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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

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

Darling Makeover: The Blonde Bob

Linnea White

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We're introducing a fun new series to the blog - Darling Makeover! First up, co-owner Linnea gets a blond bob (or lob) - a shorter, blonder style for Summer, in collaboration with At Last... A Hair Color Studio. Long time salon owner of At Last, Lori Trudgeon Wright, has developed a hair color program unlike any other salon in town, cultivating techniques, products, and stylists, like our darling Sarah Hatch, that are changing the (color) game.

In recent years, there is a resurgence of consumers seeking out effective, honest, long-lasting bath and body products sans the crap the industry tends to put in it - need we say more? We've seen the evidence of this desire for quality with our customers buying up the selection of 5-free bath and cosmetic products locally made by Kitsune's Closet available in the shop.

At Last salon uses quality hair care products and color lines so "you can feel confident that your hair will look shinier and feel amazing, have longer lasting color and overall healthier hair." The hair color product used on Linnea in this makeover, Eufora, utilizes Certified Organic Aloe along with nearly 75 different natural plant extracts and essential oils, promoting natural ingredients and environmentally friendly practices so you can feel good and look good about your locks.

Big thanks to Sarah Hatch, the stylist behind this darling cut and color, and the whole team over at At Last! Find out more about the color process and how to achieve this look in the Q&A below, and see more pictures of Linnea's new look!

Darling Makeover: Hair Color & Cut by Sarah Hatch, Stylist at At Last... A Hair Color Studio

darling makeover | the blonde bob

darling makeover | the blonde bob

darling makeover | the blonde bob

darling makeover | the blonde bob

darling makeover | the blonde bob

darling makeover | the blonde bob

darling makeover | the blonde bob

darling makeover | the blonde bob

at last logoQ&A with At Last: A Color Studio

What color line(s) do you use (at At Last)?

At Last: We have two main color lines that we currently use - Joico and Eufora. Joico is a color line that is intermixable to create many different shades and levels of color including permanent, demi, and semi coverage. Eufora has the same properties and it comes with both a no ammonia color line and a low ammonia color line. A low and no ammonia option for color is definitely something that clients are looking for in a color line more recently. With the option of a low or no ammonia color line you can feel confident that your hair will look shinier, feel amazing, longer lasting color, and overall healthier hair. No ammonia and low ammonia color do not disrupt the cuticle like other color lines so these results are possible.

What color technique did you use to achieve Linnea's look?

Sarah: I like to use a variety of different techniques to keep versatility when doing highlights or lowlights. Linnea's formula consisted of two different blondes with alternating slices, weaves, and balayage to create highs and lows while still maintaining and enhancing your overall blonde effect.

darling makeover | the blonde bob

What factors come into play when achieving blonde hair?

At Last: This is where science and art coincide. The artistic part is combined with the use of the color wheel and the desired look that the client is going for. The scientific/chemistry part of it is more complicated. In designing a formula for a client there are a few factors, such as their natural color, grey percentage, underlying pigment, porosity of the hair, previous color applied, and desired level of color.

What's your color process?

At Last: After finishing a full consultation and discussing options for the desired results, it is typically applying the color or highlights with a processing time from 20mins to 45mins depending on the formula, shampooing with a complimentary head massage, and a color locking conditioner.

Do you use a toner or root booster? What’s the difference?

At Last: It depends on what is needed with what has happened in the processing of the color. Toners are typically used to cancel or compliment the results of a highlight. They are based on the color wheel. (Example: if a client's hair pulled too much yellow and they want more of a beige or platinum blonde, we would then use a purple based toner to cancel the yellow out and so on.) Toners/Glazes can also be used to add shine on natural hair to add richness or cancel out unwanted tones from fading. They are a great add on service for someone who doesn't want to commit to color because they typically shampoo out around 8-10 weeks.

Root boosters/Base breaking is a different concept entirely. They are used when someone wants to shift their base color to create a softer shade at the root. (Example: a naturally dark blonde client (dirty blonde) with highlights doesn't like the difference between her natural base color and the highlights.) We would then apply the root booster/base break to shift the roots about a half a shade to blend more softly with the highlights.

What maintenance is required?

At Last: Hair grows at a rate of a half an inch a month, so depending on the clients desired look a highlight retouch can be required anywhere from 4 weeks to 12 weeks typically.

Is this look possible for anyone? Talk about the varying shades of blonde and what's achievable based on natural hair color.

Sarah: This look / technique is possible for anyone. I recommend staying within two to three shades lighter than their natural color so their color remains looking as natural as possible and low maintenance.

What daily maintenance do you suggest to keep blondes looking their best? What are some key products to use?

Sarah: For blondes I always recommend using a purple shampoo at least every three to four shampoos. Charlottesville water has a tendency to leave a residue that causes brassiness in blondes. The shampoo acts like a toners to cancel the undesired tonal values but just doesn't last as long.

What hair trends are you excited about this year (cuts, colors, etc.)?

Sarah: I am loving the freeness. There are a lot of the trends, and there is so much versatility with cuts and color. People are not afraid of trying new things. Women with curly or wavy hair are embracing it and really learning how to style and love their their natural texture. People with a more conservative look are adding fashion colors. And people with long hair are shaving designs into the back and sides of their heads. I love that people are embracing fun new ideas.

Book your own appointment at At Last... A Hair Color Studio today! Call (434) 295-6633.