Playtime

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For this post, I was inspired by an effortless easy breezy playtime attire enabling me to accomplish freestyle happy dancing moves in the streets of Soho. I am rocking a loosely fitted button-up white shirt accompanied by silky black harem pants. The simplicity of this outfit brings us back to the basics of sporting an effortless, chic daytime look.

My new Asos cut-out party booties make the dancing commence with ease due to their perfect height of 2.5 inches. Your new moves may surprise you. You know. You may have been a sea lion in a previous lifetime.

To add some hues of color to the look, I am layering with an olive green leather jacket and my trademark purple fur muffler, and a heavy duty screw cuff bracelet from Miansai.

Mona Hamid

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Photography by Sarah Jean Fatheree

Outfit Details:

Cut-out Booties: Asos.

Silk Harem Pants: J Brand

White Shirt: Zara

Leather Jacket: Zara

Fur Muffle: Bloomingdales.

Bracelet: Miansai

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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

 

Get Carried Away

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With New York Fashion Week only a few days away, I took it upon myself to get inspired and challenge my wardrobe. I attempted to pull my own version of the “Carrie Bradshaw” by putting together pieces that I would not naturally gravitate towards pairing together, but somehow just come together in an unconventional manner.

I am wearing a mustard heavy weight metallic Gilet with puffy sleeves. I pair it in an alternative manner with a cream pleated high waist A-line skirt and suede peep-toe booties creating an effortless easy day or night-out-in-town look.

The luminous metallic fabric of the Gilet definitely makes it the statement piece and ideal to pair with my ethnic ‘Lapiz Lazuli’, semi-precious, blue stone necklace from Afghanistan. The vibrant colors all compliment each other dreamily in addition to the pop of scarlet red lipstick – Mac’s renowned “Ruby Woo”. I finish off the look with a straw weaved messenger bag to play off the semi organic feel of the look.

 Mona Hamid

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Photography by Kornelija Slunjski

Styling, Editing and Writing by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:- 

Mustard Gilet: French Connection.

Pleated White Skirt: Aqua, similar here.

Suede Booties: Steve Madden, available here.

‘Lapiz Lazuli’ Ethnic Afghani Necklace: Antique Store, Abu Dhabi.

Long Chain Clock Necklace: ATL 5 point vintage store.

Straw Messenger Bag : Vintage.

 

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.

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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Styling, Editing and Writing by Mona Hamid

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.

 

WORK . PLAY

www.stilettosandsubstance.comA girl could never have enough white tops. In a closet of my dreams I would have endless amounts of white tops in designated sections labeled according to style, cut and fabric weight! Until then I continue to build my white top collection slowly but surely. A week ago I came across a boutique owner called Coco who introduced me to this attractive white top with embroidered sleeve net detailing that she carries in her online boutique Coco London Brooklyn. Coco’s philosophy is “ Style shouldn’t break the bank.” Yes…Amen Coco!

Here I pair the embroidered Fish Net Trim Top with a fitted pair of Checked Navy “Slacks” (I am amused by recently having learnt this word). These slacks are ideally lightweight and equally stylish for the Manhattan summer work attire followed by post work happy hour rendezvous.

I accessorize with my new favorite nude sandals from Zara. They manage to just pull everything together in an effortless manner. I like to think I’m the only one who has them.

The last accents of accessories include half-baked sunglasses by YSL, a violet patent bow satchel by Zac by Zac Posen, and a Crystal Necklace by Coast.

 Mona Hamid

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Writing, Styling, and Modeling by Mona Hamid.

Outfit Details:-

Embroidered Fishnet Trim Top: Coco London Brooklyn.

Checked Slack: H&M.

Nude Sandals: Zara.

Necklace: Coast.