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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 cville BLOOMS | Our Darlings

Linnea White

cville blooms pop up shopWhen we think of the words "babe vibes," we think of an arrangement by cville BLOOMS. And lately, we've been crushing hard on the blooms by the babe Della Bennett. From succulents to billy balls, bouquets large and small, her blooms have been filling the shop with Spring cheer.

This weekend, get your cville BLOOMS floral fix! From the Charlottesville City Market to FleaVILLE at Lee Park, as you make your way down 1st street, stop by Darling for a special pop up shop with cville BLOOMS! Featuring fresh Grab & Go flowers AND a terrarium bar from 10-2, or while supplies last.

In the meantime, meet the babe behind the blooms.

Q&A with Della Bennett

Meet Cville Blooms | Photo by Megan Tiernan

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

I was born & raised out in rural Fluvanna County. It was there that I developed a deep relationship with nature and all of its beauty - particularly flowers and plants. My mom & dad have been gardening since before I was born and continue to make their home a lush & inspiring environment. I moved away for college and then headed down to Charleston, SC where I continued to be inspired by the local beauty ... and let's be honest, goof off on the beach for a bit. Then right back to Charlottesville a few years later to get real and grow a business!

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

I own cville BLOOMS - a local floral & plant design company. I offer custom flower arrangements, live gifts, hands-on workshops, and full wedding & event floral services. I love doing pop-up workshops all over Charlottesville and connecting with other creatives & business owners.

Describe cville BLOOMS in 10 words or less.

Blooming stories dipped in green topped with those positive V I B E S

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

We've been in a loving Instagram relationship for a while now. They reached out to me about doing something fun for their birthday event and I accepted, of course! I made a big bright beautiful flower arrangement for them and some cute little succulent favors for them to pass out to their favorite supporters. Next up, we're going to create a pop-up spring flower shop, and plan some workshops!

Meet Cville Blooms | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Where do you go to be creative?

Whether it be in my studio space or right on the kitchen table, my home is my creative sanctuary.

What inspires your products and/or your process?

Everything! I'm inspired by people, stories, photographs, travel, even food! I try to incorporate non-traditional items into my designs to help tell a story. Sometimes I use edible elements in my floral designs, or interesting glass scraps in my terrariums. I think I continue to do what I do because of the people. They want to see what I can do and they believe in my work. I can't really ask for much more than that!

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

I would say I have always been a designer. I've dabbled in many mediums growing up, from painting to card making, jewelry and even edible arrangements. I've had many jobs and have been inspired by each of them in different ways but they always failed to keep me interested. I wanted to create! I started making floral & plant designs for family, friends, employers, and just for fun. Once people started asking me if I'd do small parties or if I sold my succulent designs and I decided to at least just start an Instagram page where I could document my creations. It sort of took off from there! I started spreading the word with friends & social media and in came dozens of orders for custom succulent designs, wedding inquiries, and so many other fun opportunities. Through this business, I continue to surpass my own creative and personal expectations while finding zero lack of inspiration in this blooming creative community that we call home. I don't think that cville BLOOMS could have started in any other place in the world.

What are you working on right now?

I have actually been spending a lot of time in the office to prepare for the upcoming busy season. Meeting with brides, writing proposals, workshop planning, that sort of stuff. Along with some long-term business planning.

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

These things never come off: my late grandmother's gold wedding band. It's simple with a bit of sparkle. And also my staple studs from Elaine B. They're just perfect.

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Visit www.cvilleblooms.com or email della@cvilleblooms.com for your floral inquiries!

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.