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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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Winter Fur | Every Day Drama

Linnea White

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When a vintage fur shawl finds its way into the shop, Winter fur outfit ideas (the overly dramatic kind) come to life. This Fall and Winter, fur has been full on trending, from the runways to the department stores, and we've seen a number of great fur pieces in the shop (here, here, and here). On a blustery cold Winter day this past weekend, I bundled up by layering a full length velvet skirt with this cozy vintage fur shawl. Add a top knot, a plum lip, a high neck tank, and black booties for a dramatic every day Winter look.

Winter Fur | Photo by Scott Tiernan

On Linnea: Vintage fur shawl, $78 / Banana Republic navy ribbed tank top, $18 / Velvet skirt, $18 / BOC booties, $34 Local Artisan Pieces: Owl Ridge Farmstead copper collar necklace, $52 / Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Scott Tiernan

Winter Fur | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Winter Fur | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Winter Fur | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Winter Fur | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Winter Fur | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Winter Fur | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Winter Fur | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Vest Weather | Dressing Up with Darling

Linnea White

Chilly mornings and warm, sunny days. It's the perfect weather to rock a vest. From shearling to shaggy, fur to faux, this Fall, vests are making a comeback. Vests are the ideal transitional piece in long or short silhouettes. Worn chic and belted or boho and layered, the vest is a great addition to your Fall wardrobe. We styled our intern Grace in one dress worn two ways - showing off two vests in the shop.

Vest 1 | Fur-tastic

Photo by Megan Tiernan

White House/Black Market burgundy dress, $30 // Adrienne Landau Rabbit & Fox Fur vest, $220 // Kathy Jeanne black felt hat, $70 // Grey pleather boots, $22 // Owl Ridge Farmstead leather wrap copper cuff, $29 // Pip's & Co necklace, $18 // Kitsune's Closet Noir Red Lipstick, $10 (new at Darling!)

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Vest 2 | Boho Chic

Photo by Megan Tiernan

White House/Black Market burgundy dress, $30 // Reversible sweater vest, $20 // Owl Ridge Farmstead necklace, $40, and earrings, $26 // Kitsune's Closet Decco Red Lipstick, $10 (new at Darling!)

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography 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

Dressing Up with Darling: Back to School

Linnea White

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Believe it or not, school starts next week for most, and that means it's time for back to school shopping. What better place than Darling to shop for your new school clothes - fun, affordable fashion!

Our lovely model Elaine is hitting the halls of high school with a fun, flirty style. These pieces are versatile, and can be worn with many different outfits. We love personal styling, and would absolutely love to help you find an outfit you feel confident in with individually cute and wearable pieces!

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Elaine: Guinevere (Anthropologie) cardigan, $28 // XXI pink tank, $8 // Sam & Lavi pants, $68 // Owlridge Farmstead antler necklace, $24 // Mia wedges, $18 // Grey leather clutch, $20

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

Photography by Megan Tiernan

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Dressing Up with Darling: Live Free

Linnea White

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Live Free. This Free People dress came in last week and became instant outfit inspiration. The boho lace dress pairs perfectly with our newest local artisan collaboration - Owl Ridge Farmstead. Their bohemian pieces - sliced antler studs, leather wrap hair combs, and tiered horn necklaces, just to name a few - capture the free spirit of this dress. Adding these amazing cowboy boots made this outfit ready for frolicking, twirling, and living freely.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Free People dress, $120 / Justin boots, $34 (50% off!) / Owl Ridge Farmstead necklace, $29, leather wrap hair combs, $16, leather bracelet, $20, sliced antler earrings, $16

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 Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan