In honour of Valentines Day we teamed up with our pal, Oliver, from O's Clothes to bring you a couple's fashion story. The photos were shot on location at the James Street Bookseller, a beautiful bookstore located at 134 James St South, that sells new and gently used books and has an impressive collection of rare and special editions. Our beautiful couple was "Hamilton lovers", Ciara McCann and Andrew Baulcomb. Ciara recently started working at Joseph Brant Hospital as their Web and New Media Coordinator. Andrew is a talented writer that has worked for many local publications and is currently putting the finishing touches on his own book all about the Hamilton music scene from 2006-2011. The two lovebirds were married this past May and their adorable connection is apparent in the photos.
Finally, our talented photographer was George Qua-Enoo, a portrait and lifestyle photographer based in Hamilton. George was originally born in Ghana, and often travels around the world shooting photos for various NGO's. He did a great job capturing Ciara and Andrew's natural chemistry and was a delight to work with.
Check out the shots here featuring clothing from Girl on the Wing and O's Clothes:
"Hamilton: A Work in Progress" tshirts by Matt Jelly ($30) available at Girl on the Wing, Headband by EssenC ($38) available at Girl on the Wing, Jeans by Cheap Monday ($85) available at O's Clothes
On Ciara: Vintage Sweater ($34), Blouse ($24), Skirt ($36) and boots ($45) all available at Girl on the Wing. On Andrew: plaid shirt by United Dry Goods ($110), Knit Sweater by Lifetime Collective ($160), Raw Jeans by United ($140); all available at O's Clothes.
On Ciara: Headband by EssenC ($32), Vintage Cardigan ($26), Loly in the Sky flats ($42); all available at Girl on the Wing. Jeans by Cheap Monday ($85) available at O's Clothes. On Andrew: '1984' Sweater by Out of Print ($54) available at Girl on the Wing, Beanie by Brixton Knox ($30), Raw Jeans by United ($140), Backpack by Fjallraven ($110); all available at O's Clothes.
On Ciara: Vintage Sweater ($34), Blouse ($24), Skirt ($36) and boots ($45), Necklace by Adina Mills ($64); all available at Girl on the Wing. On Andrew: plaid shirt by United Dry Goods ($110), Knit Sweater by Lifetime Collective ($160), Raw Jeans by United ($140); all available at O's Clothes.
We hope this gives you some valentines gift ideas! Thanks to everyone involved.
It's been a while since our last shopping event and we're beyond excited to debut some new vintage pieces just in time for Valentines! This friday we'll be hosting a shopping party from 6-9pm and will have the usual treats, tunes, and deals! We will also be unveiling our latest photoshoot we did for our Winter/Pre-Spring Lookbook.
It'll be a great night and a perfect way to kick off your valentines season. Bring your favourite girls and make it a Galentines to remember! We also have some cute valentines cards for your special someone and will be putting out some special guy's wear!
We were excited to collaborate with O's Clothes, the go-to guy's store in Hamilton, for a valentines gift guide. Whether you're looking for something special for your guy, your girl or want to give some hints to your own valentine, check out our picks here!
All items available at O's Clothes (8 Cannon St E) or Girl on the Wing (181 King St E).
Stay tuned for some photos from our valentines themed shoot featuring some vintage clothes from us and some awesome menswear from O's Clothes.
I'm so excited to announce a new jewelry line in shop by the talented designer Adina Mills. I met Adina at the Bust Magazine Craftacular, which is a craft show highlighting all types of designers in New York City. As soon as I saw her pieces from across the room I made a beeline for her booth.
Adina uses intricate methods to produce her work and combines precious stones and hand carving. Using clay, Adina sculpts a beautiful piece that complements each stone, lovingly handpicked by her. She then paints the clay to produce a truly one-of-a-kind piece. I always love jewelry with precious stones but was feeling like most things being designed were falling into the same esthetic. Adina's designs break the mould and are truly "wearable art". Originally from California, this designer has spent the past few years living in a vintage motorhome and traveling around getting inspiration and creating wherever she is.
We think she's amazing at what she does and are excited to carry her work in the shop. Take a look at some of the pieces in our collection:
Some classic Canadian holiday gifts for your true patriot:
Vintage wool plaid blazer ($45), Set of 3 vintage Canada 1967 glasses ($16), Set of 3 vintage Canada shot glasses ($12), Vintage plaid circle skirt ($34), Vintage wool blankets ($60-75), Hansel from Basel wool tights ($36-38), 2568 Leather Boots ($75), Vintage Canadian Map screenprint by Smash ($40).
Terry and Deaner would approve!
They say diamonds are a girl's best friend, but what about pyrite...quartz...chinese crystal? Or how about reclaimed vintage materials? If I had my choice, I'd pick precious gemstones and unique vintage detailing over carats! This is one of the reasons I love Hibou Accessories so much; they add a luxe touch to any outfit without breaking the bank and are always conversation-pieces. I met Hibou designer Amarina Norris years ago and we've had an amazing friendship heavily rooted in our mutual love for vintage clothing, kitty cats, unique style, nostalgia, dance parties and lady-stuff. So when I was ready to open up Girl on the Wing I couldn't wait to ask her for some of her beautiful jewelry to sell!
Each piece is carefully handcrafted by Amarina herself at her Toronto east-end studio and feature vintage materials mixed with high-quality gems and metals. I would describe her pieces as simple, yet interesting. Classic, yet trendy. Feminine, yet strong.
Like most designers, Amarina has an impressive background and resume that have prepared her for total fashion industry takeover! Trained in Fashion Design, Amarina specialized in plus-size fashion and while working for years in retail she decided she wanted to dedicate her energy to improving the attitudes towards plus-size shopping. As an inspiring advocate for real-not-ideal beauty standards and positive body image, Amarina first made waves with her fashion blog that showcased her own style and confidence. After gaining an impressive following, she decided to take many of her passions and put them together into one business. In July 2013, Amarina opened Ursa Major, an online vintage plus-size clothing shop. Her pieces are all amazing, affordable, unique and sizes 14 and up. She also uses the site to sell her handmade jewelry.
We're so happy to have her work in the shop, not only because it's beautiful and well-made, but because Amarina is a successful and inspiring female entrepreneur. Check out some of her pieces we have in shop and be sure to come by and see them in person! We are loving her recent move into hand-embroidered necklaces and her ever-evolving gem collections.
Well the weather is changing and the chills are starting to set in so it's perfect timing to announce a new line of socks and tights we'll be carrying! Hansel from Basel is a great company from California that specializes in the cutest adornments for your lovely legs and feet! I've been in love with their lookbooks from the past few years, each showing off their timeless, quirky and cozy esthetic.
Our main goal at Girl on the Wing is to bring you a great mix of vintage clothing and cool independent brands and this collection from Hansel from Basel fits right in with the store's style. Their socks, tigh-highs and tights are the perfect fall staple and will keep your tootsies nice and cozy! Check out some of the styles now in shop:
Tulip Crew $15, Goose Crew (available in Hunter Green and Red) $15
Thigh Highs: Ribbed Sheer $24 , Chunky Wool $24
Floral Tights: Jasper, Artwork and Middie $24
Tights: Rib Wool (available in black, navy and grey) $36 and Donegal Speckled (available in blue and black) $34
Happy to say I am back from a week long vacation to the Southwest! It was a great trip in the state of Arizona and I spent most of my time finding things for the shop. I love all the vintage and antiques there because they're really different from what I normally find here. Over the next week, I'll be unpacking everything and putting lots of new items on the floor. Stay tuned to our Instagram @girlonthewinghamilton for photos of the Desert Collection! And here's a sneak peek...a few shots I did with my lovely and obliging friend Rebecca in Tubac, the town we were staying in, featuring some of my finds!
A few months before I opened the shop I found a pull-out poster from an old issue of Frankie Magazine and put it up in my office. It was an illustration of a bearded sailor and i loved the style it was drawn in. It wasn't until later when i was racking my brain for designer's work to carry that I looked up above my computer screen and thought about tracking down the artist behind him. This is what lead me to Depeapa.
Based out of Granada, Spain, Depeapa is the work of Veronica de Arriba and is a collection of beautiful objects from illustrations, tote bags, accessories, tea towels and other housewares. Her style is eclectic and classic and she favours neutral tones with pops of colour.
Her images and marketing materials are all beautifully photographed by her boyfriend and give her line that extra bit of wonder. I could peruse her Instagram for hours.
We're a huge fan of her Terrestre necklaces which are composed in all natural stone and wood materials. They are very simple but add the perfect touch to any outfit.
We carry three styles in the Terrestre necklaces.
We also have a few of her adorable pocket mirrors with girl illustrations.
And a few totes and string backpacks in the famous bearded man, floral garden and geometric mountain.
I've been anxiously awaiting this and now it's here...FALL! Ok, summer is great and lovely and majestic. But fall...FALL! The best season for fashion, September is the most opportune time to revamp your wardrobe! Here at Girl on the Wing, we've been working at finding some fall essentials for our lovely customers. Over the next few weeks the store will undergo a full changeover and we'll have lots of new items for ya! Check out our top fall picks below and get excited!
All Items Available at Girl on the Wing: (clockwise from top left):
Depeapa necklace ($34), Fall Toque ($12), Out of Print Jane Eyre pouch ($14), Hansel from Basel tights (coming in October), Deco Square Studs ($18), Stay Home Club Tshirt ($26), Rifle Notebook ($18/set of 2), Loly in the Sky flats ($42), Vintage Denim Shorts ($25), Vintage Plaid ($24), Baggu backpack ($45)