Like 95 in my Denim

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To welcome the New Year I have made new outfit building resolutions to take on in 2015. We all have those pieces sitting in our closets for months that we hesitate to include in our impulse throw-on looks. One of my resolutions is to consider an item from my pre existing closet that I have not worn in a while, to my daily outfit-building menu.

Here I am throwing on my vintage oversized denim jacket to an all black ensemble. I purchased this denim jacket from a vintage store in Georgia Atlanta and have not experimented with it before now. Here I am rocking it over a black turtleneck knit top from Ted baker and black leggings- an easy platform.

I embellish with my favorite black patent boots that I bought from the Burberry outlet, a good find Indeed! I decided to add in some accents of blue by sporting a velvet navy turban designed by one of my good friends and blogger Isamarij, along with winter trademark navy leather long gloves.

-Mona Hamid

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New York Festival Of Light

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This Saturday November 8th I was blown away witnessing some of most brillaint light installation projections that took place at the New York Festival of Light (NYFOL). This event which has been taking place annually in cities like Bangkok and Berlin, finally made ints way to trendy DUMBO in Brooklyn, and brought over the masses across the bridge to witness the whimsical light displays. The lights were projected over the anchorage archway of the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn and took you on a visual journey. The installation were created by more than a dozen artists, who happen to be the leaders in this creative field of interactive, electric tech art. I will be adding videos of the light installation to my new Youtube Channel! #staytuned

Mona Hamid

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Lights Installations by : Howard Ungerleider, Tupac Martir, Valerie Schaller, 3_Search, Public Matter, J.R Rizzo, Nancy Burson, Scott Tucker, Jason Krugman, Robert Bose, Matilde Alessandra, John Yacobellis, Evelyn Szeibaum, Kuki, Doron Gazit, Lim College.

Vintage Daze

stilettosandsubstance.comOn a recent trip to Austin, Texas along with some of my fellow fashion bloggers, we made it our mission to visit some of Austin’s many unique vintage stores. The list was endless, however we managed a cover a decent amount of stores and I managed to find some enticing vintage finds to add to my archives.

Here I am rocking a black sheer loosely fit vintage top that I bought from a really cool store called Feathers Boutique. Feathers Boutique provided a modern twist to vintage clothing. It was one of the stores I spent the most time in. I was amused with vintage clothes that have been altered in-house to modern day silhouettes – a fantastic idea. This sheer top is an ideal throw on with denim shorts during breezy summer days and is ideal for effortless bohemian-esque music festival attire.

Here, I decided to pair the blouse with a pair of black pants and suede booties, which were also a vintage find from my trip. I never owned cowboy boots and not sure yet if I can pull them off, however in spirit of ‘Texas’ I managed to find an intermediate- cowboy booties!

Last but not least, I accessorized with a brown vintage leather bag that was one of my lucky random finds from Room Service Vintage, and two golden string necklaces from Frock on Vintage. Our Austin vintage shopping trip was ultimately a success!

Mona 

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Styling, Editing and Writing by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:-

Top: Feather Boutique Vintage.

Leather Bag: Room Service Vintage.

Cowboy Shoes: Buffalo Exchange, Austin TX.

Necklaces: Frock on Vintage.

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”.