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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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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!

Winter Vintage Glam

Linnea White

The holiday parties may have passed, but Winter Vintage Glam never fades. The timeless touch of whimsical pieces and eye catching glam is a dashing combination. This outfit mixes vintage finds with contemporary brands flawlessly for a look oozing style with class!

We already know I have a thing for Winter Whites (from clothes to hair color), so when this vintage Angora sweater came into the shop last week, the swooning commenced, inspiring this entire outfit. Paired with a pair of Topshop tuxedo style jogger pants, sassy black heels, and this stunning feathery jacket, I was oozing sartorial elegance.

When the pieces are so effortlessly chic, accessories are meant to compliment, not overpower. After all, we're talking about Vintage Glam here. The longline jacket and the long necklace help contrast the cropped sweater to lengthen the neck and torso, making a curvier, shorter frame extra tall. A pair of medallion earrings pair fabulously with the velvet embroidered vintage clutch, and, of course, what's more retro than a classic red lip.

From Winter cocktail party, New Year's Eve party, Winter wedding reception, or just for a night on the town, this outfit is ready to just about any Winter soirée.

What's your favorite way to wear vintage pieces?

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Vintage angora sweater, S, $48 / Topshop tuxedo pants, 6, $22 / Ryu tan feathery jacket, M, $32 / Vintage peacock beaded velvet clutch, $68 / Madewell heels, 7 1/2, $22 (50% off!) // Locally made Pieces: Little Paper Crane sunburst brass earrings, $34, and radiance brass necklace, $38 / Kitsune's Closet Poppy Lipstick and Silver Age nail polish

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

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

NYE Outfit: Chic Sparkle to Ring in the New Year

Linnea White

We're one week away from New Year's Eve, and that means it's almost time to count down to midnight and bellow "Old Lang Syne" in that perfect little sparkly NYE outfit with friends and family, ringing in 2017 with good cheer!

What's more perfect for NYE than a little black dress decked out in sequins with the on-trend cold shoulder look. To keep the dress chic (and not overtly sexy), we threw on a classic black trench coat, adding length to an otherwise mini cut. Paired with a colorful pair of pumps and a red lip, side swept hair and simple threader studs, this look is certain catch the eye of a special someone for the midnight smooch.

Thanks to the sparkling lights of the Downtown Mall's Christmas tree for a splendid backdrop! And a little extra tinsel garland just for fun.

We’ve been talking Holiday Style, featuring darling outfits for your holiday party season. What's your favorite way to get snazzy for that soirée? 

NYE Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled by Linnea White, shop owner // Modeled by Autumn Guckert, darling gal // Photography by Tristan Williams

On Autumn | Secondhand pieces: Aidan sequin dress, 0, $78 / Banana Republic trench coat, M, $58 / J. Crew Etta pumps, 8 1/2, $100 // Locally Made pieces: Dinosaur Toes 14kt gold fill threader earrings, $20 / Kitsune's Closet Darling Red lipstick

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

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

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