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Get dressed in a flash with these styling tips. With the Rhapsody Coat you get three looks in one versatile garment. You can wear this as a dress, a jacket, or a tunic for plenty of mileage. Plus, this multi-tasker makes it easy to refresh your existing wardrobe.
Pop your Rhapsody Coat over top of the Perfect Tee, with jeans and low boots and you have a casual look with a stylish twist. Three quarter sleeves with plenty of room for movement and deep, generous pockets to stash essentials make it a handy edition to your day.
Change your look to a long tunic. Open the face-framing collar, arrange the lapels and layer the Rhapsody over a black Perfect Tee with Rejuvenate Leggings for an understated, urban vibe. Accessorize with your favourite stone necklace for balance.
Button up the Rhapsody to wear as a dress with tights and tall boots. Show off the asymmetrical collar with hammered Italian zinc buttons that reflect an organic flow.
For an elegant evening out, layer it over all black with the wider leg Serene Pant like Erika is wearing. Add a necklace with some sparkle and a dressy shoe.
For a polished and professional look at the office, layer your Rhapsody Coat with an accent colour pulled from the Symphony print. Leah is wearing the Perfect Tee in Raisin and the Serene Pant. Many of our Perfect Tee colours look great with this print; Raisin, Wave, Royal and Black are all shades in this colourful print.
Diane is radiant in her Rhapsody; worn as a dress in Symphony Print with a pop of colour pulled from these fabulous Fluevog boots.
Freestyle with your own creations by adding an A Capella Cape and a glitzy brooch, colourful booties, a beret, leggings, gloves, etc. Pull a solid colour from the print and use that as the base to build your look of the day.
The Rhapsody could even be a breezy cover-up for a beach stroll! The styling options are only as limited as your imagination.
Leah Paley Tuttle
One of most familiar faces of the Diane Kennedy brand is my silver-haired muse, Viola Evans.
Viola wears the Screen Playsuit and Perfect Top (new colours coming soon)
This ageless beauty became a model in her early fifties! She was “discovered” while working at an auto body shop. Later, she became the store manager of a clothing store in the South Granville neighbourhood of Vancouver that carried my Diane Kennedy clothing. I met Viola at this shop, and ever since we've shared a professional relationship and friendship that are both extremely important to me.
Viola starting modelling for me 10 years ago, and she was 56 at the time. I was immediately struck by her natural beauty, and she was so effortless in front of the camera. Viola was (and is) genuine and radiant, and her every pose appears relaxed and easy.
Her passion for the brand shines through every image. “DK clothes are classic and work for every body,” enthuses Viola. “When I talk about the brand, my motto is ‘love the comfort, love the look!’ Back when she worked in retail, her comment was, "Diane Kennedy is so easy to sell, once anyone puts on the clothes, they fall in love with the cut, the style and especially the soft, comfortable feel of the bamboo.”
Viola wears the Illusion Tunic in Moroccan bamboo
Viola’s approach to beauty is simple. "I know I'm supposed to do skin care, but I don't. I just wash with Dove soap." Her makeup routine is equally uncomplicated. “I do like wearing lipstick, especially MAC, a Canadian brand. Even if I have no other makeup on, I always wear lipstick to match my outfit.”
It’s not just Viola’s appearance that’s inspiring - her lifestyle is an ongoing, active celebration. In the winter, she usually goes to her condo in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, but she always summers in Vancouver. She swims, paddle boards, and kayaks, and she recently bought an eight-foot kayak that she can fit in her car, making new adventures that much easier! She’s a true Renaissance woman; her other hobbies include learning to read music, playing the ukulele, learning Spanish, and drawing.
Adventuring with Viola is a joy. One of my favourite memories with her was spent kayaking. We took off from Deep Cove and ending up finding our own private island. We perched on a rock, laughed, told stories, ate heirloom tomato sandwiches with mayonnaise and salt and pepper, and then we swam with the moon jellyfish in a tiny bay.
Viola represents everything that I want the Diane Kennedy to brand to reflect: beauty, versatility, and genuine zest for life at any age! I’m so grateful to have her working with us, and so delighted to have her as a friend.
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.
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!
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.
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?
Look Good, Feel Good Beauty Tips
As we have mentioned before, we have been lucky enough to have Leah Tuttle representing the Diane Kennedy and Cherry Velvet brands since their inception. Leah and her commitment to our brands, as well as her hard work and feedback, have been an integral part of the success of our company.
One of Leah's many talents is her eye for fashion and also beauty. During our recent photoshoot with Leah acting as our model, we couldn't help but delight at the gorgeous makeup and beauty look that she put together for the session. I even quizzed Leah on her lipstick colour and then went right out and purchased it myself! (It was Marc Jacobs le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in Plum N Get it).
We asked Leah if she would share some of her favourite beauty tips so that we could all benefit from her expertise. After all, it's always fun when someone else recommends something, isn't it?
Makeup Starts with A Good Base
Leah's beauty routine includes an anti-aging serum, skin polish and moisturiser she's created for her own new line of products called Wildcraft Organics. (coming soon to WildcraftOrganics.ca ) Leah has beautiful skin, but as a base she uses Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation added with a Beauty Blender sponge. Next she applies a loose powder over her skin using a big fluffy brush to keep it light and airy. Before applying any eyeshadow she uses an eye primer - like Too Faced Shadow Insurance - and then applies MAC eyeshadows in Sketch and Cranberry using an eyeshadow brush. Eyeliner is Lancome Liner Plume in Noir. Eyebrows are next, and are lightly filled in with an Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade.
It's All About the Lips!
I have always loved a good lip colour, and no matter the season, I find a pretty berry lip colour or a red lipstick can make you go from drab to fab. Leah was wearing the Marc Jacobs Liquid Lip Crayon on the day of our photoshoot, but also recommends MAC Spice it Up and Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick as some of her favourites.
Whether you are someone that changes your makeup seasonally or just want to add a little something new to your makeup routine, these are fun beauty tips that could be easily incorporated into your existing look.
Thanks Leah for your recommendations! As usual, you look fabulous (and we love your Teal nail polish too!)
If there's one thing that Diane Kennedy customers love about our garments, it's how effortless they are. Effortless to wear and care for, that is! Our signature bamboo fabrics are not only incredibly soft and comfortable, but they are also just as easy-breezy to maintain.
Washing / Drying
We recommend machine washing our bamboo garments in cold water using a mild eco-friendly soap. After washing, we suggest laying flat or hanging to dry. It's ok to put them in the dryer for a few minutes to get some of the moisture out, but please be sure to hang them up right away afterwards. Our bamboo fabric can hold quite a bit of moisture due to its unique cellular properties. It's ok to hang tops and 'shorter items', but longer items like pants might need to be laid flat to dry to ensure no stretching occurs. For longer tunics and bottoms, draping over a rack best preserves the shape of our garments.
Packing for Travel
You may already know that our garments travel exceptionally well. Our pieces fold so nicely & efficiently that it makes packing very easy; whether you're getting ready to take Diane Kennedy on a trip, or just switching over your closet's seasons. To minimize wrinkles, lay your garment flat, folding in the sleeves and hem (vertically, from top to bottom) into a rectangle, then simply roll up your garments starting from the neck. When you get to your destination, shake them out and hang them up, no ironing needed! Any wrinkles will fall out shortly.