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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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Shop Girl Style: One Year Anniversary

Linnea White

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I can't believe it's been one year! March of last year, Megan and I became the new owners of Darling Boutique, and we jumped for joy. This week, we find ourselves celebrating our first year as business owners, our first year of business partnership, and our first year of amazing community. We also find ourselves thanking the many who have supported us throughout this journey, including all of our followers - near and far. So thank you! May our second year bring emboldened vision as we continue to seek God's plan for this little shop, and this blog. In true shop girl style, we celebrated with a photo shoot, styling not one, but two outfits - because we're a Darling Duet, after all!

Shop Girl Style: Look 1

"Are we out of the woods yet? Are we in the clear yet? GOOD." Thanks, T-Swift, for the inspiration. This first year sure had its moments of asking these questions, and searching for our way out of the woods into greener pastures. But the Lord so faithfully guided us in each step, with wisdom and grace and provision - like sunlight beaming down to make the path clear.

For this look, we're each wearing some of our favorite purchases from the last year, as well as new arrivals in the shop.

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

On Linnea: Altar'd State tiered dress, $24 /Owl Ridge Farmstead buffalo tooth necklace, $38, and antler studs, $22 / Linnea's favorite Darling finds: Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, Owl Ridge Farmstead brass feather cuff / Frye boots / Anthropologie jacket / Free People slip On Megan: Zara Trafaluc skirt, $18 / Lili's Closet (Anthropologie) button up top, $24 / Girls Day Out studs, $15 / Megan's favorite Darling finds: Frye boots

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style: Look 2

"Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell." Psalm 43:3

As we look to this year ahead, we gaze at the mountains around us, beautiful and majestic in all their glory. We have such vision for this blog, this shop, and for how God wants to use it for His glory. May we take each step, side-by-side, in sync with His will and His vision.

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

On Linnea: Meadow Rue (Anthropologie) dress, $64 /Owl Ridge Farmstead antler studs, $22 / Linnea's favorite Darling finds: Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, Owl Ridge Farmstead brass feather cuff / Frye boots On Megan: Cooperative dress, $24 / Pip's & Co studs, $10 / Megan's favorite Darling finds: Frye boots

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

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

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

VDay Outfit Inspiration: Vintage Darling

Linnea White

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Looking for some VDay outfit inspiration? Look no further! The shop is filled with love day options for every gal and every style. Whether you'd rather keep it simple with a pop of red, make it edgy with some leather, or go full on romantic with vintage whimsy, Darling Boutique is your stop for all your Valentine's outfit needs. Not to mention the array of locally-made, red-hued lipsticks available at the shop!

Vintage VDay Darling

For a Valentine's inspired Dressing Up with Darling outfit, I gravitated towards this retro printed dress, full of whimsy and personality. I love that the little flower petals are shaped like hearts, giving a nod to the holiday without full on shouting it. The Nine West heels are the perfect pairing, with their vintage shape and lace up style. Add some simple cupid-esque jewelry by one of our amazing local artisans in the shop and a pair of vibrant pink tights, and this look is full on vintage darling for the holiday of love. Don't forget to apply your favorite red lipstick for an added touch of romance. We love this color made by Kerrie Pierce specially for our shop, thus "Darling Red."

Embrace the whimsy of the season, and let your personality shine.

VDay Outfit Inspiration | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea: Retrolicious dress, $28 / Nine West heels, $32 / Elle cardigan, $16 / Giorgio Corsini purse, $30 Local Artisan Pieces: Girls Day Out heart necklace, $28, and arrow earrings, $15 / Dinosaur Toes Herkimer Diamond Sterling Silver ring, $48, and Triangle Sterling/Brass ring, $18 / Kitsune’s Closet Darling Red lipstick, $10

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

VDay Outfit Inspiration | Photo by Megan Tiernan

VDay Outfit Inspiration | Photo by Megan Tiernan

VDay Outfit Inspiration | Photo by Megan Tiernan

VDay Outfit Inspiration | Photo by Megan Tiernan

VDay Outfit Inspiration | Photo by Megan Tiernan

See more Dressing Up with Darling outfit inspiration posts! 

How to Dress for a Polo Match | Darling on the Trail

Linnea White

Darling is on the trail – the Monticello Wine Trail, that is. Our first stop: King Family Vineyards for an afternoon polo picnic in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Last week, James King shared with us the history of King Family wine and Roseland Polo, a Sunday tradition for many locals. This week, see how we styled the looks for an early Fall afternoon at King Family! Shop these items and more at Darling Boutique, located on Charlottesville’s downtown mall!

Shoot Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan / Hair & Make-up by Sarah Hatch of At Last

We arrived in style courtesy of the Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Company and our amazing driver for the day, Anna Quillon.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Next, we stopped in the tasting room for a bottle of Crosé and Cabernet Franc for our afternoon - both recommended by James King.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

We styled Anna McQuitty in a layered look for Fall, with a kimono style knit cardigan and booties, effortlessly transitioning a Summer dress into Fall.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Anna: Layla dress, $92 / Quicksilver sweater, $20 / Pip's & Co necklace, $16, and earrings, $14 / Boots, model's own

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Linnea styled a boho chic outfit inspired by the jewelry of local artisan, Owl Ridge Farmstead. This embroidered dress was the perfect match.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea: Christophe Sauvat dress, $110 / Owl Ridge Farmstead sliced antler studs, $20, arrowhead necklace, $40, and leather wrap bracelet, $30 / J. Crew booties, model's own

Photo by Megan Tiernan

We styled Lindsay Wine for a posh Polo picnic, hat and all, making this ridiculously affordable dress look like a million bucks.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Lindsay: Merona dress, $14 / Wyeth Floppy Felt hat, $70 / Pip's & Co necklace, $20, and earrings, $12 / Boots, $22

Photo by Megan Tiernan

We styled Becca Meadows in an Anthropologie dress for a Fall romp with horses - literally. This gorgeous animal wanted to be in the picture.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Becca: Fei (Anthropologie) dress, $40 / Wyeth Floppy Felt hat, $65 / Girls Day Out silver Virginia necklace, $28, and silver studs, $15 / Boots, model's own

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

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, Anna Quillon of the Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Company, James King of King Family Vineyards, and Sarah Hatch of At Last for our hair and make-up!

Photo by Scott 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.

High Fashion Fall | Dressing Up with Darling

Linnea White

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New York Fashion Week may have just ended, but we're definitely feeling a little high fashion this Fall. With the Garrett Street mural as our backdrop, we took this outfit to a new level of fashion. This outfit started with the Gary Graham silk skirt, a piece with the "rebel courage" and romantic edge the brand is known for. With a pair of sky high heels and a retro patterned blouse, this outfit screamed art. Add the gorgeous L.A.M.B. leather bag for added cool. Top knot not included.

 

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Ann Taylor Silk Button Back Shirt, $20 / Gary Graham silk skirt, $200 / L.A.M.B. black leather bag, $200 / Jessica Simpson heels, $32 / Girls Day Out gold studs, $15, and elephant necklace, $42

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

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Dressing Up with Darling: Beaded with a Purpose

Linnea White

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Our darling intern, Emma, is nearly 6 feet tall and all-the-way gorgeous. We were excited to style her for this week's Dressing Up with Darling post, featuring a basic summer outfit with fun details and accessorized to the max.

These beaded accessories are brand new at Darling, and have such a beautiful story behind them. Handmade in Uganda, the beaded necklaces, bracelets, sandals, earrings, and bags support the adoption of two little boys by a local couple here in Charlottesville. One hundred percent of each item purchased from this collection supports the adoption. Stay tuned for an upcoming pop up shop event featuring even more from this amazing couple in early August!

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Pure Good tank, $16 / J Brand white jeans, $64 / Loft clutch, $16 / Tukula bracelet, $15, and long necklace, $30 (All proceeds go to local couple's overseas adoption) / Girls Day Out tusk necklace, $35 / Beaded Sandals, Handmade in Uganda, $25 (All proceeds go to local couple's overseas adoption) / Grace & Glory Goods stud earrings, $14

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

Photography by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan TiernanPhoto by Megan TiernanPhoto by Megan TiernanPhoto by Megan TiernanPhoto by Megan Tiernan