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  • Beauty Tips from Our Fashion Agent Leah Tuttle

    Published Aug 08 2019 in beauty tips, colour, diane kennedy, Everywoman, fashion over 40, fashion over 50, fashion over 60, makeup recommends, Personal Style, shopping, style

    Look Good, Feel Good Beauty Tips

    As we have mentioned before, we have been lucky enough to have Leah Tuttle representing the Diane Kennedy and Cherry Velvet brands since their inception. Leah and her commitment to our brands, as well as her hard work and feedback, have been an integral part of the success of our company.

    One of Leah's many talents is her eye for fashion and also beauty. During our recent photoshoot with Leah acting as our model, we couldn't help but delight at the gorgeous makeup and beauty look that she put together for the session. I even quizzed Leah on her lipstick colour and then went right out and purchased it myself! (It was Marc Jacobs le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in Plum N Get it).

    Leah Beauty Tips Blog

    We asked Leah if she would share some of her favourite beauty tips so that we could all benefit from her expertise. After all, it's always fun when someone else recommends something, isn't it?

    Makeup Starts with A Good Base 

    Leah's beauty routine includes an anti-aging serum, skin polish and moisturiser she's created for her own new line of products called Wildcraft Organics. (coming soon to WildcraftOrganics.ca ) Leah has beautiful skin, but as a base she uses Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation added with a Beauty Blender sponge. Next she applies a loose powder over her skin using a big fluffy brush to keep it light and airy. Before applying any eyeshadow she uses an eye primer - like Too Faced Shadow Insurance - and then applies MAC eyeshadows in Sketch and Cranberry using an eyeshadow brush. Eyeliner is Lancome Liner Plume in Noir. Eyebrows are next, and are lightly filled in with an Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade.

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    It's All About the Lips!

    I have always loved a good lip colour, and no matter the season, I find a pretty berry lip colour or a red lipstick can make you go from drab to fab. Leah was wearing the Marc Jacobs Liquid Lip Crayon on the day of our photoshoot, but also recommends MAC Spice it Up and Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick as some of her favourites. 

    Whether you are someone that changes your makeup seasonally or just want to add a little something new to your makeup routine, these are fun beauty tips that could be easily incorporated into your existing look.

    Thanks Leah for your recommendations! As usual, you look fabulous (and we love your Teal nail polish too!)

  • What a Great Jacket Can Do For You

    Published Jun 14 2019 in #style over 50, bamboo, colour, eco friendly, ethical fashion, jackets, jumpsuit, shop local

    Sometimes all it takes is that perfect jacket to take any outfit to the next level. We often choose a jacket as a 'basic' item. But what if we thought of it differently? What if we treated a jacket as an accessory to the outfit?

    Barb Wilkins wears outfits by Diane Kennedy; Vancouver designer

    Our Jinx Jumpsuit is great on its own - just step in, zip it up and you're dressed. Add The Paradox Jacket with its graphic black and white stripes and you're ready to take this look to the office or out for the evening. This is a great example of using a jacket as an accessory.

     Dancer Gia Holman wears designs by Diane Kennedy

    Gia is wearing The Jinx Jumpsuit in Moroccan and has paired it with a Black Paradox Jacket. The same two pieces as the photos above but a completely different look. Would you have thought of wearing a 'tailored style' jacket over a jumpsuit?

     Barb Wilkins wears outfit designed by Canadian designer Diane Kennedy

    A great jacket can completely change the outfit. Here we have the same Casting Capri and Clever Cami base but with two different Jackets. Barb wears the Paradox Jacket on the left and the Downtown Jacket on the right. It changes it completely, doesn't it?

     Dancer Gia Holman wears designs by Diane Kennedy

    Don't be afraid to mix your stripes! Elevate your style with some contrast. The Casting Capri, Clever Cami, and Paradox Jacket with a great pair of shoes in a contrasting colour (Fluevog here) to really make a statement.

    Dancer Gia Holman models outfits designed by Diane Kennedy

    One Jacket with two different styles of pant. This changes the look dramatically. The Downtown Jacket paired with The Pacific Pant a palazzo-style pant is office or dinner appropriate. To make it casual zip it up over a pair of Rejuvenate Leggings. This super versatile jacket can also be worn as a tunic. 

    There it is. Consider adding an "accent" jacket to your wardrobe. It is just about the best way to elevate your clothing collection. 

  • Fashion over 50

    Published Feb 06 2019 in colour, fashion

    It’s often true that a woman in her 50s can start to feel invisible to society. If you're in my age group, I suspect this thought has at least crossed your mind. I like myself and the way I look, and it can be sobering to think that others may not be noticing.

    Start Within

    The most important thing for us to remember is that we’re gorgeous, accomplished women – we need to be proud of each step that’s brought us to now. Our beautiful bodies have carried us through every joy and challenge, and we need to honour and accept them. Look inside and remind yourself that what others see can never be as important as how we feel about ourselves.

    Build Your Style

    That being said, there’s no shame in thinking about how you present yourself. Part of loving your body is learning how to dress it, and discovering your personal style is a lifetime journey. Knowing what looks best on your frame and shape can make shopping much more fun. What makes you feel good and attractive? Which cuts and fabrics are most comfortable for you? Which colours brighten your day and your outlook?

    Personally, I’m coming into an era of no holding back. I am woman – hear me roar! I can rock a poncho! I can and will wear more than one colour at once (probably not including black)!

    Shine On

    Follow your inspiration, and forget about playing it safe. Choose every outfit by imagining the most lovely, brilliant, authentic version of yourself. Beauty has nothing to with numbers or calendars or birthdays – it’s about letting your inner goddess shine!

  • The Spring 2019 Story

    Published Jan 18 2019 in colour, design, jackets, spring, spring looks, tunics, vests

    Despite frost and low temperatures, spring is just around the corner – honest! Every new season brings fresh perspectives, and designers assemble their tools to create trends. One of my most useful tools is a storyboard – it helps me plan a season in terms of styles, colours, and prints. Here’s a glimpse at the first half of our Spring 2019 collection for our beautiful range of regular and plus size customers.

    The Terrific Tunics

    Our City Tunic is an exciting new cut with striking graphic details.

    Returning favourites like the Illustrate Tunic feature a sophisticated take on tie dye, and the Evidence Tunic is both whimsical and classic with a juxtaposition of polka dots and stripes.

    The Jazzy Jacket

    Smart stripes make our Paradox jacket extra-sharp, without sacrificing the softness and comfort that are Diane Kennedy trademarks. Especially when paired with our flowing, dramatic Pacific Pant, this piece creates a striking silhouette.

    The Versatile Vest

    Our Recharge Vest continues to show its versatility as part of the Spring 2019 collection. Add it to one of our Perfect Tops for effortless style. And yes, it has pockets!

    The Jaunty Jumpsuits

    Nothing beats a one-piece when it comes to comfort and ease. Our new Jinx Jumpsuit comes in a brilliant Moroccan blue or solid black and the Screen Playsuit returns in both stripes and a solid black.


    What I anticipate most about a new season is seeing how our customers take these pieces and make them their own. Let me know which piece you’re most excited to add to your wardrobe!

  • Colour Cravings

    Published Nov 09 2018 in colour, design, fall looks

    Diane Kennedy shoppers have a multitude of reasons for buying our clothes. Some appreciate that our garments are ethically made in Canada, in factories that are close to us, right here in beautiful Vancouver, BC. Others choose DK because we use high-quality fabrics, 80% of which are also manufactured in Canada. Aside from these excellent reasons to buy our products, we know that colour is big priority for many of our customers, and that’s why this blog is all about colour.

    We know that everybody loves black – it's always the number-one best-selling “colour”. Why? Black is basic. It goes with everything and it's slimming… but as a designer, a vibrant colour makes me happy and evokes a mood that black never can. Colour really speaks to me, and I often find myself craving colour.

    Our second-best-selling colour has always been Raisin, a beautiful, deep purple. This year, we've added a lovely new shade called Reign; it's a slightly darker purple and is skewed somewhat towards navy. If you've never tried adding purple to your wardrobe, Reign is a great way to start. It has a subtle richness that brings life to blacks or greys.

    Teal is another wonderful fall colour. You may wonder why I chose two different versions of teal for our fall collection. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and the image above shows the distinct appeal of each shade. Both colours are so gorgeous. Our original Teal leans towards the green spectrum, whereas our new Moroccan colour is more of an ocean blue. Both are so captivating – how could I choose just one?

    Our palette choices really focus on classic fall colours, and are not about chasing trends. The best fall colours are classics for a reason; however, once in a while, I come across the shade that offers a fresh nuance on a classic. Merlot is a flattering hue that we've offered previously. This year, our collection includes a variation that we've called Oxblood, although the name may not do this colour justice. Some might call it cranberry, but I feel like beetroot might be more accurate. It's is a cool shade of red with a magenta cast, and wow, is it striking!

    Now is the time that I start thinking ahead to next fall. Rust and mahogany are calling to me, as well as mossy greens. Let me know which colours would you like to see in Autumn 2019!