Festival Fashun With Call It Spring!

Lolz if you didn’t already know by now, COACHELLA STARTS 2MORROW. And even though we’re stuck in Toronto (and not the desert, duh) we’re still staring at an array of Call It Spring shoezz that would be perfect if we were participating in any cool music festival activities. But alas, we’re not. But that doesn’t mean we’re not qualified to talk about festival fashunnn (because we’re going to Osheaga, DUUuhHHHhh)!

If you’re heading to any festivals ~this festival season~ (lol), then read our post on the CIS blog and GET INSpiRedDD!!! Summer is /just/ around the corner, y’alls.
 

 

streetstylestar1

If you’re more interested in jamming out to tunes from afar, you can step up your style game with some unconventional details that’ll be sure to get you snapped by photogs! Opt for interesting accessories and girlish silhouettes — and don’t forget a pair of sunglasses in case you get too tired from being fabulous and subsequently decide to take a nap under a tree while you listen to the strums of an acoustic guitar.
 

 

thequirkychick

Attending festivals with big groups of friends is fun — but as a ~quirky chick~ you’re all about being unconventional. Whether this means wandering between stages by yourself or making new friends altogether, you’re definitely the standout at any party. Stay true to your lively personality with mirrored sunglasses and bold prints, and pair socks with jelly sandals…because you can. The quirky gal is all about pushing boundaries.
 

 

theadventurer

Contrary to the chill nature of the street style star, you’re the type of girl who will always choose being engulfed by a crowd over of sitting under a tree painting your fingernails and eating a green salad. As a daredevil with a lust for life and a penchant for all things adventurous, even in heels, you’re sure to be crowdsurfin’ during Outkast’s set with the best of them.
 

 

kidatheart

Youthful graphic prints and eyelet textures will be sure to bring out your inner kid — even if you’re spending your festival afternoons sipping spiked lemonades. Treat the park as your own personal playground and run around chasing butterflies when you’re not jamming out to your favourite Indie pop duo.
 

 

~ See the original post/more FUN and FaBuLoSiTy on the CIS blog ~

 



|FAT| Arts & Fashion Week in Toronto – Win Passes!!!

 

This year, we’re proud to be labelled VIP Bloggers for |FAT| Arts & Fashion Week in Toronto. After having attended the last 3 annual events, we know this year will be epic. Rooted in supporting indie/unconventional designers, |FAT| is a big ol’ Canadian fashion week alternative to the oh-so-official World MasterCard Fashion Week. Aside from attending almost every show and gawking at the cray cray prints and architectural silhouettes we’re bound to see, we’re giving away passes valued at $100 to ~*FOUR LUCKY WINNERS*~ (living in/near Toronto, because you want to actually be able to attend… duh).

To enter, visit our Instagram profile @kastorandpollux, like our |FAT| photo, and comment with the designer you’re most excited to see. We’ll choose four winners at random on April 13th and either drop a comment or send an Instagram Direct Message with instructions to pick up your pass. We realize you’d probably want a friend there with you, so if you win a pass and your friend doesn’t, WE CAN BE YOUR SUBSTITUTE!!! How fun is that?! Art, fashion, and NEW FRIENDZZZ!!!

And if that’s not reason enough to enter, here are three designers we’re personally stoked to see:

 

BENJI WZW

There are just no words for how much we pine for his kooky prints and space-age aesthetic.

 

YDNA

Last year, this man had GLITTER flying off PECULIARLY SHAPED HATS. Mother flocking GLITTER and HATS.

 

HENRY NAVARRO

Henry always comments on social issues through his work in a simple but beautiful way. He’s also my typography prof… so that’s that.



Powder Bl00z


ON DANI: Aritzia top, H&M x Margiela pants, Solective shoes via Capezio (buy here)

 


ON BIANCA: Topshop top (c/o), H&M pants, Jeffrey Campbell shoes via Capezio (buy here)

 

Realized spring had finally sprung when leaving the house with our ankles peering out from the bottom of our pant hems and our toes peeping from our open-toed shoes became a feasible activity. After months upon months of Dr. Martens all day every day, we couldn’t be more ecstatic to take new footwear silhouettes out for much-needed test drives. Though easing into bare arms might seem a bit premature, we’re taking to our new Sh0eZZzz from Capezio to ease our winter blues and elevate ourselves off the ground (well, in Dani’s case, that is).
 

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HOW TO MAKE: SWEET TOOTH BURGZ w/ EMA

When I was little, I loved making these itty bitty burgs with my mom. I have no idea where she got the recipe for these small sugar-packed hamburgz but I was obsessed with making them (and inhaling them for the ultimate sugar high). The first time I can remember making these tasty treats was for a ~Little Leapers~ fundraiser, which is a competitive skipping team (yes skipping was my competitive sport of choice as a child & no I ain’t ashamed). It’s been years since I’ve tried these burgers (or skipping) SO, I thought I’d attempt to make them again and share the sweetness with all y’all.
 

~*What you will need*~
1. Money $$ to buy the ingredients (approx. $15)
2. Nilla Wafers
3. Shredded coconut
4. Peppermint patties
5. White icing
6. Red & Green food colouring ( & yellow if you like mustard on your burg)
7. Ziplock baggie
8. Scissors
9. 2 small bowls for mixing
 

**Note: This is based on memory not an actual recipe.**
 

 

Mix some red food colouring + icing in a bowl to make the ketchup. Pour the red icing into a ziplock bag and cut a small hole in the bottom corner of the baggie to create your own super inexpensive icing dispenser. Now you can squeeze the icing onto the patty just like you would a ketchup packet.

In another bowl mix coconut + green food colouring to make relish. I used my fingers to place it on the patty but I’d advise against this because I now have green martian hands.
 

If you hadn’t already guessed, the peppermint patty will act as your meat and the wafers as bunz.
I made only 3 burgers as to limit how many I could stuff my face with. I go in the order of bun, patty, ketchup, relish, bun, but feel free to change the order. Get creative and try making other toppings for your burgers like mustard, pickles, hot peppers, onion, or whatever toppingz your dream burger is stacked with.
 

These are hellah cute, so easy to make, and people will think you are amazing. Purrrfect to make for birthdays, holidays, or Sundays.

Plz go now & treat your friends, family, general loved ones and ofcourse yourself to these magical burgz.

Enjoy,
Ema xo

PS. If you don’t like peppermint patties, I am sorry. I could not think of an alternative meat alternative. Maybe you guys have suggestions!?
 



Fifteen Days of GAEA: Part 5

 

 

…And we’re done! #15DaysOfGAEA – our fun-filled, 2-week journey wearing Kastor & Pollux’s Convertible Dress – may be officially over, but our penchant for sustainability in fashion certainly isn’t. We’ll continue to keep quality, timelessness, and ethical/eco-friendly production in the back of our minds during every shopping stint, and we certainly hope we’ve inspired you to do the same. Remember – every small, conscious decision helps, so even if do one socially/environmentally responsible thing a day, you’re making a difference!

To take a fond look back at all 30 outfits, click for part 1, 2, 3, and 4, or watch this fun compilation of some of our favourite looks:

You can now shop the entire GAEA collection. All pieces are designed and handmade by us in Toronto, Canada using eco-friendly bamboo jersey.



Fifteen Days of GAEA: Part 4

 

 

Now that we’re on our second-last installment of #15DaysOfGAEA, we’re a little sad to see the end of the road. It’s been a fun-filled week-and-a-bit of hustling over to Dani’s living room to snap a quick outfit shot every morning, and we’ll definitely miss seeing one another every single day. We’ll probably still wear the crap out of the Convertible Dress, though, if we’re being honest. It’s just too soft and easy to choose over most of our impractical clothing.

You can now shop the entire GAEA collection. All pieces are designed and handmade by us in Toronto, Canada using eco-friendly bamboo jersey.



Fifteen Days of GAEA: Part 3

 

 

After weeks and weeks of talking about it, our SS 2014 collection/the namesake behind 15 Days of Gaea LAUNCHED YESTERDAY. And now, the convertible dresses (we’ve been relentlessly wearing for the past 9 days) are now available for purchase!

Though we’re currently in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Toronto Fashion Week, we’ve maintained our promises to each other/the Internet by wearing said dresses to school and work – much to the dismay of the people we surround ourselves with (because after wearing them for 9 days straight, they’re kind of smelly. Lol jk WASHING MACHINES EXIST. Anyway…). Though it’s proven to be a challenge, voluntarily wearing the same article of clothing for x number of consecutive days really tests your styling abilities in the morning – and in between staring at our computer screens with glazed-over eyes and drinking energy-shot Booster Juices, we really aren’t complaining about this lil sartorial brain workout.
 

 
You can now shop the entire GAEA collection. All pieces are designed and created by us in Toronto, Canada.
 



Kastor & Pollux’s GAEA Collection is here!!!

DIRECTED + EDITED BY: Rosanna Peng   |   SHOT BY: Olivia Genovese

 

 

Convertible Dress in Black $84

 

 

Convertible Dress in Grey $84 (left), Reversible Tank in Sage $48, Pleated Pants in Sage $68 (right)

 


Reversible Tank in Grey $48, Pleated Pants in Grey $68

 

 

Convertible Dress in Black $84 (left), Reversible Tank in Sage $48 (right)

 

 

Reversible Tank in Black $48, Pleated Pants in Black $68

 


Convertible Dress in Grey $84

 

CREATIVE DIRECTION: Jennifer Cheng   |   PHOTOGRAPHY: Danny Nguyen   |   MODEL: Susan Lam
HAIR & MAKEUP: Kestra Goldman   |   PROP STYLING: Ema Walters

 

Kastor & Pollux’s Spring/Summer 2014 GAEA Collection is here!!! We’ve been working on this project for quite some time and are so happy to finally share it with you in all its glory. Besides the totally killer lookbook and accompanying video we shot with a dream team of wonderfully talented friends, the 8-piece collection is handmade (by us!!!) in Toronto with eco-friendly bamboo jersey. We wanted the fruits of our labour to inspire y’all to start consuming consciously in at least one aspect of your life, so we made them as practical, versatile, and keepsake-worthy as we possibly could. We hope you love it :D

 

PEEP THE FULL LOOKBOOK:

 

And don’t forget to keep up with our fun-filled experiment #FifteenDaysofGAEA!

 



Fifteen Days of GAEA: Part 2

 

 

In an attempt to reform our fashion consumption, we embarked on an #ecofashion journey where we wear the same Kastor & Pollux dress – from our soon-to-launch s/s ’14 collection GAEA – every day for 2 weeks. It’s our way of living even a smidge more minimally and consciously in an industry that stands for the total opposite. We’re almost a week into the endeavour and we haven’t run out of outfit ideas yet. It’s amazing how different one dress can look with a lil’ creativity!!! What do you guys do to contribute to a ~responsible~ way of life? We’d love to hear some tips!

 

Click through for Fifteen Days of GAEA: Part 1 and remember to check back on Tuesday for PART 3!!!

 

Kastor & Pollux’s S/S 14 collection, GAEA, will launch on Monday, March 17. Stay tuned!



#TBT: The Art Of Cross-Coordination (part 2)

Because we’ve put *too much* information about ~The Art Of Cross-Coordination~ on the interwebs, we had to split this comprehensive #TBT post up into two parts. Last week, we reminisced on our younger yearzzz – revisiting what it felt like to 1) dress like wild things, 2) dress like we’re going to a fancy ice cream party, 3) dress like we belong in a wok, and 4) dress like we should be sleeping.

Since we didn’t want to leave you hanging (for too long), here’s the much-anticipated/equally comprehensive PART 2 of our GIF-filled cross-coordination antics with Messeca NYC circa 2012.~*~*~*~*~ Weiners included.
 

 

I N T E R G A L A C T I C,  B I T C H

Excuse our profanity, but our robotic female dog friend somehow managed to impair our /normally courteous/ Internet selves. Perhaps it was because of her inherent intergalactic tendencies, but we have the sinking suspicion it had to do with her glowing, manic eyes…(which, although are surprisingly hypnotizing, are also generally representative of all things evil). Nonetheless, our not-so-secretive subscription to the idea that everything looks better with a (completely passé) space background led us to the realization that basing our theme on this robo tekno puppy space lady was the only logical thing to do. After all, acting like robotic dogs in non-weird ways is totally natural and not an embarrassing thing to do in public at all.

If you can’t already tell, we love animals. In fact, the prospect of shooting this post with a robotic dog brought SUCH intense expressions of happyhappyjoyjoy to our faces, we passed up the opportunity to eat dinner. We realize the significance of this statement is quite frankly LACKING without a legitimate explanation, so here is our obligatory and totally not-made-up pseudo-mantra.

*Disclaimer: Do not take offense to the following two points…we’re not suggesting that eating and animals are in any way correlated. In fact, err, this post technically revolves around a fictional and not-real canine from like 2002, so your point is actually supremely invalid.

1) ANIMALS ARE IMPORTANT: Animals are inspirational because they are creatures that walk this earth with no intention but to make us happy and reproduce and promote world peace. Their beauty is unprecedented, unquantifiable, and much too plentiful to explain with human words. (Also, Bianca has a dog and his full name is Harrison Ford, so I think that says everything about everything.)

2) NOURISHMENT IS IMPORTANT: We are fortunate enough to have food to put on our plates to sustain our bodies as we live our lives in beautiful ways. Without food, we would be unable to bring you this post today. Without food, Harrison Ford (both the dog and the person), would go hungry. Without food, we’d be generally sad :(

If you remember the age of robotic toy animals, then you’ll definitely be able to revisit the special place in your heart that you held, (and are probably still holding), for your Tekno/Poo-Chi/Robopet etc etc. Acting in the place of a real, live dog, your electronic puppy responded to commands, walked around, picked up its bone, barked a battery-fueled bark, and made you feel like you had a real friend. We say all of these things with utmost certainty because we were (hypothetically) those kids you saw in those commercials with the jingles that not only spoke about love and puppy kisses, but also produced “aww cuteness!!!” squeals ON DEMAND.

If you’re confident in your intergalactic bitch dressing abilities, you deserve a rub on the belly and a high five or something. Just remember to check both ways before you cross the street and pick up your poop before you head into the real world.

Also…in regards to the image above: we are either being obedient pups playing dead or we have all suffocated because of the entire NO OXYGEN IN SPACE scenario. You can decide, he he.

What you’ll need:
-A Tekno puppy.
-Dark colours. The shinier and more galaxy-like the better.
-Silver *accents* in the form of fancy jewelry or your hair. (Tin foil hats are optional).
-Boots that look like they could be used to a) walk on the moon b) moonwalk c) walk your dog in an intergalactic setting.
 

 

R E L I S H  A N D  E M B E L L I S H

You wouldn’t eat just a hotdog on a bun, nor would you go near a naked hamburger. Hell, would you even look twice at a plate/box/holder thing of plain and lonely frenchy fries? Wouldn’t you be more inclined to tilt your head to a 70 degree angle and scream to the heavens, “IS THIS IT?! AM I SUPPOSED TO FEEL THIS EMPTY?! WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE?!” (?!?!?!?!) Yeah. We thought so.

Though we are by no means located in heaven, we DO have the answer to your burning questions. In fact, we may even go so far as saying we have the solution to remedy the empty space in your soul reserved for something really special. If you’re still unsure as what we’re referring to, fret no more. Because the secret to life, existing, and really fancy culinary eatsz is…drumroll, please…

Condiments.

What is food without ketchup, mustard, and relish? What is life without a little PIZZAZZ? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Which is why we decided to pay tribute to the extravaganza that is condiments, by dressing in their colours. Taking a cue from the Fall 2012 runways, condiments are so on-trend we almost have trouble keeping up with them. Jonah Hill is on point with his hot dog costume, though. His ketchup bow says, “I’m fashionable” and perfectly compliments his velveteen buns. 

What you’ll need:
-Red or burgundy floral clothing to emulate ketchup
-Mustard-coloured clothing to reference mustard, of course
-Olive green clothing to mimic the rich hues of relish
-Beanies, to resemble the tips of sauce bottles
 
*Note: other condiments such as mayonnaise, onions, bacon bits, etc, will suffice as inspiration
 

 

P A R F A I T  P A R F A I T

Let’s discuss the wonderful invention that sparked today’s outfits: parfaits. I know what you’re thinking – “it’s just a dessert.” But alas, to us, it is not just a dessert; it’s a bonanza of berries and cream and granola and honey… We declare it the best dessert ever. And before you argue with us, here’s proof:

Yup. Feast your eyes on the one and only Joseph Gordon-Levitt, just about to share a sweet, succulent kiss with a parfait in a business suit. Only the most sacred are allowed anywhere near his lips. Now that our point is validated, we are moving forward. Parfaits offer (almost) all of the food groups in a handheld cup, not to mention how amazing they taste. You can even substitute the whipped cream for yogurt and you’ve got a healthy snack!!! It’s no wonder we want to be them.

 

If you’re totally into parfaits, or want a chance at getting up close and personal with Joseph, you will need:
– White clothing, preferably in smooth silk to mimic cream and/or yogurt
– Textures akin to granola, such as a chunky sweater or scarf in taupe
– Blue/grey accents, like blueberries!!!
– Pink or red clothing, to layer up like you’d layer up strawberries

*Disclaimer: we do not guarantee in any way, shape, or form, a date and/or makeout session with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. This is something not even we can achieve despite looking almost exactly like a parfait parfait.*
 

 

G A R D E N  M E R M A I D S

Hello, and welcome to the eighth and final installment our guide to cross-coordination, here at Messeca. Though we are beyond saddened by the end of this long and questionable path we’ve chosen to embark on, if you’ve gained a better understanding of us and a new, *shiny* way of altering your perception to see inspiration in all mundane things that life presents to you, or just more experience in cross-coordinating with your best friend, then we’ve conquered everything we could ever hope/imagine/dream to do. And because of that, we can now die happily and in a bed of flowers surrounded by woodland creatures, and also food.

 

As children, we were brought up to believe in things that were scientifically proven to be false. “Life is only what you make it,” said someone very wise…and we believed it. Interested in living life to the fullest, we ignored facts and instead, opted for being generally magical. Back in the day, adults would look at us and shake their heads, both saddened and insulted that our parents encouraged our imaginations to run wild and free, while the other teenagers our age made fun of us for not having a “strong enough grip on reality”. Scandalizing, we know. However, now that we are considerably grown up, we know we were right all along. Because mermaids not only exist…they are also available for purchase in concrete form at PhenomeGNOME,
(which is by far the best name for a gnome shop ever). If you chose to never truly grow up, or you just like looking like MAGIC, then you may decide to purchase one for ample garden mermaid statue referencing.

What you’ll need:
-Either very form-fitting or very loose-and-flowy clothing in gold or seafoam
-Sparkly pearl jewelry
-Flowers for your head or enormous novelty ones to carry around with you
~ Extra points if you can rock a seashell bra ~
 

 

AND NOW U KNOW. Lolz.

 




 



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