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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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Mrs. R Robes for Ladies | Our Darlings

Linnea White

Luxurious. Effortless. Stylish.  We're excited to introduce our latest local collaboration with Gabriela Zabalúa. This Darling collaboration comes to you by way of a special pop up shop event at the boutique this weekend only.

This Saturday, October 10, from 6-9pm, enjoy an evening at Darling Boutique shopping the beautiful robes by Mrs. R, made in Argentina and each piece uniquely fabulous. Ladies, bring a friend and pamper yourselves by donning a luxurious Mrs. R robe or cover-up! Come ready to play dress up! The purchase of any Mrs. R product results in 20% off any regular price consignment item in the shop.

See how we styled one of the gorgeous robes and find out more about this local collaboration in the Q&A with Gabriela below.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Mrs. R robe made in Argentina, $98 / J. Brand black pants, $64 / J.G. Hook black top, $12 / Pip's & Co brown leather & feather necklace, $16 / Owl Ridge Farmstead 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

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Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

 

Q&A with Gabriela Zabalúa

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

I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Was born there and raised between US and Argentina. My father was at the Embassy and as a diplomat, we traveled around. After 11 years as editor in chief of a magazine for AARP, I decided to start my own communications company. Looking for a more peaceful and slower paced life, I moved to Charlottesville from DC in February, where I met John Ince, Charlottesville Country Properties (Nest). I have since been enjoying my life between the city and the farm, were we have horse, dogs, a cat and 6 chickens.

Talk about your collaboration with Darling Boutique.

Darling gets it. They totally related to the look and feel of the robes and understood their originality and versatility. I don’t know about you, but, I need clothing that adapts to my mood and that I can style in different ways to get me through the day. These robes are exquisite as such, but they can also be dressed up with some jewelry and heels and worn as a wrap dress to “flow” around in the city at night. Or, belted on top of a pair of skinny jeans. Wear them any way you want, and you will feel fabulous. When the partners at Darling saw the robes, they immediately started brainstorming to make their introduction to Charlottesville a successful one.

Share the story behind Mrs. R. What inspired the pieces?

Two dear childhood friends from Argentina design these. They travel a great deal and like to collect fabrics from major cities and remote places around the world. They don’t work outside of the home, but felt the need to look and feel luxurious and put together without having to “dress up.”

Describe Mrs. R robes in 10 words or less.

Scarlett O’Hara goes Urban Chic

Dressing Up with Darling: Rocker Chic

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I got my hot pants, my hot pants, I got my hot pants on. This week boasts a little neighborly inspiration. When we brought in these Isabel Marant jeans, our neighbors at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall inspired us to explore our rocker edge. Check out this rocker chic style, and these amazing printed jeans.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Isabel Marant jeans, $120 / Banana Republic top, $18 / Grace & Glory Triangle Bracelet, $18 / Thistle & Lark triangle necklace, $18 / Helmut Lang purse, $200

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

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Watch: A Darling Film

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We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Allie Merrill of M Squared Creative! Allie created a beautiful film about the new Darling - from the renovations and space to our vision and mission as the new owners of this beloved boutique. We are blessed to have worked with such a talented videographer, and love how she captured the spirit of Darling.

Meet the owners and find out more about Darling by watching the film!

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Darling / Charlottesville Boutique from M Squared Creative on Vimeo.

Devotional Series: Be Free, Week 2

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The Be Free Series Continues: Week 2 | Joy

Yesterday, I met Anne Marie. She is in her nineties and in a wheelchair. When you look at her physical state, everyday life looks as though it is one big challenge. Her hands can hardly function and her crooked spine leaves her heavily tilted to one side. Although she has a multitude of physical ailments working against her, she is filled with joy.

I asked her how her day had been going and she replied, “It has been a pretty good day. I cannot complain.”

She cannot complain…

She cannot walk, she cannot feed herself, and yet she can’t complain - or won't complain.

Have you ever had someone tell you something that pierced your heart? Well, this was that kind of moment for me. She continued to tell me that God gave her another day to live and that is why. I thought to myself, I want to be so filled with joy for the day that God has given me that I cannot or will not complain.

“Do everything without complaining or grumbling.” Philippians 2:14

This doesn’t mean that everyday is going to be easy or that hard circumstances will not arise. However, it does mean that we as followers of Jesus will find joy in the midst of good and bad days. Joy is not to be fabricated or faked - we search for joy knowing that the Lord is good and faithful.

“For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. How great are your works Lord, how profound are your thoughts.” Psalm 92: 4-51

When we wake up each morning thankful that we have air in our lungs and a place to rest our heads—our perspective changes.

IMG_9735 I challenge you to find joy. I challenge you to look up at the sky and be marveled by the work of God's hands.

“The heavens proclaim the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1

I challenge you to try seeing your life with an eternal perspective.

“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations. 'The Lord has done great things for them.' The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with JOY.” Psalm 126: 2-3

When you know your Father in heaven is with you every morning when you wake up, every night when you lay down your head and every moment in between - you will find joy. Love, Meg

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My hope and prayer for this devotional series is to have each of us grow together and grow in our relationship with Jesus. May we gain a better understanding of our identity in Him. I have been seeking His voice and guidance on where to start this devotional and I believe that this is the best place to start – this “Be Free” series. It will take us each one step closer to being truly free in Jesus. There is no freedom apart from Christ Jesus, who died for our sins, and once we experience that freedom, we can truly live.

Each week during this series we will soak in His truth and apply it to our daily life – one fruit of the Spirit at a time.

Devotional Series: Be Free, Week 1

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Be Free | Introduction

My hope and prayer for this devotional is to have each of us grow together and grow in our relationship with Jesus. May we gain a better understanding of our identity in Him. I have been seeking His voice and guidance on where to start this devotional and I believe that this is the best place to start - this "Be Free" series. It will take us each one step closer to being truly free in Jesus. There is no freedom apart from Christ Jesus, who died for our sins, and once we experience that freedom, we can truly live.

Each week during this series we will soak in His truth and apply it to our daily life - one fruit of the Spirit at a time.

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I pray that this devotional series will be a community for women to be open and honest about their struggles and hardships, praises and victories, and the pruning that takes place in order for us to blossom!

For some women, loving others and serving them humbly comes naturally, while for others, it may be having a gentle spirit. All in all we are here to grow with one another and be transformed into women of God who love, uplift, encourage, and serve one another. This will allow us to be more comfortable in our own skin as our identity in Christ becomes whole and renewed. My hope is for each of us to gain freedom from judgement, freedom from fear, and freedom from comparison.

Week 1 | Love

Galatians 5:13-26

"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other."

I know the majority of people, whether you call yourself a Christian or not, heard in their childhood the command to love your neighbor as yourself. But what does this truly look like? Are we as women going out of our way to uplift one another?

We can start applying this in our own circles, with friends, family, and the woman on the street corner asking for money to buy food. When we love, like Jesus loves us, our intention will be pure. We will love with a serving heart, not for outward reward or recognition, but truly for the love of another, for the love of a Sister.

Women, smile at one another, compliment one another, serve one another, and do so with a pure heart.

My challenge for you this week is to love. Go out of your way to change someone’s day.

I can tell you this truth: doing so will help set you free.

Be Blessed my friends!

Xo, Meg