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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