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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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

Bon Voyage!

www.stilettosandsubstance.comKeeping a creative mind-set when it comes to your look can help you create unique outfits that tell a story. This ladylike take on summer day dressing evokes the glamour of old Hollywood starlets and was inspired by scenes of sailors bidding adieu to their impeccably dressed paramours at the port.

The elegant, loose-fitting cream dress is made of a lightweight material that is perfect for a summer day and features a subtle ruffle detailing on the neckline. The belted waist on the dress adds definition and creates a feminine silhouette, while the longer sleeves and below the knee length keep things demure and sophisticated. Chic accessorizing is all about keeping it simple with statement pieces that tie the look together. Here, a maroon hat acts as the focal accessory and gives another glamorous vintage aspect to the outfit. The complimentary bangles add a contemporary feel and accessorize the look without overwhelming it.

Low heels are a comfortable footwear option for glamorous daytime dressing. These navy blue suede shoes continue the nautical colour palette and also add colour contrast. To finish things off, dark red lips compliment the deep tones in the look and add a glamorous touch.

Reem Buhazza


Photography by Nelly Karim

Styling and Modelling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Outfit Details:

  1. 1970’s Ivory Dress: Encore Vintage Store (Portland, Maine)
  2. Maroon Hat: Reiss
  3. Navy Suede Pumps: Madewell
  4. Lipstick: YSL (Rouge Por Couture/Shade 206)
  5. Chunky Gold Bracelet: Encore Vintage Store (Portland, Maine).
  6. Half Baked Sunglasses: YSL.