Meet Linnea: Lady Boss + Shop Girl

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

Get to know the Gal Behind the Blog

Hometown?

Born in Ithaca, NY. Formative childhood years in Manassas, VA. High school season of life in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Charlottesville, VA ever since 2006! Go Hoos!

Charlottesville is my hometown now. I love being rooted in this city, walking in to my little shop every day.

Describe yourself in 10 words or less.

Silly, stylish, dancing, dreaming, daring darling dwelling in serendipity.

What’s your favorite #darlingfind?

It’s so hard to pick just one! I have a closet full of amazing finds from Darling Boutique. I’ve been a consigner and avid shopper at Darling since 2013, and the owner for two years, so my shop girl style is pretty much a well-curated, constantly cycled closet of #darlingfinds!

If I had to choose just one favorite, I would choose my vintage leather Coach backpack. I wear it every day to walk around town, and it’s just so darling!

If I could choose a 2nd, which I am since I’m making up this interview, I would pick my vintage Levi overalls, because God literally spoke to me through these overalls in the way only my heavenly Father who knows me so well could.

Name a go-to clothing item or accessory.

CLOGS. My lady boss life changed forever when I ordered my first pair of wooden clogs from Lotta from Stockholm. I now have three pairs (and more I’m pining after), and they are hands down the best shop girl shoes for comfort and cuteness.

What’s your shopping weakness?

Darling Boutique. Since I do all of the consignment intake appointments, I see everything that comes into the shop first, and that can be incredibly dangerous – and incredibly awesome. But I’m equally strong as I am weak, with a constant cycle of items coming back into the shop from my closet to resell and replace with new-t0-me finds.

What’s your style super power?

I’m a style chameleon. I dress uniquely each day, trying out different trends and genres, not fitting into any one mold. I’m eclectic as heck and proud of it.

PERSONAL STYLE MANTRA.

“There’s no how-to road map to style. It’s about self-expression, and, above all, attitude.” – iris apfel

Style speaks. It’s a conversation. It’s is an expression of your heart. It’s an expression of your mood. It’s expressive. And it’s uniquely you.

Spring Style Trends Gingham | Photo by Tristan Williams

I call this my Iris Apfel look.

How do I develop personal style? I take time each morning to pray and reflect on my blessings, to give thanks, to look in the mirror and choose to see myself how God sees me. When you are restored from the inside out, your true beauty will shine through in everything you do, and in everything you wear.

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

Give me The Pie Chest’s goat cheese, sausage, honey, egg hand pie and a flat white from Lone Light Coffee ANY day. I’m addicted. Good thing they’re a few blocks up the Downtown Mall from Darling, otherwise I’d close up shop and eat there every single day.

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

Sweden. It’s been my dream to travel to a country where some of my ancestors lived, to connect with my roots, and see the world. I’ve never been across the Atlantic! It’d also be pretty nice to be in a country where people know how to pronounce my name (Linnea is a Swedish name). Maybe I’ll even find the Swedish wild flower I’m named after! And buy all the Swedish clogs while I’m at it. Dreams, y’all.

Favorite quote?

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25

“I dwell in possibility.” – Emily Dickinson

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