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

 

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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.

Tie Dye Sunsets and Flatforms

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This week’s outfit post emits an element of childhood nostalgia as I dress for an American style family-embraced poolside barbeque away from the city. With vast amount of grass field to play in, childhood acrobatic jumping aspirations come to mind.

I am wearing a sunset tie dye top with magenta and blue hues from Ted Baker. The Ted baker spring/summer sale was ideal to stock up on fun tops and blouses that always come in handy for everyday work/fun attire. The prints say it all and make it easy to pair with casual solids. I pair it with white jeans– an item of clothing I have not owned for many years. Finding the right pair of white jeans may be a difficult process especially for us curvy types. The stretch factor and thickness of white jeans is critical. They ought to be thick enough to avoid looking like Jeggings, and they must have a good stretch factor to mold into le body shape. I found my perfect pair also at the Ted Baker summer sale. I pair it with my current favorite cloud pendant by Kirsteen Stewart that complements the sunset shirt dreamily.

Last but not least- Flatforms are created so usefully for the purpose of achieving extra height in combination with the comfort factor. Flatforms are an acquired taste and may take some of us a while to accept their existence to then possible invest in a pair and stare at them aimlessly in our wardrobe during outfit building. But once that day comes when you throw them on without the dilemma, a milestone is overcome and suddenly they are cute and make you happy.

Mona Hamid

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Styling, Writing and Editing by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:-

Sunset Tie Dye Top: Ted Baker, available here.

White Pants: Ted Baker, available here.

Flatforms: Parfois.

Cloud Necklace: Kirsteen Stewart, available here.

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.

 

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.

 

Disney Retro

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With spring-cleaning, a lot of hidden treasures reveal themselves. When I come visit my mother in Abu Dhabi, I get the pleasure of rummaging through her closet and incorporating some of her pieces with my own to create interesting outfit combinations. Here I am rocking a Donald Duck and Daisy Duck Oversized shirt that she purchased from boutique in Switzerland many years back. It comes back to life as I pair it with my camel harem pants from Vince for an effortless breezy spring/summer attire.

The humidity makes it difficult to have non frizzy hair, instead surrendering to the fizziness and maintaining the curls using Miss Jessie’s Pillow soft curls styling lotion may yield affirmative results. Here I rock my frizz in a low ponytail and a loosely parted fringe.

I finished off my outfit by accessorizing lightly with black striped shades by Fendi and pointed black flats by Charles and Keith.

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Styling, Editing and Writing by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:-

Shirt: Disney Vintage

Pants: Vince

Shoes: Charles and Keith

Sunglasses: Fendi