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.

Mona Hamid

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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.

 

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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.

Mona Hamid

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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.

 

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.

Mona H

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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.

 

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.

Be Easy Baby

www.stilettosandsubstance.comSummer daytime attire creates a platform of endless combinations of separates to play with and accessories to distinguish by. The humid Manhattan mist alerts a necessity for easy breezy clothing combinations to avoid contributing to the feeling of attire-caused claustrophobia.

Here I am rocking a basic black tank with a drawstring asymmetrical taupe skirt from All Saints. The accessorizing is really with makes this outfit distinctive. I am wearing the Mini Smile mirror necklace by Kirsteen Stewart which instantly makes me happy, and a maw hauk electric blue clutch by Ted Baker to add a pop of color to the neutral tones. I finish off the look with peep-toe suede must-have booties by Steve Madden.

Mona Hamid

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Writing, Styling and Modeling by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:-

Mini Smile Necklace: Kirsteen Stewart.

Moti Clutch: Ted Baker.

Trivial Peep-Toe Booties: Steve Madden.

 

Beside The Seaside

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Nothing evokes the carefree childhood memories of summer quite like a day at the beach. Back when we spent our carefree summer afternoons by the sea being sandcastle architects and ice cream connoisseurs, our style choices were the last thing on our minds. As summer quickly comes to a close, channel that youthful nonchalance of yesteryear by sporting a fun childhood inspired ensemble.

Aside from triggering a rush of 90’s nostalgia, denim overalls have made a major fashion comeback this year. The surprisingly versatile and wearable Osh Kosh throwback can be dressed up or down depending on how you choose to style it.

Here, pair of light denim short overalls are paired with a colourful rose print T-shirt for a super-casual take on the trend. To avoid looking too dated, wear this one-piece unbuttoned on one side for an undone and modern feel.

The beauty of a super-casual look like this lies in simplicity and ease. A quirky scissor necklace, a bright pair of square retro shades, and crisp white Adidas sneakers are all that’s needed to top off this carefree summertime beach outfit.

Reem Buhazza

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Photography by Frances Ramirez Editing by Mona Hamid

Styling and Modelling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Location: Nantasket Beach, Hull, Massachusetts.

 

Outfit Details:

1. Rose Print Graphic T-Shirt: Mr GUGU & Mrs GO, available here.

2. Overalls: Topshop, available here.

3. Retro Square Flat Shades: Cynthia Rowley.

4. Pointy Sneakers: Adidas.

5. Scissor Pendant Necklace: SoWa Market, Southend, Boston.

Style Post: Passport Chic

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Travelling in style isn’t just about what you pack with you, but also about what you come back with. Markets and boutiques in exotic locales are full of unique fashion gems that you won’t find anywhere else, so take advantage of the style potential of your travels and pick up a few items to inject some worldly chic into your wardrobe.

This embellished ivory kaftan is a great example of how a cultural item of clothing can be worn in a contemporary fashion forward way. Multifaceted sparkling rhinestones embellish the neckline and upper portion of this elegant Middle Eastern piece, giving it an element of glamour and eliminating the need for bold jewelry and accessories.

The beauty of this kaftan lies in its versatility; it can be worn to a low-key event such as a beach party or an upscale affair like an outdoor summer wedding. The airy, loose-fitting silhouette of this kaftan gives it an effortless and simple feel that looks just as striking dressed up or down.

Reem Buhazza

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Photography by Mona Al-Marzoqi Jones

Styling and Modeling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Outfit Details:

  1. Kaftan: Jumeirah Market, Dubai UAE
  2. Shoes: Karen Millen