Like 95 in my Denim

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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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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.

Electric Daydream

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Spring is the season of daydream, excitement at the increased day’s length and at the sight of pretty blooming trees. The season inspires us to press the restart button on our lives and start on a new page. New floral prints make their way back to our wardrobes as we feel the need to express our new happiness in color.

For this spring season, Ted Baker has a series of vibrant floral prints. Here I am rocking my new neon floral print blazer from the electric daydream collection. This blazer with its neon undertones is a staple piece for spring due to its styling versatility. It can be dressed up when paired with a pencil skirt for an evening dinner/lounge attire or with a pair of skinny trousers for a more relaxed daytime brunch look.

To Avoid detraction from the statement floral blazer I decided to keep my accessorizing to a minimal. I finished off the look with my favorite white booties from Asos and a simple chain bracelet.

-Mona Hamid

 

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Styling, Editing and Writing by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:

Floral Blazer: Ted Baker, available here.

Skinny Jeans: Ted Baker, available here.

White Booties: Asos, similar here.

 

 

Beside The Seaside

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Nothing evokes the carefree childhood memories of summer quite like a day at the beach. Back when we spent our carefree summer afternoons by the sea being sandcastle architects and ice cream connoisseurs, our style choices were the last thing on our minds. As summer quickly comes to a close, channel that youthful nonchalance of yesteryear by sporting a fun childhood inspired ensemble.

Aside from triggering a rush of 90’s nostalgia, denim overalls have made a major fashion comeback this year. The surprisingly versatile and wearable Osh Kosh throwback can be dressed up or down depending on how you choose to style it.

Here, pair of light denim short overalls are paired with a colourful rose print T-shirt for a super-casual take on the trend. To avoid looking too dated, wear this one-piece unbuttoned on one side for an undone and modern feel.

The beauty of a super-casual look like this lies in simplicity and ease. A quirky scissor necklace, a bright pair of square retro shades, and crisp white Adidas sneakers are all that’s needed to top off this carefree summertime beach outfit.

Reem Buhazza

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Photography by Frances Ramirez Editing by Mona Hamid

Styling and Modelling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Location: Nantasket Beach, Hull, Massachusetts.

 

Outfit Details:

1. Rose Print Graphic T-Shirt: Mr GUGU & Mrs GO, available here.

2. Overalls: Topshop, available here.

3. Retro Square Flat Shades: Cynthia Rowley.

4. Pointy Sneakers: Adidas.

5. Scissor Pendant Necklace: SoWa Market, Southend, Boston.