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Help Us Support the Young Survival Coalition's In Living Pink Gala

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Help Us Support the Young Survival Coalition's In Living Pink Gala

At The Shoulder Strap, we really appreciate activism and spreading awareness of important causes. We'd like to share this event with our readers. This is a sponsored post, and I was compensated by Boy Meets Girl for this piece.

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Join Stacy Igel of Boy Meets Girl and the Young Survival Coalition to support the In Living Pink Gala

The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is celebrating 15 years as a premier organization that supports, empowers, and provides hope to young women facing breast cancer. The YSC provides interactive technology, educational resources and programs to facilitate awareness and give their utmost support. The 12th annual In Living Pink gala on May 17, 2013 raises means to sustain these initiatives. Even if you cannot attend the gala, please consider donating to this organization which supports countless young women. Early bird gala tickets are available now!

Stacy Igel, Founder and Creative Director of Boy Meets Girl USA, is a fervent activist and lifelong supporter of raising breast cancer awareness. She is currently on the committee for the In Living Pink Gala and works tirelessly to bring breast cancer awareness to young women amongst other initiatives such as Bully Bust. For more information about Stacy's involvement with the Young Survival Coalition, please check out her post on her blog, Behind the Seams.

Event information:

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Young Survival Coalition presents In Living Pink Gala NYCFriday May 17, 2013 @ 8pmCapitale, 130 Bowery, NYC

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#NYFW: Boy Meets Girl® by Stacy Igel Pre-Fall 2013

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#NYFW: Boy Meets Girl® by Stacy Igel Pre-Fall 2013

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Boy Meets Girl® by Stacy Igel show at New York Fashion Week 2013. iFabbo sent me to New York to cover the exciting and high-energy runway show. Check out the article here!

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It was such a treat to attend, and the show was interactive and fun for everyone, no matter sitting or standing. Before the show, I had the opportunity to interview Stacy and she was very welcoming, kind, and extremely passionate about her brand and her commitment to activism. That was one of the things that really struck me about Boy Meets Girl. It isn't fashion with a side of activism. Stacy equally puts her all into both, and there are no afterthoughts here. It's real. You can always tell when an activist is putting in their heart or not. And after volunteering for four years with a human rights organization, I can definitely sniff those people out. :)

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Celebrity Rosario Dawson was in attendance among other television personalities (see picture above).

My favorite look was from the Boy Meets Girl Classic Collection (pictured at top). The model is wearing Igel's Groupie Cropped Top with an Amethyst Suede Skirt. An additional Classic look that I loved was the Army #LiveOutLoud Jacket with Red Britannia Dress. Just beautiful pieces. Remember to check out my article and share!

xoxoStephanie

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Top Picks for Fashion Bloggers at CES 2013

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Top Picks for Fashion Bloggers at CES 2013

I recently published a guest post with iFabbo all about CES 2013. "Our Top Picks for Bloggers from CES 2013" showcases my picks for the blogger on-the-go. The article includes products for the office, your phone, and some very glamorous (and high-performance) headphones. Check it out and be sure to share!

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If you haven't heard of iFabbo and are a fashion blogger, look no further! They're a great organization with an even more fabulous team that is working to educate and connect fashion and beauty bloggers. Are you interested in learning more? Simply go to their website and apply to become a member. It's free and their resources are invaluable.

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RECAP: The Shoulder Strap's Teen Vogue Fashion U 2012 Coverage

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RECAP: The Shoulder Strap's Teen Vogue Fashion U 2012 Coverage

Over 1600 students applied to Teen Vogue Fashion University 2012 and 525 lucky applicants were admitted. The Shoulder Strap's founder was one of those lucky students. Check out the coverage below via Storify by The Shoulder Strap and others of TVFU 2012!

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Each industry professional that I heard speak imparted thoughtful and useful advice for careers, realizing your inner passion and applying that to everyday life. I particularly enjoyed Grace Coddington's story of how she fell into fashion. Starting out as a model, Grace slowly realized her love for the more editorial side and was asked by editors if she was interested into moving into the creative sphere. Grace then moved to the United States and started working for VOGUE. One of the coolest shoots that Grace showed us was her interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. She cast each designer as a character in the literature masterpiece and the clothes were a further metaphor for the story and its aesthetic.

I am a HUGE fan of Christian Siriano. His work ethic and aesthetic is not only inspiring but so is his personality. I've always respected his exuberant style and very forward voice. It was such a great opportunity to be able to hear about the evolution of his brand and where he intends to go into next (the home industry).

Phillip Lim told the most amazing story about almost being finished with school and receiving a fantastic opportunity as a full-time employee at a fashion designer. Instead of just dropping his degree and taking the job, he managed to convince his department to allow him to graduate despite having the full-time job and attending school minimally. He illustrated very well how there will be so many challenges and people telling you that you are wrong, consistently judging. Lim insisted that you follow your own voice and be persistent.

In fact, persistence was one of the themes over the past weekend. Editor-in-Chief Amy Astley remarked that one of the things that she and other value in possible hires is a persistence, diligence, creativity, and strength in the self. It was a relief to hear that professionals in the fashion industry seek graduates in majors of not just fashion-related but humanities and science-related majors. It's important to bring others into the industry so that there is a wider appeal of content to the audience and to bring varied perspectives to the table.

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Reporting Live from NYC: TEEN VOGUE Fashion University 2012

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Reporting Live from NYC: TEEN VOGUE Fashion University 2012

I'm on my way to New York City for TEEN VOGUE Fashion University 2012!

Over 1,500 students apply and around 500 are accepted to this weekend all about fashion. Successful and world-renowned, the speakers are designers and fashion industry professionals that impart best practices and stimulate discussion about today’s fashion world.

I’m most excited to attend the session with the founder and creative director of SUNO, a brand with a background in social justice, and the Golden Boy himself, Christian Siriano, winner of the fourth season of Project Runway.

On Saturday and Sunday, tune in on Facebook and Twitter to get updates live from TVFU!

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Keep your eyes out for a post on Monday recapping the weekend. For full social media coverage, search for hashtag "#fashionu" on Twitter.

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