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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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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

Darling, You’ve Got Style: Spring Layers Done Right

Linnea White

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This Spring has been all over the place. Chilly day, rainy days, and nearly 80 degree days. Time to learn how to layer like a pro! It's important to first acknowledge that "layered" does not mean "bulky." Don't be afraid to layer your clothes for fear of looking "bigger." Knowing how to layer well means knowing how to compliment your body type and how to work multiple pieces into one look. It should be fun, not feared!

Tips and Tricks to the Perfectly Layered Spring Outfit

  • The Base: Start with a basic layer. Try a fitted base to define your shape. Play around with solids, neutrals, or patterns (think stripes!).
  • The Middle Layer: Add a soft cardigan or sweater. Play around with texture - flowy and draped or chunky and knit. Be bold and throw on a bright or patterned pullover for this layer, giving your outfit that little bit of whimsy.
  • The Top Layer: Finish off the look with a jacket, vest, or lightweight coat. Denim jackets, olive green vests and anorak jackets, classic trenches, black leather jackets --- the options are endless. This top layer pulls together the whole look, so if you've gone with a striped base and a bold pullover, this layer may be best in a neutral or solid color.
  • The Icing on the Cake: Throw on a scarf! The easiest of all layers for Spring, and necessary for warmth on those chillier days.

Remember:

  • Have fun!
  • The top and middle layer can easily be shed if the days warms or the night chills. Try creating an outfit where the pieces can be interchangeable depending on the temperature.
  • Length and proportion should be top priorities as you layer.
  • Add a belt to top off your look if you want to define your waistline!
  • And most definitely play around with texture. Mixing the clothing materials in each layer definitely helps keep the outfit from getting weighted down or "bulky."

You may not get it right the first time around, but keep trying! A perfectly layered Spring outfit is most definitely worth it.

The Waistline | Perfectly Layered, Patterened, & Belted

Layered

The Leather Jacket | Mix Spring Prints with Leather Details for an Edge

{ flora & leather }

Midi Layers | Chunky Knit over a Patterned Midi Skirt (easily throw on a top layer - think denim jacket)

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Midi Layers | Chunky Knit over a Patterned Midi Skirt (easily throw on a top layer - think denim jacket)

50 Spring Outfits to Copy Right Now | StyleCaster

Long Layers | The Trench

Blush. (via Bloglovin.com )

The Denim Jacket | Subtle Pattern & Mixed Textures for this layered look

OUTTAKES

The Denim Jacket | Blue Crush (Try keeping the layers in one color family!)

Image Via: Jaclyn Paige

The Denim Jacket | The Chunky Knit Cardigan and Basic Layers

Try pairing a blue denim jacket with black slim jeans for a Sunday lunch with friends. Shop this look for $131: http://lookastic.com/women/looks/skinny-jeans-watch-crossbody-bag-cardigan-denim-jacket-tank-pendant-sunglasses/5747 — Black Skinny Jeans — Gold Watch — Black Leather Crossbody Bag — Grey Knit Cardigan — Blue Denim Jacket — Grey Tank — Gold Pendant — Black Sunglasses

The Anorak | A Chambray Button-up is the Perfect Middle Layer

Errands day with layered khaki jacket, chambray shirt, striped tee and large tote

Long Cardigan | Can't Go Wrong with a Long, Belted Cardigan Layer

can't go wrong with a belted cardigan

Long Layers | Maxi Skirt, Lightweight Sweater, and Easily Throw on a Top Layer (Think Denim Jacket)

50 Spring Outfits to Copy Right Now | StyleCaster

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Darling, You’ve Got Style is a style tips and tricks series on the blog. Learn fun ways to pattern play and color combine. Get answers to those pesky questions about booties and belts and bra straps.

Got style woes and seeking some answers? Ask us! Leave a comment below to suggest future style posts. We’ll read your submissions and add them to our list!