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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

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

Summer Y'all

Summer Y'all

Summer Y'all

Summer Y'all

Summer Y'all

Summer Y'all

Summer Y'all

Summer Y'all

Summer Y'all

Memorial Day Style | Summer Sundress

Linnea White

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The temperatures are rising, the sun is shining, and the large bodies of water are calling. It's sundress season, and we're sporting some red, white, and blue for some Memorial Day style.

With a huge selection in stock, the perfect Summer sundress is waiting for you at Darling, and this new number by Roxy had us craving some oceanside hangs. With a subtle nod to nautical design, this dress is perfect for all of the Memorial Day festivities. Tie a little white blouse (linen or cotton for those hotter days) at the narrowest part of your waist to draw in the otherwise voluminous skirt on this number.

Playing with the nautical theme, this straw tote bag and gold sandals got us beach-ready. These nautical button studs by local artisan Pip's & Co are a simple addition to the look. And, of course, we had to feature the vibrant new lip and nail polish colors by Kitsune's Closet, made right here in Charlottesville. That Fiesta Red lipstick is our new favorite for Summer, and this Tomato nail polish is seriously rich in pigment and sass.

While this outfit has us ready to hit the pool, lake, or beach, we want to know: where are you headed to this Memorial Day Weekend to kick off Summer in style?

Memorial Day Style | Summer Sundress

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Roxy dress, $26 // Odille top, $28 // Franco Sarto gold sandals, $30 // Red straw tote bag, $30 // Bamboo frame sunglasses, $28 | Local Artisan pieces: Pip's & Co nautical studs, $12 // dinosaur toes brass cuff, $18, and sterling silver knuckle ring, $14 // Kitsune’s Closet Tomato nail polish, $7.50, and Fiesta 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

Photo taken outside our neighbor, Roxie Daisy!

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

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

Modern Minimalism & Cool Culottes

Linnea White

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Minimalist fashion is a crisp, cool breath of fresh air. From clever cuts to lovely construction, modern minimalism doesn't give it all away immediately, and it certainly isn't boring. Don't get me wrong - I love prints and boho, free-spirited fashion. But there's something refreshing and chic about crisp solids and structural clothing. The minimalistic look may look ultra chic, but it really requires minimal effort. It's about finding well-tailored clothing in interesting shapes and solid colors to create a modern, cool look.

And a pair of white culottes (like this pair by Rebecca Taylor) is the minimalist dream. This wide-legged look has proven itself more than a trend. Though many stay away from this tricky silhouette, the sheer versatility and ease of the culotte is reason enough to find the right ones for you.

Modern Minimalism & Cool Culottes

For this look, I paired the white culottes with a matching pastel blue Rebecca Taylor vest, a simple crop top, and minimal accessories.  A tip for wearing culottes is to the pants do the talking. Pair the voluminous bottoms with clean, simple accessories, flats or simple heels, and neutral colors.

For accessories, I combined not two but three of our local jewelers --- simple hoops by Little Paper Crane, brass rhinestone cuff by dinosaur toes, and brass love cuff by Nested Sparrow. And of course, any look wouldn't be complete without finishing touches of locally made lipstick and nail polish by Kitsune's Closet.

What does modern minimalism look like for you?

Modern Minimalism | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Rebecca Taylor vest, $120, and Rebecca Taylor white culottes, $118 // Zara heels, $22 // Sunglasses, $22 | Local Artisan pieces: Little Paper Crane aztec hoops, $25 // Dinosaur Toes grey rhinestones and brass bracelet, $24 // Nested Sparrow "love" etched brass bracelet, $20 // Kitsune's Closet Serenity nail polish, $7.50 and 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

Modern Minimalism | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Modern Minimalism | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Modern Minimalism | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Modern Minimalism | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Modern Minimalism | Photo by Megan Tiernan