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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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9 Ways to Wear the Silk Scarf

Linnea White

A classic silk scarf is just that - classic. This timeless accessory can add a distinguished polish or a dose of cool to just about any look. But it's all in the styling. Learn a few tricks to master the many ways to wear the silk scarf like a savvy sartorial expert.

When these vintage Hermès scarves came into the shop, we HAD to play dress up with them and take all the pretty pictures of them - and with them. With just 24 hours on the floor, we only have 5 left! Stop in to shop these classic designer beauties, or contact us to find out more about price and shipping.

With 9 Hermès arrivals, we came up with 9 ways to wear the silk scarf!

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How to Style a Dress from Day to Night: Featuring Carrie of Dream Green DIY

Linnea White

One dress, worn two ways - day to night. Challenge accepted.

When local blogger Carrie from Dream Green DIY and I chatted about collaborating a few months ago, we ended up deciding on the idea of styling a dress for her busy blogger life. Based on her style needs, we leaned towards pieces that she could wear seamlessly from day to night, from a coffee shop meeting or work session to drinks with friends. As with any piece you purchase, you want to imagine styling it multiple ways, and this dress made it easy to pull double-duty.

Day Look

For the blogger-by-day look, I styled the dress with a simple jean jacket and clogs. It’s no secret that wood clogs are a secret style weapon (the Swedes have known this for years), and insanely comfortable for long days on your feet. The rich cognac of this pair was the perfect contrast to the dress, adding warmth and color. We added a pair of studs and a beaded bar necklace by Virginia jeweler Emily Warden Designs for simple statement accessories.

Day Look Details | Consignment #darlingfinds on Carrie: Urban Outfitters clogs / Merona dress - just $12! / Locally-made #darlingartisans pieces on Carrie: Emily Warden Designs, necklace and earrings

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Tristan Williams

Another casual way to style this dress would be with a pair of boots (short or tall) and a chunky cardigan. Think jewel tones like burgundy or evergreen for an extra eye-catching look. It’s the perfect layering base for Fall days ahead!

Evening Look

Sometimes all you need is a leather jacket. And that’s exactly what we added to this dress for an evening option. We also changed up the shoes to a pair of booties, and changed up the jewelry for a little more drama. The sunset cuff by Free Range and Feral paired with the geometric hammered brass earrings and long beaded necklace by Dinosaur Toes - all handmade in VA, of course. 

Evening Look Details | Consignment #darlingfinds on Carrie: Merona dress - just $12! / Locally-made #darlingartisans pieces on Carrie: Free Range & Feral sunset cuff + Dinosaur Toes necklace and earrings

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Tristan Williams

Another way to style this dress for evening would be with a pair of heels (add a pop of color!) and a statement clutch. The dolphin hem of the dress adds that needed interest to keep the rest of the look sleek and simple.

Darling Style Tip

Drape your jacket over your shoulders for an instantly chic look for the evening edition of your outfit. 

How To Recreate the Look

1. Start with the base. Find that perfect dress for your body type, in a basic color or pattern - we went with stripes in a classic black & white. Keep the silhouette simple, and that base becomes the perfect palette for all your styling needs, day to night. 

2. Keep the layers lengthening, not bulky. Whether a jacket or a sweater, make sure the hem hits at a flattering point on your frame, and doesn’t cut off the flow of the dress silhouette underneath. Learning your proportions is key to layering any piece!

3. Get creative with the accessories, and play with length, textures, and colors. Find necklaces that flatter the garment, creating length where needed or drawing attention to the neckline. This is the fun part!

Which look to love most? How would you style this dress from day to night? 

How to Style a Dress from Day to Night | Photography by Tristan Williams

Check out Carrie's write up about the experience over on her blog, Dream Green DIY! 

Spring Style Trends: Off-the-Shoulder Tops & Wide Leg Jeans

Linnea White

Spring weekends are made for frolicking, and this outfit is rocking some of the biggest Spring style trends. From the off the shoulder craze to the wide leg culotte length jeans phenom, this outfit is ready to hit the Spring scene with a burst of zeal. Bring it on, Spring! Wide leg jeans are making my LIFE right now. That culotte length is easily pulled of, when styled right for your body type. I could have sported this pair with some heels to give me a little boost in height, but I wanted to show how to dress down the look for weekend adventures. And these Nike kicks were the perfect way to do just that.

I'm also jumping for joy over this off-the-shoulder top, because dang. Showing off a little shoulder, ladies, it's the new sexy. And it is also so darn cute! Keep your neck bare for a clean look, and let the top (and your skin/shoulders/collarbone) do the talking. A pair of statement earrings is the perfect way to accent this trending neckline, especially in a bright hue for the warm season.

How would you rock these Spring style trends, darling?

Spring Trends | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Striped Off-the-Shoulder blouse, M, $20 / J. Crew Rayner Jeans, size 31, $38 (pinned in pictures) / Nike for J. Crew sneakers, 8 1/2, $40 / Super sunglasses, $70/ J. Crew leather belt, $14 // Locally-made pieces: Pips & Co. white stud earrings, $12 / Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick, $12

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

Spring Trends | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Trends | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Trends | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Color Trends: Pantone 2016

Linnea White

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The first day of Spring is just a few days away (March 20), and despite the threat of colder temperatures on Sunday, we're still rooting for Spring. Maybe if we do a little dance with flowers in our hair, the warm Spring weather will finally be here to stay. In the mean time, we'll embrace the Spring color trends of 2016, and start transporting ourselves to warm, sunny days. For all the stylish darlings out there, we're dishing out this year's Spring Pantone Color Report. This season, the focus is on optimistic hues, beautifully balancing quiet stability with exuberant whimsy.

"Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves." - Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute

Pantone 2016 Color of the Year

The foundational colors of this season and the year: Rose Quartz (a pale pink) and Serenity (a light periwinkle blue). Grounding the array of colors, these two hues blend together seamlessly, lending a serene, light-heartedness to the palette.

Spring Color Trends: Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone Top 10 Spring Colors

The SS16 palette is whimsical and playful, with a common thread: "the desire to breathe and reflect, then play."

The Spring palette is rooted by soothing tones and neutrals - the blushing calm of Rose Quartz, weightless transcendence of Serenity, tranquil aqua of Limpet Shell, subtle base of Lilac Gray, and transitional neutral of Iced Coffee.

In contrast to the calming tones of the palette, vivid brights include warm, playful Peach Echo, energetic Snorkel Blue, happy, vibrant Buttercup, fiery, sassy Fiesta, and nature-inspired, exploratory Green Flash.

Spring Color Trends: Pantone SS16 Color Report

How to Wear Rose Quartz

This blushing pink pairs perfectly with not just its color sister, Serenity, but also with everything from black and white, navy and grey, to light browns and Marsala, the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year.

Spring Color Trends: Rose Quartz Pantone Outfit

How to Wear Serenity Blue

The peaceful, airy tone of this blue is relaxed and easy, and pairs well with shades of white, navy, blush pink, taupe, charcoal, and rust.

Get Vibrant

Embrace the vibrant, playful brights of the season. Basically, embrace color. And pair those bold, whimsical prints with the ethereal neutrals of the season.

Spring Color Trends: Peach Echo Pantone Outfit

Stay tuned for a Spring-hued styled shoot featuring the new Spring makeup lineup by Kitsune's Closet! See sneak preview pictures of her products below.

Spring Color Trends: Kitsune's Closet Lipstick Palettes

Spring Color Trends: Kitsune's Closet Eyeshadow Palettes

[Source: Pantone SS16 Color Report]