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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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Darling Celebration: The Blog is Back!

Linnea White

After a few months away, the blog is back! And that's something worth celebrating. Two months ago, I became the sole owner of Darling Boutique, and it's been a crazy ride these last few weeks. I'm honored to be a lady boss on 1st Street, and I couldn't help but twirl with joy on 1st Street in this party number. I'm also thrilled to be working with local photographer, Tristan Williams, to produce new darling style inspiration, bring new faces to the blog, and celebrate this altogether beautiful life. Be you, darlings. The you God created you to be. Live each day close to your Creator, who created you to create. Never lose your wonder. Live abundantly, live wisely, live boldly, live creatively. And that includes your wardrobe! Now let's get to dressing up with Darling!

xo, Linnea

Back in Black

I felt like celebrating the relaunch of the blog, and this Anthropologie fringe top and Calypso St. Barth silk maxi skirt brought the party - with a little flare. Fringe is all the rage this season, and this fringe top was made for twirling and all the Fall fetes. From jeans and boots to a skirt and heels, this top is versatile and, most importantly, fun. Add an on-trend grey nail polish and a red lip, both locally made by Kitsune's Closet, and this outfit is made for any Fall occasion - like being a shop girl, all day, every day.

Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Ella Moss Anthropologie fringe top, $44 / Splendid booties, $38 / Calypso St. Barth silk skirt, $120 // Local artisan pieces: Dinosaur Toes earrings, $28 / Thicket stacking rings, $12 each / Free Range & Feral bracelet, $39 / Kitsune’s Closet Noir Red 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 / Photography by Tristan Williams

Photo by Tristan Williams

Photo by Tristan Williams

Photo by Tristan Williams

Photo by Tristan Williams

Photo by Tristan Williams

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

Darling, You've Got Style: How to Rock a Top Knot

Linnea White

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The blonde Darling duo loves to rock a topknot, a bun, a throw-it-up-and-go hairstyle that works for our day-to-day routines of shop life, teaching barre, and all the things. Whether long hair or short hair, half-up or full bun, classically neat or tousled, the topknot is one of the season's hottest hairstyles. Not sure how to make it work? Get inspired, darlings.

All images via Pinterest (so also check out Pinterest).

The Messy TopKnot

AKA The Bedhead Bun. The messier the better. No twisting or fancy technique here. Just find a way that works for your hair to throw it up with an elastic and look fab.

The Ballerina Bun

You can’t go wrong with the classic ballerina bun. Place is high on the crown of your head (for ultimate chic-ness). For longer hair (for ultimate twist magic). Start with a high, tight pony tail. Brush it out and tighten the elastic. Twist the ponytail around and around into a bun, fastening with pins. Keep it neat, or add light texture.

The Knotted, Twisted TopKnot

With high texture and high knot-titude, this look is a straight off the runways. Pull your hair into a pony tail on the top (back half) of your head. For medium to short hair, section your hair into two pieces and twist each section, crossing over and overlaying the sections for extra knotted goodness (think sculpting height versus a flat circle). For long hair, section your hair into four pieces, twist each piece, and cross the pieces together two at a time for extreme volume knot-titude (think a messy, knotted braid). Wrap with an elastic to hold (pins, too, if needed). Use a brush to tousle and add flyaways as desired.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

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The Half-Up Topknot

More casual and great for shorter hair styles. This half-up, half-down look can still have plenty of fashion knot-titude. For shorter hair, separate your hair higher on the crown of your head, leaving some above your ears. For longer hair, separate your hair by the ears. Twist the top half of hair into a topknot and fasten with an elastic. Simply! Tousle, texturize, curl, or straighten as desired.