Friday, February 14, 2014

Durante Design is Now Featured Online and in Store!

Lady Golf’s CEO Princess Karen Cantrell is just that, royalty. This woman not only has a large store in Palm Desert, California, but also an impressive international online following. Customer satisfaction being the company’s main goal has put Karen at the top of Women’s golf fashion lists for quite some time now. Also, with a large European following, celebrity clients, and overall some of the richest people in the world shopping at her establishment, it’s no surprise to hear about her success.

This humanitarian, philanthropist, and entrepreneur has affiliations with the World Interfaith Council, Empowering Women in over 6 countries, Peace Next, and is a member of Diplomatic Security Service, just to name a few. She is committed to many volunteer services with a passion for overall human rights. Overall, she is a great role model for entrepreneurs and women alike. 

We have been fortunate enough to be featured both online at and in her Palm Desert store! This is a big step for us here at Durante Design, as it is the first vendor to take a leap of faith with us. We look forward to keeping a business relationship with Lady Golf and Karen Cantrell! 

Friday, January 31, 2014

5 Easy Tips to Socialize at a Golf Outing by Yourself

It can feel uncomfortable going to a golf outing or any event alone.  However, the experience can be enjoyable by using the following 5 tips:

  •   Be prepared with 3-5 conversation openers before going to the event.   You could Google recent news stories, but avoid stories that could be controversial.  If the event is connected to a charity, research the charity for some interesting facts.  Remember: you are going to a golf event, so most people are golfers, anything about golf would be appropriate and lead to more conversation.  Ask people their opinion on a brand or just give genuine compliments.
  •   When you arrive, pause before entering the room to get your bearings.  Locate the buffet table, bar, raffle table, other single people, etc.   Decide which area you should head towards in case you don’t connect with someone as you start walking into the room.
  •  Walk in with a smile on your face, make eye contact with people, then nod and say “hi” so people know you’re friendly and approachable.  You may find a person or group that’s welcoming right away.
  •  If you don’t feel comfortable breaking into a group, seek out a single person.  Smile, say “hi”, introduce yourself and use one of your conversation openers to break the ice.  They will be grateful someone is talking to them so they are not alone.
  •  Locate the people putting on the golf outing.  Compliment them on the event.  Tell them you don’t really know anyone, but are still glad you came.  They may take it upon themselves to introduce you to others.

Going to an event where you don’t know anyone can be just as stressful as a first day of school, or a new job, though, if you treat it like an informal interview you should be just fine! Remember, a lot of people are feeling the same as you; they will appreciate your courage to try and make new friends!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Beat Those Winter Blues by Hitting the Green!

After these past few weeks of bitter cold, I can't be the only one itching to get outside, right? Well friends, it looks like we’re all in for a treat this weekend with Kohler’s 7th annual Winterfest this Friday and Saturday (January 24-25). From ice-skating on Wood Lake, bowling on ice, wagon rides, a snowman competition, and music from The Bluetones you can find an event for any age group.

Best of all, and my favorite part, are numerous activities for us to hit the green. Well, figuratively that is:
10 a.m. – Saturday: You could find yourself in a chipping contest with Above & Beyond Children’s Museum, with a chance to win a prize!
Noon – Saturday: Learn from the pros with PGA Golf Professionals giving free, fifteen-minute, indoor golf lessons. Did I mention they are FREE?

4 p.m. – Saturday: Wind down with the Winter Olympic Carnival, but don’t let your competitive side go home just yet. You’ll be competing for prizes and medals in events such as hockey slap shot, bowling, ring toss, snow shoe relay race, and more!

Just for you shopaholics reading this post, I’ve got an extra special surprise.
The Shops at Woodlake are having sales throughout the weekend into Sunday!
Check out if your favorite shops are participating and get more information about the event by clicking here!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Two Suns Are Better Than One

When I was in the first grade I remember a particularly horrific event in my life. It was in art class and everyone was pitching in to draw a huge 8 foot by 3 foot mural to depict our neighborhood and school surroundings. This mural was to be hung in the hallway for parent-teacher conferences. You know, to impress the parents with our budding creativity.

While one kid was drawing houses, another kid drew some flowers and so on and so forth. I was one of the last to start coloring my contribution. I decided to go ahead and draw in the sun. I mean what's a landscape drawing without some light?!? So I colored in your typical yellow circle with some triangles coming off of it as the sun's rays. I finished and took a step back to look at my work. I decided that this long, 8 foot mural could probably use another sun down on the other end to balance it out. At least this was my rational thinking as a 6-year-old girl.

NASA finds planet with two suns, named Tatooine
Half-way through coloring in my second sun, I hear this high-pitched shrill coming from my art teacher, Mr. OverDramatic. "What on earth are you doing," he yelled. I turned around to see him grimacing at me while the rest of the class stopped and stared. Flushed red, I finally got out, "I-I-I-I'm coloring in the sun." "Why did you draw two suns? Does the earth even have two suns?" he snarled. Now here's the thing, I had no idea how many suns the earth had. For all I knew there most definitely had to be more than just one sun in order to light the entire earth (as an aside, I'd like to point out here that indeed there are binary star systems and even multiple star systems with more than two stars, so take that, Mr. OverDramatic). After a brief moment of contemplation, I answered no. "Then why did you draw two suns?! You have completely ruined the mural," said Mr. OverDramatic. "Well you might as well finish coloring in your duo sun." Humiliated and fighting back tears, I colored in the rest of my ill fated sun.

The point being, it only takes one negative experience to completely sidetrack a person's life, their way of thinking, or how they see themselves. I loved art class, but on that day my teacher's reaction left me embarrassed and humiliated. My confidence gave way to self-doubt. The mere fact that I vividly remember this entire scenario from 30 years ago tells you just how much it impacted me. I thought I'd never be good enough. It wasn't until high school that my self-doubt finally subsided enough to start expressing myself again via the arts. This time I received more accolades than ridicule. However, the ridicule still reared it's ugly head once in a while. The only difference now is I had become more empowered to take it or leave it.

Everyone probably has their own story of one sort or another. It's in the way you react to the humiliation, the oppression, the hardship, the social pressure or the handicap that determines your character. Will you curl-up in a little ball and let them win? Or will you do the right thing, work harder, believe in yourself, determined to fight for what you love and what is right. The faster you figure out the negativity people project is only a reflection of their own insecurities, the faster you will find happiness and satisfaction with yourself. And be warned, these so-called "people" could be the closest to you—your friends and family. I know it's easier said than done, but nothing worth fighting for comes easy. Just don't wait any longer. The more you fight back, the easier it gets. You become your own skilled samurai in the fight against the nay sayers.

Sometimes I think about what Mr. OverDramatic is up to and whether or not he is still stunting the personal growth of impressionable elementary kids. Either way, I'd like to thank him for the obstacle. I learned a great lesson—never be afraid to dance to the beat of your own drummer. That's where the most fantastic discoveries are made.

And that's my two cents.

Monday, July 22, 2013

After Glow

left to right: my Grandpa, Michael Durante and my Grandma, Molly Durante
by Matthew DuranteUntitled (2013). Polychromos on paper. 
My 94-year-old grandpa passed away last week. His wishes stated that he did not want an obituary in the paper. However, nothing was said about writing a blog entry ;) This is my farewell to him. 

I always looked up to my Grandpa. For me, he was the rock of my family. His tough exterior made it next to impossible to really get to know him well, but like most grandpa's, he did love to talk about the old days. As he would say, nothing was ever given to him; he and his family worked hard to make ends meet. As the son of Italian immigrants, I believe his meager beginnings were also the catalyst by which he strove to make a better life for himself. Forever looking forward and never looking back.

In his lifetime he sold ice, served in the Air Force during WWII, was a cook in his father's restaurant, opened his own laundry mat and insurance agency. Let me not forget his love for financial planning and investing. He was quite the maverick in this realm. He managed to accomplish so much on so little formal education. I remember him telling me, "It's a much greater compliment to be called intelligent than clever. For being clever is a fleeting moment in a sly man's game, while having intelligence is an everlasting gift." I'm most certain my grandpa has never been called clever. A good sense of humor, yes, but not clever. He had a great sense of humor and a quick wit about him. Even better was his laugh. He had the kind of loud, boisterous laugh that made everyone else in the room chuckle just to hear him.

He kept busy during retirement, serving on advisory boards of a hospital and school district, and was highly involved in the Professional Insurance Agents of America (PIA) and Lions Club for many years. I regard his greatest achievement to be his passion to give back through volunteering and philanthropy. Through him I have learned many things, among them to stay grounded and gracious, never let a bad situation get the best of you, be focused and patient, to enjoy the simple things in life and, no matter what, there is always room for improvement. My grandpa's hard work paid off and he achieved much success and, although he had every reason to be, he was never arrogant or conceited. Instead, he led a very simple life and stayed true to himself.

However, with all his success in life I'm sure his time away from home was felt. My grandma happens to be a saint. I have no idea how she managed with three young kids at home. They married when she was just seventeen. If I do the math right, that means 70 years of marriage! Next to impossible in today's world. She stood by him through it all. As much as he supported the family, my grandma supported him. There is no way he would have been able to achieve as much as he did without her. She was his rock.

Of course my grandpa wanted his grandchildren to be doctors or lawyers. Instead he got artists, academics and entrepreneurs. He never quite understood our silly endeavors, but always inquisitive to find out how things were going and offered, more so told us, his advise. I am incredibly thankful for the time he spent with me and the legacy of encouragement he left behind. Even in his absence, I find myself trying to do right by him. I would never attempt to fill his shoes, but if I could just slip them on once in a while I'd consider that a great honor. Love you and miss you Grandpa!

For you, the best is yet to come

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Time to Sit Back and Unwind

This time of year always reminds of the classic Fresh Prince jam, "Summertime".  With Will's smooth rhymes atop a sweet, simple melody; it always puts me in a carefree mood. Recently I checked out the video and realized just how "classic" that song is. And, yes, it also reminded me of just how 'classic" I am.

Last week I had another fantastic birthday, which means it is well into summer and already approaching July 4th. Believe it or not, this gal hasn't even hit one golfball! I don't want to make excuses, cause there just is no good excuse, but my game has been delayed for my clubs have been stolen from the trunk of my car. I need to get a new set. However, before I drop my hard earned cash on a set of new clubs, I have been doing my due diligence and researching on the internet. Here's a great article I found to help women buy the clubs that are the right fit for them. I know some women can find the golf store an intimidating place if you have no clue what you are looking for. Doing some research can at least give you an idea of what is out there and the questions you should be asking. If you can, bring a friend that knows the sport already. If not, make sure you ask for help. That's what the knowledgeable salespeople are for.

After I get my clubs, my next goal will be to finagle two of my girlfriends to come hit balls with me. Mind you, both my girlfriends have their own set of golf clubs, yet have never golfed before. This blows my mind! Women recruiting other women—this is how it's done ladies! Invite your friends out to the driving range and show them a thing or two. Most importantly, have fun! It's summertime! Like Will Smith said in his song, "To hit you and get you equipped for the summer time". Get at it.

+ Kim

Monday, March 18, 2013

Time Flies When You're Having Fun

The old adage, "time flies when you're having fun", couldn't ring more true for me. It was way back in August since my last blog. My life has kicked into high gear preparing for my premiere Spring/Summer line of women's golf clothes. I'm boiling over with anticipation to launch my website, which is set to go live late this week! Finally, everyone will be able to see and buy the latest and greatest in golf fashion.

I also had the opportunity to showcase Durante Design apparel at the Chicago Golf Show last month. I met so many fantastic women who were very complimentary and excited to see my new line of clothes. Check out the collection for yourself with my online lookbook.

On a completely different note, I just saw a facebook newsfeed from stating Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are now dating. Surprised!?! Not surprise?!?! You can read about this saucy gossip here.

+ Kim