• Behind the Scenes: Spring 2015 Lookbook

    Whenever someone asks me what my favourite part of my job is I say, without hesitation, the lookbook photoshoots. Nothing makes me happier than compiling my favourite looks for that season and working with an amazing team of creatives to make my vision a reality. This past weekend we shot our Spring Lookbook at Low Key Studios, located in the Empire Times building on King William in Hamilton. I really love working at this studio and you may remember it from our Fall 15 shoot. For spring, I wanted to show off soft, feminine pieces and since it's our two-year anniversary this weekend I decided a party theme was in order! We filled the studio with balloons, champagne, noisemakers, and party dresses. As always, the team that was responsible for the finished product was made up of some amazingly talented women.

    Katie Benfey was our photographer and I was so happy to work with her again, after the last fall shoot. The best thing about Katie is her calm and collected way of working- as soon as we arrived it felt like we were all just hanging out and playing dress up! Katie's got a great eye for composition and her aesthetic matches so nicely with that of Girl on the Wing. Plus she's just all-around lovely and easy to work with. I feel like I've seen her work evolve and get even better in the few months I've know her and I can't wait to collaborate with her again and see all the amazing work she will produce.
    Sara Height was our makeup artist and she did a lovely job at highlighting the model's beauty, without being over-the-top. I met Sara when her company Face It I'm Pretty did the makeup for the Vintage Marketplace's fashion show I coordinated, and I was so excited to ask her to be a part of the shoot after I saw how good she was at what she does. Makeup is one of those things that I am always unsure of what direction to take it in, as I've never been one to play around too much with it. Luckily, Sara just knew what would look best and she did an impressive job of creating a bold and dramatic look that was still soft and appropriate for any occasion. Her positive attitude and laughter kept the whole team in good spirits. I actually don't think I've laughed this much on set before!

    Chelsea Compton was our hair stylist and I love what she did! I met Chelsea when I first opened the shop two years ago and she did my hair for my opening night party. She works out of Bent Hair Design, a salon just a few doors down from the shop. Chelsea was amazing to have on set and had lots of great hair ideas. Everything she did was soft and feminine, with hints of retro styling. She was also a huge help in coming up with ideas for the set and shots, and her energy really added to the team. Another thing I noticed about her was how quickly and efficiently she works- I couldn't believe the beauty she would fashion up in only a few minutes! Check her out at Bent, she does great haircuts and dyeing as well!
    Amanda Leal was in charge of props and set, also known as "the balloon lady". I've known Amanda for almost ten years and we met at Ryerson Univeristy where we were both in the Fashion Communication program. Throughout our friendship we've worked on a few shoots together and our creative styles work so nicely in unison. Whenever I shoot in studio, as opposed to on location, I always worry that the photos will look too simple and try to rack my brain for ways to enhance the setting. Chatting with Amanda we came up with the idea for a party theme and on the day of the shoot I supplied her with a BAZILLION balloons and just let her go with it. She ended up creating some beautiful pieces! My favourite was a lovely balloon arch she made that we hung across the backdrop. Although she spent most of the day tirelessly blowing up balloons, it's always nice to have someone on set who you've known forever, and it was great having her help.

    Ailish Kennelly was our beautiful model and you may remember her from the Fall 15 shoot. She is always such a joy to work with as she has an amazing spirit and such a lovely demeanour. We originally met in the store and I just knew she had to model for the shop. There's something about her that is so representative of how I envision the girl on the wing. Classic beauty, a sense of humour, smarts and a grace beyond her years, Ailish looked amazing in all the outfits (though I can't imagine her looking bad in anything). She was also so fun on set and when you see the photos of her laughing, those are real giggles, I swear! Even though I've only known her for about half a year, I feel like a proud mama bear when I see how much she has grown and developed in only a few short months. She was great in our first shoot together, but she really shined in this one- her quirkiness was so perfectly captured and I can't wait to see where this girl goes in life!

    And as always, I was in charge of wardrobe and art direction. We started with a softer, more day-worthy look and slowly transitioned into evening and party pieces. I wanted to epitomize the freshness of spring, and stick to classic looks that are time irrelevant. Some of my favourite pieces were included and I couldn't be happier with the results or the team of amazing women I was lucky to work with.
    The photos will debut at our TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY/CUSTOMER APPRECIATION PARTY this Friday night from 6-9pm. We'll have treats and drinks, special deals and discounts and some special prizes for you! I'm so thankful for all my customers and that I get to do stuff like this for my job. 

    xoxo,
    girl on the wing 

  • Vintage Marketplace 2015: What a weekend!


    Well it's been a few days since the Vintage Marketplace took over the Hamilton Convention Centre and I'm still riding the high. The show is such a blast every year and I love getting to work side-by-side with fellow vintage enthusiast and small-business owners. This year I was set up beside my lovely friends Newolds and across from the stage where DJ Donna Lovejoy was spinning and the Vaudevillian was performing. The show is one of my favourite parts of what I do and although the setup takes time and the hours are long, I get to chat with so many new people and be a part of this wonderful event that caters to an amazing vintage community. 
     
    The past two years I was asked to coordinate the fashion show at the event, and this year I was so excited to showcase six of my favourite shops. Featured in this year's show was Newolds, Hawk and Sparrow, the Eye of Faith, Love in the Afternoon, Vintagesoulgeek and of course, Girl on the Wing. Each of these shops are Hamilton staples and my favourite part of the show is seeing everyone's unique style and picking eye in the clothing they showcased. The best thing about the Hamilton vintage community is that we all have our own vibe and they complement each other so nicely.
     
    Makeup for the show was provided by Sara and Flo from Face It: I'm Pretty and they did such an amazing job. The models all looked beautiful and the simple, yet bold, look that they chose fit in perfectly with the range of vintage styles. Sara Height is the founder of the company and I would recommend their services to anyone; super professional, quick and lovely to be around.
     
    The models in the show were all volunteers and did an amazing job. Although there were some quick changes backstage, the girls had such a grace to them, and the audience would never suspect the craziness backstage. I feel so lucky to know so many talented and wonderful people who donate their time and expertise to this community and couldn't do it without them!
     
    All in all it was a great weekend! My friend Cara of Talk that Talk made a video highlighting the event which features shots from the entire show and even some clips from the runway Check it out here: 

    Thanks to some lovely friends and family, I was able to venture outside my booth and do a little shopping on my own. Here are my top 3 picks of what I took home with me.

     
    lovely spring top from Newolds              cute little 45
      
    the brownie handbook from 1970

    Until next year!

  • Girl About Town: Rachael Henderson

    It’s been a while since our last Girl About Town blog post, and I must admit, I took a bit of a break from updating the blog over the winter. But now that the weather is turning and the sun is out, I’ve been getting reinspired all over the place! This weekend marks the third annual Vintage Marketplace, which always signifies the start of spring and all the good that is to come of the season! The show features various designers, shops and makers that are all dedicated to the love of vintage and retro finds. From awesome vintage clothing picks to inspirations for your home or wedding, the show has something for everyone.

    One of my favourite parts of the show are all the people I get to spend the weekend with, and this month’s girl about town, Rachael Henderson, is such an integral part of making the show what it is. Also known as DJ Donna Lovejoy to anyone who appreciates music, dancing, or style in Hamilton, this lady makes any event sparkle with her amazing tune selection and lovely demeanour. I first met Rachael two years ago at the first VMP and was immediately in awe of her. She’s one of those people that stands out instantly and has such a sense of grace and coolness to her. Each year at the VMP she spins some awesome music, a mix of classic retro hits, some groovy disco and funk and a few newer songs sprinkled in. Her music selections make the entire event flow in such a calm and fluid motion and is the cherry on top of the entire show. As a vendor, I spend hours at the show, and the things that keep me going are all the wonderful customers I get to chat with and Rachael grooving up on stage to music that is truly, good for the soul. I’ve been lucky enough to be stationed right across from her stage every year and have had some pretty amazing dance breaks, thanks to this girl.

     
    Rachael and I have gotten to work closely together on a few fashion shows in our time and this year I’m so excited to have her providing an awesome soundtrack to the show featuring 6 of my favourite local shops. She’s been an amazing collaborator, a true inspiration, great pal and customer and I thank my lucky stars for getting to work with her. She talks about some of her own inspirations and favourite things about Hamilton here.

    Occupation: 
    Mother, DJ, Retail Administrator at Art Gallery of Hamilton

    Years Living in Hamilton: 
    15 years.

    Describe your style:
    Vintage inspired with an eclectic twist. 
     
    What sort of stuff inspires you?
    Oh gosh... Day to day inspiration comes from my son, Louis.  He's the light of my life.  My mom has definitely inspired my sense of style, instilling a deep appreciation for well-made vintage clothing at a very young age.  I also look to my beautiful friends for wardrobe inspiration.  In terms of music, disco is one of my most favourite musical genres and influences most of my DJ sets.  Disco tracks usually have the best breaks and are really fun to mix with. I love reading both fiction and non-fiction, sometimes just for leisure, sometimes in search of inspiration. For example, Born to Run played a huge role in cultivating my love of running.

    What are some of your favourite go-to records?
    That's a tough one... it depends on the gig.  However, my ultimate jams include: Blame it on the Boogie - The Jacksons, Sweet Calling - Quantic, If You Want Me To Stay - Sly & The Family Stone, Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac.  

    What’s been your best record find, to this day?
    HUSTLE! Reggae Disco.  It's compilation that was put out by Soul Jazz Records.  It's my all-time most favourite record.  

    Where are your favourite things to do in Hamilton?
    I love walking through Hamilton's little neighbourhoods with my sweethearts, Louis and Graham.  Playing tag at our favourite parks (Gage, HAAA, Durand) is super fun.  As mentioned, I love running and Hamilton has some pretty incredible trails.  I hold most of my business meetings at either Mulberry or Democracy.  And, I love playing Blackout Bingo at the Brain (third Thursday of every month - check it!).

    What are you looking forward to at the Vintage Marketplace?
    Adding a new dress or two to my vintage dress collection, seeing The Vaudevillian perform, chatting with vinyl record aficionados about vinyl records, and just enjoying all the lovely people! 

    Favourite piece you’ve found at Girl on the Wing?
    I'm going to name my top 3, but there are so many more: 
    My dark wash Levi Skinny jeans - most magical jeans ever.
    Lavender skirt (shown in photo) - the colours are quite unique, and it fits like a glove.

    Rachael is wearing a skirt from Girl on the Wing, shoes from Miller’s Shoes (Brako), turtleneck from her sister-in-law (b.u.m. equipment), earrings from her mom’s friend who lived in Egypt years ago.High-waisted light wash jean shorts - So comfy, so cute.  Great for riding my bike!
     

    Check out the fashion show at the Vintage Marketplace main stage on both Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm each day.

    The show is at the Hamilton Convention Centre this Saturday (9am-7pm) and Sunday (11am-4pm). 

     

  • Winter Lookbook: Behind the Scenes

     
    We had a great time shooting our Winter Lookbook at the end of January with an amazing team. The beautiful and historic Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts served as our shoot location, and it was such a dream to shoot in such a remarkable space! Founded in 1897, the Conservatory is rich in Hamilton history and current owner Vitek Wincza has done an amazing job in restoring and maintaining the building. The space was ideal for a winter shoot, as we all stayed warm and cozy and had fun exploring the various music rooms, dance studios and art spaces. The theme of the shoot was "Arts and Culture" so you can only imagine how perfect the Conservatory fit in with this.
     
    Our wonderful photographer, Vai Yu Law, has been a constant collaborator since Girl on the Wing's beginning. This was our fifth lookbook shoot together and her skills never cease to amaze me. She's also one of my favourite people to work with because of her calm and professional demeanour on set and her ability to make any model feel instantly comfortable. She had lots of fun working with the numerous rooms and studios and did an amazing job at adapting to the varying lighting situations and spaces. 
     
    On hair and makeup, Leesa Arsenault of Pinch Cosmetics did a beautiful job. It was our first time working together and it was amazing how quickly she understood and responded to the Girl on the Wing aesthetic. She transitioned so smoothly between looks and focused on simple, yet dramatic looks. Leesa is truly a master of bringing out her client's natural beauty and it was such an honour to be able to work with such a talented woman. Plus, her three year old daughter Ava was so fun to have on set and kept everyone's spirits up throughout the day. 
     
    The beauty behind this season's lookbook is the amazing model Haruko, represented by Spot 6. Haruko has an instant positive energy to her and she encompassed the most important Girl on the Wing qualities; grace and poise, fun and spirited, and smart and sophisticated. It was such a joy to see how she interacted in the different scenes and she is a natural born performer! For a fairly new model she is extremely talented in her posing and such a natural in front of the camera.
     
    I was so excited that my employee Haley could witness and be a part of this shoot, as it's her first since starting at the shop. She was another great energy to have on set and helped keep us all motivated, and also entertained little Ava like a pro. An integral part of the team, it's always great to have her around! 
     
    And as always Styling and Art Direction by me, Whitney McMeekin. The space was like a dream come true, having so much space to lay out my wardrobe and more than enough location options. I love what I do and these days are definitely the reason I do Girl on the Wing. Can't wait to share all the photos with you guys this Friday January 13th at our winter " Galentines" shopping party! 

  • Winterfest Mixtape Fashion Show

     

    Well this week started with a snow storm and I must say, it officially feels like winter now. After the holidays, it always takes me a while to get adjusted and back into the swing of things. January often passes with it's challenges and the realization that most of the sparkle is gone and now it's on to a few months of hibernation. And although we still have a ways to go, I also find inspiration and comfort in the month of February rolling around. To me it signifies a cozy, fuzzy, rosy feeling and the return to normal life. There's a few exciting things coming up over the next few weeks that are contributing to my love of February. This Saturday marks the City of Hamilton's annual Winterfest; an arts and culture week-long affair! Art installations, family fun, and special events around the city help bring a bit of warmth to this cold season. 

    I was honoured to be asked to coordinate and contribute to a fashion show as part of the festival's opening ceremony! Teaming up with some of my favourite local shops and designers, including the Eye of Faith, O's Clothes, Hawk and Sparrow, Volver and La Bichette, we'll be showcasing some winter looks that represent each of our shops/labels. The wonderful Rachael Henderson aka "DJ Donna Lovejoy" is signed on to be the emcee and dj of the event and each scene will be set to music by our favourite local musicians. It's all going down at 6:00pm this Saturday February 7th at the Pier 8 Skating Rink, down by the waterfront. It's sure to be an interesting show as we roll the red carpet out on the skating rink and send some local models down the runway. 
     
    My collection is inspired by the "Apres Ski" lifestyle; think cozy ski-bunny looks, figure skater approved outfits and all the wooly plaids you can imagine! Very excited to showcase this collection and hope to see you all there!
     

    Link to the Facebook event here.

  • Holiday Gift Guide: Cozy Cabin

    This year we've got lots of goodies in store for all your gift-giving needs! I've spent the past few months searching high and low for an extensive collection of giftware's, for everyone on your list! Grab one of gift guides, in store, for some gifting inspiration! Last year's popular Out of Print sweatshirts are back and there are some great new designs like "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Le Petit Prince". Also, another favourite from last year, the soaps and teas by Honey Pie Hives and Herbals have already been flying off the shelf! On top of those we've got some great new lines, including vintage-inspired Canadiana bags by Red Canoe, locally made body scrubs by Perk Naturals and some amazing new jewelry lines!
    My personal favourite for this year is the vintage-inspired onesie pyjama- they're hand-dyed in the US, then we've sewn some vintage ski patches on them to give a real apres ski look! We'll be sharing some of our favourite items over the coming weeks, organized by theme. To begin, we've got "Cozy Cabin". Think nights by the fire with a mug of hot cocoa, snuggling up with your favourite book- or favourite cuddle partner ;)

    Onesie ($64), Vintage Plaid Blanket ($52), Stay Home Club Pennants ($14 each), Moonrise Kingdom Patch ($12), Red Cap Cards ($5 each), Twin Peaks Patch ($12), CBC Backpack ($64), Smash Poster Prints ($40), Lightfoot's Shave Soap ($8)

     

  • Girl About Town: Ciara McCann

    We’re back with our second installment of our monthly girl about town blog series. Last month, we focused on someone who was born and raised in Hamilton. This month, we look to an inspiring woman who wasn’t born here, but is now at home and happy in Hamilton. Ciara McCann is such a treasure and not only loves Hamilton, but loves her job at Joseph Brant Hospital as Web and New Media Coordinator, her creative husband and local wine. We first met at the Vintage Marketplace in 2013 and instantly hit it off. When I opened the store, Ciara and her husband Andrew were living in International Village and excited to have a new shop in their hood. Now living on Locke Street and in the midst of a Hamilton house search, this couple is all about their city. You may remember them from our Valentine’s photoshoot last year that we did in collaboration with O’s Clothes. Ciara attended Mac and has called Hamilton home for the past ten years.
     
    Ciara instantly came to mind when I was thinking of who to feature next in our girl about town series. Not only has she accomplished so much professionally, she is also one of the sweetest, and most genuine people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. She’s truly one in a million! Here we talk about her job at Joseph Brant, her love for social media storytelling, her current “Collective Hearts Burlington” campaign and of course, her favourite places to go during her off-time in Hamilton.

    What’s the best part about your job?

    At Joseph Brant Hospital there are great things that happen every day and I have the honour of sharing some inspiring stories about our patients and staff with our online community. Recently, I shared a story about a patient in our Complex Care unit who was dying of lung cancer and one of his last wishes was to see his daughter get married. Family, friends and hospital staff came together to make his dream come true and his daughter and her fiancée were married in our chapel. It’s wonderful to see people coming together to make amazing things like this happen.  

    Tell us about the campaign you’re currently working on:

    Collective Hearts Burlington brings 10 local charitable organizations together to celebrate giving in Burlington and to encourage Burlingtonians to give their time, treasure and talent at home. The campaign started at the beginning of November and it runs until December 2 which is Giving Tuesday – a day dedicated to inspiring people around the world to give. This is an annual campaign and we invite more organizations to join us next year. People can learn more about the campaign and share why they give at home by visiting www.collectivehearts.ca.
     
    Where are your favourite places to go around Hamilton?

    There are so many gems but these are my top three right now: Two Black Sheep for vintage cocktails and charcuterie, Democracy for relaxed weekend vibes, lattes and the best brownies in the Hammer and of course The Casbah – my favourite place to see local bands.

    What inspires you- in your professional life and normal life?

    My husband inspires me. He is the most driven, passionate and thoughtful person I know. Professionally, I’m inspired by new and creative ideas. 

    How would you describe your style?

    Girly tomboy – kind of an oxymoron but that’s the only way I can describe it.

    What is on your Christmas list this year?

    The book, Yes Please by Amy Poehler, the latest Alvvays record and Porridge soap by Lush.

    What's your favourite piece you've found at Girl on the Wing?

    This coat of course! You know those special moments when you find a vintage piece that’s not only beautiful but it’s also a perfect fit and it’s pretty much meant for you? That’s what happened with this coat.

    What She’s Wearing:

    Vintage winter coat
    Stella Bella knit hat
    Vintage plaid scarf
    High-waisted Levi’s
    all available at Girl on the Wing.

    We’re so inspired by all the good that this girl does on a daily basis- and may we add how cute she looks while doing it! Check out Collective Hearts and give where you live!

  • Two Years In Hamilton: A Love Story

    This past weekend was a special one for me as it marked the two-year anniversary since I moved back to Hamilton.  I must admit, it feels like it’s been much longer than that and this city feels so much like my home that I can’t imagine living anywhere else! Here’s my story of what I’ve experienced in the past two years, why it was the best decision I could have made and what I’ve learned (with some of my favourite photos of the shop, Hamilton and people I've met). 
     
    In the late summer and fall of 2012 I had been living in Toronto for six years and had quite a nice life there. All my best friends were there, I had various companies and people I was collaborating with and freelancing for, and was living by myself for the first time in the perfect apartment in the Distillery district. My plans of opening my own shop had gotten more serious that past year or so and along with my Bachelor of Design from Ryerson’s Fashion Communication program I had also completed some small business courses at George Brown. My ideas and thoughts were starting to take shape and I was gearing up to put them into motion. The only thing was that when I thought about opening up in Toronto, it just didn’t seem right. For most people this is because of the higher rents and overwhelming nature of a bigger city. That was part of my reasoning but it was also that the vision I had for the store didn’t match where I was living. Growing up, I lived in a small town and my dad ran a bookshop, where he knew all of his customers.
     
    I always imagined my own business following this same model- forming personal relationships with my customers and being a part of the community. Though I grew up in the outskirts of Hamilton, I traveled there every day for school from the ages 5 to 16. Most of my thoughts of the City were formed by my dad who had always been heavily involved in the community there.  My parents met at McMaster and I’ll always remember my dad telling me the happiest days of his life were when the two of them were newly married and would bike to Mac together every day. But in terms of more recent opinions of the City, I didn’t have many, except that I kept hearing how much it was changing and improving.
     
    The biggest factor for my decision to move to Hamilton was the fact that I felt I needed a dramatic change in my life in order to fully focus on my business and put everything into it. Hamilton’s art and design scene was well-known, it was far enough from Toronto but still close enough, and it was where I had family and historical roots. At the time, I was in a relationship, and my partner and I decided to move to Hamilton together to make the transition easier, which was another exciting part of the move! The first few months were hard on me and I was worried I’d made the wrong decision. I kept wondering why I would leave Toronto, where I had such a network and so many connections in the fashion and design world, for a place where I knew close to no one. On top of that, my relationship started coming apart at the seams as we were realizing we wanted different things. All in all, I felt pretty lonely and naïve to think that I could just start up in Hamilton without any connections. 

    But then things started changing. I started meeting with Rob Belchior at the Small Business Enterprise Centre located at City Hall and he really inspired me to just go for it. I stopped pitying myself and set out to make as many connections as possible and get my dream started. And this is when I learned my favourite thing about Hamilton: everyone I met was so friendly, welcoming, supportive and wanted the best for the city. I remember having a moment of revelation about four months after I moved where I was just driving through the City and looking around I realized just how much I loved it, my insides were all warm and gooey and everything just felt right, for the first time in a while.
     
    Shortly after, my relationship ended and I was positive that this was the end of my life as I knew it. I had been putting more energy in envisioning my life with this person than focusing on what I wanted to accomplish for myself. It all happened with the craziest timing; the day I found my store location is the day I also suffered my first broken heart. The next two weeks I cried the most I think I ever have, while managing to direct my hired contractor on all the renovations that needed to be done. It was such a crazy up-and-down part of my life, but in a weird way, I can’t imagine it any other way. I always say that the pain I went through was so necessary because it allowed me to put all that negative energy into something positive and build something beautiful out of it. And in a hilarious way, it was like I had moved from one serious relationship to the next; my store was now my best friend, my boyfriend, and my baby. It’s cheesy to say, but it’s so true. I’ve always been a believer in everything happening for a reason, and the six months before I opened the store was proof of some higher power telling me everything was going to be ok.
      
    Fast-forward to now, I’ve been living in this beautiful city for two years, the store has been opened for a year and a half, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s, in fact, hard to believe it’s only been a couple of years based on how completely content and comfortable I feel here, all the wonderful friends and customers I’ve met and how passionate I am about Hamilton. It’s very fulfilling to be doing something that I love all parts of-and to be building something that is such a reflection of myself. I really feel like I’ve put my heart and soul into Girl on the Wing and I can’t tell you how rewarding it feels to have such an amazing customer base and support system around me. I’ve learned from everything I’ve done and have been so lucky to meet countless amazing and inspirational people while doing it.
      
    I got the idea for this little blog post/diary entry last Monday, the night of the Municipal election. This was the first election I’d taken part in since moving here and it was one that I was very excited about. There were two candidates I felt really personally invested in and excited about that had amazing ideas for the future of Hamilton. I tried to get involved and help spread the word on these candidates and open up the discussion of voting to my friends, customers and acquaintances. Come election night, I was feeling so emotional. I think because it helped me realize just how much I do love this City. Though some results were favourable, and some weren’t, I was very humbled by the amazing people surrounding me who feel the same way about Hamilton.
     
    I’m floored by the generosity and civic engagement of so many people I’ve met here and it just goes to show there is so much in store for Hamilton’s future. At the end of the night, two of my closest friends and I went for a long drive around all parts of the City- the beautiful historic streets of Dundas, the vast fields of rural Flamborough, and the vibrant city streets of downtown. We all felt warm and giddy about our love for the city- and it’s a love that keeps growing every day. 

    After two years, I’m happy to say Hamilton is and will forever be my home. Thank you to everyone I’ve met who has been a part of my store life, personal life or community life. I love you all!
     

  • Happy Halloween: Batter Up!

    I love Halloween for so many different reasons. First and foremost, I love coming up with cute costumes that incorporate vintage. So many of my style inspirations come from books, movies, and culture and Halloween is the perfect time to reference these parts of you. I also love seeing people's creative sides come out in their costumes and seeing how they bring their ideas to real-life! Plus you get to eat lots of treats and dance to the monster mash- so who couldn't love it right?

     

    Every year I try and come up with a couple costumes to span over a few days- something to wear to work the day of, and then a different costume for each Halloween party. I've always loved costuming and was even interested and involved in the field of costume styling, before opening the shop. For me, it's about finding the right pieces and putting them together in a cute and stylish way. Some of my best inspirations have come from vintage costume books- where outfits were handmade and adorable. 
    One of my favourite books is called "Easy-to-Make Colouful Costumes" and it was put out by the Dennison Crepe Paper Company in 1952. I picked this up in my antiquing and love how sweet all the costume ideas are. 

     
    I just love how costumes were so pure back then, not like today's lingerie and a pair of animal ears trend! 

    For this year's costumes, I decided to keep things sweet and vintage inspired. Yesterday, employee Haley and I dressed up like some yummy edibles. She was an adorable sprinkle donut. Her dress was one of my finds from my trip to Arizona in September and it matched the plush donut she had (her boyfriend won it for her at a carnival- amazingly cute no?). Granted, her peripheral vision was a bit affected by the donut, but she looked adorable! :)


    I went as a strawberry and just wore one of my favourite red dresses and added some paper seeds. Haley helped me fashion up an adorable headpiece from a vintage beret and costruction paper to make the strawberry leaves. All in all, it came together in five minutes and was cute and comfortable! I must say we went together really nicely- all pink and red and yummy! It was such a fun day in shop and reminded me of Halloween at school where everything just felt more fun because you were in a costume and eating candy. 

     
    Today's costume was inspired by one of the all-time greatest chick flick, A League of Their Own. I love this movie because it brings together my favourite things; vintage styles (set in the late 1940's), lots of Hollywood babes (Geena Davis is just a stunner), vintage sports imagery and Tom Hanks! The movie is loosely based on a real women's baseball team, The Rockford Peaches, who were part of the first All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. I'm sure most of you have seen it and if not- go do it right now! And remember, there's no crying in baseball!

     

    Have a happy and fun Halloween! 

     

  • Girl About Town: Molly Hayes

    We’re excited to present a new monthly blog feature starring our favourite Hamilton women who are doing great things… and looking good while they do them! Through the shop I’ve met so many amazing and strong women that love what they do and are contributing to the growth and betterment of this fine city. It’s truly admirable to see someone putting their talents and passions into something that they love doing, and because ‘girl on the wing’ is a reflection of it’s amazing customer base, it’s time we highlight some of these gals!

    This month’s ‘girl about town’ is the wonderful Molly Hayes. I first met Molly in the shop, but had already heard so much about her. Known for her work as a reporter for the Hamilton Spectator, she’s a true inspiration to young women based on how much she has accomplished thus far. Growing up in Hamilton, Molly was excited to move to Toronto to study journalism at Ryerson. Before she had even graduated she was offered a job at the Spec and decided to return to Hamilton. She’s been happy to see how much the city has progressed in the last few years and shares her favourite places to hang out, her first memories of style and what you can find in her closet.

     

    What are your favourite things to do and places to be in Hamilton?
    Going for a bike ride and picnic along the waterfront. Ideally with a new book- I’ve been getting mine from Bryan Prince, or the Hamilton Public Library, since I was a kid. Coffee and writing sessions at one of our many awesome coffee shops, Mulberry is an old favourite. Shows at the Casbah or This Ain’t Hollywood. I’m pretty useless in the kitchen so I like going out for dinner- Naroma, Brad Bar, Bronzie’s, the Ship and Rapscallion are my local haunts. Cheap Tuesday movies at Jackson Square, the list goes on…

    What inspires you- both in your personal and professional life?
    People, mostly. The best part of my job is that I get to meet new people all the time. It’s like a constant epiphany—always learning about new things from new perspectives. This city is so full of characters; there is no shortage of stories. There’s also nothing like a good book/podcast to remind me why I love journalism and writing.

    How would you describe your style?
    Hmm…I aim to wear something clean everyday. Haha.

    What are some of your earliest fashion memories?
    I had a lot of cousins so I wore a lot of hand-me-downs as a kid. Pretty much anything that came from my older cousins seemed instantly cool to me. I remember inheriting a pair of blue Modrobes (as well as a fleecy red pair…oh yeah) and I thought they were the coolest thing. Thankfully there’s no photo evidence.

    What is your go-to outfit for fall?
    Well today I am wearing a sweater of my boyfriend’s that I shrunk in the dryer (score) and boots. I pretty much wear a variation of this every single day in the fall. Mostly I just thank god I can finally put away the sunscreen.

    What has been your favourite piece you’ve found at Girl on the Wing?
    Levi’s jeans! I have been wearing the exact same type of jeans for years so I was excited to find out you’re carrying them right downtown. Lesson learned: the day you buy and break in new skinny jeans is not the day to also order Rolly Rocket’s for dinner to the newsroom.

    What She’s Wearing:

    High-Rise skinny jeans by Levi’s (available at Girl on the Wing)
    Frye boots
    Button down shirt and (shrunken) sweater from Club Monaco
    Pleather jacket from TopShop
    Bag and Earrings by Crownland Goods (designed by Amy Kenny, a fellow Hamilton Spectator writer!)

    This is the epitome of a cute and classic look for fall...thanks to Molly for sharing her thoughts and teaching us a valuable lesson about breaking in your high-rise Levi’s (save your Rolly Rocket’s bbq feast for another day!). I look forward to seeing where this girl goes and Hamilton is lucky to have her! Keep an eye out for our next "girl about town" post- coming next month!