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!
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.
Mother, DJ, Retail Administrator at Art Gallery of Hamilton
Years Living in Hamilton:
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).