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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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How to Wear Booties in the Summer: Cool Kid Status

Linnea White

I call this The Wall Flower OOTD. Cuz it's literally floral and on a wall. But it's also what I'd imagine a super cool wall flower would look like. And this OOTD also teaches you how to wear booties in the Summer.

This outfit is really all about the 'tude. A pair of floral Free People shorts and this stunning cream blouse by Anthropologie could look so feminine and delicate. But I didn't want to style them that way. Cuz what's the fun in doing what's expected (especially with style)? Instead, I took what look like delicate pieces, and styled them for the bad girl - The Wall Flower. The circle sunnies and stacking chokers and Aztec earring jackets give this look a rocker vibe, taking it from sweet to sassy.

And what's really important is how to wear your favorite booties in the Summer. Just because it's hot outside doesn't mean you can't rock a pair of booties! Especially with the right outfit! Booties look great with shorts from romping around in the Summer, and they especially can give a sundress a totally different vibe than all those sandals and wedges you've been wearing. Try it out. Just make sure you wear a good pair of sweat-wicking socks. You'll be glad you did.

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Dolce Vita (Anthropologie) blouse, size XS (sold) / Free People shorts, size 4 (sold) / Rag & Bone booties, size 39 (sold) / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Free Range & Feral brass stacking chokers, $24 each, howlite ear jackets, $32 / Thicket bar studs, $32

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

How to Wear Leather Shorts Like a Rockstar

Linnea White

"Seeing double double, Double Vision." These leather shorts have me channeling my inner rockstar. (Thanks, Foreigner, for everything.) And now I'm talking a bit about how to wear leather shorts, because this outfit is just one of the endless ways you can wear this statement item.

The How To: Do You

Try dressing them down with a white t-shirt and a jean jacket, or glam it up with sky high heels and a sleek blouse. Wear them in the Summer with sandals and a slinky tank top, or wear them in the Winter with tights, booties, and a chunky sweater. (I wasn't kidding, the options are endless.) Sure, I could show you a bunch of photos of how to wear them for style inspo, but that's just more of the same. You wear them YOUR way, with your personal style, your beautiful booty, and your confidence.

I recently watched the documentary Iris on Netflix, and fell deep in love with this style icon. There is much to learn from this woman, and this documentary, about personal style and how to shop like a pro. But perhaps most importantly, I learned about the lifelong journey of style. The more you discover who you are, the more you discover your personal style. I may have never had silver hair a few years ago, or thought twice about it, but here I am, and I feel more like myself than ever. Whether you're wearing a t-shirt and jeans or leather shorts and a vivaciously vibrant blazer, it's all about how you wear the clothes, not the other way around. Confidence, ladies. It goes a long way.

"There's no how-to road map to style. It's about self-expression, and, above all, attitude." - Iris Apfel

How would you rock a pair of leather shorts, darling? 

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Mink Pink blazer, M, $44 / Old Navy tank top, S, $8 / Zara Woman faux leather shorts, 4, $14 (sold!) / Soludos espadrille flats, 8, $34 // Locally-made pieces: Free Range & Feral aztec collar necklace, $46 , and aztec ear jackets, $32 / Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick, $12

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

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Break Ready: Vacation Essentials

Linnea White

Ignore the flurries that were spotted in Charlottesville today, you Spring Breakers. Get Spring Break ready for that tropical weather with these vacation essentials. Head South, to the land of dragon flies and saltwater breezes.

Just last week, when the temperatures were in the seventies, we took to the streets of Downtown Cville in an outfit ready for Spring Break. This outfit shoot may have taken place in the streets, but it's ready for the BEACH. Palm trees, plz.

These dragonfly pattern shorts by Daughters of the Liberation (Anthropologie) have been calling my name since they came into the shop, and I loved contrasting their girlishness with a boho crochet, fringe hem crop sweater (also by Anthropologie) and Free People bralette underneath. Because showing your bra is all the rage this season. Good thing we just got a few super cute Free People bralettes in the shop, huh?

To play up the tropical, Spring Break vibes, I added a pair of mirrored colorful sunnies and these strappy Jeffrey Campbell block heels. Don't forget your throw-all tote bag for all your adventures and souvenirs, especially a locally made, screen printed "Nasty Woman" tote bag. And, of course, don't forget the simple statement accessories that are easy to pack and can be worn with everything, like this new choker necklace by Free Range and Feral and a few everyday stacking rings by Thicket - locally made, of course.

And since vacation packing means versatility, a jean jacket is the perfect layering piece for any temps. This one my Pilcro & The Letterpress is SO cute and comfortable.

What are your Spring break/vacation essentials?

Spring Break Essentials | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Akemi + Kin (Anthropologie) crochet fringe top, S, $34 / Pilcro (Anthropologie) denim jacket, XS, $48 / Intimately Free People bralette, M, $12 / Daughters of the Liberation (Anthropologie) dragonfly shorts, 4, $28 / Jeffery Campbell Havana Tan Block Heels, 9, $48 / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Dragon Designs tote bag, $14 / Free Range & Feral stacking collar necklace, $24 / Thicket stacking rings, $12 each / Kitsune’s Closet nude rose lipstick, $12, and iced coffee nail polish, $7.50

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

Spring Break Essentials | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Break Ready | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Break Essentials | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Break Essentials | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Break Essentials | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Break Essentials | Photo by Tristan Williams

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!

Sweater Weather: Cozy Winter Knits

Linnea White

Happy first day of Winter, darlings! The sweater weather is in full force, and the cozy Winter knits are many in the shop. Get inspired this week for all those holiday gatherings ahead.

To be honest, the fresh silvery locks inspired the color palette of this outfit, loving the silver white highlights in play with the lavender hues of the Free People blouse and sweater. Any sweater with extra long, chunky sleeves calls for cozy cuddles on Christmas morning with a mug of cocoa. With a pair of stretchy second-skin jeans and staple boots, this outfit is ready for that holiday with family and friends. Add a statement choker, like this locally made pieces with howlite spikes, and a plum lip for an extra level of drama.

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Free People top, S, $28 / Free People sweater, S, $34 / Rag & Bone jeans, 4, $88 / Frye boots, 9, $140 // Locally Made pieces: Free Range & Feral howlite choker, $46 / Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10, and Silver Age nail polish, $7.50

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

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams