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.

 

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Commune and Memoir

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In celebration of the 4th of July I am excited to feature a special brand that I recently got exposed to called “Commune and Memoir“. Commune and Memoir celebrate New York City’s energy with quirky one- word adjectives printed on Tees, a simple and exciting genius concept with the trademark hashtag #NYCinaWord. Their concept is to elevate the city as a work of art that the public can observe with curated words as an alternative to images.

Accompanied by one of my NYC besties, the lovely Jeff Thompson we decide to commune and memoir NYC along the Brooklyn Bridge rocking our “Commune and Memoir” Tees.

I am rocking the “Galvanic” Tee, a word that comes from the French word galvanique – to have the effect of an electric shock! I pair my Galvanic Tee with a transparent black PVC skirt from American Apparel. The beauty of this transparent skirt is that it comes with the best criteria – get creative. One could ultimately wear this PVC skirt over many fun pieces – including shorts, a flared dress or a polka dot bodycon skirt! Here I am wearing it over a black bodycon skirt to keep it simple when pairing with my galvanic Tee. This outfit combo is my select for summer music festival attire – statement, unconventional and energetic.

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Jeff is rocking the “Inexhaustible” V-neck Tee – a word from Latin inexhaust – incapable of being used up and carries the word’s energy seamlessly. He styles the Tee with black suspenders, a pair of black fitted jeans, and  black leather moccasins from Sandro.

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Here we photograph by a recent New York City attraction- the mysterious abandoned cordless wooden piano lying on the shore underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Some say it got washed into shore, some say it may have fell from a truck driving across the bridge. Along with many others, I am taken by the randomness of this beautiful instrument and amused about the whole scenario hence decided to note its memorable existence.

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“Commune and Memoir” definitely capture New York City’s essence with their memorable one-word descriptions. Fellow NYC tourists can definitely use an upgrade from the “I heart NYC” Tees. Some of their other words that tell the story of New York City include; Spectral, Idyllic, Fervent and Elusive.

StilettosandSubstance.comPhotography by Alexandre Cary

Writing and Styling by Mona Hamid

Modeling by Mona Hamid and Jeffery Thompson

Outfit Details:-

Galvani unisex Tee: Commune and Memoir, available here.

Inexhaustible unisex v-neck Tee: Commune and Memoir, available here

Black PVC Skirt: American Apparel, available here

Sunglasses: Ray- Bans.

Black Mocassins: Sandro, available here. 

 

 

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.

Ines

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

Personal Style: Birthday Post!

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Aside from being fabulously decadent occasions when self-indulgence is totally permissible, birthdays are also the perfect excuse to play dress up. Your twenties present the perfect opportunity to showcase your personal style and get away with almost anything, so have fun creating a memorable and unique birthday look for the one day in the year that is guaranteed to be all about you!

The leather material and fashion-forward cut of this black Theory dress put an edgy, irreverent spin on the timeless Little Black Dress. The beauty of a classic piece such the LBD lies in its versatility; you can create different looks depending on how you choose to accessorize it. Whether you pile on the jewels for an OTT look or utilize the power of a single statement piece, the styling possibilities are virtually endless. Here, an oversized white floral statement necklace is the only accessory added to the look. The femininity of the  Chanel-inspired piece juxtaposes with the tough feel of the dress for an ultramodern feel.

Finally, strategic pops of bright colour were added to elevate the black and white colour palette of this outfit and keep the look summer ready. Suede lime heels add a bright burst of colour and textural contrast, and the bright colours on the lips and nails keep this look young and fresh.

Reem Buhazza

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Photography by K Mand

Styling and Modeling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Outfit Details:

  1. Leather Dress: Theory, available here.
  2. Flower Necklace: J Crew, available here.
  3. Shoes: Madewell.
  4. Lipstick: MAC “Up the amp”.

 

Style Post: Spring Bloom

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Fashion shifts as the seasons do, and Stilettos and Substance is making its first foray into spring style!

The possibilities of spring dressing are virtually endless; layers and neutrals have been replaced with lashings of bright shades that span the colour wheel, fun prints that make a big statement, and a sunny style outlook to match the warmer weather.

Get inspired for the new season with these fun, spring-ready looks that experiment with a variety of colours, textures and patterns. The models were styled using a mix of different prints, materials and colours to create vibrant, youthful looks that are fresh and perfect for spring.

Along with your wardrobe, spring is also a great time to get creative with your makeup bag and create fun beauty looks. Big beauty statements such as the big lashes, bold eye looks, bright lips, and colourful nail art seen here can bring an element of fun to your look and are the perfect fun accompaniments to spring dressing. 

Reem Buhazza

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Styling by Mona Hamid

Modeling by Johannah Zacharer & Charibel Jimenez

Makeup by Tai Charles

Photographys by Carolyn McMorran