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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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Twirling into Spring with Meredyth

Linnea White

Spring has arrived, and it's time to start dressing like it. So we're twirling into Spring with one of our darling gals, Meredyth.

This floral dress is just stunning, the perfect twirling dress, right?! And Meredyth looks so elegant in it. Shades of grey with touches of color are a great way to transition from Winter to Spring, and this dress and jacket pair effortlessly for an easy Spring look.

What's your favorite piece to transition from Winter into Spring, darling?

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled by Linnea White, Shop Owner // Photography by Tristan Williams // Modeled by Meredyth Mason, darling gal

On Meredyth | Secondhand pieces: Mimi Chica floral dress, XS, $20 / Daughters of the Liberation (Anthropologie) cotton jacket, 0, $44 / J. Crew leather wedges, 7, $40 // Locally-made pieces: Little Paper Crane horse hair earrings, $ / Kitsune’s Closet Darling Red lipstick, $12

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

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams

NYE Outfit: Chic Sparkle to Ring in the New Year

Linnea White

We're one week away from New Year's Eve, and that means it's almost time to count down to midnight and bellow "Old Lang Syne" in that perfect little sparkly NYE outfit with friends and family, ringing in 2017 with good cheer!

What's more perfect for NYE than a little black dress decked out in sequins with the on-trend cold shoulder look. To keep the dress chic (and not overtly sexy), we threw on a classic black trench coat, adding length to an otherwise mini cut. Paired with a colorful pair of pumps and a red lip, side swept hair and simple threader studs, this look is certain catch the eye of a special someone for the midnight smooch.

Thanks to the sparkling lights of the Downtown Mall's Christmas tree for a splendid backdrop! And a little extra tinsel garland just for fun.

We’ve been talking Holiday Style, featuring darling outfits for your holiday party season. What's your favorite way to get snazzy for that soirée? 

NYE Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled by Linnea White, shop owner // Modeled by Autumn Guckert, darling gal // Photography by Tristan Williams

On Autumn | Secondhand pieces: Aidan sequin dress, 0, $78 / Banana Republic trench coat, M, $58 / J. Crew Etta pumps, 8 1/2, $100 // Locally Made pieces: Dinosaur Toes 14kt gold fill threader earrings, $20 / Kitsune's Closet Darling Red lipstick

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

Sweater Weather, Part 2: Casual Christmas Style

Linnea White

Whether you're meeting the parents, or just hanging with your parents, this Christmas weekend of gatherings is here, and it's time to get cozy chic, or chicy cozy. Casual Christmas style is an art of balancing chic with comfort, and layering strategically for fireside hangs and post-dinner digestion cold flashes.

Why not play with reds for a festive look for all the feasts and frolicking? This patterned sweater is the perfect layering piece for the Christmas weekend, feeling seasonal without shouting "DECK THE HALLS!"

Try pairing a patterned open sweater over a basic sweater. Keep the details interesting, like the cream ruffles hem of the bottom layer, and intentional, like the red pattern of the leather clutch for a little pattern play.

Wear a pair of cute, and comfortable, booties for an elevated look that's also ready to frolic and play outside after dinner with the nephews. And legging style pants with a lot of stretch are a MUST for any big meal gathering.

Don't forget your red lipstick (locally made, naturally) and a cute antler necklace for festive touch and the finishing touch on that casual Christmas style!

What are you wearing for the Christmas gatherings this weekend? What's your favorite way to embrace the sweater weather?

Casual Christmas Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Meredyth | Secondhand pieces: Clu + Willoughby sweater, S, $30 / Kensie open sweater, S, $24 / Gap legging jeans, 4, $16 / Rag & Bone booties, 7 1/2, $172 // Local Artisan pieces: Thistle & Lark antler necklace, $24 / Kitsune’s Closet Darling Red lipstick, $10, and Bronze Age nail polish, $7.50 / Petaline clutch, $50

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

Casual Christmas Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Casual Christmas Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Casual Christmas Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Holiday Sparkle | Two Ways

Linnea White

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Holiday sparkle comes in a variety of colors and textures, shapes and sizes, and this week, we styled not one, but two outfits with that thought in mind.

Holiday Sparkle | Part One

This Banana Republic sparkle skirt made this one too easy. I mean, that skirt is really all you need. But instead of going overly sweet with it, I went for a more rocker-chic look, adding lace up booties and a leather jacket.

Holiday Sparkle | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Banana Republic Heritage Collection skirt, 2, $34 / Alya peplum top, S, $14 / Calvin Klein jacket, M, $38 / Madewell booties, 8 1/2, $88 // Locally Made pieces: Free Range & Feral howlite earrings, $32, and necklace, $56 / Pan&Tea convertible clutch/crossbody, $53 / Kitsune’s Closet Darling Red lipstick, $10, and Silver Age nail polish, $7.50

Holiday Sparkle | Photo by Tristan Williams

Holiday Sparkle | Photo by Tristan Williams

Holiday Sparkle | Photo by Tristan Williams

Holiday Sparkle | Part Two

This doll of a dress is even more stunning in person, with rich hues of mulberry and silver grey. And these Badgley Mischka heels are a work of art, absolute show stoppers, and worthy of all holiday parties (New Years, anyone??). Let shoes like these do most of the talking, because they will indeed be talked about. Why not give some sparkly shoes a twirl this holiday season?

Holiday Sparkle | Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled by Linnea White, Shop Owner // Modeled by Meredyth Mason, darling gal // Photography by Tristan Williams

On Meredyth | Secondhand pieces: White House/Black Market dress, 2, $78 / Badgley Mischka heels, 5 1/2, $78 / XXI coat, S, $18 // Locally Made pieces: Thistle & Lark necklace, $18 / Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick, $12

Holiday Sparkle | Photo by Tristan Williams

Holiday Sparkle | Photo by Tristan Williams

Holiday Sparkle | Photo by Tristan Williams

Holiday Sparkle | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

Jumpsuit Holiday Outfit: Alternative Style

Linnea White

Since when did "Holiday Party" mean a dress? When this jumpsuit came into the shop, the oh-so-chic holiday style came together with the tip of a hat. This jumpsuit holiday outfit is ready for any soirée, from office party to dance party.

We've been talking Holiday Style on the blog, featuring darling outfits for your holiday party season. (And, yes, we have more of that to come this week!) But this jumpsuit lends a different vibe to the assumed holiday style, taking what could be an office holiday party outfit to a seriously babe-a-licious level of a chic.

The top hat pattern on this Anthropologie jumpsuit was too cute for words - whimsical without being cheeky. The semi-sheer Urban Outfitters blazer kept the sleek look of the jumpsuit, but with a sexy twist. Keeping it simple, but eye-catching, with accessories, we featured that classic red lip with side swept hair and show-stopper tassel earrings.

How are you wearing jumpsuits this season? Because you totally should. 

Jumpsuit Holiday Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled by Linnea White, Shop Owner // Modeled by Autumn Guckert, darling gal // Photography by Tristan Williams

On Autumn | Secondhand pieces: Harlyn (Anthropologie) jumpsuit, M, $58 / Steve Madden heels, 8, $32 / Silence + Noise semi-sheer blazer, M, $24 / BCBG Max Azria belt, S, $18 // Locally Made pieces: Pan&Tea tassel earrings, $25 / Kitsune's Closet Darling Red lipstick, $10

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

Jumpsuit Holiday Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Jumpsuit Holiday Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Jumpsuit Holiday Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Jumpsuit Holiday Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Jumpsuit Holiday Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Jumpsuit Holiday Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams