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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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Best of C-VILLE 2016: Vote for Darling!

Linnea White

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We're so excited to be nominated for C-VILLE Weekly's Best Of C-VILLE 2016! Thank you to everyone who nominated us. We are officially on the ballot for Best Secondhand Clothing Store & Best Place for A Date-Night Outfit. We've been so honored to carry the title Best Consignment Shop this past year, and need your help to keep it this year. Thank you for all of your support! We appreciate your votes! Voting is open through July 2, so visit http://www.c-ville.com/vote/retail/ to vote for Darling under Best Secondhand Store in the Shopping category.

Best of C-ville 2016Here are the easy steps to cast your vote:

  1. Visit http://www.c-ville.com/vote/retail.
  2. Create a log-in, or log in if you are already registered (which you are if you nominated us!).
  3. Vote for Darling in the Shopping category for Best Secondhand Clothing Store and Best Place for a Date-Night Outfit.
  4. You are allowed to vote one time each day, so be sure to log back in regularly to keep voting for us and watch our progress!

Spread the word! Share this post! Share our post on our Facebook page! We need everyone's help to WIN the title Best Secondhand Clothing Store in Charlottesville for a second consecutive year!

Thank you, darlings!

xo, Linnea & Megan

 

Boho Spring Style: Easy Breezy

Linnea White

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While last week was all about bright floral prints and the Spring color report, I was drawn to this beautiful black and white number for this week's Dressing Up outfit, so ethereal and enigmatic. The flowy boho Spring frock paired perfectly with our stunning new pieces by Dinosaur Toes and new Iced Coffee lipstick color by Kitsune's Closet.

With the 70's making a come back on the runways in the past year, there are plenty of reasons to embrace your inner boho this Spring and Summer. From crocheted looks to embroidered textures, flowy frocks and vibrant patterns, let your flower child out for a style spin. Dance in the warm Spring breeze, hair wild and free.

Boho Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea: Tracy Reese black & white design boho dress, size small, $104 / Chinese Laundry heels, size 8, $24 Local Artisan Pieces: Dinosaur Toes black tassel & rose quartz necklace, $42 / Kitsune’s Closet lipstick in Iced Coffee, new at the shop!

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Boho Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Boho Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Boho Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Boho Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Boho Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Boho Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Boho Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

How to Style the Puffer Jacket

Linnea White

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Let's face it - when it's below freezing, icy wind is blowing, and snow is falling, the puffer jacket is donned and the Michelin Man sightings begin. Do not fret, darlings. There is plenty of great style inspiration out there to help get us through the Winter cold with all our fingers and toes intact and still lookin' totes fetch. These nylon/down marshmallow coats are often the subject of love/hate debates. Although they may not be the most stylish outerwear piece, they are certainly the most practical in the elements. Stay warm and stay stylish by copying some of these outfits we've rounded up!

How to Style the Puffer Jacket

Belt It/Cinch It

Try a figure flattering dark palette and proportion-balancing slim bottoms to keep this puffy look stylish. A belted jacket or cinched waist is a definite plus.

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Crop It

A cropped, fitted style will show your waistline and keep you from being swallowed up in a ball of down.

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Chunky Layers

Wear a chunky, high-neck sweater under your puffer for a little added warmth, and removing the need to zip the jacket (at least when it's not full on blizzard-ing).

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Fur Makes All Things Better

Sure, the fur lined hood can be a fun Eskimo look. But what about adding a big, oversize fur shawl collar, snood, or scarf to the mix? Play it up. Layer a fur vest under your puffer. Add some drama to the look, and extra warmth!

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Keep it Sporty

Distressed denim, lace up boots or sneakers, a beanie - athletic, sporty chic style keeps the puffer casual-cool.

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Accessories that POP

Add some fun (maybe even neon) accessories to the mix. After all, you're wearing a puffy marshmallow jacket and it's snowing outside. Be a kid again - dress it up and add some whimsy!

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

The Fashion Girl

The Fashion Girl Drape: It's a thing, albeit a completely impractical thing for the everyday gal. However, to achieve the look in the Winter, layer a sweater and/or moto-style jacket under your puffer for extra warmth. If you're feeling like a fashionista.

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

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Visit the boutique to shop our selection of secondhand puffers and outwear!

Snow Day Style: Winter Fashion

Linnea White

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Cville is bustling* with the impending snow forecasted for this weekend. For the shop, the Winter weather means Winter fashion, and a fun snow day Downtown. So thank you, potentially big snow storm, for the chance to show off all of the outerwear and cozy accessories in the shop! (*Special note: break and milk.)

Winter Fashion | Outerwear

This blanket coat is a new arrival this week in the shop, and just as cozy and cute as can be. I kept the rest of the outfit neutral with a pair of moto-style J Brand jeans. These locally-made, handknit ear and hand warmers are the perfect cold weather accessory. And, of course, you can't forget a pair of snow boots!

How will you brave the snowy, cold winter in style? Shop at Darling Boutique to find all your cozy, cold weather finds!

Winter Fashion | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Buttons (Francesca's) jacket, $30 / Khombu boots, $34 / J Brand black moto jeans, $64 / Loft shirt, $18 / Owl Ridge Farmstead knit ear warmer, $30, and hand warmers, $50 / Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Snow Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Snow Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Snow Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Snow Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Snow Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Customer Style | Our Darlings

Linnea White

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We think Becca Meadows looks just darling in her See by Chloe silk top! Show us your own #darlingstyle by tagging us on Instagram (@shopatdarling) and using the hashtag #darlingcville. We love our #customerstyle!

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