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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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Going West in the Shearling Vest

Linnea White

We're going west(ern) with this faux shearling vest - the perfect layering piece for this transitional autumn weather. Because vest weather is upon us.

Shearling lined vests will forever be fashionable, says I, because they're comfortable, versatile, and chic. Fashionable and functional, the right vest can be worn as an extra layer under a jacket, or by itself for a lighter layer. Find one that fits your frame, and wear it close to your heart. Try layering it with soft, flowy fabrics for contrast, like this boho pattern dress or a floral number, or wear it over denim and a sweater for a casual, daytime cozy look.

Another Fall necessity for every darling gal - the lace up bootie. These leather beauties by Madewell carry the lug sole with a more Victorian heel and shape, perfect for dressing up or dressing down.

And if you aren't wearing tassels yet this season, get on that train - and do it all while supporting locally made jewelry. New artisan in the shop, Pan & Tea, is killing the fiber tassel game, from necklaces to earrings, she's your gal.

How are you styling vests this season? Loving the tassel trend as much as us?

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: By & By faux shearling vest, M, $34 / Altar'd State dress, M, $24 / 1937 (Madewell) lace up booties, 8, $88 // Local Artisan pieces: Free Range & Feral leather clutch, $76 / Pan & Tea fiber tassel necklace, $30, and tassel earrings, $25 / Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10

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

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Coffee Date Style | How to Wear Spring Layers

Linnea White

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When Spring doesn't look or feel like Spring, and the chilly days linger a little too long, don't let the weather steal your Spring vibes. Play with romantic layers and lacy textures this season to keep the ethereal magic of Spring alive. It's the ideal palette for rainy day coffee date style. For this rainy day Spring look, we visited one of our favorite spots on the mall - The Pie Chest. Not only are we pie addicts (I think I've tried just about every one), but we're also coffee addicts, and there's no place that makes us a better brew than Milli Coffee Roasters. The cute shop is the coziest getaway from the chilly rain, and a crisp backdrop for this outfit.

Romantic vibes are big this season, from the runway to the sale rack. And this lacy kimono is the perfect layering piece for those chilly Spring days, all while keeping that ethereal, romantic vibe. This flowy Maeve Anthropologie blouse in such a rich teal hue is a gorgeous compliment to the cream lace. And with rainy, 50 degree days in May (we can't even), these cutout suede booties are an easy addition to just about any Spring outfit. (Find some booties style inspiration here.)

This outfit is pretty much all about the accessories, though, featuring so many beautiful new arrivals from our local artisans in the shop. From the necklace to the earrings to the cuffs, the new pieces by Free Range & Feral is absolutely stunning in all its boho glory. And the leather handmade foldover clutch by Petaline is available in a variety of fabric/leather combinations. Not to be forgotten, the finishing touches on every outfit - locally made cosmetics by Kitsune’s Closet. Because what's a coffee date without the perfect lipstick stain on your mug?

Coffee Date Style | How to Wear Spring Layers

Coffee Date Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea| Secondhand pieces: Maeve (Anthropologie) blouse, $28 // Beth Bowley lace kimono, $98 // H&M jeans, $12 // Guess suede booties, $50 // grace black hat with green ribbon, $24 | Local Artisan pieces: Free Range & Feral ray of light necklace, $50, cat eye earrings, $40, smokey topaz cuff, $40, chevron brass cuff, $28 // Petaline foldover leather handmade pouch, $60 // Kitsune’s Closet Lilac Grey nail polish, $7.50, Iced Coffee lipstick, $10

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

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Coffee Date Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Coffee Date Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Coffee Date Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Coffee Date Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Coffee Date Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Coffee Date Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Coffee Date Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Coffee Date Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Scarf Season | Dressing Up with Darling

Linnea White

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It may be muggy today, but we've already experienced crisp, cool Fall weather this September, and there's more of that scarf weather just around the corner (October 1 is already tomorrow?!). Scarves are the ultimate cold-weather accessory, and, lucky for you, we have a selection of gorgeous knit scarves by Owl Ridge Farmstead at the shop. Get inspired in today's Dressing Up with Darling post featuring a layered look for Fall - booties, top knot, and all.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

American Eagle jean jacket, $20 / Nurture cream dress, $36 / Owl Ridge Farmstead knit bandit scarf, $145, and feather studs, $28 / J. Crew booties (Linnea's own)

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

Dressing Up with Darling: Giving Back is the New Black

Linnea White

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Sure, this post may look like a LBD post. But look closer. This week, we're featuring an awesome new product in the store from Sseko Designs - their beautiful, handmade leather bucket bag. Handcrafted in Ethiopia, this is not only a classic bag, but buying it also directly supports women in Ethiopia.

To showcase the bag, I styled it with a simple black knit dress, a pair of killer booties, a pair of our new sunnies, and simple, eye-catching jewelry. But a leather tote can be worn with many styles and in many ways (which you'll see tomorrow on the blog in our tips and tricks post). Buy this gem of a bag at the shop!

photo by megan tiernan

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

photo by megan tiernan

photo by megan tiernan

Soprano high-low black dress, $18 / Jean Michel Cazabat booties, $120 / Sseko Designs leather tote bag, $149.99 / Girls Day Out (local artisan) tusk necklace, $28 / Grace & Glory bracelet, $18 / Grace & Glory earrings, $14 / Mercury Sunglasses, $22

Find these pieces and more at Darling Boutique on the downtown mall!

Darling, You've Got Style: How to Wear Your Booties This Spring

Linnea White

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Ever get stuck in the morning wondering how to wear those ankle booties? Need a little outfit inspiration? Read on. From season-to-season, booties are a must-have and an easy-to-wear item (yes, they are!). Let's get started on Booties 101 - A Visual How to Guide!

Don't let the warmer weather convince you to pack away those booties. They're the perfect shoe for the Winter to Spring transition. We are firm believers that boots are not only for colder weather. We wear them year-round! It all depends on how you style them.

Try them with a cute dress or skirt - mini, midi, or maxi length. Throw them on with your favorite denim - jeans, shorts, or softer chambray knits. Think light-weight, flowy fabrics and feminine silhouettes paired with your booties for Spring. You'll quickly find that booties are quite versatile!

See some of our favorite bootie looks below! All images via Pinterest.

Denim | Modern Chic

Mini skirt | Oh-So-Sweet

Chambray dress | Casual Cool

Swing dress | Boho Chic

Romper | Playful

Midi Skirt | Romantic

Maxi | Easy Breezy

Darling, You’ve Got Style is a style tips and tricks series on the blog. Learn fun ways to pattern play and color combine. Get answers to those pesky questions about booties and belts and bra straps.

Got style woes and seeking some answers? Ask us! Leave a comment below to suggest future style posts. We’ll read your submissions and add them to our list!