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  • Leah's Spicy Chai Tea

    Published Nov 05 2020 in #chaitea, #comfortfood, #dianekennedy, #greenliving, #over50, #spicytea

    `If you came over to my place to hang out during the fall I would offer you a warm cup of homemade Chai Tea. We would sit by the fireplace, listen to the rain pouring outside, catch up and nibble on banana bread too.

    I made this tea for us at work and Diane loved it. While the tea brews the entire space smells heavenly with the spices in the air. This stimulating tea is great to awaken your system. I want to share the recipe with you here so you can enjoy it with a friend.

    The bonus is these ingredients boost your immune system; are high in antioxidants, great for digestion, supportive of your metabolism, and are anti-inflammatory as well as delicious. 

    A wooden cutting board with whole spices for making chai tea

    Leah's Spicy Chai Tea Recipe:

    Makes 4 litres

    1 large fresh Ginger Root (sliced thinly)

    1 Tbsp Black Peppercorns

    1 Tbsp Cloves Whole

    1 Tbsp Cardamom Seeds

    3 Cinnamon Sticks

    1 Tbsp of Black Tea or 4 tea bags

    4 litres or 1 Gallon of cold, fresh water

    Ingredients for homemade chai tea simmering in a pot

    Bring water to a boil and add each ingredient with exception of the black tea. 

    Once boiling, reduce to simmer for 45 minutes.

    Lastly, add the black tea bags to brew for 3 minutes or longer if you like strong tea.

    Strain the entire mixture through a mesh strainer.

    Chai Tea in a strainer

    Sweeten to taste with honey and add your choice of milk as desired.

    Once cooled you can store in the fridge and heat up as needed.

     Leah Tuttle with a cup of homemade Chai Tea

    The spicy fragrance of exotic spices is uplifting, soothing and calming. I hope you enjoy the warming kick. 

     Love Leah

  • The BEST pants you'll ever wear

    Published Oct 23 2020 in #style over 50, best plus size pants, eco, Made in Canada

    It's Leah writing the blog this week, and I want to share with you why Diane's pants are the best pants you'll ever wear. 

    Did you know that Diane Kennedy's pants are the most reordered item we sell? Ladies buy two at a time and stores consistently restock the pants because their customers can't get enough. Recently Diane re-imagined her best selling Flex pant into a new version that includes pockets called the Spirit Pant, available in Regular, Plus and Petite sizes. Honestly, they fly off the shelves and it made me want to share a story with you about the importance of great fitting pants. 

    Leah Tuttle models the new Spirit Pant by Diane Kennedy

    Last week, a friend of mine splurged on a new pair of pants for work (not DK) and was complaining about how disappointed she was with the fit. After showing me what she was wearing (name brand label) we had a quick chat about the difference between pants made in Canada by a designer who ensures quality by overseeing production and imported mass manufactured garments. She was feeling ripped off and a little confused and appreciated the feedback so she won't be wasting her money in future. 

    I explained that the bottom line (pun intended) is what matters to these big labels and that means cutting costs wherever possible. Alternatively, the results are completely different when you buy a garment that has been meticulously tailored, measured and crafted with quality fabrics.

    How does this affect you?

    Diane's pants and leggings are made for your comfort. She is designing for curves and knows that our bodies have width, but also depth. If you turn sideways in a mirror you can see the curves that a garment must maneuver. Diane understands these proportions.

    Here is an example to show how different the average legging pattern (right) is compared with legging pattern (left) made by Diane. The average pattern is flat and made for a one dimensional result which will not work. Women are not flat.

    Diane Kennedy pant fitTo compare; Diane chooses to design with fabrics that are ethically made in Canada. You are wearing healthy, soft, breathable bamboo which moves with you. Waistbands are wide and contoured to always give you a smooth fit with no muffin top. Each garment is locally produced in Canada with love. Our customers claim this bamboo makes their legs feel energized and heavenly.

    You want all day comfort with movement, stretch with memory, breathable fabric and quality that lasts. This is why these are the most comfortable leggings and pants you will ever wear: Find your favourite pant or legging on our website now in sizes S-3X and we are sure you'll agree that these are the best pants you'll ever wear.

    We look forward to hearing your opinions on the fit, fabric and your experiences.

    Leah Tuttle 

  • Fabulous Fabrics - Meet Kaffe Fassett

    Published Oct 14 2020 in 100% cotton, cotton, fashion art, fashion over 50, fashion over 60, Kaffe Fasset, wearable art

    Inspiring fabrics are a source of immense joy to me. Fabrics bring life to the patterns I design and each is chosen especially for the feeling and drape; they are an essential part of my process from concept to completion. Lately, I’ve been inspired by the work of Kaffe Fassett and I think you’ll be as enchanted with his original designs as I am. 

    Kaffe Fasset

    Kaffe is an internationally renown textile designer. As a skilled fine artist in his teens he won a scholarship to The Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. A move to England led him to discover a new passion: knitting and designing knitwear. Kaffe’s brilliantly colourful work in needlepoint, patchwork, and knitwear has appeared in the pages of Vogue and on famous figures like Barbra Streisand and Lauren Bacall. He has collaborated with top brands such as Coach and Missoni, participated in various exhibitions and solo shows, published a multitude of books and patterns, and won numerous awards. In short, Kaffe is considered a guru in the world of colour and textiles.

    Kaffe Fasset cotton quilt

    Flowers play a prominent role in Kaffe’s designs. His “Antique Chrysanthemum” print is explosively beautiful, and will be available as a limited edition Rhapsody Coat soon.

    Kaffe Fasset cotton prints
    Kaffe’s love of florals and colour has come full circle – a rose has been named after him by one of the most prestigious rose producers in the world. It is a floribunda rose in shades of vivid hot pink and hints of deep lilac, with a wonderful fragrance. 

    Kaffe Fasset Rose

    Kaffe might now be best known for his stunning array of 100% cotton fabrics. These kaleidoscopic images showcase Kaffe’s love of colour play and juxtaposition with the pinwheels and mandalas seeming to spin through space while maintaining a relationship through pattern and scale. The larger sizes of his botanical prints reveal masterful details that are usually overlooked.

    Leah Tuttle in a Diane Kennedy Rhapsody Coat

    We look forward to sharing these creations with you. (coming soon!) We hope that knowing more about Kaffe will make wearing these items that much more special for you. Fabrics can take your clothing beyond being an average garment to becoming an artistic creation of sublime enjoyment for years to come.

     

  • Behind the Photos – Get to Know Leah!

    Published Oct 08 2020 in #over50, ageless, fashion over 50, Made in Canada, women in business

    Diane Kennedy customers will recognize Leah Tuttle from our website and social media – she certainly features prominently. What you may not know is that Leah is our sales agent and has been for nearly 12 years. She knows the DK brand inside and out, so she was the perfect choice to join the team as our new Marketing Manager. We wanted to give you a closer look at this beautiful, accomplished woman, and tell you about the origins of her endless enthusiasm for this industry.

    Leah Tuttle

    A passion for fashion set the course for Leah’s career. She’s worked with designers, artists, retailers, and wholesalers, as a buyer, as a stylist, and as a personal dresser. Every day, she finds new delight in seeing the clothes she gets to work with.

    Leah is a multitalented woman. Sales and marketing are her forte, but she's also a chef, and cultivates organic botanicals for her own skincare line; www.wildcraftorganics.ca.

    Leah grows her own herbal teas which we are currently enjoying here at the office. "Tranquility Tea" is how we stay balanced and calm throughout the day. The main ingredients are lemon balm, heirloom peppermint, chamomile, lemongrass, calendula and the legendary soothing blossoms of restorative French lavender.

    Leah Tuttle and Diane Kennedy

    Now that Leah has joined the Diane Kennedy team, she’s been discovering more and more similarities with Diane, our designer.  Aside from red hair and green eyes, and their passion for fashion and cosmetics, both ladies have a love of organic gardening. 

    Tranquillity tea and Books by Anne RiceDiane and Leah have similar tastes in movies and books, and appropriately enough for the Halloween season, they’re both currently reading The Witching Hour trilogy; horror classics by Anne Rice. Around the office, you’ll often hear one or the other exclaiming to each other, “Oh, yeah – me, too!" With this much in common, it’s clear that theirs is a friendship for the ages, 12 years and counting.

     

     

  • 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