Whimsy & Magic

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While browsing for gifts at White Elephant back in December we came across these Woodland Creatures masks designed by Vancouver's Keely O'Brien. Each mask is a print of one of her original collages. Whimsical, magical, and meant for well.. kids.. it calls for a special occasion to wear one of these masks. We weren't sure when or where we would wear them, but couldn't resist buying them. Fast forward a couple months and we decided to ask one of our favourite photographers, Jay Perry, to do a fun shoot with us. We borrowed some vintage dresses from White Elephant, and with the help of Jay stockpiled some glitter and transformed the attic into a theatrical set. Jay is an amazing photographer. He is beyond professional and so creative. Give him a few ideas and he transforms them into something magical. We love working with him. 

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Katie Gentile and Ashley Lymburner of The Factory Hair Studio were so kind to style some wild hairdos for us. Milkmaid braids, fishtails, anything goes with them. Salon owner, Katie, studied in New York under Nick Arrojo of What Not to Wear. After moving back to Hamilton, she decided it was time to establish her own business venture. The Factory Hair Studio is really beautiful, we hope to feature it soon. After the shoot we kept saying, "If only our hair could look like this everyday.." So we decided to parade around Locke Street with our new dos and makeup. Yes, we left the masks at home. The lovely Sarah Smith was the artist behind our makeup. Twin sister of photographer Elizabeth Kaye, its obvious that creativity runs in the family. We've worked with Sarah and Beth many times, and just adore this talented duo. Sarah's kit is covetable and she makes wearing red lipstick during the day look so darn easy. We wish we could pull it off so well.

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Photography by Jay Perry

Hairstyling by The Factory Hair Studio

Makeup by Sarah Smith MUA 

Wardrobe provided by White Elephant 

Styling by Beaux Mondes