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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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Coffee Date Style | How to Wear Spring Layers

Linnea White

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When Spring doesn't look or feel like Spring, and the chilly days linger a little too long, don't let the weather steal your Spring vibes. Play with romantic layers and lacy textures this season to keep the ethereal magic of Spring alive. It's the ideal palette for rainy day coffee date style. For this rainy day Spring look, we visited one of our favorite spots on the mall - The Pie Chest. Not only are we pie addicts (I think I've tried just about every one), but we're also coffee addicts, and there's no place that makes us a better brew than Milli Coffee Roasters. The cute shop is the coziest getaway from the chilly rain, and a crisp backdrop for this outfit.

Romantic vibes are big this season, from the runway to the sale rack. And this lacy kimono is the perfect layering piece for those chilly Spring days, all while keeping that ethereal, romantic vibe. This flowy Maeve Anthropologie blouse in such a rich teal hue is a gorgeous compliment to the cream lace. And with rainy, 50 degree days in May (we can't even), these cutout suede booties are an easy addition to just about any Spring outfit. (Find some booties style inspiration here.)

This outfit is pretty much all about the accessories, though, featuring so many beautiful new arrivals from our local artisans in the shop. From the necklace to the earrings to the cuffs, the new pieces by Free Range & Feral is absolutely stunning in all its boho glory. And the leather handmade foldover clutch by Petaline is available in a variety of fabric/leather combinations. Not to be forgotten, the finishing touches on every outfit - locally made cosmetics by Kitsune’s Closet. Because what's a coffee date without the perfect lipstick stain on your mug?

Coffee Date Style | How to Wear Spring Layers

Coffee Date Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea| Secondhand pieces: Maeve (Anthropologie) blouse, $28 // Beth Bowley lace kimono, $98 // H&M jeans, $12 // Guess suede booties, $50 // grace black hat with green ribbon, $24 | Local Artisan pieces: Free Range & Feral ray of light necklace, $50, cat eye earrings, $40, smokey topaz cuff, $40, chevron brass cuff, $28 // Petaline foldover leather handmade pouch, $60 // Kitsune’s Closet Lilac Grey nail polish, $7.50, Iced Coffee lipstick, $10

Shop these items and more at Darling Boutique, located on Charlottesville’s downtown mall!

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Coffee Date Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Coffee Date Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Coffee Date Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Coffee Date Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Coffee Date Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Coffee Date Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Coffee Date Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Coffee Date Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Boho Spring Style: Easy Breezy

Linnea White

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While last week was all about bright floral prints and the Spring color report, I was drawn to this beautiful black and white number for this week's Dressing Up outfit, so ethereal and enigmatic. The flowy boho Spring frock paired perfectly with our stunning new pieces by Dinosaur Toes and new Iced Coffee lipstick color by Kitsune's Closet.

With the 70's making a come back on the runways in the past year, there are plenty of reasons to embrace your inner boho this Spring and Summer. From crocheted looks to embroidered textures, flowy frocks and vibrant patterns, let your flower child out for a style spin. Dance in the warm Spring breeze, hair wild and free.

Boho Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea: Tracy Reese black & white design boho dress, size small, $104 / Chinese Laundry heels, size 8, $24 Local Artisan Pieces: Dinosaur Toes black tassel & rose quartz necklace, $42 / Kitsune’s Closet lipstick in Iced Coffee, new at the shop!

Shop these items and more at Darling Boutique, located on Charlottesville’s downtown mall!

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Boho Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Boho Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Boho Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Boho Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Boho Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Boho Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Boho Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Rustic Fall Style in the Vineyard | Darling on the Trail

Linnea White

Darling is back on the trail – the Monticello Wine Trail, that is. This stop on the trail took us to the mountains for the gorgeous, 360 degree view at Afton Mountain Vineyards. Not only is Afton Mountain a scenic reprieve in the mountains, but it is also a vineyard that produces wine as robust and beautiful as the scenery. For our afternoon at Afton, we sipped on the Festa di Bacco, the "Super-Tuscan" red blend named after the original vineyard, Bacchanal Vineyards. This wine blended perfectly with our styled shoot, from hue to history, as we walked the grounds of a vineyard established in 1978. It was a bustling late afternoon at Afton, with wine club events and a lawn full of patrons sipping on wine in the evening sunlight. From the patio and lawn to the vines and even to the stunning water below, we explored this mountain-side winery, wine in hand.

Inspired by the autumnal scenery, we styled the models in colorful, fall-toned denim, cozy sweaters, and rich patterns with a boho-rustic feel. See how we styled the looks for a chilly Fall afternoon in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and shop these items and more at Darling Boutique, located on Charlottesville’s downtown mall!

Shoot Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan, Assisted by Scott Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

The lovely Paige Pitstick was styled in a dreamy Free People sweater contrasted with a silky blouse, adding a warm plum to the sage green sweater. The Heidi braids and boho-inspired jewelry were the perfect compliment to the look.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Paige: Free People sweater, $32 (sold) / Loft blouse, $18 / Joe's Jeans, $64 (sold) / Owl Ridge Farmstead antler collar necklace, $30, and sliced antler studs, $22 / Kitsune's Closet Mulberry Lipstick, $10 / Ugg clogs (model's own)

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Shea Zwerver was styled in all the fireside goodies, from a chunky cardigan to easy booties, this colorful Fall look is ready for those evenings by the fire, Anthropologie catalog style.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Shea: Loft stripe sweater, $20 (sold) / Philip Lim cardigan, $200 / AG Denim jeans, $64 (sold) / Joie boots, $96 (sold) / Owl Ridge Farmstead antler tip necklace, $50, leather knot studs, $22, and leather bracelet, $20 / Kitsune's Closet Noir Red Lipstick, $10 / Hat (model's own)

Photo by Megan Tiernan

With her bob and overall adorable, retro personal style, styling Erin O'Hare in this Anthropologie sweater was a given. I started with the sweater and the oxford heels, and found the perfect olive, faux suede dress to pair with the look for a gorgeous autumnal look, with that vintage twist.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Erin: Anthropologie Moth sweater jacket, $38 (sold) / Sienna Sky dress, $24 / Guess oxford heels, $30 / Pip's & Co. earrings, $10 / Kitsune's Closet Decco Red Lipstick, $10

Photo by Megan Tiernan

After styling the other three models, I knew I wanted to styled an outfit that would compliment the fall hues and textures I'd chosen for their looks. I started with the patterned, flowy blouse, incorporating some of the colors in their outfits, and added layers for the perfect boho outfit ready for a stroll in the vines.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea: Anthropologie Angel of the North sweater, $34 (sold) / Umgee tunic blouse, $20 (sold) / Rag & Bone jeans, $88 / J. Crew boots, $96 / Owl Ridge Farmstead hammered brass bangles, $30, and smoky topaz empress necklace, $44 / Kitsune's Closet Mulberry Lipstick, $10

Photo by Megan Tiernan

We loved our mountainside afternoon at Afton! I'm not sure how many references to The Sound of Music we made, but it was many. The rolling hills and rows upon rows of vines is truly a site to see.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

How much more "the hills are alive with the sound of music" does it get than this?

Photo by Paige Pitstick

See you on the trail, darlings!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this shoot possible, from our gorgeous friends/models, Sarah Craun of the Monticello Wine Trail, and Elizabeth Smith and the staff of Afton Mountain Vineyards!

Photo by Megan Tiernan

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“Darling on the Trail” is a series in collaboration with the Monticello Wine Trail and the many amazing local wineries. Expect styled shoots on location and feature interviews with the wineries. All photography by Megan Tiernan and shoots styled by Linnea White, unless otherwise stated.

Mrs. R Robes for Ladies | Our Darlings

Linnea White

Luxurious. Effortless. Stylish.  We're excited to introduce our latest local collaboration with Gabriela Zabalúa. This Darling collaboration comes to you by way of a special pop up shop event at the boutique this weekend only.

This Saturday, October 10, from 6-9pm, enjoy an evening at Darling Boutique shopping the beautiful robes by Mrs. R, made in Argentina and each piece uniquely fabulous. Ladies, bring a friend and pamper yourselves by donning a luxurious Mrs. R robe or cover-up! Come ready to play dress up! The purchase of any Mrs. R product results in 20% off any regular price consignment item in the shop.

See how we styled one of the gorgeous robes and find out more about this local collaboration in the Q&A with Gabriela below.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Mrs. R robe made in Argentina, $98 / J. Brand black pants, $64 / J.G. Hook black top, $12 / Pip's & Co brown leather & feather necklace, $16 / Owl Ridge Farmstead feather studs, $28 / J. Crew booties (Linnea’s own)

Shop these items and more at Darling, located on Charlottesville’s downtown mall!

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

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Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

 

Q&A with Gabriela Zabalúa

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

I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Was born there and raised between US and Argentina. My father was at the Embassy and as a diplomat, we traveled around. After 11 years as editor in chief of a magazine for AARP, I decided to start my own communications company. Looking for a more peaceful and slower paced life, I moved to Charlottesville from DC in February, where I met John Ince, Charlottesville Country Properties (Nest). I have since been enjoying my life between the city and the farm, were we have horse, dogs, a cat and 6 chickens.

Talk about your collaboration with Darling Boutique.

Darling gets it. They totally related to the look and feel of the robes and understood their originality and versatility. I don’t know about you, but, I need clothing that adapts to my mood and that I can style in different ways to get me through the day. These robes are exquisite as such, but they can also be dressed up with some jewelry and heels and worn as a wrap dress to “flow” around in the city at night. Or, belted on top of a pair of skinny jeans. Wear them any way you want, and you will feel fabulous. When the partners at Darling saw the robes, they immediately started brainstorming to make their introduction to Charlottesville a successful one.

Share the story behind Mrs. R. What inspired the pieces?

Two dear childhood friends from Argentina design these. They travel a great deal and like to collect fabrics from major cities and remote places around the world. They don’t work outside of the home, but felt the need to look and feel luxurious and put together without having to “dress up.”

Describe Mrs. R robes in 10 words or less.

Scarlett O’Hara goes Urban Chic

Owl Ridge Farmstead | Our Darlings

Linnea White

When we met Maggie and Cody Sedelmeyer at Fleaville in July, we couldn't get over how cool they were - seriously. We were immediately drawn to their aesthetic - beautiful handcrafted boho, rustic goods - and their calm confidence in their products. We asked them that very day to come visit the shop and become one of our local artisans. The craftsmanship and authenticity of Owl Ridge Farmstead's products is the perfect pairing to our shop's aesthetic and mission. We've featured them in just a few shoots for the blog (here and here most recently), proving their pieces are versatile and easily styled. Last week, we restocked with more goodies by the Sedelmeyers, including handmade knit scarves in a variety of styles and colors. Come shop Owl Ridge Farmstead at Darling Boutique, and meet the duo in the Q&A below!

Q&A with Cody & Maggie Sedelmeyer

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

Cody and I (Maggie) are originally from North Carolina, and moved here about two years ago. We were drawn here by the beautiful farmland and the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was important for us to be able to raise our family in a place where they could explore and appreciate nature. Here in Sedalia, Virginia, we have begun to grow our family, our business, and our farm with the support of community.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

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

Having learned a different aspects of our craft from family, we have continued to developed our skills over the past few years. Our goal is to create quality, handmade goods, using more natural materials. We strive to produce products that are fashionable and functional.

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

We were lucky enough to be located beside these two incredible ladies at Fleaville [in July]. It was our first experience in Charlottesville, and Darling Boutique made us feel quite welcome. It has been a wonderful experience, and such a blessing to be able to share our products with a new community and expand our relationship with fellow Virginians.

Describe Owl Ridge Farmstead in 10 words or less.

Using our farm and homestead as inspiration for our products.

Photo by Megan TiernanWhere do you go to be creative?

Most of our inspiration comes from the need or desire of a certain product in our everyday life. Creativity is inspired by doing farm chores, playing with our kids, or just walking through the fields. Anywhere your mind can stop running and start observing.

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

Living in a place where you can walk outside and see the shadowing outline of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is incredibly inspiring. It is so incredible to be able to watch our family learn from nature and creature everyday. There is so much beauty around us and it is a wonderful way to stay passionate and motivated to create.

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

We started about five years ago, producing all natural soap. It was our way of connecting to our dream of a homestead, while working and living in the city. Once we finalized our move, we were allowed much more free time to work on other products and tune our skills.

What are you working on right now?

The biggest project right now is our knitwear line. It is always hard to strike the right balance and predict how much inventory will be needed, since it is such a limited season. However, I am really excited about the styles we have available this year. We will be incorporating two of my favorite mediums, leather and fiber.

Where can someone find your products (other than Darling Boutique)?

www.owlridge.etsy.com