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There is something about May that is so exciting and special. The gloom of April’s showers have (hopefully) passed and the full heat of summer is on its way. Spring has finally sprung!

With the beauty of this new season, I am excited to release the May edition of Darling’s Favorite Things. We only want the best for our readers! These are brands that I have used, purchased from and am proud to support. With elevated, unique and ethically made products, they offer one-of-a-kind items that make for great gifts as well!

So without further ado, here are the featured brands for Darling’s Favorite Things: May. Let us know your favorite brands that we should spotlight next in the comments below. Happy shopping!


A woman in a pink, silk pajama setPapinelle: The Story Behind the Brand

Pure silks. Organic cottons. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Papinelle is a sleepwear and lifestyle brand designed for women who value the ritual of relaxation. Each Papinelle piece is designed with a simple goal: to create beautiful sleepwear that is ethically made from the softest natural fabrics. Worn by the likes of Emma Roberts and Jessica Alba, Papinelle is available in its own boutiques throughout Australia and New Zealand. Papinelle is also stocked in leading department stores worldwide including Nordstrom and Dillards.

What I love about Papinelle is that it creates loungewear that you want to wear at any time of day. They are the leading creators of the top-drawer type of sleepwear that you’ll never want to take off. They offer the most comfortable PJ sets, soft robes and cozy loungewear in a variety of feminine cuts and soft hues.

Pure Silk Pajamas in Musk – $199.95

The ultimate in natural luxury, Papinelle’s Pure Silk Pajamas in Musk are an elevated loungewear that I always want to wear! The menswear-inspired style of this pajama set adds an air of classic elegance to airy, pure silk pajamas. I love that they even allow you to personalize your pajama set with bespoke monogramming that is available on a curated collection of sleepwear styles.

The pajama top has front closure, a notched collar and a chest patch pocket for added sophistication. The long-sleeve set is made from 100% silk and comes with matching drawstring waist pants.

Papinelle IG: @papinellesleepwear

Mimeo Photos

A woman holding a photo book up to her faceMimeo Photos: The Story Behind the Brand

With more than a decade of photo printing experience, Mimeo Photos makes capturing life’s most important moments easy! I love how they turn my family’s hilarious, joyous and treasured moments into custom photo products that we can treasure for years to come.

As a select photo print provider for Apple, Mimeo Photos has perfected the art of premium, custom-made photobooks, calendars and card sets. Their high-quality photo apps ensure that all of your creative and design needs are met—no matter what device you’re using.

Since their inception, they have expanded their services  to offer a variety of photo products (including home decor and textiles) to people all over the world. You can find and create with Mimeo Photos everywhere photos are found. Mimeo Photos is available on their website at www.mimeophotos.com, or you can download it in the App Store or Google Play Store.

Mimeo Photos’ Photobooks – $39.99

Mimeo Photos’ Photobooks allow me and my family to put our favorite moments into print. The finished product is a unique and timeless storybook of pictures that we will be able to look back on for years to come!

Mimeo Photos’ hardcover photobook is a great way to curate and save your next volume of family memories in a fun way! I love that their line of hardcover photobooks is entirely customizable at every step of the process, from personalized text on the spine to a full dust jacket for an elevated touch. Photobooks can be up to 100 pages and come in five sizesGet 35% off your order with code DARLINGS. The code is good on any product and can be used more than once. Effective now through June 30 at 11:59pm EST.

Mimeo Photos IG: @mimeophotos


A woman dancing in the wind in an embroidered dressLOLA Y TULA: The Story Behind the Brand

LOLA Y TULA designs and collaborates directly with artisan partners to create one-of-kind items, while continuing their commitment to sustainability and responsibility. I love that their designs are timeless—perfect for the modern day woman! The unique designs are also important because they celebrate the beauty and integrity of Mexico and its people. I am also so encouraged that LOLA Y TULA gives back to communities in need with a focus on mothers and children.

Margarita Huipil/ Black – $82.00

I love these floral motif gowns! Made by hand, each dress is truly a one-of-a-kind item. These lovely hand-embroidered “huipils” or dresses are made by a group of artisans in Oaxaca. My favorite thing about them is that they truly “feel” vintage, and they are made with 100% lightweight cotton and embroidered in neutral black, naturally-dyed thread. Each of these pieces expresses the artistic heritage of the artisans who preserve important traditions for generations to come.

LOLA Y TULA IG: @lolaytula


A woman sitting on the floor wearing a pink button up blouse Grayson: The Story Behind the Brand

Founder Audrey Mcloghlin built Grayson to do more than just create the perfect button-up. As a female-led, female-run company, Audrey shaped Grayson to use her superpowers to lift women up. As a former engineer, she spent two years and worked with 30 women to create the perfect silhouette known as The Hero, a uniquely styled button-up that actually fits! The top has strategically placed buttons eliminating gapping, and it also has a longer backside for ultimate coverage and comfort.

Along with creating the ultimate, must-have button-up, Grayson prioritizes important social causes, including supporting organizations such as One Fair Wage, I am a voter., The Period Movement, and The Little Market totaling in over $150,000 in donations since their inception just two years ago. They believe that clothing that fits is empowering and I couldn’t agree more!

The Hero Button-Up Tissue Cotton – $128.00

The Hero is Grayson’s signature style, and it is a timeless, classic button-up that you can wear anywhere. The top’s ultra-thin, lightweight cotton is made from airy loops for maximum breathability. It is great for layering with sweaters and blazers during the cooler months. Some of my favorite features about the beautiful, signature design are its cape-like pleat on the back, the portrait collar and the impeccably draped hem. You won’t find a button-up with a more flattering fit, and I love that the ultra-premium fabric gets better over time.

Grayson IG: @grayson

Gjenmi Jewelry

A gold smiley face necklaceGjenmi Jewelry: The Story Behind the Brand

Gjenmi Jewelry specializes in creating modern heirlooms. Inspired by the timeless grace of antique and vintage designs, they prioritize the art of making things by hand. I love that they specialize in fine jewelry that is meant to be worn every day and for every occasion. This Los Angeles native brand is dedicated to using high-quality, conflict-free stones, gold and materials.

Gjenmi Happy Times Necklace – $416.00

Made from diamonds and gold, the exquisite Gjenmi’s Happy Times Necklace features a happy face-set diamond pendant on a 16″ 14k diamond-cut chain. It comes in white and black diamonds. I love the custom craftsmanship of Gjenmi’s designs that makes each piece unique. I also am proud to wear their jewelry knowing that this handmade necklace is made from solely conflict-free diamonds.

Gjenmi Jewelry IG: @gjenmi

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