Layered Style

Welcome the change of the season with layered outfits that are wearable now and can be paired down later for warmer weather.

FBSP22014_LOVELYLAYERSMy name is Yarra and I’m here to inspire you with lightweight layers for the Spring season. Try an outfit like Amy’s (above) with the Love to Layer Sweater (shown in moonglow) over the Main Attraction Tunic (shown in graphite) with the Define Yourself Ankle Pants (shown in white).

Later in the season you can wear the Main Attraction Tunic with Ready to Wear Leggings. For a second lightweight pairing, wear the Love to Layer Sweater with the  Define Yourself Ankle Pants.

play_it_cool_sweater_mist_noteworthy_top_pearl_frontPerfect Pair: Play it Cool Sweater over the Noteworthy Top

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Wear the Play it Cool Sweater over the Noteworthy Top for unpredictable early spring weather. For a more dressed up look, try layering it with a lightweight print such as the Watch it Top and the Can Do Skirt later in the season.

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The lightweight linen knits that Stella offers this spring are my top picks. Wear the Signature Style Top (shown in birch) with a camisole over the Ready to Wear Leggings (shown in birch) for go anywhere look. Add another layer with the Point of Interest Cardigan (shown in Saffron), this lovely layer adds coverage, warmth and an amazing, detailed neckline. Finally play with the Easy Going Top (shown in orchid)! This top looks beautiful over jeans or your favorite slim fitting pants such as Stella’s Define Yourself Ankle Pants (shown above on our model, Amy).

What I love about this time of year is that you can plan your wardrobe over the next four months with pieces you wear together now and as separates later. Go ahead, get the summer tunic you want now, wear it with a cardigan and you’re sure to get tons of use now and in early Fall! This is a great time to hit refresh for your wardrobe!

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Spring Must Haves

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The change of seasons has begun! Even if it hasn’t happened in your climate, you’re seeing the change of outfits everywhere. Hi, this is Yarra from the Stella Studio, and I’m loving the collections that Stella Carakasi has put together … Continue reading

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Thoughts on International Women’s Day

Celebrate International Women's DayYarra here with my thoughts on International Women’s Day (March 8th). It’s a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.

For me, it’s a time to applaud the women that have come before me to allow me the privilege to pursue creative work. I give thanks to all of the women I work with at Stella Carakasi, in the office and on the sales floor, who inspire me. Your stories of strength, beauty and grace remind me of how amazing each life is.

At Stella Carakasi, we’re a women-owned business that strives to create clothes that make women feel good about themselves. 

Celebrate yourself and women in your life today and everyday.

How are you celebrating today?

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LFEB #12 Spring Into Style

Explore Stella Carakasi’s Spring collections with me. My name is Yarra and I aim to make outfits that people love. Our Looks For Every Body blog series shows how Stella designs for a wide array of body types rather than an ideal. Each edition of  Looks … Continue reading

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New Neutrals Bring New Possibilities

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Neutrals for me are colors that can pair easily with other colors. For clothing, this creates easy matching and mixing of tones in one’s wardrobe to deliver looks that are inventive and versatile. When thinking about a new season and … Continue reading

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Fall 2014 Photoshoot

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Vivian here. So January flashed by, and I’m convinced that time travels faster as you get older. Not because we’re slowing down, mind you. But because we just travel on another plane (of existence). Ha, good try. Speaking of planes, … Continue reading

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Spring is Here!

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What’s new? This week we at Stella Carakasi are excited to launch Early Spring 2014. For this transitional collection Stella Carakasi introduces a new palette to build upon wardrobe staples from previous seasons while inspiring women to explore French blue, birch … Continue reading

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Our Best Looks for Every Body

Yarra here reviewing the array of outfits created on the Looks for Every Body series, so far. Looking back over this series, the main objective is to make combining clothing from Stella Carakasi’s seasonal collections easy and beautiful to wear for any … Continue reading

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Looks for Every Body # 10: A Black & White Story

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In case you are just joining us, my name is Yarra, I am the Director of Customer Engagement at Stella Carakasi. Stella Carakasi designs for many body shapes in each collection she creates (she designs 8 collections a year). The … Continue reading

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Looks for Every Body # 9: Fresh Looks!

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Yarra here, reflecting on who we want to be when we dress. It is something I have been musing about this week after reading the following quote from Cate Blanchett: “For a lot of women, clothes don’t reflect who they … Continue reading

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Looks for Every Body # 8: New Looks for the New Year

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Now that the holidays are over, let’s start the New Year off with a fresh outlook! Bring in some basic black and white pieces to streamline the process of choosing outfits in the morning. Add an unexpected color or brights like … Continue reading

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Looks for Every Body # 7

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Yarra here reflecting on how quickly time is going by! Finish your year with flair. I hope the following outfits inspire and save you some time as you’re dashing to and from holiday parties and shopping. There’s one outfit for … Continue reading

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Dharma Talk at Stella Studio

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Vivian here all aglow about the special event on Sunday at the Stella Studio. The Dharma Talk with Lama Lakshey Zangpo & fundraiser for The Joru Foundation was a great success! If you missed it, check it out here: Stella & … Continue reading

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Looks for Every Body # 6

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Yarra here, amazed that we are on the sixth edition of this blog. Thank you to everyone who has been following these posts! The outfits for this week’s post are about an upbeat attitude and finding joy in dressing. With … Continue reading

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Celebrating Stella

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Vivian here sharing the weekend of celebrating Stella in LA. Yes, we were there for the Divine Design event, but we were also there to celebrate Stella’s birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Beautiful!! And no, I am not going to reveal how … Continue reading

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Last Day at Divine Design

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Vivian here sharing the last day of Divine Design with you. After a whole weekend of great fun, we popped into the event one more time before we flew home on Sunday … A big shout out to Jacqui Farina, … Continue reading

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Divas at Divine Design

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Vivian here sharing the weekend with Stella and Emily in LA at the Divine Design event. Boy, was it a fun weekend (in fact, so FUN, I had to recover for a day!!) Stella picked us up by 4:30 am … Continue reading

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Looks for Every Body # 5

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Yarra here, continuing with the Looks for Every Body blog series. Viv started the Looks For Every Body series November 1st to show that Stella Carakasi has styles that complement every woman’s shape. This being the fifth in the series I am … Continue reading

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Stella at the Office

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Vivian here delighting in the fact that we have some good giggles each morning when we check each other out at the office. Since we all wear Stella, sometimes we show up wearing the same items, other times different ones. But … Continue reading

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Holiday Looks for Every Body # 4

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Yarra here, on the this busy holiday week with Looks for Every Body. Let’s get a little holiday glam on this week with Stella’s beautiful Fall styles. Feel stylish effortlessly with a little help from your friends here at Stella … Continue reading

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Accessories to Give (and to Keep)

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Yarra here, thinking about Fall accessories for gifts, even for yourself :) I’m passionate about accessories, because they can evoke a mood like no other. And, with some beautiful pieces under $30, I wanted to share some ideas to help … Continue reading

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A Practice of Giving

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Vivian here sharing thoughts on “giving.” At Stella, we have a regular practice of giving — through good times and bad. To local causes, and global causes. For people who we know and don’t know, who are in need close … Continue reading

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Looks for Every Body #3

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Yarra here, bringing you new styling choices for your body shape. This was my first time taking the studio photos for this series, and wow was it fun! See pictures of me behind the camera in my new Stella favorite: the Endless … Continue reading

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Stella Studio Sparkles

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Stella Studio is looking festive and ready for the holidays! Check out our gorgeous branch of lights with hand-painted silver leaves, handmade by Allan. It brings in the cheer and gives our Soho Berkeley boutique that special sparkle!    Our … Continue reading

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Looks for Every Body # 2

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Yarra here, thinking about silhouettes and how what we present to the world transforms how we see ourselves. It’s really all about context. When you take the time to look your best, you feel good! Our job at Stella Carakasi … Continue reading

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Love Your Positives

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Vivian here sharing more thoughts about our Looks for Every Body campaign – You may be asking why in the world would we touch a “taboo” subject like women’s body types? After much discussion about how women experience their bodies … Continue reading

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Get Cozy

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Yarra here, reflecting on this time of year and what inspires me this week. When Daylight Savings Time ended, I was happy for the extra hour of sleep; then I remembered that it gets dark earlier. Last week, I had … Continue reading

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Stella Studio Food & Toy Drive

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Vivian here kicking off the holiday season with a Food & Toy Drive at the Stella Studio! We have a goal to raise 500 items of canned/dry food and new toys for the Alameda County Community Food Bank and Toys … Continue reading

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Looks for Every Body #1

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It’s Yarra here with some outfit ideas to accentuate the positives for every body. Here’s to looking great and feeling great this Fall! The Inverted Triangle Stella’s Feel Good Tunic does just that — it’s an instant remedy for the … Continue reading

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Looks for Every Body

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Vivian here reflecting on my recent trip to Paris and Spain. I brought half a suitcase full of clothes for a few of my friends (had to pay overage, oh well), and one comment in particular is still rattling around … Continue reading

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Why I Love Jersey

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It’s Yarra here, sharing thoughts about jersey… So, how did jersey — the fabric so many of us associate with tee shirts — become a staple in my wardrobe and that of so many of my friends? I’m not talking … Continue reading

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Travel with Stella

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Vivian here, just back from a trip to France and Spain. I brought Stella along, and I’m happy to report that she travels well! And just to clarify, I’m not talking about my gal pal the Head Designer, but rather … Continue reading

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Leather and Lace

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Push the style envelope this fall by bringing some texture into your weekly wardrobe. Two trends we love are leather and lace. Wear as a day or evening look. Envelop Yourself Coat + Look Sharp Leggings Perfect Compliment Jacket + … Continue reading

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Picturesque Prints with a Solid Pop

More style tips from Allegra! Picturesque prints add a pop of pizzaz to this week’s blog. The fall prints are warm and the solids are inviting as the weather is cooling down. Life is too short don’t be afraid to … Continue reading

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Fall: Arriving in Style

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What should you wear this Fall when there are so many beautiful styles to choose from? At Stella Carakasi, we are eagerly anticipating more beautiful Fall clothes from Stella next week! New arrivals will include romantic felted lace coats and funky … Continue reading

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Stylish Start to Fall

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As leaves are turning, days are becoming shorter, and evenings are cooling down. We have begun the wonderful season of Fall, and we look towards warm colors, autumnal activities, and yes, Fall style! Our first look is the Take Note … Continue reading

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Pull-on Jeans?

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With the Autumnal Equinox behind us, many are finally accepting that Fall is here. Wondering how to prepare your wardrobe for this season? How about some great fitting pull-on jeans by JAG? Pull-ons? Really? New Arrivals to the Stella Studio: … Continue reading

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Show and Tell

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My week has gone by so fast! Showing at Atelier has been inspiring. Working with our customers from all over the world has been an honor and lot of fun. Here’s our Lookbook for the Spring 2014 Collection. Customers LOVE … Continue reading

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New York Style

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New York City has been a blast. I arrived on Saturday to find beautiful days and sweater weather at night. Perfect for showing Stella Carakasi’s Spring 2014 collection during the day and wearing the new Fall 2013 at night. I … Continue reading

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New Basics

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Hi, I’m Yarra the Director of Customer Engagement and the head of our retail boutiques at Stella Carakasi. The arrival of our Fall 2013 collection in the store and online has created a frenzy by our customers and by the team members at Stella Carakasi’s headquarters.

In the midst of all the excitement at the office, I am preparing for a trip to NYC with our Global Sales Director, Charlene Griffin. I have been evaluating my closet for what to pack and what to buy for the new fall season. Getting ready to leave for NYC means researching museums and following fashion week with much more attention than in seasons past. One of the things I have been looking at a lot is street wear when thinking about what to wear on my trip.

I have my eye on some key pieces from our collection to add to my closet. Following are my top picks from the Stella Carakasi Fall 2013 Collection. Wherever life takes you, these styles will have you looking like you did your homework in the fashion department.

Look Sharp Leggings

Look Sharp Leggings
These pants are so fantastic for any figure! I can not say enough about the fit and the fabric on these. Think compression leggings. Tight where you want them, smooth where you need them. Stella you have outdone yourself!

Next in Line Sweater

Next In Line Sweater
I have been obsessed with this sweater ever since I saw the design in development. It is available in Black (yes!), Ash (shown) and Ceylon (yum!).

http://www.stellacarakasi.com/products/endless-ease-skirt

Endless Ease Skirt

Endless Ease Skirt
This skirt is beautiful on any figure. The drape and length are great on tall and short figures alike. Available in Shiraz (shown) or Black. Add a new silhouette to your go to wardrobe staples.

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Modern Mix Jacket

Modern Mix Jacket
Embrace your inner fashionista with this jacket that will make any street wear style section. I love how jet-setting this jacket is. Lightweight enough to pack in a carry-on, warm enough for a San Francisco night.

What are your must haves for this fall season?

-Yarra

 

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Dizzy Busy September

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September is a super BUSY month! With Fall 2013 goods coming in and going out, Spring 2014 collection debut at New York Fashion Market Week, and Fall 2014 in development — what more excitement can you ask for? And can … Continue reading

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More Fall Transition Style Tips

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More fall transition styles from Allegra! It’s that time of the year where summer is having its last hoorah and fall is sauntering in. The remaining days are still warm, but the nights are cooling off.  Here are some early … Continue reading

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Transition Styles

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The Fall Transition theme has inspired some great conversations about life. How can we manage all the different transitions that are happening at the same time? No matter what the situation, it always helps to be: 1) comfortable and feel fabulous, 2) … Continue reading

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Fall Transitions

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Fall is a time of transition, no matter how you cut it. The weather gets cooler, leaves begin to turn yellow,  schools start up, and people wake up with a jolt from the summer. It’s certainly a time to figure … Continue reading

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Romancing Fall

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I’ve spent most of my career in corporate where language usage is direct and simple. Not simple like stupid, simple like globally understandable. For example, if I were to describe our signature tee, the Sure Thing Tee, I would talk about … Continue reading

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Vegas, Baby!

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Vegas is not an easy place to recover from, no matter what reasons inspired you to go there in the first place. The combination of heat, over-oxygenated air, and cigarettes are enough to put one over the edge — unless, … Continue reading

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Fall Shipments Arriving!

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Just when we thought we had a moment to breathe, the trucks started pulling in and palettes of boxes are being delivered every day. Yahoo! Fall shipments are coming in!!   I had a fabu conversation with John Crumb, who drove … Continue reading

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Amy, a Real Woman

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I feel compelled to write a blog about Amy, our extraordinary model and the face of Stella Carakasi. Why? Because I spent two full days with her watching her “do her thing” — and in between the many scenes and … Continue reading

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What’s Behind a Photo Shoot?

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Vivian here a bit exhausted — but very elated — from the activities of last week. Our Stella Studio Grand Opening Celebration exceeded our expectations, so thank you ALL for your support. We are all thrilled and still buzzing from … Continue reading

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Stella Studio Grand Opening Celebration!!

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Vivian here feeling guilty because I’m late on this post regarding our Stella Studio Grand Opening, but I do have a good excuse. After our fabulous event, my husband Jeff, daughter Jordan, and I drove 8 hours down to Newport … Continue reading

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