Cipriani Halloween Party – London Phone Box

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I got my inspiration to dress up as a ‘London Telephone Box’ thanks to an early inspiration initiated by a big poster of a London double decker bus that is plastered above my bed. The red color palette idea was decided on but then I didn’t want to be a red bus for Halloween. So I went on to think of other things that are red and decided to become London telephone box. Consulting your creative mind light heartedly and colorfully can somehow put together some exciting creative solutions 😉

How I did it was by looking for a shiny red base (dress), which I religiously searched for on the web and of coarse in the end found it at non other than Asos.com. No surprise there, Asos will happen to have a red patent dress just because. Next I was going to create little phone box windows which I did using aluminum tape and white border tape. The telephone sign (with the correct font) and the Queen’s crown were mandatory.

The headpiece and wire necklace accessorizing was an easy last minute combination of Amazon Prime orders, hot glue, and lots of hair pins and insulators. Schiaparelli created the shoe hat and I today was going to have a red phone projecting whimsically and happily off my head.

We headed to the Halloween Party at Cipriani on 42nd street where Italian Dj Marco Carola was going to take our eardrums on an electrifying musical journey, and he did quite that!

Till next time Halloween

Xoxo

Monz (the Telephone box)

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Queen of Hearts, Queen of the night, Phone Box and Cat-Raccoon Hybrid. www.stilettosandsubstance.com

P.Diddy as King Combs with a Trumpet Entrance.  www.stilettosandsubstance.com

Marco Carola getting innn. www.stilettosandsubstance.com

Fantastic in the moment shot of Queen of Hearts and Queen of the Night.  www.stilettosandsubstance.com

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Photography by Everyone. Editing By Mona Hamid.

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Fierce and Armed

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In an effort to live to your higher self you must create a vision of your “super you”. Challenge your inner “post no bills” by painting a new picture of yourself, create it and evolve into it. Put on that dress that is going to transform your “attitude” towards the day, give you ’the oomph of mental power and energy. Play the role of that inner alter ego. If not, create one. Take it to new heights. Try that something that scares you. Enjoy the process. Smile. Walk down the street with your head up and look around and admire all the creations of mankind. It’s a beautiful day and if not, well nature is making its own seasonal adjustments. Be slightly prepared. Carry a leather jacket. Olive green if you may. Rich in color. Surprise yourself. Wear a third eye across your neck and see how people respond to it. It’s a perfect conversation starter. Talk to strangers. Get right to it. Today you’re on a role. Take something from it. Continue on your adventure. No holding back. Fierce and armed, literally.

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Photography by Sarah Jean Fatheree

Writing, Editing and Styling by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:-

Dress: Zara

Jacket: Zara

Shoes: Nasty Gal

Bracelet: Miansai

Necklace: KT Ferris Creations

* Heres a little back story about this crazy, creepy, outstanding 3rd eye necklace on my Facebook Page. Enjoy,  and like my page. xo

 

Chelsea Highline

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This week’s post was taken on-the-go on a walking self tour towards Chelsea and the Highline. It was a beautiful day and my family came to visit me in New York City. The photographer is one of my favorites – Mummy.

Nostalgia – a wistful desire to return in thought or fact to a former place or time. Walking past the beautiful wall art and inspirational words evoking future dreams initiated by childhood innocence was worth capturing and definitely brings me back as I walk by it with my loved ones.

I am wearing my new metallic oxford shoes from Vince Camuto. My outfit consisted of a vintage yellow floral printed button up oversized top paired with my favorite red, waxed Hudson Jeans. I accessorized with both my new prescription wide framed glasses and my new unconventional black sunnies that I purchased from 5 points on a recent trip to Atlanta Georgia. Lastly i am rocking a light weight grey jacket that i bought a while back from Reiss.

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I love this photo because it visually captures the essence of the fast paced on-the-go energy of New York City with the echoing mentality that “my time is very precious and I want to make this my decade”.

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Along the highline I come across this mural with a sentence written in Arabic with the English translation below “ This book belongs to its owner Fathallah Saad. He bought it with his own money at the beginning of March 1892”. I didn’t understand what it was about, but im sure there’s a story. I wonder what book he bought.

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Ice lollies on a sunny pre fall day seem like a good reward after a two hour exploratory walk starting on the east of the island all the way to the Chelsea vicinity and ending up on the highline. Mint cucumber and mango passion fruit- home-made organic and delightful.

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My baby niece “bubz” experimenting 🙂

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A very cool mural placed above a parking garage. Possible thought of a name for it..”The Road to nowhere” aha.

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Here my mother the photographer captures my outfit in different settings along the highline. The beauty of this post is its organic feel , the family ambience and our experimenting with visual inspirational settings that came along the way.

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Photography by Nelly Karim.

Styling, Writing and Editing by Mona Hamid.

Outfit Details:-

Top: Vintage (Garment District, Boston MA).

Pants: Hudson Jeans.

Oxford Shoes: Vince Camuto.

Prescription Glasses: American Apparel.

Sunnies: 5 Points (Atlanta GA).

Jacket: Reiss.

A New Perspective

stilettosandsubstance.comThis week’s style post highlights the idea of mixing and matching your previously owned fashion pieces. Dedicating a few extra minutes to our daily outfit choosing routine can go a long way resulting in fun new outfit combos. We all have that specific top and pants that we religiously pair together that we now can approach with a fresh new styling perspective.

Here I am rocking a grey peter pan collared button up top that I purchased from Asos a while back. I am pairing it alternatively with silky harem black and beige striped pants from American Apparel. This new outfit combo created a new day-to-night look mostly with the addition of the harem pants to a top that I usually wear with my black high waisted skinny pants as corporate attire.

With a neutral toned outfit there’s nothing better than to compliment it by adding a pop of colorful accessorizing. I accessorize the neutral grays and yellows with a scarlet red statement shoe by Marc by Marc. The statement show consists of golden buttons and chunky gold and red striped heel, which is my favorite element of the shoe.

I accessorize adventurously by layering many necklaces of different textures, lengths and shades for no reason whatsoever. Lastly I throw on my trademark Marc by Marc “clearly” bag, which has a vinyl panel on the front exposing the inner leather compartments of the bag. There’s an element of excitement that comes with rocking vinyl clear bags and exposing the inner workings of your life– an amusement i attained at a very early age ever since my first clear vinyl backpack with the legendary purple zippers… in Kindergarten.

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Photography by Nelly Karim (Mummy)

Styling, Editing and Writing by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:-

Peter Pan Collared Button Up : Asos.

Silky Striped Harem Pants: American Apparel.

Shoes: Marc by Marc.

Clearly Bag: Marc by Marc.

 

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.

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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. 

 

 

Mixed Prints and Manbags

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I have been on the hunt for the perfect briefcase for a few months now to maneuver around the city with carrying my laptop to do blog work in various inspiring locations. I somehow find myself drawn during my search to the men’s accessories section. The structuring of the breifcases combined with the fine leather composition in the dusky color combinations augment the right amount of edge to my feminine quirky attire.

I missioned across Ted Baker’s Scullery (Men’s floor) on 5th avenue to come across this retro lime green, navy, and brown color-blocked Man Bag. I love the idea of combining prints with contrasting lime of the Man Bag to create an element of visual excitement.

I accessorize with my retro briefcase over a black and white print-on-print laid back outfit combo. Polka dot jeans with a contrasting white top with a triangular print compose my work-mode library attire as I spend my day off by Bryant park blogging. My red reflective Ray-bans add the fierce finishing touch.

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Writing, Styling and Editing by Mona Hamid.

Outfit Details:-

Man Bag: Ted Baker (Style: Montena).

Polka Dot Jeans: Kate Spade, similar here.

Sunglasses: Ray-bans.

 

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.