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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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Valentine's Day Outfit: Pink vs. Red

Linnea White

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It's Valentine's Day, darlings, and that means it's time for an epic battle of love (right?). We styled two Valentine's Day outfits for two kinds of gals - the Lady in Red or Pretty in Pink (a.k.a. 80's Barbie). From sugar to spice, we've got that last minute VDay outfit inspiration you need.

P.S. I went a little crazy with a lavender hair toner to see what would happen, and had a little temporary lilac hue going when we did this shoot! This hair makeover is giving me LIFE these days. Once you go platinum white, you never go back... right?

Pretty in Pink

I felt like a cupcake in this dress - in the best way possible. All the girly vibes had me ready for an 80's themed VDay party. I added my vegan leather jacket to edge up the look a bit, and a pair of new sunnies for that extra touch of glam. Don't forget a locally made lipstick in hot pink!

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Topshop dress, 6, $24 / Pour la Victorie heels, 9 1/2, $50 (half off!) / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked Fuchsia lipstick, $12 // Anthropologie vegan leather jacket, Linnea's own

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Lady in Red

Silk = sexy. This silk DVF dress is SO va-va-voom, I was swooning as soon as it touched my skin. For the spicier gal, this dress is made to show off some curves, and light up the room in the crisp red hue. With a dress this sexy, keep the accessories simple and understated. I opted for a pair of tassel earrings by Pan&Tea, a classic (locally made) red lipstick, and a side swept 'do to add a touch of elegance. And just because, threw my Anthropologie leather jacket over my shoulders again for that finishing statement piece.

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Diane Von Furstenberg silk dress, 2, $120 / Pour la Victorie heels, 9 1/2, $50 (half off!) // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Poppy Red lipstick, $12 / Pan&Tea black tassel earrings, $25 // Anthropologie vegan leather jacket, Linnea's own

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

The Moto Jacket: How to Wear Blush Pink

Linnea White

It's Valentine's weekend, and this outfit has me blushing in blush pink. The duality of this flirty, feminine look lies in the moto jacket - adding a touch of edge to an otherwise sweet outfit, while also softening the black base with a soft, pale pink hue. It's sugar and spice, and everything nice.

Working the Moto Jacket

I've been waiting for an outfit that would let me work that "editor drape" with a structured jacket for a laidback-chic look. And this moto jacket from Loft was the perfect piece to pull it off. I love how the architecture of the jacket plays with the soft velvet and suede bottoms, and textured knit of the strapless Free People top. Soft and tough playing together in an effortless way (especially with those soft curls!).

This outfit has me blushing from more than just the fabric. Working with Tristan Williams for the blog has been a treat, and this shoot wow-ed me. This guy is a mega talented photographer, and after my recent hair makeover, I was stunned at how he captured the new hair, the outfit, the whole essence of the look. Props to Tristan, y'all.

How to Wear Blush Pink this Spring

Blush pink has me all sorts of excited for Spring. Blush is a sophisticated, endearing, elegant shade of pink, which normally isn't a color I'm drawn to. And don't be fooled - whether you have the skin tone or the right hair color to pair with blush hues, you can wear it, and work it. How can you wear blush pink, you ask? Take a note from this outfit for a few key tips to wearing blush hues this Spring.

  • Pair it with colors that flatter your skin tone. Blush pink may not be one of your colors, but it certainly pairs with a lot of other colors. Try it with navy, black, chocolate, olive green, charcoal grey, oxblood, teal, plum, or even deep lavender - rich tones to balance out the muted, washed out tone of blush. Warm or cool colors pair well with this accent color.
  • Anchor it. Keep blush rooted in your outfit to avoid the washed out, light qualities. Pairing it with dark colors is a way to anchor it, and so it wearing a blush piece (like this jacket) with an elongating base (like these black leggings).
  • Accessorize like a lady. If wearing a blush top or piece next to your face won't do with your skin tone, try adding it to your look with accent pieces - bags, shoes, belts, etc. It makes for a stunning leather accessory, neutral in its shade and easily workable into many outfits.

How do you wear blush pink, darling? 

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Loft blush moto jacket, M, $28 / Free People strapless top, 2, $30 / Eight Sixty suede-look leggings, M, $16 / Hush Puppies velvet loafers, 9, $20 / Gap floppy hat, $12 // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Nude Rose + Mulberry lipsticks blended, $10 each, and Lilac Grey nail polish, $7.50 / Dinosaur Toes sterling silver + brass earrings, $32, and Rhodochrosite & Lace Agate bracelet, $44 / Pan&Tea jasper + 18k chain necklace, $36

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

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

Keep it Neutral: The Sweater Dress

Linnea White

Neutral: How I feel about these Winter temps right now. But, hey, it's nothing a sweater dress can't fix, am I right? And this sweater on sweater look is just what you need to get through the final weeks of Winter.

I love Anthropologie. And I love secondhand Anthropologie even more. And this sweater on sweater combo is a match made in Anthropologie heaven. The neutral hues of grey and taupe blend effortlessly for a chic layered (and super warm) look. Add a pair of boots or booties in a similar hue to keep the look monotone from head to toe - and elongate the frame.

This necklace by Little Paper Crane (new this week!) is the perfect accent for the patterned midi dress, giving me all the vibes. Add a pair of earrings by the same artisan for a little matchy matchy ensemble, and grab a soft, leather clutch by Free Range and Feral, and this look is ready to take on the last Wintry weeks ahead. Because sweater weather isn't really sweater weather unless you're piling them on top of each other like it's your dang job.

P.S. This is my new hair! Sarah Hatch made my Winter White platinum dreams come true last week for my birthday, and I am obsessed. It's everything I wanted, and some. And it was well worth the wait, the month of transition (here it was the first go 'round), and the 12 hours and two appointments to get here. I can't wait to see how this new color changes up my style game this season!

Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Sleeping on Snow (Anthropologie) open sweater, S, $48 / Sparrow (Anthropologie) sweater dress, S, $48 / Pom beanie, $12 / Frye boots, 9, $140 // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Nude Rose + Mulberry lipsticks blended, $10 each, and Lilac Grey nail polish, $7.50 / Little Paper Crane earrings, $30, and necklace, $34 / Free Range & Feral leather clutch, $70

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

 

Photo by Tristan Williams

Platinum Hair: New Year, New Me

Linnea White

I've wanted to do this for a year. I've been baby-stepping my way towards it since June. I've been dreaming about going white, and I finally took the (first) step towards platinum hair last week in a daring Darling Makeover. Because #newyearnewme, or whatever.

And WOAH, is it different. I love it. I love how it has already begun to change my personal style choices, color choices, and makeup choices. I opted for a pastel hued look for this first reveal of the new color, playing with soft lavender and blue anchored by dark wash high-waisted jeans and simple lace up booties.

I'm not quite there yet. I still have some yellow tones in my hair I want OUT - solely cool hues, please. My white out hair inspiration has deep roots, a craving I must satiate (see this, this, this, this, this, this, and this - just for a start, because I'm obsessed). And I will not be stopped until I reach my white hair goals for that true Winter ice out. To be continued... the journey to white hair has begun!

Big smooches to my girl Sarah Hatch of At Last for being such a boss and always giving me the darling makeover I need. She's amazing, y'all. And I can't wait to be back in her chair again for more of this amazingness.

For tips on how to care for platinum hair, stay tuned! I'll be doing a round up of some great products out there for all the platinum babes. Blue shampoo is your best friend (but don't go overboard, like I did once - #whoops).

What do you think of the white/silver hair trend? 

Platinum Hair | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Loft tie neck blouse, XS, $18 / Lou & Grey sweater, XS, $26 / Sam Edelman booties, 9, $68 / Gap high rise jeans, 4, $22 // Locally made Pieces: Pan & Tea convertible bag, $53 / Kitsune’s Closet Noir Red Lipstick, $10

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

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

Platinum Hair | Photo by Tristan Williams

Platinum Hair | Photo by Tristan Williams

Platinum Hair | Photo by Tristan Williams

A Darling Makeover | Winter Ice Hair

Linnea White

This week, I went in to see my gal Sarah Hatch at At Last for some color touch ups. My request: Winter ice hair - a more platinum look for the season.

My natural blonde is a golden yellow, with a variety of hues and highlights. This visit brightened those colors, taking out much of the golden yellow tones for a whiter, brighter, crisper, silvery look for Winter. After my girl, Sarah, styled it all pretty, I dropped by Milli Coffee Roasters for a quick afternoon espresso, and a few quick pictures with Tristan.

And, naturally, my outfit was a mixture of #darlingfinds, making this the perfect mini makeover meets shop girl style post.

What do you all think? Should I got all out platinum? Suggestions? Tips? Let a girl know! 

Winter Ice Hair | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Darling Finds: J. Crew corduroy pants / Lilka (Anthropologie) sweater / Nine West knee high boots / Kitsune's Closet Mulberry lipstick / Free Range & Feral jasper necklace // Additional pieces: Anthropologie leather boots

Winter Ice Hair | Photo by Tristan Williams

Winter Ice Hair | Photo by Tristan Williams

Winter Ice Hair | Photo by Tristan Williams