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  • 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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  • In Support of Anti-Racism & BLM

    Published Jun 05 2020 in Anti-Racism, Black Lives Matter, ethical, Ethics, inspiration, local, Opinion, plus, shop local, women in business

    BLM header

    Out of respect and solidarity, we would like to use our public platform to reaffirm our values and share our support for the Anti-Racism movement.

    Diane Kennedy is an inclusive company, not only dedicated to endorsing the rights and respect of women and all sizes including plus size, but also respecting people of all ethnicities, cultures, and faiths. We recognize Canada as a cultural mosaic and we appreciate everyone's contributions to our local community.

     Jihan Amer models for Diane Kennedy

    Diversity is fundamental to ensuring the strength of our communities and we are grateful for its part in building a safe place to call home.

    As the world recognizes this significant, pivotal moment in Black History, we offer our humble support by sharing a few links related to the Black Lives Matter Movement. We hope these links will be valuable to our readers; whether you wish for more information, want to help but may not know where to start, or know anyone who may be in need of these resources.

    It is important to think critically. Our words and actions, no matter how small, have more meaning than we can imagine. This goes both ways. They not only represent us but contribute to our society as a whole. Even the smallest pebble will ripple across a lake. We believe there are many routes toward change, and one of them is education. This is the only way we can unravel the harmful values deeply rooted in our society.

    A Day In The Life: How Racism Impacts Families of Colour

    Ways You Can Help :: Black Lives Matter

    Black Women In Motion

    The Black Health Alliance of Canada

    The Black Legal Action Centre

    We encourage you to take a look at these links, and within your means, take positive action (share the links, make a donation, or support local Black-owned businesses, etc) 

    Tracy Po for Diane Kennedy

     

  • Why your tights are too tight

    Published Jan 03 2020 in bamboo, design, ethical, fashion, fit, fit expert, Made in Canada, plus size fit expert, Proper fit

    Recently I broke my rule and purchased some footed tights that had been highly rated online. I was excited when they arrived, until I put them on. Even though they came in plus sizes and "were meant to fit women with hips and thighs", the cut of the pattern was all wrong. And I want to explain what I mean by that to you, so you can be informed.

    Way back when I was in college for design, my instructor explained to us how crotches work from a clothing pattern point of view. I've never forgotten what he taught us. We discussed how cheaper brands save costs and fabric by cutting crotches very shallow (arrow on the right). Then he taught us to draft a pattern for tights (or pants) that actually fit by building the required room for the crotch into the pattern (arrow on the left). For any woman who has hips, thighs or a stomach - yes, all of us - it's my mission to explain to you what to look for in a truly comfortable fit at the crotch.

     A comparison of legging pattern showing the crotch

    You know what I'm talking about: That nasty "squeeze your butt cheeks together" feeling because your tights are too tight. (Perhaps that's why they call them tights?)

    It's really quite elementary; our bodies have width, but also depth. Turn sideways to a mirror and visually determine the distance between your belly button and your back. To fit properly, a pattern must incorporate this distance in the crotch. 

    Diane Kennedy leggings and pants are cut to fit properly in the crotch

    So next time you're buying pants or tights, pay close attention to the crotch for the correct fit. If you're buying footed tights or pantyhose, look for brands that add an extra panel down the back to give more room. 

    Obviously, our leggings and pants have this room built in the crotch already, which is why we've always said: "They're cut to fit comfortably in the crotch and seat in every size" 

    We hope this has been informative and will help you choose the right garments.

    Wishing you all a much more comfortable crotch in the future ;)

     

  • Happy Holidays!

    Published Dec 24 2019 in customers, diane kennedy, eco friendly, environmentally friendly, ethical, Made in Canada, personal service, personal shopping, shop local, thank you

    With 2019 nearing its end, the team here at Diane Kennedy wanted to send a most heartfelt thank you for your support. It has been another amazing year for Diane Kennedy; we are so proud of our continued commitment to local and ethical manufacturing, in a fast-fashion world.

    We know none of the success we share with you would be possible without *you*, and to be completely honest, it wouldn't be nearly as enjoyable without you, either. So, once more, we thank you for being on this wonderful journey with us.

     Diane Kennedy Staff

    Wishing you the happiest of holidays, the merriest of Christmases and nothing but the very best for the New Year and beyond.

    With Love from Diane, Julia, Logan, and Tracy.
    XOX

    Diane Kennedy Staff Funny

     

  • A Girlfriend's Guide to Beauty Secrets

    Published Aug 30 2019 in Beauty, Beauty finds, beauty tips, ethical, Everywoman, Made in Canada, over 40, over 50, shopping, style

    In addition to modeling for us, Scarlett has been working part-time in our office this summer. With a background in makeup artistry, she has been sharing some of her beauty advice during our office chats. Read on for some expert tips from Scarlett.

    beauty tips, diane kennedy, fashion and beauty

    It is always fun to share fashion finds, vacation locations and beauty tips with friends. Many of us are now connected to family and friends from near and far on social media, making it easier than ever to share and find things within our online communities. However, sometimes those in-person conversations with girlfriends reveal the best tips!

    As we shared on the blog a few weeks ago, during our photo session with Leah Tuttle, we learned about some her favourite and fabulous beauty products. This has sparked a lot of conversation around the office about makeup and beauty rituals. We thought it might be fun to share - since I have learned some new things too! 

    Over 40 model applies make-up

    Skin and Foundations 

    While everyone has different skin needs, it is more recently that we have been hearing mainstream cosmetic companies become more transparent about their ingredients. Ativo Skincare is a Vancouver-based brand that manufactures all-natural skincare using only holistic organic ingredients. I swear by their Waterless Beauty Balm, which I use as a makeup remover/moisturizer. It is described on their website as a multi-purpose cream. It's nice to find something that is local and also cruelty-free!

    For a lightweight moisturizing foundation, a BB Cream is often a great alternative. A BB cream is actually a 'Beauty Balm'. The difference between that and a tinted moisturizer is that a BB Cream will prime and moisturize your skin at the same time. It provides a bit more coverage than a tinted moisturizer. There are plenty of organic and cruelty-free options at your local retailers and online beauty sites.

    Over 40 make-up tips

    Eyes and Lashes

    One thing I have found about wearing eyeshadow as I have gotten older is that it tends to get creasy and wear off during the day. Did you know that an eyeshadow primer is a great solution? There are a few different brands on the market. Eyeshadow primer is used before you apply your eyeshadow so your shadow will stay put all day. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is a really good one, and it now comes tinted so you can wear it alone instead of eyeshadow if you like. Brilliant!

    Our models for Diane Kennedy and Cherry Velvet often come to photoshoots wearing false eyelashes. These are removable and good for one-day wear, but if your lashes have gotten finer or more sparse, I have learned about some other options that are available too. Latisse is a lash growth serum, available by prescription in Canada, and boasts fabulous results for eyelash growth. Eyelash extensions are also an option and are usually done by a certified professional in a medical-spa or skin care clinic. 

    I hope you have learned a few new things! I know I have! What other beauty or fashion finds would you be interested to learn about? 

    Scarlett