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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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Shop Girl Thoughts: Remember Why You Started

Linnea White

Today marks two years since I entered into this shop owner journey. What an incredible two years it has been! I recently had a Mufasa moment (it's a thing) with that booming voice calling out to me from the heavens, "Remember... Remember why you started."

Remember Why You Started

I guess it's safe to say it all started when I was a little girl who loved her "puh-rse." I have been told I would have a fit if we left the house and I didn't have my bag with me, thus being dubbed the "bag lady" from a very young age. Couple that with growing up in the ballet world (costume rooms are heart eyes for me) and with a big sister that I enjoyed stealing clothes and makeup from at a very young age, and you have the makings of a fashionista.

Skip ahead to my post-college years (because, Lord knows, besides being the Fashion Editor for V Magazine for a while, my personal style wasn't much back then) and you will find a Linnea who began to understand 'style personality' and embraced a confident expression of self through fashion. My fashion journey runs alongside my heart journey, and how the Lord has restored me from the inside-out. I firmly believe style is an expression of your heart, and how you carry yourself, speak about yourself, and treat yourself is innate to your spiritual health.

In the past few years, I started to explore and refine my inner stylist through blogging, first with a Dressing Up series on Cville Niche and then to Darling two years ago when I became the co-owner. And I grew to love styling outfits, not just for me, but for other gals (and guys) as well. I remember making the decision to buy the shop with Megan, terrified and excited at the same time, and one bit of advise my dad had for me as I prayed and moved forward in this life-changing step of faith:

"How does your heart feel?" - Dad

"My heart is filled with peace - peace that I can't comprehend. Peace that I know this is what I'm supposed to do. It's my head that's spinning thinking about it all." - Me

"Good. I would be worried if it was the other way around. That peace in your heart is from the Lord, and when you're making a decision, listen for that peace. He'll quiet the noise in your head, He'll take care of all those details." - Dad

Listen for the peace. That's what I did. And that's what I remind myself of again and again in this shop owner life - especially when making decisions. And I remember...

I remember the words of affirmation, the prophetic words of this calling on my life, the words of wisdom and advise. I remember the excitement, the adventure, the childlike joy, the hope. I remember the fear, the doubts, the unknowns, the mistakes, the anxiety. But most of all, I remember why I started, why I bought the store two years ago with Megan, why I bought the store from Megan to become the sole owner last August, why I am doing what I am doing: Because it is what God created me to do. Because it is my calling. Because I am here to steward this little shop, to love on women of all ages, to shine a Light, to spread kindness, to create beauty, to style sweet outfits, to build community, to encourage and inspire true beauty, strength, and dignity through fashion.

This two year anniversary is bittersweet, knowing I'm celebrating it as the sole owner this year, but also knowing I'm partnering with the God Almighty, who has brought me to this very place, this very moment.Remember Why You Started Graphic

Thank You

Most importantly, on this anniversary, I want to emphasize how THANKFUL I am for everyone who has supported me throughout this journey. I owe infinite thanks to my parents (Hi, Mom and Dad!), who endlessly pray, encourage, advise, and give from after (VA Beach ain't that far). That goes to all my family - thank you. My mom has even played shop girl with me several times this past year as I transitioned into sole ownership. I also owe many thanks to my boyfriend for being a constant sounding board for my many venting sessions, cranky attitude and many mood swings, and putting food on the table when I work ridiculously long days (every day). And, of course, to the gal who walked into this adventure with me two years ago, Megan Tiernan, for her grace and drive to see the shop succeed, thank you. (Megan is now killing it in nursing school full time since last August, y'all!)

To all the dear friends, Darling customers and consignors, and complete strangers who have encouraged me these past two years - THANK YOU. I am reminded daily of this gift - the gift of running of shop. It's not a vocation I take lightly, and it is certainly something I am deeply humbled to call myself - Shop Owner.

And I certainly can't forget to shout out the amazingly talented photographer behind the images you see on the blog and social media these days, Mr. Tristan Williams. I love working with you! #blessed

Stay Anchored

All I can say about 2017 so far is this: Stay Anchored.

This year so far has been trying, challenging, and foundational. From sewage explosions and Winter sale woes to sickness (stupid Noro virus) and anxiety, being the sole owner of a small business can be incredibly isolating and indescribably exhausting. What keeps me going? What gives me hope and energy each day? What anchors me in the storms?

Christ. When the words inside my head and the words of the world spin around me, I read His Word. When my heart cries out in frustration, anger, sadness, I praise Him. When my weary spirit is depleted and I'm riddled with anxiety, I rest in Him.

Stay anchored in Hope. Stay anchored in Community. Stay anchored in Love. Stay anchored in Truth. Feel the weight. Dive deeper. Though waves crash overhead, and the stormy winds rage, in the depths you will find true Rest, Safety, Love. Courage is founded in the depths, and tested in the waves.

And remember. Remember the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly. Remember it all. Cherish it all. It's all a part of the journey, and He takes brokenness aside and turns it into something beautiful.

So, here's to two years, and many more! Whatever comes, whatever is next this year and onward, I give thanks for this shop, for this blog, for this journey.

Photo by Sam Kempf

Best of Cville 2016 + Exciting News

Linnea White

Best Secondhand Clothing Store 2016 & 2015

We are filled with gratitude, because our darling community voted us the Best Secondhand Clothing Store in Cville for the second consecutive year! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting this little shop, and a big thank you to the many consignors and local artisans that make the shop the very best.

View the C-VILLE Weekly Shopping winners, including yours truly »

Drum Roll, Please...

A little over a year ago, in March of 2015, we became the co-owners of this darling shop, and joined the amazing community of small businesses and local life on the Downtown Mall. This Summer, Megan made the (bittersweet!) decision to move on from Darling to pursue nursing school. Linnea is now the sole owner of the shop, and thrilled to keep bringing consistent, high quality consignment and local artisans goods to the Charlottesville community.

We thank you endlessly for your support as consignors, customers, and friends. And, now, without further ado, The Darling Duet is signing off. Thank you for an incredible year.

Humbly and joyfully, Linnea & Megan

P.S. Stay tuned for future announcements about new services, local artisans, and even a revamped blog! It's an exciting new chapter for DarlingBoutique!

Best of C-VILLE 2016: Vote for Darling!

Linnea White

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We're so excited to be nominated for C-VILLE Weekly's Best Of C-VILLE 2016! Thank you to everyone who nominated us. We are officially on the ballot for Best Secondhand Clothing Store & Best Place for A Date-Night Outfit. We've been so honored to carry the title Best Consignment Shop this past year, and need your help to keep it this year. Thank you for all of your support! We appreciate your votes! Voting is open through July 2, so visit http://www.c-ville.com/vote/retail/ to vote for Darling under Best Secondhand Store in the Shopping category.

Best of C-ville 2016Here are the easy steps to cast your vote:

  1. Visit http://www.c-ville.com/vote/retail.
  2. Create a log-in, or log in if you are already registered (which you are if you nominated us!).
  3. Vote for Darling in the Shopping category for Best Secondhand Clothing Store and Best Place for a Date-Night Outfit.
  4. You are allowed to vote one time each day, so be sure to log back in regularly to keep voting for us and watch our progress!

Spread the word! Share this post! Share our post on our Facebook page! We need everyone's help to WIN the title Best Secondhand Clothing Store in Charlottesville for a second consecutive year!

Thank you, darlings!

xo, Linnea & Megan

 

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Linnea White

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M O M. She deserves your praise, your doting, your time, your culinary skills, your baking tricks, and your shopping adventures. With Mother's Day just a week away, we put together a little Mother's Day Gift Guide filled with items from the shop that are totally mom-worthy. Get inspired and shop local this Mother's Day!

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” – Agatha Christie

Whether you see your mom every day or you live miles apart, she is worthy of your love and appreciation. Because she's a mother (all moms, sister moms and friend moms should all be celebrated!). So shower her with goodies from Darling, and don't forget, we can always do gift certificates!

mother's day gift guide

1. We have tons of sun hats in the shop, only $22-$24! // 2. Assorted Kristin Schmucker mugs restocked, $16-$22 // 3. Assorted Kristin Schmucker journals and devotional journals, $16-$24 // 4. Kristin Schmucker notepads, $10 // 5. Locally made, small batch, all natural Kitsune's Closet lipsticks in over 10 shades, $10 // 6. Kitsune's Closet nail polishes in Pantone inspired hues, $7.50 // 7. Kitsune's Closet bath bombs, $5 each or 3 for $12, and many other locally made luxurious bath and body products perfect for mom!

Announcing: Best Consignment Store 2015

Linnea White

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We are so thrilled and honored to be named Cville's Best Consignment Store! A big thank you goes out to our #darlingcville community for your love, votes, and, of course, #darlingstyle. The store would not be what it is today without the helping hands and support of many! Go pick up a copy of the magazine to read our feature interview, or read it online!

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A Special "Thank You, Darling" Coupon

As a token of our appreciation, we are offering an exclusive coupon redeemable this weekend. You have to be following us on the blog or via our newsletter to be in the know! Just show us this coupon image below to redeem your coupon this Friday or Saturday!

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