Tiburon Tunic Featured on A Key to the Armoire

Stella is featured by a blogger Susana of A Key to the Armoire. Here is an expert:

But let me talk about this Tiburon Tunic first (which, by the way, is now on amazing SALE!). When I ordered it, the Stella team tells me that I chose one of their most popular designs, and that doesn’t surprise me. It clearly mixes affordable quality with interesting design practicality.

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Read more for yourself and check out more of her amazing photos:

http://www.akeytothearmoire.com/post/92636695895/tiburon-approaching

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How fabulous do you feel?

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Vivian here contemplating the word “fabulous” and what it means to “feel fabulous.” Personally, I believe that ALL women ARE fabulous and should FEEL fabulous every day! Unfortunately, not all of us do. But whether or not you feel fabulous already, don’t we … Continue reading

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7 Tips for a Great Dressing Room Experience

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I love shopping, picking out new designs that excite me, and exploring a store – be it brick and mortar or online. Like many shoppers I am obsessed with the latest styles and this season’s colors! But when it comes … Continue reading

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What’s the importance of beauty?

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Is beauty important? Yarra here ruminating on one of the themes of life. As an artist I have studied aesthetics and theory asking myself why beauty is important and what is beautiful? Working for the designer and the company Stella Carakasi, … Continue reading

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Is “being practical” killing your style?

Vivian here living up my Style Revolution and exploring new ways of removing frump from my life. Since last week, I’ve discovered how “being practical” has killed my style over the years. I’m now on a renewed rampage declaring: “DARE to be IMPRACTICAL! DARE to be FABULOUS! DARE to be MAGNIFICENT everyday!”

V_2I realize that it’s a matter of mindset, really. Fashion does nothing for you unless you embrace it and live it. All the “I don’t feel good about myself”, “I’ll wait until a special occasion”, “I’ll wait until my body is perfect” is crap and should be thrown out the window. Why not feel GREAT today? Why not TURN HEADS today? Why not BE AMAZING today? And not just today, but EVERYDAY??

I was practically raised — which means fashion was superfluous, beauty was unnecessary, and all that was nonlinear, moody and inspirational took the backseat to the necessities of everyday life. I thank my mother  for raising me and giving me the good sense to succeed, but I am also letting go of all that has made me more rigid, more practical, more predictable, more acceptable, and more frumpy than who I was born to be. Good riddance.

V_1I stepped into the Stella Studio yesterday, more determined than ever to find more styles that reflect the original me. What I found was that I suffer from what some of our customers think to themselves when scanning the racks: “THAT doesn’t work for me,” “THAT won’t fit me,” “THAT doesn’t look like something I would wear.” Well, POO-EY on all of that. I pulled out the a bunch of things that were “not me”, and lo-and-behold, they FIT, they are AWESOME, and I am GIDDY, because they actually ARE me. I just didn’t THINK I was “so fancy.”

How do I feel now? FANCY, FABULOUS and TRANSFORMED, and a little shy stepping into my light. But what the heck, I’m not getting any younger. And you got to flaunt it while you have it, right??

So ladies, what have YOU done recently to live your Style Revolution? How are YOU being MAGNIFICENT YOU everyday?

XOXOXO

P.S. LOVE the Still Got It Top & Grace Cardigan!

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Style Matters

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Yarra here contemplating personal style and why it matters. In general, why does style matter? I think of it as our signature in the world. Working for a clothing company, one of the perks of my job is wearing great clothes … Continue reading

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Have you “given up” on your style?

Vivian here on fire about a conversation we had in the office. Why do women “give up” on their style? How many women feel this way and wear the same old clothes, day in and day out, because they #1) fit and are familiar, #2) can’t find a brand that fits their lifestyle, #3) it’s too uncomfortable to try something new, or #4) just can’t “get it up” to give it a try (am I allowed to write that ???)

Ladies, I say it’s time to BURN THE OLD and start your STYLE REVOLUTION!! Or in the words of a Kindergarten mom who LOVES my Stella-wear, let’s get “ALL FLAVOR’D UP”!!

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Before Stella, I was a bad case of #1 because of #2 and constantly irritated by sameness. Now at Stella, I “step it up to represent” at the office, because quite frankly, there’s the natural look up and down and banter that sets a high bar every day: “Oooooh, LOVE your look” or conversely (and I’ve gotten this more than a few times) “Girl, you’ve got clothes, what HAPPENED to you??”

So I’m also a sad case of #3 and #4. In fact, just this weekend, I was trolling through my “weekend-wear” drawer with disgust, wondering why I don’t wear my “work clothes” on the weekend. Instead, I don my every-weekend frump-wear — old jeans, old t-shirts, and some form of tennis shoes. YUCK.

IMG_1745Even my daughter at age 5 can identify our style, and does not bother to ask if it’s “Stella Carakasi“. Instead, she says, “Mommy, why do you have holes in all of your shirts?”

Thank you, lovely daughter of mine, for that wake up call. Just call me OLD and STALE, will you?? Aargh. Got to get it up now…

So this is what I’m going to do this weekend:

  • Donate ALL of my old weekend-wear clothes (after all, if it’s within reach, I’m never going to stretch)
  • Start wearing my “everyday” clothes every day (but maybe sans heels on the weekends — have you tried running after a 5-year old in heels at 46??)
  • Ask Yarra for new style tips — dress me, please! (I was convinced that I know my style, but she has since proven otherwise)

Spring is almost over, and it’s time to throw OUT the FRUMP and start my STYLE REVOLUTION!! So, what are YOU going to do to get rid of your frump-wear ??

XOXOXO

P.S. Want a chance to win a BRAND NEW $2500 Stella Wardrobe? Of course you do! Enter the contest NOW!!

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10 Days, 10 Winners & Over $1000 in Prizes (so far)!

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Vivian here, SOOOO excited to celebrate the first 10 days of the Win Your Way to Fabulous Contest. Here’s a BIG shout out to our ladies who have participated so far! We want to hit 1500 LIKES THIS WEEK, so help us get there by getting your … Continue reading

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Designer’s Notebook

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Stella Carakasi creates each collection with inspiration from a state of mind, a destination, a dream if you will of what tomorrow will look like. Taking cues from our in house visionary we will bring you pages from the designer’s … Continue reading

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Win a $2500 Stella Carakasi Wardrobe!

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Vivian here, back in the saddle after a crazy busy Spring! I’m absolutely GIDDY about launching our Win Your Way to Fabulous Contest TODAY! So what’s so exciting? YOU can win a brand NEW$2500 STELLA CARAKASI WARDROBE! We also have daily … Continue reading

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Inner Light

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Lighten up your life with fabrics and styles that give you long lasting style. What speaks spring and summer more than crisp linen or flowing linen jersey? Yarra here, loving the latest styles from Stella Carakasi. Classic and contemporary meet … Continue reading

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We Love Bloggers!

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Feeling the love! Stella has been in the feed of fantastic bloggers and we want to share them with you. Yarra here sharing the love of bloggers near and far.  The buzz around the Stella Carakasi design offices is so exciting … Continue reading

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Layered Style

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Welcome the change of the season with layered outfits that are wearable now and can be paired down later for warmer weather. My name is Yarra and I’m here to inspire you with lightweight layers for the Spring season. Try an … Continue reading

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Thoughts on International Women’s Day

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Yarra 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 … Continue reading

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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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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 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!).

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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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