking you BTS with me and my fashionable, smart and witty friends.  So when I was recently interviewed by Social Stylate for their Boss Lady series and they asked me this questions...What does a typical day look like? I thought I would share with you my answer as it changed from October 3rd to October 7th when I arrived home from the hospital with my baby boy.

What does a typical day look like?
Well, my typical day routine has definitely changed since last month. On October 4th, I welcomed my second baby Dylan Reid (the first being Boy Meets Girl®) into the world.
Since October 4th, I generally wake-up at 4am to pump (I am breast feeding). While the first thing I do after waking up has changed slightly since my son was born :), I still make time every morning to grab my phone and look through all of my alerts that feed in from all my various social platforms and review emails that have come in. In between feedings, I find time to read WWD (my bible to what is happening in the fashion industry) 
and theSkimm (which is perfect highlights of world news for me). I usually post an Instagram post in the morning too (yes even on Maternity leave). And somewhere in between get dressed, have breakfast and kiss my husband :).
Below was my routine before Maternity leave and how it has changed on Maternity leave (in bold)…
-Before get to the office I usually stop in my favorite coffee spot, Gregory’s, and then start with reviewing emails and then the meetings begin.
-Now I get Starbucks from time to time around the corner from me and then after I finish feeding Dylan Reid I STILL review emails and respond. You’re probably asking what? Isn’t she on Maternity leave? Well my version of Maternity leave is being remote but I am still working from remote.-I break up meetings each week with my teams. So every week I have web, social media, sale, pr/marketing, licensing, and design meetings… In between those meetings my inbox fills up with 1000 emails and sometimes I am requested in other meetings. So my day can change from day to day as things always come up.
-I break up meetings each week with my teams the same way as noted above in red still on Maternity leave. In between feedings my inbox blows up even more (lol!). I make sure to spend quality time with Dylan Reid. We listen to a lot of music together (Bob Dylan, Wyclef, Bob Marley, Bon Iver baby playlist and much more) and I read a lot of books to him. We also dance and I am trying to teach him guitar while I am still learning. We also open presents each day together. Its like Christmas everyday and we are so grateful for all the love but if I didn’t keep up with all the presents the house would look like we were upside down so of course I have a google doc spreadsheet making sure my thank you notes are all going out on time and tracking all the goodies for DRI.  I have also made sure we enjoy walks in the park while the sun is still shining in NYC. And we get lots of visitors because everyone wants special time with Dylan. I am so grateful for our family and friends.-The end of the day is me time or at least I try to get that time. I leave the office anywhere from 7-10pm. I have events 2-3 times a week and try to work out during the week too.
-hmm well me time not so much in this new role as mom and business lady. But, the end of the day is special..Daddy comes home and we get to bond with our new baby. Bath time is amazing. Dylan loves the water!   I could write a lot more but I will save that for you all for another time.



So after a lot lot lot lot of work and a full year of keeping things a secret Boy Meets Girl® has launched in Nordstrom! The secrets are now out 2 babies have arrived! If you missed my post on the BTS of the prep of the photoshoot for this collection check it out here. Thank you to all the press this week covering this new collaboration. It is a dream. Thank you to my incredible team who have been so amazing while baby Dylan arrived early. And thank you all to involved along the whole journey both current and past employees!  And thank you to my amazing family and friends and my Dj Blue Steel for all of your support (is that a future CFDA speech? Hmm next goal 2015! Think. Say. Do. )

Make sure to check out the new collection and let me know your favorite piece/s and use the following hashtags on social so I can see you rocking the new line #boymeetsgirl #nordstrombp #nordstromsavvy. 

Meet our November Muse of the Month!

November 11, 2014
Introducing our November ‘14 Muse of the Month, Bella!

How did we get to introducing you to our NOVEMBER muse already? The minutes, hours, days are moving so fast and before you know it Christmas lights will be sparkling on your street! I am very excited to bring you our Muse of the Month Bella today. Bella was recently tapped as one of Nordstrom BP's bloggers. I love Bella's charm and style. Get to know more about Bella and her favorite charity below. And if you missed Bella's feature on her favorites from Boy Meets Girl®'s NEW A/W 2014 Collection exclusive on Nordstrom.com check it out here!  


1. Name and Social media channels: Bella Mercado

Twitter: @bella__mercado

Instagram: @bella__mercado
YouTube Channel:

2. Favorite charity to support and why? 
Blanchet House which is a social services charity, they receive food donations from local bakeries, grocery stores, and markets. With the food they receive they make breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday for anyone who needs a warm meal to eat. I love supporting this cause because it helps me put everything into perspective. Anyone is allowed to come get a meal regardless of their living situation and the meals cooked are actually quality cooked meals. I have met some amazing people come through the Blanchet house.
3. Favorite Boy Meets Girl® item and why? 
The oversized Kathy 3/4 sleeve top with the logo in cheetah print it's super comfy and soft and I actually put it on right when I opened the package. It fits my style perfectly, comfy and edgy. You can shop this top here!




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!