There are times in life when things seem to align just right and something beautiful happens. This is how we feel about our latest issue — it’s one of our absolute favorites and we can’t wait to get it in your hands!

We’ve been fired up at Darling lately about the amount of women rising up in the world to create real change, which reflects the theme of this issue: Fierceness. Spring is the exact time of year to truly wake up, to realize our power, to be assertive, to let the sails go full force. In these pages you’ll find inspiring interviews, bright and bold photography (our cover and cover story was shot in Milan, Italy!) and deep essays that will really challenge your status quo.

Excerpt from Editor-in-Chief, Sarah Dubbeldam’s, Letter from the Editor:

 There are too many things in the world that need the touch of women — those that only our psyche can solve, that only her touch can heal, that only her intuition can decipher … may we open our eyes wider, not letting ourselves nod off to sleep, because honestly, we all must keep one another awake to the full if we are going to really leave impressions in the ground where we’ve walked.

Also, you’ll notice a new change in this issue—advertisements! Don’t freak out, we aren’t becoming a glossy mag [smile]. This was a congruent choice with the message of being fierce. Darling has a lot of work to do in this world, and in order to grow, to spread our message more, to do more good, we’ve realized we need to partner with other brands. We promise, they will always be pretty and things you’ll like, because we like them!

Want to see more of what’s inside Issue No. 15?

Inside The Achiever A piece on assertiveness about how to make yourself visible and credible as a woman without coming across as pushy.

Demonstrating your confidence and support of others will set you apart as a leader, but most importantly, asserting yourself and owning your personal power will improve all aspects of your life in the workplace as well as in your relationships.

Introducing Darling Issue No.15

Inside The Stylist An intimate interview with Rosanne Stuart, mother of Madeline Stuart, the first professional model with Down syndrome. She is a beautiful voice of truth reminding us that we are all equal, that everyone should have equal opportunity in life and that the level of society’s comfort with disability can and should change.

 I want you to walk out of here and the next time you see someone with a disability, you walk up and say, ‘Hi, how’s your day?’ If I’m standing in the line at the movies and I see someone in line with a disability I’ll ask, ‘What are you watching today?’ I’m sick of people in the community feeling isolated.

Madeline Stuart

Inside The Confidant | An interview with Joanna Gaines, star of the hit show, “Fixer Upper” on HGTV. She talks with us about purpose, self-confidence and the (good) risk involved in making someone’s day.

 I think confidence can be confusing. Some think beauty is confidence, others think the perfect possession brings confidence … when really confidence is a mindset of, ‘I am created to do what I do, to be the best at what I can.’ It doesn’t come from your giftings and talents, it comes from knowing who you are and that there’s a purpose for your life.

Joanna Gaines

Inside The Beautician A feature on Dulce Candy Ruiz, Youtube star and inspiration for her time spent in the Army, her vulnerability about her struggles with depression and low self-esteem and aspirational views on true beauty.

 When you’re dealing with something you feel like you’re the only one in the world that’s going through it, you feel like that’s the end. But in reality we all feel these emotions — the basic ones, we all feel them — but some people don’t express them so you just don’t know.

Dulce Candy

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  1. I purchased an issue on my iPad but I do not seem to be able to open it. What could I be doing wrong?

  2. I opened up my issue last night and there was the charismatic smile of Michelle Taylor, a former client of my Montecito stationery studio. She has a huge generosity of spirit and is a force to be followed!

  3. Anything that keeps you out there expressing your important support and encouragement for what women need to hear… Can only be a good thing!

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