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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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Spring Style Trends: Off-the-Shoulder Tops & Wide Leg Jeans

Linnea White

Spring weekends are made for frolicking, and this outfit is rocking some of the biggest Spring style trends. From the off the shoulder craze to the wide leg culotte length jeans phenom, this outfit is ready to hit the Spring scene with a burst of zeal. Bring it on, Spring! Wide leg jeans are making my LIFE right now. That culotte length is easily pulled of, when styled right for your body type. I could have sported this pair with some heels to give me a little boost in height, but I wanted to show how to dress down the look for weekend adventures. And these Nike kicks were the perfect way to do just that.

I'm also jumping for joy over this off-the-shoulder top, because dang. Showing off a little shoulder, ladies, it's the new sexy. And it is also so darn cute! Keep your neck bare for a clean look, and let the top (and your skin/shoulders/collarbone) do the talking. A pair of statement earrings is the perfect way to accent this trending neckline, especially in a bright hue for the warm season.

How would you rock these Spring style trends, darling?

Spring Trends | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Striped Off-the-Shoulder blouse, M, $20 / J. Crew Rayner Jeans, size 31, $38 (pinned in pictures) / Nike for J. Crew sneakers, 8 1/2, $40 / Super sunglasses, $70/ J. Crew leather belt, $14 // Locally-made pieces: Pips & Co. white stud earrings, $12 / Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick, $12

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

Spring Trends | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Trends | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Trends | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shop Girl Thoughts: Remember Why You Started

Linnea White

Today marks two years since I entered into this shop owner journey. What an incredible two years it has been! I recently had a Mufasa moment (it's a thing) with that booming voice calling out to me from the heavens, "Remember... Remember why you started."

Remember Why You Started

I guess it's safe to say it all started when I was a little girl who loved her "puh-rse." I have been told I would have a fit if we left the house and I didn't have my bag with me, thus being dubbed the "bag lady" from a very young age. Couple that with growing up in the ballet world (costume rooms are heart eyes for me) and with a big sister that I enjoyed stealing clothes and makeup from at a very young age, and you have the makings of a fashionista.

Skip ahead to my post-college years (because, Lord knows, besides being the Fashion Editor for V Magazine for a while, my personal style wasn't much back then) and you will find a Linnea who began to understand 'style personality' and embraced a confident expression of self through fashion. My fashion journey runs alongside my heart journey, and how the Lord has restored me from the inside-out. I firmly believe style is an expression of your heart, and how you carry yourself, speak about yourself, and treat yourself is innate to your spiritual health.

In the past few years, I started to explore and refine my inner stylist through blogging, first with a Dressing Up series on Cville Niche and then to Darling two years ago when I became the co-owner. And I grew to love styling outfits, not just for me, but for other gals (and guys) as well. I remember making the decision to buy the shop with Megan, terrified and excited at the same time, and one bit of advise my dad had for me as I prayed and moved forward in this life-changing step of faith:

"How does your heart feel?" - Dad

"My heart is filled with peace - peace that I can't comprehend. Peace that I know this is what I'm supposed to do. It's my head that's spinning thinking about it all." - Me

"Good. I would be worried if it was the other way around. That peace in your heart is from the Lord, and when you're making a decision, listen for that peace. He'll quiet the noise in your head, He'll take care of all those details." - Dad

Listen for the peace. That's what I did. And that's what I remind myself of again and again in this shop owner life - especially when making decisions. And I remember...

I remember the words of affirmation, the prophetic words of this calling on my life, the words of wisdom and advise. I remember the excitement, the adventure, the childlike joy, the hope. I remember the fear, the doubts, the unknowns, the mistakes, the anxiety. But most of all, I remember why I started, why I bought the store two years ago with Megan, why I bought the store from Megan to become the sole owner last August, why I am doing what I am doing: Because it is what God created me to do. Because it is my calling. Because I am here to steward this little shop, to love on women of all ages, to shine a Light, to spread kindness, to create beauty, to style sweet outfits, to build community, to encourage and inspire true beauty, strength, and dignity through fashion.

This two year anniversary is bittersweet, knowing I'm celebrating it as the sole owner this year, but also knowing I'm partnering with the God Almighty, who has brought me to this very place, this very moment.Remember Why You Started Graphic

Thank You

Most importantly, on this anniversary, I want to emphasize how THANKFUL I am for everyone who has supported me throughout this journey. I owe infinite thanks to my parents (Hi, Mom and Dad!), who endlessly pray, encourage, advise, and give from after (VA Beach ain't that far). That goes to all my family - thank you. My mom has even played shop girl with me several times this past year as I transitioned into sole ownership. I also owe many thanks to my boyfriend for being a constant sounding board for my many venting sessions, cranky attitude and many mood swings, and putting food on the table when I work ridiculously long days (every day). And, of course, to the gal who walked into this adventure with me two years ago, Megan Tiernan, for her grace and drive to see the shop succeed, thank you. (Megan is now killing it in nursing school full time since last August, y'all!)

To all the dear friends, Darling customers and consignors, and complete strangers who have encouraged me these past two years - THANK YOU. I am reminded daily of this gift - the gift of running of shop. It's not a vocation I take lightly, and it is certainly something I am deeply humbled to call myself - Shop Owner.

And I certainly can't forget to shout out the amazingly talented photographer behind the images you see on the blog and social media these days, Mr. Tristan Williams. I love working with you! #blessed

Stay Anchored

All I can say about 2017 so far is this: Stay Anchored.

This year so far has been trying, challenging, and foundational. From sewage explosions and Winter sale woes to sickness (stupid Noro virus) and anxiety, being the sole owner of a small business can be incredibly isolating and indescribably exhausting. What keeps me going? What gives me hope and energy each day? What anchors me in the storms?

Christ. When the words inside my head and the words of the world spin around me, I read His Word. When my heart cries out in frustration, anger, sadness, I praise Him. When my weary spirit is depleted and I'm riddled with anxiety, I rest in Him.

Stay anchored in Hope. Stay anchored in Community. Stay anchored in Love. Stay anchored in Truth. Feel the weight. Dive deeper. Though waves crash overhead, and the stormy winds rage, in the depths you will find true Rest, Safety, Love. Courage is founded in the depths, and tested in the waves.

And remember. Remember the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly. Remember it all. Cherish it all. It's all a part of the journey, and He takes brokenness aside and turns it into something beautiful.

So, here's to two years, and many more! Whatever comes, whatever is next this year and onward, I give thanks for this shop, for this blog, for this journey.

Photo by Sam Kempf

Casual Friday: Borrowing from the Boys

Linnea White

It's Casual Friday, and we're borrowing from the boys for this easy weekend look. This up-and-down Spring weather has us thinking about simple pieces, styled well, and these Anthropologie pieces certainly style well.

How to Borrow from the Boys

"Borrowing from the boys doesn’t always mean literally wearing men's clothing,"Banana Republic's Marissa Webb says (in a guide to borrowing from the boys on WhoWhatWear). "It's about contrast and proportions."

One of the staple pieces to "borrow" and inspire a menswear look is the boyfriend button up shirt. This Cloth & Stone plaid button up from Anthropologie is the perfect touch of boyish charm and soft, feminine detail (that gauzy fabric is so soft and all the YES).

Another key piece to consider: the relaxed khaki pant. Look no further than Anthropologie's "Hyphen Fit" chino pant by Pilcro & The Letterpress. Super soft and slightly relaxed, they are the perfect casual pant for weekend adventures - and they come in a huge variety of colors. Wear with a simple tee tucked in just right, or button it up and toss on a blazer.

Let your personality speak when borrowing from the boys. Maybe a silk scarf worn as tie, a tailored blazer, or a chunky, oversized sweater. It's playful, and meant to be fun, so let it be just that - casual, flirty, and fun. Add a pair of unisex sunnies, like these classic Wayfarer style ones, and keep the accessories minimal and clean.

 

What does a weekend menswear inspired outfit look like for you, darling?

Casual Friday | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Cloth & Stone (Anthropologie) button up shirt, M, $32 / Pilcro & The Letterpress (Anthropologie) hyphen fit pants, 2, $32 / Toms lace up wedges, 8 1/2, $28 / Wayfarer sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Nude Rose lipstick, $12, and Iced Coffee nail polish, $7.50 / Free Range & Feral amethyst hoop earrings, $34

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

Casual Friday | Photo by Tristan Williams

Casual Friday | Photo by Tristan Williams

Casual Friday | Photo by Tristan Williams

Casual Friday | Photo by Tristan Williams

 

 

Valentine's Day Outfit: Pink vs. Red

Linnea White

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It's Valentine's Day, darlings, and that means it's time for an epic battle of love (right?). We styled two Valentine's Day outfits for two kinds of gals - the Lady in Red or Pretty in Pink (a.k.a. 80's Barbie). From sugar to spice, we've got that last minute VDay outfit inspiration you need.

P.S. I went a little crazy with a lavender hair toner to see what would happen, and had a little temporary lilac hue going when we did this shoot! This hair makeover is giving me LIFE these days. Once you go platinum white, you never go back... right?

Pretty in Pink

I felt like a cupcake in this dress - in the best way possible. All the girly vibes had me ready for an 80's themed VDay party. I added my vegan leather jacket to edge up the look a bit, and a pair of new sunnies for that extra touch of glam. Don't forget a locally made lipstick in hot pink!

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Topshop dress, 6, $24 / Pour la Victorie heels, 9 1/2, $50 (half off!) / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked Fuchsia lipstick, $12 // Anthropologie vegan leather jacket, Linnea's own

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Lady in Red

Silk = sexy. This silk DVF dress is SO va-va-voom, I was swooning as soon as it touched my skin. For the spicier gal, this dress is made to show off some curves, and light up the room in the crisp red hue. With a dress this sexy, keep the accessories simple and understated. I opted for a pair of tassel earrings by Pan&Tea, a classic (locally made) red lipstick, and a side swept 'do to add a touch of elegance. And just because, threw my Anthropologie leather jacket over my shoulders again for that finishing statement piece.

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Diane Von Furstenberg silk dress, 2, $120 / Pour la Victorie heels, 9 1/2, $50 (half off!) // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Poppy Red lipstick, $12 / Pan&Tea black tassel earrings, $25 // Anthropologie vegan leather jacket, Linnea's own

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

Poncho Perfect: Boho Winter Layering

Linnea White

Styling a poncho can be a little intimidating. It's a lot of fabric, and can be unflattering on your frame if not styled for your body. But, ponchos can also be amazingly boho chic and super cozy when styled correctly. And this look is poncho perfect.

This temperate Winter weather has inspired me to experiment with layers, and when a few ponchos came into the shop this Winter, I decided to give this layering piece a try. Loving the fringe detail on this BCBG Max Azria black poncho, I went for a boho look, adding a felt hat in a bright color, a striped, cropped turtleneck, and pleather midi skirt. These Western style shoes really pull the look together, giving it just the finishing sass it needed.

Don't fear the poncho, darlings! Here are a few simple styling tips for ponchos:

  1. Keep the outfit one color - like all black.
  2. Long lines extend the frame under the poncho, especially if it's a bulky poncho. Try skinny jeans, a maxi skirt, fitted heels, or knee high boots. A long necklace layered over the poncho will do wonders for the eye and elongating the overall look.
  3. Belt it! A belted poncho can be a super chic look, and help accentuate your frame underneath.
  4. Layer a solid color poncho over stripes for a fun pop of pattern.
  5. Get boho with it - add a felt hat and flared pants, or a little extra fringe.

How do you style the poncho for chic layering?

Poncho Perfect | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: BCBG Max Azria poncho, S/M, $44 / Finders Keeps turtleneck crop top, XS, $22 / Forever 21 faux leather skirt, S, $14 / Penny Love Kenny buggy booties, 8, $38 / H&M felt hat, $10 / Coach mulberry crossbody bag, $38 // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10

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

Poncho Perfect | Photo by Tristan Williams

Poncho Perfect | Photo by Tristan Williams

Poncho Perfect | Photo by Tristan Williamsv

Poncho Perfect | Photo by Tristan Williams