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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 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

Shop Girl Spring Style: Weekend Vibes

Linnea White

Last time we talked about my shop girl style, it was Winter and I was rocking my favorite cat sweater. Now that Spring is upon us, it was time for another installment of Shop Girl Style, featuring some Spring style trends and recent weekend vibes.

This past weekend, we had a Block Party on 1st Street right outside the shop, with live music, a food truck, and a pop up with our favorite local plant lady, Della of cville BLOOMS. I wore this cactus print blouse specifically for Della, knowing she would have little baby cacti and succulents for sale. I'm slightly obsessed with the pattern of this top, cuz it's so freaking fab. And I have to say, this off-the-shoulder trend sure is a lot more functional when there are arm holes separate from the chest, so every time you raise your arms you aren't loosing the whole, you know, off-the-shoulder thing.

This Spring outfit was actually inspired by a recent Spring Style Trends Dressing Up with Darling photo shoot, featuring the off-the-shoulder and wide leg jeans trends in a fun weekend combo. This version was a fun white-washed look that can be worn from Spring into Summer for an easy weekend vibe. Sunglasses required.

P.S. I chopped my hair last week! And got the color touched up. I'm so in love with everything my girl Sarah Hatch does! Schedule an appointment with her today!

Shop Girl Spring Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea (left) | Darling Finds: Pan&Tea necklace / Dinosaur Toes squiggle ring / Twiggy sunglasses / Artisan Tesoro Avarca leather shoes // From Linnea's Closet: Levi's wide leg jeans / Walter Baker off-the-shoulder blouse / Elaine B Jewelry bangles & rings & earrings / Judith Bright stacking rings

Photography by Tristan Williams

Pictured Right: Meet new Darling Intern, Savannah, & find out more about her shop girl style later this week!

Shop Girl Spring Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shop Girl Spring Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shop Girl Spring Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shop Girl Spring Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

A few more shots from the 1st Street Block Party this Sunday in Downtown Charlottesville!

How to Wear Leather Shorts Like a Rockstar

Linnea White

"Seeing double double, Double Vision." These leather shorts have me channeling my inner rockstar. (Thanks, Foreigner, for everything.) And now I'm talking a bit about how to wear leather shorts, because this outfit is just one of the endless ways you can wear this statement item.

The How To: Do You

Try dressing them down with a white t-shirt and a jean jacket, or glam it up with sky high heels and a sleek blouse. Wear them in the Summer with sandals and a slinky tank top, or wear them in the Winter with tights, booties, and a chunky sweater. (I wasn't kidding, the options are endless.) Sure, I could show you a bunch of photos of how to wear them for style inspo, but that's just more of the same. You wear them YOUR way, with your personal style, your beautiful booty, and your confidence.

I recently watched the documentary Iris on Netflix, and fell deep in love with this style icon. There is much to learn from this woman, and this documentary, about personal style and how to shop like a pro. But perhaps most importantly, I learned about the lifelong journey of style. The more you discover who you are, the more you discover your personal style. I may have never had silver hair a few years ago, or thought twice about it, but here I am, and I feel more like myself than ever. Whether you're wearing a t-shirt and jeans or leather shorts and a vivaciously vibrant blazer, it's all about how you wear the clothes, not the other way around. Confidence, ladies. It goes a long way.

"There's no how-to road map to style. It's about self-expression, and, above all, attitude." - Iris Apfel

How would you rock a pair of leather shorts, darling? 

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Mink Pink blazer, M, $44 / Old Navy tank top, S, $8 / Zara Woman faux leather shorts, 4, $14 (sold!) / Soludos espadrille flats, 8, $34 // Locally-made pieces: Free Range & Feral aztec collar necklace, $46 , and aztec ear jackets, $32 / Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick, $12

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

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

Winter Vintage Glam

Linnea White

The holiday parties may have passed, but Winter Vintage Glam never fades. The timeless touch of whimsical pieces and eye catching glam is a dashing combination. This outfit mixes vintage finds with contemporary brands flawlessly for a look oozing style with class!

We already know I have a thing for Winter Whites (from clothes to hair color), so when this vintage Angora sweater came into the shop last week, the swooning commenced, inspiring this entire outfit. Paired with a pair of Topshop tuxedo style jogger pants, sassy black heels, and this stunning feathery jacket, I was oozing sartorial elegance.

When the pieces are so effortlessly chic, accessories are meant to compliment, not overpower. After all, we're talking about Vintage Glam here. The longline jacket and the long necklace help contrast the cropped sweater to lengthen the neck and torso, making a curvier, shorter frame extra tall. A pair of medallion earrings pair fabulously with the velvet embroidered vintage clutch, and, of course, what's more retro than a classic red lip.

From Winter cocktail party, New Year's Eve party, Winter wedding reception, or just for a night on the town, this outfit is ready to just about any Winter soirée.

What's your favorite way to wear vintage pieces?

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Vintage angora sweater, S, $48 / Topshop tuxedo pants, 6, $22 / Ryu tan feathery jacket, M, $32 / Vintage peacock beaded velvet clutch, $68 / Madewell heels, 7 1/2, $22 (50% off!) // Locally made Pieces: Little Paper Crane sunburst brass earrings, $34, and radiance brass necklace, $38 / Kitsune's Closet Poppy Lipstick and Silver Age nail polish

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

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

NYE Outfit: Chic Sparkle to Ring in the New Year

Linnea White

We're one week away from New Year's Eve, and that means it's almost time to count down to midnight and bellow "Old Lang Syne" in that perfect little sparkly NYE outfit with friends and family, ringing in 2017 with good cheer!

What's more perfect for NYE than a little black dress decked out in sequins with the on-trend cold shoulder look. To keep the dress chic (and not overtly sexy), we threw on a classic black trench coat, adding length to an otherwise mini cut. Paired with a colorful pair of pumps and a red lip, side swept hair and simple threader studs, this look is certain catch the eye of a special someone for the midnight smooch.

Thanks to the sparkling lights of the Downtown Mall's Christmas tree for a splendid backdrop! And a little extra tinsel garland just for fun.

We’ve been talking Holiday Style, featuring darling outfits for your holiday party season. What's your favorite way to get snazzy for that soirée? 

NYE Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled by Linnea White, shop owner // Modeled by Autumn Guckert, darling gal // Photography by Tristan Williams

On Autumn | Secondhand pieces: Aidan sequin dress, 0, $78 / Banana Republic trench coat, M, $58 / J. Crew Etta pumps, 8 1/2, $100 // Locally Made pieces: Dinosaur Toes 14kt gold fill threader earrings, $20 / Kitsune's Closet Darling Red lipstick

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