Shift Dress Ready

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This week features a day-to-night-look. A simple outfit of the day that can be carried forth to summer night-time endeavors.

I am wearing a purple v-neck kimono-sleeved shift dress from Asos. This piece is an easy comfortable throw on and constitutes a silhouette that is flattering to many different female forms. I accessorize with a chunky necklace that put together a few years back. I bought the fluffy wool pendant from a jewelry booth during London Fashion Weekend and found beads to pair it with from the Boston bead factory.

Simplicity is the key with this look as the dress color is the main visual stimulant. The remaining accessorizing process is remained at a minimal with white a white leather Messenger from Ted Baker and white wedges from Kurt Geiger.

Mona Hamid

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Writing, Styling and Editing by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:-

Purple Dress: Asos.

Wedge Shoes: Kurt Geiger, available here.

White Messenger Bag: Ted Baker, available here.

 

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Tie Dye Sunsets and Flatforms

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This week’s outfit post emits an element of childhood nostalgia as I dress for an American style family-embraced poolside barbeque away from the city. With vast amount of grass field to play in, childhood acrobatic jumping aspirations come to mind.

I am wearing a sunset tie dye top with magenta and blue hues from Ted Baker. The Ted baker spring/summer sale was ideal to stock up on fun tops and blouses that always come in handy for everyday work/fun attire. The prints say it all and make it easy to pair with casual solids. I pair it with white jeans– an item of clothing I have not owned for many years. Finding the right pair of white jeans may be a difficult process especially for us curvy types. The stretch factor and thickness of white jeans is critical. They ought to be thick enough to avoid looking like Jeggings, and they must have a good stretch factor to mold into le body shape. I found my perfect pair also at the Ted Baker summer sale. I pair it with my current favorite cloud pendant by Kirsteen Stewart that complements the sunset shirt dreamily.

Last but not least- Flatforms are created so usefully for the purpose of achieving extra height in combination with the comfort factor. Flatforms are an acquired taste and may take some of us a while to accept their existence to then possible invest in a pair and stare at them aimlessly in our wardrobe during outfit building. But once that day comes when you throw them on without the dilemma, a milestone is overcome and suddenly they are cute and make you happy.

Mona Hamid

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Styling, Writing and Editing by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:-

Sunset Tie Dye Top: Ted Baker, available here.

White Pants: Ted Baker, available here.

Flatforms: Parfois.

Cloud Necklace: Kirsteen Stewart, available here.

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.

 

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:-

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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.

Color Checkmate

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Much like a game of chess, great style is all about strategically making your next move and not being afraid to take a risk at times. The bright colourways, risky hemline and voluminous shape of this vibrant 1950’s inspired ensemble is a great example of how some sartorial experimentation can result in a timeless and chic look.

The focal point of this outfit is the multi-coloured vintage Balenciaga skirt that belonged to Mona’s mother back in the 1980s. Although this skirt is decades old, it still possesses an ultra-modern feel thanks to its vivid colours and unique length that hits the sweet spot between maxi and midi. Maxi skirts and dresses are timeless summer staples, and the midi length hemline made a huge resurgence on the Fall 2013 runways.

 Tucking in a top is a great way to style a voluminous skirt such as this one. Here, a bright pink Cynthia Rowley silk top that picks up on the pink lines of the skirt is tucked in to carve out a feminine silhouette.

A tricky hemline such as this one can cut off your legs and make them appear shorter, so the proper choice of footwear is vital. Nude coloured heels close to your skin tone solve this problem by creating the illusion of a longer leg. A handcrafted silver statement necklace and metallic clutch bag finish off the look and lend a contemporary touch.  

Reem Buhazza

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Photography by Chandni Patel Editing by Mona Hamid

Styling and Modelling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Outfit Details:

  1. Silk Hot Pink Top:  Cynthia Rowley
  2. Skirt: Vintage Balenciaga
  3. Nude Pointy Pumps: Enzo Angiolini, available here
  4. Tassel Clutch: Asos

Style Post: Passport Chic

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Travelling in style isn’t just about what you pack with you, but also about what you come back with. Markets and boutiques in exotic locales are full of unique fashion gems that you won’t find anywhere else, so take advantage of the style potential of your travels and pick up a few items to inject some worldly chic into your wardrobe.

This embellished ivory kaftan is a great example of how a cultural item of clothing can be worn in a contemporary fashion forward way. Multifaceted sparkling rhinestones embellish the neckline and upper portion of this elegant Middle Eastern piece, giving it an element of glamour and eliminating the need for bold jewelry and accessories.

The beauty of this kaftan lies in its versatility; it can be worn to a low-key event such as a beach party or an upscale affair like an outdoor summer wedding. The airy, loose-fitting silhouette of this kaftan gives it an effortless and simple feel that looks just as striking dressed up or down.

Reem Buhazza

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Photography by Mona Al-Marzoqi Jones

Styling and Modeling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Outfit Details:

  1. Kaftan: Jumeirah Market, Dubai UAE
  2. Shoes: Karen Millen