We had a great shoot this past Sunday for our Spring 2014 Lookbook debuting this Friday at our One Year Anniversary party! The inspiration for our spring collection was simple, feminine and fresh looks with pops of florals and bright colours. Featuring a mix of ladylike dresses and classic denim pieces, this collection really sums up my personal style. It was such a joy to shoot! We spent the day on location in Dundas at Dyment's Farm, which was the perfect location! The Dyment family has been a staple in the Hamilton community for years and it was so fun to shoot there, as I remember it from being a kid. The farm offered the perfect backdrop to the clothing and we lucked into some beautiful weather.
Our lovely model, Carrie, from Spot 6 Management was the beauty in our last lookbook and I couldn't wait to work with her again. She's such a joy on set as she is so cooperative and lively. When I imagine the perfect "Girl on the Wing" she comes to mind instantly. Such a classic beauty with so much character and even though she's just finishing up high school she exudes class and confidence. Love this girl! Such a smarty pants too- bringing her adorable cozy poncho to warm up between shots.
Our photographer was the wonderful Vai Yu Law who had previously shot our summer 2013 and fall 2013 lookbooks. I love working with her because she is so calm and collected on set and knows how to get the shots she wants. I feel so lucky to have her on my team and am always floored when I see the final shots she captured.
This shoot was our first time working with Hair and Makeup artist, Melissa Keenan, and she did such an amazing job! I instantly felt like I'd known her for years and loved all her ideas for changing up the hair and makeup between each shot. For someone so young, she already has an amazing work ethic and style to her work.
And as always we had our set/props whiz, Amanda Cordero on hand to help us frame the shots and beautify the whole thing! I met Amanda a year ago at the Vintage Marketplace and she has been such a godsend! I sent her a photo of a ukulele I wanted to recreate and she made it just perfectly! Stay tuned for our upcoming Anniversary window that she's designing, also to debut this Friday!
We also had two lovely assistants; Nylene Rimando (hair&makeup) and Vanessa Smikle (wardrobe) who helped make the team what it was. It was so fun having them there and their help was much appreciated!
All in all it was a great day- perfect weather (well, minus the wind), a lovely team of talented women, beautiful clothing and the perfect setting! Can't wait to share all the photos with you this Friday at our Anniversary party from 6-9pm.
We're so excited to say that it's been one year since we first opened! To celebrate, we'd love to have you to our Customer Appreciation party on Friday May 9th. Just like our seasonal shopping parties we'll have treats, tunes and drinks. You can also expect some special deals and discounts. The party will also mark the launch of our spring collection...and believe me there are some goodies to be had!
So invite your girlfriends and get your weekend started off right! There's also an Art Crawl that night so stop by on your way and say hi. And thanks for making it a year to remember. Love y'all!
Here are some of our favourite items we're coveting for spring!
A Classic Carryall in nautical stripe pattern- perfect for days wandering around the city. Fill it with a picnic lunch, your favourite book, and a camera and see where the day takes you! (Baggu carry-all available at Girl on the Wing, $26)
A Blank Notebook- perfect for sketching out ideas, writing down your thoughts and keeping organized! (Quill and Fox Set of 2 Notebooks, available at Girl on the Wing $20)
The Perfect Summer Sandal- these Saltwater Sandals are an American tradition and are the comfiest leather sandal that form to your foot. Plus they look great with shorts for a causal look, or dressed up with a flowy summer skirt. (Saltwater Sandals, available at Girl on the Wing $64)Fun and Fresh Stud Earrings- these art-deco inspired studs are the perfect compliment to any outfit and the colours are fresh for spring! (DecoSquare studs, available at Girl on the Wing $18)Retro- Inspired Shades- Sunglasses are quick and easy way to glamourize your outfit. These retro shades will make you stand out and look oh-so Old Hollywood! (Sunglasses, available at Girl on the Wing $24)Hope to see you soon for all your spring wardrobe needs! xoxo.
There's still a shiver in the air but with the recent reappearance of the sun, spring is the only thing on my mind! I long for the day when I can leave the house without a parka and snowboots. It's going to be here before we know it and we're starting to plan the store's spring season. We've got some exciting new product lines coming in, some stellar vintage and must-have accessories on their way. Today's spring fashion inspiration is all about folky florals.
Alberta Ferretti's spring 2014 collection was heavily influenced by various European folk cultures, specifically Hungarian floral embroidery. I've always had a love for traditional European clothing for it's intricate and decorative designs on simple, well-cut clothing. With Ferretti's latest collection, she brings this traditional folk style to a high-fashion level.
I love the way Ferretti mixes simple, feminine silhouettes with decorative embroidery and pattern. All the pieces are based in either black and white with pops of bright colours- most notably in vibrant pinks and reds, tangerine oranges, and a bold lavender. The looks feature cropped tops, tiered skirts, empire waists and full skirts. My favourite part of the collection is how she bridges the gap between so many European styles; long, flowy Grecian style dresses, hints of Parisian chic, traditional Hungarian details and Ferreti's native Italian romantic style.
How to Get the Look:
Vintage Top, Folk Heart Earrings, Vintage Silk Skirt, Hibou Fringe Necklace, Vintage Top, Flower Girls postcard set. All Items Available at Girl on the Wing.
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:
This Friday we'll be hosting a special summer event with awesome deals on clothing, treats and tunes...all for a good cause!
We recently heard from a group that runs a non-for-profit girls empowerment camp in Dunville, called Camp Stella Puella. Their goal is simple: provide fun and encouraging summer programs for girls grades 5-9, with a strong focus on self-esteem and social action. Each summer they take applications for less-fortunate campers seeking scholarships to attend camp. The camp starts this upcoming Sunday and there are still a few girls, located in Hamilton, on the waiting list for sponsorships. Help us get them there!
We'll be running a fundraising bake sale on Friday from 6-9 in shop, and after 9 at the Art Crawl, located outside of Hawk and Sparrow (126 James St N).
And now some nostalgic camp photos to remind us of the power and magic of camp, friendship, and summer!
When I was growing up, the only thing I knew about Girl Scouts came from my favourite movie Troop Beverly Hills. I think that's where my overly romanticised view of all things wilderness, camping and badge-collecting came from. Now I know jewelry appraisal isn't a real scout-approved skill, but the other things that Shelly Long taught those girls will stick with me forever: always believe in yourself, be true to your friends and don't be afraid to look your cutest out in the woods.
Gearing up for our next window and I'm feeling inspired by all things camp! Can't wait to put all these inspirations into a new display in perfect timing for the end of the summer and prime campfire slumber party season! Check out some of my favourite inspirations and keep an eye out over the next little while for a new window!
and don't miss our KUMBAYA themed shopping party this Friday from 6-9pm. Stop by on your way to the Art Crawl, we'll have awesome deals on vintage, s'more treats, the usual dance party tunes and lots more fun in store!