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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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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

Happy Summer, Y'all: Copper Tones

Linnea White

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Summer is officially here, y'all, and I'm beckoning in the hot days ahead with copper tones and top knots, short shorts and screen print tanks. And now that Summer is here, I'm fully embracing coppers, bronzes, brasses, and golds - the warm, sun-kissed hues of Summer. From new metallic shades of nail polish (coming soon to the shop!) to jewelry and accessories, this season, embrace the golden tones of Summer in all their glory. But don't forget your Coppertone (pun intended)!

Currently obsessed with... the list is long, darlings, especially because I'm loving the half-up top knot style with my newly chopped hair. Currently obsessed with the screen print tanks and totes by local artisan Dinosaur Toes at the shop, including this 'Bonjour Y'all' tank. I knotted it in the back for a cropped look with some high-waisted short shorts from Urban Outfitters. Also currently obsessed with the new jewelry from some of our other local artisan - Free Range and Feral and (brand new to the shop!) A Pocket Novel. Those delicate Japanese glass beaded bracelets are perfect for stacking (#armparty, anyone?). And don't even get me started on the new nail polish and lipstick colors from Kitsune's Closet - teaser alert! I personally requested this new fuchsia hue for Summer, coming soon to the shop in lipstick and nail polish.

Grab your sunnies and sunscreen, tanks and top knots, cuz Summer is officially here!

Copper Tones

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: BDG Urban Outfitters high-waisted shorts, $14 / Sseko sandals, $18 / Vogue sunglasses, $22 // Local artisan pieces: Dinosaur Toes 'Bonjour Y'all' screen print tank top, $22 / A Pocket Novel aura bracelets, $16 each, in Dalmatian Jasper (Protection & Healing), Sodalite (Truth & Intuition), and Amazonite (Love & Calm) / Free Range & Feral smoky quartz loop earrings, $38, and necklace, $34 / Kitsune’s Closet fuchsia lipstick and copper nail polish, coming soon to the shop!

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

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

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Memorial Day Style | Summer Sundress

Linnea White

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The temperatures are rising, the sun is shining, and the large bodies of water are calling. It's sundress season, and we're sporting some red, white, and blue for some Memorial Day style.

With a huge selection in stock, the perfect Summer sundress is waiting for you at Darling, and this new number by Roxy had us craving some oceanside hangs. With a subtle nod to nautical design, this dress is perfect for all of the Memorial Day festivities. Tie a little white blouse (linen or cotton for those hotter days) at the narrowest part of your waist to draw in the otherwise voluminous skirt on this number.

Playing with the nautical theme, this straw tote bag and gold sandals got us beach-ready. These nautical button studs by local artisan Pip's & Co are a simple addition to the look. And, of course, we had to feature the vibrant new lip and nail polish colors by Kitsune's Closet, made right here in Charlottesville. That Fiesta Red lipstick is our new favorite for Summer, and this Tomato nail polish is seriously rich in pigment and sass.

While this outfit has us ready to hit the pool, lake, or beach, we want to know: where are you headed to this Memorial Day Weekend to kick off Summer in style?

Memorial Day Style | Summer Sundress

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Roxy dress, $26 // Odille top, $28 // Franco Sarto gold sandals, $30 // Red straw tote bag, $30 // Bamboo frame sunglasses, $28 | Local Artisan pieces: Pip's & Co nautical studs, $12 // dinosaur toes brass cuff, $18, and sterling silver knuckle ring, $14 // Kitsune’s Closet Tomato nail polish, $7.50, and 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

Photo taken outside our neighbor, Roxie Daisy!

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Modern Minimalism & Cool Culottes

Linnea White

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Minimalist fashion is a crisp, cool breath of fresh air. From clever cuts to lovely construction, modern minimalism doesn't give it all away immediately, and it certainly isn't boring. Don't get me wrong - I love prints and boho, free-spirited fashion. But there's something refreshing and chic about crisp solids and structural clothing. The minimalistic look may look ultra chic, but it really requires minimal effort. It's about finding well-tailored clothing in interesting shapes and solid colors to create a modern, cool look.

And a pair of white culottes (like this pair by Rebecca Taylor) is the minimalist dream. This wide-legged look has proven itself more than a trend. Though many stay away from this tricky silhouette, the sheer versatility and ease of the culotte is reason enough to find the right ones for you.

Modern Minimalism & Cool Culottes

For this look, I paired the white culottes with a matching pastel blue Rebecca Taylor vest, a simple crop top, and minimal accessories.  A tip for wearing culottes is to the pants do the talking. Pair the voluminous bottoms with clean, simple accessories, flats or simple heels, and neutral colors.

For accessories, I combined not two but three of our local jewelers --- simple hoops by Little Paper Crane, brass rhinestone cuff by dinosaur toes, and brass love cuff by Nested Sparrow. And of course, any look wouldn't be complete without finishing touches of locally made lipstick and nail polish by Kitsune's Closet.

What does modern minimalism look like for you?

Modern Minimalism | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Rebecca Taylor vest, $120, and Rebecca Taylor white culottes, $118 // Zara heels, $22 // Sunglasses, $22 | Local Artisan pieces: Little Paper Crane aztec hoops, $25 // Dinosaur Toes grey rhinestones and brass bracelet, $24 // Nested Sparrow "love" etched brass bracelet, $20 // Kitsune's Closet Serenity nail polish, $7.50 and Iced Coffee 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

Modern Minimalism | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Modern Minimalism | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Modern Minimalism | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Modern Minimalism | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Modern Minimalism | Photo by Megan Tiernan

The Little White Dress

Linnea White

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Who said you can't wear white before Memorial Day? When it comes to style, rules are made for breaking. Because right now, the little white dress is making a serious statement, and it's giving us all the Summer feels - although, I'm game for the White-Out look year-round. If you're not sure how to rock the all white ensemble, the perfect place to start is a little white dress --- Pure Summer Ease. This Madewell dress is the perfect white dress for warmer days ahead. Airy, white linen, with a touch of cream embroidery and a loose fit, it's as comfortable as it is stylish. Accessorized with simple details, like freshly painted bright nails and statement jewelry, the little white ensemble is ready for just about any Summer outing.

With a whole new shipment of pieces by Dinosaur Toes, I went all out to showcase these beautiful locally made baubles. We can't keep them on the shelves and restock quickly enough, so come in and snag them while you can! And don't forget it's time to update that mani-pedi, and what better way to support local than this small batch, natural ingredients, locally made nail polish by Kitsune’s Closet in Pantone colors, available at the shop!

The Little White Dress

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea: Madewell white linen dress, S, $48 / Kelsi Dagger wedges, 7 1/2, $40 / Bamboo sunglasses, $28 // Local Artisan Pieces: Dinosaur Toes tassel with etched brass necklace, $38, bracelet (aquamarine, rose quartz, and citrine beads), $20, sterling silver studs, $26, etched brass square earrings, $32 / Kitsune’s Closet Limpet Shell and Serenity nail polish, $7.50 each, and Iced Coffee 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

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan