The temperatures as of late have been feeling much closer to mid-September and we are not complaining! Fall is the best time of year for fashion and we have been working away at debuting some new lines and styles for the season. There will be lots of announcements over the next few weeks including some necessary fall basics, new giftware lines and lots of lovely little things for your wonderful life!
Most of the products in the shop stem from my own personal fashion quests- Esther Williams was the answer to the flattering-for-all-body-types swimsuit, Saltwater Sandals as the affordable leather sandal that is comfortable enough to wear every day, and Baggu as the perfect unerstated canvas backpack. So I'm very excited to announce I've been working away at finding the perfect tshirt for quite some time and think I may have found it! We will now be carrying a line of basic t's from as colour, a company from New Zealand. Their products are all classic cuts, fabrics, colours and flattering on all body types.
The first tshirt we'll be debuting is the Mali which is a looser style with scalloped hem that features a great relaxed fit and extra long length. I like to think of this as the boyfriend tee- feminine where it should be but nice and comfortable, and never tight. These tshirts are the perfect summer to fall transitional piece as they look great with a pair of shorts or layered over a pair of skinny jeans. At $24 each you can afford to stock up!
We have the shirts in our favourite classic colours: black, white, and heather grey.
And a lovely merlot-burgundy and greyish-blue to transition you into your fall colours.
More styles to come soon as the season changes- and excited to announce more basics coming soon! Enjoy the weather, lovelies!
It seems like this summer has been flying by and it's hard to believe that we're nearing the end of July! My biggest summer style obsession is always bold, tropical prints and while they suit this heat, they can also easily be transitioned into your fall wardrobe. A great example of this is shown in Clover Canyon's Resort 2015 collection that features pops of bold colours, one-of-a-kind prints and classic tailoring. I love the pairing of these separates- simple yet dynamic. For most, the idea of mixing patterns is scary but I think this collection shows it's actually easy. If you have the confidence and love what you're wearing, you'll always look out-of-this-world! Check out some of my favourite outfits and styling from the collection:
We've got tons of amazing printed dresses and seperates right now- so come on by soon and let's play with patterns together!
If you hadn't already heard, the infamous comic book character, Mr Archie Andrews, will die in today's "Life with Archie" release. The series which focuses on the Riverdale gang as adults will come to an end with this surprising finish. The other versions of the characters focusing on their high school lives will continue, so no need to fear! I've always been more of a "Betty and Veronica" digest reader myself and so in honour of today's importance to Archie Comics history I've compiled a quick visual history of the two beauties that are Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge. Originally introduced in 1942, the first versions of the girls are quite different than what we're used to. Sometime in the 60's they chose a style for the comics that remains today, but the 40's and 50's saw a few different artists lending their style to the girl's look.
Beautiful through the ages! Who do you prefer- Betty or Veronica?
We've had a great season selling Esther Williams Swimwear and we're excited to announce we are now fully restocked for all your beach bombshell needs! These suits are super flattering on all body shapes, made in California and go for $84. Check out the styles available and some shots from our lookbooks!
Bikinis: floral, scarlet, jade, navy, onyx
One Pieces: floral and onyx
Sizes 4-plus available!
From the Esther Williams company:
We had a lovely sunday shooting our summer lookbook! Our wonderful photographer Vai Yu Law did an amazing job capturing the joys of summer and making the girls look as cute as ever! It was great working with hair and makeup artist, Melissa Keenan, who worked on our spring lookbook again. She created some beautiful and simple summer looks that gave the girls a classic and refined, yet fun look. And our models were the darlings Izzy and Lauren from Spot 6 who were such troopers posing in the heat and making it look effortless! They were a great duo and did an awesome job playing bff's! Check out some behind the scenes shots and get excited for our Summer Launch party this upcoming Friday July 4th where we'll unveil our latest lookbook and have a whole new vintage collection out on the racks!
See you Friday July 4th for our Summer Launch Party from 6-9pm! We'll have our new vintage collection out, secret deals and discounts and lots of treats for you and your girls!
This Sunday we'll be shooting our Summer Lookbook and couldn't be more excited! Our inspiration for the shoot comes from the sports of summer. Think croquet, badminton and lawn bowling. Who says you can't look cute and ladylike while taking part in a sport or two! Check out some of our vintage and more recent inspirations here! And save the date for our Summer Launch Party where we will debut the new lookbook and our summer collection coming up on Friday July 4th!
We're excited to announce a new paper line in the shop: Hooray Today! Hailing from Minneapolis, the company is the brainchild of illustrators Allison Black and Alyssa Nassner. The papergoods are delightfully colourful, cute as a button and will make just about anyone smile. We have a few art prints in an 8"x10" easy to frame size and a selection of greeting cards which can also be easily framed. Check out some of their work now available in store:
Art Prints: $20 each
All images copyright Hooray Today
Cards: $5 each
We had a great time on Saturday at the Hamilton Fashion Week Gala runway show! Our models looked beautiful in their tropical inspired looks and we were honoured to open the show and set the tone for the first half.
Siobhan McAvoy did an amazing job opening the show in a 60's bold printed mini dress and statement earrings. The darling Delaney Stone looked awesome in a pair of 60's jungle-printed shorts, crop top and banana necklace/earrings. Natasha Stavnitzky was drop-dead gorgeous in an Esther Williams high-waisted bikini and vintage accessories. The adorable and always energetic Tess Garland looked like a bombshell in a retro one-piece swimsuit and pineapple earrings. Kate Sciamanna (that girl can strut!) killed it in an off-the-shoulder crop top, statement necklace and parrot-printed skirt. Closing the show was the amazing Victoria Stavnitzky, who had such an amazing runway presence, in an embroidered folk top and high-waisted denim shorts. Seriously love these ladies and they will always be honourary Girls on the Wing!
All in all it was a great night with a wonderful team and lots of friends around! It was so fun seeing the collections from our pals at Newolds, White Elephant, O's Clothes, the Eye of Faith and Hawk and Sparrow. Special thanks to the James North General Store boys for executing the event! And very very big thank you to my pal Noah McGillivray for making an awesome summer mix for the girls to walk to!
See more photos here or on our Facebook page (shot by Ralf Vandermeulen)
We're excited to showcase a 6-piece collection as part of Hamilton Fashion Week's Gala runway show this evening. Our collection is inspired by the tropics, the south of france and the juiciness of summer! Our models will be in fun, bold summer prints and feminine colours. Think 1960's Brigitte Bardot gone tropical!
Show starts at 7:30 pm and is located at the Cathedral on James St North- hope to see you there!
Girl on the Wing
We're excited to be carrying AndSmile's goods made in the UK. The artist, Viktorija, has an adorable style to her illustrations and references some awesome pop culture icons. From Frida Khalo earrings to Margot and Richie Tenenbaum brooches, we are obsessed with her accessories! She also makes lovely pocket notebooks and postcards as well, if you're more of a paper nut. Check out the items by AndSmile now in shop!
Brooches: Frida, Jaques, Tenenabums $14 each
Earrings: Fox, Flowers, Sparrows and Frida $16 each
Floral Teacup necklace: $24
Notebooks: Moonrise Kingdom, the Royal Tenenbaums, Frida and flowers in teacups $8
+ postcards in Frida, Moonrise Kingdom and the Royal Tenenbaums $3
All images copyright AndSmile