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15 Minutes with the Trollsen Twins

The TrollsenTwins are freelance stylists, fashion bloggers and vintage salesgirls from Montreal. They have a column on IXDaily.com called TrollsenTwin Talk, with posts ranging from rants on style and trends to photo shoots to features on emerging brands.

What spaces in Toronto do you find inspiring?

Hooters is a really inspiring place for us because it’s like living the American dream. It’s hard to explain but as Montrealers we don’t really get the chance to experience $1 wings in the most stereotypical setting possible. It’s like sitting in an Adam Sandler movie.

What aisle do you spend the most time in at the grocery store?

We love this question, we could talk about our favourite foods all day. We actually like to have our meetings late at night over a bowl of ice cream, it’s when we’re at our best.

Which virtue do you try to cultivate within yourself?

We’re different from each other in a lot of ways, but collectively, we’re very honest. Sometimes it’s not for the better, but we’re learning to manage how we get our message across. We’re pretty blunt and have a clear vision when we start a project, and some people haven’t been expecting it.

The receipts in your wallet would indicate what?

That we spend too much money on pho and Pocky, those cute sticks break the bank.

If you could reinvent your career and be something totally different, what would that be?

Sydney: I would be a rock star, I always wanted to be a drummer with Bon Jovi’s hair, which I only have on my best days.
Savannah: I would be a homicide detective; it’s my other dream. I’ll get there some day.

When you dream about travel, what place in the world comes to mind?

Sydney: Despite how badly The Beach ended, I want to go to that island. I just won’t walk into the pot field when I find it.

Savannah: I think about how much I miss going to Jamaica with my family when I was a kid and getting sunburns on my scalp because cornrows.

What makes you happy?

Dogs make us happy in ways that humans never could. We’re probably at our happiest when on a road trip, to Tremblant or Toronto or wherever.

What makes you cringe?
Jerks at the gym.

What quality do you loathe most in others?
We hate it when people don’t listen to us, like when they pretend they’re paying complete attention to you but they’re clearly somewhere else. One of us brought this up the other day, we just want to be heard!

What, in your opinion, is overrated?
Instagram numbers are overrated. We started our Instagram a few months ago because people started kind of insinuating that the number of followers we have would directly affect our styling gigs and whatever project we had in mind. We’re torn because we now love it and use it as a tool, but it sucks when people say no to us because of our numbers. People should be judged based on what they’ve done.

How do you feel about life at this moment?
We feel optimistic and excited, but it comes with a bit of anxiety. When you have so many goals and you feel limited by your surroundings it can get to a point where you feel like you don’t have time to do it all.

What quality do you value most in a lover?
Honestly, it’s that moment when you think to yourself, “all I want is a brick of Halloumi cheese” and he walks in with one in a grocery bag.

What is your favourite thing to do on a Saturday?
Sydney: Saturday is recovery day. I tend to sleep through most of it because I went out the night before.
Savannah: Waking up early and watching movies all day.

What is your comfort food?
Sydney: Pastries, French pastries.
Savannah: Poutine with a side of poutine.

What word or phrase should we all use more?
“I love your work”: We say it to everyone regarding everything and it really keeps us amused.

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