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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: Pretty in Pink OOTD

Linnea White

So I should've posted this on National Pink Day a few Friday's ago, but I wasn't that with it, or that cool. However, this Shop Girl Style outfit deserves to be posted anyways, because you can have a Pretty in Pink OOTD any day.

Tristan came in to do a shoot one Saturday a few weeks back, and we just had to capture this #ootd. I love showing my #darlingfinds with my Shop Girl Style, and this was no different. Except it did include some recent non-darling finds - shocker, I know! I almost ALWAYS shop at my store, but everyone once in a while, I make an exception. And when I saw this pink top go on sale on Anthropologie's website, I snagged it. I don't wear pink often, and have never considered myself a pink girl, but pink is HOT this season, so hot it even got a new name - millennial pink. And so are ruffles. And this top has both. I'd call that a win.

Retro white sunglasses are in this Summer, too, and I searched for the right pair for my face shape. This pair from Urban Outfitters, the Edie Retro, were under $20 and are just perfect. They're my new fav for the Summer days ahead.

What are your favorite Summer trends right now, darlings? 

Summer Style Inspo: Brights & Basics

Linnea White

This outfit is all about the summer style inspo: brights & basics. Earlier this week, we talked about Summer neutrals and lightweight fabrics for the hotter weather. Today, it's all about mixing those basics and neutrals with those prints and brights to keep your wardrobe fresh all Summer long. So, cover your bases, darlings, and get mix-and-match crazy this Summer.

The Brights

Expect to see yellow and pink everywhere this Summer. Solids, brights, florals, patterns, you name it. They're even calling it "millennial pink," like, huh? And neon is always in, especially when you're tan, because you will feel Brazilian AF.

The Basics

From basic, neutral-hued tops to pants to shoes to bags - these are your Summer essentials. From black to tan to bright white or cream, get your basics ready for monochromatic fierceness or mix-and-matching heaven (which is basically where this outfit took us).

You can't go wrong with Birkenstocks in the Summer. They're basically THE sandal for Summer. Rock them in classic black or brown, or go for a bolder statement with metallics or bright white. And you'll be surprised by the amount of ways they can be worn - even with a sexy pencil skirt outfit.

P.S. Funny story about this outfit. The day after we did the photo shoot, Jess from the salon across the street came in and said, "I saw you in that green skirt outfit yesterday. I want the whole thing." So she proceeded to buy the top and the skirt! Definitely pays to parade around Downtown Charlottesville in these outfits - it's walking sales (literally).

Summer Style Inspo Brights & Basics | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: J. Crew skirt, size 2, $38 (sold!) / Forever21 black crop top, medium, $6 / Birkenstock sandals, size 39, $36 (sold!) / J. Crew clutch/crossbody bag, $30 / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Little Paper Crane necklace, $28 / Pips&Co. black square studs, $12 / Thicket bar studs, $28

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

Summer Brights + Basics | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Brights + Basics | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Brights + Basics | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Brights + Basics | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Style a Vintage Dress: Shop Girl Style

Linnea White

This is my unicorn dress. Isn't it magical? A few weeks ago, the shop hosted an Earth Day pop-up shop with Two Scoops Vintage, and I found some amazing vintage pieces - including this dress and umbrella. Naturally, we took to the streets on the rainy day for a little shoot to show how to style a vintage dress.

Styling vintage should be fun - taking pieces from another time, another life, and translating them for a modern context. When it comes to vintage dresses, you can play up the retro vibes in the styling, or you can make it more modern by deconstructing the look and adding contemporary pieces - especially in the accessories.

When I found this incredible dress, it fit like a glove, and I couldn't get over the bright colors with my white hair. Unicorn status. I paired the dress with two current trends I was already wearing that day in the shop - my new-to-me white sneakers and J. Crew pom earrings. I almost tried a different belt/scarf combo with the dress to give it a more modern edge, but ended up going with the original belt to play up the retro vibes of this vintage look.

And to quote one of my favorite movies of all time, Singing in the Rain...

"Kathy: This California dew's a little heavier than usual tonight...

Don: Oh really? From where I stand, the sun is shining all over the place..."

Cue the song and dance!

P.S. This photo shoot is one of my favorite shoots Tristan has ever done. That jumping picture was one take, and he nailed it. I love when I get to be a dancer again on shoots! I hope it brings you as much joy as it did when I first saw that picture!

What do you think, darlings? How do you like to rock vintage pieces? 

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

On Linnea | Darling Finds: White sneakers / Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked lipstick // Two Scoops Vintage Finds: Vintage dress and umbrella // From Linnea’s Closet: J. Crew pom earrings / Elaine B Jewelry rings, bangles, & stud earrings / Judith Bright stacking rings

Photography by Tristan Williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

Darling Intern: Meet Savannah

Linnea White

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Yesterday, we talked about shop owner and OG Darling gal Linnea's shop girl style. Today, we're introducing our new Darling intern, Savannah, and featuring her insanely adorable shop girl style. This gal is a silk neck tie queen, y'all. We have lots to learn from this darling fashionista. Find out more about Sav and her personal style in this fun interview, and meet her around the shop this Spring!

Darling Intern | Photo by Tristan WilliamsMeet Sav

Hometown:

Monroe, NC

Current:

Lynchburg, VA

Describe yourself in 5 syllables or less:

Passionate 

What’s your favorite #darlingfind?

My “Be Brave Darling” necklace by: Onastazia Designs. Also waiting on the perfect lady to bring those western ankle boots my way. ;)

What’s your style super power?

Tying a silk scarf in 10 seconds flat. 

What’s your shopping weakness?

J.Crew Warehouse sales FOR SURE. Can’t stay away.

Name one go-to clothing item or accessory.

My navy leather jacket. It is an easy way to spice up any outfit, no hassle required. 

What Spring style trends are you stoked about this year?

Frayed denim skirts and all the dusty pinks!! 

PERSONAL STYLE MANTRA:

Be bold and just go for it. 

Fashion tips/tricks? 

Don’t be afraid to mix prints and colors. The more layers and dimension added to an outfit the better! 

Darling Intern | Photo by Tristan Williams

If I gave you $10 to buy yourself a treat in Cville, how would you spend it? 

I would save it until October and buy a piece of Pumpkin Pie from The Pie Chest

Song(s) Currently On Repeat?

"Here You Come Again" by Dolly Parton and "Clarity" by Leftover Cuties 

Currently Watching: TV/Netflix/Hulu. Go. 

Grey’s Anatomy and Law & Order 

You won a ticket to anywhere in the world. Where are you going and why?

Grand Cayman. It’s one of the prettiest and most peaceful places I’ve been. I love the people and all the island vibes. 

Favorite quote?

“If you see something beautiful in someone, speak it.” - Ruth Lindsey

Darling Intern | 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!