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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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Girl Boss Moment: Vote for Darling

Linnea White

This is my Girl Boss Moment. It's the final week of voting for the Best of C-VILLE, and Darling is up for THREE categories this year - Consignment Store, Female-owned Business, and Place for a Dress. And, call it wearing-your-confidence-until-your-feel-it, I decided to own my boss-ness by wearing it in this Shop Girl Style shoot.

Even saying that - "own my boss-ness" - has such an odd sound to me. Some days, I still can't believe I actually am a Girl Boss, that I own my own shop, that I am living this life (somebody pinch me). And some days, I still doubt that I belong among the ranks of Boss Babes in Cville and beyond. Doubt can be crippling... if you let it.

"Don't compare your hustle to their highlight reel." This is a quote from the Girl Boss herself, Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal and author of the book #Girlboss. And it's something every female entrepreneur out there needs to remember - doubt and comparison are traps; don't fall for them. Affirmations, encouragement, selflessness, humility, vulnerability, women-empowering-women - that's where your focus should be. Change your perspective, darlings. It may seem like a silly thing, but I've started a collection of "boss" shirts to wear the confidence in a weird and wonderful way when I need to push the doubt away.

What does it mean to be a 'Girl Boss'?

"A Girl Boss is someone who has big dreams and is willing to work hard for them. So being a Girl Boss is really about being the boss of your own life. You don't have to be the boss of anyone else to be a Girl Boss." - Sophia Amoruso interview via Elle

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

To me, being a Girl Boss has been a journey of taking risks, trusting in God in BIG ways, stewarding the vision well, taking baby steps (going low and slow), failing graciously and learning from it, and being okay with being vulnerable about this #ladybosslife. Sharing the journey, sharing the dream, sharing the real talk with those who are cheering you on in the sidelines, with those who get it - that part keeps you grounded.

For a moment, I laughed sitting in that throne, and said to Tristan, "I am so far outside of my comfort zone, and I love it." I meant for the shoot, for owning my boss-ness in such a blatant way. But really, what I realized I meant was this entire lady boss life has be out of my comfort zone, that I've been pushed and stretched in ways I never imagined I could be - and I've been made better by the challenge. Being a Girl Boss really means having the ability to motivate yourself, to not give up when it gets tough (cuz that's every day), and to keep doing the work. Because it is worth it. 100%.

I'm grateful to say that this has been a season of affirmation for me, for the shop. I've been the sole owner of Darling for almost a year now, and being recognized on the Best of C-VILLE ballot for "Female-owned Business" is still surreal. I am honored. I've also seen the business grow in big and exciting ways this year so far, and the affirmations of friends, fellow boss babes, and customers has been the wind in my sails. So a big, heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to all of my cheerleaders, near and far. You keep me going when my t-shirts aren't enough. 

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Vote:

I would love your vote, friends near and far! Let's make this the biggest year yet for#darlingcville! #bestofcville2017 Only one week left to vote! Voting ends June 23rd. Visit www.c-ville.com/vote/ >>> Shopping Category: 1. Consignment Store 3. Female-owned Business 2. Place for a Dress xoxoxo

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Darling Finds: Betsey Johnson kiss kiss sneakers // Linnea’s own: Mango "boss" tshirt / Anthropologie pants / Urban Outfitters sunglasses / J. Crew strawberry earrings

Thanks for making me feel like a total badass, Tristan.

Self-Care Saturday: Farmers Market Style

Linnea White

Time to talk about the #darlingweekend. Shop owner Linnea shares her Saturday morning routine for a little Self-Care Saturday inspiration and her athleisure farmers market style.

If there's one thing I've learned in the past year as the sole owner of Darling Boutique, it's this: self-care is everything. It's necessary. It's irreplaceable. It's stabilizing. It's peaceful. It's restorative. The list goes on and on. I've learned in the past year how little I cared about self-care before, and how unimportant it was in my life. I had those realizations during times when I was a hot lady boss mess, not taking care of myself, emotionally whack, mentally drained, and physically famished. I had to make a change. I had to be intentional.

So I started trying out things on the weekend, things I never made time for before. And, by golly, if I didn't see my entire life change - and my weekdays. I've shared just a few of those self-care practices below, and claim to be no expert when it comes to self-care!

Linnea's self-care tips for a weekend refresh:

  • Be still. Even though this really is something I try to do every day of the week, I try to find a little extra time on the weekend to do this. Unplugged, no distractions. For me, it means reading my Bible, or reading a good book, or just laying in my favorite spot to pray. Finding stillness in your life is the most centering thing you can do for your self-care.
  • Do something for you. With no other agenda than just doing something because you love it. Like visiting the Charlottesville City Market right across the street from Darling.
  • Buy yourself flowers (or your shop, same thing right?).
  • Do a workout or activity outside of your normal weekly routine. Dance! Frolic in fields of flowers! Play outside with some kids (maybe your own, maybe the neighbor kids)! Be creative, be active, and let your body get a healthy sweat in a way that's pure joy, solely fun.
  • Go on an adventure! A drive through the country, a lake day (by yourself, if you're like me sometimes!), a hike in the mountains, a walk on the beach - whatever your heart desires. Find adventure for your soul.
  • Treat yourself to something you love in the food category - a smoothie, a meal, a drink, a dessert... whatever your heart desires.
  • Cook or bake something! May not be something for everyone, or something that everyone doesn't do throughout the week already. But why not try baking something new, trying out that new recipe, exploring your spice rack without an agenda in mind? Food is good for the soul, y'all. I believe it nourishes deeply when it's expressed with love, joy, and peace.
  • Pamper yourself. Take a bath. Give yourself a facial mask treatment. Paint your nails. Heck, for some of us, wash your hair!
  • Rest. Find the reset button. Let your mind, body, and soul truly rest. Figure out what that is for you, and just do it.

To be honest, I feel like I am just scraping the surface of what self-care means to my physical, mental, spiritual, and psychological health - and how to do it in the ways best for me.

But right now, today, this weekend, I know taking a moment to be GRATEFUL is the most important thing I could do for my soul.

xoxo,

Linnea

What do you do for Self-Care Saturday (or Sunday), darlings? Tell me in the comments! 

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: lululemon split back sweater, size 6, $32, capri pants, size 6, $30, and sports bra, size 6, $18 // Locally-made pieces: Dinosaur Toes "Mt. Countrymore" screen print drawstring bag, $18 // Linnea's own: Frankie Jean Darlin' baseball cap / Birkenstocks

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

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shop Girl Style: Evolving Style & Rotating Closet

Linnea White

When you get an amazing jacket for $4, your life changes forever. Okay, maybe not your WHOLE life, but for that moment, you're pretty proud of yourself. At least if you're a consignment shopper like this shop girl. Since becoming the owner of a consignment shop, my personal style has evolved - constantly and cyclically. My combined passion for sustainable fashion and affordable style breeds a healthy (I think) obsession with an evolving style & rotating closet kinda life.

Over the past year alone, my personal style has evolved, transformed, and, almost weekly, rotated. I dress by mood most days, and I go through phases with certain colors, silhouettes, or clothing items. I've also had a considerable body transformation over the past two years that's allowed me to really sweep my closet of ill-fitting garments I no longer want to wear or can't wear anymore.

Through my style evolution, one thing is a constant - and that's comfort. I have to be comfortable at the shop, working long 8-10 hour days, and on my feet most of the time. That's where my Lotta's come in. This ain't no sponsored post. This is the real deal love for an item of clothing that changed your life, and that's my clogs. Two years ago when I bought the store, I bought two pairs of Lotta clogs, and they have been my staple shop girl shoe. Who knew a wooden clog could be so comfortable?!

But comfort doesn't mean sacrificing style, and I swear my hair transformation this year has emboldened me to be more eclectic than I think I've ever been. Learning to be smart with proportions and color palettes, textures and patterns, has been an adventure for me. And I hope to keep improving and learning so I can become the stylist I dream of being not just for myself, but for all the darlings out there.

Evolving Style & Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Darling Finds: Anthropologie midi skirt / Mock neck crop top // From Linnea’s Closet: Lotta from Stockholm clogs / Fringe kimono style jacket ($4, from Plato's Closet!!!) / Thrifted aztec necklace / Elaine B Jewelry rings & earrings / Judith Bright stacking rings

Photography by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style & Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shop Girl Spring Style: Weekend Vibes

Linnea White

Last time we talked about my shop girl style, it was Winter and I was rocking my favorite cat sweater. Now that Spring is upon us, it was time for another installment of Shop Girl Style, featuring some Spring style trends and recent weekend vibes.

This past weekend, we had a Block Party on 1st Street right outside the shop, with live music, a food truck, and a pop up with our favorite local plant lady, Della of cville BLOOMS. I wore this cactus print blouse specifically for Della, knowing she would have little baby cacti and succulents for sale. I'm slightly obsessed with the pattern of this top, cuz it's so freaking fab. And I have to say, this off-the-shoulder trend sure is a lot more functional when there are arm holes separate from the chest, so every time you raise your arms you aren't loosing the whole, you know, off-the-shoulder thing.

This Spring outfit was actually inspired by a recent Spring Style Trends Dressing Up with Darling photo shoot, featuring the off-the-shoulder and wide leg jeans trends in a fun weekend combo. This version was a fun white-washed look that can be worn from Spring into Summer for an easy weekend vibe. Sunglasses required.

P.S. I chopped my hair last week! And got the color touched up. I'm so in love with everything my girl Sarah Hatch does! Schedule an appointment with her today!

Shop Girl Spring Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea (left) | Darling Finds: Pan&Tea necklace / Dinosaur Toes squiggle ring / Twiggy sunglasses / Artisan Tesoro Avarca leather shoes // From Linnea's Closet: Levi's wide leg jeans / Walter Baker off-the-shoulder blouse / Elaine B Jewelry bangles & rings & earrings / Judith Bright stacking rings

Photography by Tristan Williams

Pictured Right: Meet new Darling Intern, Savannah, & find out more about her shop girl style later this week!

Shop Girl Spring Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shop Girl Spring Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shop Girl Spring Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shop Girl Spring Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

A few more shots from the 1st Street Block Party this Sunday in Downtown Charlottesville!

Dressing Up with Cville Blooms

Linnea White

Last Spring, we interviewed Della Bennett to talk all about how cville BLOOMS got started and her personal style. And this time, to promote the upcoming pop-up shop on 1st Street on Sunday, April 2, we styled Della in two outfits to showcase what a rockstar lady boss she is - day to night. From creating the beautiful arrangements and making deliveries, to attending events in all her lady boss glam, this darling gal is as seriously adorbs as she is seriously cool.

Blooming stories dipped in green topped with those positive V I B E S. 

That's how Della described her business in 10 words or less in her interview with us last Spring, and it's still the perfect way to describe the floral arrangements she creates for cville BLOOMS. And this Sunday, for the 1st Street Block Party, you'll get to shop all of her grab-n-go floral arrangements and a wide selection of house plants! Because it's Spring and you need a little green in your (home) life.

Day Della: Fierce Florist Fashion

Daytime Della. Sounds like a super hero. With overalls as her super hero outfit, and scissors as her weapon of choice. Flower Power. It's a thing. And Della is the queen of it.

Dressing Up with cville blooms | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Della | Secondhand pieces: Wax Jeans overalls, $20 / We the Free coral crop top, $18 / Kimchi Blue wedges, 7, $24

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

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

Dressing Up with cville blooms | Photo by Tristan Williams

Dressing Up with cville blooms | Photo by Tristan Williams

Dressing Up with cville blooms | Photo by Tristan Williams

Night Della: Girl Gets Glam

Nighttime Della sure can get glam. This dress is a little bit retro, a little bit funky (that print!), and a lot a bit spunky. Playing up the '50s vibes of this dress, we threw on some cat eye sunglasses and a vintage snap closure leather handmade clutch. And to modernize the look a bit, like you want to with any vintage-inspired outfit, Della rocked a pair of handmade tassel earrings and her own #darlingfinds - a pair of black booties from last year.

Dressing Up with cville blooms | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Della | Secondhand pieces: Mata Traders dress, M, $28 / Black belt, $6 / Sunglasses, $20 /Dolce Vita booties, Della's own, found at Darling #darlingfinds // Locally-made pieces: Pan&Tea tassel earrings, $28 / Free Range & Feral leather clutch, $80

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

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

Dressing Up with cville blooms | Photo by Tristan Williams

Dressing Up with cville blooms | Photo by Tristan Williams

Dressing Up with cville blooms | Photo by Tristan Williams

Dressing Up with cville blooms | Photo by Tristan Williams

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Visit www.cvilleblooms.com or email della@cvilleblooms.com for your floral inquiries!

Thanks to Tristan Williams for all of the photography of Della and her plant babies! Styled by Linnea White in collaboration with Della.

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