Kimonos and Stament Clutches

www.stilettosandsubstance.comOne of the staple fun pieces to style with during summer is the kimono. While some of us feel they are slightly adventurous to pull off they are actually an easy, fun, transitional piece to throw on over any basic summer attire. Here I am rocking an open-work beige Kimono that I absolutely fell head-over-heels for whilst browsing through the isles of the H&M conscious collection. I have it thrown over a red silk 20’s era reminiscent shift dress that I bought from Reiss a few years back.

To complete the look, i have incorporated another Asian inspired element as I accessorize with a statement metal handcrafted bag from Tibet. The Tibet bag is available at the lovely online Brooklyn based boutique Coco London Brooklyn. The ethnic handcraft detailing of this bag is immaculate and I am particularly in love with the plush violet interior that adds a fun element of surprise.

Mona H

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Styling, Editing and Writing by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:

1. Kimono: H&M, available here.

2. Tibet Clutch: http://www.cocolondonbk.com, available here.

3. Red Dress: Reiss, similar here.

4. Shoes: Charles and Keith.

 

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Mixed Prints and Manbags

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I have been on the hunt for the perfect briefcase for a few months now to maneuver around the city with carrying my laptop to do blog work in various inspiring locations. I somehow find myself drawn during my search to the men’s accessories section. The structuring of the breifcases combined with the fine leather composition in the dusky color combinations augment the right amount of edge to my feminine quirky attire.

I missioned across Ted Baker’s Scullery (Men’s floor) on 5th avenue to come across this retro lime green, navy, and brown color-blocked Man Bag. I love the idea of combining prints with contrasting lime of the Man Bag to create an element of visual excitement.

I accessorize with my retro briefcase over a black and white print-on-print laid back outfit combo. Polka dot jeans with a contrasting white top with a triangular print compose my work-mode library attire as I spend my day off by Bryant park blogging. My red reflective Ray-bans add the fierce finishing touch.

Mona H

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Writing, Styling and Editing by Mona Hamid.

Outfit Details:-

Man Bag: Ted Baker (Style: Montena).

Polka Dot Jeans: Kate Spade, similar here.

Sunglasses: Ray-bans.

 

WORK . PLAY

www.stilettosandsubstance.comA girl could never have enough white tops. In a closet of my dreams I would have endless amounts of white tops in designated sections labeled according to style, cut and fabric weight! Until then I continue to build my white top collection slowly but surely. A week ago I came across a boutique owner called Coco who introduced me to this attractive white top with embroidered sleeve net detailing that she carries in her online boutique Coco London Brooklyn. Coco’s philosophy is “ Style shouldn’t break the bank.” Yes…Amen Coco!

Here I pair the embroidered Fish Net Trim Top with a fitted pair of Checked Navy “Slacks” (I am amused by recently having learnt this word). These slacks are ideally lightweight and equally stylish for the Manhattan summer work attire followed by post work happy hour rendezvous.

I accessorize with my new favorite nude sandals from Zara. They manage to just pull everything together in an effortless manner. I like to think I’m the only one who has them.

The last accents of accessories include half-baked sunglasses by YSL, a violet patent bow satchel by Zac by Zac Posen, and a Crystal Necklace by Coast.

 Mona Hamid

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Writing, Styling, and Modeling by Mona Hamid.

Outfit Details:-

Embroidered Fishnet Trim Top: Coco London Brooklyn.

Checked Slack: H&M.

Nude Sandals: Zara.

Necklace: Coast.

Be Easy Baby

www.stilettosandsubstance.comSummer daytime attire creates a platform of endless combinations of separates to play with and accessories to distinguish by. The humid Manhattan mist alerts a necessity for easy breezy clothing combinations to avoid contributing to the feeling of attire-caused claustrophobia.

Here I am rocking a basic black tank with a drawstring asymmetrical taupe skirt from All Saints. The accessorizing is really with makes this outfit distinctive. I am wearing the Mini Smile mirror necklace by Kirsteen Stewart which instantly makes me happy, and a maw hauk electric blue clutch by Ted Baker to add a pop of color to the neutral tones. I finish off the look with peep-toe suede must-have booties by Steve Madden.

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Outfit Details:-

Mini Smile Necklace: Kirsteen Stewart.

Moti Clutch: Ted Baker.

Trivial Peep-Toe Booties: Steve Madden.

 

Grandma Chic

www.stilettosandsubstance.comHere I decided to do a style post where I create an outfit from bits and pieces of items that I already own – an exercise we sometimes get lazy to preform. However when doing so, we ultimately uncover hidden gems we already own in our closets.

I am wearing a vintage dress that I bought a year ago from a store in Boston called the Garment District. It is a 50’s era pastel floral printed long sleeved A-line midi. I decided to give the dress a little twist when styling to make it more attainable to our modern era via accessorizing. I am wearing a black chiffon bow belt from H&M to add that definition at the waist and to give the dress some color- blocking and character. I decided to wear my hair in a French braid, which is my go to hairstyle in humid weather and gives the look a fun new edge. I finish off with silver metallic pumps from Karen Millen and black clutch and sunglasses.

Mona Hamid

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Photography by Ines Gameiro

Writing, Styling and Modeling by Mona Hamid

Oufit Details:-

Vintage Floral Dress: Garment District, Boston, MA.

Bow Belt: H&M.

Shoes: Karen Millen.

 

Chunky Delicacies

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Over the past two weeks I came across two eye-catching neutral-toned statement necklace pieces that I thought needed to be photographed together in a duet styled summer shoot. Hence this lovely weekend pre-beach/brunch duet shoot by the pier in Dubai with one of my childhood besties Ines Gameiro.

Here I am wearing a clear crystal floral chunky necklace by Coast that I styled with a simple yet fun layered summer outfit. I layered a nude pink, leveled waistcoat with a zipper trim from Designer Circus over a pleated collar white sleeveless top from H&M. I finished off the look with loose fitting denim shorts and brown structured sunnies by Cole Haan.

Ines is rocking an exquisite feminine floral delicacy from a jewelry line I recently learnt about and quickly treasured – Lenora Dame. This Necklace was composed of grey and brown pastel flowers in combination with pearls, crystals and ribbon. Ines wears the Lenora Dame necklace effortlessly with a simple cheerful little white dress, and accessorizes with bold sunglasses by Michael Kors. Both of us are wearing the same shade of pink lipstick by Mac (up the amp) that fantastically composes a complementing distinctive shade on varying skin tones.

Mona Hamid

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Outfit Details:-

Mona

Crystal Necklace: CoastRuffled Top: H&M. Layered Waistcoat: Designer Circus, Boston. Denim Shorts: Vintage. Sunglasses: Cole Haan.

Ines

Floral Necklace: Lenore Dame. White dress: Stradivarius. Sunglasses: Michael Kors.