• Prints Charming

    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! 

    xoxo

     

  • Behind the Scenes: Summer Lookbook

     

    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!

     

     

  • Hamilton Fashion Week: Inspiration

    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!

    Bisous,

    Girl on the Wing

  • Artist Spotlight: Yelena Bryksenkova

    One of my favourite things to pick out is cute greeting cards for the shop. I've always admired illustration and love that a card is an easy way to have an amazing piece of art or give it someone you love. One of my favourite illustrator's styles in the shop right now is the beautiful, ornate and whimsical work of Yelena Bryksenkova. Originally born in Russia, Yelena grew up in Ohio and has developed a signature style that speaks to anyone with a love of magical and fantastical things. She takes the simplest moments and combines them with romanticized nature scenes and traditional elements. 

     

     

    We carry her cards through Red Cap Cards and are excited to order some new styles over the coming weeks. 
    All images copyright Red Cap Cards. 

  • Spring Lookbook: Behind the Scenes

    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. 

  • Luck of the Irish

    St Patricks day is just around the corner, and while I'm not the type to go crazy for it I do enjoy any excuse to dress in any theme. Green is one of my favourite colours to wear and it's one of those shades that looks good on most people. This year I'm inspired by designer Rozae Nichols who drew inspiration from her Irish heritage, for her line Clover Canyon's Fall 2014 collection. There are hints of typical Irish imagery: tartan plaids, a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, countryside florals and a rich colour palette of greens, blues and oranges. 

    Love this collection, especially that quilted coat! Hope this help inspires some of you when putting together your St Patricks day outfit! Stop in and check out some cute plaid pieces, green accessories and more!

  • 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

  • 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

     

     

     

  • Inspiration: Swan Song

    This Sunday mark's our fourth lookbook photoshoot and we're beyond excited! Our inspiration is always heavily rooted in femininity, romanticism, nostalgia and anything pretty. This time around we are drawn to sweet looks with hints of florals, ballerina accents, winter sparkles, and more! Stay tuned and be sure to follow us on Instagram for sneak peeks: 

     

     

     

     

    all images are inspirational, from various sources.