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How-To Pack & Create the Perfect Capsule Wardrobe for the Holidays


Is there anything better than a totally bespoke wardrobe created especially for you?  The capsule wardrobe is just that – the perfect micro-collection of clothing for any occasion.  With the holidays fast approaching we have compiled a capsule wardrobe and packing tips that will have you jet-set ready!

Our Capsule Wardrobe

Rare Form Cape: This cozy cape has a sweet surprise – it is reversible! The versatility of this cape makes it perfect for any capsule wardrobe. We also love wearing it in transit – it is both chic and comfortable for any journey.

Slimming Ankle Pants: The straight leg silhouette partnered with the vegan-leather front panels make these pants especially easy to pack (and forgiving on wrinkles!).  They also pair well with every type of shoe – from heels to flats and everything in between!  

Shape Shifter Top: This flattering top is an essential for any capsule wardrobe.  Not only does it work for layering but it is also timeless worn by itself.  Some added bonuses, it comes in four different colors, is made from organic cotton, and folds up easily for packing.

Tour De Force Cardigan: A cardigan….with edge!  The zipper detail and vegan-leather sleeve inserts add a layer of interest and style to any ensemble. Pair this cardigan with the slimming ankle pants for an added pop of leather.  


Packing Tricks of the Trade

  1. Take Notes and Plan Ahead: A week or two before you travel start compiling a list of items you need to pack as you think of them.  This will help eliminate some last minute packing stress and enable you to build your perfect capsule wardrobe while you travel.
  2. Fold and Roll: One of our biggest packing secrets is to fold your clothing in half and roll it so it is neatly compressed.  The pieces in our capsule wardrobe work beautifully for this method of packing.  Not only will this save space, but it will create order in your luggage!
  3. Pack a Laundry Bag: A washable reusable bag or pillowcase make for an excellent laundry bag on-the go.  It also helps to stay organized while traveling.
  4. Keep Your Luggage Smelling Fresh: Slip a sachet or dryer sheets in with your luggage.  The scent will give you a boost while traveling and omit a fresh fragrance.




The season of change and contrast is upon us. Crisp mornings…epic nights, Homecoming, party going. Guest lists, wish lists, and to-do lists.  More to do–less time to prepare, from outside festivals to inside dinner parties, there are a plethora of events to prepare for!

This fall we invite you to shift gears, slow down–allow yourself to feel the season. Liberate your senses & your style. Time to indulge. Take the Lux approach to casual style with easy silhouettes, unstructured comfort and endless versatility with a whole new season of fresh, super mixable, ultra wearable sophisticated styles to keep you warm and elevate your cool factor. The season starts here.

Sometimes complexity is simply more interesting–so, make “dressing the part” easy, layer everything!  Lots of lightweight layers create a rich multi-dimensional look and prepare you for just about anything.  Sit back, sip your Pumpkin Spice Latte and let us take the guesswork out of what to wear!


Fall has so many great reasons to get together and share delicious treats and outings! Whether it’s a Friendsgiving party or a Fall Festival you will be cozy and stylish with these key pieces:

  1. TELL ME MORE SWEATER: Delicate hardware and easy rolled edges contrast soft femininity and edgy detail to create this ultra-wearable, totally unique statement piece.
  1. ARTISTIC LICENSE TUNIC: Curious side panels play with texture and design in our cozy Cashmere blend to create this flattering wardrobe essential.
  1. SLIMMING ANKLE PANTS:  Amazing stretch, control, and comfort!  The vegan leather front panels are a cool, modern update for this bestselling ponte knit pant.
  1. CHILL FACTOR JACKET: Cool asymmetries, cut-up pattern play, and rib-knit accents play together to create this stunning “I gotta have it” jacket.


One of the things we love about Fall is that some of the festivities are usually outside – which means you have to be prepared for the elements. Stella has you covered with these versatile pieces:

  1. TOP RATED TEE: Stretch Modal® always adds some polish to amplify your wardrobe.
  1. RARE FORM CAPE: A timeless  reversible fall layering piece in our super soft & cozy Angora blend.
  1. DEFINING MOMENT ANKLE PANTS: Engineered to contour your body. Comfort and stretch have a whole new meaning when it comes to these divine Super Stretch Tencel pants. 

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Fall Events & Happenings We’re Loving

Bay Area

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival | Apple Hill | Autumn Lights Festival


Giant Pumpkin Weekend | Cider Week | Haunted Lantern Tours at Fort Totten Park | Stargazing on the High Line | Queens County Farm Museum (Huge corn maze!)


Mr. Bone’s Pumpkin Patch | Knott’s Halloween Haunt | Oktoberfest

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Feeling Fall


carrieCarrie Motamedi is a guest blogger. Carrie lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two active boys and two German Shepard Rescues. She’s passionate about cooking, baseball and the advancement of women. Carrie is the publicist for “A Revolution in Four Seasons” and serves on the Leadership Council for Girls’ Festival.

I just read an article about how older women should stop wearing all black at a certain age because it is harsh on older women. I call BS! Other studies show wearing black makes people think you are sexier, smarter and more confident!  And BTW, what does “older” even mean? If you ask a school age kid they will say 30. If you ask a 30-something, they will say 40 etc. So I guess a certain age is just whoever is older than the person writing the article….

1737806_402478766564610_1016635236_nThat said, I do feel myself wanting to move slightly away from my all-black look inspired by my college goth days when my laundry sorting was done around clothes that were black or not mine.

My friends even started to tire of my all black after many years and encouraged me to mix it up a little. My biggest inspiration for this is a fabulous friend and artist Isabel Samaras who knows about color and making a statement in her work which is rich in color, as are her clothes.  (You can see more of her work on Instagram at So, for a while, I started adding some splashes of gray (I know, I know – baby steps) or even all gray as the new all black and maybe some oatmeal here and there…


Carrie and friends. Mix black with color for a dramatic look.

However, when I want to be classy but not sure how dressy I need to be, all black is my creature of comfort. What I have discovered in working with Stella Carakasi’s team is that you can add a statement piece that doesn’t have to be color. It can be texture, intelligent design, lines, and details. So even when I’m head-to-toe black, I keep it from being flat by adding mesh, zippers, a serene color or other things that complement black.  I am having so much fun mixing it up with all of Stella Carakasi’s designs (not to mention the fun jewelry and lux handbags and other accessories they carry at Stella Studio!) that I have actually forgotten how old I am!


Carrie in a Stella Carakasi tunic and pants.


Carrie with her son at graduation in Stella tunic and jacket.




Personal Style: Goth Girl Comes of (“A Certain”) Age

Does wearing head-to-toe black accentuate your look or is it too harsh?


carrieCarrie Motamedi is a guest blogger. Carrie lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two active boys. She’s passionate about cooking, baseball and inspiring people to make things.

This year at SXSW Interactive Week in Austin, TX, I put a panel together on “Frugal Innovation”  which is a concept gaining popularity in the tech and design world, centered around the notion of doing more with less but gaining better, high- quality results.

My first priority for the conference was to get as many women on my panel as possible (#WhoRunsTheWorld?) and next was to get my speaking/event wardrobe together. I like to travel very light so my approach to packing was also about Frugal Innovation; What few great quality pieces could I bring to put the widest range of outfits together that go from warm to cold weather and casual to formal. Of course, I went to Stella Carakasi to get some of the latest styles that would also match my existing pieces and could address Austin’s fickle weather in March.


At SXSW wearing my favorite – Tiburon Tunic.

I came away with one small suitcase full of lightweight jackets and leggings which were a perfect compliment to my existing tunic tops and would address hot, cold and rainy as needed. Throw in a scarf or two, and I was ready.

And while I brought the least amount of luggage, when compared to my two roommates at the conference, I was able to lend them some pieces when the weather turned, despite the three of us being 3 different sizes!

The day of my panel ended up being so hot that I opted for a white, short-sleeve tunic. I had worn it for a previous speaking engagement and lent it to my friend and Director/Producer of the just released “A Revolution in Four Seasons” documentary film (more about that in my next blog!). She loved Stella Carakasi’s look and feel so much that she went shopping as soon as she was back in the East Bay to get some of her own pieces at the Stella Studio.

I mentioned in my previous blog that owning a few Stella pieces as staples really makes me feel as though I am achieving that sophisticated French Woman trend of cutting-edge fashion and stylish comfort without needing a closet full of clothes.

Everything I had for my trip to SXSW was unpacked and repacked for my vacation to Maui the following week and then Toronto 2 weeks after. Since I always like to wear a scarf that can be a wrap for the airplane ride, I wore my new convertible shawl scarf for all flights.

I can’t say enough good things about Stella Carakasi’s ability to create a line that is affordable, sustainable and allows me to be comfortable as I evolve my look for each setting whether travel, party, speaking or leisure. It doesn’t get more innovative than that!



Frugal Innovation in Fashion


Yarra here, offering  more tips on what to buy and how to wear the styles that will flatter your silhouette. Layering creates movement and draping that accentuates your curves while giving you coverage. One of our favorite fabrics for layering is Art Silk because it allows you to achieve this effect without adding extra bulk.

Layering tips for your most flattering look:

  1. Dress in one color, tone on tone dressing elongates the figure.
  2. Try leggings under a dress. Layering leggings under dresses lends warmth (while it is still cold outside) and adds length to any silhouette.
  3. Wear a dress as a tunic over dressy pants for a daytime look.

Here are three must-have layering pieces that Stella is offering this season: the Tiburon Tunic, the Freestyle Dress, and the Simply Chic Pants.

The Tiburon Tunic, now available in art silk, layers beautifully. It can be worn with leggings or jeans for a more casual look. This is a great style to invest in because it can be worn so many different ways.

The Freestyle Dress is that LBD that can go anywhere. This is a buy-now style because it is the perfect length for any height. Try adding a belt or a long necklace to amp up this look even more.

Wear the Freestyle Dress with the Simply Chic Pants for a stylish and comfortable look. Are you looking for cool pants to change up your look? Try these for an instant update this season.

The Freestyle Dress over the Ready To Wear Leggings gives you a lean and long look.

Read More About Layering tips in How To Create the Layered Look Effect.



How To Dress : Layering Tips To Help You Find Your Most Flattering Look


resort 600x800300dpi-resort-cropCall it Cruise, call it Resort, we call it a vacation from the dark days of winter. And even when you cannot call it quits to the cold outside and land yourself on a beach in some tropical paradise with a beach boy fanning your tanned body… you can liven up your mood, your wardrobe, and your look by adding colors that make you feel like the bombshell that you are.

The color trend to try for 2016 is Batik. Referred to as Blue Hydrangea, Ocean, or simply Blue. Why we love it? Think about denim. Yes, that favorite pair of jeans or denim jacket. Why does denim work with just about everything? Because it’s really a neutral. Batik works exactly the same way – effortlessly working with so many other colors.

Explore why we are bonkers for blue this season!


Resort finds Stella in a relaxed mood influenced by a combination of the timeless and updated cool.








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The Color Trend You Need To Know in 2016

The color trend to try for 2016 is Batik. Referred to as Blue Hydrangea, Ocean, or simply Blue.


Top 5 Outerwear Looks For Winter

outerwear-600x600.jpgOuterwear is a particular highlight as we move into winter. Noteworthy styles with treatments in boiled wool, rich deep reds, and a stunning powder blue to black Ombre highlight the uniqueness of this category. The cocooning comfort of the Wrap Up Coat is on trend. The overwhelming impression, though, is one of a new softness, and a heightened understanding of what might feel good to a woman to wear.

A special fusion of creativity, craftsmanship, and intelligence go into creating such fine attention to detail that these pieces could easily be worn inside out. In the end, the big takeaway:

There is grace and beauty to be found in comfort.


Five Perfect Coats for the Season

Coats are to winter what dresses are to summer – a.k.a. the most essential part of your wardrobe. That means you should have more than one! So we’re bringing you 5 of the best styles to keep you warm (and looking cool) all season long.

From more structured versions, to softer ones with fabric to spare, these picks will keep you on point all season.

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