Woolen Shorts, Army Coat


When living in London I got exposed to the notion of wearing shorts in the wintertime within a multi-layered outfit scenario. Once upon a nostalgic afternoon in New York City, I decided to bring my woolen winter shorts down from the shelves and back to existence. It was happening. They make their way, accompanied with a color-blocked sweater worn over a silky printed grey blouse. The ensemble combo encompassed a rich, playful wintery color pallet with elements of color blocking and prints. The silk blouse projected a structure sharp collar, which I really appreciated. I completed the look with a dab of purple lipstick and my trademark purple scarf.

On the very same day I came across a cute little vintage store on 9th street by the name of “Glasgow Vintage Co” where I encountered a beautifully structured Scottish Male military Jacket in a size small. Legendary. The olive structured affiliate enhanced the look and created the precise finishing touch – an attire resembling a vintage school boy uniform.

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Photography by Kornelija Slunjski and ArtMosen.

Outfit Details:-

Military Jacket: The Glasgow Vintage Company

Shorts: Zara.

Silk Blouse: Laurel.

Sweater: Zara.

Boots: Gray by Saks Fifth Avenue.

Briefcase: Ted Baker.

A Lengthened Melody


This weeks post I went back to basics, keeping my attendance monotone in an elongating all black ensemble. The statement piece transpired via waxed leather-esque sweatpants, accompanied by a not so killer platform heels from Zara. The look was completed with a high neckline and slicked back ponytail, rendering a simplistic lengthened melody.

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Photography by Nelly Karim

Editing and Styling by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:-

Waxed Sweatpants: Saks 5th Avenue.

High Neck Top: Saks 5th Avenue.

Platform Heels: Zara.

Purple Fur Scarf: Kyi Kyi ( via Bloomingdales Outlet Store).

Sunglasses: Ray Bans.

Like 95 in my Denim


To welcome the New Year I have made new outfit building resolutions to take on in 2015. We all have those pieces sitting in our closets for months that we hesitate to include in our impulse throw-on looks. One of my resolutions is to consider an item from my pre existing closet that I have not worn in a while, to my daily outfit-building menu.

Here I am throwing on my vintage oversized denim jacket to an all black ensemble. I purchased this denim jacket from a vintage store in Georgia Atlanta and have not experimented with it before now. Here I am rocking it over a black turtleneck knit top from Ted baker and black leggings- an easy platform.

I embellish with my favorite black patent boots that I bought from the Burberry outlet, a good find Indeed! I decided to add in some accents of blue by sporting a velvet navy turban designed by one of my good friends and blogger Isamarij, along with winter trademark navy leather long gloves.

-Mona Hamid

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For this post, I was inspired by an effortless easy breezy playtime attire enabling me to accomplish freestyle happy dancing moves in the streets of Soho. I am rocking a loosely fitted button-up white shirt accompanied by silky black harem pants. The simplicity of this outfit brings us back to the basics of sporting an effortless, chic daytime look.

My new Asos cut-out party booties make the dancing commence with ease due to their perfect height of 2.5 inches. Your new moves may surprise you. You know. You may have been a sea lion in a previous lifetime.

To add some hues of color to the look, I am layering with an olive green leather jacket and my trademark purple fur muffler, and a heavy duty screw cuff bracelet from Miansai.

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Photography by Sarah Jean Fatheree

Outfit Details:

Cut-out Booties: Asos.

Silk Harem Pants: J Brand

White Shirt: Zara

Leather Jacket: Zara

Fur Muffle: Bloomingdales.

Bracelet: Miansai

Cipriani Halloween Party – London Phone Box


I got my inspiration to dress up as a ‘London Telephone Box’ thanks to an early inspiration initiated by a big poster of a London double decker bus that is plastered above my bed. The red color palette idea was decided on but then I didn’t want to be a red bus for Halloween. So I went on to think of other things that are red and decided to become London telephone box. Consulting your creative mind light heartedly and colorfully can somehow put together some exciting creative solutions ;)

How I did it was by looking for a shiny red base (dress), which I religiously searched for on the web and of coarse in the end found it at non other than Asos.com. No surprise there, Asos will happen to have a red patent dress just because. Next I was going to create little phone box windows which I did using aluminum tape and white border tape. The telephone sign (with the correct font) and the Queen’s crown were mandatory.

The headpiece and wire necklace accessorizing was an easy last minute combination of Amazon Prime orders, hot glue, and lots of hair pins and insulators. Schiaparelli created the shoe hat and I today was going to have a red phone projecting whimsically and happily off my head.

We headed to the Halloween Party at Cipriani on 42nd street where Italian Dj Marco Carola was going to take our eardrums on an electrifying musical journey, and he did quite that!

Till next time Halloween


Monz (the Telephone box)

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With Marilyn and Cat-Raccoon Hybrid. www.stilettosandsubstance.com

Queen of Hearts, Queen of the night, Phone Box and Cat-Raccoon Hybrid. www.stilettosandsubstance.com

P.Diddy as King Combs with a Trumpet Entrance.  www.stilettosandsubstance.com

Marco Carola getting innn. www.stilettosandsubstance.com

Fantastic in the moment shot of Queen of Hearts and Queen of the Night.  www.stilettosandsubstance.com

Guedo Cat.www.stilettosandsubstance.com

Photography by Everyone. Editing By Mona Hamid.

New York Festival Of Light


This Saturday November 8th I was blown away witnessing some of most brillaint light installation projections that took place at the New York Festival of Light (NYFOL). This event which has been taking place annually in cities like Bangkok and Berlin, finally made ints way to trendy DUMBO in Brooklyn, and brought over the masses across the bridge to witness the whimsical light displays. The lights were projected over the anchorage archway of the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn and took you on a visual journey. The installation were created by more than a dozen artists, who happen to be the leaders in this creative field of interactive, electric tech art. I will be adding videos of the light installation to my new Youtube Channel! #staytuned

Mona Hamid








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Lights Installations by : Howard Ungerleider, Tupac Martir, Valerie Schaller, 3_Search, Public Matter, J.R Rizzo, Nancy Burson, Scott Tucker, Jason Krugman, Robert Bose, Matilde Alessandra, John Yacobellis, Evelyn Szeibaum, Kuki, Doron Gazit, Lim College.

Halloween part 1 – Frida Kahlo


This year I made the exciting decision to dress up twice for Halloween. With that thought I adopted Frida Kahlo to be my first costume attempt.

My real fascination with Frida Kahlo began after I watched Salma Hayek’s depiction of her life at which point my empathetic heartstrings drew me to immediately fall in love with her and finally understand her strange paintings. That movie also became my all time favorite movie (ever).

I put into use my DIY craftsmanship and made a headpiece of warm colored florals, and tried to draw in my eyebrow ultra strong with self-permission to veto the unibrow.

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This is a photo of a glow-in-the-dark monkey that i got painted on my neck for the evening! Location: Zero Halloween Party in Brooklyn :)


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