Let’s Talk About is a podcast presented by STYLE Canada, a disruptor in the media for its community of inquisitive STYLE seekers. STYLE Canada aims to help its band of readers, listeners and watchers make everyday discoveries, because its platform is not just about style – it’s about living a lifestyle that leaves people open to evolution and opportunity.

We talk a lot. About common ground, hobbies, interests, the news – we even talk about ourselves. Let’s Talk About the other things. The things we’ve heard about, but don’t know about. The things we want to know, but don’t want to ask. Perhaps even things that make us uncomfortable. Expanding your horizons of knowledge allows you to open your mind up to new ideas, patterns of thought, and inspiration. Each week on Let’s Talk About…, host Elise Gasbarrino chats with an expert to help you grow and become comfortable with asking questions about your curiosities.

“The gut has such an important role in your whole body. So, when you think of living a healthy life, you have to focus on the gut or else you’re just kind of missing the boat there,” Dr. Lori Bouchard told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About.

Dr. Lori Bouchard has a passion for neuropathic healing and has dedicated her life to helping her patients find alternative ways to dealing with complicated diseases such as Lyme disease, chronic fatigue, and more.

“When you’re in those low places in your life, [makeup] is an amazing tool to bring back your confidence. From that point on, I knew that I wanted to do makeup not only for just the beauty aspect of it, but also to help people bring back their confidence and charisma,” Julia Dantas told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About.

Julia Dantas is a small-town, Canadian girl who has always had a passion for makeup and the desire to build her own business. She is a successful content creator and educator who turned her makeup experience into an education academy where she teaches her students all that there is to know about makeup, and how to go after their dreams.

“With the pandemic, especially as so many of us are working from home now, our bedroom has become kind of the catch of all rooms, right? It’s our home office, it’s our kid’s classroom, it’s our escape, it’s our entertainment center. But, It’s really important to create that strong association between sleep and your bed,” Alanna McGinn told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About.

Alanna is the founder and certified sleep expert behind Good Night Sleep Site, the number one sleep resource for families as her and her team strive to help patients overcome their sleep challenges and develop better sleeping habits.

“You’ve got to go inside of yourself. A lot of what we do is this alchemy of calling up the fears, calling up the lack, calling up all of the things that sabotage us because, in a way, there’s really nothing between you and what you want except for these blocks,” Kelley Knight told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About.

Kelley Knight is the co-owner of Modern Mystic Shop, a metaphysical store located in Atlanta, Georgia, where she shares the goal of bringing mysticism into mainstream society. Kelley frequently applies her ancient, spiritual knowledge to the modern-day world through her branding and practices of magic, with herself and with those that she teaches.

“It’s going to be insane. I have no idea what you’ll see or won’t see but I know what happened and it was all pretty crazy,” Meredith Marks told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About.

Meredith Marks is an award-winning celebrity jewelry designer. Born and raised in Chicago, Meredith graduated from Law school, worked as a model, owned her own health club, worked in real estate and is a full time mother. She truly has done it all!

“You cannot avoid suffering. Grieving is part of life, it’s as part of life as joy. You know, love and loss are two sides of the same coin and we keep wanting to forget about it and ignore the loss but we can’t. If we do, we do it at our peril,” Julia Samuel told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About.

Julia Samuel is a leading Psychotherapist in the United Kingdom, and has successfully owned her own private practice for almost 30 years. She founded a bereavement service for children and has a best-selling novel, Grief Works.

“It doesn’t matter at what stage you’re at. Don’t try to keep up with the person next door. They’re probably in more debt than you’ve ever even thought of getting into debt,” Pattie Lovett-Reid told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About.

Pattie Lovett-Reid is a highly respected Canadian, financial guru. She is CTV News’ Chief Financial Commentator and coaches their viewers on how to save money, stretch their incomes, and how to get the best bang-for-their-buck in the finance world.

“Anytime you learn something new or try something new, you’re growing a new neuropathway or a set of new neuropathways and those are neuroprotective. The more new neuropathway formation you have, the better protected you are against the cognitive decline that inevitably accompanies aging,” Daniel Levitin told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About.

Dr. Daniel Levitin is a Professor of Psychology at McGill University in Canada. He is a best-selling author and was previously a record engineer alongside many recording artists such as, Stevie Wonder and Santana.

“There has been studies on what is called “body talk” or “fat talk” and it is interesting because when you are talking about bodies, whether it be people you know or people in the media, you actually feel worse about yourself,” Susan Osher told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About.

Susan Osher is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietician and Nutrition Therapist with over 20 years of experience in the field. Susan has worked with eating disorder treatment programs and facilities in Toronto such as SickKids and Toronto General.

“A lot of people have a role that they want to fill, I do it the opposite. I find people and then I put them into a role, I create a role- it doesn’t always work, it’s kind of a weird way of working, but there are many times where I’ll meet somebody, I’ll interview somebody, I’ve worked with somebody and I love their attitude, I love their aesthetic,” Joe Mimran told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About.

“Don’t be scared by it, if you love what you do and you know you want to do that, go for it, take that chance – you never know until you try,” Jenna and Ashley told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About.Joe Mimran is one of Canada’s most well-known and respected business entrepreneurs, investors and creative visionaries. Known for his role in the popular show Dragon’s Den, Joe is now the chairman of a venture investment firm- which he co-founded. This firm was built to empower and aid our next generation’s entrepreneurial dreams.

“Have fun with fashion, I don’t think you always have to look like a perfect hourglass or the version of that to love fashion and be wearing what you’re wearing,” Hilary MacMillan told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About

Hilary MacMillan is a Canadian fashion designer and the creator of her own namesake clothing line. Hilary focuses her brand on its affordability, inclusivity and cruelty-free ethics. She created her own line with the intention to create a more inclusive brand in the fashion industry after realizing that many other brands are missing a large market by not embracing individual women, equally.

“Don’t be scared by it, if you love what you do and you know you want to do that, go for it, take that chance – you never know until you try,” Jenna and Ashley told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About.

Jenna and Ashley are twin sisters from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Together, they opened Jenna Rae Cakes in 2014, which has grown into multiple locations, media features and a cookbook release.

“The moments of most clarity in people’s lives come from difficulty or seeing someone they love go through something hard- and it deepens that empathy within them,” Komal Minhas told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About.

Komal is the founder of Karseva Co. a company focused on building individual and societal resilience through training programs, media production and investing. Through this work, Komal discusses powerful conversations and experiences with her audience and plays the roles of interviewer, educator, investor and champion for women worldwide.

“It’s really important to find that place or those people that really keep you grounded and hold on to them for dear life and go to them when you start to feel a little crazy,” Hailey Whitters told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About.”⁠

@haileywhitters discusses her experience in her career as a musician, success and the best advice that she has heard along the way.

“Listen to that voice inside of you, because it’s the only voice that isn’t impacted by societal points of view,” Serena Kerrigan told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About.⁠

@serenakerrigan discusses finding the trust to listen to her gut and inner voice which has led to amazing opportunities. Over the pandemic, she created the first ever Instagram Live reality show, Let’s Fucking Date where she live streams virtual blind dates which has amassed over 5 million views. ⁠

“I know that I work hard, I know that I put in time, but it doesn’t feel like work. It certainly doesn’t because I love this – I love country music, I love my family, I love my vodka company, I love to work. So finding your passion is so important, especially now,” Brett Kissel told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About.⁠

@brettkissel has become known as Canada’s most dynamic country music artist, before the age of 30. He discusses finding the joys in your life and pursuing them as much as you can to fulfill your happiness.

“All around the world, all across the globe, we have athletes who are not able to train to their maximum potential,” Perdita Felicien told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About.⁠

As a two-time Olympian, ten-time national champion and the first Canadian woman to win a world championship gold medal in track and field

@perditafelicien discusses the differences she sees with olympians today. Olympians training to compete in Tokyo are facing hardships that past Olympians have not experienced with pandemic. This has led to limited resources and training availability.⁠

“My life is more than just me. I think that through my business, through my advocacy for disability awareness and mental health awareness, that I’ll be able to create something and affect people for longer than I’ll ever be alive,” Taylor Lindsay-Noel told our Editor in Chief, Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About.⁠

@taylorln was a Canadian national gymnast and in 2008 was in a devastating accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down. Lindsay has taken her experience and utilized it to advocate for mental health and disability awareness.⁠ On the podcast, she discusses her internal struggles and mental health journey and the impact that it has had on life.⁠

“I wanted to kind of combine them and create a clothing line that can play luxury but also rustic, and also be more than one dimensional,” Luke Gulbranson told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About.⁠

@lukegulbranson is the founder of R_CO, a rustic-luxury clothing brand that specializes in apparel, handcrafted jewelry and fragrances. Taking inspiration from the outdoors he created a brand for those seeking a luxurious element.

“Period poverty is a subset of poverty, and if people are in poverty they are not buying period products – therefore they are not being able to menstruate with dignity,” Carrine Chambers-Saini told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About.⁠

Carrine Chambers-Saini @carinnedivacup is the founder and CEO of @thedivacup which has sold over 6.5 million products in over 40 countries. With her passion for women’s health, she talks about her goals behind discussing period poverty.⁠

She emphasizes the importance of dialogue surrounding the topic to eradicate the stigma surrounding the conversation on periods.⁠

“Not only are we being marginalized and persecuted, but now we’re getting sick as well and the rest of the world doesn’t care,” Brad Fraser told Elise Gasbarrino on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About Podcast.

Brad Fraser, best known for his playwrights, came onto the podcast this week to discuss the LGBTQ2+ community and the times he faced when he lived through the 1980’s AIDS epidemic.

He speaks on how impactful it is that over the years the LGBTQ+ community has come together as a unified group to speak their truth.

Meet Jenn Harper, “the founder and CEO of Cheekbone Beauty, a DTC beauty brand that encourages and allows Indigenous youths to see themselves represented in the beauty industry.”

Today marks National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. To honour the Indigenous peoples of Canada we wanted to highlight a woman discussing the narrative surrounding Indigenous representation in the beauty industry, sustainability and more.


⁠This week on Let’s Talk About, @cheekbonewarrior talks about her socially conscious decision to use and promote sustainable products and packaging with her brand and the gap that exists with representation of Indigenous peoples in the beauty world.⁠

“Why aren’t we using data to inform a decision as important as whether and when and how we want to have kids?” ⁠The answer? Women don’t have all of the information available to them.⁠

This week on Let’s Talk About, our Editor in Chief, @elisegasbarrino sits down with @allygagaatkins, CEO of @hellolilia_ to explain the importance of fertility education and why women of all ages should be provided with every resource available so they can be proactive about their futures.

In this episode of “Let’s Talk About…” the former parliamentary secretary powerhouse @mpcelina chatted with our Editor in Chief @elisegasbarrino about all things leadership, racism, politics and everything in between.

While in parliament, she found the more she talked about mental health, equity and racism, the more her voice wasn’t heard. Celina shares why she left politics, and how people are stepping up and listening to what she has to say.

Check out her new memoir and leadership book, “Can You Hear Me Now”, a funny, self-aware, confessional that fiercely looks at how failing badly and screwing things up are the most powerful lessons. Grab your copy @penguinrandomca.

Though Tayshia (@tayshia) ended the show engaged to New Yorker Zac Clarke, her season of The Bachelorette is well-known for discussing important social issues such as the Black Lives Matter movement, which Tayshia and contestant Ivan Hall shared an intimate conversation about.⁠

As the first biracial lead on the show, the bride-to-be became a shining example of authenticity on reality TV. A proud daughter of a Black father and Latina mother, she is proud of her heritage on both sides.⁠ Learn more in our exclusive interview with Tayshia Adams on this weeks podcast.

What’s your Kegel face? Even if you’ve never practiced in front of the mirror, Kim Vopni (@vaginacoach) knows you have one.⁠ This week on Let’s Talk About, STYLE Canada’s Editor-in-Chief, Elise Gasbarrino, got a full-on Kegel lesson from Vopni who’s also know as “The Vagina Coach”. ⁠

⁠While pregnant with her first child, Vopni became passionate about pelvic health and began sharing information on things like Kegel exercises and just how important they are to practice.⁠

P.S: Did you know that they way you’re slouching at your computer while reading this does not allow your pelvic muscles to sit at optimal resting length? According to Vopni, your posture doesn’t allow for full support of your organs either.⁠

“You know, I love dressing up… but the minute I get home, I take those heels off and I get into comfy clothes,” said Kameron Westport. Kam also admitted that at this stage in the pandemic, she’s purchased so many tracksuits that she has no more room for them in her closet.⁠

Kam is known for being one of the most fashionable Real Housewives of Dallas, and her love for the colour pink has influenced her new tracksuit collection. It also led her to adopt the mantras, “blonde by birth, pink by choice” and “fashion can be comfort”.⁠

Although Kam is a high-style queen on-screen, she told us how great it was to dress in comfy clothes throughout lockdown.⁠ Check out more of our exclusive interview with Kameron Westcott on this podcast episode.

“It’s an honour to work alongside the Joe Fresh team and create a swimwear collection that women of all shapes and sizes can feel confident wearing,” said Earle. “Together, we have developed beautiful pieces that truly embody the #MySizeRox movement, which aims to promote body positivity and inclusivity for all body sizes.”⁠

Since 2017, Canadian fashion retailer @joefresh has continued to expand its extended size collection in various categories including sportswear, athletic wear, sleepwear, and most recently, swimwear.⁠ Beginning Thursday, May 13, body-positive activist @luxuriousroxy‘s limited-edition swimwear capsule collection in collaboration with Joe Fresh will be available online and in select retail stores, just in time for summer.⁠


As the founder of Luxurious Roxy, Earle has shifted the meaning of plus-size beauty and has brought empowerment to women of all shapes and sizes ever since her appearance on The Real Housewives of Toronto. And this week on #LetsTalkAbout, she tells Editor-in-Chief, Elise Gasbarrino, all.⁠

With seven kids and millions of followers between them, Cat & Nat challenge every notion of “the perfect mom” and explain how on Mother’s Day, the best gift may be having to do nothing, at all.⁠

This week on Lets Talk About, @catandnat (a.k.a Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer) put what Moms actually want for Mother’s Day into perspective for us.⁠


The Toronto-based friends aim to connect women and moms online with the hope that their #MomTruths dismantle self-created motherhood ideals and unrealistic portrayals of what motherhood “should” be like on social media and TV. Cat & Nat are also the founders of @taylivibrand and have their very own podcast, @momtruthspodcast.⁠

The message? Eating a cruelty-free diet can still be filled with delicious, plant-based recipes, and hot for food all day is jam-packed with them. From mac and cheese to burgers to tacos and even cheesecake, Toyota shows you how to do it all.

This week on Let’s Talk About, STYLE Canada‘s Editor-in-Chief, Elise Gasbarrino, chats with Lauren Toyota about veganism. She explains how through hot for food, she focuses on meals that are typically not recognized as being vegan because they taste so flavourful and resemble animal-based classics.
 
Prior to becoming an expert in vegan living, recipe development, and digital content creation, Toyota was the host of MTV Canada’s After Degrassi. Now, she’s a bestselling author of two cookbooks: Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes To Feed Your Face and the recently released hot for food all day: easy recipes to level up your vegan meals.
 
Among other accolades, Toyota was named Canada’s Most Influential Vegan by IMPACT magazine in 2017, and it’s no wonder why. For as long as hot for food has been around, she’s made it her mission to let everyone know that eating vegan does not have to compromise the flavour or enjoyment of food.
On this week’s episode of #LetsTalkAbout, Editor-in-Chief, Elise Gasbarrino, is joined by a very special guest. You probably already know @themaryfitzgerald from her lead role on @netflix’s hit show, Selling Sunset, but there’s so much more to this reality star.⁠

Mary is one of the incredible women at @theoppenheimgroup, selling multimillion-dollar homes in Beverly Hills. Representing both buyers and sellers in L.A.’s luxury real estate market is no small feat – Fitzgerald sets herself apart with consistent integrity and an unrivaled work ethic.⁠

Throughout the past three seasons of Selling Sunset, people around the world have caught glimpses of the passion and drive that Mary employs in both her job and personal life. And fortunately for her fans, the show has just been renewed for a fourth and fifth season.

On Wednesdays we wear pink, and on Wednesday, April 14, we wear it to symbolize that we do not tolerate bullying.⁠ The International Day of Pink recognizes that discrimination takes many shapes, whether it’s based on race, age, disabilities, gender, or sexuality.

 It also acknowledges that the 2SLGBTQIA+ community is no stranger to the bullying and violence that stems from hateful beliefs.⁠

While progress has been made towards removing these social barriers from our society, discrimination still persists. So, every year, on the second Wednesday of April, people around the world put on a pink shirt and stand in solidarity with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community to continue fighting for equality and acceptance.⁠

This week on #LetsTalkAbout, Editor-in-Chief, Elise Gasbarrino, is joined by three advocates that have worked with organizations around Canada to spread this message and encourage young activists to stand up: Jeremy Dias (@jersvision), John R. Sylliboy (@jrs42), and Melissa and Warner.

Finding pleasure is a revolution. Where society has told women to feel guilty or ashamed for embracing pleasures, Loyst shows you how to get to the heart of what you need and want in every aspect of life. Finding pleasure is also a large part of living well, which Loyst discusses with STYLE Canada‘s Editor-in-Chief, Elise Gasbarrino, on our podcast this week!

You may know @cynthialoyst as one of the #LeadingLadies on The Social, but we can confirm she’s much more than that. Cynthia is an award-winning sex educator, advice columnist, bestselling author of Find Your Pleasure (the book) and @fypleasure (the platform), a destination dedicated to decadence, sensuality, indulgence, and pure, unadulterated joy.

Have you ever wondered about how to be an ally to people of colour without taking performative action against racism? Avery Francis can help you figure that out.

Throughout the past three seasons of Selling Sunset, people around the world have caught glimpses of the passion and drive that Mary employs in both her job and personal life. And fortunately for her fans, the show has just been renewed for a fourth and fifth season.

This week we’re talking about HOME DECOR with Kortney Wilson.

Kortney is the co-host and lead designer of HGTV’s hit show, Masters of Flip, and a fellow Canadian, growing up in Northern Ontario. With an eye on a country music career, Kortney moved to Nashville to pursue that dream. Her immediate success lead to her lengthy career in show business including record deals and reality shows. Along with her husband of the time, Dave Wilson, Kortney began to flip houses – mostly in pursuit of making money in between gigs. After that, Kortney and Dave flipped over 125 homes. After their recent separation, Kortney has begun managing flips herself and has founded Kort & Co, a line of stylish and affordable home products sold across Canada. As an award-winning realtor, TV show host, author and entrepreneur Kortney really does it all, but credits herself for her greatest accomplishment of all – motherhood. After 6 years of Masters of Flip, Kortney has moved on to a brand new HGTV series, Making it Home.

This week we’re talking about MENTAL HEALTH with Megan Gallagher.

Gallagher is the Mental Health Guru for Millennials, who has struggled with anxiety and body image issues throughout her life and remembers feeling anxious about not being “pretty enough” herself. Today, Megan has spoken at over 750 universities across the country, given two TED talks, and even created a wellness/fitness video series with Sports Illustrated Swim cover model, Kate Bock.

 

On Let’s Talk About, Gallagher speaks about mental health answering the tough questions like “what if COVID never ends? What if we never get out of this?” According to Megan, these types of questions signal anticipatory anxiety – otherwise known as stress that comes with thinking about what will happen in the future.

 

On our first episode of Let’s Talk About, Editor-in-Chief Elise Gasbarrino, chats with industry icon Jeanne Beker about all things fashion.

Beker is a journalist, author, the host of her own podcast Beyond Style Matters, and the host of Style Matters for Today’s Shopping Choice.
 
On Let’s Talk About, Beker speaks on the difference between style and fashion, being empowered by what you wear, and feeling good about yourself in your clothes on a daily basis. While the idea of being “uncomfortable” can be good in the name of style, Beker stands behind women needing to be comfortable with themselves first.

 

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