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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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National Ice Cream Day: Retro Style

Linnea White

I love ice cream. A lot. And I don't need a national holiday like National Ice Cream Day (July 16, everyone) to eat ice cream, but I absolutely will use the important holiday as an excuse to style another outfit featuring amazing #darlingfinds. This retro style inspiration is perfect for a Sunday afternoon eating ice cream, right?

Call it the new pink in my white hair, or the fact that this Summer heat has me going a little cray, but this outfit inspiration was pretty much a shout out to the bombshells of the 40's and 50's. I can only dream of having the charisma and style of icons like Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly, but I'll keep dreaming and styling in their honor.

This vintage bag started the retro outfit inspiration. And these gingham high-waisted pants were perfect for a little classic white button up tied at the waist. Add a pair of clogs or mules for a classic retro edge, a hot pink lip (locally made by Kitsune's Closet), and whimsical pinwheel earrings locally made by Emily Warden Designs, and this outfit is ready to hit the town - (extremely melted) ice cream in hand.

Special shout out to Chap's Ice Cream for the yummy treat, and cute backdrop. And props to Davines deep conditioner and the ladies of The Honeycomb for this new pink hair.

Retro Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: J. Crew "Boy" button up, size 4, $26 / Loft gingham pants, size 8, $22 / Old Navy clogs, size 9, $10 / Vintage bag, $40 // Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Emily Warden Designs opal ring, $48, and pinwheel earrings, $58 / Thicket stacking ring sterling silver, $12, and bar studs, $32

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

Retro Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Retro Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Retro Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Retro Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Retro Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

Shop Girl Style: The Everyday Jumpsuit

Linnea White

I've been talking about my shop girl style lately, because I'm basically a living, breathing walking and talking version of Darling. I love to wear my #darlingfinds, and not only shop (almost) solely at the shop, but I also regularly consign clothing from my closet - in with the new and out with the no-longer-wearables-or-want-t0-wearables. And right now, I'm obsessed with the everyday jumpsuit.

Even though this jumpsuit isn't from the shop (cue shock and horror!), when I wore it the first time at the shop one Saturday, I had over 20 people ask me about it. I think J. Crew owes me a gift card or something, because I can guarantee I got them a few sales on this bad boy from wearing it around my shop.

In addition to my jumpsuit obsession (I can't stop, won't stop), I have a Lotta's addiction, which we've touched on before. They're my go-to shop girl shoes, and this pair is probably my most loved pair - a.k.a. very, very worn. But I love these clogs, and wear them with a wild variety of outfits, including jumpsuits. Always jumpsuits.

And when a jumpsuit just isn't enough fun for one day, add a pair of pom earrings - maybe my favorite trend this season. Why? Because they are so joyful, and literally make any outfit a party.

So get yourself some party pants and party earrings, ladies. Because everyday pieces should be all the way fun.

The Everyday Jumpsuit | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Darling Finds: Loft moto jacket / Kitsune's Closet Be Smoaked lipstick // From Linnea’s Closet: Lotta from Stockholm clogs / J. Crew jumpsuit and pom earrings / Asos necklace / Elaine B Jewelry rings, bangles, & stud earrings / Judith Bright stacking rings

Photography by Tristan Williams

The Everyday Jumpsuit | Photo by Tristan Williams

The Everyday Jumpsuit | Photo by Tristan Williams

The Everyday Jumpsuit | Photo by Tristan Williams

The Everyday Jumpsuit | Photo by Tristan Williams

The Everyday Jumpsuit | 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