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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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Meet Arley Cakes | Our Darlings

Linnea White

Meet Arley Cakes! Arley is as sweet as sugar and abundantly joyful. This gal is the force behind Arley Cakes, a local business offering custom, specialty baked goods in the Charlottesville area. She's also the in-house pastry chef at Brookville Restaurant. arley cakes pop up shop darling boutiqueWe can personally attest to the mouth-watering goodness of her buttercream frosting, folks, as she served up sweets for our private one year anniversary party this month. And you will get the chance to taste her delicious treats on April 2nd from 10-2 at Darling Boutique! Find out more about the special pop up shop and our one year anniversary celebrations over on Facebook. In the meantime, get to know the amazing gem behind the sweets!

Q&A with Arley

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

I spent half of my childhood in New Jersey/New York, and the second half in Orange, VA, which is pretty close by. I've been in the area ever since, so about 16 years now.

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

I make sweets! I bake at Brookville Restaurant in town, but also cater for weddings, parties, and events. I've gotten to do a couple of pop up shops around town lately that have been really fun. I'm definitely looking forward doing more in the future! Obviously, I make cakes. But I mostly love baking pie, hand pies, cookie sandwiches, and macarons.

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

I'm stoked about the pop up this weekend! I've done a couple of pop ups at different venues in the past, and they give me a chance to try out new flavor combinations, meet new people, and really explore what I want the Arley Cakes brand to be. I'm always excited to partner with other lady entrepreneurs. We're pretty amazing! I'm finding out more every day about the community of women working hard, and supporting each other to do the things they love! I love it.

Describe Arley Cakes in 10 words or less.

GOOOOOOOOOOOOD. Quirky. Sweet and Savory. Butter life forever.

Meet Arley Cakes | Photo courtesy of arleycakes.com

Where do you go to be creative?

The produce aisle at any grocery store. And the Spice Diva! It's fun to go look at ingredients and let them inspire me.

What inspires your products and/or your process?

I spend so much time on Pinterest these days, it's insane. I'm like 10 years late to the game. I also love The Flavor Bible. I consult that at least once a week to help me come up with unexpected, but good flavor combinations.

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

There are three main reasons: my love for making things/obsession with tiny details; my lack of a sweet tooth; and my work and living in [the Prospect Avenue neighborhood].

I've always loved making things with my hands. In high school and college, I studied painting and art. I taught myself to crochet in middle school (my brothers made fun of me a lot for that one). I got really into making intricate pop cards at one point. After college, baking became my avenue for art. I get very obsessed over tiny, meticulous details.

I also don't really enjoy very many sweets. It's so easy to make desserts that are overly sweet and boring in flavor. I like my desserts a little salty, not too sweet, and with interesting flavors and textures. Baking them myself means I always get to have desserts I really enjoy! Although, by the time I'm done baking at the end of the day, I'm maxed out on my sweet tooth. It's not very often that I have more than a bite of what I bake. But at least I enjoy that bite.

Lastly, through living in Prospect and working for Abundant Life for the last 5 years, I saw the need for minority owned businesses in low-income neighborhoods that hire minorities from low-income neighborhoods.

That's my ultimate goal for Arley Cakes. To be an inspiration and opportunity for the wonderful women I call my neighbors and friends.

What are you working on right now?

WEDDING SEASON!

Where can someone find your products?

Brookville Restaurant, and a few more pop up shops throughout the spring & summer!

What piece of jewelry can you not leave the house without?

Hand me down elephant earrings from Kenya.

Customer Style | Serrine

Linnea White

We love when our customers rock their Darling finds and show it off their customer style! Nothing makes us feel more loved (and proud) than seeing our customers feeling beautiful in their purchases. This past weekend, Serrine stopped by the shop and hit the jackpot. From a J. Crew shift dress to a pair of Frye boots, this gal got some serious deals. And then she shared the love on Instagram and tagged @shopatdarling, which made our hearts flutter flutter. Thanks for the love, Serrine, and for being such a darling!

Customer Style | Serrine

Customer Style | Serrine Collage

Get featured on our blog and/or social media by tagging @shopatdarling and showing us your #darlingfinds!

Customer Style: Darling Takes on Nashville

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This weekend, shop owners Linnea and Megan went on a staff retreat in Nashville, with our gorgeous friend, consignor, and regular customer at the shop, Lindsay Wine. And when three darling gals go on a trip, of course they pack some of their favorite Darling finds, showcasing some customer style (or shop owner style).

With gorgeous weather and warm temperatures (for Winter), we left the big coats at home and opted for boots and easy pieces for exploring the city.

Darling Finds by Darling

Each gal wore a mix-match of Darling finds on the trip, each with a unique personal style and take on the Nashville scene!

Lindsay wore a Sweet Rain mustard zip jacket, the perfect layering piece for the weather and the necessary footwear for Nashville. She kept the base solid and let her gorgeous hair color and simple accessories do the talking.

Customer Style | Darling Takes on Nashville

Linnea brought many of her favorite #darlingfinds on the trip, including her Owl Ridge Farmstead bracelet, vintage Coach bag, and Frye harness boots. A lacey Forever 21 blouse also made the cut for the ideal whimsical base under a cozy Loft coatigan.

Megan wore a Loft plaid shirtdress and vintage Coach clutch, and threw on one of her favorite #darlingfinds to date for extra warmth - a Kate Spade leopard print jacket! Talk about taking on Music Row like a star!

Customer Style | Darling Takes on Nashville

We had so much fun on our retreat this weekend, filled with amazing inspiration from shops in this exciting city. We are refreshed and ready for an exciting 2nd year as the new owners of Darling Boutique!

xo, Linnea

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Show Us Your VFF Style |Our Darlings

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We love collaborating with locals, especially when the locals are a part of The Virginia Film Festival. This year, Darling is teaming up with the VFF for not one, but TWO special giveaways! The first giveaway took place last weekend at the newly opened Violet Crown theater on the downtown mall, and the house of the VFF headquarters. We're excited to style our lucky winner this Thursday, November 5, for a movie makeover and night on the red carpet. The second giveaway starts tomorrow, Wednesday, November 4, and ends Saturday, November 7 at noon. Post a picture of your Virginia Film Festival-inspired style and use the hashtag #vffstyle for a chance to win two tickets to the Late Night Wrap Party on Saturday, November 7 at Main Street Arena. Must be 21+ to enter. Limited to one entry (unique photo tagged with #vffstyle) a day.

To get the #vffstyle giveaway started, we styled the festival's Publicity Intern, Lucie Lyon, in an adorable, autumnal outfit. See how she rocks her VFF t-shirt with the perfect Fall pieces, and get on Instagram to show your own #vffstyle for a chance to win!

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Virginia Film Festival t-shirt, $12 (available for purchase at The Violet Crown) // Joe's Jeans, $64 // Gap jacket, $30 // Etienne Aigner purse, $28 // Joie booties, $96 // Pip's & Co necklace, $16 // Owl Ridge Farmstead copper arrow ring, $36, and circle ring, $40 // Kitsune's Closet Noir Red Lipstick, $10

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

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Kerrie Pierce of Kitsune's Closet | Our Darlings

Linnea White

Our latest local collaboration is just darling. Kerrie Pierce is the owner and creator behind Kitsune's Closet, a locally made, small batch cosmetics and home goods brand. Her love of vintage is evident in the art decco branding and packaging, and in her own retro personal style. Her balms and lipsticks are currently selling like hot cakes in the shop - especially the Noir Red, a deep, burgundy color perfect for Fall. In this darling shoot with Megan behind the camera, Kerrie is wearing the custom-made "Darling Red" lipstick, coming soon to Darling Boutique! Come shop Coral, Decco Red, and Noir Red, and, coming soon, Poppy Red and our very own Darling Red. Stay tuned for even more of her cosmetics, bath, and body products coming to the shop later this month. The perfect gifts for the holiday season ahead!

Meet Kerrie and find out more about her products in the Q&A below!

Q&A with Kerrie Pierce, Owner & Creator

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

Originally I’m from Maine. I ended up in Richmond after college (Hollins) and met my husband through mutual friends. We first came to Charlottesville just so he could go back to UVA and finish his engineering degree. We always talked about where we would go after he finished, but we had made some wonderful friends and decided instead of searching for a new city, to search for a home. We live in Belmont now, and are restoring a little bungalow from the early 1920s.

Describe what you do in town.

By day I work at a printing and engraving shop. We engrave and print everything from glassware to i-pads. I work with an engineer so we’re a great balance of left and right brain thinkers. By night and days off I work on goodies for Kitsune’s Closet. I also squeeze in time for knitting, learning cello and practicing yoga. I get twitchy when my hands aren’t busy creating something!

How did you get into the makeup/cosmetology business?

Like many other people doing handmade goods, I got started making things for myself and for friends. Lip balm was the very first product I made for Christmas presents one year. It was a big hit, so I started researching every related topic, ingredients, essential oils, aromatherapy, natural perfumery, when I am interested in a subject I dive in completely!

In 10 words or less, describe Kitsune's Closet... Be creative!

natural ingredients, vintage inspired, one small batch at a time

It's storytime. Talk about your collaboration with Darling Boutique.

I’ve been in Darling many times and always loved the shop (one of my favorite jackets is from there!) and we both happened to be at Fleaville one weekend, across the aisle from each other. We got chatting in between customers about my lip balm and how it might be fun to have it available in the shop. They are genuinely friendly, lovely people, and I admire their aesthetic and support of local artisans. I’m so flattered and excited for my products to be joining their wonderful shop!

How do you stay on top of the latest trends, ingredients, techniques, and products in your trade?

Honestly, the internet! Ingredient supply sites and blogs have endless amounts of information. For inspiration I collect vintage cosmetic ads. I have a great nail polish ad from the 1940’s showing the whole line available at the time, and it has black, yellow, blue and green as well as a huge variety of red, pinks and plums!

Photo by Megan TiernanWhat inspires your products and/or your process?

I love vintage clothing, and when I do dress in vintage I love to have hair and makeup that complete the look! So my cosmetics are vintage inspired with colors popular from the 1920’s through the 1950’s. I have sensitive skin, so my goals are for simple, effective formulas that are as natural as possible and make your skin look and feel great. I also make sure my ingredients are from sources that don’t test on animals.

What are some Fall/Winter makeup products/styles our darlings should know about? Suggest some of your own products for the changing weather.

As fall and winter weather approach humidity levels drop and our skin can start to feel dry. My lip balm and my Rosewater & Aloe or Lavender & Aloe lotion both have oils and butters that help keep skin soft and smooth. You can even start keeping winter skin at bay in the tub with my bath bombs, which also contain skin softening oils for a soothing soak.

What item of Kitsune's Closet makeup can you not leave the house without?

My petal finishing powder. I’m not a morning person and am usually rushing out the door, and a quick dusting makes me feel more ready for the day. I always have a tube or tin of lip balm in my bag.

What's your go-to hairstyle?

My go-to hairstyle is a quick bun, usually with a headband to keep short ends at bay.

How would you describe your personal style?

I would describe my personal style as I guess, eclectic vintage nerd? I love funky frames for my glasses, an endless supply of quirky t-shirts, cardigans, jeans and converse sneakers. I also have an affinity for brightly striped socks.When I have the chance to wear vintage I love seamed stockings, an awesome dress, a piece of vintage jewelry and some actual vintage or reproduction vintage heels.

Any products (your own or other) you swear by?

Special Effects hair dye. I can’t have my signature pink streaks without it! It comes in an amazing selection of crazy colors and stays bright for ages.

Where can someone find your products (besides Darling Boutique!)?

etsy.com/shop/kitsunescloset or facebook.com/kitsunescloset

Any exciting projects/collaborations coming up?

I just finished some really fun lipsticks and nail polishes for Halloween! I have an eye shadow collection in the works, and am always plotting more colors for lipsticks and nail polishes.