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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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Velvet Blues, Part 3: Backstage Pass

Linnea White

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I've got the velvet blues. This outfit is so cool, I can't even handle. Fur, fringe, and flares combined with this vibrant velvet color is nothing short of fierce. This outfit combines several trending styles of the season, from flares and fringe, from velvet to fur, playing up the best of each in a bohemian rhapsody Queen would be proud of.

I felt like a rockstar hanging out backstage behind The Jefferson with my photog in tow - the uber talented Tristan Williams. The urban, gritty background was perfect for the throwback style of this seventies rocker vibe. The effect may harken back to older times, but the pieces worn are contemporary trends of today. Fashion is cyclical, after all.

It didn't take much to get inspired after these pants came into the shop. A simple silk cami under the faux fur jacket topped it off, and locally made accessories completed the overall look --- the crescent moon necklace, fringe leather clutch, and quartz knuckle ring. This outfit thrives on unique pieces that speak loudly when in unison, a harmonious effect perfectly fitting for this rockstar outfit's alley lit ballad.

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Theory velvet pants, 4, $100 / Graham & Spencer silk top, XS, $30 / Cejon faux fur jacket, M, $68 // Local Artisan pieces: Little Paper Crane brass moon necklace, $30 / Free Range & Feral fringe leather clutch, $60, and quartz brass ring, $30 / Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10, and Storm nail polish, $7.50

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

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White, Shop Owner // Photography by Tristan Williams

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

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Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

Playful Patterns | Spring Sunshiny Style

Linnea White

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In case you didn't already know by now, we love mixing patterns, and love helping other gals find playful ways to mix patterns. Playful patterns for sunshiny Spring days make the heart sore and beckons in the warmer weather. Because when there's still an early Spring chill in the air, just wear the sunshine!

This outfit began with the burst of yellow in the Postmark blouse from Anthropologie. The buttercup color is one of the many vibrant hues in this season's Pantone Color Report, and brings so much cheer to any outfit. The vibrant colors in the tropical print pants were the perfect match for this boxy, bold top, slimming at the ankle for a lengthening effect. The matching yellow band in the straw hat was too perfect to pass up, making this one darling Spring look to hit the town for just about any outing.

The stunning geometric necklace by one of our newest local artisans in the shop, Little Paper Crane, added the perfect eclectic touch to this whimsical look. And to add a little pop of color to the lip, I grabbed Kitsune Closet's newest creation - a bright, pigmented lip gloss, coming soon to the shop!

Playful Patterns | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea: Postmark (Anthropologie) top, size XS, $22 / I Love Sadie tropical print pants, size M, $12 / Chinese Laundry white cork wedges, size 8, $20 / Soprattutto Italian made straw hat, $48 Local Artisan Pieces: Little Paper Crane shield necklace, $30 / Kitsune’s Closet lip gloss in Fiesta, coming soon to the shop!

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Playful Patterns | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Playful Patterns | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Playful Patterns | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Playful Patterns | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Pip's & Co | Our Darlings

Linnea White

Old is new. The Darling Boutique consignment motto perfectly matched with the concept behind our newest local artisan collaboration. Pip's & Co is a local company that makes things out of old, vintage goods. Each piece is uniquely crafted by owner Mihaela Law, from vintage buttons to leather and fabrics. We immediately loved the aesthetic of Miha's creations, and new she would be a great fit for Darling Boutique. See how we've styled her jewelry here, here, & here, and meet her in the Q&A below!

Photo by Ryan LawQ&A with Mihaela Law

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

I'm kind of from all over...my husband and I joke that God has called us to be gypsies. But the short version, I was born in Romania, moved to America (Arizona) with my family when I was little, then Ohio, Virginia, and once I was married we left for Texas, Arizona, Texas and now we're back in Virginia! God has taught me so many lessons and shaped the woman I am today with all these changes and moves and I wouldn't have had it any other way!

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

I am a mother of a sweet and spunky little (almost) 2 year old which takes up most of my time, as well as my husband and I's photography business. But crafting jewelry is something I do for myself when my little girl sleeps or when I'm alone. I work with new and vintage buttons, metals, leather, and fabrics, getting inspiration from everything and everyone around me. I usually make a piece with a friend in mind, taking into account their style, their personality, and make different variations of it.

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

I actually happened to hear about Linnea and Megan from a couple of girls on the worship team at Cornerstone Community Church. One Sunday, during the meet and greet part, my husband happened to mention that I make jewelry (he's super supportive and one of my best encouragements) and they connected me with the lovely Darling ladies! I had always loved their style whenever I saw them at church and then went in their boutique and loved their eye for fashion! But to actually sit down with them and chat about life, they really blew me away even more at how genuine and loving they truly are. Dear Darlings in every aspect of their life from what I can see and a true blessing to me to appreciate my craft and want to incorporate it into their amazing space!

Describe Pip's & Co in 10 words or less.

Pip's & Co: Is fresh, hip, and beautiful jewelry uniquely handcrafted.

Where do you go to be creative?

I create in a little corner of my house, that's jam-packed with tools, notebooks full of sketches and patterns, and old vintage tins full of different materials.

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

Crafting jewelry is something I started doing for myself about 5 years ago, wanting to make jewelry that I couldn't find to buy. I always described my personal style as 'different' and I wanted jewelry to match. So I would be making earrings with my friend while my husband was hanging out with his friends, and eventually I realized that other people liked my jewelry enough to buy it for themselves! And so, Pip's & Co. was born.

What are you working on right now?

Right now I'm working on many different and unique pieces for Vintage Lunchburg's Holiday Sale in Lynchburg that will be happening on November 7th. I'll be incorporating necklaces with leather in fall and winter colors, and button earrings that will make any outfit pop for the holidays.

Where can someone find your products (besides Darling Boutique!)?

Pipsandco.etsy.com and Facebook.com/pipsgoods

Dressing Up with Darling: Live Free

Linnea White

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Live Free. This Free People dress came in last week and became instant outfit inspiration. The boho lace dress pairs perfectly with our newest local artisan collaboration - Owl Ridge Farmstead. Their bohemian pieces - sliced antler studs, leather wrap hair combs, and tiered horn necklaces, just to name a few - capture the free spirit of this dress. Adding these amazing cowboy boots made this outfit ready for frolicking, twirling, and living freely.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Free People dress, $120 / Justin boots, $34 (50% off!) / Owl Ridge Farmstead necklace, $29, leather wrap hair combs, $16, leather bracelet, $20, sliced antler earrings, $16

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

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Photo by Megan Tiernan

Dressing Up with Darling: Summer Picnic Style

Linnea White

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Midsummer. That time of year when the days are long and the evening sun is the perfect time for a picnic. Relief from the heat of the day, and enough daylight for an evening with friends. Last week, we put together two summer outfits for an impromptu midsummer's eve picnic in the backyard. Long maxi skirts, lightweight fabrics, dreamy hues, and delicate jewelry made for the perfect summer picnic ensemble. Don't forget a throw-all straw bag for your picnic essentials!

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Styled by Linnea White & Megan Tiernan / Photography by Scott Tiernan & Megan Tiernan

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Photo by Scott Tiernan

On Megan: Hold True Linen Maxi Skirt, $32 / Forever21 Lace Top, $8 / Helen Kaminski Straw Crossbody, $140 / Blu Pepper Lace Cardigan, $24 / Girls Day Out Necklace, $42 / Girls Day Out Earrings, $24

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Photo by Linnea White

On Linnea: Pip Squeak Chapeau Silk Top, $78 / Calypso Maxi Skirt, $68 / Simply Vera Blue Cardigan, $26 / Thistle & Lark Earrings, $14 / Straw Tote Bag, $32

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Happy Summer Picnicking!

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

Photo by Scott Tiernan