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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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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
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)