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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 Break Ready: Vacation Essentials

Linnea White

Ignore the flurries that were spotted in Charlottesville today, you Spring Breakers. Get Spring Break ready for that tropical weather with these vacation essentials. Head South, to the land of dragon flies and saltwater breezes.

Just last week, when the temperatures were in the seventies, we took to the streets of Downtown Cville in an outfit ready for Spring Break. This outfit shoot may have taken place in the streets, but it's ready for the BEACH. Palm trees, plz.

These dragonfly pattern shorts by Daughters of the Liberation (Anthropologie) have been calling my name since they came into the shop, and I loved contrasting their girlishness with a boho crochet, fringe hem crop sweater (also by Anthropologie) and Free People bralette underneath. Because showing your bra is all the rage this season. Good thing we just got a few super cute Free People bralettes in the shop, huh?

To play up the tropical, Spring Break vibes, I added a pair of mirrored colorful sunnies and these strappy Jeffrey Campbell block heels. Don't forget your throw-all tote bag for all your adventures and souvenirs, especially a locally made, screen printed "Nasty Woman" tote bag. And, of course, don't forget the simple statement accessories that are easy to pack and can be worn with everything, like this new choker necklace by Free Range and Feral and a few everyday stacking rings by Thicket - locally made, of course.

And since vacation packing means versatility, a jean jacket is the perfect layering piece for any temps. This one my Pilcro & The Letterpress is SO cute and comfortable.

What are your Spring break/vacation essentials?

Spring Break Essentials | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Akemi + Kin (Anthropologie) crochet fringe top, S, $34 / Pilcro (Anthropologie) denim jacket, XS, $48 / Intimately Free People bralette, M, $12 / Daughters of the Liberation (Anthropologie) dragonfly shorts, 4, $28 / Jeffery Campbell Havana Tan Block Heels, 9, $48 / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Dragon Designs tote bag, $14 / Free Range & Feral stacking collar necklace, $24 / Thicket stacking rings, $12 each / Kitsune’s Closet nude rose lipstick, $12, and iced coffee nail polish, $7.50

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

Spring Break Essentials | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Break Ready | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Break Essentials | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Break Essentials | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Break Essentials | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Break Essentials | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Crush, Part 2

Linnea White

We've already discussed our love of this sultry, regal fabric, but the pieces keep coming in, week after week, and we can't get enough of our Velvet Crush. (Seriously, though, expect a Part 3 soon, and counting.)

This Betsey Johnson dress is sugar and spice and everything nice. The velvet fabric is patterned with rich floral greens and plums, and an empire waist that gives it a vintage flare. Add a pair of classic structured heels by Seychelles and a leather choker, another Fall trend we can't get enough of at the shop, and this outfit is a chic little Fall ensemble, filled with whimsy and charisma.

Can't wait to show you Part 3 of this little Velvet Crush series! What do you think it will be?

Velvet Crush | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Meredyth | Secondhand pieces: Betsey Johnson velvet dress, M, $78 / Seychelles heels, size 6 1/2, $30 // Local Artisan pieces: Thistle & Lark leather choker, $24 / Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick, $12

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

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

Velvet Dress | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Crush | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Crush | Photo by Tristan Williams

The Statement Choker

Linnea White

In honor of Throw Back Thursday (#tbt) and this current trend, I styled a Fall outfit that incorporates one of our many leather chokers available in the shop. The statement choker is in this season, in a big way, and this arrowhead choker has us feeling like a boho goddess, courtesy of Free Range & Feral.

The rich mulberry color of the leather choker pulls out the beautiful hues in this flowy Anthropologie blouse, and, of course, was the perfect match with our very own Kitsune's Closet Mulberry lipstick. These super soft, distressed AG jeans are the perfect relaxed fit to wear from season to season. Add a pair of easy booties and a light jacket for the crisp Fall weather.

How will you wear the choker trend this season?

Statement Choker | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Hei Hei (Anthropologie) jacket, 0, $48 / Lil (Anthropologie) boho top, XS, $28 / AG distressed boyfriend jeans, 2, $64 / Topshop booties, 9, $24 (sold!) // Local Artisan pieces: Free Range & Feral leather arrowhead choker, $44, and leather bracelet, $12 / Kitsune's Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10, and Noir Red nail polish, $7.50

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

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White / Photography by Tristan Williams

Statement Choker | Photo by Tristan Williams

Statement Choker | Photo by Tristan Williams

Statement Choker | Photo by Tristan Williams

Statement Choker | Photo by Tristan Williams