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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.

Filtering by Tag: fall outfit

Going West in the Shearling Vest

Linnea White

We're going west(ern) with this faux shearling vest - the perfect layering piece for this transitional autumn weather. Because vest weather is upon us.

Shearling lined vests will forever be fashionable, says I, because they're comfortable, versatile, and chic. Fashionable and functional, the right vest can be worn as an extra layer under a jacket, or by itself for a lighter layer. Find one that fits your frame, and wear it close to your heart. Try layering it with soft, flowy fabrics for contrast, like this boho pattern dress or a floral number, or wear it over denim and a sweater for a casual, daytime cozy look.

Another Fall necessity for every darling gal - the lace up bootie. These leather beauties by Madewell carry the lug sole with a more Victorian heel and shape, perfect for dressing up or dressing down.

And if you aren't wearing tassels yet this season, get on that train - and do it all while supporting locally made jewelry. New artisan in the shop, Pan & Tea, is killing the fiber tassel game, from necklaces to earrings, she's your gal.

How are you styling vests this season? Loving the tassel trend as much as us?

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: By & By faux shearling vest, M, $34 / Altar'd State dress, M, $24 / 1937 (Madewell) lace up booties, 8, $88 // Local Artisan pieces: Free Range & Feral leather clutch, $76 / Pan & Tea fiber tassel necklace, $30, and tassel earrings, $25 / Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10

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

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Weekend Style: Totin' Around Town

Linnea White

Happy Small Business Saturday, darlings! We've loved handing out these adorable tote bags to our lovely customers today, designed by Rifle Paper Co. for American Express and Small Business Saturday. And it's such a beautiful Fall day to be totin' around town, rockin' that weekend style, and shoppin' small across the mall. It's just so darling, we even styled an outfit for the weekend adventures - naturally.

The Fall leaves on the ground and the vibrant primary colors of this outfit created an Autumnal technicolor display on which our darling Meredyth shines. This Maple (Anthropologie) wrap skirt was the origin of this outfits bold, bright beauty, and the Qupid blue booties and Far Away from Close green sweater were the icing on the cake. Add a bold Darling Red lip locally made by Kitsune's Closet and handmade, local artisan jewelry featuring the vibrant blue Lapis stone, and this outfit is ready to hit the weekend streets. Oh, and you can't forget your #shopsmall tote bag for all your holiday shopping at local businesses!

Weekend Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled by Linnea White, Shop Owner // Modeled by Meredyth Mason, Darling gal // Photography by Tristan Williams

On Meredyth | Secondhand pieces: Loft linen t-shirt, S, $14 / Maple (Anthropologie) wrap skirt, XS, $38 / Far Away From Close (Anthropologie) sweater, S, $38 / Qupid booties, 7, $16 // Local Artisan pieces: Little Paper Crane lapis brass arc necklace, $38 / Thicket lapis sterling silver ring, $40 / Kitsune’s Closet Darling Red lipstick, $10

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

Weekend Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Weekend Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Weekend Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

The Perfect Pie Day: Thanksgiving Style

Linnea White

This collaboration was much anticipated by the Darling team. We tried to ignore the rumbling in our tummies as we rummaged the racks for our perfect Thanksgiving Style outfits. This past weekend, the perfect pie weather descended upon Charlottesville, and we made our way up to 4th Street to The Pie Chest for a little pre-Thanksgiving pie - in Darling style. Because you can never have too much pie.

As diverse as the pies were before us on the table are these darling gals modeling the clothes for you. What fun to style outfits for these unique, one-of-a-kind beauties! And for this styled shoot, it was all about that Fall fashion - Thanksgiving edition.

When a feast is on the books, I say a dress is the way to go - something stretchy, flowy, and still adorable. Leave the control top tights in the drawer, and throw on a cozy sweater. (Layers are also key for those body temperature shifts during digestion.) Or, you can always opt for a billowy blouse and cute pants (easily unbuttoned) for that table-side style. Whatever you choose, let your individual darling style shine, adding flavors and colors to the Smörgåsbord on the table.

May your holiday be filled with joyous laughter, tranquil rest, and a full heart. It's time to gather together!

Thanksgiving Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled by Linnea White, Shop Owner // Photography by Tristan Williams // Modeled by Linnea, Meredyth Mason, Autumn Brooke Guckert, and Christina Webb (Pictured Left to Right)

Huge shout out to The Pie Chest and Lone Light Coffee for their hospitality, delicious pie plates, and down right beautiful hot cocoa. We loved featuring your darling little shop for this fun styled shoot. Here's to 1st Street and 4th Street!

Thanksgiving Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Christina | Secondhand pieces: Pilcro and The Letterpress (Anthropologie) corduroy pants, 6, $36 / Ovi top, M, $14 / Gap jacket, S, $32 / Restricted Oxford heels, 8 1/2, $48 // Local Artisan pieces: Pan&Tea choker, $22, and tassel earrings, $25

Thanksgiving Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Meredyth | Secondhand pieces: Free People jacket, XS, $78 / Maeve (Anthropologie), S, $38 / Qupid booties, 7, $16 / Kate Spade bag, $100 // Local Artisan pieces: Thistle & Lark bird necklace, $18

Thanksgiving Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Ganni (Anthropologie) dress, S, $54 / J. Crew lace up heels, 9, $54 / Joie cardigan, M, $78 / Helen Kaminski felt hat, $68 // Local Artisan pieces: Little Paper Crane radiance necklace, $38 / Petaline leather clutch, $50 / Kitsune’s Closet Noir Red lipstick, $10, and Storm nail polish, $7.50

Thanksgiving Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Autumn | Secondhand pieces: Free People dress, S, $48 / Community wool sweater, XXS, $48 / Frye over the knee boots, 8, $200 // Local Artisan pieces: Free Range & Feral fringe convertible carpet bag, $110

Thanksgiving Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

The Statement Choker

Linnea White

In honor of Throw Back Thursday (#tbt) and this current trend, I styled a Fall outfit that incorporates one of our many leather chokers available in the shop. The statement choker is in this season, in a big way, and this arrowhead choker has us feeling like a boho goddess, courtesy of Free Range & Feral.

The rich mulberry color of the leather choker pulls out the beautiful hues in this flowy Anthropologie blouse, and, of course, was the perfect match with our very own Kitsune's Closet Mulberry lipstick. These super soft, distressed AG jeans are the perfect relaxed fit to wear from season to season. Add a pair of easy booties and a light jacket for the crisp Fall weather.

How will you wear the choker trend this season?

Statement Choker | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Hei Hei (Anthropologie) jacket, 0, $48 / Lil (Anthropologie) boho top, XS, $28 / AG distressed boyfriend jeans, 2, $64 / Topshop booties, 9, $24 (sold!) // Local Artisan pieces: Free Range & Feral leather arrowhead choker, $44, and leather bracelet, $12 / Kitsune's Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10, and Noir Red nail polish, $7.50

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

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White / Photography by Tristan Williams

Statement Choker | Photo by Tristan Williams

Statement Choker | Photo by Tristan Williams

Statement Choker | Photo by Tristan Williams

Statement Choker | Photo by Tristan Williams

Autumnal Hues: Falling for Oxblood

Linnea White

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Happy November, darlings! It's a new month, and Autumn is upon us. And that means the season of rich Autumnal hues and cozy Fall layers is also upon us - praise! Burgundy, bordeaux, black currant - it's peek season for rich reds and deep plums. Think oxblood, that rich purple/red hue. This universally flattering palette is easily mixed and matched for a head-to-toe look, or blended with other warm Fall hues, like rust (Potter's Clay), mustard (Spicy Mustard), and blush pinks (Dusty Cedar).

Darling shop gal, Meredyth, is styled in a Maria D coat that brings out the auburn hues in her hair, and plays with the oxblood tones of her lace top. Topped with locally made accessories and the perfect lace up Born booties, this outfit is ready for every Fall adventure.

Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled by Linnea White / Modeled by Meredyth Mason / Photography by Tristan Williams

On Meredyth: Secondhand pieces: Loft top, XS, $18 / Madewell black jeans, 2, $38 / Madewell tote bag, $74 / Born lace up booties, 7, $58 / Maria D coat, S, $40 // Local Artisan pieces: Free Range and Feral leather wrap bracelet, $26 / Thicket stacking rings, $12 each / Thistle & Lark earrings, $16, and leather little book necklace, $24 / Kitsune's Closet mulberry lipstick, $10

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

Photo by Tristan Williams

Photo by Tristan Williams