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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

 

Autumnal Hues: Falling for Oxblood

Linnea White

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Happy November, darlings! It's a new month, and Autumn is upon us. And that means the season of rich Autumnal hues and cozy Fall layers is also upon us - praise! Burgundy, bordeaux, black currant - it's peek season for rich reds and deep plums. Think oxblood, that rich purple/red hue. This universally flattering palette is easily mixed and matched for a head-to-toe look, or blended with other warm Fall hues, like rust (Potter's Clay), mustard (Spicy Mustard), and blush pinks (Dusty Cedar).

Darling shop gal, Meredyth, is styled in a Maria D coat that brings out the auburn hues in her hair, and plays with the oxblood tones of her lace top. Topped with locally made accessories and the perfect lace up Born booties, this outfit is ready for every Fall adventure.

Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled by Linnea White / Modeled by Meredyth Mason / Photography by Tristan Williams

On Meredyth: Secondhand pieces: Loft top, XS, $18 / Madewell black jeans, 2, $38 / Madewell tote bag, $74 / Born lace up booties, 7, $58 / Maria D coat, S, $40 // Local Artisan pieces: Free Range and Feral leather wrap bracelet, $26 / Thicket stacking rings, $12 each / Thistle & Lark earrings, $16, and leather little book necklace, $24 / Kitsune's Closet mulberry lipstick, $10

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

Photo by Tristan Williams

Photo by Tristan Williams

Memorial Day Style | Summer Sundress

Linnea White

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The temperatures are rising, the sun is shining, and the large bodies of water are calling. It's sundress season, and we're sporting some red, white, and blue for some Memorial Day style.

With a huge selection in stock, the perfect Summer sundress is waiting for you at Darling, and this new number by Roxy had us craving some oceanside hangs. With a subtle nod to nautical design, this dress is perfect for all of the Memorial Day festivities. Tie a little white blouse (linen or cotton for those hotter days) at the narrowest part of your waist to draw in the otherwise voluminous skirt on this number.

Playing with the nautical theme, this straw tote bag and gold sandals got us beach-ready. These nautical button studs by local artisan Pip's & Co are a simple addition to the look. And, of course, we had to feature the vibrant new lip and nail polish colors by Kitsune's Closet, made right here in Charlottesville. That Fiesta Red lipstick is our new favorite for Summer, and this Tomato nail polish is seriously rich in pigment and sass.

While this outfit has us ready to hit the pool, lake, or beach, we want to know: where are you headed to this Memorial Day Weekend to kick off Summer in style?

Memorial Day Style | Summer Sundress

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Roxy dress, $26 // Odille top, $28 // Franco Sarto gold sandals, $30 // Red straw tote bag, $30 // Bamboo frame sunglasses, $28 | Local Artisan pieces: Pip's & Co nautical studs, $12 // dinosaur toes brass cuff, $18, and sterling silver knuckle ring, $14 // Kitsune’s Closet Tomato nail polish, $7.50, and Fiesta lipstick, $10

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

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Photo taken outside our neighbor, Roxie Daisy!

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

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!

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