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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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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

Lady on the Town: Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style

Linnea White

This outfit is vivaciously va-va-voom, the epitome of vibrant Lilly Pulitzer style. I felt like a L A D Y in it. A lady on some street in a coastal Italian town  - not just 1st Street in Downtown Cville - although I really like that street, too. This is my Sex and the City moment, and I hope I made Carrie proud.

"Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink." - Lilly Pulitzer

Attention Lilly lovers: A whole selection of Lilly dresses came in last week, and this one called to me, saying, "Linnea, you don't normally gravitate towards pink, but this will make you look like a Barbie doll, so you should totally try it on for the blog." And I did. And I did feel like a human Barbie, but in a really good way. Like I said, I've never been much of a pink girl, but this dress made me rethink some things.

"Despite the forecast, live like it's SPRING." - Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly knows what's up. I never knew she was so quotable. Way to go, Lilly. Keep doing you.

"Being happy never goes out of a style." - Lilly Pulitzer 

You know what makes me happy? The fact that this Vespa was serendipitously placed when we went outside for the shoot, and it matched the dress. I mean, WHAT THE WHAT. Praise be to GAWD. All I could have asked for to make it complete is just to be literally transported to an Italian coastal town. That would be nice. But this little slice of heaven in Charlottesville will do for now.

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: H&M blazer, 6, $12 / Lilly Pulitzer dress, 0, $78 / Jeffrey Campbell heels, 9, $48 // Locally-made pieces: Pips & Co. vibrant blue 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!

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

Shop Girl Year in Review: 2016

Linnea White

2016. The year of huge change, of immense growth, of humbling trials, of life-defining moments. Here I sit on the last day of 2016, in my little shop, writing this Shop Girl Year in Review, reflecting on the year past, and the year to come.

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