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  • Model Spotlight :: Scarlett Ballantyne

    Published Jun 21 2019 in #over50, #style over 40, #style over 50, confidence, diane kennedy, inspiration, Made in Canada, Scarlett

    Scarlett Ballantyne modeling Diane Kennedy clothingMeet Scarlett

    Modelling for Diane Kennedy off and on for about 10 years, Scarlett is always a pleasure to work with and brings a fresh, professional look to the clothes.  She really knows how to show our clothing in the best light, while still being fun and relatable. 

    We had a chance to ask her a few questions recently and gather her thoughts about being a model and working with a brand like us. 

    What do you do when you're not being a supermodel?

    My number one job is being the CEO of my household! I am definitely the "momager" in my family, but I also work part-time doing social media managing and some other small creative ventures. My education is in Interior Design and Fine Arts; however, I stopped working full-time when my kids got to school age. Soon it may be time to go back to full-time work as my youngest graduates high school next year.

    How did you become a model for Diane Kennedy?

    I had modelled in my teens and early twenties (see the darling 80’s photos below!) and then joined an agency again around 10 years ago. Through that agency, I met Diane. Since then, we have worked together on and off, and I have definitely grown and become more comfortable modelling again through her direction and mentorship. I have also worked in makeup for several years, and have ended up doing some modelling through that, also.

    Scarlett Ballantyne modeling

    Once the photos started being published, can you describe how it felt to see your photos on social media and our website?

    Like many women, my body has changed a lot over my twenties and thirties. Now that I am nearing fifty, sometimes it’s a struggle to embrace all of the things that age brings. I am confident working with Logan as a photographer, and his kind and gentle manner puts me at ease. Seeing the DK photos after a shoot always makes me realize that I should be happy being the best I am, at the age I am at, rather than wishing I was where I used to be. Diane knows how to cut clothes that flatter a woman’s body, and so instead of seeing flaws, I see a beautiful woman in the photos.

    Scarlett Ballantyne models Diane Kennedy clothing

    Would you say modelling in your late 40's has been a positive experience? 

    Getting back into modelling a little bit later in life was a little daunting – even 10 years ago we weren’t seeing so many older models in mainstream media. So at first, I was self-conscious about my age and probably my weight too, even though I am sure I had nothing to worry about. For the past several years, I have had some personal struggles that really sent me into a dark place. Getting back to work for Diane was truly the start of beginning to feel like myself again. It has been a confidence and self-esteem builder and I am always grateful for the opportunity. The smiles you see in her photos are genuine! 

    Scarlett Ballantyne modeling Diane Kennedy clothing

    Many thanks to Scarlett, for keeping it real and teaching us a little bit more about herself. It's been such a pleasure to re-connect and work with her again. She's such an inspiration to us!

    Find Scarlett on Instagram at @beautigurlz as well as her new IG called @beautigurlzdesigns. If you haven't already, Please follow us, too! -@dianemkennedy

     

  • Happy Shopping! Is That Even a Thing?

    Published May 07 2019 in appointment, bamboo, body positive, confidence, design, ethical, fashion, happy, local, Made in Canada, Proper fit, shopping

    There is so much negativity around shopping, body image and fashion in general. How about Happy Shopping? What if you could shop for clothes that were designed by people who not only understood your body shape and how to fit it properly but also really GOT you? How often do you have a happy shopping experience? The truth is, there are companies that exist right now run by women just like you, who want to give you a positive experience every time you shop. They do exist!

    Models wearing Diane Kennedy clothing

    Staying in the moment.

    When I had my own retail store that catered to sizes 10-24 you wouldn't believe how many people would spend their time, in my shop, that catered to them, talking about how there was nothing out there for them. That may be true but right then, at that moment they were standing in a space that was inspired by their wants and needs. A safe, happy space with quality clothing and lots of choices IN THEIR SIZE. It's kind of like going on a date with someone for the first time and spending the whole time talking about all the bad dates you've been on. I don't blame them at all, it's like being triggered by a trauma or something. One of the reasons I love working at Diane Kennedy is that I find it so easy to help create a happy, positive experience for our shoppers AND we have the goods to back it up.

    Shopping at Diane Kennedy's Vancouver Studio

    They totally get me!

    What a wonderful feeling it is to enter a space that honours who you are. In many cases, it's because the people who created that space are a lot like you. Or maybe they just possess the empathy needed to make you feel welcome and comfortable when you enter their space, whether that's a retail store or an online store. Those are the businesses you want to support.

    You do You.

    This year I turn 53. So far my 50's have been pretty great. At this time in my life I have a pretty clear idea about the battles I want to fight. Shopping isn't one of them. There are so many different types of folks out there and everyone has their own shape, size, and story. I'm done with being pissed off because a store doesn't carry my size. They aren't after my dollar and I'm not their customer. That's okay. I'm sure they are filling a need for someone out there or they would have gone out of business long ago. I do think that cheaply made fast fashion is bad for everyone and there's no excuse for badly cut and poorly fitted clothing, but that hasn't made me immune to it. We're all just doing our best to get dressed in the morning without regretting what we are wearing all day. Right?

    Look, fashion and clothing isn't everything, but it is something. All I know is when I feel well dressed I find it pretty darned easy to feel good about myself. It gives me confidence. It's one less thing to worry about.

    I will leave you with this story...

    I ordered some cotton underpants online. You know the type that comes in all sizes and 5 in a package. They fit ok but not great. I didn't want to return them and they were a good price but they ended up being second stringers right away. Never the first ones out of the drawer and only worn when it was laundry day. I decided to order a different style the next time and also to go up a size. When I got my package I unrolled the first pair and they were just enormous looking, full coverage, what I might call a granny panty. My first thought was to send them straight back but then I decided to try them on for a laugh. The laugh was on me because omg, these are the most comfortable underwear I've ever owned. They cover everything that needs covering, and a bit more, and they stay put, no riding up. I never would have bought them if I'd seen them in a store but now I'm so glad to have them. They make me happy!

    panties

    There's no real moral to this story except sometimes your bum is a bit bigger than you think it is. As long as someone makes the size that fits YOUR bum, life is pretty good! Sometimes it's the little things and the slightly bigger things...

    Find out more about happy shopping at Diane Kennedy here.

    Warm Regards,

    Barb

  • Size Means Nothing, Fit Means Everything

    Published Apr 18 2019 in body positive, body shape, confidence, Everywoman, Made in Canada, Proper fit, Size, Size vs Fit, Unique

    Let's talk about the difference between size and fit

    It's time to realize that women, all of us, come in unique shapes and fit different sizes. We are all different and that's a good thing. Clothing companies are often criticized for not showing "real women" modeling their clothing. Understandably we would all love to be able to see clothing we are interested in on a body exactly like ours. Wouldn't that make things so easy?? Take a look at the women around you right now. Every single one of them is a different size, shape, height, and proportion. It's truly impossible to show every body type without creating an entire encyclopedia of women's bodies and show how a garment fits on every single one. Let's move on, shall we?

    The Woman In The Mirror

    Society needs no help when it comes to damaging women's self-esteem regarding body image. There's a lot we can do to change this! Meet the woman in the mirror with a smile. Tell her she looks beautiful, adorable, cute, sexy, and amazing! At the end of the day when it's just you and the mirror, a choice is made about the words used to describe ourselves, to ourselves. Cut yourself some slack and give some words of encouragement and love to that amazing creature looking back at you. It's time to think about your clothing size as you think about your shoe size. It's just a number that corresponds to the length of your feet. Why not?

      All About The Fit

    When you put on your clothes and they fit right, you know it. It's not just about having it go over your body or being able to do up a zipper or a button. It's about pants and sleeves that are the correct length. It's about armholes that don't gap and the way a garment flows over your body. It's about finding the right width of the pant leg that really fits and flatters your body and makes your legs look amazing! When your clothes fit properly you look and feel like you can take on the world. Most of all it's not about waiting until you're the size you want to be, it's about looking and feeling your best Right Now! Give yourself that gift!

    Warm Regards,

    Barb