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Episode 40: Sewing Wins and Woes

First of all, THANK-YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ORDERED A SHIRT YOU GUYS ARE DOPE AS SHIT AND WE LOVE YOU DEARLY. We could not be more excited about it and we have the best fans in the universe.

Don’t forget there is only one way to wear it: HOWEVER THE HELL YOU WANT.

 

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This episode is all about sewing and the love/hate relationship we have with it (and we suspect all sewers have as well). But before we get into it, Abby as really been keen on Margot’s personal style choices lately and we must agree (partly because those boots are directly from our youth):

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Evan has been dancing with a local Metis dance company and invited some pals out to participate in a fundraiser. It basically turned into a Metis kitchen party complete with a fiddle player and old songs from way back when.

Katie got a brand new hair cut for the summer but, more importantly, has been making more combs and they are turning out pretty great.

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She’s also been swooning over a gorgeous First Nation cedar woven hats like this one by Haida artist and weaver Donna Cranmer (available at I-Hos Gallery):

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On to the meat of the matter: sewing is the backbone of the fashion industry and gets little attention in the grand scheme of things, especially considering how much there is to know and learn about it. It is a skill that used to be much more prevalent in the common population but has become less and less necessary to learn in the days of fast fashion.

In fashion school, all the Hags had to make a bunch of garments to learn specific skills and patterns, including this hideous vest, not for human consumption:

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A basic diagram of knits versus wovens (very basic – there are tonnes of variations of both):

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A sewing ham (or tailors ham) and sleeve ham (or banana ham as Katie calls it):

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A fashion student’s best friend: seam ripper

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Any great tips or sewing woes? Please feel free to comment below!

Obsessions!

Evan is obsessed with three things this week but we’ll allow it. He’s getting to know his indigenous background more thoroughly and has been listening to a trifecta of podcasts:
Ryan McMan’s Red Man LaughingMedia Indigena, and Skoden Chronicles.
If you are interested in indigenous cultures and Canadian indigenous history, give these a listen!

Abby has been obsessed with The Dressmaker:

 

Katie is obsessed with finding the perfect Spring jacket. It’s hard to pin down, it doesn’t have a specific shape or style or colour, but it is out there and it will be found. It isn’t any of these google images, that’s for sure.

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Thanks for listening!
As always, you can follow us on:

Instagram@fashionhagspodcast
Twitter @fashionhagspod
Facebook at Fashion Hags Podcast.

LISTEN, RATE, SUBSCRIBE on iTUNES! Don’t forget to tell your friends how great we are.

Got an idea for an episode? Email us at fashionhags@gmail.com, we love hearing from you.

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com.

Ok bye.

 

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Episode 39: Retail Nightmares with Alicia Tobin

Guess what?! We are so excited to finally have friend of the podcast and fellow podcaster Alicia Tobin to chit chat about the retail experience among many other things. If you aren’t listening to Alicia’s podcast Retail Nightmares, please stop what you are doing and change your life to accommodate for it.

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So what is up with the Hags?
Katie found a weird and lovely dress at a local vintage store and foolishly didn’t buy it. Now she lives her life in regret and sorrow (after stalking everyone in the store to make sure they didn’t have it). What a dumb dummy.
PS – if it was you who bought this dress and you don’t want it anymore, let me know because I want it! boo hoo 😦

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Aside from being a sick exo-skeleton, Evan went to Kamloops for a preview of the play Only Drunks and Children Tell The Truth about a young aboriginal family and it was stunning.

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Abby participated in a panel for Morgan Brayton’s Morgan Brayton and Other People on OutTV talking about being a Mom and mom stuff! Very exciting.
As if that wasn’t enough, she and Dave were guests on the podcast Can I Pet Your Dog as if it was no big deal at all. Check out the podcast and their amazing facebook group if you are so inclined. Also this:

Alicia has a new job that, speaking of dogs, is dog friendly and terrific. More importantly, she found her bathing suit just in time for summer and we should all be so lucky to have the right one at the right time.

So, what is the worst part of working in retail? It’s a toss-up between all-night inventory, customer service requests, returns, and cutting people out of broken dresses. Turns out retail is not for the faint of heart. For actual horror stories, please listen to Alicia’s podcast!

For the record, here’s what those laundry symbols are for those of you who don’t just throw everything in on hot.

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By the way, you can’t return a bathing suit or underwear ever at all so don’t try. It’s gross and even if it’s not gross it’s safe to assume it’s gross.

An example of a Planogram for those who are curious. It’s very technical, obviously.

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Obsessions!

Katie has been spending a bunch of time playing Settlers of Catan and tarnishing friendships in the process. This shit gets hella real.
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Evan is obsessed with a new Amazon Prime show called The Collection (and it looks amaze):


Abby is obsessed, once again, with the book created for the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the MET. It is a stunning book and worth every penny.

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Alicia is obsessed and always will be on the hunt for the perfect blue and white striped shirt. It is a lifelong battle that we all know well.

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Thank-you all so much for listening! Make sure to check out Retail Nightmares and thanks again to Alicia Tobin for such a great chat!

As always, you can follow us on:

Instagram@fashionhagspodcast
Twitter @fashionhagspod
Facebook at Fashion Hags Podcast.

LISTEN, RATE, SUBSCRIBE on iTUNES! Don’t forget to tell your friends how great we are.

Got an idea for an episode? Email us at fashionhags@gmail.com, we love hearing from you.

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com.

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Episode 38: The Superball of Fashion

 

Firstly – Git yer SHIRT HERE! LIMITED SHIT! GET THAT SHIRT, GURL!

One of the most glamorous, stupendous and ridiculous nights in the entire fashion industry is almost upon us – the MET GALA. The First Monday in May is when the high and mighty fashion influencers come out in all their finery and sashay up a giant stairway to get the picture taken (and to raise some $ for the Met Museum, but that’s secondary). Got $25,000? Maybe you can go too.

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But firsts – KIKI!

Evan got to schmooze with Pamela Anderson at an event promoting Vivienne Westwood’s “Save the Arctic” campaign. He was schwitzing his balls off but looked GREAT.

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Abby & Katie got to play coworkers and participate in a “QC” at the factory here in Vancouver that manufactures for the company that Katie  – and now Abby! – work for. A room full of dust and machines and piles and piles of fabric? SIGN US UP!

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And now for our feature –

Haven’t seen the First Monday in May yet? DO IT, YOU FOOL!

 

This year’s museum exhibition is celebrating and chronicling the work of Rei Kawakubo and her brand Comme des Garçons, one of the most influential and straight up fucking weird fashion brands to ever exist. This was one of her most recent collections –

 

One of the most memorable and successful exhibitions was the McQueen “Savage Beauty” back in 2011.  More than 650,000 people went to see it.

 

The theme of the ball reflect the subject of the exhibition that year, and sometimes it’s a smashing success and sometimes it misses the mark…

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Claire Danes wore glow-in-the-dark Zac Posen in 2016

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Karolina Kurkova wore Marchesa x IBM that interacted with social media

I don’t think this was what they had on mind went the museum asked for technology and textiles.

SJP does it RIGHT in McQueen with McQueen himself, in his family tartan at the Anglomania show in 2006

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And the Punk: Chaos to Couture show  in 2013 had some ups and downs –

 

And we can’t recommend The Eye Has to Travel enough. Just watch it already.

 

OBSESSIONS!

Abby’s finally figured out Snapchat. Well, the filters at least…

 

Katie bought the Planet Earth series so she can watch anytime, anywhere!

 

Evan found an old doc about Drag Balls from the late 1960s called “The Queen”, we gotta watch this one.

 

And one more time for the people in the back WE GOT SUPER SWEET T-SHIRTS! You should totally get one! Tons more info at The Hag Shop.

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Thank-you all so much for listening! Catch us next time 🙂

As always, you can follow us on:

Instagram@fashionhagspodcast
Twitter @fashionhagspod
Facebook at Fashion Hags Podcast.

LISTEN, RATE, SUBSCRIBE on iTUNES! Don’t forget to tell your friends how great we are.

Got an idea for an episode? Email us at fashionhags@gmail.com, we love hearing from you.

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite, also check out her blog, redbirdsuite.wordpress.com for some probably outdated posts.
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com.

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Episode 37: How Dat T-Shirt Get Made?

Have you seen our T-shirt? You really should, it’s outstanding. ORDER HERE!

Speaking of T-shirts, how do they get from soft little cotton balls to your body? This episode we looking into all the steps, machines, transportation and hands that make that happen. It might just be more complicated than you think!

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KIKI, BABY!

Evan hung out at Eco Fashion Week and got on TV! His mom is so proud. Check him and former guest Willow in this episode of ET Canada at 13:19 minutes in.

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Abby finally put that effing dresser together and then went crazy at the new COS store here in town.

Trying on pretty much the entire store 😜😜😜 @cosstores

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Katie almost cut a bitch over a vintage snowsuit at the Eastside Flea and good thing she didn’t because it was Parker Posey!

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Now that the dust has settled – on to T-SHIRTS! From the fields of Tennessee to Indonesia to Bangladesh to the floor of your local store, Planet Money has a great breakdown of how it’s all done. Check it out and listen to their podcast series about it too.

Maker’s Row also has a great article with some visuals about the process.

Here’s a video about how the cotton goes from it’s natural state to yarn:

 

And here is some footage of mesmerizing knitting machines that make the fabric that will be turned in to clothing. This can be super technical and very complex depending on the end product desired so here is one boring, albeit useful clip and then a beautiful clip from Chanel to make up for it.

 

Don’t think we’d forget about OBSESSIONS…

Abby has her finger on the pulse and tore through S-Town from NPR in a matter of days.

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Katie is also super on top of things and is finally finishing Downton Abbey (Geesh, Garnham welcome to the 21st century!)

 

Evan devoured Big Little Lies and is firmly in the pro camp for Nicole Kidman so just deal with it, mmmkay?

 

And one more time for the people in the back WE GOT SUPER SWEET T-SHIRTS! You should totally get one! Tons more info at The Hag Shop.

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Thank-you all so much for listening! Catch us next time 🙂

As always, you can follow us on:

Instagram@fashionhagspodcast
Twitter @fashionhagspod
Facebook at Fashion Hags Podcast.

LISTEN, RATE, SUBSCRIBE on iTUNES! Don’t forget to tell your friends how great we are.

Got an idea for an episode? Email us at fashionhags@gmail.com, we love hearing from you.

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite, also check out her blog, redbirdsuite.wordpress.com for some probably outdated posts.
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com.

 

 

 

 

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Episode 36: Official Fashion Hags T-Shirt with Lindsay Chetek

VERY EXCITING NEWS, HAGS!
We officially have a Fashion Hags T-shirt! It is a limited edition tee that is available RIGHT NOW at The Hag Shop (thehagshop.tictail.com). There are 50 available until April 28 at 4:00pm PST at which point they will be ordered, straight up, just for you. Get on it!

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In this episode we are joined by Lindsay Chetek, a Vancouver-based graphic and textile designer who started this whole t-shirt ball rolling.

Shall we get into it? Why yes we fucking shall.

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Evan broke all his promises and went out very late to a friendly neighbourhood drag show. You can google Pu$$y Melk on your own and feel free to delete your browser history at your convenience. The video evidence has been lost to Instagram stories so we’ll have to settle for the still life photographic version:

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Katie spent some time with the in-laws (boring) and Abby put some more time and energy into the Tarva, which can, apparently, go suck a big D.

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Podcast guest Lindsay is planning a trip to Japan and we are all extremely jealous. Muji, anyone?

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So. The fun stuff now.
Lindsay reached out to the Hags back in November about making a Hag shirt and of course we were completely on board.

Side note, this:

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She proposed some ideas and we chit-chatted it all out and came up with a goddamn powerful Fashion Hags t-shirt. You can buy one here. It looks like this and it is dope as shit:

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Bella + Canvas is the supplier we decided on and chose a Relaxed fit Black Cotton t-shirt.
For more information on their company and their social responsibility, take a look at their website here. Our shirts will be 100% cotton, super soft, not too tight, and something that the Hags themselves would buy to wear. As fashion snobs, we wanted to be sure that we were putting out something legit.

We chose a local printer in Vancouver called Visual Impact so they are printed right here in the hood.

The font of the shirt is called Majesti Banner and it came from a small font foundry called Lost Type Co-op. Support your local font artists and when you use a font, throw some money at them! We are throwing a percentage of our sales to the artist ($55 for the commercial license) so as it turns out, when you buy our shirt, you are helping for it.

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Our size chart is here (and also on the shop):

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IMPORTANT T-SHIRT DETAILS YOU SHOULD READ ABOUT:

  • 100% combed and ring-spun cotton Relaxed Fit Bella + Canvas tee in Solid Black
  • Machine wash cold water and hang to dry for longest life
  • Tee is made in the USA, printed in Canada
  • Relaxed fit so it’s not hella tight on the titties
  • Technically it’s a women’s cut but Evan is still going to rock it at the Cobalt on Friday nights

Measurements:
Size Small:
-Bust (1″ below armhole laid flat): 18.5″
-Front Length (High Shoulder Point to Hem): 25.25″

Size Medium:
-Bust (1″ below armhole laid flat): 20″
-Front Length (High Shoulder Point to Hem): 26″

Size Large:
-Bust (1″ below armhole laid flat): 22″
-Front Length (High Shoulder Point to Hem): 26.75″

Size X-Large:
-Bust (1″ below armhole laid flat): 24″
-Front Length (High Shoulder Point to Hem): 27.5″

Price Breakdown (rounded, per unit)
  $15.00 = cost of printed shirt
+  $2.00 = cost of shipping from Toronto
$17.00 = shirt cost
   x    2  = markup
$34.00 = total shirt cost after markup
+ $6.00 = base shipping estimated coverage from Vancouver to customer*
  $40.00 = Total

Where The Markup Goes
All items you buy are marked up at a certain rate to cover the costs to bring that item to you as a customer. Usually it is around 2 – 2.5 times the cost per unit.
In our case, the markup is going to:
– artist’s fee (generously being donated to local Vancouver charity Dress For Success)
– font artist’s contribution (Majesti Banner by Joe Prince)
– podcast hosting fee
– website and domain hosting fee
– PayPal transaction fees (2.9% + $0.30 per Canadian transaction; 3.7% + $0.30 for US transactions)
– a nice little something for Dave for editing the show and providing technical sound equipment
– a bottle of bubbly to toast to our amazing listeners
– hopefully to help cover the costs of some more merch or maybe a live event? Only time will tell 🙂

*a small additional shipping cost will be added to cover our base shipping costs. Shipping in Canada is very expensive and $6.00 is not enough to cover it all for all our customers. The additional shipping helps cover those customers who live anywhere from Iqaluit, Nunavut, to South Dildo, Newfoundland and all the way to Duck Key, Florida. We are not able to ship to all countries so if you are having trouble, please email us at fashionhags@gmail.com.

The Important Fine Print:

  • Shirts are made to order; we will only print those that have been ordered. As such, all sales are final.
  • Item will not ship until early May and may take a week or two to arrive, depending on delivery address. You will be notified when your order ships out but do not expect it to arrive until mid-May 2017. If the tees sell out early, we will ship them early so tell your friends!
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to issue any returns or exchanges* so make sure to double check your size before placing your order!
  • All sales are final so if you have any questions, email us at fashionhags@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to help ya’ll out!

*some countries in Europe are legally entitled to make a return on an item purchased online if it does not meet their standards. Of course, the Hag Shop will abide by this legislation, however, costs associated with making a return are up to the customer, not The Hag Shop. For more info, see our Terms and Conditions at the Shop.
Please feel free to comment or send us an email if you have any questions about this whole process. We are very excited about all the things we can move forward with on this project – maybe a pin? a patch? a tote? a hoodie? a phone case? The possibilities are endless.

Once again, go to The Hag Shop and select the shirt you want. The two options are for North American customers and customers outside of Canada and the US – please select the one appropriate to your location as the shipping options won’t work otherwise.
Then shop away, hunnies! The sooner we hit our 50 mark, the sooner we can send them out!

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Obsessions time, y’all.

On Katie’s trip to Vancouver Island, she took advantage of her father-in-law’s garage shop and made a rad wooden comb out of some beautiful walnut hardwood that has changed the hair-combing game:

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Evan has been eating a lot of Celebrations cookies to feel like a fancy tea-time lady:

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Abby has been enlightened to the instagram @thatpoppy and can’t look away because what the fuck:

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Lindsay came ready with an obsession and it is 100% Hag approved: the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race is out!

Thanks again for listening and check out the Hag Shop at TheHagShop.tictail.com and buy your official shirt! Tell us what you think if you want, we love to hear from your darlings.

Many thanks to Lindsay for all the things and for coming on this episode!

As always, you can follow us on:

Instagram@fashionhagspodcast
Twitter @fashionhagspod
Facebook at Fashion Hags Podcast.

LISTEN, RATE, SUBSCRIBE on iTUNES! Don’t forget to tell your friends how great we are.

Got an idea for an episode? Email us at fashionhags@gmail.com.

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com.

 

 

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Episode 35: Fashion Blogging And Other Digital Delights

This episode started off as a chat about fashion blogging and turned into more of a open ended chat about social media, wigs, and eventually an inadequate dick joke. Kind of like when you go to the grocery store to get eggs and milk and come home with caramel corn, two kinds of squash, and a frozen pizza. And eventually you remember the eggs.

So you guys want some eggs? Let’s do it.

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First of all, thanks to everyone who tuned in to our Facebook Live event! You guys are actually the best. #Hags4Lyfe!

Starting with a kiki, Katie got hella drunk over the weekend and enjoyed a kickass poutine to return back to health. It’s medicinal so it’s fine.

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Evan went to horse circus Cavalia, also known, according to its own branding, as “The Best Show Ever.” So that was weird.

 

Abby went to Ikea by herself like a carefree young lady and splurged on a Sundae like it ain’t no thang. Eventually, her new dresser will get assembled, hopefully by July.

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Time for the tea: fashion bloggers and fashion blogging started being a thing around 2004 as a grassroots kind of under-the-radar-do-it-for-the-joy thing that was basically just people liking the things they like and sharing images of themselves in their fave outfits.

For example, Style Rookie, Tavi Gevinson (and her eponymous bow):

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It was around this time that Vogue started to pay attention to these new groups of enthusiasts as a new kind of media. Shit got a bit crazy after that.

Style Calling is one of many great fashion blogs and is based in Vancouver. Check it out!

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Man Repeller is a well known blog out of New York that is a fave among many fashion lovers, especially those with a sense of humour.

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Susie Bubble is long-standing UK blogger who’s been an influencer across the pond and in North America.

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Bryanboy has been around for quite a while, starting as a selfie-loving fashionista and turning into a fashion critic, celebrity, and Marc Jacobs muse.

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It didn’t take long for people to give these influencers money or goods to promote on their sites to tap into the market.

RewardStyle.com is an invite only site that connects influencers to brands and companies to make some cash on it.

Instagram has changed the way digital content and fashion is shared. Are the days of fashion blogs numbered? Probably. Maybe?

Teen Vogue is doing some cool shit these days in terms of digital media by opening up a dialogue with younger fashion consumers, millenials, and youth of all races, genders, backgrounds, etc about topics that are not only related to fashion.

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Mostly the Hags these days read industry news rather than blogs, such as:
The Business of Fashion (where you can subscribe to a newsletter – highly recommend)

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Women’s Wear Daily (which also has a subscription option)

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Fashionista

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And Searching For Style (although it is more opinion and less industry news)

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Obsessions!

Katie made some rosemary rock salt bagels from scratch and can’t get enough.

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Evan is obsessed with Fued, for obvious reasons:

Abby is obsessed with her new hair straightener and it is a game changer.

 

Thank-you all so much for listening! Catch us next time 🙂

As always, you can follow us on:

Instagram@fashionhagspodcast
Twitter @fashionhagspod
Facebook at Fashion Hags Podcast.

LISTEN, RATE, SUBSCRIBE on iTUNES! Don’t forget to tell your friends how great we are.

Got an idea for an episode? Email us at fashionhags@gmail.com, we love hearing from you.

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite, also check out her blog, redbirdsuite.wordpress.com for some probably outdated posts.
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com.

 

 

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Episode 34: Stitch & Bitch 2 Featuring Claire Gabereau

Inspired by a handful of great emails we’ve received in the last little while, we decided to go back to one of our most fun episodes to record – a good old fashioned stitch and bitch. We invited our former classmate and local costumer/performer/Technical Developer/super rad lady Claire Gabereau to join in the sesh and boy, does it get giggly.

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Buckle up, Hags!
We are much excite.

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Evan has been regaling us with stories of a new puppy – yes please always – and Abby, despite being a full time Mom of two babes, has outdone the rest of us with perfect nails, just like in school. Infuriating.

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The Ducharme Family’s new puppy, Libby.

Katie and Abby went to a sports – a hockey, to be exact – and it was very out of character but super fun. One of the teams won the sports and a good time was had by all.

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Claire has been rehearsing for an upcoming dance performance as part of an art show called Ciliate 9. Check out the facebook event and go support local artists/musicians, performers!

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Claire works for a local based global company essentially as a garment nerd. It is so great that she/we have been able to find work that is rewarding as it is not always easy to find work in fashion at all, let alone something you actually enjoy.
It is also worth mentioning that you finishing school does not mean you actually know anything. The amount there is left to learn is  much much much vaster than what you see in school. So exciting!

Internships are often a part of the fashion education but not always. The expectation that you work for free is almost always part of an internship.

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Commercial fabric cutting (with chain mail glove included) is fucking terrifying:

 

Obsessions!

Katie is obsessed with a cute foxy fabric and the making of a cute summer skirt (with pockets!)

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Evan has been obsessed with the spooky scary podcast Lore and has blasted through most of the episodes this week:

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Abby has been playing Lindsay Lohan’s Rumors on repeat for some reason and now you can too:


Claire is obsessed with a new wig and frankly we are all shocked that it took this long.

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Thank-you all so much for listening and reaching out! We love that shit so much and it makes us feel so warm and fuzzy and fabulous.

As always, you can follow us on:

Instagram@fashionhagspodcast
Twitter @fashionhagspod
Facebook at Fashion Hags Podcast.

LISTEN, RATE, SUBSCRIBE on iTUNES! Don’t forget to tell your friends how great we are.

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Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
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