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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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Velvet for the Holidays

Linnea White

Velvet for the Holidays. Is there a better combination? Not this season! Velvet is everywhere, and it's a guaranteed stunner for all your Holiday fêtes ahead.  Velvet has made a huge comeback this year, and we're loving it. The fabric has a rich, luxe feel, and an effortless sheen, making it perfect for the Holidays. This black velvet Free People dress was the perfect fit for an understated Holiday look. We even paired it with some high top sneakers for an unexpected twist.

The velvet luster is also a great backdrop for local artisan Lisa Christine Jewelry's lovely creations - from a moon ring to a crystal necklace to silver hoop earrings. The trick to velvet is to let it do most of the talking, or find accent pieces - like statement jewels - to ramp it up a notch without going kitschy.

How do you like to wear the velvet trend, darlings? Tell us in the comments!

P.S. This is our adorable #darlingintern, Jillian! She's a senior at Monticello High School, and she has been a HUGE help around the shop this Fall so far. We'll introduce her on the blog with a little Q&A soon!

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Jillian | Consignment Finds: Free People velvet dress, size XS, $34 (SOLD) / Steve Madden high top sneakers, size 9, $34 (SOLD) / / Locally Made FindsLisa Christine Jewelry, Hammered Sterling Silver Hoops, $64 + Quartz Point Sterling Silver Chain Necklace, $48 + Moon Ring - Sterling Silver, $52

Photography by Tristan Williams | Styled by shop owner, Linnea White | Modeled by Darling Intern, Jillian Jacobson

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

 

Winter White: A Winter Wonderland Outfit

Linnea White

Baby, it's cold outside! Winter is here, and that means two things: Winter Wonderland and cozy knitwear (land). In the spirit of Winter, I styled darling gal Meredyth in a Winter White ensemble featuring locally made knitwear - because Winter.

When this deer scene top by Anthropologie came into the shop, I knew it needed to be featured in a Winter themed outfit. And then the knitwear by Free Rang and Feral came in, and it was a match made in Narnia. All this outfit needs is a box of Turkish delights, a cup of steaming hot cocoa, oh, and snow, lots of snow.

The Winter White style is certainly fun to put together, finding shades of white and cream and blush to pair together for that effortlessly crisp palette to brighten those grey, cold days. These Banana Republic corduroys, with their moto-inspired seams and zippers, are certainly a spunky take on Winter White pants.

Do you dare to try the Winter White trend this year? 

Winter Whites | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Meredyth | Secondhand pieces: One September (Anthropologie) deer scene top, P, $24 / Banana Republic corduorys, 4, $26 / Talbots brown booties, 6 1/2, $74 // Local Artisan pieces: Free Range & Feral knit wool hat, $56, and Mountaineer Bandana knit scarf, $72 / Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10

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

Winter Whites | Photo by Tristan Williams

Winter Whites | Photo by Tristan Williams

Winter Whites | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

Scarf Season | Dressing Up with Darling

Linnea White

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It may be muggy today, but we've already experienced crisp, cool Fall weather this September, and there's more of that scarf weather just around the corner (October 1 is already tomorrow?!). Scarves are the ultimate cold-weather accessory, and, lucky for you, we have a selection of gorgeous knit scarves by Owl Ridge Farmstead at the shop. Get inspired in today's Dressing Up with Darling post featuring a layered look for Fall - booties, top knot, and all.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

American Eagle jean jacket, $20 / Nurture cream dress, $36 / Owl Ridge Farmstead knit bandit scarf, $145, and 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

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

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