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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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Rustic Fall Style in the Vineyard | Darling on the Trail

Linnea White

Darling is back on the trail – the Monticello Wine Trail, that is. This stop on the trail took us to the mountains for the gorgeous, 360 degree view at Afton Mountain Vineyards. Not only is Afton Mountain a scenic reprieve in the mountains, but it is also a vineyard that produces wine as robust and beautiful as the scenery. For our afternoon at Afton, we sipped on the Festa di Bacco, the "Super-Tuscan" red blend named after the original vineyard, Bacchanal Vineyards. This wine blended perfectly with our styled shoot, from hue to history, as we walked the grounds of a vineyard established in 1978. It was a bustling late afternoon at Afton, with wine club events and a lawn full of patrons sipping on wine in the evening sunlight. From the patio and lawn to the vines and even to the stunning water below, we explored this mountain-side winery, wine in hand.

Inspired by the autumnal scenery, we styled the models in colorful, fall-toned denim, cozy sweaters, and rich patterns with a boho-rustic feel. See how we styled the looks for a chilly Fall afternoon in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and shop these items and more at Darling Boutique, located on Charlottesville’s downtown mall!

Shoot Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan, Assisted by Scott Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

The lovely Paige Pitstick was styled in a dreamy Free People sweater contrasted with a silky blouse, adding a warm plum to the sage green sweater. The Heidi braids and boho-inspired jewelry were the perfect compliment to the look.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Paige: Free People sweater, $32 (sold) / Loft blouse, $18 / Joe's Jeans, $64 (sold) / Owl Ridge Farmstead antler collar necklace, $30, and sliced antler studs, $22 / Kitsune's Closet Mulberry Lipstick, $10 / Ugg clogs (model's own)

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Shea Zwerver was styled in all the fireside goodies, from a chunky cardigan to easy booties, this colorful Fall look is ready for those evenings by the fire, Anthropologie catalog style.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Shea: Loft stripe sweater, $20 (sold) / Philip Lim cardigan, $200 / AG Denim jeans, $64 (sold) / Joie boots, $96 (sold) / Owl Ridge Farmstead antler tip necklace, $50, leather knot studs, $22, and leather bracelet, $20 / Kitsune's Closet Noir Red Lipstick, $10 / Hat (model's own)

Photo by Megan Tiernan

With her bob and overall adorable, retro personal style, styling Erin O'Hare in this Anthropologie sweater was a given. I started with the sweater and the oxford heels, and found the perfect olive, faux suede dress to pair with the look for a gorgeous autumnal look, with that vintage twist.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Erin: Anthropologie Moth sweater jacket, $38 (sold) / Sienna Sky dress, $24 / Guess oxford heels, $30 / Pip's & Co. earrings, $10 / Kitsune's Closet Decco Red Lipstick, $10

Photo by Megan Tiernan

After styling the other three models, I knew I wanted to styled an outfit that would compliment the fall hues and textures I'd chosen for their looks. I started with the patterned, flowy blouse, incorporating some of the colors in their outfits, and added layers for the perfect boho outfit ready for a stroll in the vines.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea: Anthropologie Angel of the North sweater, $34 (sold) / Umgee tunic blouse, $20 (sold) / Rag & Bone jeans, $88 / J. Crew boots, $96 / Owl Ridge Farmstead hammered brass bangles, $30, and smoky topaz empress necklace, $44 / Kitsune's Closet Mulberry Lipstick, $10

Photo by Megan Tiernan

We loved our mountainside afternoon at Afton! I'm not sure how many references to The Sound of Music we made, but it was many. The rolling hills and rows upon rows of vines is truly a site to see.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

How much more "the hills are alive with the sound of music" does it get than this?

Photo by Paige Pitstick

See you on the trail, darlings!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this shoot possible, from our gorgeous friends/models, Sarah Craun of the Monticello Wine Trail, and Elizabeth Smith and the staff of Afton Mountain Vineyards!

Photo by Megan Tiernan

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“Darling on the Trail” is a series in collaboration with the Monticello Wine Trail and the many amazing local wineries. Expect styled shoots on location and feature interviews with the wineries. All photography by Megan Tiernan and shoots styled by Linnea White, unless otherwise stated.

Autumn Hues | Dressing Up with Darling

Linnea White

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Sweater weather is finally here! We have a serious love for Fall, and this week's Dressing Up with Darling is all about autumn hues (more tomorrow!) and light layers. Chillier mornings and evenings call for practical layers. This Eileen Fisher jacket is the perfect Fall throw-on jacket for transitioning from Summer to Fall. Layered with a stunning silk blouse, simple booties, and rustic jewelry, this outfit is ready for whatever highs and lows a Virginia Fall day may throw your way.

And and speaking of Autumn hues, we'll be talking about the Pantone Fall 2015 Color Report tomorrow. Today's outfit features many of the Pantone Fall colors. The jacket is the perfect Pantone Stormy Weather - think the sky on a grey, overcast day. The silk top and leather bracelet capture the Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala, a winey red-brown, rich and warm in earthiness. The leather booties are the ideal Pantone Reflecting Pond blue. And let's not forget about that amazing sliced antler collar necklace in the Pantone Oak Buff hue.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Calypso St. Barth silk blouse, $88 / J. Crew wool skirt, $28 / Eileen Fisher jacket, $160 / Owl Ridge Farmstead leather bracelet, $20, and sliced antler necklace, $30 / J. Crew booties, $78

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Darling, You've Got Style: Fall Denim Report

Linnea White

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In case you missed it yesterday, we're falling for boho (but that's nothing new, because we love Fall and we love everything boho), and featured a boho-tastic fall denim look. Those plum ombre Rag & Bone jeans inspired today's Fall Denim Report: Beyond the Basics. 

This Fall, the report is calling for raw edges, dark washes, vintage high waists, and retro flares - to name a few. Every week, we're getting in jeans of all washes, cuts, and styles - even some hot leather pants! So get inspired here on the blog, and then skip on over to Darling on the downtown mall to shop with us!

Feminine Flares

Flares are back in a big way this season, so find the fit that flatters your body shape, and broaden your skinny jean horizon.

On the Dark Side

Try out dark wash denim this fall - from jet black to the many shades of grey.

With a Raw Edge

Ripped knees, distressed hems, the more raw, the better.

Modern Vintage: The High Waist

Thank the Lord, the age of hip-huggers has taken the back seat to the return of the high-waist. Take it skin tight, relaxed, or flared, but just take the high waist, ladies. (For tips on the best high-waisted jeans for your body type, click here.)

Color Me Autumn

Chase those autumn hues, and find a pair of denim that brings fall colors to life in your outfits.

Photo by Megan Tiernan