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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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Summer Style Inspo: Brights & Basics

Linnea White

This outfit is all about the summer style inspo: brights & basics. Earlier this week, we talked about Summer neutrals and lightweight fabrics for the hotter weather. Today, it's all about mixing those basics and neutrals with those prints and brights to keep your wardrobe fresh all Summer long. So, cover your bases, darlings, and get mix-and-match crazy this Summer.

The Brights

Expect to see yellow and pink everywhere this Summer. Solids, brights, florals, patterns, you name it. They're even calling it "millennial pink," like, huh? And neon is always in, especially when you're tan, because you will feel Brazilian AF.

The Basics

From basic, neutral-hued tops to pants to shoes to bags - these are your Summer essentials. From black to tan to bright white or cream, get your basics ready for monochromatic fierceness or mix-and-matching heaven (which is basically where this outfit took us).

You can't go wrong with Birkenstocks in the Summer. They're basically THE sandal for Summer. Rock them in classic black or brown, or go for a bolder statement with metallics or bright white. And you'll be surprised by the amount of ways they can be worn - even with a sexy pencil skirt outfit.

P.S. Funny story about this outfit. The day after we did the photo shoot, Jess from the salon across the street came in and said, "I saw you in that green skirt outfit yesterday. I want the whole thing." So she proceeded to buy the top and the skirt! Definitely pays to parade around Downtown Charlottesville in these outfits - it's walking sales (literally).

Summer Style Inspo Brights & Basics | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: J. Crew skirt, size 2, $38 (sold!) / Forever21 black crop top, medium, $6 / Birkenstock sandals, size 39, $36 (sold!) / J. Crew clutch/crossbody bag, $30 / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Little Paper Crane necklace, $28 / Pips&Co. black square studs, $12 / Thicket bar studs, $28

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

Summer Brights + Basics | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Brights + Basics | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Brights + Basics | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Brights + Basics | Photo by Tristan Williams

Mother-Daughter Style for Mother's Day

Linnea White

"Empowered women empower women." I am deeply passionate about this - it is a mantra in my life, for my shop, for how I see and interact with other women. And it's also an anthem for Mother's Day. Because who taught us more about confidence, beauty, grace, style, and passion than our very own momma? And today, it's all about loving on my momma in this special Mother-Daughter style post, featuring my gorgeous momma.

Behind the Mother-Daughter Style

I'm not gonna lie. She didn't want to do this. Unlike her ENFP youngest daughter who rather enjoys style shoots and being in front of the camera (that would be me), she is not someone who enjoys being in front of the camera. But I made her do it. I guess pouting still works, even at 28!

Styling my mom for this shoot was my first priority, and I had so much fun doing it. I wanted her to feel beautiful in what she was wearing, and comfortable in it, too.

My mom is Super Mom. She homeschooled all four of us kids growing up, while working part-time. Once we were either out of the nest or in high school, she went into education and began a career working for Special Education Pre-School students in Virginia Beach City Schools. (Like I said, she's Super Mom.) She's also been an avid runner, something she picked up because her children drove her out the door and onto the streets with pitchforks. Just kidding. But she did start running after starting a family (a.k.a. having multiple children) for some much needed private time. And now, several Boston Marathons later, she's the freaking Energizer Bunny. I have a dream to run a marathon with my mom one day...

But I'll keep dreaming for now, and get back to the styling!

I styled her outfit first, since she was really what it was all about. Then I worked on finding an outfit that would compliment her own. And these dresses ended up pairing perfectly together, anchored together with navy, and both shifty in style. And I loved finding jewelry she would love, and that naturally already went with her style (like those amazing bracelets she's been wearing for as long as I can remember).

I was so happy she loved her outfit - so much so that she bought the dress, boots, and necklace! I'd say that was some successful styling.

I Love You, Mom

Mom, it was an honor to style you. Thanks for getting in front of the camera with me. Thank you for supporting me endlessly, loving me deeply and honestly, and for always, always being there for me - for a long talk on the phone, for a prayer request, for a good cry, for a good belly laugh, for a good glass of wine, for a home-baked sweet-tooth fix. You'll always be Super Mom in my eyes. Happy Mother's Day!

How does your mom inspire & empower you, darling?

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Loft dress (sold) / Jeffery Campbell heels (sold) // Locally-made pieces: Little Paper Crane tiny shield necklace, $28 / Kitsune’s Closet Poppy lipstick, $12 | On Cindy | Secondhand pieces: Free People dress (sold) / Frye boots (sold) // Locally-made pieces: Little Paper Crane radiance brass earrings, $28, and lapis necklace, $28

Special thanks to Della of Cville Blooms for these beautiful flowers! Contact Della to get your momma her own bouquet of pretty flowers for Mother's Day!

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

Spring Style for All the Darlings

Linnea White

Every woman deserves to feel truly beautiful. Every darling gal is ALL together beautiful, fearfully and wonderfully made. This blog and this little shop believe this fiercely. We are passionate about carrying curated consignment and locally made goods for every woman, and for all sizes. So here's a little Spring style for ALL the darlings.

This #darlinggal, Erin O'Hare, is one of my favorites. She has been consigning at Darling since the beginning, almost 5 years ago now. Her vintage-inspired, whimsical, playful, and so adorable style has always inspired me. She rocks a vintage dress and pair of clogs like no other, and she always knows how to flatter her (va-va-voom) silhouette. I can't speak highly enough of how I love this girl, and her personal style. She is insanely sweet, deeply caring, and boldly beautiful.

On Erin | Secondhand pieces: Gap dress, size 12, $22 / Lucky Brand jean jacket, M, $28 // Local Artisan pieces: Pip's & Co. earrings, $12 // From Erin’s Closet: Lotta from Stockholm clogs

Styled byLinnea White, Owner / Photography by Tristan Williams

But my heart always drops when Erin comes into the shop, has store credit to use from her own consignment, and can only spend it on accessories. I want her to find all the cute dresses, tops, and pants in her size, but the truth is, I don't always have it. And it's time for that to change!

I am deeply passionate about empowering women and inspiring strength and confidence through fashion. And I need the ladies of Charlottesville to support this desire, to feel equally passionate about confidence-boosting and inclusivity, and to help Darling create a curated collection of beautiful clothing and accessories in a variety of sizes.

Please mention when scheduling a consignment appointment if this applies to you! We want every woman to consign and shop at Darling --- because every darling gal is altogether beautiful!

Email hello@shopatdarling.com to schedule a consignment appointment today!

Spring Style Trends, Part 2: Gingham Get-ups

Linnea White

From off-the-shoulder tops and wide leg pants, to gingham get-ups and slide sandals, we're talking about Spring Style Trends on the blog, showcasing how you can rock the latest trends AND shop secondhand at the same time.

Gingham is back this Spring in a big way, and when this made in Korea gingham shirtdress came in to the shop, I knew it needed to be featured. Slides (and mules) are also trending this season, and these white slide sandals added a bit of chill to this otherwise buttoned up look.

And what's better than a pair of statement sunnies for finishing a head-to-toe look? These Twiggy-inspired sunnies are so over-the-top, they actually work. And looking like a bug is also super big this season, just FYI/ICYMI, so why the heck not?

I call this my Iris Apfel-inspired look, or my fly-on-the-wall look. Either way, it's effortlessly cool, and insanely comfy - a combo I can fully support. Especially for the weekend, and this outfit is owning all the weekend vibes, right down to the people watching and window lounging.

How are you rocking gingham this Spring, darling?

P.S. As I mentioned before, this is my new hair cut, and it's just so good. Who else feels like a fresh chop in the Springtime is the BEST?!

Gingham Shirtdress | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Made in Korea gingham shirtdress, XL, $14 (sold!) / Espace slide sandals, 8 1/2, $32 / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Lunaria Handcrafted sugilite cube earrings, $18 / Kitsune’s Closet Poppy red lipstick, $12

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

This was a first! Nothing like getting a picture snapped by a passerby who loved the shot Tristan had set up! #paparazzi #truestreetstyle

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