• Holiday Gift Guide: to the stars!

    As the holidays get closer, we tend to stress ourselves out about finding the perfect gift. Sometimes you feel like you just want to escape to another planet! But hey, while you're there, why not do some shopping? These spacey gifts are out of this world and will make you the best gift-giver in the whole universe!

    Collage Print by Sean Gadoury ($15), Live Long and Prosper patch ($12), Le Petit Prince sweatshirt by Out of Print ($54), Goodnight Moon onesie by Out of Print ($24), Cosmic Light Calendar by Apak ($20), Sleepy Tea ($10), Galaxy Cuff by Dea Dia ($48-54). All Available at Girl on the Wing.

    Also have you SEEN this NASA backpack we are carrying?! Totally out of this world!


    Backpack by Red Canoe ($75).

  • One Year Anniversary Celebration!

    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!

    xoxo

  • Spring Picks

    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. 

     

  • Floral Folk

    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. 

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    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.  

  • Flower Girl: Joanna Aitcheson

    We had the pleasure of working with floral designer and stylist, Joanna Aitcheson, on our most recent lookbook shoot. I first met Joanna in the store as a customer and we became fast friends. A fairly new addition to the Hamilton scene, Joanna has already become a go-to for custom floral arrangements and had a busy Valentines day making lovely bouquets for some very lucky ladies (boys, remember her name for next year!). We asked her some questions about her beginnings, her inspirations, and what's next for her...


    floral arrangement by Joanna Aitcheson

    Q: How long have you lived in Hamilton?

    A: We moved to Hamilton a year ago this April to share a home with some of our friends. We love it here! I do miss my community in Toronto but living in this city has given me more of a chance to chase after some of my dreams. I even have enough of a backyard to plant my own garden now!
    Q: What sort of work are you available to do?
    A: My business is very young so I'm open to a variety of work. I'm happy to have people contact me if they're interested in placing an order. I'll also be doing a limited number of arrangements around Mother's Day and other special occasions so I'll be sure to post that online. I'd love to start working on prop and food styling for photo shoots so I'll be exploring that a little more in the coming months.
    Q: Give a brief history of your love of flowers.
    A: There are so many expressions of art and design that I'm drawn to so it has always been a challenge for me to choose one thing to focus on. I ended up studying fashion design at Ryerson but I didn't really fit into that industry. It was extremely competitive and I'm a bit of a gentle soul. After school I spent a couple of years at some pretty uninspiring jobs and to keep my brain working I would read creative blogs. Many of the writers happened to be florists or stylists, people like Sarah Ryhanen, Amy Merrick and Nikole Herriott. I found their work to be so exciting and inspiring and I wanted to try my hand at it. By some miracle I ended up working for and being mentored by the incredibly talented Lisa Collins (owner of Sweet Woodruff in Toronto). I spent a year and a half learning from her before we moved away and I think that experience is what really developed my love for floral design. 

    floral arrangement by Amy Merrick
    Q: What is your favourite flower and why?
    A: That's a tough one! I like anything that's bursting with petals and has that soft romantic look. Ranunculus, Anemones, Hellebore and Spirea are always up there on my list but I think my absolute favourite will always be a bright orange-red Icelandic Poppy.
    Q: What flowers were used in the GOTW Lookbook?
    A: For the over-sized pin corsage I used a bouquet of off-white sweetheart roses. I combined some of those same white roses with a couple of white ranunculus to make the wrist corsage. And for the cute little hair piece I used a bouquet of soft yellow sweetheart roses.
     
    Q: What inspires you?
    A: So many things inspire me! Lately, I've been studying Dutch Still Lifes. The floral arrangements in these paintings are so stunning! I also look to other florists whose work I admire. I mentioned some of them in an earlier question but I would also add Sarah Winward, Riley Messina and Emily Thompson. Inspiration is a tricky creature because it can easily turn into copying or can leave you dissatisfied with your own ideas so I try to be very careful and let my taste shine through in every piece. 

    the lovely Joanna Aitcheson
    We loved working with Joanna and hope to collaborate more in the future! Find her on Twitter and Instagram @joannaaitcheson
    For custom orders contact her at joanna.aitcheson@gmail.com
    xoxo,
    Girl on the Wing

  • Love Story

    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.

     

  • Valentines Gift Guide

    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. 

     

  • Adina Mills Jewelry

    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:

    necklaces: $64

    rings: $54-64

     

     

     

  • Caitlin Shearer

    I've been a big fan of Caitlin Shearer's illustrations for a while now. Hailing from New South Wales, Australia, Caitlin is known for her feminine, nostalgic and playful style. Her prints combine sketching with marker and watercolour, and most often focus on beautiful women wearing beautiful clothing. What's not to love? 

      

      

    We have a limited edition of her work, check the facebook page for a complete list of prints available.

    Prints are: 8.5x11 and $20 each