Prints CharmingIt 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 alwa...
Behind the Scenes: Summer LookbookWe had a lovely sunday shooting our summer lookbook! Our wonderful photographer Vai Yu Law did an amazing job capturing the joys of summer and...
Hamilton Fashion Week: InspirationWe'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 ...
Artist Spotlight: Yelena BryksenkovaOne 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...
Spring Lookbook: Behind the ScenesWe 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 ...
Luck of the IrishSt 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 ...
Floral FolkThere'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 l...
Adina Mills JewelryI'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...
Inspiration: Swan SongThis Sunday mark's our fourth lookbook photoshoot and we're beyond excited! Our inspiration is always heavily rooted in femininity, romanticism, no...
Women as Muse
Any creative type knows that inspiration can come from anywhere; an old movie, a beautiful building, a new city, even a conversation. I've always loved the concept of inspiration and am continually surprised by where my own come from. In Greek Mythology the goddesses of inspiration were known as the Muses and were considered the source of knowledge of literature, arts and science. Later on the term "muse" was used in popular culture to mean a person (usually a woman) that served as the main source of inspiration for any type of creator. Some of my favourite muse-creator pairings that come to my mind: Edie Sedgwick to Andy Warhol, Audrey Hepburn to Hubert de Givenchy, and Yoko Ono to John Lennon.
Women have long been muses and even the one's not recognized by popular culture have had huge effects on their subjects. It's with this idea in mind that stems behind an upcoming fundraiser for the Women's Centre of Hamilton. On November 22nd, Muse Fest will showcase local female artists and musicians in a night of entertainment. The event benefits the Women's Centre, which is a program run by Interval House of Hamilton. All the proceeds from the evening will go directly to the Centre which offers programs and support services to women in need at no cost to them. Organizer Annie Horton has planned an exciting event with great local performers and positive vibes.
We're excited to attend and support the centre and our friends at Interval House. To help raise funds for the event we'll be having a bake sale this Friday at the Art Crawl. Keep an eye out for us and our famous baked goods! Nothing like eating sweet treats for a good cause!
You can get your tickets for Muse Fest online here: Eventbrite or in person at Mixed Media. Hope to see you all there for a night filled with inspirational muses!
Designer Spotlight: Amarina Norris of Hibou Accessories/ Ursa Major
They say diamonds are a girl's best friend, but what about pyrite...quartz...chinese crystal? Or how about reclaimed vintage materials? If I had my choice, I'd pick precious gemstones and unique vintage detailing over carats! This is one of the reasons I love Hibou Accessories so much; they add a luxe touch to any outfit without breaking the bank and are always conversation-pieces. I met Hibou designer Amarina Norris years ago and we've had an amazing friendship heavily rooted in our mutual love for vintage clothing, kitty cats, unique style, nostalgia, dance parties and lady-stuff. So when I was ready to open up Girl on the Wing I couldn't wait to ask her for some of her beautiful jewelry to sell!
Each piece is carefully handcrafted by Amarina herself at her Toronto east-end studio and feature vintage materials mixed with high-quality gems and metals. I would describe her pieces as simple, yet interesting. Classic, yet trendy. Feminine, yet strong.
Like most designers, Amarina has an impressive background and resume that have prepared her for total fashion industry takeover! Trained in Fashion Design, Amarina specialized in plus-size fashion and while working for years in retail she decided she wanted to dedicate her energy to improving the attitudes towards plus-size shopping. As an inspiring advocate for real-not-ideal beauty standards and positive body image, Amarina first made waves with her fashion blog that showcased her own style and confidence. After gaining an impressive following, she decided to take many of her passions and put them together into one business. In July 2013, Amarina opened Ursa Major, an online vintage plus-size clothing shop. Her pieces are all amazing, affordable, unique and sizes 14 and up. She also uses the site to sell her handmade jewelry.
We're so happy to have her work in the shop, not only because it's beautiful and well-made, but because Amarina is a successful and inspiring female entrepreneur. Check out some of her pieces we have in shop and be sure to come by and see them in person! We are loving her recent move into hand-embroidered necklaces and her ever-evolving gem collections.
black magic woman
With the fall season upon us and the spooky times just beginning, I've been craving some hocus pocus in my life. I've always loved witchy style and black magic fashion and love this time of year for trying out some darker looks.
At the shop we're feeling very inspired and longing for layers of black in different textures, big brimmed hats and cozy tights with little ankle booties.
On a pop culture note, the new season of American Horror Story has started and this time it's all about witches. Best moment so far was when the "Supreme" witch Jessica Lange tells them all to put on something black and they all emerge with floppy black hats, shades and the moodiest outfits.
Check out some visual inspirations here and keep an eye out for our Witchy window display, which will be unveiled for our Fall Launch party this Friday.
P.S. Need a halloween costume? Be a high-fashion witch! No need for a fake nose or green makeup...just deck yourself out in black, get some dark lipstick and cast moody glances at everyone all night long.
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