Whenever someone asks me what my favourite part of my job is I say, without hesitation, the lookbook photoshoots. Nothing makes me happier than compiling my favourite looks for that season and working with an amazing team of creatives to make my vision a reality. This past weekend we shot our Spring Lookbook at Low Key Studios, located in the Empire Times building on King William in Hamilton. I really love working at this studio and you may remember it from our Fall 15 shoot. For spring, I wanted to show off soft, feminine pieces and since it's our two-year anniversary this weekend I decided a party theme was in order! We filled the studio with balloons, champagne, noisemakers, and party dresses. As always, the team that was responsible for the finished product was made up of some amazingly talented women.
Katie Benfey was our photographer and I was so happy to work with her again, after the last fall shoot. The best thing about Katie is her calm and collected way of working- as soon as we arrived it felt like we were all just hanging out and playing dress up! Katie's got a great eye for composition and her aesthetic matches so nicely with that of Girl on the Wing. Plus she's just all-around lovely and easy to work with. I feel like I've seen her work evolve and get even better in the few months I've know her and I can't wait to collaborate with her again and see all the amazing work she will produce.
Sara Height was our makeup artist and she did a lovely job at highlighting the model's beauty, without being over-the-top. I met Sara when her company Face It I'm Pretty did the makeup for the Vintage Marketplace's fashion show I coordinated, and I was so excited to ask her to be a part of the shoot after I saw how good she was at what she does. Makeup is one of those things that I am always unsure of what direction to take it in, as I've never been one to play around too much with it. Luckily, Sara just knew what would look best and she did an impressive job of creating a bold and dramatic look that was still soft and appropriate for any occasion. Her positive attitude and laughter kept the whole team in good spirits. I actually don't think I've laughed this much on set before!
Chelsea Compton was our hair stylist and I love what she did! I met Chelsea when I first opened the shop two years ago and she did my hair for my opening night party. She works out of Bent Hair Design, a salon just a few doors down from the shop. Chelsea was amazing to have on set and had lots of great hair ideas. Everything she did was soft and feminine, with hints of retro styling. She was also a huge help in coming up with ideas for the set and shots, and her energy really added to the team. Another thing I noticed about her was how quickly and efficiently she works- I couldn't believe the beauty she would fashion up in only a few minutes! Check her out at Bent, she does great haircuts and dyeing as well!
Amanda Leal was in charge of props and set, also known as "the balloon lady". I've known Amanda for almost ten years and we met at Ryerson Univeristy where we were both in the Fashion Communication program. Throughout our friendship we've worked on a few shoots together and our creative styles work so nicely in unison. Whenever I shoot in studio, as opposed to on location, I always worry that the photos will look too simple and try to rack my brain for ways to enhance the setting. Chatting with Amanda we came up with the idea for a party theme and on the day of the shoot I supplied her with a BAZILLION balloons and just let her go with it. She ended up creating some beautiful pieces! My favourite was a lovely balloon arch she made that we hung across the backdrop. Although she spent most of the day tirelessly blowing up balloons, it's always nice to have someone on set who you've known forever, and it was great having her help.
Ailish Kennelly was our beautiful model and you may remember her from the Fall 15 shoot. She is always such a joy to work with as she has an amazing spirit and such a lovely demeanour. We originally met in the store and I just knew she had to model for the shop. There's something about her that is so representative of how I envision the girl on the wing. Classic beauty, a sense of humour, smarts and a grace beyond her years, Ailish looked amazing in all the outfits (though I can't imagine her looking bad in anything). She was also so fun on set and when you see the photos of her laughing, those are real giggles, I swear! Even though I've only known her for about half a year, I feel like a proud mama bear when I see how much she has grown and developed in only a few short months. She was great in our first shoot together, but she really shined in this one- her quirkiness was so perfectly captured and I can't wait to see where this girl goes in life!
And as always, I was in charge of wardrobe and art direction. We started with a softer, more day-worthy look and slowly transitioned into evening and party pieces. I wanted to epitomize the freshness of spring, and stick to classic looks that are time irrelevant. Some of my favourite pieces were included and I couldn't be happier with the results or the team of amazing women I was lucky to work with.
The photos will debut at our TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY/CUSTOMER APPRECIATION PARTY this Friday night from 6-9pm. We'll have treats and drinks, special deals and discounts and some special prizes for you! I'm so thankful for all my customers and that I get to do stuff like this for my job.
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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.
We're so excited to say that it's been one year since we first opened! To celebrate, we'd love to have you to our Customer Appreciation party on Friday May 9th. Just like our seasonal shopping parties we'll have treats, tunes and drinks. You can also expect some special deals and discounts. The party will also mark the launch of our spring collection...and believe me there are some goodies to be had!
So invite your girlfriends and get your weekend started off right! There's also an Art Crawl that night so stop by on your way and say hi. And thanks for making it a year to remember. Love y'all!
With the changing weather we're excited to be getting lots of new products in the shop to help refresh your spring wardrobe! One of our favourite companies, Baggu, make amazing high-quality canvas bags in classic styles and colours, with an affordable price tag. Located in Williamsburg, NYC, we were lucky enough to visit their showroom in December and are happy to continue selling their stuff. Check out the two styles now in shop!
Duck Bag: transitions from a handheld carry-all to an across-body messenger. Great size for all your stuff- pack a picnic, your favourite book, laptop and see where the day takes you! Also great as a grocery bag. Colours available: Indigo, Leopard and Sailor Stripe. $28 each
Classic Backpack: Fits a laptop and has a side pocket for your keys and sunglasses! Great for the biker and adventurer! Colours available: Chestnut, Black, Indigo and Hunter. $45 each.
We're excited for this weekend's event, The Vintage Marketplace, happening at the Careport Centre! Last year was so much fun and it's going to be even bigger and better this time around.
Highlights of the Show:
* Special merchandise at our booth: We will be debuting our new vintage-inspired swimwear line Esther Williams
* Sneak Peek at our Spring Collection!
* Fashion Show organized by me (Whitney) featuring Girl on the Wing and a selection of the other vendors both days at 2:00
* Special deals and discounts for customers!
Just a note that the store will be closed our regular Saturday hours as we'll be at the show! Hope to see you there!
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.
April Showers bring May flowers! It seems like spring has finally hit- and we are getting some adorable raincoats out for you. We're singing in the rain today prepping for our new puddle-splashing inspired window display. Stay tuned and in the meantime enjoy some classic spring shower images that are inspiring us!