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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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Tis the Season: Holiday Style

Linnea White

Happy December, darlings! 'Tis the season of holiday style, from festive fetes and delectable dinners, to snowy sleepovers and fireside friendships. This month, you can expect the most fabulous, glamalicious holiday party and Winter wonderland outfit inspiration, as well as all of the locally-made, handmade apparel and accessories for that darling someone (maybe even yourself). From gift ideas to holiday inspiration, we're your (darling) gals.

The joy of shopping consignment during the holiday season for that perfect party outfit is just this - unique pieces that are truly one-of-a-kind! Stand out in the holiday party crowd in all your secondhand sass! Keep it simple with a dress that does all the talking, or play up a basic pieces with sparkly, eye-catching accessories. And don't forget to color that pout! Locally made, small batch, natural lipsticks by Kitsune's Closet are our favorite - but we may be biased.

How will you be styling with secondhand pieces for the holiday parties this season?

Holiday Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Leifsdottir (Anthropologie) dress, 4, $78 / Michael Kors heels, 8, $60 // Local Artisan pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Darling Red lipstick, $10, and eyeshadow palette!

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

Holiday Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Holiday Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Pop of Color: Customer Style

Linnea White

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This week, we're featuring a Darling babe, Erin O'Hare, for a little Dressing Up style. This gal is a gem - a Darling regular and an avid writer dropping bylines around C-ville like it's hot. Her retro style and vivacious love for prints is one fabulous combination. This Anthropologie dress, with the fantastic pop of color and black-and-white leaf pattern had us dreaming of far off places and warm, sunshiny days. Styled with a pair of retro Chelsea Crew pumps and Erin's overall adorableness, this outfit was warm-weather-ready.

Pop of Color | Photography by Megan Tiernan

On Erin: Anthropologie dress, SOLD / Chelsea Crew heels, SOLD / Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Pop of Color | Photography by Megan Tiernan

Pop of Color | Photography by Megan Tiernan

Pop of Color | Photography by Megan Tiernan

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

Shop Girl Style: One Year Anniversary

Linnea White

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I can't believe it's been one year! March of last year, Megan and I became the new owners of Darling Boutique, and we jumped for joy. This week, we find ourselves celebrating our first year as business owners, our first year of business partnership, and our first year of amazing community. We also find ourselves thanking the many who have supported us throughout this journey, including all of our followers - near and far. So thank you! May our second year bring emboldened vision as we continue to seek God's plan for this little shop, and this blog. In true shop girl style, we celebrated with a photo shoot, styling not one, but two outfits - because we're a Darling Duet, after all!

Shop Girl Style: Look 1

"Are we out of the woods yet? Are we in the clear yet? GOOD." Thanks, T-Swift, for the inspiration. This first year sure had its moments of asking these questions, and searching for our way out of the woods into greener pastures. But the Lord so faithfully guided us in each step, with wisdom and grace and provision - like sunlight beaming down to make the path clear.

For this look, we're each wearing some of our favorite purchases from the last year, as well as new arrivals in the shop.

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

On Linnea: Altar'd State tiered dress, $24 /Owl Ridge Farmstead buffalo tooth necklace, $38, and antler studs, $22 / Linnea's favorite Darling finds: Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, Owl Ridge Farmstead brass feather cuff / Frye boots / Anthropologie jacket / Free People slip On Megan: Zara Trafaluc skirt, $18 / Lili's Closet (Anthropologie) button up top, $24 / Girls Day Out studs, $15 / Megan's favorite Darling finds: Frye boots

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style: Look 2

"Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell." Psalm 43:3

As we look to this year ahead, we gaze at the mountains around us, beautiful and majestic in all their glory. We have such vision for this blog, this shop, and for how God wants to use it for His glory. May we take each step, side-by-side, in sync with His will and His vision.

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

On Linnea: Meadow Rue (Anthropologie) dress, $64 /Owl Ridge Farmstead antler studs, $22 / Linnea's favorite Darling finds: Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, Owl Ridge Farmstead brass feather cuff / Frye boots On Megan: Cooperative dress, $24 / Pip's & Co studs, $10 / Megan's favorite Darling finds: Frye boots

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

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Styled by Linnea White & Megan Tiernan / Photography by Scott Tiernan

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

How to Dress for a Polo Match | Darling on the Trail

Linnea White

Darling is on the trail – the Monticello Wine Trail, that is. Our first stop: King Family Vineyards for an afternoon polo picnic in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Last week, James King shared with us the history of King Family wine and Roseland Polo, a Sunday tradition for many locals. This week, see how we styled the looks for an early Fall afternoon at King Family! Shop these items and more at Darling Boutique, located on Charlottesville’s downtown mall!

Shoot Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan / Hair & Make-up by Sarah Hatch of At Last

We arrived in style courtesy of the Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Company and our amazing driver for the day, Anna Quillon.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Next, we stopped in the tasting room for a bottle of Crosé and Cabernet Franc for our afternoon - both recommended by James King.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

We styled Anna McQuitty in a layered look for Fall, with a kimono style knit cardigan and booties, effortlessly transitioning a Summer dress into Fall.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Anna: Layla dress, $92 / Quicksilver sweater, $20 / Pip's & Co necklace, $16, and earrings, $14 / Boots, model's own

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Linnea styled a boho chic outfit inspired by the jewelry of local artisan, Owl Ridge Farmstead. This embroidered dress was the perfect match.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea: Christophe Sauvat dress, $110 / Owl Ridge Farmstead sliced antler studs, $20, arrowhead necklace, $40, and leather wrap bracelet, $30 / J. Crew booties, model's own

Photo by Megan Tiernan

We styled Lindsay Wine for a posh Polo picnic, hat and all, making this ridiculously affordable dress look like a million bucks.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Lindsay: Merona dress, $14 / Wyeth Floppy Felt hat, $70 / Pip's & Co necklace, $20, and earrings, $12 / Boots, $22

Photo by Megan Tiernan

We styled Becca Meadows in an Anthropologie dress for a Fall romp with horses - literally. This gorgeous animal wanted to be in the picture.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Becca: Fei (Anthropologie) dress, $40 / Wyeth Floppy Felt hat, $65 / Girls Day Out silver Virginia necklace, $28, and silver studs, $15 / Boots, model's own

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

See you on the trail, darlings!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this shoot possible, from our gorgeous friends/models, Sarah Craun of the Monticello Wine Trail, Anna Quillon of the Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Company, James King of King Family Vineyards, and Sarah Hatch of At Last for our hair and make-up!

Photo by Scott Tiernan

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“Darling on the Trail” is a series in collaboration with the Monticello Wine Trail and the many amazing local wineries. Expect styled shoots on location and feature interviews with the wineries.

Dressing Up with Darling: Rainy Day Play

Linnea White

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What makes us happy when skies are grey? An adorable outfit! Especially one as color coordinated and chic as this one. Who says you can't dress cute on a rainy day? Certainly not us! Practical wedges for dainty frolics and pops of color make any grey day bright.

We love this Maeve dress from Anthropologie, especially that little detail of red buttons down the back. Paired with these fun wedges, a bright bag, a stunning necklace by local artisans Birds of Paradise, and, of course, a red lip, this outfit is meant to take on a gloomy day. Just try to not smile when wearing such a playful outfit! No sunshine in the sky? Wear it!

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Maeve (Anthropologie) dress, $42 / MIA wedges, $32 / Grace & Glory bracelet, $18 / Grace & Glory earrings, $14 / Birds of Paradise (local artisan) necklace, $52 / Vintage bag, $12

Find these pieces and more at Darling Boutique on the downtown mall!