One of my greatest joys is gardening with beautiful flowers. After a long winter I'm always outside seeking the earliest blooms. The fresh pink buds of the viburnum, the brave snow drops and crocuses pushing through the ground all catch my attention. But my favourite by far is the queen of the early spring garden, the Hellebore.
"Perhaps the reason you are drawn to flowers is not only for their outer beauty, but because they remind you beautiful things will bloom after the longest season of waiting" ~ Morgan Harper Nichols
As a garden plant, Hellebores are a joy to grow. With handsome evergreen leaves for most of the year, they flower at a time when not much else is even thinking about it. They are very easy to maintain, needing a trim of the old leaves just as the new flower buds appear in the Spring. They are happy to bloom in shade or part shade. Best of all are the beautiful range of colours and variety of petals; singles, doubles, spotted or clear, pointy or rounded, some even with an outline of different colours around the edges.
As a collector for many years, I am fond of the more unusual colours like slatey blue black that have a sheen and a colour a lot like a plum.
Or the white ones that are heavily spotted with red.
The yellow ones can be the most beautiful shade of butter. Indeed the hellebore is part of the buttercup family but without the bad habits of spreading.
The most easy colours to find are shades of chartreuse and white and all shades of pink to quite a dark plum. There are so many variations in the blooms. But in the past few years I've been seeking larger flowers and those that face outward as opposed to the ones that droop down so that I can better admire them as I pass by.
Plants this lovely deserve to have supporting players to accent their beauty even further. Great companion plants for Hellebores are Black Mondo grass, Pulmonaria, fancy foliage Heucheras, evergreen ferns and sedges like a white varigated Carex. If you have a spot in your garden in part shade, somewhere that you might get to walk past in the winter I would certainly encourage you to plant one or more of these beautiful flowers to enjoy for many years to come.
Styling yourself with a new look is super easy with an A Capella Cape. Here are 5 style tips showing how easily it blends with your existing DK wardrobe. We're calling these five completely unique looks Classic, Fun, Monochromatic, Transitional and Casual style.
Classic Style: Your A Capella Cape makes a polished impression when paired with the Rhapsody Coat. Try this yourself by layering your cape over a longer printed tunic with leggings and a coordinating base layer that anchors the outfit with a harmonious colour. The Perfect Tee in Raisin matches both the Cape and Jacket perfectly. Add a longer pendant necklace to complete your look.
Fun Style: Give yourself a pop of unexpected colour and instantly upgrade your style with the cape worn open over the Jet Set Jumpsuit or any all black outfit. We love the playful, carefree attitude of this easy jumpsuit with platform sneakers of a complimentary colour to tie this outfit together. Viola looks ready for anything!
Monochromatic Style: Diane shows us her best tip for dressing as a Petite Plus woman. Your cape adds the punch of colour when styling yourself with a head to toe monochromatic colour to maximize the look of height and longer legs. Of course this trick works for anyone that would like a slimming and/or lengthening illusion. She looks amazing in the Midnight Inquisitive Tunic, and her killer Fluevog boots match in colour to keep the long line going.
Transitional Style: It's too soon to go without a jacket so here's a way you can warm up your spring vibe. This modern look is balanced by adding the A Capella Cape worn open in a complementary colour to your top; keep cozy while adding interest and texture to your outfit. Shown here with the adaptable Pier Pants which are as cute with boots as they will be with a sandal in the spring.
Casual Style: Punch up your casual look by adding an unexpected bloom of spring colour. Drape your cape over the Tempo Tunic in Navy with denim and you are ready to go. Perfect to ward off any chill while out on a stroll. There is only one left in several of our A Capella Cape colours so hurry if you want one!
We hope you're having lots of fun twirling around in your capes too! Stay cozy!
Colour is the number one influence that make us decide we want something. Do you ever notice how colour can trigger a feeling like thirst, hunger, desire, or a memory? Colour psychologically affects our mood, influences our choices, and motivates our decisions. We are subconsciously programmed to associate certain colours with specific situations and emotions. How do the colours of your clothes make you feel?
Blue Shades: This is the colour of reliability and trust. Wearing Blue has a peaceful and calming effect which is great for an eye catching outfit. Keep calm and carry on in the Rhapsody Coat in Sonata.
Turquoise-Teal Shades: Dressing in these tranquil colours gives a feeling of serenity, security and stability. You may experience clarity of mind and well-being. Express your relaxed attitude with the Touring Tunic in Wave.
Green Shades: Clothing yourself in Green evokes feelings of easy, open connections with others and nature by creating equilibrium between the head and heart. Our comfy Tempo Tunic symbolizes a fresh, new beginning in Pine.
Yellow Shades: Dressing in this happy colour brings felings of warmth, energy, vitality and happiness. Feel like you're walking on sunshine in the Tempo Tunic in Goldenrod.
Red Shades: Showing up wearing Red makes a statement. Radiate love, excitement and passion! Red shows confidence, boosts desire and gets you noticed. Like with this sassy A Capella Cape in Cherry.
Purple Shades: Why is this the most popular colour choice of so many women? Wearing Purple stimulates the creative part of the brain. This is the colour of magic, mystery, deeper awareness and meditation. Celebrate your artistic, mystical side in the Harmony Henley in Midnight.
With so many millions of shades to choose from; it takes time and deliberation to pick out the right colour. Diane looks for ageless, classic colours that will make beautiful garments and flatter various skin tones. Watch for new custom Diane Kennedy colours arriving later this spring. We know you will love Lapis (a deep cornflower blue) and Ginger (a deep pink-red).
XO Leah Paley Tuttle
**In case you didn't know; Diane Kennedy is a Canadian Fashion designer who's Eco fabrics are custom made in Canada. Each season she creates modern fashions that give comfort, style and enduring quality to ladies with curves.
Get dressed in a flash with these styling tips. With the Rhapsody Coat you get three looks in one versatile garment. You can wear this as a dress, a jacket, or a tunic for plenty of mileage. Plus, this multi-tasker makes it easy to refresh your existing wardrobe.
Pop your Rhapsody Coat over top of the Perfect Tee, with jeans and low boots and you have a casual look with a stylish twist. Three quarter sleeves with plenty of room for movement and deep, generous pockets to stash essentials make it a handy edition to your day.
Change your look to a long tunic. Open the face-framing collar, arrange the lapels and layer the Rhapsody over a black Perfect Tee with Rejuvenate Leggings for an understated, urban vibe. Accessorize with your favourite stone necklace for balance.
Button up the Rhapsody to wear as a dress with tights and tall boots. Show off the asymmetrical collar with hammered Italian zinc buttons that reflect an organic flow.
For an elegant evening out, layer it over all black with the wider leg Serene Pant like Erika is wearing. Add a necklace with some sparkle and a dressy shoe.
For a polished and professional look at the office, layer your Rhapsody Coat with an accent colour pulled from the Symphony print. Leah is wearing the Perfect Tee in Raisin and the Serene Pant. Many of our Perfect Tee colours look great with this print; Raisin, Wave, Royal and Black are all shades in this colourful print.
Diane is radiant in her Rhapsody; worn as a dress in Symphony Print with a pop of colour pulled from these fabulous Fluevog boots.
Freestyle with your own creations by adding an A Capella Cape and a glitzy brooch, colourful booties, a beret, leggings, gloves, etc. Pull a solid colour from the print and use that as the base to build your look of the day.
The Rhapsody could even be a breezy cover-up for a beach stroll! The styling options are only as limited as your imagination.
Leah Paley Tuttle
At a time when we’re all stuck at home concentrating on staying healthy (both mentally and physically), a little fantasy can go along way. I have personally been enjoying the most splendid new series on Netflix called Bridgerton. Filmed at multiple locations in England, but particularly near York at the infamous Castle Howard, the show inevitably reminds me of my visit to this spot a few years back.
Quite a bit of the grounds and the exterior of the Castle feature prominently in the show. I’m so glad that we took the time to walk out to the four corners of this property visiting walled gardens, English flower borders, fountains, woodland walks and the Temple of the Four winds.
Although many of the major scenes were filmed on custom built sets, much of the gorgeous interior of the castle is still featured in the show, including the graceful staircases, hallways, galleries and the most magnificent golden dome.
Visually beautiful, Bridgerton is a fashion designer's fantasy with almost 7500 historical costumes complete with the most eye catching sparkling rhinestone jewelry. But whatever your reason for watching, you can also enjoy a love story and even some racy scenes (watch for the Temple of the Four winds!) There is certainly much to take us away from this moment, and into thoughts of travel plans and a sparkly, beautiful future.
For now, let's keep dreaming.