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  • A Rhapsody of Styling Tips

    Published Jan 08 2021 in #buycanadian, #cotton, #dianekennedy, #fashion, #naturalfibers, #outfitoftheday, #style, #styletips, #styling

    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. 

     Diane Kennedy's Rhapsody Coat styled casually over jeans and a white teePop 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.

     Diane Kennedy's Rhapsody Coat styled casually over tall bootsChange 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.

     Diane Kennedy's Rhapsody Coat styled casually over tall bootsButton 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.

    Diane Kennedy's Rhapsody coat styled over all black tunic and pantsFor 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.

    Diane Kennedy's Rhapsody coat styled over a purple tee tunic and black pantsFor 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 Kennedy's Rhapsody coat styled over Fluevog bootsDiane is radiant in her Rhapsody; worn as a dress in Symphony Print with a pop of colour pulled from these fabulous Fluevog boots.

    Diane Kennedy Wool Cape in purple on model Veronica BelleFreestyle 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

  • Diane's Treasures

    Published Dec 10 2020 in #buycanadian, #canadianartists, #canadianjewelry, #localtreasures, #shoplocal, #smallbusiness

    This year, more than ever before, it has been an adventure to uncover local treasures, art and greener options. I shop locally as much as possible to support other artisans and small businesses. Here's a list of my favourite finds so you can enjoy them too!

    Solasta Chocolate - I first discovered them at my local farmers market. Their mouth-watering flavour combinations are so creative. My favourite is the White Chocolate, Lavender, Lemon and Pink Peppercorn bar. It's amazing chocolate! Their online shop is sold out right now (because it's so good) but look for it where local products are sold.

    The Art Way: Studio - Denna Erickson - I discovered Denna's lovely art several years ago at the Eastside Culture Crawl. Everyday, I admire the tranquil painting I purchased from her, it has a unique and ethereal quality that makes her work so special.

    Art by Dena Erickson
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    Wildcraft Organics - I drink the Tranquility Tea and Calming Comfort Tea at work and enjoyed the Spicy Chai Tea which makes my house smell so good. The customized, organic skincare products are ideal for mature skin (over 50's) and can be personalized with your favourite scents.

    Scarlett Ballantyne Designs - One of my long time models also does beautiful watercolour paintings. Her speciality; girlfriend paintings, make the most adorable and memorable gifts.

    Water colour artist Scarlett Ballantynes girlfriend painting

    Butler's Bounty - This creative gal makes jewelry and giftware hand crafted from vintage silver plated flatware. I especially love their stamped butter spreaders. How cool are these?

    hand crafted and stamped plated silver butter knives
    Happy Hippy Soap Company - I know there are tons of soap companies out there but these are my fave soaps for good reason. Really well made, quality, handmade soaps with great scents. My fav is John Lemon.

    All Things Being Eco - This Eco store is all about green living and making small changes with everyday supplies. They carry baby clothes, bedding, clothing, kitchen gadgets and have a great refillable department. The owners are customers of mine too!

    Verna Brown Art - Verna paints the most incredible, bright animal paintings, her speciality is Pet Portraits which can be commissioned at any time. Unusual and captivating artwork for pet lovers.

    portrait of a stag by Verna Brown Art
    Justine Brooks - I own some beautiful pieces by this artist. She works with silver, gold, and gemstones to make beautiful nature-inspired, geometric and botanical jewelry. 

    Karen Lorena Parker - A prolific Canadian Artist and Illustrator of
    Contemporary realism paintings, illustrations and portraits. Her exquisite work varies widely from landscapes to fashion to florals. She is a talented multi-faceted artist and worth checking out.



    It's true what they say. You can help out small businesses without spending any money by 'liking' and commenting with 3 words (or more) on their social media posts or ads on Facebook and Instagram. 

    THANK-YOU for your support of small and local businesses over big box stores. You are making a difference.