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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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Dressing Up with Darling: Hippie Daze

Linnea White

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Summer days, hippie daze. When we got in these wide leg Loft pants and Zara embroidered blouse, the '70s were calling our name. Paired with our circle frame, retro-style sunglasses and some sky high platform wedges, we rocked this bohemian look in the mid-summer heat. Finished with the beautiful jewelry by Thistle & Lark, this outfit is festival, concert, whatever-awesomeness-you-find-yourself-in ready.

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Zara blouse, $80 / J. Crew tank, $10 / Loft pants, $24 / Lui Chiny wedges, $22 / Mercury Sunglasses, $22 / Rafe NY clutch, $78 / Thistle & Lark necklace, $22, and teal polymer clay ring, $9

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

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

Thistle & Lark | Our Darlings

Linnea White

Meeting Jessie Biggs, designer and creator behind Thistle & Lark jewelry, was a God-ordained meeting. I met Jessie through a mutual friend back in June on a fated Sunday afternoon. We looked through her jewelry in a parking lot in Cville and I snagged a bunch of her beautiful pieces for Darling. Her whimsical aesthetic and affordable price point makes her a popular local artisan at the shop. A percentage of Jessie's profits goes to charities and missions work, including her own trip to missions school in Mozambique in the Fall.

Come shop Thistle & Lark at Darling!

Q&A with Jessie Biggs

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

I make handmade jewelry using a variety of materials--particularly polymer clay, beads, charms, and leather. My goal is to make unique jewelry (at reasonable prices!) that will appeal to people across a broad spectrum. I also dabble in making home decor as well as doing custom portraiture. Over time, I've participated in more frequent craft shows around the area--including Charlottesville's Fleaville and the ever-growing Vintage Lynchburg Sales--as well as consigning at several shops throughout VA--most recently, Darling Boutique!

Photo by Eilidh McPherson

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

I'm technically from Winchester VA, but Lynchburg has become my home these past 8-or-so years. As for my connection to Charlottesville, I was blessed to be introduced to Linnea (and thereby, Darling!) through the lovely Lauren Stonestreet :).

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

Haha, so funny story... I was visiting my friend Lauren in C-ville one weekend and she mentioned that I ought to look into consigning with her friend who recently opened a boutique.

Well, it just so happened that the friend in question--Linnea--was at her church that morning. We got to connect, and since I already had all of my jewelry packed in my car from doing Fleaville the previous day, we wound up sorting through it all in a parking lot! And about a week ago, we got to repeat the experience in a different parking lot to restock some of my items! Here's to lots of happy parking lot memories to come, Linnea :).

Describe Thistle & Lark in 10 words or less.

Unique, handmade jewelry & decor that won't break the bank!

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Where do you go to be creative?

I often wind up sitting on the floor of my room or on my living room couch and go into a happy catharsis of making things while a favorite TV show or movie plays in the background. Jewelry making is my preferred form of therapy.

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

My relationship with God is at the forefront of everything else in life, so He is my ultimate inspiration and the source of any creative talents I may possess. Jesus's heart is always to bless and serve others, and I want my business to be more than just a form of income for myself.

With that in mind, I make sure a portion of my profits go towards whatever charities God puts on my heart, as well as towards trips where I can serve in person. This fall I hope to spend a couple months in Mozambique, Africa at a ministry that primarily centers around taking in orphans and showing them that they're adopted into His family!

I'm also a big nature lover and an avid reader/writer, so lots of my jewelry and art is either inspired by the great outdoors or by my love for books (you don't have to look further than my handcrafted leather & paper miniature book necklaces to see that!).

Photo by Megan Tiernan

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

As for jewelry making, it all began on a clear spring (I think?) evening at my friend Joy's house. She had a polymer clay party and taught us the basics of how to make earrings and necklace pendants. What began as a curiosity soon became an at-home hobby, which later took on new life as a form of livelihood in the midst of my ever-eclectic life!

What are you working on right now?

Hmmm. I think my newest jewelry experiments have been my geometric necklaces. I've used small connectors to create larger and smaller geometric triangle necklaces, as well as "buntings." Those have been a big hit so far.

On a side note, I'm also gearing up to get back into portraiture again. It's been far too long.

Where can someone find your products?

thistleandlarkshop.etsy.com, as well as The Purple Fern in Winchester and Givens Books in Lynchburg - and Darling Boutique in Charlottesville (obviously).

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: 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

Show Us Your Darling Finds | Our Darlings

Linnea White

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The Our Darlings blog series features local collaborations with artisans in the shop, global collaborations with brands like Sseko, and, now, it also features our darling customers in their darling finds!

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Could she be anymore darling?! Longtime customer and consignor, Erin O'Hare, wearing a Darling Boutique outfit - top, skirt, and purse all from yours truly!

Tag #darlingcville on Instagram to show off your own @shopatdarling finds and be featured!