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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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Velvet for the Holidays

Linnea White

Velvet for the Holidays. Is there a better combination? Not this season! Velvet is everywhere, and it's a guaranteed stunner for all your Holiday fêtes ahead.  Velvet has made a huge comeback this year, and we're loving it. The fabric has a rich, luxe feel, and an effortless sheen, making it perfect for the Holidays. This black velvet Free People dress was the perfect fit for an understated Holiday look. We even paired it with some high top sneakers for an unexpected twist.

The velvet luster is also a great backdrop for local artisan Lisa Christine Jewelry's lovely creations - from a moon ring to a crystal necklace to silver hoop earrings. The trick to velvet is to let it do most of the talking, or find accent pieces - like statement jewels - to ramp it up a notch without going kitschy.

How do you like to wear the velvet trend, darlings? Tell us in the comments!

P.S. This is our adorable #darlingintern, Jillian! She's a senior at Monticello High School, and she has been a HUGE help around the shop this Fall so far. We'll introduce her on the blog with a little Q&A soon!

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Jillian | Consignment Finds: Free People velvet dress, size XS, $34 (SOLD) / Steve Madden high top sneakers, size 9, $34 (SOLD) / / Locally Made FindsLisa Christine Jewelry, Hammered Sterling Silver Hoops, $64 + Quartz Point Sterling Silver Chain Necklace, $48 + Moon Ring - Sterling Silver, $52

Photography by Tristan Williams | Styled by shop owner, Linnea White | Modeled by Darling Intern, Jillian Jacobson

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet for the Holidays | 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!

New Year, New You: Juice Cleanse

Linnea White

New Year, New You. Everyone (even you) thinks about jumpstarting the New Year with some form of diet. For some, it's a more serious resolution, a month long - or months long - commitment. For others, it's more of a quick way to jumpstart your health after the sugar-filled holidays are over. And for many (including me), a juice cleanse is the perfect solution. Lucky for me, The Juice Place, a block over on the Downtown Mall here in Charlottesville, has a one-day juice cleanse on the menu. Naturally, a one-day juice cleanse presented the perfect opportunity for a day of style - one look for each juice. So, I cut the coffee (and the breakfast) and dove right in.

This wasn't my first juice cleanse rodeo, or my first time trying out the delicious juices from The Juice Place (TJP), but it was a much needed boost to my healthy lifestyle (and digestive system) after the holidays. When ordering my juices, I selected a wide spectrum of juices to get a variety of benefits in this cleanse, from anti-inflammatory (all the ginger, please) to immune system boosting.

Three big take aways for me from this process:

  1. I have a serious coffee addiction. The headache was REAL.
  2. I didn't prepare by drinking enough water, or drink enough water during the day (hard to do with such a busy day at the shop doing consignment appointments!). I was dehydrated and felt it big time.
  3. These juices are dang delicious. I wish I could have one every day!

Check out the breakfast, lunch, and dinner looks (featuring the pretty juices), and find out more about TJP in the Q&A below!

Juice 1: Wake Me Up Juice

I started out my day with the Wake Me Up juice, a yummy blend of OJ, carrot, and ginger. I loved the strong ginger flavor, and felt invigorated and boosted for the day ahead. Cozy in an outfit featuring activewear pieces from the shop, I picked up my first juice in the morning, and then headed over to open up the shop.

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: lululemon jacket, L, $20 (50% off!) / Old Navy Active leggings, M, $12 / Gap Fit long sleeve top, XS, $14 / Emu Australia boots, 9, $20 / Twelve Little bag, $54 // Locally made Pieces: Free Range & Feral wool knit beanie, $56 / Kitsune’s Closet Iced Coffee Lipstick, $10, and Silver Age nail polish, $7.50

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice 2: V5 Juice

For lunch, I had the V5 juice, a hearty blend of tomato, carrot, celery, lemon, and lime. Think extra delicious (and locally made) V8 juice - except not, because this was way better, and really not much like it at all other than the name. This juice was light and tangy, and I knew it was packed with plenty of goodies to get me through the afternoon. I sipped on this while working at the shop, dresses in my staple lately - boots, jeans, and a cozy sweater.

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Lou & Grey blouse, S, $22 / Rag & Bone jeans, 27, $88 / Frye boots, 9, $140 / Cocogio sweater coat, M, $50 // Locally made Pieces: Free Rane & Feral jasper pendant necklace, $32 / Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry Lipstick, $10, and Storm nail polish, $7.50

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice 3: Green Goodness

The day ended with this amazing blend of kale, spinach, cucumber, and apple. I've had the Green Goodness is smoothie form before from TJP, but never as a juice, and, boy, was it the perfect end to the day. And to make that rich green color pop, I styled a moody black & grey outfit ready for a night out on the mall.

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Free People dress, XS, $70 / Ecote jacket, XS, $38 / Pour la Victorie heels, 9, $78 // Locally made Pieces: Little Paper Crane brass moon necklace, $32 / Free Range & Feral Quartz Cuff, $40 / Dinosaur Toes squiggle ring, $16 / Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry Lipstick, $10, and Storm nail polish, $7.50

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Q&A with The Juice Place

Why do a juice cleanse? Talk about the benefits of the cleanse, and why just one day. Could someone do a cleanse from TJP multiple days in a row? How long is recommended?  

Often when people think of a juice fast or cleanse the word deprivation comes to mind. It's easy to get fixated on the lack of solid food but I like to think of it as more of a feast. Juicing whole fruits and veggies provides the body with a flood of essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Three sixteen ounce juices worth of veggies is going to be close to a gallon worth of juice and pounds and pounds of fruits and veggies. Instead of having to break down the fiber of a few carrots at dinner for example, if you were to get a 16oz carrot juice your body would have immediate access to the nutrients of pounds of carrots! A juice fast offers a time where the digestive system can rest and really focus on alkalizing and detoxing the body. Doing a cleanse for just one day is an easy way to make it accessible and affordable for anyone. While you could do multiple days, one day is going to give your body a quick chance to reset and experience the benefits of juicing.

Should I completely abstain from eating during the cleanse? Is it truly a fasting/juice only cleanse? What are the recommendations for the “best results”?

To get the best results from a fast or cleanse it's best to abstain from eating solid foods. This gives your body a chance to focus on absorbing and incorporating the nutrients. I would recommend in addition to juicing making sure you get a lot of water that day. I'd recommend about 2-3 liters. I also find that drinking herbal teas like peppermint or Ginger will help cleanse the digestive system.

Share a little bit about how the cleanse works at The Juice Place, and how someone can easily sign up to do it!

A juice fast from TJP is easy. You just come in and tell us you'd like to do the juice fast and we can guide you from there! It consists of three juices over the course of one day. I find it works best to space them out over the course of the day but we definitely have customers who have doubled up on juice toward the end of the day because of a hectic work schedule! All of our staff, including myself and my co-manager, are friendly and knowledgeable about health foods- so we're happy and able to answer any questions about s certain direction a customer would like their fast to go in(perhaps a focus on immune boosting or anti-inflammation). All of the juices are made to order right in front of you so it's easy to customize. Signing up is as simple as coming by and committing to a day of doing great things for your body! The best results are going to be followed by clean eating, think less processed foods, more while fruits vegetables and lean proteins and little to no added sugars. But all changes start small and any step towards healthier eating is a good step!

Talk about what The Juice Place offers, and why it’s a unique juice spot, especially for the Downtown Mall audience. 

The downtown mall is a hub for food and coffee but one thing it didn't have was a juice bar. Our owners, the same father son pair who own the Market Street Market, were committed to bringing customers a fresh, quality product that they would be proud serving. All of our juices are served made to order to provide opportunities for customization and to ensure you're getting the most nutrients possible. Our smoothies, almost all of which are vegan, dairy and gluten free, have no added sugar or ice and are made with organic frozen fruit to make them thick and cold. We also specialize in providing hot vegetarian lunches, like rice bowls and paninis, which are both quick and healthy.

What’s the most popular juice or smoothie at TJP? Any new offerings for this Winter season?

The most popular smoothie at TJP is probably the Pink and Easy- it's a blend of strawberry, banana, raspberry, almond milk and hemp hearts. It's a creamy, nutty take on the classic strawberry banana full of plant-based omega-3s and protein from the hemp hearts (which are gluten free). We run specials twice a month and during December offered a Peppermint Cacao smoothie to get everyone in that seasonal spirit. Stay tuned for more specials come January!

It’s the cold season. How can regular juicing help combat the Winter season and keep your immune system game strong? 

Juice is such a great way to deliver a huge immune boost to your system! So many fruits and vegetables are full of vitamin c and other vitamins which will aid in immune support. Our Corpse Reviver shot has been a very popular item this winter and is made with fresh pressed orange and ginger juice, reishi extract (a mushroom extract known to help immune support), and oil of oregano (a powerful, natural antibacterial). There are many studies on how regular juicing can help better your circulation, skin and bone health, immune system, weight loss, and fight inflammation. When it's cold outside and you feel a cold coming on or even if you just want to prevent that cold from coming in the first place, fruits and vegetables are going to give the body the nutrients it needs to be stronger and healthier!

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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!

Farmer's Market Style: Free People

Linnea White

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There's something magical about Free People style, something that spurs creativity with one look at a dress. This dress came into the shop just moments before our shoot, and in a whirl of inspiration, this outfit was in front of the camera shouting, "Hey, Summer, let's go to the farmer's market!" Cuz every Cville gal needs some farmer's market style.

Inspired by the effervescent Free People boho style and the vintage charm of this straw picnic basket, I put together a look that makes my heart soar to a green pasture filled with blooms and a quilted spread for sky-gazing (sound familiar?). This picnic basket is the perfect basket for picking up blooms and fresh goodies from the city farmer's market on Saturday mornings (right across Water street from our little shop).

This Free People dress is pure sunshine, vibrant and airy, ready for those Summer adventures. With a dress this perfect, keep the accessories simple, throw on a fun lip color, and get ready to frolic. A big sun hat never hurt anyone either.

And that's where our local artisans come in. With a simple(y) stunning necklace by Dinosaur Toes and this engraved "Be Free" brass cuff by Nested Sparrow Designs, the dress was accentuated without getting weighed down with accessories. And we haven't met one hot Summer day that isn't a perfect match for our newest red lipstick by Kitsune's Closet, Fiesta.

Be Free, darling. Be free to buy yourself flowers (and maybe a few tacos and coffee) at the market.

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Free People dress, 4, $36 / Mossimo wedges, $12 / Straw hat, $16 / Picnic basket, $22 // Local artisan pieces: Dinosaur Toes necklace, $28 / Nested Sparrow "be free" bracelet, $22 / Kitsune’s Closet Fiesta lipstick, $10

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

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Darlings in Dresses: How to Take on Dressember

Linnea White

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This month, Megan and I are wearing dresses for 31 days as part of the Dressember movement. We're honored (and really, really excited) to stand with women all over the world for this incredible cause. We love Dressember so much, we decided to show a little #dressember style by featuring outfits from our shop! See how we each styled dresses for Dressember - a month of dresses to raise support and awareness to reclaim freedom, dignity, and femininity for the victims of human trafficking. Join us by donating to the cause, or show us your own #darlingsindresses style on Instagram!

How to Dressember

On Linnea

For an every day, Winter look, Linnea styled this vibrant J. Crew wool shift dress (with pockets!!!) with navy tights and oxford heels - and a snazzy top knot - for a mod-inspired style. This dress can be worn dressed up (add some sparkle and heels) for the holidays, or dressed down with flats or boots and a cozy sweater or coat for colder weather. Not only is it classy and timeless, but it's comfortable - #winning.

On Megan

For a boho-inspired look, Megan rocked a Free People tunic dress and kept the accessories minimal - let the a dress like this one do the talking! This dress can easily be worn over tights or even jeans, with heels or boots. Throw an ankle-grazing coatigan over this tunic and a chunky knit scarf for a boho-chic wintry look.

Dressember Photo by Scott Tiernan

On Linnea: J. Crew dress, $38 / Style & Co oxford heels, $30 / Pip's & Co. studs, $14, and turtle ring, $20 // On Megan: Free People dress, $44 / Michael Kors oxford heels, $88 / Owl Ridge Farmstead leather knot studs, $22

Shop these items and more at Darling Boutique!

Styled by Linnea White & Megan Tiernan / Photography by Scott Tiernan

Dressember Photo by Scott Tiernan

Dressember Photo by Scott Tiernan