Podcast Episodes

Episode 41: Lyndi Barrett of Style Calling

After months of failures, the Hags finally succeeded in getting our guest Lyndi Barrett of StyleCalling.com into the basement for a hot chat. Turns out all it took was for our schedules to work out! And don’t get too bothered, it was only hot temperature-wise: Lyndi is very cool. And she knows all the best fashion words. Let’s get into it, mmk?


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Before you do anything, check out her gorgeous blog, Style Calling if for nothing other than dreamy pics of her adorable dog Madison. He’s so fancy he lives in a mountain chalet in Whistler. What a gooooood booooooooyyy!!

One of the great words Lyndi knows is Ruana, a drapey scarf-style cover up like this one that Katie found at the East Side Flea. Please ignore the fact that this photo was not taken by a professional or even in a room resembling anything remotely close to professional. If there is one thing the Hags are not, it’s professional.


Lyndi is also a teacher at Blanche MacDonald here in Vancouver. It’s a great school that primarily focusses on esthetics and make-up design but they also have a Fashion Design program that is worth checking out if you are curious about Fashion Schools.


Abby and Katie jointly were obsessed with The Keepers on Netflix. It’s a tough watch but so good. Get ready to get angry enough to pace the floor a few times.

Lyndi is also obsessed with the documentaries on Netflix and with so many to choose from, how can you pick just one?

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Katie is obsessed with a new pair of shoes she got from Maiwa on Granville Island here in Vancouver. These handmade leather Jutis simply could not be left in the store because I mean, please.

Evan paid a trip to Hey Jude and fell in love with the Boy Smells candles they have available there. His first choice is “Kush” but there are lots of smelly boys to choose from.


For some reason we’ll never understand (yeah right) Abby is obsessed with a new app called Patternator:

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New favorite app! #patternator

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I mean, come on. How could you not?

Thanks so much for listening! You can find Lyndi at StyleCalling.com as well at on facebook and @stylecalling on instagram and twitter. So do that, yes?

As for the Hags, find us in all the usual places.

Twitter @fashionhagspod
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Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com.


Podcast Episodes

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.



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.

Solo IKEA trip! Heaven!

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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):



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.


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


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.


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.


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)


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






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



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


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:

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.



Podcast Episodes

Episode 27: What’s the Deal With Sizes?

Hey Hags, hope you all are doing okay after last week’s apocalypse US election. We are with you and we are all going to be okay! It’s going to be a rough go for a little while but we’ve never been afraid to put on some heels and WORK, honey!

Shall we get into a pot of tea? Lots to talk about in this episode as we are chatting about just what the hell is going on with sizing in clothing. But first!


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Katie wants to draw some attention to the Movember movement and more specifically, Big Fun’s Movember Mo-A-Day series of cartoons (@lebigfun):

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Also, Katie got a sweet tattoo of the sweetest Jasper the Bear mascot from her hometown:

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Evan is settling in to his new job and life in domesticity. Turns out an oven is used for things other than sweaters! Who knew.

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Abby is still low on the give-a-fuck factor but did manage to make herself a couple of super cute tunics:


Also, everyone, fuck off talking to/touching/giving advice to pregnant women. Seriously. Just give up your seat on the bus like a decent human being and keep your shit to yourself, mmk?

On to the topic at hand: Sizing. What is the deal exactly? Everything seems to be different and inconsistent across brands, countries, stores, and styles. And what is happening for Plus Size women? Well, according to the Tim Gunn, Patron Saint of Fashion, the industry is failing them. (Here is a great article in the Washionton Post about how.)

The Plus-Size market represents a massive hole in the industry – both in terms of availability for the customer and in potential profits. This Bloomberg article gets into more detail and is totally worth a read. Turns out designers don’t really feel like working harder to make things work for plus size customers. What the hell, guys?!


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We get it, it’s hard. It’s one reason why people stick with brands they like when they find them. Fitting clothes is hard! For customers and designers. But sometimes you gotta do the work, honey.


a very basic example of grading a garment. sizes do not grow the same amount in all directions and that shit gets tricky.

Another great article about the Plus size market is this one from Fashionista and if you want to be depressed about the state of how the media defines beauty through models, check out this one.

Here is a great infographic from NYT that really help visualize how sizes can vary from brand to brand.


And “Vanity” sizing? Now that’s some buuuuuuullshit. Read about this absurdity in this article from the Washington Post. This chart alone will make your head spin.


An interesting look at the history of how modern sizing began (a footnote taken from the Bloomberg article courtesy of the NIST Museum):

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Fashion is just too interested in being pretty rather than being profitable, it seems. But Donatella knows what’s up (at least, she says so but you’d be hard pressed to find anything bigger that a 12 with a Versace label on it…)


Asos has a terrific collection of on-trend plus size clothing that also (shocking) uses plus size women as models, not pretend plus size women who are actually a size 8.

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As with so many things, men have it easier. Mens clothing is generally based on the traditional number sizing that reflects actual measurements as they relate to the body. Must be nice.

(Obviously that is an overstatement. Men still get stuck with the Small – Medium – Large size run that can be wildly different between brands. However, styles don’t change as frequently as women’s clothing does so it is arguably easier to find options in your size for men.)

Remember ladies, when you are shopping and you can’t find the size that works, it is never the fault of your body, it is the clothes. There is always another dress, another shirt, another pair of jeans. Move on and feel good about yourself!

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And check yourself, Onkel Karl. You ain’t as boss as you think you are.



Katie is obsessed with artist Jade Antoine and her amazing collection on instagram:

From tale to mane 🐎 glad to have a horse in the mix #favoriteshape

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Pup crush of the day 🍩

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Reminiscent of Canadian artist Ted Harrison and his famous illustrated book of Robert Service’s The Cremation of Sam McGee:

Abby is obsessed with fine artist and quilter Luke Haynes:




His instagram is also worth a look (@entropies) and these images are taken from his website (lukehaynes.com).

Evan is obsessed with the new Netflix series The Crown.


Thanks again for listening!

We are planning on a Facebook Live event and would love to hear if you Hags are interested in watching/listening. We will get back to you about the when and the where so please like our Facebook Page to stay tuned and hang out with us!

As always, you can follow us on:

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 y’all!

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite, also check out her blog, redbirdsuite.wordpress.com
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio & @evndchrm, also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com

Remember: keep your pants on, it’s only fashion.