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