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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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Shop Girl Style: Evolving Style & Rotating Closet

Linnea White

When you get an amazing jacket for $4, your life changes forever. Okay, maybe not your WHOLE life, but for that moment, you're pretty proud of yourself. At least if you're a consignment shopper like this shop girl. Since becoming the owner of a consignment shop, my personal style has evolved - constantly and cyclically. My combined passion for sustainable fashion and affordable style breeds a healthy (I think) obsession with an evolving style & rotating closet kinda life.

Over the past year alone, my personal style has evolved, transformed, and, almost weekly, rotated. I dress by mood most days, and I go through phases with certain colors, silhouettes, or clothing items. I've also had a considerable body transformation over the past two years that's allowed me to really sweep my closet of ill-fitting garments I no longer want to wear or can't wear anymore.

Through my style evolution, one thing is a constant - and that's comfort. I have to be comfortable at the shop, working long 8-10 hour days, and on my feet most of the time. That's where my Lotta's come in. This ain't no sponsored post. This is the real deal love for an item of clothing that changed your life, and that's my clogs. Two years ago when I bought the store, I bought two pairs of Lotta clogs, and they have been my staple shop girl shoe. Who knew a wooden clog could be so comfortable?!

But comfort doesn't mean sacrificing style, and I swear my hair transformation this year has emboldened me to be more eclectic than I think I've ever been. Learning to be smart with proportions and color palettes, textures and patterns, has been an adventure for me. And I hope to keep improving and learning so I can become the stylist I dream of being not just for myself, but for all the darlings out there.

Evolving Style & Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Darling Finds: Anthropologie midi skirt / Mock neck crop top // From Linnea’s Closet: Lotta from Stockholm clogs / Fringe kimono style jacket ($4, from Plato's Closet!!!) / Thrifted aztec necklace / Elaine B Jewelry rings & earrings / Judith Bright stacking rings

Photography by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style & Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

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.

 

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

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

Brittany Fan | Our Darlings

Linnea White

Many of our local artisans featured in the shop began with a chance meeting and led to a beautiful collaboration. Our most recent collaboration with local artisan Brittany Fan is one filled with beauty and joy. Her artistic talents are blessing our little shop's walls, adding color and life to our space. Not to mention the blessing of a fun card design collaboration with Brittany - a whole line of Darling inspired greeting cards are in the works! Shop Brittany's original paintings and cards at Darling! And meet the artist in the Q&A below.

Q&A with Brittany Fan

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

I am a painter, illustrator, photographer, and graphic designer. During the week, I work as a graphic designer at Journey Group, a wonderful design firm near the downtown mall. In my free time, I do portrait and event photography, ranging from family sessions to weddings. I also do film photography as an art practice, and have hung several shows in local coffee shops featuring prints of images I've produced. In addition, I paint and have a downtown exhibition this November through New City Arts, and run an Etsy shop through which I sell hand lettering prints and greeting cards. Photo courtesy of Brittany Fan

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

I lived in 3 countries and 5 states growing up, but spent my pre-college years in Blacksburg, Virginia. I attended the University of Virginia, where I earned an interdisciplinary degree in Studio Art, Art History, and Arts Administration, along with a Masters in Elementary Education. Having graduated in May 2015, I am now working as a design assistant at Journey Group, a local design firm, and will be beginning a year-long fellowship through the Trinity Fellows Program in August 2015.

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

I met Megan one day when I came into the store, and we ended up having a great conversation that led to a discussion about my work as an painter and photographer, in addition to my recent exploration of card making as a creative outlet. Megan and Linnea had talked about wanting to have more art and carry greeting cards, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity for a collaboration. You can now find some of my original paintings and cards at Darling.

Photo courtesy of Brittany Fan

I'm thrilled to be partnering with these awesome women, because conscious style and cultivating a healthy, fair economy is something else that I am deeply passionate about. I personally love thrifting, reusing, and repurposing things. It gives an individual the opportunity to really define their own unique character and style, while also gives new life to material goods and supporting a local economy. The fashion industry is one of the many global economies where social injustice and poor work condition is rampant, and although it is hard to break the larger cycle on an individual scale, our efforts to steward our material goods well can begin a movement toward style that empowers those who make it possible.

Describe Brittany Fan Art & Photography in 10 words or less.

Harnessing inspiration to cultivate joy and beauty, however I can.

Where do you go to be creative?

I could probably find inspiration in any place or any thing. I do have a tremendous love for nature, and much of my work is inspired by what I see in the natural world. I love to go hiking, grow flowers and plants, explore the outdoors, and go on road trips. As I mentioned before, I also find the kitchen to be a place of creativity, which my friends often benefit from, given the edible nature of what is produced in that scenario.

Photo courtesy of Brittany Fan

What aspects of life excite you, stir your affections, fuel your passions, inspire your art?

Photo courtesy of Brittany FanMy faith background definitely impacts my work, in ways that are subtle in the finished product but is integral to my though process and mission as an artist. I am drawn to the natural world, to the theme of hope and renewal, and to the need to love and care for the world and those around you. These are all things that have become integral to my mindset as a result of my upbringing as a Christian, and I am reminded of them on a daily basis through the beautiful landscape around us and the incredible people in my life. I think the notion that we as individuals, imperfect and fragile as we are, have the capacity to do good and to make something of the world is incredible, and that inspires me more than anything else.

When and why did you become an artisan?

I see the world through a lens of creative opportunity, and have cultivated a personal vision to bring attention to beauty and goodness. As an artist, I found myself not drawn to one particular medium, but rather to every avenue of expression as a different tool for sharing this vision with others. This is not only true of the visual arts--I also love the culinary arts, and see that as another way of producing goodness and sharing it with those around me. So I don't think I ever pursued a particular trajectory toward where I am now--I simply ended up here because I saw opportunities to use art in a positive way, and stepped into those opportunities when they arose. I do the work that I do because I love it and it inspires me, and I hope to inspire others with it.

What are you working on right now?

Right now, I am working on several paintings for the show in November, which will be at the Radio IQ/WTVF Gallery. There will be a gallery opening on First Friday in November, so feel free come by to see the work and eat good food that evening! There will be more details on https://newcityarts.org in the upcoming months.

Where can someone find your products, outside of Darling Boutique?

www.etsy.com/shop/ThoughtsAndInklings and brittanyfan.net