After a weekend full of turkey, friends, and fall hikes, I was excited to shoot the store’s Fall Lookbook as I was feeling more inspired than ever about the changing season. I was especially excited for this shoot because for the first time in Girl on the Wing history, it featured a team of exclusively Hamilton women. I love this city more and more every day and it was great to work with so many talented people! For this season’s lookbook I was inspired by a rich fall colour palette, lush greenery, cozy yet glamorous looks, and the little joys of everyday life. We shot at Low Key Studios which is housed in the Empire Times building on King William. I love this location and it served as the perfect backdrop to the various scenes and ideas we all had in our head.
Katie Harrison Benfey and Christoph Benfey run their studio out of the space and have such an inspiring workspace. Katie was our wonderful photographer and she did such a good job at capturing the mood I was hoping for. With such a calming presence, Katie was able to capture the perfect image in only a few clicks. She has such a beautiful vision within all her work and makes every moment way more beautiful that I could ever imagine! I originally met Katie as a customer in the shop and was so happy to get the chance to work with her.
The woman behind the lush greenery and romantic floral arrangements of this shoot was the lovely Jessica Hunter. We also met through the shop and have been talking about collaborating for as long as I’ve known her so it was great to finally be able to do it! Jessica Hunter is the founder or A Fine Medley, where she specializes in floral and event styling, which is set to be launched within the next few months. She is so incredibly knowledgeable about plants and flowers and did such a beautiful job in creating different scenes that complimented the clothing just perfectly. Her Instagram is one of my favourites to follow as everything she touches turns into beauty! @jessicahhunter
Justine McKnight was the hair and makeup artist for the shoot and she was such a joy to work with! She focused on a simple, clean makeup look with the perfect merlot fall lip colour. For hair, she did a classic Old Hollywood side part and loose waves, which was both dramatic, yet feminine. Later on, she continued the side part and created a cute and fun mod-inspired high ponytail. Not only was she a complete professional but she also has such a sweet demeanor that made her one of my favourite makeup artists I’ve had the chance to work with.
Our beautiful model was Ailish Kennelly. I met Ailish through the shop and instantly wanted her to model for the store one day. This was her first photoshoot and everyone on the team found that extremely hard to believe. She had such a quiet confidence on set and her stoic posing suited the mood and looks perfectly. This girl is far more than just a beauty and is currently studying International Development at University of Guelph. She’s definitely the epitome of the perfect Girl on the Wing: kind, intelligent, quirky, stylish, wise beyond her years and has a quiet grace about her.
As always, styled by me.
Can’t wait to unveil the beautiful shots this Friday at our Fall Collection Shopping Party! We'll have the first look at our fall collection, including the vintage pieces from the shoot, treats and drinks, special deals and lots of fun! Hope to see you there. Friday October 17th 6-9pm.
I'm loving this FW14 collection from Kitsuné and it's simple, yet quirky fall looks. I've always been heavily-inspired by the french; whether the music, the films or the amazing fashion brands and Kitsuné is a cool company because it brings all these variables together. A record-label and fashion house, the company is known for their classic designs with a fun edge. I specifically love this collection's lookbook with it's muisc motifs, pop colours and vintage feel. We're currently putting our Fall Lookbook together to debut at our Fall Launch on October 17th and these looks are giving me lots of inspiration! My favourite fall pieces are all covered here: high-waisted jeans, cute retro jackets, pullover sweaters, crisp collars, masculine-inspired trousers, oxford shoes and varsity jackets. We already have lots of great fall pieces in shop and you can expect even more over the coming weeks. See you soon!
This fall we wanted to focus on bringing you guys some quality basics and classic pieces. When it comes to denim, no other company holds the same weight to a vintage-lover than Levi's.
While we've been stocking the store with 70's and 80's high-waisted 501s for some time, it's always a challenge to find them in multiple sizes. So we're excited to announce that we will now be carrying new Levi's! We will still be focused on the vintage and retro fits but they'll be available in sizes 26-32.
The Levi Strauss company has been around since the mid 1800's and while it's evolved drastically in that time, their cuts and styles always remain true to their classic designs. I love my Levi's because they go with everything and the iconic back stitching and label are a wardrobe staple.
We'll be starting off with their high-waisted skinny jean in dark indigo and black. This style is flattering on all body types and allows for crops, tucked-in blouses or a classic tshirt. Available in sizes 26-32, $84 a pair.
And come spring keep an eye out for a modern take on the classic 501's and a boyfriend style!
With the changing weather we're excited to be getting lots of new products in the shop to help refresh your spring wardrobe! One of our favourite companies, Baggu, make amazing high-quality canvas bags in classic styles and colours, with an affordable price tag. Located in Williamsburg, NYC, we were lucky enough to visit their showroom in December and are happy to continue selling their stuff. Check out the two styles now in shop!
Duck Bag: transitions from a handheld carry-all to an across-body messenger. Great size for all your stuff- pack a picnic, your favourite book, laptop and see where the day takes you! Also great as a grocery bag. Colours available: Indigo, Leopard and Sailor Stripe. $28 each
Classic Backpack: Fits a laptop and has a side pocket for your keys and sunglasses! Great for the biker and adventurer! Colours available: Chestnut, Black, Indigo and Hunter. $45 each.
We're excited for this weekend's event, The Vintage Marketplace, happening at the Careport Centre! Last year was so much fun and it's going to be even bigger and better this time around.
Highlights of the Show:
* Special merchandise at our booth: We will be debuting our new vintage-inspired swimwear line Esther Williams
* Sneak Peek at our Spring Collection!
* Fashion Show organized by me (Whitney) featuring Girl on the Wing and a selection of the other vendors both days at 2:00
* Special deals and discounts for customers!
Just a note that the store will be closed our regular Saturday hours as we'll be at the show! Hope to see you there!
We're excited to announce this year's shipment of Saltwater Sandals have arrived! These shoes are a summer staple and are perfect for their classic look and durability. I bought my first pair about 4 years ago and they are still kicking- and are my favourite spring/summer shoe. The sandals have been around since the 1940's and are a long-standing American tradition.
"Crafted with a Littleway stitched leather sole, extra-thick high grade leather upper and solid brass buckles, they offer an unmatched level of comfort that will last for many seasons. Salt Water's exclusive colour bonding process means the colour will not wear off like other sandals. All Salt Water sandals are designed to be worn in the water, and can be thrown in the washer. Just hang to dry and they will spring back to shape for a new adventure."
The best thing about the shoes is how they form to your foot as they get broken in and turn into such a comfortable shoe. My advice for buying is they should first fit fairly tight as they will stretch with wear. I also have lots of tricks to breaking them in quickly- including immersing them in water and walking around in them and gently stretching the straps with your hands. For more information on sizing and care, stop by the shop and ask away!
This year we are carrying the sandals in women's sizes 6-10 in red, navy, white and tan. $64 a pair.
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.
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
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)
Each morning seems a bit cooler and while my friends are cursing the heavens I have a slight smirk on my face, just dreaming of all the outfits I can finally wear. Late summer/early fall is the best season for fashion and the fact that I can wear things with sleeves again is making me dream of my upcoming September wardrobe. There's so many looks we're loving for fall but one of the simplest and wearable has to be a clean, classic silhouette in neutrals and whites. One of my favourite fall collections, by Creatures of Comfort, demonstrated this beautifully. So simple, so chic and so wearable. We'll be sure to stock lots of great classic pieces in the shop for fall in the upcoming weeks; thinking crisp collared shirts, two piece outfits, and tailored day dresses.