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Darling is a curated boutique offering women’s consignment and handmade local artisan goods, with new arrivals every week.

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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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Cozy in Cashmere

Linnea White

Some days (mostly Monday's), it's all about cozy. And when a cashmere sweater, velvet pants, suede booties, and leather tote bag collide in one affordable, secondhand outfit, the wardrobe and the wallet can sing some praises.

This look is all about lush, cozy closet staples, like cashmere, suede, and leather, mixed in with some current trends, like oversized sweaters and velvet everything. Shopping consignment is a great way to find designer pieces, or just really great quality fabrics, for a whole lot less. When this vintage Nordstrom cashmere sweater came in to the shop in mint condition, I knew it had to be styled. Paired with an effortless pair of AG Jeans velvet pants and suede booties, this look was ready for the Fall leaves covered streets.

And don't forget your locally-made accessories, because supporting handmade is even cooler than shopping consignment. Or at least equally cool. The simply garnet + gold triangle studs by Emily Warden Designs are the perfect compliment to the effortless chic of this ensemble. Add an everyday geo cuff set by Free Range and Feral and the jewelry is done.

One of our newest Darling Artisans, Brother John Leather, makes some incredible handout, handsewn leather goods, like this leather tote bag - the perfect everyday, carry-all tote. We filled the bag with his leather wallet, leather journal, and leather clutch for all the leather goodness. What else would you put in your amazing leather bag but more leather?

Shop these #darlingfinds and more at #darlingcville!

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Consignment finds: Vintage Nordstrom cashmere sweater, size XL, SOLD / AG Jeans velvet pants, size 4, $64 / Rag & Bone booties, size 39 1/2, SOLD // Locally-made Darling Artisans finds: Free Range & Feral geo cuff bracelets, $32 / Emily Warden Designs garnet studs / Dinosaur Toes ring, SOLD / Brother John Leather tote bag, leather journal, natural leather clutch, and trifold wallet

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

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

 

UVA Game Day Outfit

Linnea White

Hoo's getting ready for Fall and picking out that UVa Game Day outfit? We are! This navy Anthropologie bomber jacket is the perfect Fall layer for game day. Throw it over something orange, like this on-trend button front A-line skirt, and a pair of white kicks or boots, like these classic Campus Frye boots.

Shhhh... don't tell anyone. Abby actually went to JMU (Class of 2017!). And dressing her up in orange and blue (my alma mater - Go Hoos!) was super fun. She was a trooper, and looked absolutely darling in her UVA game day outfit.

This University of Virginia alumnus, female-owned business is bringing you the very Best of C-VILLE when it comes to consignment and locally-made goods! Come check out #darlingcville and shop for Fall. Show us your UVa ID for a special 10% off this weekend - and all Home Game Weekends!

Now Hoos ready to tailgate on the Lawn?!

UVA Game Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Abby | Secondhand pieces: Topshop tshirt, size 4, $12 / Gap skirt, size 2, $18 / Saturday Sunday jacket, size XS, $38 / Frye campus boots, size 6, $140 / Sunglasses, $10 // Locally-made pieces: Onastazia engraved necklaces - Virginia long necklace, $48, UVA short necklace, $38, or UVA coordinates bar necklace, $50 / The Artful Sojourn Virginia state outline necklace, $20 / Pips & Co. orange studs, $10

Photography by Tristan Williams | Styled by shop owner, Linnea White | Modeled by Darling Intern, Abby Brereton

UVA Game Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

UVA Game Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

UVA Game Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

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!

Shop Girl Style: The Everyday Jumpsuit

Linnea White

I've been talking about my shop girl style lately, because I'm basically a living, breathing walking and talking version of Darling. I love to wear my #darlingfinds, and not only shop (almost) solely at the shop, but I also regularly consign clothing from my closet - in with the new and out with the no-longer-wearables-or-want-t0-wearables. And right now, I'm obsessed with the everyday jumpsuit.

Even though this jumpsuit isn't from the shop (cue shock and horror!), when I wore it the first time at the shop one Saturday, I had over 20 people ask me about it. I think J. Crew owes me a gift card or something, because I can guarantee I got them a few sales on this bad boy from wearing it around my shop.

In addition to my jumpsuit obsession (I can't stop, won't stop), I have a Lotta's addiction, which we've touched on before. They're my go-to shop girl shoes, and this pair is probably my most loved pair - a.k.a. very, very worn. But I love these clogs, and wear them with a wild variety of outfits, including jumpsuits. Always jumpsuits.

And when a jumpsuit just isn't enough fun for one day, add a pair of pom earrings - maybe my favorite trend this season. Why? Because they are so joyful, and literally make any outfit a party.

So get yourself some party pants and party earrings, ladies. Because everyday pieces should be all the way fun.

The Everyday Jumpsuit | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Darling Finds: Loft moto jacket / Kitsune's Closet Be Smoaked lipstick // From Linnea’s Closet: Lotta from Stockholm clogs / J. Crew jumpsuit and pom earrings / Asos necklace / Elaine B Jewelry rings, bangles, & stud earrings / Judith Bright stacking rings

Photography by Tristan Williams

The Everyday Jumpsuit | Photo by Tristan Williams

The Everyday Jumpsuit | Photo by Tristan Williams

The Everyday Jumpsuit | Photo by Tristan Williams

The Everyday Jumpsuit | Photo by Tristan Williams

The Everyday Jumpsuit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Style for All the Darlings

Linnea White

Every woman deserves to feel truly beautiful. Every darling gal is ALL together beautiful, fearfully and wonderfully made. This blog and this little shop believe this fiercely. We are passionate about carrying curated consignment and locally made goods for every woman, and for all sizes. So here's a little Spring style for ALL the darlings.

This #darlinggal, Erin O'Hare, is one of my favorites. She has been consigning at Darling since the beginning, almost 5 years ago now. Her vintage-inspired, whimsical, playful, and so adorable style has always inspired me. She rocks a vintage dress and pair of clogs like no other, and she always knows how to flatter her (va-va-voom) silhouette. I can't speak highly enough of how I love this girl, and her personal style. She is insanely sweet, deeply caring, and boldly beautiful.

On Erin | Secondhand pieces: Gap dress, size 12, $22 / Lucky Brand jean jacket, M, $28 // Local Artisan pieces: Pip's & Co. earrings, $12 // From Erin’s Closet: Lotta from Stockholm clogs

Styled byLinnea White, Owner / Photography by Tristan Williams

But my heart always drops when Erin comes into the shop, has store credit to use from her own consignment, and can only spend it on accessories. I want her to find all the cute dresses, tops, and pants in her size, but the truth is, I don't always have it. And it's time for that to change!

I am deeply passionate about empowering women and inspiring strength and confidence through fashion. And I need the ladies of Charlottesville to support this desire, to feel equally passionate about confidence-boosting and inclusivity, and to help Darling create a curated collection of beautiful clothing and accessories in a variety of sizes.

Please mention when scheduling a consignment appointment if this applies to you! We want every woman to consign and shop at Darling --- because every darling gal is altogether beautiful!

Email hello@shopatdarling.com to schedule a consignment appointment today!