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  • What's Up and Coming

    Published Oct 02 2020 in #over50, #style over 50, 100% cotton, ageless style, diane kennedy, Fall 2020, Made in Canada

    This is our favourite season with so many fashion possibilities. We thought you would you like to see what's coming next from the Diane Kennedy design studio. We are thrilled about the new prints and textures of fall. 

    Capes are back in a big way. Diane has created the perfect topper of the season in 5 juicy colours to fit every mood and whim. 

    This light, soft, plush wool blend is perfect for the early morning chill with plenty of freedom of movement while walking the dog and running errands.

    Diane Kennedy Wool cape colour swatches

    Last year's capes flew out of stock so fast that Diane has brought you more colour choices and designed an updated version called the A Cappella Cape that you can pre-order now.

    As you may have noticed, this season's collection is arriving a little differently than prior collections. Fabrics were delayed and harder to source than ever before. Our fabric supply was affected by Covid delays and this means your fall wardrobe is arriving a little later than usual. We appreciate your patience as you will agree the results will be worth the wait. 

    Diane was feeling so creative this season that she's designed a jazzed up version of the classic cotton blouse that will be ready soon in 4 exclusive designer prints. Here's a peek at the blouse fabrics:

    cotton printsAnother highly anticipated fall item is the new Coat Dress. This versatile piece boasts 3 looks-in-one item! Get a glimpse of a few of the beautiful fabrics here: bolts of cotton fabric

    In other news, we're thrilled to have a new staff member, Leah Tuttle. You might recognize her as she has done some modelling for us. Here she's wearing the new Coat dress as a longer jacket. 

    Leah Tuttle wears a Diane Kennedy outfitLeah has also been our sales agent for Western Canada for almost 12 years and as such knows our brand inside and out! Stay tuned next week to learn more about Leah!

    Take Care, Be Kind and Stay Safe

     

  • Make Peace with your Pounds

    Published Sep 04 2020 in body positive, Covid, diane kennedy, plus, plus size

    We are living in very, very strange times… but some of the things we’re experiencing have the ring of familiarity.

    Remember when you went to college or university and gained the “Freshman 15”? By the time you went home for Thanksgiving, you needed a new wardrobe that would get you through the coming months of more fast food and sedentary student habits.

    Nowadays, I’ve started hearing about the “COVID 15”. If you’re experiencing tightening waistbands and popping buttons, well, certainly, you are not alone.

    Diane Kennedy

    The past six months have been challenging, exhausting, and just plain overwhelming. It’s no wonder that we can barely keep up with our moods, plus we’re balancing the frustrations and uncertainties of our loved ones. For many of us, this all leads to cravings, baking binges, or comfort foods. The result? Our sizes may have changed.

    Unfortunately, weight gain and negative self-image often go hand-in-hand. Now is the time to be as kind and patient with yourself as you possibly can be. We need to permit ourselves to feel all those feelings, experience ever-changing emotions, and find the things that make us feel good as we navigate this pandemic journey. We need to love and forgive ourselves, just as we love and forgive others. Aren’t we always hardest on ourselves?

    Finding a place of body positivity isn’t a straight path – we all have our good days and our not-so-good days. We all need a helping hand from time to time, and your outfit can be part of that process. Maybe you can spark some positive emotions with juicy colours. Put yourself in sumptuous fabrics that breath and move with you, even if you are only commuting from the kitchen to the living room and back to the kitchen!

    We at DK understand that we’re all living through unprecedented times, and we have your comfort in mind. Our goal is to always celebrate your healthy curves, and we want you to love and appreciate your unique, beautiful body as much as we do.

    Remember that you are not alone. Celebrate every joy you can find, and never forget to take care of you. Together, we’ll get through this.

  • Female Friendships Forever

    Published Jul 24 2020 in diane kennedy, friendship, over50, plus, serene pant, women

    The first time I ever set eyes on Shelly was in a photo posted on Facebook by a local plus size store. Shelly was a popular shopper there and I have a memory of staring a very long time at her picture and reading the comments posted about her and the dress (of my design) she was wearing. For whatever reason, I felt something unusual when I looked at the photo....not sure quite how to explain it. I'd like to share this story of my girlfriend Shelly and our enduring friendship. 

    Diane Kennedy and Shelly Reinhart

    Months later I was having a shopping day in my studio and in walked Shelly. I recognized her right away. Not so much from the picture, but as someone familiar. She said "I didn't know you were that Diane Kennedy" (of her favourite Serene pants) Since that moment, we've become fast friends. 

    How do you explain meeting someone for the first time but feeling like you've known them forever? It turned out that Shelly lived only about 6 blocks from me and soon she invited me over to her charming apartment. It's like deja vu being there because everything in her apartment, the colours, the objects, and the furniture all felt like I could have picked them out myself. Even the artwork on the walls and her jewelry had a weird feeling of association. Then we discovered that Shelly and I are only one day apart in age...both Virgos and both turning 50 that year.

    Shelly really believes strongly in the power of women. It's her mantra. I've met so many wonderful new friends through Shelly. She's great at bringing people together. Shelly has been a Fluevogs collector for years and introduced me to the manager of the downtown store. (you may notice that Fluevogs are worn in many of our photoshoots) She loves to show off her amazing collection of shoes, here with the shorter version of her favourite Serene pant; The Casting Capri.

    Shelly Reinhart wearing an outfit by designer Diane Kennedy

    Shelly is also very involved in our local community and works tirelessly to help promote local events. She was hugely involved in New West Pride for many years. She's worked on many large projects including one to improve our local hospital. Wherever we go together in the city Shelly runs into someone she knows; in fact, she's so well known around the city, she is affectionately named "The Queen of New West".

    I just want to say a heartfelt "thank-you" to Shelly for being such an amazing person and friend and for all the love and support she's brought to me and my business. It's so important to nurture and sustain friendships with women as we grow older.

    With Shelly in my bubble, this year we'll celebrate our 55th birthday the same way we did on our 50th together. At midnight (right between our birthdays) we'll cram 55 candles on a birthday cake and light it on fire! 'Cause we're two very hot chicks! 

    Diane Kennedy and Shelly Reinhart celebrate their 50th birthday




  • The Dance of the Hummingbird

    Published Jul 17 2020 in bird watching, crocosmia, diane kennedy, gardening, hummingbird, salvia, summer garden

    Ruby Throated Hummingbird with red salvia

    Photo: Bud Hensley (Bud's Hummingbird Photography)

    From the quick vrooom of their flight to their chitter chatter in the trees, one quickly learns to recognize when hummingbirds are near. For many years I've deliberately planted tubular flowers to attract these beautiful winged jewels of the garden. Their daily visits year round are a great source of enjoyment. I want to share this joy and my experiences observing hummingbirds with you.

    My top three plant choices I've found to almost guarantee a visit and keep them coming include hot orange-red Crocosmia Lucifer, bright red Monarda 'Jacob Cline', and Salvia guaranitica 'Amistad'. Truly just about any bright tubular flowering plant is a good choice, but the genus Salvia is particularly nectar rich. Vibrant purple 'Amistad' is my top choice of all the Salvias I've ever grown because it's so beautiful, floriferous and long blooming it is a worthy addition to this top 3 list. Last year my 'Amistad' bloomed continuously into December with regular visits from the hummingbirds every day.  Over the years I have observed them, these are their consistently favoured food sources over other plant offerings in my garden.

    Monarda, Crocosmia, and Salvia Guaranitica

    Every year, I add more hummingbird friendly annuals and perennials that suit my small part sun/part shade backyard. I have several long blooming hardy fuchsias which I love. They will visit these until my top three start to bloom. But they clearly prefer flowers they can approach head on as opposed to bottom up (like the fuchsia). They also really like to perch and eat whenever possible to conserve energy, so for this reason I've observed the Crocosmia to be their #1 choice.

    Crocosmia

    With my garden at its peak in July with so many plants they love, I'm seeing not just one at a time, but up to three coming through my garden almost regularly all day. They are very territorial and will often chase other visitors away. This is the most charming high speed dance; zooming, flitting and chittering around each other; their antics are such a joy to watch.

    Female Ruby throated hummingbird with Blue Salvia guaranitica

    Photo: Bud Hensley (Bud's Hummingbird Photography)

    Hummingbirds have their own personalities. Some are very timid and will fly away at any movement, while others get to know you and will tolerate your presence. It is such a treat when they decide you are worthy of a closer visit. Recently, when the sun was shining on my freshly dyed red hair, a hummingbird decided I might be a possible food source. He hovered several feet from my face which gave me the chance to admire his bright ruby throat close up. Another close encounter happened when I was standing perfectly still in the garden beside a 6-foot Monarda, and was treated to an up close feeding about a foot from my face. Another time I was wearing a dress with red flowers and again, I was approached as a food source! The first thing they notice is their favourite colours; bright orange and red. Have an assortment of flowers in these colours, and you will surely attract their attention.

    Diane's Garden

    Once they have found your garden, they will remember and return again the following year. The trick is to extend the bloom period as far into late winter and from early spring as possible. Once all my hummingbird plants are finished blooming, I'll put out the feeder for the winter, putting it away once the flowers start to bloom again.

    These tiny, exquisitely feathered friends are truly worthy of your effort to make them regular visitors.

    P.S. If you love hummingbirds as much as I do consider following Bud's Hummingbird Photography Page on Facebook. He lives in Southwest Ohio, has beautiful photos and lots more advice on what plants to grow.

  • Tips For A Sustainable Future

    Published Jul 10 2020 in Customer Appreciation, customers, diane kennedy, eco, eco friendly, environmentally friendly, ethical, Ethics, Fall Fashion, green living, inspiration, Made in Canada, sustainable, zero waste

    You may remember a recent blog, about a certain Well-Dressed Climate Scientist...

    Well, we were curious to hear more from her, so after a few friendly e-mails, we asked her how we can "do better" for our earth. And so, she was kind enough to share some of her tips on how we can all live a greener lifestyle and share the global responsibility we have in protecting our environment. Read on!

    “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
    - Maya Angelou

    Karen Kohfeld
    Photo provided by Dr. Kohfeld. Fall 2019. She is wearing our Perception Tunic & Heather Charcoal Cozy Coat

    If we could all do 3 simple things on a consistent basis to best reduce our impact on the environment, what would they be?

    Just three? 😊

    Ok...Here we go!

    1. Travel less, and use lower-impact forms of transport.

    We've seen with the COVID-19 lockdown that daily greenhouse gas emissions around the world decreased by 17% in early April 2020!

    This was in part because we weren't driving and flying. Many large cities around the world have been converting street space so that it can be used for pedestrians and cyclists, and there's a possibility that some of these changes could become permanent. 

    Imagine, as we move forward, that we continue to walk, bicycle and telecommute more often, rather than spending hours in our single-occupancy, gas-powered vehicles. We'd reduce our dependency on oil, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and we'd feel healthier, too.

    2. Change our consumption patterns.

    By now most of us have heard of "reduce, reuse, recycle," and now we can add "refuse" and "rot" (composting) to those. We have the information out there to become informed consumers, and we can refuse to buy things (plastics and single-use products) that contribute to environmental waste.

    Diane, you yourself have posted about how the fashion industry, for example, is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, but you've shown that it doesn't have to be. We can, to the best of our abilities and where possible, make informed choices.

    3. Vote for laws and policy makers who put sustainable environmental policies in place.

    We have the technology to transform our transportation and energy sectors in Canada, but truly battling climate change will require that we vote for system-wide policies and changes.

    Numbers 4, 5, and 6 would be to have difficult conversations with your friends and family so that they are aware; reduce your personal energy consumption; and reduce your reliance on meats and vegetables produced through industrial farming (i.e. buy local!)


    Thank you so much for this well-written advice, Dr. Kohfeld! We hope our readers are inspired and encouraged by your words 💚


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