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Quick 5 “On The Go” GAIAM Giveaway with Kaylee Johnston

Posted on: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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With warmer weather right around the corner (warmer weather is coming guys, we swear) it’s time to choose your summer anthem! Good thing you visit HerCastleGirls.com because we’ve got a essential new track for you along with a wonderful prize pack for you to win from GAIAM! We recently chatted with Canadian recording artist Kaylee Johnston who has gained quite the following with songs like, Are You The One and Gone. Her latest offering is an inspired song called Getting Over You, which is part of her infectious new self-titled EP to be released June 3. When Kaylee isn’t sharing the stage with artists like Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianna’s Trench or One Republic, she’s taking meetings with producers, travelling to perform and working on her music. To keep balanced and on-track, Kaylee incorporates Yoga into her weekly routine.

Our Chat With KAYLEE JOHNSTON!

1. Tell our readers and followers about your current single, “Getting Over You”.

“Getting Over You” is the first single off my new EP! It’s about what’s on the other side of heartbreak. Whenever something ends in our life it can be so painful, and that’s how I was feeling when I wrote the song. What I’ve learned since is heartbreak is AWESOME in that it’s an opportunity to let go of the things that aren’t working for us, and fall even more in love with who we are and what we have to offer!

2. As we listened to Getting Over You, we felt you were encouraging us Ladies to be empowered through any obstacle or situation. We think that part of that includes taking care of ones self. We know you practice yoga. How long have you practiced and what does yoga do for you?

So glad you picked up on that! Haha. Yes, I am all about empowerment, and I think it starts from within. We have to be able to believe in ourselves to get through the never-ending obstacle course of life. For me, yoga is like my re-set button. I’ve been practicing for over 10 years. When I’m feeling burnt out or stressed, yoga rejuvenates me.

3. Let’s cover some getting to know you questions in! As an on the go girl, is there if there was any place in the world that you could go, where would it be and why?

I am dying to go to Bali. I live such a fast pace life, and I would love to go away for an extended period of time and just chill out, drink tea, meditate, and watch sunsets.

4. When it comes to Netflix, What have you been bingeing on recently?

Last Tango in Halifax! It’s about this old couple who loved each other when they were in high school but never told each other. Then they meet up later in life and pick up where they left off. It gives me the feels every time!

5. If you could only be one, Would you prefer to be smart or happy, and why?

HAPPY! I’d like to think I’m both, but sometimes the ‘smart’ side of me over-analyzes and over-thinks. I’m always looking for ways to shut my brain off and just be present.

gaiam, yoga, lifestyle, active lifestyleNow that you know what Kaylee does to stay balanced while she handles her day, GAIAM invites you to do the same! Enter our contest today for a chance to win the Following Prize Pack!

The prize pack includes:

• CD of new Kaylee Johnston EP

• Gaiam On The Go Yoga Mat Carrier

• Gaiam 5mm Premium Reversible Yoga Mat

• Gaiam Yoga Block

HOW TO ENTER:

Follow HerCastleGirls.com Instagram @HerCastleGirls

Like the picture of GAIAM Prize Pack on @HerCastleGirls instagram. Share with your friends using the hashtags #GAIAMxKaylee #OnTheGoYoga

Contest is open to Canadian followers only (Sorry US Peeps), and contest closes June 3rd, 2016 at 8pm eastern time. Winner will be announced on Instagram & Twitter.

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Summer Music with BESTIVAL 2016: June 11- 12

Posted on: Monday, May 16, 2016

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The Cure headlines Toronto’s Bestival Fest 2016

Summer in Toronto means weekly music festivals where concert goers can get their fill of live music from various artists, established and new. This year, we are excited for BESTIVAL 2016. Last year, we took in the Bestival weekend which was hosted on Toronto Island. This was the first to be held in Toronto and we have to say, it truly stood out as one of the most unique festivals we’ve attended in the city. This year, BESTIVAL will take place at Woodbine Park, Toronto. Expect huge, historic names like The Cure, Tame Impala, and Grimes! The full line-up is below and make sure to check out BESTIVAL Toronto online.

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Today’s Renaissance: Creator Kyle Kofsky

Posted on: Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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Kyle Kofsky

A true artist realizes Art can take place in many forms, therefore, an artist can do many things and become many things. Kyle Kofsky is a great example of an Artist who has molded the term to his terms. The Director, Casting Director, Film Producer and Creator has carved out his own niche in Toronto and through video and film, he has made a mark not to be forgotten.

Our friend not only creates, but he fosters and contributes to the world of arts, including Toronto’s International Film Festival. Learn more about Kyle through our insightful interview with him about the industry of film, business and branding.

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For Everyone! The Moto Jacket

Posted on: Sunday, May 8, 2016

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Date Night, Rock Concert Look, Party Night or Business Chic with Giant Tiger’s Moto Jacket 

The Moto Jacket never gets tired. If you take a walk through any retail store, you will see an interpretation of the Moto in Vegan and Genuine Leathers. Upon cruising through a local Giant Tiger location in our home town of Mississauga, I laid eyes on a well-tailored moto jacket with all the zippers in place. What made me question life was the price tag which read $35.00. Yes, Thirty-five dollars!

The quality here is incredible and the compliments that we get daily from our jackets is pretty impressive, considering that it IS just a leather jacket. The Moto can take many forms! Personal style shines when you wear this staple. See how we, along with our blogging and styling girlfriends Elana Camille and Aliecia Brissett, take the moto on a different path to suit our personal style. Whether it be Date night, Rock Show Night, Party Night, or Business Chic, the moto jacket will travel with you, through your wardrobe journey!
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Photography by Elana Camille

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GIANT TIGER #SHARETHESECRET

Posted on: Sunday, May 1, 2016

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Recently, we had a close encounter with the latest Spring and Summer items coming from Giant Tiger. Known as the affordable Lifestyle retailer, Giant Tiger is making a name for itself for many Canadian families and households. Giant Tiger debuted its new exclusive Women’s Wear brands - Lily Morgan, mySTYLE and ACX Active - to a packed house at The Richmond. Fashion illustrator Beckie DiLeo was on hand to document guests and their outfits through the evening. As a fabulous treat, we were also encouraged to “take a pair” from Giant Tiger’s Shoe and Purse pop-up!

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Outstanding Looks from FAT Toronto!

Posted on: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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Evan Biddell dedicated his runway to David Bowie and his first lady, Iman.

Fashion Art Toronto is the perfect mixture of all three elements. Each element feeds each other and inspires each other. This season at Toronto’s alternative Fashion Week, we saw many established and new designers hit the runway with their collections. We went through every show, looking for the outstanding looks we loved and if was difficult to choose. The talent pool is Canada is so full! We have some incredible artists that dwell among us. Check out stand out looks from the shows below.

Amplify Apparel

Amplify Apparel

Dilly Daisy

Dilly Daisy

Dilly Daisy

Dilly Daisy

Du Laree Andy Jones

Du Laree Andy Jones

Du Laree Andy Jones

Du Laree Andy Jones

Elizabeth Elwood

Elizabeth Elwood

Elizabeth Elwood

Elizabeth Elwood

FionaX.Sun

FionaX.Sun

Happy Andrada

Happy Andrada

Henry Navarro

Henry Navarro

House of Etiquette

House of Etiquette

Iskon Mode

Iskon Mode

Kealan Sullivan

Kealan Sullivan

La Femme Theberge

La Femme Theberge

La Femme Theberge

La Femme Theberge

Lesley Hampton

Lesley Hampton

Luomo Strano

Luomo Strano

Lushyne

Lushyne

Marie Copps

Marie Copps

Neotenyi Apparel

Neotenyi Apparel

Nuvango

Nuvango

Nuvango

Nuvango

Ryan Alexander

Ryan Alexander

Ryan Alexander

Ryan Alexander

Starkers

Starkers

Sun Sun

Sun Sun

Sun Sun

Sun Sun

Wallace Playford

Wallace Playford

 Images taken by Jonathan Hooper

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TFW FW16: RUDSAK is BACK

Posted on: Sunday, April 3, 2016

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Rudsak had everyone’s full attention at Toronto Fashion Week.

The outerwear industry in Canada is a competitive one. Because of our cold temperatures, we are expected to create the most innovative, durable, yet fashionable coats and jackets. The world is watching! Among the many outerwear brands, Rudsak has always been a favorite, not only for Fashion Insiders, but the general public who want to keep warm and fashionable. Rudsak has many locations, taking residence in most high-end, tourism malls. With the growth the company and new collaboration with Metric‘s Emily Haines, insiders figured Rudsak would take a breather and not present at Toronto Fashion Week. Insiders were wrong.

Not only did the brand present a full on collection, strong on coats & accessories, but the show captured the audience! It was a show of strength and triumph with tribal drums and dramatic music. The message? Rudsak ain’t going NO WHERE! For those of us who enjoy Rudsak accessories (we love their handbags), the designs is only getting better along with interesting separates and options for styling. Check out our fav looks below along with backstage images!

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Photo credit: George Pimentel

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TFW FW16: Coco & Breezy Take Toronto With Their Eyewear & Triarchy

Posted on: Sunday, April 3, 2016

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Coco & Breezy take over Brimz Hat Boutique

The first time I saw the dynamic twin duo, Coco & Breezy, I was fascinated with their shaved heads and colorful fashion sense. At the time, I too had a shaved head, so I felt a connection to them.

The stylish sisters have now launched their eye wear collection in Canada and celebrated the launch at Toronto’s Brimz Hat Boutique on Queen Street West. Over lunch cocktails we tried on some Frames, chatted with the ladies, posed for selfies and had a great time! The venue was perfect only because you can try on hats and shades at the same time! Later that  evening, the twins walked the runway for denim lifestyle brand, TRIARCHY and then hosted Fashion Magazine‘s Toronto Fashion Week After-Party at The Everleigh. Coco & Breezy had a full schedule that day, but through it all their spirits seemed high and they were always ready to say Hello and chat. Their shades are unique, but well thought in design. There are pairs meant for the minimalist to the eccentric!
Coco & Breezy Eyewear at BRIMZ Hat Boutique:
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Coco & Breezy caught in selfie mode with us HerCastleGirls. They adored that Telly and I were sisters working together too.

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Coco & Breezy Walk for TRIARCHY:

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Coco & Breezy Host Fashion Magazine’s Toronto Fashion Week After Party:

Wardrobe Change for Coco & Breezy

Wardrobe Change for Coco & Breezy

Just before we got rid of our coats to enjoy the evening while Coco & Breezy Dj'd.

Just before we got rid of our coats to enjoy the evening while Coco & Breezy Dj’d.

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 Images provided by SHEEK PR

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