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The Darling Blog

Welcome to The Darling Blog, a life and style blog by the owner of Darling Boutique, Linnea White. Darling is passionate about empowering women and inspiring strength through fashion to restore dignity and true beauty. Enjoy outfit inspiration and style tips, featured #darlingfinds, local collaborations, and so much more. Live the Darling lifestyle - an altogether beautiful life.

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Birds of Paradise | Our Darlings

Linnea White

When we celebrated our Grand Reopening back in April, we started to bring in local artisans. Our first collaboration was a Cville friend connection and love at first sight. Birds of Paradise is a local jewelry brand by Brielle DuFlon and Steph de Wolfe featuring unique, beaded pieces. Their love of the tropics and travel is evident in their design aesthetic, filled with color and texture. All of their necklaces are handmade with beads foraged from Latin America and Africa.

Flash Sale!

This week only, Tuesday through Friday, all Birds of Paradise jewelry at Darling is 40% off! Come shop these one-of-a-kind pieces, handmade pieces!

Meet Brielle DuFlon & Steph de Wolfe

Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? If not the Charlottesville area, what brought you here?

We both found our ways to Charlottesville by way of UVA. Brielle grew up in Guatemala City, and Steph in Dakar.Photo by Linnea White

As a local artisan, describe what you do in town.

Birds of Paradise is a jewelry collection inspired by many things, but especially the textiles, textures, and colors of various locales we've inhabited and visited. We are inspired by nature- textures, shapes, and landscapes in particular. Strong feminine identity, ancestry and accessibility are other themes we found we had in common when we sat down to go over our shared concept.

It's story time. Talk about your collaboration with Darling Boutique.

Steph: See what had happened was.... :). It's really all thanks to Kat Diplas, which is a line I think a lot of people in this town have used over the years. Timing really worked to our advantage here, too, we launched BOP only a few weeks before DB announced their new ownership and re-opening. After Kat made the initial connection, though, I was encouraged by DB’s community-driven philosophy and support of women and smaller vendors who are making quality products, but may not have a big platform to promote their work. I value DB’s respect for fair prices for the artist/producer/vendor, which is especially important for some of the international products they feature in the store-- those sales are contributing to people’s livelihoods. It's important that artists and artisans are able make a living through their work, and it’s wonderful that DB’s philosophy reflects that value.

Describe Birds of Paradise in 10 words or less.

Timeless jewelry that embraces color, heritage, and femininity.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Where do you go to be creative?

Steph: Anywhere where there's lots of sunlight and music I can get lost in!

Brielle: I like making things out of my well lit-studio, often while listening to music or podcasts as well!

What aspects of life excite you, stir your affections, fuel your passions, inspire your art?

Steph: People, nature and community. Kinship is important to me, and jewelry, textiles, and “adornment” in general are age-old markers of kin in many African traditions, and non-African for that matter. I've always been interested in aesthetic display as markers of communal identity. Being outdoors energizes me, and nature offers endless inspiration in color and texture. I'm all about the heat, I’m drawn to loud colors.

Brielle: I also love colors and the anthropology of textiles, patterns, symbols and colors as “markers of communal identity” as Steph put it. Those are inspirations for me in my fine art as well, outside of BOPJewelry. I enjoy making pieces for our store that many people can relate to, that don’t target a particular kind of person but are instead ageless and elegant, regardless of whether they are colorful or muted. I find flowers and nature and our environment to be truly inspirational as well - which I think is evident in a lot of the earth-tones I use in my jewelry designs.

When and why did you become an artisan? / How did you get into this business?

Because we love to make jewelry! This all came together so organically, we are bead nerds, and we got together a few times to gab and make jewelry. Over the years, we've both collected so many unique beads from Africa, Guate, vintage/thrift shops, and beyond. When we realized we so enjoyed combining certain elements to create vibrant and colorful pieces, it made sense to collaborate.

Steph: Brielle was the real powerhouse behind making the shift from hobby to business. She's well-versed as a working artist in turning inspiration into results, and I remain blown away by how efficiently she made BOP a reality!

What are you working on right now?

Steph: My mom always wore these amazing big, chunky beaded necklaces that I thought were badass but too sophisticated for me when I was younger. I’m playing with elements from some of my favorite pieces of hers: chunky, big, bold beads of clay, metal, and stone. I like having bold beads act as a centerpiece and combining vibrant color and earth tones to complement those focal beads.

Brielle: I’ve started working with a lot of vintage chain to accent semi-precious stones that I think are truly beautiful and deserve to be spot-lit; I’ve been working on making minimalist but emotive and interesting pieces, combining antique Guatemalan beads, vintage and semi-precious elements.

Where can someone find your products?

Check us out on Etsy. We are also selling at the following Fleaville Dates, at IX Art Park from 10am - 2pm: July 11th, August 8th, September 12th. Plus, we love to make custom orders. Email us at bopjewelry@gmail.com!

 

Dressing Up with Darling: Rainy Day Play

Linnea White

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What makes us happy when skies are grey? An adorable outfit! Especially one as color coordinated and chic as this one. Who says you can't dress cute on a rainy day? Certainly not us! Practical wedges for dainty frolics and pops of color make any grey day bright.

We love this Maeve dress from Anthropologie, especially that little detail of red buttons down the back. Paired with these fun wedges, a bright bag, a stunning necklace by local artisans Birds of Paradise, and, of course, a red lip, this outfit is meant to take on a gloomy day. Just try to not smile when wearing such a playful outfit! No sunshine in the sky? Wear it!

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Maeve (Anthropologie) dress, $42 / MIA wedges, $32 / Grace & Glory bracelet, $18 / Grace & Glory earrings, $14 / Birds of Paradise (local artisan) necklace, $52 / Vintage bag, $12

Find these pieces and more at Darling Boutique on the downtown mall!

Dressing Up with Darling: Taking Flight

Linnea White

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Pattern play and bright colors. Pretty sure we established with last week's Dressing Up post we love both of these things. The vibrant yellow of these wedges and Kate Spade purse paired with the cool blue of this lightweight J. Crew sweater was the perfect pairing for brighter (and warmer) Spring days. All that plus an adorable Spring skort? Yes, please! Skorts have all the elegance of a skirt, and all the ease of shorts. Not to mention the bird print on this Anthropologie one. Topped off with this stunning, handmade necklace by local artisans Birds of Paradise, this outfit has us wanting to take flight!

And that's just what we're doing - with the Dressing Up series! We're taking flight, working towards weekly outfit posts featuring items in the shop. So subscribe to the blog and follow along for weekly outfit inspiration and a glimpse of what we have on the racks!

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

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J. Crew sweater, $24 / Leifnotes (Anthropologie) navy bird print skort, $28 / Kate Spade mustard leather crossbody, $148 / Ann Marino yellow espadrille wedges, $32 / Birds of Paradise handmade necklace, $46 (local Charlottesville artisan)

Find these pieces and more at Darling Boutique on the downtown mall!