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Darling is a curated boutique offering women’s consignment and handmade local artisan goods, with new arrivals every week.

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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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Mother's Day Gift Guide

Linnea White

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M O M. She deserves your praise, your doting, your time, your culinary skills, your baking tricks, and your shopping adventures. With Mother's Day just a week away, we put together a little Mother's Day Gift Guide filled with items from the shop that are totally mom-worthy. Get inspired and shop local this Mother's Day!

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” – Agatha Christie

Whether you see your mom every day or you live miles apart, she is worthy of your love and appreciation. Because she's a mother (all moms, sister moms and friend moms should all be celebrated!). So shower her with goodies from Darling, and don't forget, we can always do gift certificates!

mother's day gift guide

1. We have tons of sun hats in the shop, only $22-$24! // 2. Assorted Kristin Schmucker mugs restocked, $16-$22 // 3. Assorted Kristin Schmucker journals and devotional journals, $16-$24 // 4. Kristin Schmucker notepads, $10 // 5. Locally made, small batch, all natural Kitsune's Closet lipsticks in over 10 shades, $10 // 6. Kitsune's Closet nail polishes in Pantone inspired hues, $7.50 // 7. Kitsune's Closet bath bombs, $5 each or 3 for $12, and many other locally made luxurious bath and body products perfect for mom!

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

Spring Style for Changing Seasons

Linnea White

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Time. It's time for Spring to get here! Waiting. We're anxiously awaiting the changing of the seasons, and for warmer, brighter days ahead. We couldn't help but channel all of the whimsy and wonder of the changing seasons into this week's Dressing Up with Darling outfit. Spring style is all one part practical transitional layers and one part whimsical, playful patterns and colors. It's a joyous season of change and expectancy, and your style can (and should) reflect this spirit. We've talked about how to layer for transitional Spring weather, and we've talked about whimsical pattern play. So, why not get playful with our styled looks as we transition from Winter into Spring?!

We made our way over to The Clock Shop on Water Street for the perfect backdrop to our seasonal waiting game. It may have been in the upper 30s when we snapped these pictures (I spy goosebumps!), but our hearts were warmed by the spirit of Spring!

Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea: Dolan Anthropologie blazer, $38 / HD in Paris Anthropologie blouse, $28 / Vintage Coach bag, $54 / Paige jeans, $64 / John Fluevog shoes, $90 Local Artisan Pieces: Owl Ridge Farmstead copper and brass bangles, $28 each, copper studs, $30, and copper drop bar earrings, $32 / Kitsune’s Closet eye shadow and lipstick in new Spring hues, 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

Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

We're thrilled to feature the NEW Spring line up of eye shadows and lipsticks by Kitsune's Closet in this shoot! Coming soon to the shop, eye shadow palettes, lipsticks, lip glosses, and nail polishes inspired by Spring Pantone colors. All locally made! 

Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Kerrie Pierce of Kitsune's Closet | Our Darlings

Linnea White

Our latest local collaboration is just darling. Kerrie Pierce is the owner and creator behind Kitsune's Closet, a locally made, small batch cosmetics and home goods brand. Her love of vintage is evident in the art decco branding and packaging, and in her own retro personal style. Her balms and lipsticks are currently selling like hot cakes in the shop - especially the Noir Red, a deep, burgundy color perfect for Fall. In this darling shoot with Megan behind the camera, Kerrie is wearing the custom-made "Darling Red" lipstick, coming soon to Darling Boutique! Come shop Coral, Decco Red, and Noir Red, and, coming soon, Poppy Red and our very own Darling Red. Stay tuned for even more of her cosmetics, bath, and body products coming to the shop later this month. The perfect gifts for the holiday season ahead!

Meet Kerrie and find out more about her products in the Q&A below!

Q&A with Kerrie Pierce, Owner & Creator

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

Originally I’m from Maine. I ended up in Richmond after college (Hollins) and met my husband through mutual friends. We first came to Charlottesville just so he could go back to UVA and finish his engineering degree. We always talked about where we would go after he finished, but we had made some wonderful friends and decided instead of searching for a new city, to search for a home. We live in Belmont now, and are restoring a little bungalow from the early 1920s.

Describe what you do in town.

By day I work at a printing and engraving shop. We engrave and print everything from glassware to i-pads. I work with an engineer so we’re a great balance of left and right brain thinkers. By night and days off I work on goodies for Kitsune’s Closet. I also squeeze in time for knitting, learning cello and practicing yoga. I get twitchy when my hands aren’t busy creating something!

How did you get into the makeup/cosmetology business?

Like many other people doing handmade goods, I got started making things for myself and for friends. Lip balm was the very first product I made for Christmas presents one year. It was a big hit, so I started researching every related topic, ingredients, essential oils, aromatherapy, natural perfumery, when I am interested in a subject I dive in completely!

In 10 words or less, describe Kitsune's Closet... Be creative!

natural ingredients, vintage inspired, one small batch at a time

It's storytime. Talk about your collaboration with Darling Boutique.

I’ve been in Darling many times and always loved the shop (one of my favorite jackets is from there!) and we both happened to be at Fleaville one weekend, across the aisle from each other. We got chatting in between customers about my lip balm and how it might be fun to have it available in the shop. They are genuinely friendly, lovely people, and I admire their aesthetic and support of local artisans. I’m so flattered and excited for my products to be joining their wonderful shop!

How do you stay on top of the latest trends, ingredients, techniques, and products in your trade?

Honestly, the internet! Ingredient supply sites and blogs have endless amounts of information. For inspiration I collect vintage cosmetic ads. I have a great nail polish ad from the 1940’s showing the whole line available at the time, and it has black, yellow, blue and green as well as a huge variety of red, pinks and plums!

Photo by Megan TiernanWhat inspires your products and/or your process?

I love vintage clothing, and when I do dress in vintage I love to have hair and makeup that complete the look! So my cosmetics are vintage inspired with colors popular from the 1920’s through the 1950’s. I have sensitive skin, so my goals are for simple, effective formulas that are as natural as possible and make your skin look and feel great. I also make sure my ingredients are from sources that don’t test on animals.

What are some Fall/Winter makeup products/styles our darlings should know about? Suggest some of your own products for the changing weather.

As fall and winter weather approach humidity levels drop and our skin can start to feel dry. My lip balm and my Rosewater & Aloe or Lavender & Aloe lotion both have oils and butters that help keep skin soft and smooth. You can even start keeping winter skin at bay in the tub with my bath bombs, which also contain skin softening oils for a soothing soak.

What item of Kitsune's Closet makeup can you not leave the house without?

My petal finishing powder. I’m not a morning person and am usually rushing out the door, and a quick dusting makes me feel more ready for the day. I always have a tube or tin of lip balm in my bag.

What's your go-to hairstyle?

My go-to hairstyle is a quick bun, usually with a headband to keep short ends at bay.

How would you describe your personal style?

I would describe my personal style as I guess, eclectic vintage nerd? I love funky frames for my glasses, an endless supply of quirky t-shirts, cardigans, jeans and converse sneakers. I also have an affinity for brightly striped socks.When I have the chance to wear vintage I love seamed stockings, an awesome dress, a piece of vintage jewelry and some actual vintage or reproduction vintage heels.

Any products (your own or other) you swear by?

Special Effects hair dye. I can’t have my signature pink streaks without it! It comes in an amazing selection of crazy colors and stays bright for ages.

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

etsy.com/shop/kitsunescloset or facebook.com/kitsunescloset

Any exciting projects/collaborations coming up?

I just finished some really fun lipsticks and nail polishes for Halloween! I have an eye shadow collection in the works, and am always plotting more colors for lipsticks and nail polishes.