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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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J. Crew Addict: The Spring Frock

Linnea White

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It's the season of Spring frocks, and the shop is already filling up with floral patterns, bright hues, and dresses for all occasions. From the office to dinner, Spring weddings to weekend escapes, the right dress can be worn just about any way. This periwinkle lace cutout J. Crew dress is a classic, contrasting the bright hue with a tailored A-line cut, making it the perfect piece your Spring wardrobe needs.

This periwinkle color reminds us of the Pantone color of the year last year - Serenity blue. It's visually stunning, and the cutout pattern of the dress is equally captivating, all wrapped up in a classic tailored J. Crew cut. Paired with a fun and flirty J. Crew scarf, and this outfit is ready for a romp out to lunch, dinner, the winery, or a Spring wedding. And that's what a J. Crew addict would do, right? Wear that perfect piece a million ways (until the next J. Crew must-have comes along), proving the versatility of a good Spring frock.

What's your go-to dress for the many weather changes and events of Spring?

Spring Frock | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: J. Crew dress, 4, $38 / J. Crew scarf, $14 / Gabriella Rocha pumps, 8 1/2, $18 / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Nude Rose lipstick, $12, and Iced Coffee nail polish, $7.50 / Pan & Tea hexagon earrings, $13 / Little Paper Crane tiny shield necklace, $28

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

Spring Frock | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Frock | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Frock | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Frock | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Frock | Photo by Tristan Williams

Meet the New Owners: Linnea

Linnea White

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This week, we want to take a moment to introduce ourselves. Today and tomorrow, get to know the new owners of Darling Boutique! First up, Linnea White. You may know her from the style series Dressing Up with Darling. As the editor of Cville Niche, Linnea and former owner Elizabeth Steel launched the collaboration back in October 2013. Now, as the new co-owner of Darling, she's ready to take the Dressing Up series to new fashion blog heights.

Photo by Scott Tiernan

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!

Describe yourself in 5 syllables or less.

Serendipity ["I dwell in possibility." - Emily Dickinson]

Favorite item from Darling?

If I had to pick just one, I'd probably say the Michael Kors gold watch I snagged on Facebook the minute a picture went live. It was a hot item, and getting my dream watch practically new was a BIG deal. Now I can tell time! (Obviously, something I couldn't do without the watch.)

I've been a consigner and avid shopper at Darling since 2013. It's surreal to now be on the other side! But I'm so blessed with this opportunity, and can't wait to see where Megan and I take this well-loved community.

Shopping weakness?

Dresses. I will never think I have enough dresses. Dressed up with heels or dressed down with Converses, layered and worn from season to season, dresses are most definitely my weakness.

Name one go-to clothing item or accessory.

My J. Crew tan leather booties. I can't think of an outfit I haven't tried to wear them with and succeeded. They're comfy, cute, and super versatile. An investment I'm happy I made.

Stripes or polka dots?

Both! Maybe even together! I'm a big fan of pattern play, color combinations, and feminine shapes when it comes to fashion.

PERSONAL STYLE MANTRA.

Fashion is an expression of your heart.

Playing dress up and experimenting with different styles is all a part of how you learn to express yourself and develop a personal style. Take the time each morning to pray and reflect on your blessings, to give thanks, to look in the mirror and see yourself how God sees you. 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?

I'd grab a dirty chai latte AND a waffle with Nutella at Milli Joe. All the things I love wrapped up in one pretty package - coffee, chocolate, and carbs. [Side note: I blame Megan for getting me hooked on dirty chai lattes, and I blame my sister for getting be hooked on Nutella after her time in Florence (back in 2000, guys, before it was even cool in the states). ]

Song(s) Currently On Repeat?

I have a few songs I've been drawn to the past months, including "Multiplied," by Needtobreathe, "Diamonds," by Johnnyswim, "No Longer Slaves," by Bethel Music, and anything off the new Lone Bellow album.

Currently Watching: TV/Netflix/Hulu. Go.

OBSESSED with Jane the Virgin right now. Not at all ashamed of that. It's a great show. Heartbroken that Parenthood ended. HEARTBROKEN. I binge watch Netflix like it's my part time job. Currently watching Gilmore Girls, House of Cards, and any period piece TV show or movie I can find (the English major in me can't help it). Anticipation is high for the return of Orange is the New Black.

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 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! Dreams, ya'll.

Favorite quote?

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