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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 Blues, Part 3: Backstage Pass

Linnea White

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I've got the velvet blues. This outfit is so cool, I can't even handle. Fur, fringe, and flares combined with this vibrant velvet color is nothing short of fierce. This outfit combines several trending styles of the season, from flares and fringe, from velvet to fur, playing up the best of each in a bohemian rhapsody Queen would be proud of.

I felt like a rockstar hanging out backstage behind The Jefferson with my photog in tow - the uber talented Tristan Williams. The urban, gritty background was perfect for the throwback style of this seventies rocker vibe. The effect may harken back to older times, but the pieces worn are contemporary trends of today. Fashion is cyclical, after all.

It didn't take much to get inspired after these pants came into the shop. A simple silk cami under the faux fur jacket topped it off, and locally made accessories completed the overall look --- the crescent moon necklace, fringe leather clutch, and quartz knuckle ring. This outfit thrives on unique pieces that speak loudly when in unison, a harmonious effect perfectly fitting for this rockstar outfit's alley lit ballad.

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Theory velvet pants, 4, $100 / Graham & Spencer silk top, XS, $30 / Cejon faux fur jacket, M, $68 // Local Artisan pieces: Little Paper Crane brass moon necklace, $30 / Free Range & Feral fringe leather clutch, $60, and quartz brass ring, $30 / Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10, and Storm nail polish, $7.50

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

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

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

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Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

The Fabric of the Season: Velvet, Part 1

Linnea White

We have a serious velvet crush. The fabric of the season is so soft and luxurious you'll be touching (and wearing) these chic pieces all season long.

As cooler days befall, there’s one trend we’re falling for: velvet. The quintessentially 90s trend has made a definitive comeback this Fall, dominating runways from Paris to New York. Lucky for you, darling, velvet pieces are finding their way into the shop, giving you a chance to get in on the nostalgia.

This Express black velvet dress came in and gave me all the feels - literally. I put it on and felt instantly chic, in that 90s nostalgic kind of way. For a little night out inspiration, I paired these a-mah-zing Michael Kors sky high pumps and a vampy lip for a chic little black dress ensemble. Added bonus: a flowy kimono from Urban Outfitters that looked oh-so-beautiful in the wind. Way to go, nature, thanks for taking this outfit up a notch.

What do you think of the velvet trend?

Velvet | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Express velvet dress, 6, $20 / Ecote kimono, O/S, $20 / Michael Kors heels, 8, $60 // Local Artisan pieces: Free Range & Feral smoky quartz bracelet, $40, and earrings, $42 / 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

Velvet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet | 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

Happy Summer, Y'all: Copper Tones

Linnea White

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Summer is officially here, y'all, and I'm beckoning in the hot days ahead with copper tones and top knots, short shorts and screen print tanks. And now that Summer is here, I'm fully embracing coppers, bronzes, brasses, and golds - the warm, sun-kissed hues of Summer. From new metallic shades of nail polish (coming soon to the shop!) to jewelry and accessories, this season, embrace the golden tones of Summer in all their glory. But don't forget your Coppertone (pun intended)!

Currently obsessed with... the list is long, darlings, especially because I'm loving the half-up top knot style with my newly chopped hair. Currently obsessed with the screen print tanks and totes by local artisan Dinosaur Toes at the shop, including this 'Bonjour Y'all' tank. I knotted it in the back for a cropped look with some high-waisted short shorts from Urban Outfitters. Also currently obsessed with the new jewelry from some of our other local artisan - Free Range and Feral and (brand new to the shop!) A Pocket Novel. Those delicate Japanese glass beaded bracelets are perfect for stacking (#armparty, anyone?). And don't even get me started on the new nail polish and lipstick colors from Kitsune's Closet - teaser alert! I personally requested this new fuchsia hue for Summer, coming soon to the shop in lipstick and nail polish.

Grab your sunnies and sunscreen, tanks and top knots, cuz Summer is officially here!

Copper Tones

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: BDG Urban Outfitters high-waisted shorts, $14 / Sseko sandals, $18 / Vogue sunglasses, $22 // Local artisan pieces: Dinosaur Toes 'Bonjour Y'all' screen print tank top, $22 / A Pocket Novel aura bracelets, $16 each, in Dalmatian Jasper (Protection & Healing), Sodalite (Truth & Intuition), and Amazonite (Love & Calm) / Free Range & Feral smoky quartz loop earrings, $38, and necklace, $34 / Kitsune’s Closet fuchsia lipstick and copper nail polish, coming soon to the shop!

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

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Summer Y'all

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Summer Y'all

Summer Y'all

Summer Y'all

Summer Y'all

Summer Y'all

Summer Y'all

Summer Y'all

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Linnea White

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M O M. She deserves your praise, your doting, your time, your culinary skills, your baking tricks, and your shopping adventures. With Mother's Day just a week away, we put together a little Mother's Day Gift Guide filled with items from the shop that are totally mom-worthy. Get inspired and shop local this Mother's Day!

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” – Agatha Christie

Whether you see your mom every day or you live miles apart, she is worthy of your love and appreciation. Because she's a mother (all moms, sister moms and friend moms should all be celebrated!). So shower her with goodies from Darling, and don't forget, we can always do gift certificates!

mother's day gift guide

1. We have tons of sun hats in the shop, only $22-$24! // 2. Assorted Kristin Schmucker mugs restocked, $16-$22 // 3. Assorted Kristin Schmucker journals and devotional journals, $16-$24 // 4. Kristin Schmucker notepads, $10 // 5. Locally made, small batch, all natural Kitsune's Closet lipsticks in over 10 shades, $10 // 6. Kitsune's Closet nail polishes in Pantone inspired hues, $7.50 // 7. Kitsune's Closet bath bombs, $5 each or 3 for $12, and many other locally made luxurious bath and body products perfect for mom!