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Check out the A/W Lookbook July 18 2016

Check out the A/W Lookbook...NOT TO BE MISSED

A big biggggg THANK YOU goes out to Loren Henderson, Mekaila Mathys and 
Zeenat Banderker for help making the Carla Zara A/W16 Lookbook.  

The shoot took place over two days.  We were looking at a vogue inspired shoot with grey skies and chilly surroundings which focussed on the clothing to warm up the shots. The first day started great with grey skies but then it turned into a hot sunny day and that didn't really help create the cold look that we wanted.  On the second day, we braved the high wind and showers, with lots of running back to and from the car to avoid the rain and to get the perfect shot.

 

Loren Henderson - Stylist and blogger
Mekaila Mathys - Model
Zeenat Banderker -Photographer from pursuing Pictorialism

 

CLICK HERE FOR LOOKBOOK

 

 

 


Carla Zara Winter 2016 Launch June 15 2016

If you missed our launch on Friday 3rd of June at 5.30pm, heres a sneak peek of what you missed out on. Joined by Bloggers, stylists, customers friends and family making our winter 2016 collection launch a night to remember.

Check out what Huidrie, the blogger behind "A Hint Of Style" had to say about the Carla Zara Winter 16 Launch that took place last Friday:

https://huidriemarais.wordpress.com/2016/06/07/carla-zara-must-see/


Carla Zara A/W 2016 Launch May 09 2016

Carla Zara's A/W 2016 Collection has been designed and manufactured in Cape Town, South Africa.  The Launch is set to drop at the end of May with clients, bloggers and media attending.  If you love ZA, buy ZA.  Keep your eyes peeled on social media for more info:

Twitter
Facebook


Styling by Kyla Blackwood-Murray March 01 2016

Kyla is a Cape Town stylist working with South African photographers and designers! Ive been given the pleasure for numerous shoots to have the models styled in Carla Zara garments. Check out how beautiful Anine from "20 Model Management" looks.

Follow Kyla on Facebook and Instagram.

 


Carla Zara Features on Afternoon Express - SABC3 February 22 2016

Bonnie Mbuli and Bonang Matheba looked absoultely stunning dressed in Carla Zara garments on the "Afternoon Express" Show on SABC3,4PM-5PM.

Bonang wears our mustard body-con dress - Click here to view on our website

Bonnie wears our Cream Belted Trousers - Click here to view on our website


Spend R1500 in the "Carla Zara" boutique and receive a hamper worth over R1000. December 30 2015

Spend R1500 in the "Carla Zara" boutique and receive a hamper worth over R1000.

Sponsored by:

Neutrogena
Wella
Angelfudge Foods
BOTane'
Mio
Juliette Armand
Legs Eleven
Excentric
Fairlady Magazine
Nederburg Wines
Benefit Cosmetics
Lumico - PR company promoting The Titanic Artifact Exhibition

Boutique located on the 2nd Floor, The Point Mall, 76 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa.

Sponsors of the hamperProducts within the hamper


Spring/Summer 2015/2016 Now In Store December 01 2015

Head down to 2nd Floor, The Point Mall, Sea Point, Cape Town to visit our boutique.  
Our spring/summer collections are now in store featuring top trends: earthy tones, monochrome, denim, white white white and more. The collections cover daily casual to formal wear.  Don't miss out, pop in and see for yourself.


Check out some cool Carla Zara reviews and articles: September 16 2015

Fashion Q&A WITH Carla Zara by Ralene Harvey of Scarlet Aura Blog.
http://t.co/BAcCQCxq7o

Womenstuff talks about the Carla Zara boutique launch.
http://womenstuff.co.za/carla-zara-launch/

The F Word blog about Carla Zara boutique launch.
https://thefwordblogsa.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/carla-zara-launches-in-sea-point/


CarlaZara.com Delivers World Wide!! August 25 2015

GOOD NEWS....WE DELIVER WORLD WIDE.

After having received lots of queries from customers from all over the world interested in purchasing from the carlazara.com range, we have finally decided to ship world wide. YIPPPPEEEEEE.

The delivery option for the UK, and USA are already set up and can be selected in the checkout page.  If you are located in another part of the world.  Please email carla_zara@hotmail.com with your address and country for estimated delivery times and costings.

IMPORTANT INFO:
Any custom duties / taxes / VAT are not included in your carlazara.com purchase final price.  You will need to make payment to your countries custom department if required on import of your parcel.


Carla Zara opens her first store in The Point Mall, Sea Point, Cape Town. July 21 2015

On Friday 10th of July 2015 at 5.30pm, we launched the opening of the first ever Carla Zara boutique on the 2nd floor of The Point Mall, Sea point, Cape Town.  Media bloggers and magazines were invited to this exclusive launch to view first hand the collections, and to be wined and dined with champagne and yummy nibbles.

A special thanks goes out to Jam media my PR company for making the launch happen.  The girls are absolutely fabulous and i would recommend them to any company.  These ladies really do work hard and deliver.
Also a special thanks to Deon Meyer my building manager and all the guys that helped with the installation to help make the boutique look stunning. Melissa Oosthuizen for listening to what i envisioned and designing the shop look and feel. Thank you to Quentin from Vivace Signs and designs for the amazing shop signage.

Finally to all my friends and family for helping me where needed and for putting up with me through the crazy times :)

Raylene Harvey blogger of Scarlet Aura, also created a fantastic VLOG of the Carla Zara launch. Check it out:
http://www.scarletaura.com/2015/07/carlazaralaunch/

Enjoy the pictures and please come and visit us soon.


Our model competition winner - Sarah Chemaly June 25 2015

Sarah Chemaly, the winner of our model competition has jet set away for the month to the stunning, romantic country, Italy.  Whilst living the holiday dream of sun, great food, lazing on the beach and site seeing, she has still made time to share a few of holiday snaps with us and of course wearing CarlaZara.com clothing.

We cant wait to see more.... thanks Sarah!!

 


The 3 finalists of our competition"Become a model for carlazara.com and receive R1000 in cash" rock their carlazara.com looks April 13 2015

Each of the girls were given a product from the carlazara.com range with the task of creating 2 different complete looks. They could add any accessories of their choice from shoes, bags, scarves to jewellery.  Tell us what you think of their style choices?

Get involved in the hype @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/CarlaZaracom/718608334894002?fref=photo

 


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 3 FINALISTS IN OUR COMPETITION: "BE THE NEXT TOP MODEL FOR CARLAZARA.COM AND WIN R1000.00." March 27 2015

Congratulations to our 3 finalists of our competition ”Carlazara.com’s next model

-Sarah Chemaly
-Shika Desiree
-Nomahlubi Hadebe 

Thank you to all that voted, shared and liked their pictures. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for your 3 finalists within the next 2 weeks and the final 3 becoming number 1.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/CarlaZaracom/718608334894002


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 5 FINALISTS IN OUR COMPETITION: "BE THE NEXT TOP MODEL FOR CARLAZARA.COM AND WIN R1000.00." March 20 2015 2 Comments

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 5 FINALISTS OF OUR MODEL COMPETITION:

-Nomahlubi Hadebe 
-Palesa Madirhe
-Sarah Chemaly
-Shika Desiree
-Zanele Mokoena

Now its your time for YOU to vote for the TOP 3 finalist places.Visit the carlazara.com Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/pages/CarlaZaracom/718608334894002

LIKE the picture, SHARE, COMMENT to vote. Voting will close friday 27th March! 

GOOD LUCK! from the carlazara.com team

 

 

 


14 Fashion Tips Of All Time March 16 2015

We have picked just 14 fashion tips out of 100's...We want to hear from you - What are your fashion tips and why?

SHOW SKIN STRATEGICALLY
Choose one body part and show it off “ if its cleavage, then don’t show your legs, if its your legs, then stay covered on top". Showing skin involves knowing what to bare and share and what to keep under wraps.

THROW ON A SCARF
A scarf can transform any outfit and is our ultimate accessory to have.

EMBRACE YOUR SHAPE
Once you know which silhouettes suit and flatter your shape, confidence and shopping will be easy.  For instance if you are petite and shapely, its best to avoid tall columns and maxis.  Go for a dress with a defined waist and just below the knee hem.

CHECK OUT THE REAR VIEW
Don't leave the house without checking and being happy with all angles of what you see.  Your feel more confident when your out if you do this.

ROUND DOWN IN DENIM
Denim always stretches, so when in doubt and want too avoid a baggy bottom, round down and get the smaller size.

UPGRADE YOUR BUTTONS
Swap in nicer, stylish buttons and change the look and cost of a garment.  Plus it can re-modernise an old blazer that you just cant part with in minutes.

OWN AT LEAST ONE LEOPARD PRINT
In every wardrobe should be a staple leopard item, whether it be a dress, pair of shoes or belt.  Leopard print is a timeless trend that never seems to go out of fashion. 

STATEMENT JEWELLERY
From evening dresses to boho looks, add one single show stopping accessory and faces will turn.

TAKE ON THE ANDROGYNOUS LOOK
Balance out your feminine side with a touch of masculinity.  Add a waistcoat, a crisp pinstriped shirt or a really big watch and don't forget tall shoes and some lippy.



BE BEST FRIENDS WITH YOUR TAILOR
Nothing raises the quality of your clothes you have purchased than having them altered to suit your shape.

SPEND YOUR BUDGET ON ACCESSORIES
Cool shoes, and interesting jewellery can change a look in an instance.  A wardrobe of the right little extras lets you be more relaxed about the rest of your outfits.

HAVE A FIRST AID FASHION KIT IN YOUR BAG
Double - stick tape for loose hems, safety pins for all over damage control, lint brush to remove hair, fluff, dust from your woollens, and a make up sponge to remove deodorant stains.  Your thank me for it.

PAIR LOOSE WITH TIGHT
Not many can pull off a look in head to toe baggy's so team up your billowing pieces with something tight fitting.

DRESS FOR YOUR BODY NOT AGE
Arms toned for a sleeveless sheath?  Legs toned for shorts? Show off what you can whilst you still got it.

 

Visit www.carlazara.com for unique women's quality, fashion trendy clothing with great customer service.

 

 


NEED AN OUTFIT? - THE MANY QUESTIONS’ INSIDE ALL WOMEN’S HEADS. BUT HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR OWN STYLE? March 06 2015

GOT A BIG EVENT?, A NIGHT OUT WITH THE LADIES?, A DATE NIGHT IN?,  QUICK DRINK DOWN THE BAR?, LUNCH DATE?, OR CORPORATE MEETING?, all events that require women to ask the question: WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR? Followed by more questions:
"What style am I going for? Does this go? What shall I wear this with? Does this look right? Do I look sexy, sophisticated, cool, or trendy? Does my bum look big in this? Is this too short?, and so on........

The list of questions that go through a women’s mind before she goes out is never ending. To which we ask for friends, families opinions, send pictures, scope the latest styles and trends in magazines and internet, or decide we haven’t got anything and make the need to go shopping for a new outfit because our current packed wardrobe just doesn’t have the right outfit – A LADIES EXCUSE TO GO SHOPPING. But for those of you that are not confident, and have no clue about any of the above…. here’s a stepping-stone to the right direction.

Well let’s break it RIGHT down. What is style?
Style is a phenomenon that gives birth to an art or architectural motif that distinguishes one era from another.

How to find out what YOUR style is?
You may have developed your own style without even knowing it. Take a closer look at what kinds of clothes you already own:

  • Are most of your clothes casual?
  • Is there a predominant colour?
  • Are all the skirts and dresses ankle length if you like it?
  • Are most of your clothes made from synthetic fabrics or natural fabrics?
  • Do you have 15 pairs of slacks and 1 skirt?

Pull your absolute favourite clothes out of the closet and line them up on your bed. Only pick clothes that you love and could never part with.

Look at each outfit you have chosen and ask yourself why you love it.

  • Is it comfortable?
  • Does it make you feel sexy? Powerful? Fun?
  • Think about how you feel every time you wear each of your favourite outfits. Is there a common denominator?

Decide if you wear clothes to impress others or to feel good while you are wearing them. Do you lean towards “fashion over comfort” or “comfort over fashion?”

Are your favourite outfits appropriate for most of your daily activities?

  • Do you tend to buy clothes that you are drawn to, even if they are utterly impractical for your lifestyle? If so, those clothes are definitely “your style.”
  • If you gravitate towards hot pink sundresses, but you have to wear a tailored business suit to work, try to take a bit of your style with you every day—add a colourful silk scarf to your ensemble and the longest earrings allowable at your place of employment. You won’t be wearing your hot pink sundress, but you will have a more individual look that expresses your personality.

Consult the experts - If you find your wardrobe is a mix of yesterday’s sales, with no particular theme, then you might want to get fashion savvy:

Buy at least 3 fashion magazines and 3 other types of women’s magazines and look at every outfit on every model. Or go on the net, type in “this seasons fashion trends” and copy and paste styles you like. (www.carlazara.com - women’s high quality fashion clothing for the season.) http://fashion.takealot.com/fashion/all?brand=Carla+Zara&pagesize=60)

Cut out pictures of all the clothing styles you like. Don’t over think it: look at the picture and make an instant decision. If you love it, cut it out and out it aside.

Divide the magazine/online pictures into as many categories as correspond to your lifestyle. For example, you could have 1 pile labelled “casual,” one pile labelled “work” and one pile labelled “formal.”

Sift through each category pile and note the similarities.

  • Does your casual category predominantly contain pictures of velour jogging suits or blue jeans?
  • Are the blouses and tops frilly or tailored?
  • Is everything loose and flowing or tight and close fitting?
  • The answers to these questions should help you identify your personal style.

Go window-shopping, especially if you are a tactile person. The feel of the fabric may be just as important to you as the colour and the style.

Try shopping in vintage clothing stores or charity shops. These types of stores tend to have a wide variety of styles, representing people from all walks of life. And remember, even if you look at 40 dresses and you don’t like any of them, at least you know what you don’t like.

Go to a modern dress shop or to the women’s department in a large store. Seek the advice of the sales personnel. Most often, sales associates know their department and can give you good advice. Be sure you trust the person you are asking so that you are confident you are receiving helpful advice and not false compliments meant only to induce you to purchase something.

Start noticing the clothing others are wearing that you admire. Think about why a particular outfit appeals to you. You might even feel confident enough to ask her where she got her clothes.

Getting down to basics.  No matter what your personal style turns out to be, every women should always have some basic stables to hand in your wardrobe.

Buy a basic black dress if you don’t already own one. A simple black dress is suitable for almost any occasion. You can always dress it up with accessories. Love yourself to be you.

Keep a variety of belts: wide, narrow, black, and decorative. A belt can change a look of an outfit instantly.

Use scarves as accessories. Long scarves can be worn around your waist and short scarves can be loosely tied around your neck to enhance anything you are wearing. You can even use a scarf as a headband to tie back your hair.

Get a variety of legwear. Opaque tights, especially ones with patterns, are great to wear with short skirts. Patterned socks are a great idea too!

Fill your jewellery box with basic earrings and necklaces. A pair of simple silver hoop earrings, or studs worn with a tailored shirt and designer jeans is perfect for many occasions.

Consider getting a few camisoles or tees. They can be worn underneath a variety of blouses and make sheer materials wearable.

Have at least one black sweater and one basic blazer. A blazer can be worn with dress slacks or jeans, or even over a dress.

Hang on to a few outfits in neutral shades even if you prefer colourful, wild prints. Some dresses and suits are timeless and are the only appropriate dress-wear for somber events.

Keep at least 2 pairs of stylish, comfortable shoes and a few pairs of sandals in your closet. You can never go wrong with a pair of glossy leather pumps.

Remember ladies, it doesn’t matter how fashion savvy you are or aren’t, or how much or little clothing you have in your wardrobe. We are fine tuned to always ask the questions – “what style am I going for? Followed by the hundreds of other questions ‘’does this go, do I look fat in this, what shoes shall I wear, what bag shall I take?” Know your style and be confident with it.

 

 


10 ITEMS EVERY WOMEN SHOULD HAVE IN HER HANDBAG!! February 26 2015

The Top 10 Items every woman should have in her handbag, but we want to hear from you:
Comment to agree, disagree or to add or replace certain items.


1. LIP BALM / CHAPSTICK

Why?
Chapped lips are not a pretty sight and can be painful if left untreated. Protect your lips in summer and winter with chapstick. It helps repair lips while giving a smooth finish to them. A must-have in every purse.

2 .HAND CREAM

Why?
Every woman wants soft hands that smell great. Plus its great protection in both summer and winter seasons.

3. DEODERANT

Why?
Do you really want to ask yourself that question? “is that smell coming from me?”

4. GUM / TIC TACS / MINTS

Why?
Quickest way to freshen any breath after any meal for any occasion. Its a breath – saver.

5. PERFUME

Why?
Just a few sprays will leave you smelling fresh, confident and ready. We women know that when we smell good, we feel good.

6. MIRROR

Why?
A handy travel mirror is essential if you don’t have a bathroom to check your hair and make up.

7. HAND SANITIZER

Why?
Hand sanitizer can give you that extra protection during cold and flu season. Plus I think we have all been in that situation, when you come out of a public toilet and feel grateful to have your little bottle of sanitizer to use for that extra germ killing.

8. TAMPONS OR PADS

Why?
I don’t think I need to say!! :)

9. A NAIL FILE

Why?
It’s a fact of life that this is the one thing you always wind up asking people if they have but they almost always say no, and picking at rough edges will only drive you to distraction.

10. ELASTIC HAIR BANDS/GRIPS

Why?
These come to your rescue when you just want to keep your hair off your face. Keep a few elastic bands and one hair grasp in your bag always.

 

 

 


8 Hot Fashion Trends For Autumn/Winter 2015 February 16 2015

Autumn is approaching us ladies and we all know that means a change of style and wardrobe, or just an excuse to go shopping.  Ive chosen 8 of the top Autumn/Winter 2015 fashion trends to help you update your wardrobe this season.

  • All over knits - whether your wearing one piece or a two piece outfit, the more knitwear you wear the more trendy you are.  Pile it on ladies.
  • Goldmine - Gold is here to stay, metallics were big for S/S 2014/2015 season and have carried through to winter season.  
  • Optical Monochrome - black and white, red and black  - any monochrome colour look with an optical graphic design is a big trend this season.
  • Eccentric furs - runways featured wild influences, and patchwork effects.
  • Under wraps - capes, ponchos, blanket coats and 3/4 length were hot on the runway.
  • Velvet - Never one to completely disappear on the fall runways - velvet in solid hues.
  • Khaki - a dominating colour this season - shop out your military look this season.
  • Shearling - it made its way back for winter 2015 as the seasons must have piece.

 

     


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    BE OUR NEXT MODEL!!!!!! January 26 2015

    WANT TO BE THE NEXT MODEL FOR CARLAZARA.COM and receive R1000 in cash.

    HOW TO ENTER!
    -We want to see your style so put on your trendsetting outfit, take a picture and send to carla_zara@hotmail.com
    -Be sure to include your name and age please.

    INFO
    -Closing date 20th March
    -Applicants must live in and around Cape Town area
    -Applicants to be 18 and over
    -To receive latest information regarding the competition, sign up to carlazara.com newsletter http://eepurl.com/9QawT and like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/CarlaZaracom/718608334894002?ref=bookmarks

    Top 10 best dressed at the golden globe January 21 2015

    http://fashionista.com/2015/01/best-dressed-golden-globes-2015#mti3mzmxmtg2nty0nda5otg3jpg

    Your Floral Fix..... December 22 2014

    FLOWER POWER - Fierce, lusher more brightly hued than before.  Opt for single flowers or a combo of various flowers, different colours, sizes and styles.


    Carla Zara Festive Gift Voucher December 16 2014

    30% off on any purchase. Voucher code - 

    10YD4EUIM115. Expiry 24/12/14.