The temperatures as of late have been feeling much closer to mid-September and we are not complaining! Fall is the best time of year for fashion and we have been working away at debuting some new lines and styles for the season. There will be lots of announcements over the next few weeks including some necessary fall basics, new giftware lines and lots of lovely little things for your wonderful life!
Most of the products in the shop stem from my own personal fashion quests- Esther Williams was the answer to the flattering-for-all-body-types swimsuit, Saltwater Sandals as the affordable leather sandal that is comfortable enough to wear every day, and Baggu as the perfect unerstated canvas backpack. So I'm very excited to announce I've been working away at finding the perfect tshirt for quite some time and think I may have found it! We will now be carrying a line of basic t's from as colour, a company from New Zealand. Their products are all classic cuts, fabrics, colours and flattering on all body types.
The first tshirt we'll be debuting is the Mali which is a looser style with scalloped hem that features a great relaxed fit and extra long length. I like to think of this as the boyfriend tee- feminine where it should be but nice and comfortable, and never tight. These tshirts are the perfect summer to fall transitional piece as they look great with a pair of shorts or layered over a pair of skinny jeans. At $24 each you can afford to stock up!
We have the shirts in our favourite classic colours: black, white, and heather grey.
And a lovely merlot-burgundy and greyish-blue to transition you into your fall colours.
More styles to come soon as the season changes- and excited to announce more basics coming soon! Enjoy the weather, lovelies!
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.
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.
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.
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
A few months before I opened the shop I found a pull-out poster from an old issue of Frankie Magazine and put it up in my office. It was an illustration of a bearded sailor and i loved the style it was drawn in. It wasn't until later when i was racking my brain for designer's work to carry that I looked up above my computer screen and thought about tracking down the artist behind him. This is what lead me to Depeapa.
Based out of Granada, Spain, Depeapa is the work of Veronica de Arriba and is a collection of beautiful objects from illustrations, tote bags, accessories, tea towels and other housewares. Her style is eclectic and classic and she favours neutral tones with pops of colour.
Her images and marketing materials are all beautifully photographed by her boyfriend and give her line that extra bit of wonder. I could peruse her Instagram for hours.
We're a huge fan of her Terrestre necklaces which are composed in all natural stone and wood materials. They are very simple but add the perfect touch to any outfit.
We carry three styles in the Terrestre necklaces.
We also have a few of her adorable pocket mirrors with girl illustrations.
And a few totes and string backpacks in the famous bearded man, floral garden and geometric mountain.
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)
We are so excited to announce a new line of shoes we are now carrying: Loly in the Sky. Designed and manufactured in Mexico City by talented shoe designer and all-around cutie, Lorena Vasquez, these flats add a little fun and wonder to your everyday wardrobe!
Inspired by all things lovely, feminine and quirky, the line of shoes are made from natural materials handpicked in Mexico and lovingly screen-printed with various cute designs. What I love most about the shoes is how they are light as a feather making them a perfect travel shoe- either for day-to-day or faraway journeys.
We picked four styles that we thought were perfect for fall and have a range of sizes available! I'm already planning all the cute fall outfits I'm going to wear with each of these pairs!
Abril, Erika, Carla and Fernanda. $42/pair
Available exclusively at Girl on the Wing
We're happy to introduce a new line of bags in the shop from Brooklyn just in time for Back to School: Baggu! I've been a fan of this line for a few years and love the simplicity in each of their well-designed pieces. The backpacks and everyday bags are made from a thick recycled cotton canvas and are noted for being strong, durable and cute cute cute! We've also got some of the Reusable shoppers in as well in the adorable "Shelter" print. Check out the styles and colours we have in shop!
Reusable Shopping Bag- $10
Canvas Backpack in Black, Chestnut and Forest- $45
Duck Bag in Poppy- $26
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.