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.


A Journey to the South East

On a recent trip to Singapore to attend a friend’s wedding I was immersed into a new world, full of cultural, bursting with colors, beautiful costumes, vibrant music and flavorful food.  Indian Punjabi culture is known for its strong ties to their cultural traditions and in carrying them on through past generations to our present time. In this occasion I had the pleasure of witnessing first hand a Punjabi Sikh wedding and all the ceremonies that take place to complete the binding agreement.

My attire to the wedding consisted of a cream rhinestone studded chiffon sari with a golden silk border. The sari consists of many yards of fabric that are wrapped numerously around the waist and pleated to allow leg movement then placed over the shoulders. In this occasion the last yard of chiffon was place on the shoulder and over my head as the ceremony took place in the Sikh temple where modesty is valued so heads are covered and shoes are taken off prior entering.

Below we have two young ladies dressed in the cultural Punjabi suits in vibrant eye-catching orange and lime silks. Typically a Punjabi suit consists of a “Shalwar” or a loose-fitted trouser that’s tight on the ankles and a “Kameez” or a long Tunic with the side seams open below the waist to allow movement and accompanied with a scarf.

This photo is of the bride sitting in front of a plate filled with milk and rose petals where a “Choora” ceremony is taking place prior to the wedding ceremony. A Choora is a set of wedding bangles usually red and white in color that are worn by the bride on her wedding day and are given to her by her uncles and aunts.  The ceremony consists of the Chooras being dipped in the plate of milk and rose petals as a blessing before the bride puts them on.  Traditionally the bride is meant to continue wearing the bracelets for 40 days after the wedding.

This is a photo of the groom in the Sikh temple prior entering to attend the ceremony. In Sikh Wedding traditions, the groom’s sisters would tie a “Sehra” across the groom’s turban to cover his face prior to leaving the house. This is to ward off the evil eye and to also maintain anticipation for the wedding guests to see the groom when he enters the temple.

The grooms wedding attire consists jacket and pant suit, where the jackets are studded with precious embellishment the exude lux and magnanimity on the wedding day.

The bride is dressed in traditional Indian Punjabi wedding attire. This typically consists of a red and gold Punjabi Suit. The top and skirt are couture-esque decorated with heavy embroidery, sequins, beading and trim details. The bride is accessorized generously with gold jewelry including a headpiece, necklace and earrings. She is also wearing the sets of “Chooras” on both arms that are also adorned with henna patterns. All eyes are definitely on the beautiful dazzling bride on her special day.

– Mona Hamid

Blue Black Hues

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!

Mona Hamid

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”.