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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

     

  • Are You Afraid To Shop Online?

    Published Jun 07 2019 in customer service, Diane Kennedy, Made in Canada, online shopping, personal service, personal shopping, shop local, slow fashion

    We want to take away your fears when it comes to shopping with us. Diane Kennedy Clothing has been in the business of offering sustainable, eco-friendly contemporary fashion for curvy women of all sizes for over 12 years. In this day and age, online shopping is one of the most convenient ways to shop allowing for easy comparisons and an overwhelming selection. It can all be a bit daunting. There are still a lot of people who are not comfortable ordering online. We are here to help you with that. 

    Canadian designer Diane Kennedy and Barb Wilkins

    Don't be shy, pick up the phone and give us a call. We are happy to sit and talk you through your order, make suggestions and recommendations or describe colours, fit and any other detail you need. There is also the issue of choosing the best size for you. If you tell us your measurements we will measure the garment you are interested in and let you know what your best sizing options are. We will even place the order for you if you are not comfortable doing it yourself. We actually enjoy speaking with our customers and promise to treat you with patience and kindness. 

    We encourage you to call us on the phone if you have any concerns. We have a toll-free number for that very reason (1-877-994-9977). When you call us during our business hours (9 am - 4 pm Monday to Friday Pacific Standard Time) the phone is answered by a real person who really wants to help you out. If you need answers at other times, sending us an email with your questions or concerns is a great alternative. If you receive something in your order that just doesn't work for you, call or email us right away and we will help you arrange an exchange. You can see our policy HERE. We want you to be happy with your purchase!

    Barb Wilkins

    Diane Kennedy clothing is located in beautiful Vancouver B.C. Canada. We are a small company that does all of our manufacturing locally. Diane Kennedy is a real person who is here every day, working on her business and making sure every aspect of the company is run with integrity and honesty. We offer a quality product and great customer service. 

    A note to our local customers or those travelling to Vancouver... We open our showroom to the public for special Studio Shop events twice a month. We also offer private shopping appointments in our showroom during the week. Get all the info HERE. We love meeting our customers in person and we have everything that's on our website right here and a few things that are exclusively available here only.

    Don't be scared to order from us. Pick up the phone or send us an email if you have any concerns.

    We are dedicated to making ordering from Diane Kennedy a great experience! 

    Diane & Barb

    If you're local to Vancouver our next Studio Shop is:

    June 14 from 2-7pm and June 15 from 11-5 pm. @ 1635 Powell St

     

  • Let's Make Outfits; Barb's Style

    Published May 31 2019 in bamboo, Barb's Style, capris, design, diane kennedy, ethical, fashion, jackets, jumpsuit, leggings, local, Made in Canada, Personal Style, spring, Spring 2019, spring looks, tunics

    We love and appreciate our customers and are always trying to find ways to make your shopping experience better. Sometimes when you see a bunch of clothes online you wonder, how should I wear that?  You want to get ideas to style your own outfits, right? We figured, let's look at the collection as a whole and put together some outfits to show you.

    That's where I got recruited. I'm not a model. Full stop. I work for Diane Kennedy clothing in the capacity of customer service, I also do all the shipping and write the odd blog post, among other things. But the other day I was challenged with putting together some outfits from our Spring 2019 collection that I would wear in my own way.

    Vancouver Designer Diane Kennedy's Bamboo separates

    The City Tunic and Casting Capri in gorgeous Moroccan. Could an outfit be any easier to wear?

    Vancouver Designer Diane Kennedy's Bamboo separates I want to say right from the beginning that modeling is hard. I'm not kidding, it's a lot harder than it looks. Lucky for me, I had our newest team member Tracy and our in-house fab photographer Logan to put me through the moves. Tracy knows all about how to get the best out of a model, how to stand, how to walk, what to do with your hands, where to look. It's actually a lot to think about so I was so, so grateful for the guidance. Logan is fantastic, among other things, and he is infinitely talented and extremely patient. 

    Vancouver Designer Diane Kennedy's Bamboo separates

    I couldn't wait to try the new Jinx Jumpsuit on. Possibly the most comfortable thing I've ever worn. I wanted to try the Black and White striped Paradox Jacket over top and I just loved this look! This jumpsuit is so casual and yet so easily dressed up. 

    Vancouver Designer Diane Kennedy's Bamboo separates

    Another new fave has got to be the fantastically versatile top Add Pockets in Moroccan. Wear it on its own or layer it over almost anything to create the most amazing silhouette. I wore it over the Rejuvenate Leggings also in Moroccan and topped that with the Paradox Jacket in Black and Moroccan stripe. I love the way these layer up and the jacket just pulls the whole look together.  

    Vancouver Designer Diane Kennedy's Bamboo separates

    Here I've worn  Add Pockets with the Casting Capri in Black and Moroccan stripe. These capris are so fun with their wider leg and are the perfect length. Wear them with flats or a little bit of a heel. Again, casual or dressy but always soft and luxurious. 

    This is just me, wearing a few of my favourite Diane Kennedy separates. I hope you enjoy seeing my personal choices of Diane Kennedy's Spring 2019 line and that you can envision our collection as part of your own personal style.

    XOX Barb