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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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Darlings in Dresses: How to Take on Dressember

Linnea White

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This month, Megan and I are wearing dresses for 31 days as part of the Dressember movement. We're honored (and really, really excited) to stand with women all over the world for this incredible cause. We love Dressember so much, we decided to show a little #dressember style by featuring outfits from our shop! See how we each styled dresses for Dressember - a month of dresses to raise support and awareness to reclaim freedom, dignity, and femininity for the victims of human trafficking. Join us by donating to the cause, or show us your own #darlingsindresses style on Instagram!

How to Dressember

On Linnea

For an every day, Winter look, Linnea styled this vibrant J. Crew wool shift dress (with pockets!!!) with navy tights and oxford heels - and a snazzy top knot - for a mod-inspired style. This dress can be worn dressed up (add some sparkle and heels) for the holidays, or dressed down with flats or boots and a cozy sweater or coat for colder weather. Not only is it classy and timeless, but it's comfortable - #winning.

On Megan

For a boho-inspired look, Megan rocked a Free People tunic dress and kept the accessories minimal - let the a dress like this one do the talking! This dress can easily be worn over tights or even jeans, with heels or boots. Throw an ankle-grazing coatigan over this tunic and a chunky knit scarf for a boho-chic wintry look.

Dressember Photo by Scott Tiernan

On Linnea: J. Crew dress, $38 / Style & Co oxford heels, $30 / Pip's & Co. studs, $14, and turtle ring, $20 // On Megan: Free People dress, $44 / Michael Kors oxford heels, $88 / Owl Ridge Farmstead leather knot studs, $22

Shop these items and more at Darling Boutique!

Styled by Linnea White & Megan Tiernan / Photography by Scott Tiernan

Dressember Photo by Scott Tiernan

Dressember 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

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

How to Dress for a Polo Match | Darling on the Trail

Linnea White

Darling is on the trail – the Monticello Wine Trail, that is. Our first stop: King Family Vineyards for an afternoon polo picnic in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Last week, James King shared with us the history of King Family wine and Roseland Polo, a Sunday tradition for many locals. This week, see how we styled the looks for an early Fall afternoon at King Family! Shop these items and more at Darling Boutique, located on Charlottesville’s downtown mall!

Shoot Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan / Hair & Make-up by Sarah Hatch of At Last

We arrived in style courtesy of the Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Company and our amazing driver for the day, Anna Quillon.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Next, we stopped in the tasting room for a bottle of Crosé and Cabernet Franc for our afternoon - both recommended by James King.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

We styled Anna McQuitty in a layered look for Fall, with a kimono style knit cardigan and booties, effortlessly transitioning a Summer dress into Fall.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Anna: Layla dress, $92 / Quicksilver sweater, $20 / Pip's & Co necklace, $16, and earrings, $14 / Boots, model's own

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Linnea styled a boho chic outfit inspired by the jewelry of local artisan, Owl Ridge Farmstead. This embroidered dress was the perfect match.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea: Christophe Sauvat dress, $110 / Owl Ridge Farmstead sliced antler studs, $20, arrowhead necklace, $40, and leather wrap bracelet, $30 / J. Crew booties, model's own

Photo by Megan Tiernan

We styled Lindsay Wine for a posh Polo picnic, hat and all, making this ridiculously affordable dress look like a million bucks.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Lindsay: Merona dress, $14 / Wyeth Floppy Felt hat, $70 / Pip's & Co necklace, $20, and earrings, $12 / Boots, $22

Photo by Megan Tiernan

We styled Becca Meadows in an Anthropologie dress for a Fall romp with horses - literally. This gorgeous animal wanted to be in the picture.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Becca: Fei (Anthropologie) dress, $40 / Wyeth Floppy Felt hat, $65 / Girls Day Out silver Virginia necklace, $28, and silver studs, $15 / Boots, model's own

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

See you on the trail, darlings!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this shoot possible, from our gorgeous friends/models, Sarah Craun of the Monticello Wine Trail, Anna Quillon of the Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Company, James King of King Family Vineyards, and Sarah Hatch of At Last for our hair and make-up!

Photo by Scott Tiernan

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“Darling on the Trail” is a series in collaboration with the Monticello Wine Trail and the many amazing local wineries. Expect styled shoots on location and feature interviews with the wineries.

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.

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