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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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Darling Intern: Meet Savannah

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Yesterday, we talked about shop owner and OG Darling gal Linnea's shop girl style. Today, we're introducing our new Darling intern, Savannah, and featuring her insanely adorable shop girl style. This gal is a silk neck tie queen, y'all. We have lots to learn from this darling fashionista. Find out more about Sav and her personal style in this fun interview, and meet her around the shop this Spring!

Darling Intern | Photo by Tristan WilliamsMeet Sav

Hometown:

Monroe, NC

Current:

Lynchburg, VA

Describe yourself in 5 syllables or less:

Passionate 

What’s your favorite #darlingfind?

My “Be Brave Darling” necklace by: Onastazia Designs. Also waiting on the perfect lady to bring those western ankle boots my way. ;)

What’s your style super power?

Tying a silk scarf in 10 seconds flat. 

What’s your shopping weakness?

J.Crew Warehouse sales FOR SURE. Can’t stay away.

Name one go-to clothing item or accessory.

My navy leather jacket. It is an easy way to spice up any outfit, no hassle required. 

What Spring style trends are you stoked about this year?

Frayed denim skirts and all the dusty pinks!! 

PERSONAL STYLE MANTRA:

Be bold and just go for it. 

Fashion tips/tricks? 

Don’t be afraid to mix prints and colors. The more layers and dimension added to an outfit the better! 

Darling Intern | Photo by Tristan Williams

If I gave you $10 to buy yourself a treat in Cville, how would you spend it? 

I would save it until October and buy a piece of Pumpkin Pie from The Pie Chest

Song(s) Currently On Repeat?

"Here You Come Again" by Dolly Parton and "Clarity" by Leftover Cuties 

Currently Watching: TV/Netflix/Hulu. Go. 

Grey’s Anatomy and Law & Order 

You won a ticket to anywhere in the world. Where are you going and why?

Grand Cayman. It’s one of the prettiest and most peaceful places I’ve been. I love the people and all the island vibes. 

Favorite quote?

“If you see something beautiful in someone, speak it.” - Ruth Lindsey

Darling Intern | Photo by Tristan Williams

Dressing Up with Cville Blooms

Linnea White

Last Spring, we interviewed Della Bennett to talk all about how cville BLOOMS got started and her personal style. And this time, to promote the upcoming pop-up shop on 1st Street on Sunday, April 2, we styled Della in two outfits to showcase what a rockstar lady boss she is - day to night. From creating the beautiful arrangements and making deliveries, to attending events in all her lady boss glam, this darling gal is as seriously adorbs as she is seriously cool.

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

That's how Della described her business in 10 words or less in her interview with us last Spring, and it's still the perfect way to describe the floral arrangements she creates for cville BLOOMS. And this Sunday, for the 1st Street Block Party, you'll get to shop all of her grab-n-go floral arrangements and a wide selection of house plants! Because it's Spring and you need a little green in your (home) life.

Day Della: Fierce Florist Fashion

Daytime Della. Sounds like a super hero. With overalls as her super hero outfit, and scissors as her weapon of choice. Flower Power. It's a thing. And Della is the queen of it.

Dressing Up with cville blooms | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Della | Secondhand pieces: Wax Jeans overalls, $20 / We the Free coral crop top, $18 / Kimchi Blue wedges, 7, $24

Styled by Linnea White, Shop Owner // Photography by Tristan Williams

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

Dressing Up with cville blooms | Photo by Tristan Williams

Dressing Up with cville blooms | Photo by Tristan Williams

Dressing Up with cville blooms | Photo by Tristan Williams

Night Della: Girl Gets Glam

Nighttime Della sure can get glam. This dress is a little bit retro, a little bit funky (that print!), and a lot a bit spunky. Playing up the '50s vibes of this dress, we threw on some cat eye sunglasses and a vintage snap closure leather handmade clutch. And to modernize the look a bit, like you want to with any vintage-inspired outfit, Della rocked a pair of handmade tassel earrings and her own #darlingfinds - a pair of black booties from last year.

Dressing Up with cville blooms | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Della | Secondhand pieces: Mata Traders dress, M, $28 / Black belt, $6 / Sunglasses, $20 /Dolce Vita booties, Della's own, found at Darling #darlingfinds // Locally-made pieces: Pan&Tea tassel earrings, $28 / Free Range & Feral leather clutch, $80

Styled by Linnea White, Shop Owner // Photography by Tristan Williams

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

Dressing Up with cville blooms | Photo by Tristan Williams

Dressing Up with cville blooms | Photo by Tristan Williams

Dressing Up with cville blooms | Photo by Tristan Williams

Dressing Up with cville blooms | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

Thanks to Tristan Williams for all of the photography of Della and her plant babies! Styled by Linnea White in collaboration with Della.

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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.

Customer Style | Serrine

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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!