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.
 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.

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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. ⁠

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.” ⁠

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.⁠

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.⁠
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“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.”⁠

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.⁠

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.⁠

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.⁠

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.⁠

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.
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.
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.

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.

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!

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.
This week on the podcast, Francis, who has spent her entire career helping leaders build inclusive company cultures, discusses the topic. As a Canadian entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Bloom, she advocates for diversity, inclusion and belonging.
Francis also founded Sunday Showers, a business that helps celebrate professional accomplishments by women, and the Bridge Program, a free code school for women-identifying and non-binary people in tech. Living her life as a Black woman, she knows firsthand about the intersectionality that exists in the world and what we can do to act on it.

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 showbusiness 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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