Personal Style: Birthday Post!

Aside from being fabulously decadent occasions when self-indulgence is totally permissible, birthdays are also the perfect excuse to play dress up. Your twenties present the perfect opportunity to showcase your personal style and get away with almost anything, so have fun creating a memorable and unique birthday look for the one day in the year that is guaranteed to be all about you!

The leather material and fashion-forward cut of this black Theory dress put an edgy, irreverent spin on the timeless Little Black Dress. The beauty of a classic piece such the LBD lies in its versatility; you can create different looks depending on how you choose to accessorize it. Whether you pile on the jewels for an OTT look or utilize the power of a single statement piece, the styling possibilities are virtually endless. Here, an oversized white floral statement necklace is the only accessory added to the look. The femininity of the  Chanel-inspired piece juxtaposes with the tough feel of the dress for an ultramodern feel.

Finally, strategic pops of bright colour were added to elevate the black and white colour palette of this outfit and keep the look summer ready. Suede lime heels add a bright burst of colour and textural contrast, and the bright colours on the lips and nails keep this look young and fresh.

Reem Buhazza

Photography by K Mand

Styling and Modeling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Outfit Details:

  1. Leather Dress: Theory, available here.
  2. Flower Necklace: J Crew, available here.
  3. Shoes: Madewell.
  4. Lipstick: MAC “Up the amp”.


On-The-Go Post: Encore Vintage Store, Portland Maine.

On a recent day trip to Portland, Maine, I decided to visit one of my favorite vintage stores Encore Vintage and introduce it to the Stilettos and Substance readers! In an effort to look for a unique cocktail dress that I can wear to one of the many weddings that are coming up this summer, taking the vintage route for my dress search is much more unpredictable and exciting!

Encore Vintage store encompasses many great vintage pieces ranging from timeless beautiful hats and headpieces to clutches all the way back from the 1920s!

www.stilettosandsubstance.comDue to my passion for style and shopping I have the patience to rummage through every rack and I am never content until I have seen everything there is there to see. Then comes the 2nd phase: playing dress-up!

This piece was one of my favorites! 70’s Scarface-esque Ivory Knit. It emits so much grace and elegance through the simplicity of it.

This pleated piece of nostalgia made me twirl a few

Hello 80’s! Yes the fashions from the 80’s usually are perceived as a fashion taboo however one has to appreciate how “extra” many of the outfits were during that time! The super bright colors, the over-the-top shoulder padded mayhem, and the frou frous… Gotta love it!

A bag from the roaring 20’s! Now isn’t that something!

One of my favorite parts of vintage shopping are the jewels! I could spend hours rummaging through and finding unique pieces to add my closet.

Here’s a last photo to conclude my first “On-The-Go” post about my day trip to Encore Vintage in Portland Maine. P.S: one must conclude this journey by stopping for some fresh seafood and lobsters at Gilbert’s Chowder House..YUM.

Photographs by Mona Hamid & Nelly Karim

Writing by Mona Hamid

Editing by Reem Buhazza