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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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Fitness Friday: Activewear Style on a Budget

Linnea White

We've talked about studio to street style before, and for this Fitness Friday, I'm back at it with a little activewear style. From paying for the gym membership or class packs to buying all the gear (cuz it's all so darn cute these days), we know it ain't easy on the wallet to be all #fitspiration. Here's a little fit life style inspo for the lover of budget friendly consignment finds!

I like to call these pants my Thunder Thigh pants, because they legit look like lightening bolts across my thigh. And how perfectly they pair with my Lightening Fast windbreaker jacket. I ran so fast the wind turned my hair white. True story.

In other news, we have a ton of activewear coming into the shop these days, and it sure makes looking cute for all those gym dates no sweat. And what do you need to put all of your cute gym clothes in? A bag, of course! And this lululemon gym bag is a stunna'. It even has a little removable bag to put all your stinky clothes in when you're done glistening in yoga class.

What's your secret to hitting the streets in style before/after your workout?

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: lululemon jacket, 8, $44 / lululemon sports bra, 6, $18 / Nike leggings, M, $28 / Super GA sneakers, $22 / lululemon gym bag, $54

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

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

 See you on the streets, or in the studio, soon, darlings!

Farmer's Market Style: Free People

Linnea White

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There's something magical about Free People style, something that spurs creativity with one look at a dress. This dress came into the shop just moments before our shoot, and in a whirl of inspiration, this outfit was in front of the camera shouting, "Hey, Summer, let's go to the farmer's market!" Cuz every Cville gal needs some farmer's market style.

Inspired by the effervescent Free People boho style and the vintage charm of this straw picnic basket, I put together a look that makes my heart soar to a green pasture filled with blooms and a quilted spread for sky-gazing (sound familiar?). This picnic basket is the perfect basket for picking up blooms and fresh goodies from the city farmer's market on Saturday mornings (right across Water street from our little shop).

This Free People dress is pure sunshine, vibrant and airy, ready for those Summer adventures. With a dress this perfect, keep the accessories simple, throw on a fun lip color, and get ready to frolic. A big sun hat never hurt anyone either.

And that's where our local artisans come in. With a simple(y) stunning necklace by Dinosaur Toes and this engraved "Be Free" brass cuff by Nested Sparrow Designs, the dress was accentuated without getting weighed down with accessories. And we haven't met one hot Summer day that isn't a perfect match for our newest red lipstick by Kitsune's Closet, Fiesta.

Be Free, darling. Be free to buy yourself flowers (and maybe a few tacos and coffee) at the market.

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Free People dress, 4, $36 / Mossimo wedges, $12 / Straw hat, $16 / Picnic basket, $22 // Local artisan pieces: Dinosaur Toes necklace, $28 / Nested Sparrow "be free" bracelet, $22 / Kitsune’s Closet 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

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

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

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!

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!