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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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National Ice Cream Day: Retro Style

Linnea White

I love ice cream. A lot. And I don't need a national holiday like National Ice Cream Day (July 16, everyone) to eat ice cream, but I absolutely will use the important holiday as an excuse to style another outfit featuring amazing #darlingfinds. This retro style inspiration is perfect for a Sunday afternoon eating ice cream, right?

Call it the new pink in my white hair, or the fact that this Summer heat has me going a little cray, but this outfit inspiration was pretty much a shout out to the bombshells of the 40's and 50's. I can only dream of having the charisma and style of icons like Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly, but I'll keep dreaming and styling in their honor.

This vintage bag started the retro outfit inspiration. And these gingham high-waisted pants were perfect for a little classic white button up tied at the waist. Add a pair of clogs or mules for a classic retro edge, a hot pink lip (locally made by Kitsune's Closet), and whimsical pinwheel earrings locally made by Emily Warden Designs, and this outfit is ready to hit the town - (extremely melted) ice cream in hand.

Special shout out to Chap's Ice Cream for the yummy treat, and cute backdrop. And props to Davines deep conditioner and the ladies of The Honeycomb for this new pink hair.

Retro Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: J. Crew "Boy" button up, size 4, $26 / Loft gingham pants, size 8, $22 / Old Navy clogs, size 9, $10 / Vintage bag, $40 // Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Emily Warden Designs opal ring, $48, and pinwheel earrings, $58 / Thicket stacking ring sterling silver, $12, and bar studs, $32

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

Retro Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Retro Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Retro Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Retro Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Retro Style | Photo 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!

Darling, You've Got Style: Fall 2015 Color Report

Linnea White

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It's here! The first day of Fall is next week - September 23. (Woohoo!) When the heat of summer begins to break, we embrace the refreshing crispness in the air, the cool breeze and earthy smells of harvest season. Pull out your sweaters and scarves, darlings. It's layering time. Pantone’s Fall 2015 Color Report is an "evolving color landscape," a whimsical world of earthy neutrals and bold, playful colors, melding together in a timeless dance.

The store is nesting with tons of new Fall items, including Pantone’s Fall 2015 Colors… so come shop for Fall at Darling!

Fall-colors

As mentioned in the Spring 2015 Color Report, Marsala is the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year -  a “naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls.” The earthy warmth of Marsala blends seamlessly with the naturally inspired colors of this season's color report, from rooted neutrals like Dried Herb, Oak Buff, Desert Sage, Reflecting Pond, and Stormy Weather to bright pops of color like Biscay Bay, Cadmium Orange, Cashmere Rose, and Amethyst Orchid.

"Juxtaposition of color from opposite sides of the spectrum emphasizes poise and confidence on the runway. The Fall 2015 palette is rooted in multi-faceted, androgynous colors that can be worn to portray effortless sophistication across men’s and women’s fashion; it is the first time we are seeing a truly unisex color palette." - Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

How will you wear Pantone colors this fall?

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Dried Herb | "Closely related to nature, Dried Herb is an organic shade redolent of nature's earthy fragrances."

Dried Herb

Desert Sage | "A cool and soothing greenish gray, Desert Sage is the ideal neutral."

Desert Sage

Stormy Weather | "Reminiscent of the sky on a gray, overcast day, Stormy Weather is dependable, cool and above all, constant."

Storym Weather

Oak Buff | "Another one of nature's illustrious shades, the golden yellow Oak Buff acts to nurture and comfort."

Oak Buff

Marsala | "Interesting on its own and a wonderful contrast for other hues, Marsala is a winey red-brown that adds finesse and savoir faire."

Marsala

Biscay Bay | "A lush and elegant teal, Biscay Bay splashes up against more heated tones with its cool touch."

Biscay Bay

Reflecting Pond | "Thoughtful, contemplative and composed, Reflecting Pond is a cooling blue with a lot of depth."

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Cadmium Orange | "Both playful and sophisticated in its appeal, Cadmium Orange is a warm, welcoming and subtly dramatic orange shade that is striking enough to stand on its own or act as a bold contrast."

Cadmium Orange

Cashmere Rose | "A play on the '60s with a twist of today, Cashmere Rose is a tactile and soft pink hue that renders exactly what it promises."

Cashmere Rose

Amethyst Orchid | "Indicative of our affection for color, Amethyst Orchid is the jewel in the crown."

Amethyst Orchid

Darling, You’ve Got Style is a style tips and tricks series on the blog. Learn fun ways to pattern play and color combine. Get answers to those pesky questions about booties and belts and bra straps.

Got style woes and seeking some answers? Ask us! Leave a comment below to suggest future style posts. We’ll read your submissions and add them to our list!

Show Us Your Darling Finds | Our Darlings

Linnea White

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The Our Darlings blog series features local collaborations with artisans in the shop, global collaborations with brands like Sseko, and, now, it also features our darling customers in their darling finds!

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Could she be anymore darling?! Longtime customer and consignor, Erin O'Hare, wearing a Darling Boutique outfit - top, skirt, and purse all from yours truly!

Tag #darlingcville on Instagram to show off your own @shopatdarling finds and be featured!

Best of C-VILLE 2015: Nominate Us!

Linnea White

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We need your help, darling friends! It's Best of C-VILLE season, part one - the Nomination round. This means we need all of our friends, friends of our friends, lovely customers and consigners, family members, family member's animals, and strangers to nominate us for Best Consignment Store & Best Women's Clothing Store!

We need you to nominate us so we can get on the official ballot! Nominations end May 22, so get nominating!!!

Here are the easy steps:Bestof2015

  1. Visit http://www.c-ville.com/nominate/.
  2. Create a log-in. (They will then quickly e-mail you a confirmation and a link to the nominations.)
  3. Go to the "Shopping" category and vote for Darling for Best Consignment Store and Best Women's Clothing Store.

Thank you, amazing people!

xo, Linnea & Meg