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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

 

Electric Feel: Finding Your Power Dress & Power Color

Linnea White

Today, we're talking about the Power Dress and finding your Power Color, because #friyay. This may be one of my favorite shoots to date with Tristan, and it's mostly because of this dress - which might have definitely gone home with me the same day. The mood and joy he captured of me in this dress is exactly why it went home with me. And exactly why it is my Power Dress.

The Power Dress

When you find YOUR Power Dress, you just know. It makes you feel electric, charged with confidence and beauty, strength and joy. And that's how this dress made me feel - a true form of myself. This pattern is what I think my insides look like. (That sounded way cooler in my head.) The ruched bodice, flowy fabric, midi hemline, and rich, bold colors paint a beautiful story, evoking whimsy, joy, confidence, grace, elegance, intrigue, and FUN. And those are exactly the words I would use to describe my Power Dress.

Now, when thinking about your Power Dress, what words come to mind? Write them down, ponder them, and then find a dress not that just meets the criteria, but that makes you FEEL that way in the dress.

Finding Your Power Color

There are a thousand articles on how to identify your own personal "Power Colors" based on your skin tone, eye color, hair color, etc., but I like to think style isn't about a specific set of rules. I break the "fashion rules" all the time (like wearing white pants whenever the heck I want to), because when it comes to style, rules are more like guidelines, and it should be an expression of self anyways!

Sure, you can take a quiz to identify your power colors, or go-to colors, or you can just ask yourself a few questions: "What colors do you just love looking at? What colors make you happy? What colors do you look like a certified fox in?" Another good question to ask yourself: "What colors do I buy that I never end up wearing? What colors wash me out?" Just like those Power Dress words, write them down, consider them, and find out what colors you naturally gravitate towards, and complement your personal style. That's your power color.

For me, one of my power colors is electric blue. It's been a favorite color of mine since I was a little girl, and the more vibrant the hue, the more I'm drawn to it. When these shoes and bag came in the same week as this dress, it's like the Power Color was calling me to, saying, "Plug it in and change the world, because you're an electric girl."

Be Boldly BeYOUtiful. Dress Confidently. Chin Up. Walk with Dignity and Strength and Joy.

What's your power dress style, darling? Or, what's your go-to power color? 

Power Dress | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Corrie Lynn Calter (Anthropologie) dress, 6, $70 / J. Crew heels, 9, $68 / Catherine Malandrino purse, $40 / Angel of the North (Anthropologie) sweater, S, $28 // Locally-made pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick, $12, and Be Smoaked fuchsia nail polish, $7.50 / Little Paper Crane lapis necklace, $26

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

 

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

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

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