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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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Film Festival Street Style + Shop Girl Film Picks

Linnea White

It’s my favorite weekend of the year in Charlottesville! Or one of them. In my top 5 - definitely. And my sartorial moment of film festival street style. I love The Virginia Film Festival, and have attended every year since I was a 4th year student at UVa – that's 10 years in a row! It's been an incredible decade of celebrating film - local and international. Here's my list of film picks for this year's festival!

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Fall Fashion Show Recap

Linnea White

After a pretty lengthy blog hiatus, we're BACK! And with not one, but THREE looks to meet all your growing-faster-than-a-baby-pumpkin-seed Fall style inspo needs courtesy of our Fall Fashion Show Recap!

Interested in any of the looks you see here? Comment on this post to find out the size + price + availability of an item! We can hold items for 24 hours, and we ship! 

Look 1

On Ami | Consignment Finds: Ankura Knit Tank / Eva Franco (Anthropologie) Skirt / Pilcro (Anthropologie) Jacket / Rag & Bone Booties // Local Artisan Finds: Molly Virginia Made earrings

Look 2

On Carolyn | Consignment Finds: Rag & Bone Dress / Michael Kors Jacket / Rag & Bone OTK Boots / Kate Spade Bag // Local Artisan Finds: Little Paper Crane hoop earrings

Look 3

On Victoria | Consignment Finds: BCBG Max Azria top / J. Crew pleather skirt / Sleeping on Snow (Anthropologie) Vest / J. Crew Heels / Cecile Jeanne Paris Bag // Local Artisan Finds: Emily Warden Designs studs

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Thank you to our beautiful models, the talented photographer Tiffany Jung, and our incredible neighbors - E.G., Roxie Daisy, Jean Theory, and the NEW Quattro Tizi! 

Cozy in Cashmere

Linnea White

Some days (mostly Monday's), it's all about cozy. And when a cashmere sweater, velvet pants, suede booties, and leather tote bag collide in one affordable, secondhand outfit, the wardrobe and the wallet can sing some praises.

This look is all about lush, cozy closet staples, like cashmere, suede, and leather, mixed in with some current trends, like oversized sweaters and velvet everything. Shopping consignment is a great way to find designer pieces, or just really great quality fabrics, for a whole lot less. When this vintage Nordstrom cashmere sweater came in to the shop in mint condition, I knew it had to be styled. Paired with an effortless pair of AG Jeans velvet pants and suede booties, this look was ready for the Fall leaves covered streets.

And don't forget your locally-made accessories, because supporting handmade is even cooler than shopping consignment. Or at least equally cool. The simply garnet + gold triangle studs by Emily Warden Designs are the perfect compliment to the effortless chic of this ensemble. Add an everyday geo cuff set by Free Range and Feral and the jewelry is done.

One of our newest Darling Artisans, Brother John Leather, makes some incredible handout, handsewn leather goods, like this leather tote bag - the perfect everyday, carry-all tote. We filled the bag with his leather wallet, leather journal, and leather clutch for all the leather goodness. What else would you put in your amazing leather bag but more leather?

Shop these #darlingfinds and more at #darlingcville!

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Consignment finds: Vintage Nordstrom cashmere sweater, size XL, SOLD / AG Jeans velvet pants, size 4, $64 / Rag & Bone booties, size 39 1/2, SOLD // Locally-made Darling Artisans finds: Free Range & Feral geo cuff bracelets, $32 / Emily Warden Designs garnet studs / Dinosaur Toes ring, SOLD / Brother John Leather tote bag, leather journal, natural leather clutch, and trifold wallet

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

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

 

Off the Shoulder Dress: Foxfield Ready

Linnea White

And we're off to the r-r-races again! The 40th running of The Foxfield Races is this Saturday, and we styled this off the shoulder dress to get Miss Foxy Field ready for the races - in chic Virginia style.

The Foxfield Races are an annual tradition in the Charlottesville and University of Virginia community. And what better way to get ready for the races than shopping locally for this local event?!

Some years it's rainy and overcast for the big day of races, and other years it's hot and humid. This year looks like it will be more along the lines of the latter, with a high of 91 and a sunny forecast. So don't forget your sunblock and your sunhat, ladies!

An easy, breezy dress is perfect of the races, and so are practical shoes. These white sandals are perfect for those sunny Summer days ahead, and ideal for romping around in the grass during the races. As simple as the silhouette of this dress may seem, the vibrant color and lace detail is a fun, flirty nod to the University's orange and blue school colors.

Add a little nod to the Virginia landscape and all the Virginia love with this hand engraved "Virginia" pendant necklace. Support local, support handmade, shop local, and shop consignment, Virginia darlings!

What are you wearing to the races, darlings?! Comment and let us know!

P.S. If you can name the movie that song is from, you win a million Monopoly dollars and a lifelong friendship with Linnea.

Off the Shoulder Dress | Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled by Linnea White, Shop Owner // Modeled by Savannah Griffin, Darling Intern // Photography by Tristan Williams

On Sav | Secondhand pieces: Altar'd State dress, S, $26 / Sun 'n Sand sunhat, $20 / Miz Mooz sandals, 9, $24 // Locally-made pieces: Onastazia Designs Virignia engraved 14k goldfill necklace, $48 / Dragon Designs screen print tote bag, $14

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

Off the Shoulder Dress | Photo by Tristan Williams

Off the Shoulder Dress | Photo by Tristan Williams

Off the Shoulder Dress | Photo by Tristan Williams

Off the Shoulder Dress | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shop Girl Style: Evolving Style & Rotating Closet

Linnea White

When you get an amazing jacket for $4, your life changes forever. Okay, maybe not your WHOLE life, but for that moment, you're pretty proud of yourself. At least if you're a consignment shopper like this shop girl. Since becoming the owner of a consignment shop, my personal style has evolved - constantly and cyclically. My combined passion for sustainable fashion and affordable style breeds a healthy (I think) obsession with an evolving style & rotating closet kinda life.

Over the past year alone, my personal style has evolved, transformed, and, almost weekly, rotated. I dress by mood most days, and I go through phases with certain colors, silhouettes, or clothing items. I've also had a considerable body transformation over the past two years that's allowed me to really sweep my closet of ill-fitting garments I no longer want to wear or can't wear anymore.

Through my style evolution, one thing is a constant - and that's comfort. I have to be comfortable at the shop, working long 8-10 hour days, and on my feet most of the time. That's where my Lotta's come in. This ain't no sponsored post. This is the real deal love for an item of clothing that changed your life, and that's my clogs. Two years ago when I bought the store, I bought two pairs of Lotta clogs, and they have been my staple shop girl shoe. Who knew a wooden clog could be so comfortable?!

But comfort doesn't mean sacrificing style, and I swear my hair transformation this year has emboldened me to be more eclectic than I think I've ever been. Learning to be smart with proportions and color palettes, textures and patterns, has been an adventure for me. And I hope to keep improving and learning so I can become the stylist I dream of being not just for myself, but for all the darlings out there.

Evolving Style & Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Darling Finds: Anthropologie midi skirt / Mock neck crop top // From Linnea’s Closet: Lotta from Stockholm clogs / Fringe kimono style jacket ($4, from Plato's Closet!!!) / Thrifted aztec necklace / Elaine B Jewelry rings & earrings / Judith Bright stacking rings

Photography by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style & Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams