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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 Style: The Everyday Jumpsuit

Linnea White

I've been talking about my shop girl style lately, because I'm basically a living, breathing walking and talking version of Darling. I love to wear my #darlingfinds, and not only shop (almost) solely at the shop, but I also regularly consign clothing from my closet - in with the new and out with the no-longer-wearables-or-want-t0-wearables. And right now, I'm obsessed with the everyday jumpsuit.

Even though this jumpsuit isn't from the shop (cue shock and horror!), when I wore it the first time at the shop one Saturday, I had over 20 people ask me about it. I think J. Crew owes me a gift card or something, because I can guarantee I got them a few sales on this bad boy from wearing it around my shop.

In addition to my jumpsuit obsession (I can't stop, won't stop), I have a Lotta's addiction, which we've touched on before. They're my go-to shop girl shoes, and this pair is probably my most loved pair - a.k.a. very, very worn. But I love these clogs, and wear them with a wild variety of outfits, including jumpsuits. Always jumpsuits.

And when a jumpsuit just isn't enough fun for one day, add a pair of pom earrings - maybe my favorite trend this season. Why? Because they are so joyful, and literally make any outfit a party.

So get yourself some party pants and party earrings, ladies. Because everyday pieces should be all the way fun.

The Everyday Jumpsuit | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Darling Finds: Loft moto jacket / Kitsune's Closet Be Smoaked lipstick // From Linnea’s Closet: Lotta from Stockholm clogs / J. Crew jumpsuit and pom earrings / Asos necklace / Elaine B Jewelry rings, bangles, & stud earrings / Judith Bright stacking rings

Photography by Tristan Williams

The Everyday Jumpsuit | Photo by Tristan Williams

The Everyday Jumpsuit | Photo by Tristan Williams

The Everyday Jumpsuit | Photo by Tristan Williams

The Everyday Jumpsuit | Photo by Tristan Williams

The Everyday Jumpsuit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Hues: Playing with Brights and Pastels

Linnea White

Shine Bright like the Sunshine. That's what this blazer is singing. For a little Spring style inspo, we're playing with Spring hues - mixing pastels and brights - in this sassy Spring outfit, perfect for Easter Sunday, lunch on the mall, or a snazzy winery adventure.

Let's break it down now.

A simply chambray top is a must this season - perfect for layering, dressing up or down, and wearing as a neutral with so many prints, patterns, and colors.

A bright blazer is the perfect Spring to Summer accent piece for the classy gal, and don't be afraid to sport a boxy blazer, cuz that's actually totally the rage right now.

Although peplum may not be very big right now, this minty hue is dreamy, and it looks rad with the yellow of the blazer. Be bold - play with bright colors and soft pastels - it's totally in this Spring.

Wear practical booties this Spring, infusing comfort with cuteness just like these Clarks can do!

Local jewelry is so fetch. And supporting local never goes out of style.

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Loft blazer, size 0, $28 / Gap chambray tank top, XS, $12 / Zara Woman peplum skirt, XS, $20 / Clarks Artisan booties, 8 1/2, $52 (Sold!) // Locally-made pieces: Lunaria Handcrafted howlite aura bracelet, $16 / Little Paper Crane necklace, $35

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

Spring Hues | Photography by Tristan Williams

The Moto Jacket: How to Wear Blush Pink

Linnea White

It's Valentine's weekend, and this outfit has me blushing in blush pink. The duality of this flirty, feminine look lies in the moto jacket - adding a touch of edge to an otherwise sweet outfit, while also softening the black base with a soft, pale pink hue. It's sugar and spice, and everything nice.

Working the Moto Jacket

I've been waiting for an outfit that would let me work that "editor drape" with a structured jacket for a laidback-chic look. And this moto jacket from Loft was the perfect piece to pull it off. I love how the architecture of the jacket plays with the soft velvet and suede bottoms, and textured knit of the strapless Free People top. Soft and tough playing together in an effortless way (especially with those soft curls!).

This outfit has me blushing from more than just the fabric. Working with Tristan Williams for the blog has been a treat, and this shoot wow-ed me. This guy is a mega talented photographer, and after my recent hair makeover, I was stunned at how he captured the new hair, the outfit, the whole essence of the look. Props to Tristan, y'all.

How to Wear Blush Pink this Spring

Blush pink has me all sorts of excited for Spring. Blush is a sophisticated, endearing, elegant shade of pink, which normally isn't a color I'm drawn to. And don't be fooled - whether you have the skin tone or the right hair color to pair with blush hues, you can wear it, and work it. How can you wear blush pink, you ask? Take a note from this outfit for a few key tips to wearing blush hues this Spring.

  • Pair it with colors that flatter your skin tone. Blush pink may not be one of your colors, but it certainly pairs with a lot of other colors. Try it with navy, black, chocolate, olive green, charcoal grey, oxblood, teal, plum, or even deep lavender - rich tones to balance out the muted, washed out tone of blush. Warm or cool colors pair well with this accent color.
  • Anchor it. Keep blush rooted in your outfit to avoid the washed out, light qualities. Pairing it with dark colors is a way to anchor it, and so it wearing a blush piece (like this jacket) with an elongating base (like these black leggings).
  • Accessorize like a lady. If wearing a blush top or piece next to your face won't do with your skin tone, try adding it to your look with accent pieces - bags, shoes, belts, etc. It makes for a stunning leather accessory, neutral in its shade and easily workable into many outfits.

How do you wear blush pink, darling? 

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Loft blush moto jacket, M, $28 / Free People strapless top, 2, $30 / Eight Sixty suede-look leggings, M, $16 / Hush Puppies velvet loafers, 9, $20 / Gap floppy hat, $12 // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Nude Rose + Mulberry lipsticks blended, $10 each, and Lilac Grey nail polish, $7.50 / Dinosaur Toes sterling silver + brass earrings, $32, and Rhodochrosite & Lace Agate bracelet, $44 / Pan&Tea jasper + 18k chain necklace, $36

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

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

She's Got Legs: Chic Summer Shorts

Linnea White

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Summer weather. Shorts required. It's time for those chic summer shorts, ya'll. These shorts are proof that shorts can be chic. The dolphin hem detail lends a chic yet casual feel, offering plenty of room to show off a little leg this season...

Cue the music, those cheesy rock ballads of Summer. She's got legs, she knows how to use them. So say the guys with long beards.

But anyways, can we talk about this top, please?! The tiny, tight knife pleats on this flowy Zara white top are crisp and airy for summer, giving it an easy, breezy and chic feel. Imagine this top paired with white denim for a white-washed Summer ensemble, ready for a picnic or a hot Summer night on the town. #swoon

Take the short cut (ha!) and shop all of our new Summer arrivals! From silk to cotton to linen, scallops to lace to cuffed, we have a wide selection of shorts in stock to get you Summer ready.

Summer Shorts | The Darling Duet

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Alice & Olivia butterfly silk shorts, $75 / Zara Trafaluc pleated top, $14 / Calzados Picón espadrilles, $100 // Local artisan pieces: Petaline leather foldover clutch, $60 / Free Range & Feral leather tassel earrings, $30, and buffalo tooth necklace, $40 / Dinosaur Toes brass cuff, $24 / Kitsune’s Closet Tomato nail polish, $7.50, and Fiesta lipstick, $10

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

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Summer Shorts | The Darling Duet

Summer Shorts | The Darling Duet

Summer Shorts | The Darling Duet

Summer Shorts | The Darling Duet

Summer Shorts | The Darling Duet

Summer Shorts | The Darling Duet

Summer Shorts | The Darling Duet

Summer Shorts | The Darling Duet

Summer Shorts | The Darling Duet

Dressing Up with Darling: Taking Flight

Linnea White

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Pattern play and bright colors. Pretty sure we established with last week's Dressing Up post we love both of these things. The vibrant yellow of these wedges and Kate Spade purse paired with the cool blue of this lightweight J. Crew sweater was the perfect pairing for brighter (and warmer) Spring days. All that plus an adorable Spring skort? Yes, please! Skorts have all the elegance of a skirt, and all the ease of shorts. Not to mention the bird print on this Anthropologie one. Topped off with this stunning, handmade necklace by local artisans Birds of Paradise, this outfit has us wanting to take flight!

And that's just what we're doing - with the Dressing Up series! We're taking flight, working towards weekly outfit posts featuring items in the shop. So subscribe to the blog and follow along for weekly outfit inspiration and a glimpse of what we have on the racks!

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

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J. Crew sweater, $24 / Leifnotes (Anthropologie) navy bird print skort, $28 / Kate Spade mustard leather crossbody, $148 / Ann Marino yellow espadrille wedges, $32 / Birds of Paradise handmade necklace, $46 (local Charlottesville artisan)

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