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Editor in Chief/ Founder/ Publisher Daniela Majic Managing Editor Adam Stevenson Contributing Photographers: Ashley Holloway Daniela Majic Taylor Varvil Contributing Writers: Ashley Holloway Noami Hermanson Contributing Stylists: Alisha Majic Mallory Gosselin Contributing Make-up & Hair artists: Jilly Ijoe Nereida Padilla Submit writing & Fashion stories to: Girl Magazine is Published in Ontario, Canada ISSN 2561-6587 ISSN 2561-6595 (Online)

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Issue one Spring2018




006 Editors Diary 054 In An Instant 072 Dear Jane 074 Teenage Queen 116 Nostalgia

EDITORIAL STORIES 014 Cherry Bomb 032 Welcome To The Dollhouse 092 Fairy Floss 104 Spring Fling 126 Look To The Skye

FEATURE/INTERVIEW 058 Talkin’ Shop With Jilly Ijoe 062 The Alywolfe 076 Kaylin Amabile

FASHION FEATURE 120 Designs By Mallory

TRAVEL DIARY 136 The Barcelona Diaries

INSPIRATION 008 POETRY 010 The Art Of Gardening 142 Sunday Mornings

Cover Photographed/ Styled by ASHLEY HOLLOWAY @ahollowayphoto, Make-up and Hair styled by NEREIDA PADILLA @nereidamua, Model is LAUREN MARIE STAUB @ The Block Agency @redridingheadd


Eternally in La La Land Words by The Editor I am far beyond anything even remotely close to youth. My 30th birthday approaches this March. With that another decade of my life swoops by. I don’t feel 30. I feel 12, I feel 17 I feel 85. I feel all ages but the one I am supposed to be. I know I am hitting that mark in life where the past is a distant memory. I am constantly nostalgic for “better times” and “times past”. Long summer days of lying around with my sisters in crop tops and eating freezies. Daydreaming about the boys we crushed on. Fighting over our one and only computer with dial up. Listening to our cds on repeat until most of them cracked in half or were so scratched that mom was forced to buy us new ones.

Imagination was encouraged in my household. My mom stitched us dresses that we could play dress up in. She was pretty laid back and let us do and watch whatever we wanted. I remember playing dress up in her room. I would put on her beautiful clothes and purses. Look through her jewellery box put on every necklace I could find. I was enthralled by this adult lady world. Like it was this magical realm. I pretended I was a grown woman living in my little apartment doing grown woman things. I am reminded of these dress up days when I see my niece. She is five. She comes over to my house and immediately asks to see my jewellery box. Like it must be something magical. Before then she had only really seen me wearing my jewellery. She would take off my rings and place them on her stuffies. We often travel a lot with my sisters family. So I’ll bring a few pieces in a bag and my niece will ask to play with them. This was the first time she could see the holy grail.

It feels like a time where things were simpler. I know that’s not true. I’d rather feel the nostalgia then live in my puberty stricken, boy crazy, every emotion so heightened that I would “like die” body. I took pictures of friends with disposable camera’s at school. How I wish I could find those images now. They must be somewhere at the parents house hidden away in boxes. I wore tiny clothes that could fit a doll when it was still too cold. I didn’t care I wanted to look cool. I smoked my first cigarette at 13 because a boy told me he’d date me if I tried a puff. Stupid and young. Eternally living in a world seen through my very own rose coloured specs.

My jewellery box is an old music box. One of those 70’s ones made of wood. It’s a fairly large size. The mirror on the inside is missing. It’s old and my husband calls it “another haunted thing I purchased from the thrift shop”. I bought it because it reminds me of my moms jewellery box. The same one I would play with. My niece is excited to look through it asking me when I will wear “all of those”. She puts on my 1980’s vintage Chanel purse and asks me about my “Hee-Heels”.

I lived mostly in a day dream since as early as I could remember. At 3 my grandmother would walk me in my stroller. I remember wearing a pink and yellow polkadot raincoat and a giant tree that twisted and danced ferociously in the rain. It frightened and yet fascinated me. I know, I know “how can you remember something you felt or imagined at three”? Because I am crazy for nostalgic moments thats how. I imagined the tree was a monster and the big branches were arms that would come down and grab me. At five my brain was already dancing with bizarre ideas.

Though imagination is usually encouraged at a young age it seems to be less so as we get older. I hold my imaginative mind and daydreaming sensibility close to my heart. I never want someone to take that away from me. Without it I wouldn’t make imagery, sew clothes, or even create this magazine. I need it to fuel me. I know my mind works in a very unadult way. I can feel judgement, I can feel when I am too silly or wishy washy for those around me. At 30 it’s not considered an okay thing I guess, but it doesn’t really matter to me.

I watched a video of myself the other day. My sister converted old videos of us as kids and sent me one of myself at 5. I am making “art” in my bedroom. I show my mom macaroni art I made at school. I am excited for bubble baths and sleepovers. I also tell my mom about turtles that wear girdles and exclaim that I think my arms are getting jiggly and I too might need a girdle. What is even going on in that little brain of mine?

There is something about each stage of life that I wish I could inject into myself now. I do feel like there are just things one instinctively knows how to do at each age. I wish I could talk to my 13 year old self. Ask her what’s cool, what’s interesting? How I can put together this collage you see next to this article in a unique way. She’d know instinctively what to do.My husbands home and we need to go to Costco now. It was nice reminiscing.

Most of my life school felt like a prison. I sat there day dreaming. I was a pretty good student until my teen years. Nevertheless, I would finish my work quickly so I could have time to just day dream. To imagine scenarios that would never happen. Usually ones where I was the hero, or I was on a journey or mission, or I was meeting my crush in the stairwell. At night I would turn on techno music dim my red and blue lights. Put on the most colourful make-up I could find. Open my window to let the breeze in and just hang out with myself and my imaginative mind. I feel like that is just something we don’t do anymore. Just hang out alone. Thinking, dancing around the bedroom, imagining things. If I don’t have my phone when I am alone now I go stir crazy.



Dreams Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow. Langston Hughes (1902-1967)



For as long as I can remember I thought gardening was for grandma’s and retired people. Until three years ago. At the age of 27 I started a small flower garden in a space that used to be our pool. Since then it has become my little retreat and tradition to plant something new every spring. Besides being beautiful to look at once planted, your garden and gardening can have some astonishing and rewarding effects on your health. We have compiled our own research to give you some of those benefits. 1. Gardening is a great way to get physical activity. 2. According to the Journal of Health Psychology gardening leads to decreased cortisol levels and increases positive mood. 3. Caring for a plant can teach young children responsibilty. 4. Researchers at Kansas State say that the elderly can regain hand strength gardening. 5. Michigan State University documents state that gardening is associated with mental clarity.



Shopping has never been easier then it is now and we like to think the females of this era dress like they have never dressed before. It’s not about trying to buy the latest trend that the glossy magazine’s try to sell. It’s not about being marketed to and told what is in and what is out. It’s about being who we are. Genuinely feeling like yourself in what you wear. This could mean anything from a full out 70’s vintage jumper or a mixture of pieces. Maybe a pair of ripped jeans from H&M, a tanktop from etsy, a sweater by Missoni that you found at a consignment shop, a pair of earrings from your grandmothers jewellery box and a purse borrowed from your sister. Vintage shopping is alive and well. The 50’s, 60’s, 70’s 80’s, 90’s heck even the 20’s and 30’s all have a place in our wardrobes today. Photographer Ashley Holloway created this beautiful cover story for our very first issue. She mixes vintage pieces with retail brands. While editor Daniela Majic art directs and photographs a psychedelic story with both vintage and designer pieces. Styled by her sister Alisha Majic & good friend Mallory Gosselin. Turn the page to see the stories.



Photographed & Styled by ASHLEY HOLLOWAY Model: LAUREN MARIE STAUB @ The Block Agency Make-up & Hair by NEREIDA PADILLA Creative Direction by ASHLEY HOLLOWAY

Cardigan by ACHICGIRL, Dress by MOSSIMO by Target, Choker is Stylist’s own, Opposite: Leather Jacket by BUFFALO by DAVID BITTON, T-shirt by MOSSIMO by Target, Spider pin is Vintage, Choker by FOREVER 21, Shoes by H&M, Skirt is Skirt is Vintage WUYIGE



Leather Jacket by BUFFALO by DAVID BITTON T-shirt by MOSSIMO by TARGET Spider Pin is Vintage, Choker by FOREVER 21, Shoes by H&M, Skirt is Vintage WUYIGE


Cardigan by ACHICGIRL, Dress by MOSSIMO by TARGET, Choker is Stylists Own, Opposite: Top by COOPERATIVE, Shorts by MODCLOTH Choker by FOREVER 21 Shoes by H&M Brooch is Vintage

Top by COOPERATIVE, Shorts by MODCLOTH Choker by FOREVER 21 Shoes by H&M Brooch is Vintage Opposite: (Same as above)

Dress & Gloves are Vintage (Both above and below)

Opposite: Peignoir & Nightgown are Vintage, Skirt by H&M

Dress & Gloves are Vintage Opposite: (Same as this page)

Dress & Gloves are Vintage Opposite: (Same as this page)

Opposite: Peignoir is Vintage, Shoes by H&M Above: Top by H&M Shorts are Models Own, Shoes by H&M Bralette is Models Own, Earrings are Vintage, Chocker is by FOREVER 21

Top by H&M, Shorts are Models, Own, Shoes by H&M, Bralette is Models Own, Earrings are Vintage, Chocker is by FOREVER 21 Opposite: (Same as above)


Photography & Art Direction by DANIELA MAJIC Make-up & Hair by JILLY IJOE Set Design by DANIELA MAJIC & ADAM STEVENSON Styling by ALISHA MAJIC & MALLORY GOSSELIN Set Styling by ALISHA MAJIC Giant Flower Props by CAITLIN DOHERTY Models: SOPHIA, LAUREN & ARIEL @ Anita Norris Models Special Thanks to Hands On Exotics

(left) Gown & earrings are Vintage (middle) Gown is MOLLY PARNIS, belts are Vintage, rings: H&M & Stylists Own Shoes are SHOE REBUBLIC, Earrings & Hair clips are stylists own, (Right) Gown is Vintage at HARLEM RAG SHOP, Belt is Vintage, Bracelet & Necklace is Stylists Own, Shoes by WILD DIVA

Gown and Earrings are Vintage, (Opposite) Gown is Vintage, Sunglasses are FENDI, Shoes are QUIPID, Earrings are Vintage, Socks are Stylists Own.


Gown is Vintage by HARLEM RAG SHOP,Shoes are IRREGULAR CHOICE, Sunglasses by ZERO UV, Belt is Vintage, Necklace, Bracelet & Socks are Stylists Own.

Gown by MOLLY PARNIS Earrings & Hair clips & Belts are stylists own

Gown by MOLLY PARNIS Sunglasses by PRADA Rings are H&M & Vintage, Belts are Vintage, Hairclips & Earrings are Stylists Own, Shoes are SHOE REBUBLIC

(Left) Dress by ARETTE CALIFORNIA, Shoes are Stylists Own,Rings are Vintage (Middle) Dress by LORI TILL, Socks, Hair Clips & Earrings are Stylists Own, (Right) Gown is 1970’s hand made Vintage, Hair clips & Necklace are Stylists Own.


(Below) Dress by ARETTE CALIFORNIA, Shoes are Stylists Own, Rings are Vintage, Sunglasses are Novelty.

Dress by LORI TILL, Shoes by RODARTE Socks, Earrings & Hair Clips are Stylists Own

(Top) Dress by ARETTE CALIFORNIA, Rings are Vintage, Sunglasses are CRAP EYE WEAR (Middle) Gown is 1970’s Handmade Vintage, Necklace & Earrings are Stylists own, Sunglasses are Novelty (right) Dress by LORI TILL, Earrings and Hair Clip (on belt) are Stylists own, Sunglasses by FESTY DESIGNS

Gown is 1970’s Handmade Vintage

Gown is 1970’s Handmade Vintage, Earrings are Vintage, Shoes are GUCCI

(Left) Silk Dress by VASSARETTE, Bracelet & Head Wrap is Stylists Own, Belt used as necklace is Vintage, Shoes by IRREGULAR CHOICE, (Middle) Trousers by YOUNG INNOCENT, Blazer by HERITAGE HOUSE, Brooches & Earrings are Vintage,Rings are H&M & Stylists Own, Tights are H&M, Blouse is ALDENS, Shoes by QUIPID (Right) Skirt and Bomber coat are Vintage, Blouse is THE GILBERTS for TALLY, Earrings are Stylists own, Rings are Vintage, Boots are TOMMY HILFIGER (runway)

Skirt & Bomber are Vintage, Blouse by THE GILBERTS FOR TALLY, Sunglasses are ZERO UV, Earrings are Stylists Own, Rings are Vintage

Blazer by HERITAGE HOUSE, Brooches are Vintage, Trousers by YOUNG INNOCENT Blouse by ALDENS ings are H&M (Image below same Credits as above)

Silk dress by VASSARETTE, Belt used as Necklace is Vintage, Earrings used as broach & Head wrap is Stylists own, Shoes by IRREGULAR CHOICE Bracelt is Stylist own

Blouse by THE GILBERTS FOR TALLY, Bomber is Vintage, Earrings are Stylists own

Silk dress by VASARETTE, Belt used as necklace is Vintage, Earrings (used as broach) & Head wrap are stylsits own, Bracelet is Stylists own, Sunglasses are Novelty

In an Instant Written & Photographed by Ashley Holloway There are several different camera models, but they are all pretty similar, but with varying levels of manual control. The film colors are what I would call real-to-life: fairly color accurate without manipulation. With the cheaper Instax cameras, like these, you can’t turn the flash off manually. It flashes if it thinks you need it. They’re very easy to use and great for a beginner. I personally find the instax wide to be the easiest to use, although it’s quite bulky to carry around!

Instant film is a really satisfying medium to experiment in, and one that I really love to add into photoshoots! A lot of people are very curious about instant film, so I wanted to aid you with a little information about different types of instant films and cameras. One of the great things about instant film is that there’s no need to edit it in any way, so the result of your efforts can be seen before the end of the shoot. On photo-shoots, my teams are always so excited to see what we’ve created, but waiting for the photos to be ready can sometimes be frustrating. So, seeing the results in instant film is something really cool to see, especially after a long day of shooting.

There are lots of different frame styles for the mini: dots, cartoon characters, illustrative, holidays, and more that are all available on Amazon. They are slightly more expensive then the plain film, but they can be fun for special shoots! A b&w mini film was also recently released. For the Instax wide, there is the regular white frame as well as a new b&w film.

Instax- The first type of instant film that I’ll be talking about are instaxes! These are widely available online and in stores like Walmart, Target, and Urban Outfitters. Amazon is the least expensive place to buy the film and cameras, and it’s the least expensive of all the instant films. This is the “next generation” of instant cameras.

Instax mini and wide film can be bought through Amazon for about 90 cents per photo, but if you buy it in larger lots you can usually get it for less. Divide the cost by the amount of photos to make sure you’re getting a better deal though! Since this film is the least expensive type, I like to play around with it. You can use colored plastic over the lens to add some different color to the photo or even use some plastic wrap around the edges of the lens to create a super soft dreamy look. The sky’s the limit!

All film you will be able to buy for these will be new film, and there are two types of film made for these cameras: mini and wide. I personally own an Instax 7s (the newest version an Instax mini 9 can be found for as low as $60 online depending on the color) and an Instax 210 (the newest version an Instax wide 300 is around $95). These are the base model instax cameras, there are also fancier models such as the Instax mini 70 and mini 90). The mini cameras take mini film and the 210 and 300 take wide film. Both film types develop pretty quickly, usually within a few minutes at most. There is also the Polaroid 300 camera that is essentially the same camera as the instax minis and takes the same film, even though they are branded differently.

Integral film -The next Polaroid variety are the vintage Polaroids that take integral styled film, which is film with the iconic white frame. There are three main types: 600 , sx70 , and spectra! 600 and sx70 film are the same size and the picture is square with a white border all around with a larger border on the bottom that you can write on. Spectra film is a little bit wider and the photo shape is rectangular 54

(perfect for a landscape). Film can be bought vintage and expired (warning, old film will not always work, especially if it’s been in a hot environment and not properly refrigerated). Luckily, you don’t have to take a chance with the older film, because Polaroid Originals (formerly The Impossible Project) is making new film for $18.99 for a cartridge of 8 photographs. They can be purchased in B&W and color with several types of colored frames or the classic white. Impossible film seems to react to temperatures differently, the colder it is, the cooler toned your film will be and the hotter it is, the more warm toned your film will be. No matter the temperature, Impossible film has a great vintage look to it. I usually refer to it as the “artistic” effect, it’s very soft and not super contrast-y. Colored film can take around 15 minutes to develop depending on the temperature. The hotter it is, the quicker it develops, but it is definitely not “instant.” B&W develops in around 10 minutes. Both of these films should be placed face down out of the sunshine to develop, and you’ll want to shade them from the sun when they come out of the camera, especially the b&w which can be very temperamental in overexposing if not shielded from the sun! You have several choices for buying a Polaroid camera. First, you can buy new off the Polaroid Originals website, their new OneStep 2 is $99.99. I do not personally own this camera, but I have heard good things. You can also buy refurbished through Polaroid Originals, Etsy, ebay, and a variety of other sites. All of my Polaroid cameras are vintage and bought as-is from thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets, and also from family members. There are lots of places you can find these cameras! These cameras were extremely popular, so don’t feel like you’ll have to spend a lot of money on one that’s as-is, there’s still lots of them around! You’ll have the best luck with 600s and Spectras secondhand, they are basically indestructible. The foldable Sx70s are more delicate instruments, and you will need film to check out if they work. The foldable Sx70s are also much more expensive, because the lenses in them are more like that of an slr. The foldable sx70 and Spectra models are manual cameras, you can decide whether to use flash (in the case of the sx70s, flash isn’t built into the camera). With the 600 model, flash is auto.

Polaroid 600s come in many shapes although they are all quite similar! Make sure to buy the right film for your camera. While the sx70 and 600 have the same shaped film, they have different ISOs which means your film might be under or over exposed if you buy the film for the wrong camera. The batteries for these cameras are in the film cartridges, so you don’t have to worry about corroded batteries being stuck in your camera. The bad news is that vintage films can sometimes have the batteries worn out even if the film is perfectly good. A film transfer into a working cartridge is in store if this is your problem. This can be done, but you will need to do it in complete darkness. At almost $2.50 a photo, even more if you calculate in shipping, this film is not for the faint-of-heart or the take-a-million-photos person. However, it is one of my favorite films to use, because it truly is just beautiful film that really adds a dreamy atmosphere to the scene. They are always developing new formulas and making this film better and better. I personally have not tried the newest version of it, but it is definitely something I’m going to do this year! Peel Apart Film- And the last variety I’ll be talking about are the Polaroid Land Cameras! These are really fun to use and they’re probably not what you think of when you hear Polaroid! Cameras usually have a three digit number that’s the model name, such as 100, 101, 250, 420, etc. These all have beautiful moving parts and a collapsible body. I personally own a 420 and a 100, so my experience is limited to those models. There are also hard bodied land cameras like the super shooter. You can only buy land cameras used, try looking through eBay, thrift stores, antique stores, or maybe you’ll want to splurge on a refurbished model online. Most require special batteries that are a little more difficult to get a hold of than your standard AA or AAA, although the Super Shooter does take AAs. Unless your camera has been converted to take a more standard battery (which is possible), you’ll likely need a 3-volt battery called a A24PX or 532. These are readily available on Amazon and are about $13, which sounds like a lot, but these batteries last a very long time.


New film used to be for these by Fujifilm, unfortunately they are recently discontinued and getting harder to find and more expensive. Fp100c is color and fp3000b is B&W. You can also purchase vintage Polaroid-branded film, but as with other vintage films, be cautious, some of the film will be dried up and won’t work. Film can be bought through eBay and a variety of other secondhand websites, unfortunately you also have to be cautious that it has been stored well. These cameras aren’t really electronic, although they do require batteries, they mostly function by manually focusing (some of the models come with auto focus though), deciding on exposure with a dial, cocking the shutter, and then pressing a button to take your photo. Instead of the photo rolling out of the camera, you pull a paper tab which triggers your Polaroid tab to pop out. You then pull out the Polaroid which is this cool little packet of slightly smelly chemicals. Pulling out the Polaroid is one of the most satisfying things you will do in life (only a small exaggeration). You wait for a bit, around 30 seconds for B&W and around a minute and a half for color. It’s determined by the temp you’re shooting in, just check the chart on your film! After that amount of time, you peel the film apart and your photo will be revealed! It will have some pretty strong chemical smell (it’s a full 5 senses experience, I swear). There is also a paper frame around the outside of your photo, you can peel that off or leave it (it’s your aesthetic decision), underneath it’s plain white frame evenly spaced. Don’t throw away the non-photo side you peeled off! Why you ask? This piece of paper is a negative from your photo! The B&W negative can simply be scanned and inverted (with cat fur or whatever else has stuck on it while it was still wet). It will definitely have a grungier look than the positive, but this can be great for a vintage look. The color will need to have bleach soak off the backing (there are tutorials online if you want to try it out). To scan these, you must have a scanner that can scan negatives. I use an Epson v600, and these always scan very pastel-ish for me, which is much different than the positive images that are fairly color accurate. Since you’re using bleach to take off the backing, you might also end up with some bleached spots on the film as well. You might think you’ve screwed it up and be really mad with yourself, but trust me, don’t freak out. Any mistake with these can end up giving you some really beautifully distressed looks. If you’ve underexposed the color positive, the negative is a great way to bump up the exposure and get more detail. It’s also super easy to do double exposures with these cameras or even triple or quadruple exposures, if you really wanted. Since the photo doesn’t pop out of the camera automatically, just cock the shutter and release to take another exposure over the last.



We chat with makeup artist and owner of Kitsu Boutique Jilly Ijoe. Photography by Daniela Majic Make-up and hair by Jilly Ijoe Jilly wears turtle neck available at Kitsu Boutique Rings: Laura Tedesco & KB

GIRL: Tell us about yourself? JILLY: I was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, and was living there until I was 12 years old. Then I studied and lived in Singapore during my teen years, before coming to Canada to continue my tertiary education when I was 17. I have an honours degree in Psychology, but decided to get certified in Makeup Artistry after graduating from McMaster University. GIRL: How did you get into make-up artistry? JILLY: I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after graduating from University, and I was taught makeup by my cousin back in Jakarta during one of the Summer Holidays. So, I decided to pursue a diploma in makeup artistry after graduating. I wanted to make women feel beautiful & empowered, I want their inner beauty to match their outer beauty, and so I decided to pursue the makeup route. I was also very interested in doing special fx and prosthetics, so that was the other half of the reason why I got into makeup.

Jilly at her make-up table inside Kitsu Boutique. She wears turtle neck available at Kitsu. Flower crown by Floral & Brick.

GIRL: What is it about make-up artistry that attracts you?

GIRL: What has it been like running your own store?

JILLY: Well the fact that everyone is unique and different, and I think makeup really celebrates that uniqueness and individuality. I mean, I can create a look for a person, and that same person will look completely different if another makeup artist does her makeup. It’s fun, and it’s definitely an outlet to express your creativity and individuality. The best part about it, it’s not permanent, and it’s all removable!

JILLY: It has been a roller coaster of emotion, that’s for sure. I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished, but at the same time there’s always this nagging fear and all the what if’s at the same time. It can be quite stressful, and there are days where I feel like I can’t do it. However, at the end of the day nothing makes me happier than seeing a happy customer walking out with something that they got from the store!

GIRL: You are definetely a girl boss and an entrepreneur. When did you decide to open your own boutiuqe? JILLY: I’ve been thinking of opening my own boutique for about 2 years. It took a while for me to actually go for it because at that time I was travelling between Canada and Southeast Asia, not to mention it took me a little bit over a year to get the space that I’m actually happy with. It’s been a long process! 59

GIRL: What future plans do you have for your endeavours? JILLY: I’m a take-it-one-step-at-a-time kind of girl, so for now I think I’m just focusing on creating a great environment & providing great products for my customers. Possibly creating my own makeup-related line in the future.

Jilly wears turtle neck available at Kitsu Boutique. Flower crown by Floral & Brick Below: An image of some of the products available at Kitsu Boutique.

RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS Favourite colour? JILLY: Mint Favourite food? JILLY: Fries Favourite season and why? JILLY: Fall, for obvious reaons = SWEATER WEATHER! Best childhood memory? JILLY: My dad designing & building our current house. It was his dream to build his own home, so it was really cool and very inspiring. Something you are afraid of? JILLY: Snakes Something you secretely love? a guilty pleasure?

Kitsu Boutique: 195 Locke St S #2, Hamilton, On, Canada Follow Kitsu: @shopkitsu Follow Jilly: @kireimakeup

Images: A look at some of the products available at Kitsu Boutique.

JILLY: Binge watching crime tv shows!


Photographed & Interviewed by DANIELA MAJIC Make-up & Styled by ALYSSA WINEGARDEN

“At the end of the day,I will always have my best interest at heart, and I am strong enough to make choices and stick to them�

G: Tell us about yourself?

G: What’s the story behind the Alywolfe name? A: I I decided I wanted my brand and my online presence to be two separate things. Employers can find my LinkedIn profile, but those interested in my Youtube channel, Instagram, or blog will be able to find me using Aly Wolfe. ‘Aly’ is the first half of my first name ‘Alyssa’ and Wolfe pays homage to the Native side of my ancestry. I have the word ‘wolf’ tattooed on my ribcage and the wolf as a spirit animal is something that has always resonated with me.

A: I grew up in the country outside of a small town called Otterville, population 1,800 at the time. It was an intimate community where everyone knew each other; there were only 19 people in my grade 8 graduating class and I grew up with them from kindergarten. We didn’t live on a farm, but we lived surrounded by tobacco fields and spent the days plucking tobacco worms off the leaves, gardening with mom, saving injured butterflies, building small ecosystems for minnows we caught at a nearby irrigation pond, and biking down dirt roads. It’s the same kind of childhood I want for my future children.

G: You did some pretty intense modelling a few years back & really made a name for yourself, it is one of the hardest industries to be a part of, what did you learn about yourself in the process?

G: You are a self professed girl boss and lifestyle blogger/influencer how and why did you start your lifestyle blog?

A: It is one of the hardest industries to be part of. I think one of the hardest parts about it is the fact that the majority of people don’t actually realize just how hard it is because people only know what they see, and from the outside, the world of modelling can appear to be incredibly glamourous, tantalizing, and even easy. People outside of the industry tend to think you just stand in front of a camera and make a few thousand dollars in cash and spend the rest of your time country-hopping, clubbing in VIP, dating celebs and walking in Victoria’s Secret shows. Modelling is grueling. It’s both mentally and physically taxing. In what other job are you hired purely based on measurements and how symmetrical your face is? In what other job are you reprimanded, shamed, or even fired for putting on 2lbs? Praised for losing inches off your waistline? The thing I learned about myself was that despite how well I was doing as a model, despite the promises of financial success and travel and glamour, I did what was best for my mental and physical health and left. At the time, it didn’t feel like a hard decision, but in retrospect, I realize how much courage it took to look at my fragility from an unbiased state of mind and finally acknowledge that I was not happy or healthy and then pick up my life in the city (Toronto), decline my agent’s wish to move to England, and resign. I learned that despite my incessant need to please the people around me, at the end of the day, I will always have my best interest at heart, and I am strong enough to make choices and stick to them.

A: I don’t know if it’s the millennial in me, or if I’m the product of hardworking, middle-class parents who had to survive the 2008 economic crisis, but I’ve always had a side-hustle. I’ve always preferred to be unbelievably busy than terribly bored. I was moonlighting before I knew moonlighting was a thing – juggling freelancing jobs, dog walking, my personal brand and blog, all on top of having a full-time job, a horse, and fiancé and pup at home. The blog itself was a product of my experience in the fashion industry and my way to stay close to it without sacrificing so much of myself or living according to someone else’s rules. The content I produce, whether it’s an actual blog piece or a styled flat lay, is completely reflective of my interests and my authentic self, and acts as a creative outlet for me. G: Tell us about your blog and your youtube channel? A: My Youtube channel is currently a work in progress. I recently got a new camera and my studio set up for shooting, and have been shooting and editing videos to create a backlog before I actually launch its revival. But in terms of topics, I’m covering everything from mental health and wellness to hacks for finding the cheapest prices for online shopping, beauty tutorials, wedding planning vlogs, and of course some fun challenges and tags with some of my closest friends. 65

G: You are an advocate for mental health and often openly discuss mental health issues on your social media, what message do you think needs to be heard regarding mental health awareness? A: I think people need to acknowledge how common mental illness actually is, and respect it the same way they would any other visible illness. There are many people from older generations who think mental illness is more present today because it’s just more talked about, but there was just as much depression and anxiety 40 or 50 years ago. I believe that to some extent, but I also believe that mental illness is more prevalent today because of the pressures millennials and gen Xers face that our parents and grandparents never had to. We are groomed to be students, told from a young age that we are special and can do anything we put our minds to, but that is just not reality. It came from a loving place, but the same people who built us up to be these special people, these people who believed they could do anything because that’s what we were told, are the same people who crucify us for travelling or feeling ‘depressed’ or frown upon us when we can’t find jobs in the field we studied in university unless it was to be a lawyer or doctor. Mental illness is something that needs to be acknowledged and appreciated and only once our parents and grandparents and the people we look up to start respecting it as a legitimate condition, only then will we be able to receive the support needed to overcome it. That was a bit of a rant – did that answer your question? Haha. G: What has been the most rewarding thing about being a lifestyle guru? A: Having the platform and voice that allows me to spread messages I am passionate about, work with causes I believe in, and brands I love. G: We know you just got engaged congrats!!! We are expecting a full out alywolfe instagram wedding take over, that being said what are your future plans for you and the alywolfe brand? A: Thank you! Our engagement doesn’t even feel entirely real because I have been wanting it for so long, but I am thoroughly enjoying wedding planning do to my control-freak nature! I actually just launched my digital media business, The Social Factory. The

Social Factory is a creative studio helping business ranging from start-up to seasoned find their voice in the ever-changing media landscape. I’m currently leveraging TheAlyWolfe to promote my new business and also continuing my influencer marketing and partnerships through TheAlyWolfe as well. Ideally I’ll get my Youtube channel launched, and then from there it’ll be a collaborative effort between my two brands.

RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS Favourite Colour? A: Mint Favourite Food? A: Give me all the chicken shawarma Favourite book? A: Brain on Fire or Lord of the Rings Best place to shop online? A: Etsy!!! Support your local girl gang! Favourite Childhood memory? A: Any of my time spent up north with my family. We go to the same campground that my parents grew up going to and that family time is what I treasure most. I am so excited to continue that tradition when my fiancé and I have our own kids. Someone you admire? A: I know this was supposed to be rapid fire, but I can’t possibly answer this without elaborating. As I grow older I become increasingly appreciative of my loved ones. My dad is an incredibly hard worker and I think I got my work ethic and desire to never not be busy from him. He’s worked in the same job for 30 years, many years working 6 days a week on top of always working on home improvements, vehicle maintenance while still making time for golf, fishing and going up north to our trailer. He is the one I ask when I have questions about anything ranging from investing to renovations to issues with my car, and somehow he always has an answer, and if he doesn’t at the time I ask, he finds one eventually. He’s a big DIY-er.

He’d rather do his own car maintenance, build his own deck, extend his own patio, and tile his own floor. He is also the absolute best at breaking up a tense situation with humour. My mom is always encouraging me to do what’s in my best interest. Whether that’s taking a break from extra projects to focus on my own mental health, supporting my travels (even if it makes her slightly paranoid), or following up after a phone call because she felt something was off. She’s also great at keeping me grounded when my grandiose ideas take over and I need to be brought back to reality. She also keeps me extremely organized and I also don’t think I’d have a handle on savings if it wasn’t for her support and financial advice. In addition to that, she never hesitates to show how proud she is. She collected all of my pictures and magazines from when I modelled, and was the first person to

start calling people and gushing about my engagement when it happened (after she had permission, at first I told her she couldn’t tell ANYONE, and that was simply killing her). And my fiancé is just awesome. He grew up in a very different childhood situation than I did and is the oldest of five children. His perspective is one that I always value, and he supports all of my ideas ranging from getting a horse to starting my own business. If there’s something we want to happen, he will make it happen. I also love that he seamlessly blends in so well with my family. His ambition, intelligence and sense of humour are contagious, and I know he’ll make the best husband and dad one day. Your guilty pleasure? A: Reality TV

Follow The Alywolfe: Something you are afraid of?

A: Open Water



Dear Jane

Words and art work by the Editor


they would have enjoyed. We no longer understand what it means to be a woman of that time.

recently watched a BBC documentary called Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball. The documentary focused on recreating an entire scene from one of Jane Austen’s most popular books. The scene in which they would recreate would be the ball. The magnificent ball scene where Austen’s titular character Elizabeth Bennet meets the tall, dark, handsome and gloomy Mr. Darcy.

What if we look at Jane’s world. What if there are moments of Jane’s stories and her ideas that we can relate to in this world? The world we live in now. Are there signs that we can pick out from her novels or her own story that could be relevant to us as women today?

In the documentary they walked the viewer through what the attendees of the ball would have experienced. They hand sewed similar costumes with the best possible detail. Using actual materials from the era that Austen lived. They taught professional dancers real dances that were documented by Jane Austen herself in her personal diaries.They even cooked many of the same dishes that would have been served at the balls. An interesting dive into history aside, one of the main points made in the documentary that stuck with me was Jane herself.

Jane’s time was a strange time for women. They were expected to be accomplished. To sing, and play an instrument. To be elegant, to read and

“As time has passed it’s become increasingly harder for each new generation of readers to really understand Jane’s world.”

The narrators mentioned that the very first readers of Austen’s novels would have connected to Jane. They would have been part of the world that Austen was writing about. These readers went to the fancy balls in Austen’s stories. They ate the same food. They lusted for a husband the way Austen’s characters did. They dreamed about love and wasted days reading in the drawing room. They were the real women of that era.

write. Yet never really be given acknowledgment for their creativity or talents. Both Jane and her sister Cassandra were educated at Oxford. Both sisters were very creative and often expressed their creativity. Jane through writing and Cassandra through painting. At age 11 Jane began producing poems and stories to entertain her family. One could say Jane’s stories are not unlike something a pre-teen would write today. Her stories were

often exagerations of everyday life. Her stories were regularly filled with “anarchic fantasies of female power” (Janet Todd). Maybe Jane was just another woman trying to understand herself, her views and her place in the world? Even if that world seems so distance from the one we currently reside in. What would Jane think of our “balls” which are just nights at a bar or club. What would Jane think about our choice of clothes or even our real power? Jane showed women that we can create what we believe in and for her that was story telling.

The documentary aimed to show us what Austen’s real world would have been like. As time has passed it has become increasingly harder for each new generation of reader to really understand Jane’s world. We no longer live with those ideals. We cannot smell the scent of wax dripping after a long night at a ball. We no longer eat the foods 73

Teenage Queen Words and art work by the Editor


ne of the reasons I am time and time again drawn to Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film Marie Antoinette is because of the sober characteristics Coppola gives her version of Marie.

It is known through history that many royals were quite young when they were expected to take on massive responsibilities. Like becoming a queen or king. It is a preposterous notion to think that these teens had to carry such a heavy weight. A weight of responsibility that many people don’t understand how to wield until much later in life.

People tend to forget that Marie Antoinette was only 14 when she was married. Fourteen! Can you remember what you were like at fourteen years old? I married at the age of 26. At fourteen marriage was the last thing on my mind.

I often think what I would do in Marie’s fancy shoes? As a 30 year old woman I still don’t know how I would react or adapt to her situation. I know my 14 year old self would have tried to run away and hide at the first mention of an arranged marriage.

Antoinette was thrown into a life that she was not accustomed to. The daily life of Versailles and it’s rules were nothing close to the relaxed and open days Marie spent at her home and castle in Austria.

Maybe, just like Coppola did we need to give Marie Antoinette the benefit of the doubt. In the end she lost her life at only 37 years of age. Yes she made mistakes along the way but really who hasn’t?

Let’s take a moment to remember what life was like as a teenager. Or if you happen to be in your teen years reading this, take a moment to think about your life and the things that excite you. The way you spend your days. The things you think or thought about. Now imagine being propelled into a new life, a new country and a new home, where everything you thought you knew about life was completely thrown out the window.

“It is a preposterous notion to think that these teens had to carry such a heavy weight.”

On top of that stress, imagine not being near your parents or your loved ones. Really having no one to turn to or confide in. Then having to marry a boy after only meeting him once. All the while an immense pressure to be an ideal future queen of France and bare children rests on your shoulders. In Coppola’s film she takes us on Marie’s journey. Through her teenage eyes. We see her innocence we see her rebelliousness. We see her pain, her courage and her loneliness. Dare we even say that we can see a hint of depression. In the film Marie often indulges in beautiful clothing, wigs, shoes and and food. She has parties and is seen in dream like states as well as drunken stupors. All the while her husband is sweet but quite dumb. He after all is only a teenage boy.



Although a large portion of my work is whimsical, I first started collaging as a way to externally process the state of society and my role in it, especially as a woman. I set out to breakdown the outdated values that permeated the pages of the magazines I source material from with the hope that repurposing them with a platform of acceptance and respect, we can honor the cultural strides we’ve made as a society while acknowledging the gaps left to fill. @kamakebelieve #kamabile


‘Ready to Spread’

#MeToo (above) & Equality (Right) I’m the girl on the right, but this photograph is all of us. I started removing sections to represent every time I have personally experienced harassment. Then, for all the friends who have endured the same. Then, to represent those who shared their stories or have chosen to carry them silently. I replaced them with people from all shades, shapes and sizes because it takes everyone working together to achieve the change our society desperately needs.


Modern Family A series exploring the varied dynamics of modern households.


A Prickly Pair (Above) Mary (Right) Ready to Spread (Cover Page) A collection of work exploring a woman’s right to her sexuality without judgment


Not Your Doll & Overcome Comments on the too often struggle of unwanted advances & the reminder to keep your head up





Rivets are Red Rivets are Red Rivets are Red Resistance is Due The future is ours We’re coming for you



Anxiety, Left Brain Right Brain & Not Your Aesthetic A collection of work dedicated to mental health awareness, specifically commenting on mental illness not being a “trend” or an aesthetic. We must be mindful of each other and our struggle.


‘Left Brain Right Brain’

‘Not Your Aesthetic’


‘Strawberry’ (Right) ‘Censored’ (Left)

‘Book Lovers’ (Left) Above images are a look at Kaylin’s art process.



Ashley Holloway teams up with friend & Muse Taylor Varvil to bring us this fairy tale story. Featuring princess tulle designs by Australian Designers I Found Lucy, incorporated with vintage finds.


Dress by I FOUND LUCY, Shoes are Models Own

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Dress by I FOUND LUCY, Shoes are Models Own

Opposite: Dress by I FOUND LUCY, Shoes are Models Own. This Page: Dress by I FOUND LUCY

Corset by I FOUND LUCY, Petticoat is Vintage,shoes & Socks are Models Own


Dress by I FOUND LUCY, Shoes are Models Own

Dress by I FOUND LUCY, Shoes are Models Own. Opposite: Dress by I FOUND LUCY

Photography & Styling by DANIELA MAJIC Make-up and Hair by JILLY IJOE Model is MARISSA FRAGGIS Wardrobe provided by KITSU BOUTIQUE

GIRL picks out some of our favourite spring looks. From make-up to fun denim overalls and jewelery too! Kitsu Boutique provides us with this season’s effortless looks.


THINK PINK Make-up look on Cover, this page & opposite: Foundation by RMS uncover up 00, Blush by RMS lip2cheek demure Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder duo in Medium Brown Eyes: Tarte Chrome paint top yacht (lid); Tarte Mermaid palette “Sandbar” eyeshadow (crease & lower lid); Tarte Tartelette in Bloom palette “smokeshow” eyeshadow (eyeliner & lower lashline) Highlighter by RMS Living Luminizer & Becca Vanilla Quartz Mascara by RMS Volumizing Mascara Lips: MAC Retro liquid lipstick in Dance with Me (All RMS Products avalable at Wardrobe: (All Loks available at unless otherwise stated) Cover Page: Kate Print Dress This Page: Counting Daisies Embroidery Dress Earrings On cover and this page by KB the Label (Available at

Image Left: Dress: Counting Daisies Embrodery Dress (Available at Earrings by KB The Label (Available at Hair Clips are Stylists Own

Image Right: Earrings by KB The Label (available at Dress: Kate Print Dress (available at Make-up Look credited on opposite page

FRESH FACE Make- up look on this Page & opposite: Foundation by RMS uncover up 00 Blush by RMS lip2cheek demure, Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder duo in Medium Brown Eyes: Tarte Chrome paint top yacht (lid); Tarte Mermaid palette “Sandbar” eyeshadow (crease & lower lid); Tarte Tartelette in Bloom palette “smokeshow” eyeshadow (eyeliner & ower lashline) Highlighter by RMS Living Luminizer & Becca Vanilla Quartz Mascara by RMS Volumizing Mascara Lips:Nyx powder puff lippie Pop Quiz, Rms lip shine honest (All RMS products available at Wardrobe: (all wardrobe available at unless other wise stated) This Page & Opposite: Marrakech Off Shoulder Dress (available at Earrings by KB The Label (available at Ring by Laura Tedesco Jewelry, Hair clip is Stylists Own.


DARE TO HAIR Make-up Look on This Page and Opposite Top Image: Foundation by RMS uncover up 00 Blush by RMS lip2cheek demure, Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder duo in Medium Brown Eyes: Tarte Chrome paint top yacht (lid); Tarte Mermaid palette “Sandbar” eyeshadow (crease & lower lid); Tarte Tartelette in Bloom palette “smokeshow” eyeshadow (eyeliner & ower lashline) Highlighter by RMS Living Luminizer & Becca Vanilla Quartz Mascara by RMS Volumizing Mascara Lips:Nyx powder puff lippie Pop Quiz, Rms lip shine honest (All RMS products available at Wardrobe This page & opposite page Top: Moto Slit Maxi Dress available at Hair clips are Stylists Own. Sunglsses available at

Image Left: All Credits on Opposite Page

Image Right: Make-up Look: Foundation by RMS uncover up 00, Blush by RMS lip2cheek demure Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder duo in Medium Brown Eyes: Tarte Chrome paint top yacht (lid); Tarte Mermaid palette “Sandbar” eyeshadow (crease & lower lid); Tarte Tartelette in Bloom palette “smokeshow” eyeshadow (eyeliner & lower lashline) Highlighter by RMS Living Luminizer & Becca Vanilla Quartz Mascara by RMS Volumizing Mascara Lips: MAC Retro liquid lipstick in Dance with Me (All RMS Products avalable at Wardrobe: Available at unless otherwise stated. Emanuella Dress Available at Earrings are Stylists Own

TWISTED PONY Make-up Look: Foundation by RMS uncover up 00, Blush by RMS lip2cheek demure Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder duo in Medium Brown Eyes: Tarte Chrome paint top yacht (lid); Tarte Mermaid palette “Sandbar” eyeshadow (crease & lower lid); Tarte Tartelette in Bloom palette “smokeshow” eyeshadow (eyeliner & lower lashline) Highlighter by RMS Living Luminizer & Becca Vanilla Quartz Mascara by RMS Volumizing Mascara Lips: MAC Retro liquid lipstick in Dance with Me (All RMS Products avalable at Wardrobe: Available at unless otherwise stated. Emanuella Dress Available at Earrings are Stylists Own

POP OF CORAL Make-up Look on images left and bottom Foundation by RMS uncover up 00 Blush by RMS lip2cheek Smile Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder duo in Medium Brown Eyes: Rms lip2cheek Smile (all over the eyes and lower lid); Kat Von D Pastel Goth palette “Clementines” eyeshadow (lid), Sleek Makeup Candy palette “Flump” eyeshadow (lower lashline); Tarte Mermaid Palette “Nude Beach” (inner corner) Highlighter by RMS Living Luminizer & Becca Vanilla Quartz Mascara by RMS Volumizing Mascara Lips: MAC Retro Liquid Lipstick in Dance with Me

Wardrobe: (All clothing available at unless otherwise stated) Above: We The Free Kai Henley Top available at, Esme Mini Dress Available at Necklace Available at, Earrings by KB The Label, Hair Clip is Stylists own. Right: Earrings KB The Label available at, Pia Kala Coat: available at

Right Image & Image Below: Make-up look credited on previous page “Pop Of Corla� Wardrobe: Hiroma Denim Overall Dress available at, We The Free Kai Henley Top available at, Pia Cala Coat and sunglasses available at


Make-up Look: Foundation by RMS uncover up 00 Blush by RMS lip2cheek Demure Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder duo in Medium Brown Eyes : Rms Eye Polish “Lunar” (lid & inner half of lower lid); RMS Eye polish “Seduce” (crease and lower lash line); Tarte Mermaid Palette “Mermosa” (eyelid); MAC Carbon eyeshadow (eyeliner) Highlighter by RMS Living Luminizer & Becca Vanilla Quartz Mascara - RMS Volumizing Mascara Lips: MAC Retro Liquid Lipstick in Dance with Me (All RMS products available at Wardrobe: Zarun Maxi Dress available at Earrings KB The Label & Necklace Available at


Words by the Editor - Daniela Majic & various contributors.


N ostalgia! One of the most interesting emotions we feel as humans. The powerful emotion can be con-

jured by smell, music, visuals or even a reminder of a past event. The word nostalgia comes from the Greek words Nostos (which means homecoming) and Algos (which means pain or longing). Nostalgia has many scienetific effects on the brain which explain why we feel deep emotions like pleasure, saddness or longing when we are having a nostalgic moment. For this article we want to focus on the connection we as humans can make by understanding other people’s nostalgic moments and memories. We asked women to tell us about their own nostalgic memories and what it was that triggered those memories. To begin the article I’d like to share some of my personal thoughts on my own nostalgia. Each season comes with a new scent or visual that instantly makes me nostalgic. The smell of rain on wet pavement, the smell of the sun on my skin on a hot sunny day and even the cold winter air. It all brings me back to a different time in my life. Usually childhood memories dominate. I think of my sister’s outdoor summer birthday parties, or my teenage years skipping class and wandering around the city. There are smells and music that bring me back to the first year my husband and I satrted dating. It’s always intense. The shift from colder to warmer weather always brings memories flooding back. I think I get at least one nostalgic emotion once a day. The changing of each season always does it for me.

There’s a road that leads to my grandmother’s village in Croatia. It’s a long winding road through the hills and once you get high enough you can see her village. She grew up on this beautiful little island called Murter. It’s a lovely drive with some beautiful views. I love that drive so much because it feels like I am going home. Looking out the open car window, seeing the cobblestone streets, and the red rooftops, the ocean, and all the little islands all around is just so beautiful.

MM | Teacher | Canada

Lemons is my scent that’s throws me off. I just remember being in my parents kitchen (before they were split up) and just being happy. Getting ready to go to school. I think my mom was making lemon pie and I think that’s why the smell of lemons does it for me.

LZ | Bank Teller | Canada

I would have to say that something the makes me feel nostalgic is the hamilton public library at Jackson square. I used to go on a weekly basis when I was a kid with my mom and sister. Whether it was for the children’s programs they’d have there or to sit for hours in front of the new illustrated books looking at all the pictures and different artwork. I’m an artist myself so the illustrations always attracted me more then the actual words written. Now every time I go back there I feel a piece of my childhood coming back to me. The smell, the concrete walls, the murals and cut out wooden structures scattered around always remind me of a simpler time in my life. It always puts in perspective of how much a person can change in 15+ years.

MG | Fashion Designer | Canada

Our sense of smell has the ability to evoke memories from the lost confines of our mind, bringing them vividly flooding back. For the better part of my life, my father worked as a production technician for a car part manufacturing company. Everyday he would come home smelling like said factory. It was not the most pleasant of smells, it wasn’t bad either, but it was however distinct. It was a scent I hardly even noticed, until it disappeared. From time to time I find myself catching a whiff of what my sister and I dubbed the “Karmax” smell and it always brings me back to yesterday. Not any specific or special day per say; on the contrary, very typical, mundane days that I took for granted. It’s the scent of my father and it will forever trigger a sense of nostalgia, not for a moment in time, but rather a lifetime of memories and what might’ve been. Ultimately, I take solace in knowing that now, when I walk into a room and catch a hint of that smell or when I sense it around my kids I know he’s here with me, even though he’s not.

AG | Dental Receptionist | Canada

The smell of leather always makes me nostalgic. Real leather has a very unique and distinguishable scent. It always reminds me of working in my cousin’s barn when I was a kid (up until I was about 16). The quiet atmosphere of the barn with the breeze going through, birds flitting about, cats under foot, and the horses. Spending time working with the horses (even when just cleaning around the barn) is one of my favourite memories. They’re amazing, and I really miss the connections and friendships I had with them. I grew up in a million different ways when working there. The sense of independence and accomplishment, all with that feeling of calm and peace that working with your hands gives you is something I’m trying to find again in my work. Any time I catch the scent of leather, I stop and take a deep inhale. It takes me right back to that place and time and makes me feel calm, strong and happy.

SM | Macrame & Weaving artist | Canada

There are many things that bring out that bit of nostalgia in me. I’m a hair and makeup artist so I feel that smells and textures play a big role in what triggers that muscle memory both in my heart and my brain. The smell of lilacs has always brought back fond memories of traveling to the country during my summers as a kid. We didn’t have much money and yet, driving to a remote country spot, packing a picnic and hiking amongst the lilacs was more than enough to keep those memories vivid and fresh. Makes me wish for that time where happiness was as simple as smelling lilacs In the air.

KIG | Make-up & Hair artist | Canada

I feel nostalgic a lot, and I’m definitely one of those happy crying people. Whenever I go to Disney World (I live in Florida), I get hit with nostalgia like a ton of bricks. The combination of the characters I loved as a kid, familiar songs, and seeing children obviously feeling the magic of their surroundings is super nostalgic for me. When I went to their Little Mermaid show a few times ago, I was glad it was a dark theater, because there was quite a lot of waterworks coming from my direction!

AH | Photographer | U.S

My nostalgic favourite is geraniums. My father has been growing them since before I was born. He has plants that are as old as I am, that he has nurtured through the years. Growing up they were everywhere; the windows of my home were filled with his plants during the fall/winter and they were planted through out our property in the gardening season. These beautiful vibrant flowers and their scent to me is so soothing. When I moved from Eastern Ontario to Toronto to model and go to school, I didn’t feel like I was at home until I had one in my window. To this day they are something that makes me feel like home.

When I think about the Hamilton Beach Strip I think I go back in time to earlier times in life. You have the carnival rides at the end of the beach strip, then you have Hutch’s Fish and Chips in the middle and then there is Confederation Park. It was a time of Families and a slower way of life. I have lots of fond memories with my family enjoying many picnics and playing at the beach.

LS | P.T Cook & Server | Canada

This may sound strange, but a smell that makes me feel nostalgic is the smell of artificial peach. It reminds me of when I was around nine, and my girl friends and I would walk down to Shopper’s Drug Mart, and buy a package of Lip Smackers to share with all of our allowance money. I would ALWAYS lay claim to keep the peach flavoured lip gloss because it was my absolute favourite. We would spend time reading our teen magazines and smelling every Smacker, ranking them as we went along. from order of our favourites I would always use it all very quickly, and I walked around with a giant orange rim around my mouth because I applied it so frequently. To this day, peach scented items are still my favourite, and can be found around our house (much to my husband’s eye-rolling and nose-plugging.) To quote the song my girls and I used to sing, off-key, at the top of our lungs, “those were the best days of my life.”

MD | Certified Make-up artist & Beauty Blogger /Canada The smell that reminds me most of my childhood is moth balls, believe it or not...! My grandmother used to use them in the crawl space at the cottage, where I spent most of my summers, so the smell instantly reminds me of my grandparents and my favourite summers. Although I’m sure she would hate to be associated with that smell! JB | Teacher/ Canada

LK | Teacher | Canada

For me, it’s the smell of Noxzema face cream. When I open the jar, I’m 16 ( when I started using it as a cleanser) and in The bathroom in Florida! I feel like a kid again every time I smell it!

DZ | Dental Office Manager | Canada




Photographed & Interviewed by Daniela Majic

GIRL: Tell us about your brand ‘Designs by Mallory’

Roses are red meets art deco and Greecian godesses were the first words that sprang to mind backstage at Designs By Mallory’s latest show. The mini six look collection packed a lot of punch at a pop up show held at The Art Gallery of Hamilton. Rose filled fabrics mixed with lace & leather allowed for a dark romantic feel. From blouses and trousers to beautiful formal dresses all the way to a floral dainty robe that reminded us of a princesses nightgown, there truly was something for every woman in this collection. Mallory worked with make-up artist Ariel Black who created a futuristic modern art loving woman look. The look was fitting for the location at the gallery and perfectly embodied the sculptural pieces on display in the courtyard. We had the pleasure of chatting with Mallory about her latest collection.

MG: My brand got started in 2015. It was a couple of years after I graduated from college and I was working at a fabric store. I was sewing a lot but mostly stuff for myself and custom work. I wanted to test myself and really see if I could put together a collection from start to finish. It was hard work and really tested my technical abilities but it all paid off. I created my first collection “Dreams at Dusk” and Designs By Mallory was born. I design everything from tops to dresses to coats and even overalls. I love having all sorts of different pieces to a collection and being able to mix and match all of it. I have a hard time making up my mind so I decided to just put all the ideas out there.



Models pose in Designs by Mallory’s latest Collection. Make-up by Ariel Black.

Details of the collection.

GIRL: Tell us about your latest collection? MG: My current collection is called “Roses are Red” and is inspired by passion. To me passion comes from both ends of the spectrum, it can be absolutely fantastic, beautiful, and intensely thrilling. But at the same time it can be dark and heartbreaking, it can make you hit rock bottom with no light insight. I find it so interesting that these two aspects can feel so close together and walk such a fine line. I wanted to show that with this collection. This is only a taste of what the entire show will look like. “Roses are Red” is sexy and daring, intense and romantic, alluring and intimidating. I wanted to challenge myself with having such a strong point of view this time and show a side of myself that only a handful of people have witnessed. My middle name is rose so this is very close to my heart. I love the idea of the rose as a main symbol for the collection because to me it embodies the same idea of passion. A beautiful fragrant flower in this intensely bright red that attracts the viewer but then has these painfully sharp thorns all around it that you don’t expect. I’m fascinated by the total contrast.

All wardrobe is DESIGNS BY MALLORY @designsbymalloryofficial Make-up by Ariel Black Jewelery is Little Indigo Designs @littleindigodesigns Models: Amanda Dunn, Naomi Hermanson, Charlotte Mcpherson, Mary Bidwell (@Voguemodels) Hope Green, Jordan Bluesz & Mikayla Schneider

Make-up looks created by Ariel Black.

Jewelery Designed by Little Indigo Designs.

Opposite Page & This page above: Models wear looks from “Roses are Red” collection.

Image Right: Designer Mallory Gosselin wears dress from her collection “Roses are Red”


Photographer Taylor Varvil and muse Skye Brumley create a psychedelic dream story featuring funky vintage looks mixed with Romwe and Boohoo Photographed & Styled by TAYLOR VARVIL Model is SKYE BRUMLEY

This Page & opposite Page: Dress & Hat are Vintage


This Page & opposite Page: Dress & Hat are Vintage


This Page & opposite Page: Trousers by BOOHOO, Holographic Purse by ROMWE, Crop top by STAY GOLD VINTAGE


This Page: Trousers by BOOHOO, Holographic Purse by ROMWE, Crop top by STAY GOLD VINTAGE

This Page & opposite Page: Jeans are Vintage, Top by ROMWE



The Barcelona Diaries

Model Angela and I spend one day roaming the eccentric streets of Barcelona. Documenting the lively tourists, the mesmerizing architecture and breathing in the art. Model: Angela Edwards Photography by Daniela Majic

Angela wears Dress by BALI



Angela Wears her own Dress


Angela wears Dress by BALI Boots are Angela’s own

(Above) Angela wears dress by Sheinside (This Image) Angela wears her own dress.

PINK ADventures GIRL Magazine’s List of places we want to travel to grows larger and larger every day. For our first issue we look at three beautiful places that pack a pink punch.

Lake Hillier is a pink water world unlike any we have seen before. The lake is located off the south coast of Western Australia. Hillier gets it’s tinge of pink from a living organism called dunaliella salina. It causes the salt content to create a red dye. Lake Hillier is safe to swim in.

Image Liqeni Hillier - Australia Kurioziteti123 On wikimedia

Shibazakura (Moss Phlox) Festival near Lake Motosu under the foot of Mt. Fuji, Yamanashi, Japan by Reginald Pentinio on Wikimedia

A carpet of beautiful shibazakura flowers grow at the base of Mt. Fuji. When the first flowers bloom each year a festival called the “Fuji Shibazakura Festival” is held. There are six different varieties of beautiful blooming shibazakura flowers.

Cherry blossoms grace our tree’s every

spring. Here are some cherry blossom festivals that you can attend to see the flowers in a glorious brush of blush pink.

Japan- Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka & Nara offer the best cherry blossom views.

Washington,DC - National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Macon, GA - International Cherry Blossom Festival.

Vancouver, CA - National Cherry Bloss om Festival. The Shakujii River, one of the most famous “Hanami” (cherry-blossom viewing) spot in Tokyo, Oji. Shoestring at wts wikivoyage

Sunday Mornings Birds, chirping outside my window, as it lets a soft glow of light encompass my warm bed. Soft breaths come from my puppy, his head resting on my chest. I know that in a few short moths, everything will be different. But at least for now, I have my Sunday mornings with Joey. Poem by Naomi Hermanson



Girl Magazine | Issue 001 | Spring  

Girl Magazine is a quirky, lovely, uber feminine magazine with a bit of whimsy. It's the magazine for the nostalgic dreamer. This is our fir...

Girl Magazine | Issue 001 | Spring  

Girl Magazine is a quirky, lovely, uber feminine magazine with a bit of whimsy. It's the magazine for the nostalgic dreamer. This is our fir...