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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

How to Wear Booties in the Summer: Cool Kid Status

Linnea White

I call this The Wall Flower OOTD. Cuz it's literally floral and on a wall. But it's also what I'd imagine a super cool wall flower would look like. And this OOTD also teaches you how to wear booties in the Summer.

This outfit is really all about the 'tude. A pair of floral Free People shorts and this stunning cream blouse by Anthropologie could look so feminine and delicate. But I didn't want to style them that way. Cuz what's the fun in doing what's expected (especially with style)? Instead, I took what look like delicate pieces, and styled them for the bad girl - The Wall Flower. The circle sunnies and stacking chokers and Aztec earring jackets give this look a rocker vibe, taking it from sweet to sassy.

And what's really important is how to wear your favorite booties in the Summer. Just because it's hot outside doesn't mean you can't rock a pair of booties! Especially with the right outfit! Booties look great with shorts from romping around in the Summer, and they especially can give a sundress a totally different vibe than all those sandals and wedges you've been wearing. Try it out. Just make sure you wear a good pair of sweat-wicking socks. You'll be glad you did.

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Dolce Vita (Anthropologie) blouse, size XS (sold) / Free People shorts, size 4 (sold) / Rag & Bone booties, size 39 (sold) / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Free Range & Feral brass stacking chokers, $24 each, howlite ear jackets, $32 / Thicket bar studs, $32

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

Rompin' Around: First Day of Summer Edition

Linnea White

If you know me, you know one of my favorite things is rompin' around. And it's a plus if a cute romper is involved, like this vintage number from #darlingcville.

It's Summer Solstice, the First Day of Summer, and this outfit is a ray of sunshine. It embodies all the carefree, joyful, adventurous spirit of Summer in one look. It's flirty and fun, and ready to take on all the frolicking Summer has in store.

Rompin Around | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Vintage romper, size small, $10 / Charlotte Stone (Anthropologie) rose gold clogs, size 38, $58 (sold!) / H&M clutch, $8 // Locally-made pieces: Pips & Co. stud earrings, $12

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

Rompin Around | Photo by Tristan Williams

Rompin Around | Photo by Tristan Williams

Rompin Around | Photo by Tristan Williams

Rompin Around | Photo by Tristan Williams

Self-Care Saturday: Farmers Market Style

Linnea White

Time to talk about the #darlingweekend. Shop owner Linnea shares her Saturday morning routine for a little Self-Care Saturday inspiration and her athleisure farmers market style.

If there's one thing I've learned in the past year as the sole owner of Darling Boutique, it's this: self-care is everything. It's necessary. It's irreplaceable. It's stabilizing. It's peaceful. It's restorative. The list goes on and on. I've learned in the past year how little I cared about self-care before, and how unimportant it was in my life. I had those realizations during times when I was a hot lady boss mess, not taking care of myself, emotionally whack, mentally drained, and physically famished. I had to make a change. I had to be intentional.

So I started trying out things on the weekend, things I never made time for before. And, by golly, if I didn't see my entire life change - and my weekdays. I've shared just a few of those self-care practices below, and claim to be no expert when it comes to self-care!

Linnea's self-care tips for a weekend refresh:

  • Be still. Even though this really is something I try to do every day of the week, I try to find a little extra time on the weekend to do this. Unplugged, no distractions. For me, it means reading my Bible, or reading a good book, or just laying in my favorite spot to pray. Finding stillness in your life is the most centering thing you can do for your self-care.
  • Do something for you. With no other agenda than just doing something because you love it. Like visiting the Charlottesville City Market right across the street from Darling.
  • Buy yourself flowers (or your shop, same thing right?).
  • Do a workout or activity outside of your normal weekly routine. Dance! Frolic in fields of flowers! Play outside with some kids (maybe your own, maybe the neighbor kids)! Be creative, be active, and let your body get a healthy sweat in a way that's pure joy, solely fun.
  • Go on an adventure! A drive through the country, a lake day (by yourself, if you're like me sometimes!), a hike in the mountains, a walk on the beach - whatever your heart desires. Find adventure for your soul.
  • Treat yourself to something you love in the food category - a smoothie, a meal, a drink, a dessert... whatever your heart desires.
  • Cook or bake something! May not be something for everyone, or something that everyone doesn't do throughout the week already. But why not try baking something new, trying out that new recipe, exploring your spice rack without an agenda in mind? Food is good for the soul, y'all. I believe it nourishes deeply when it's expressed with love, joy, and peace.
  • Pamper yourself. Take a bath. Give yourself a facial mask treatment. Paint your nails. Heck, for some of us, wash your hair!
  • Rest. Find the reset button. Let your mind, body, and soul truly rest. Figure out what that is for you, and just do it.

To be honest, I feel like I am just scraping the surface of what self-care means to my physical, mental, spiritual, and psychological health - and how to do it in the ways best for me.

But right now, today, this weekend, I know taking a moment to be GRATEFUL is the most important thing I could do for my soul.

xoxo,

Linnea

What do you do for Self-Care Saturday (or Sunday), darlings? Tell me in the comments! 

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: lululemon split back sweater, size 6, $32, capri pants, size 6, $30, and sports bra, size 6, $18 // Locally-made pieces: Dinosaur Toes "Mt. Countrymore" screen print drawstring bag, $18 // Linnea's own: Frankie Jean Darlin' baseball cap / Birkenstocks

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

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | 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