Halloween part 1 – Frida Kahlo

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This year I made the exciting decision to dress up twice for Halloween. With that thought I adopted Frida Kahlo to be my first costume attempt.

My real fascination with Frida Kahlo began after I watched Salma Hayek’s depiction of her life at which point my empathetic heartstrings drew me to immediately fall in love with her and finally understand her strange paintings. That movie also became my all time favorite movie (ever).

I put into use my DIY craftsmanship and made a headpiece of warm colored florals, and tried to draw in my eyebrow ultra strong with self-permission to veto the unibrow.

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This is a photo of a glow-in-the-dark monkey that i got painted on my neck for the evening! Location: Zero Halloween Party in Brooklyn 🙂

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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.

 Mona Hamid

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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

 

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.

 

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.

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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.

 

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.

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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.

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

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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Outfit Details:-

Top: Feather Boutique Vintage.

Leather Bag: Room Service Vintage.

Cowboy Shoes: Buffalo Exchange, Austin TX.

Necklaces: Frock on Vintage.