Cipriani Halloween Party – London Phone Box

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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

Xoxo

Monz (the Telephone box)

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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

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

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Photography by Everyone. Editing By Mona Hamid.

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Get Carried Away

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With New York Fashion Week only a few days away, I took it upon myself to get inspired and challenge my wardrobe. I attempted to pull my own version of the “Carrie Bradshaw” by putting together pieces that I would not naturally gravitate towards pairing together, but somehow just come together in an unconventional manner.

I am wearing a mustard heavy weight metallic Gilet with puffy sleeves. I pair it in an alternative manner with a cream pleated high waist A-line skirt and suede peep-toe booties creating an effortless easy day or night-out-in-town look.

The luminous metallic fabric of the Gilet definitely makes it the statement piece and ideal to pair with my ethnic ‘Lapiz Lazuli’, semi-precious, blue stone necklace from Afghanistan. The vibrant colors all compliment each other dreamily in addition to the pop of scarlet red lipstick – Mac’s renowned “Ruby Woo”. I finish off the look with a straw weaved messenger bag to play off the semi organic feel of the look.

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Photography by Kornelija Slunjski

Styling, Editing and Writing by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:- 

Mustard Gilet: French Connection.

Pleated White Skirt: Aqua, similar here.

Suede Booties: Steve Madden, available here.

‘Lapiz Lazuli’ Ethnic Afghani Necklace: Antique Store, Abu Dhabi.

Long Chain Clock Necklace: ATL 5 point vintage store.

Straw Messenger Bag : Vintage.

 

The Skies Collection

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This week’s post celebrates one of my favorite hobbies as a cloud enthusiast- sky watching. Cumulus, Stratocumulus, Cumulonimbus and the list continues. The sky has an art of its own and it is rather stimulating to deviate from out daily tasks to give nature’s gigantic cotton balls some undivided attention and appreciation. “ London based Designer Kirsteen Stewart shares my enthusiasm for clouds in her latest “Skies Collection”.

Kirsteen had created rich graphic prints for the “Skies Collection” from pictures she had taken herself of the Scottish skies at sunrise and sunset. She designed a series of structured dresses to flatter the female form. Here I am rocking the Nimbus Dress with a bold monochrome print of the Scottish skies as rain clouds begin to build on the horizon. I styled the Nimbus dress with the Cloud Pendant – also designed by Kirsteen, to play off the theme. The cloud necklace is my latest accessory amusement and had proved to be a very good conversation starter in many of my outings! I finish off my look with a scooped high bun and suede, leather, bow-string court shoes from Zara.

My lovely accomplice Arianna Miskel is rocking the Floccus Dress with a bold print inspired by the Scottish sunset. She accessorizes with the silver Mini Smile Necklace also designed by Kirsteen Stewart. Arianna finishes off the look with the Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar, Sephora’s latest long lasting lippy.

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Photography by Amanda Schulman

Writing, Editing and Styling by Mona Hamid

Modeling by Mona Hamid and Arianna Miskel

Outfit Details:-

Nimbus Dress: Kirsteen Stewart, available here.

Floccus Sunset Dress: Kirsteen Stewart, available here.

Mini Smile Necklace: Kirsteen Stewart, available here.

Cloud Pendant: Kirsteen Stewart, available here.

Leather Bow-tie Court Shoes: Zara, available here.

 

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.

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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.

 

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.

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Outfit Details:-

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

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

Blue Black Hues

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The dark color palette of winter can easily take over your wardrobe. Why not brighten it up with a colorful statement coat to throw over the neutral under layers. This double-breasted boxy powder blue 80’s inspired coat from Reiss creates a stimulating color contrast and immediately adds an interesting androgynous factor to the look with the high collar and the bulky lapels.

The neutral under-layering of this look consisted of a color-blocked cashmere turtleneck sweater and my favorite embroidered knit drop crotch pants. The embroidery on the pants and the asymmetrical ivory panel on the sweater are the subtle details that make basic under-layering a little more stimulating.

Why not feel like a champion when rocking shoes that look like they came out of the wardrobe of King Louis XIV and subtly tweaked to fit our current-time shoe silhouettes. A well done job by the “Paris Collection” at H&M! The immaculate construction of these beautiful elongated suede shoes with the bejeweled front buckle detailing plus the comfort factor?!.. I’m sold!

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Photography by Mariama Wang, editing by Mona Hamid

Styling and Writing  by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:

1. Oversized Coat: Reiss, similar here.

2. Cashmere Sweater: Designer Circus, Brighton MA.

3. Embroidered Pants: H&M “The Paris Collection”.

4. Suede Jeweled Shoes: H&M “The Paris Collection”.

Modern Day Babushkas

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In an effort to draw attention to former cultural fashion panaches that have been diluted in our current time, I have created a look based around the Eastern European headscarf, also referred to as ‘babushka’.

I am currently intrigued with the evolution of the headscarf as a focal fashion accessory. Think 1950’s, driving a beetle shaped convertible on the way to a fabulous getaway after a visit to the hairdressers that requires an accessory shield for protection against the roaring winds of the car journey.  This is indeed a calling for a beautiful silk square shaped ensemble to be paired with sunglasses and a pop of rouge. In my case it is calling for my beautiful blue illustrated silk  Moschino Cheap Sheep and Chic scarf.

My look was composed of a sixties Mod-esque Kate Spade Mondrian print dress paired with daisy nude shoes from Asos, cat eye shades, and pop of rouge from Mac. My lovely friend Katie, who has joined me for this duet style post is wearing a floral printed vintage fifties dress with a red and fuchsia hued vintage scarf, and lime suede pumps from Madewell. Katie and I are both accessorizing with handbags from one of our favorite go to retailers for quirky unusual bags: Kate Spade.

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Photography by 1000lotus

Styling by Mona Hamid and Modeling by Katie Owsley and Mona Hamid

Writing by Mona Hamid

Location: Boston Harbour, MA.

Mona’s Outfit Details:

1. Scarf: Moschino Cheap and Chic

2. Dress: Kate Spade Mondrain Print Dress

3. Daisy Shoes: Asos

4. Polka Dot Bag: Kate Spade

5. Red Lipstick: MAC

Katie’s Outfit Details:

1. Floral Printed Dress: Vintage

2. Fur Bag with Bow Detail: Kate Spade

3. Red Floral Scarf: Vintage

4. Orange Floral Necklace: Kate Spade

5. Lime Suede Pumps: Madewell

6. Pink Lipstick: YSL

p.s: We are obsessed with Kate Spade..obviously.