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.


Chunky Delicacies

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 www.stilettosandsubstance.comPhotography by Rita Bsaibes . Modeling by Mona Hamid and Ines Gamiero . Writing, Styling and Editing by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:-


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


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

Timeless Elegance


Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza set the tone for timeless elegance and opulence in a recent wedding event held in the historic landmark. In return I chose to indulge with my timeless two-toned ruch/striped silk dress- one of my own creations from my first collection of cocktail gowns exhibited in a Fashion TV sponsored event held on February 2009.  The simple silhouette was created by combining silk in two different tones and forms, ruching high neckline, low back line, and a striped fitted pencil skirt-like bottom. The creation exhibited timeless elegance and form, even when worn 4 years later! I accessorized with a strappy striped black & white shoe to play off the stripes on the dress and paired them with my trademark ivory sphere-shaped clutch from Reiss. To finish off the look i decided to do an “up-do” inspired by the hairstyles of the women of Downton Abbey, with the help of a you-tube tutorial.

Mona Hamid






The Bride was dressed in a contemporary couture gown, blush in color, and structured to perfection by non other than the designer himself, Rafael Cennamo. The styling of the brides outfit with the lace stockings was immaculate. They added an element of surprise and gave wedding attire a new outlook!



Photography by Kameron Mand, retouching by Mona Hamid

Styling and Modeling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Mona Hamid, editing by Reem Buhazza

Location: Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston, MA

Outfit Details:

1. Two-Toned Dress: Monzlapurr by Mona Hamid

2. Shoes: Zara

3. Clutch: Reiss

To view footage from my first fashion collection of cocktail dresses shown in the Mayfair Hotel in  London from February 2009 check the link below!

Personal Style: Ruffles and Romance

Wearing lace, ruffles and pastel shades all at once might seem like a recipe for sickly-sweet fashion disaster – but as we always say here on Stilettos and Substance, you can pull off virtually anything if you style it correctly. As this look illustrates, wearing a girly childhood-inspired ensemble doesn’t have to make you look like a walking confection.

This powder blue Alice + Olivia dress strikes the perfect balance between saccharine storybook sweetness and ultra-feminine romantic sophistication. The intricately embroidered dress features a high cut neckline and dainty cap sleeves and fans out into tiers of ruffles ending just above the knee.

Don’t be afraid to play designer when it comes to your look by adding things to your clothes to customise them and add an individual touch. Here, a lace undergarment worn underneath the dress picks up on the gorgeous embroidery pattern and also covers up the peekaboo back to make it more appropriate and wearable for a formal occasion.

Styling an adorable dress like this with the right accessories is key to keep the look from treading into gimmicky territory. Black patent heels with gold detailing and a sophisticated low-bun hairstyle keep things grown up, and as this look was worn to an Indian wedding, the statement gold drop earrings and bag add the perfect luxe finishing touches.

Reem Buhazza

Photography by Chandni Patel

Styling and Modeling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Outfit Details:-

1. Lace Dress: Alice and Olivia.

2. Shoes: Mui Mui.

3. Bag & Earrings: Global Village ( Abu Dhabi, UAE).

Personal Style: Goth Chic

Combining complimentary separates in different textures and fabrics can help you create a striking custom-made evening look that you wont find on the rack. Experimentalism is the key to creating a high-impact look, as this darkly glamorous look illustrates.

Collar necklaces are an easy way to instantly transform the mood and tone of any outfit. This yellow and black baroque print top is given a Victorian-esque feel and an additional element of interest and with the detachable black and white lace collar accessory.

This theatrical maxi-length skirt is embellished with rhinestones and provides a goth contrast to the girlie top. The dark tulle functions as the focal point of this outfit, injecting additional drama into this ensemble.

A strong look such as this calls for minimal accessories as to not overpower the theme or make it seem contrived. The small black clutch and pointy black pumps are the perfect choices to top off this girlie-goth look; their colour ties in with the look’s dark undertones, and the clutch’s velvet material keeps things texturally interesting. Additionally, the dark lipstick is a great example of how you can include your makeup look in your sartorial endeavours.

Reem Buhazza

Photographs by Mona Al-Marzoqi Jones

Styling and Modeling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Outfit Details:

1. Lace Printed Top: Karen Millen.

2. Tulle Skirt: France Haneva (via Green Bird Boutique, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E).

3. Embellished Collar: Global Village, Dubai, U.A.E (Chinese Market).

4. Shoes: Dune.

5. Velvet Clutch: Banana Republic (Style: Anna Karenina jasmine box clutch).

6. Bracelet: Karen Millen.