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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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Autumnal Hues: Falling for Oxblood

Linnea White

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Happy November, darlings! It's a new month, and Autumn is upon us. And that means the season of rich Autumnal hues and cozy Fall layers is also upon us - praise! Burgundy, bordeaux, black currant - it's peek season for rich reds and deep plums. Think oxblood, that rich purple/red hue. This universally flattering palette is easily mixed and matched for a head-to-toe look, or blended with other warm Fall hues, like rust (Potter's Clay), mustard (Spicy Mustard), and blush pinks (Dusty Cedar).

Darling shop gal, Meredyth, is styled in a Maria D coat that brings out the auburn hues in her hair, and plays with the oxblood tones of her lace top. Topped with locally made accessories and the perfect lace up Born booties, this outfit is ready for every Fall adventure.

Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled by Linnea White / Modeled by Meredyth Mason / Photography by Tristan Williams

On Meredyth: Secondhand pieces: Loft top, XS, $18 / Madewell black jeans, 2, $38 / Madewell tote bag, $74 / Born lace up booties, 7, $58 / Maria D coat, S, $40 // Local Artisan pieces: Free Range and Feral leather wrap bracelet, $26 / Thicket stacking rings, $12 each / Thistle & Lark earrings, $16, and leather little book necklace, $24 / Kitsune's Closet mulberry lipstick, $10

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

Photo by Tristan Williams

Photo by Tristan Williams

The Little White Dress

Linnea White

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Who said you can't wear white before Memorial Day? When it comes to style, rules are made for breaking. Because right now, the little white dress is making a serious statement, and it's giving us all the Summer feels - although, I'm game for the White-Out look year-round. If you're not sure how to rock the all white ensemble, the perfect place to start is a little white dress --- Pure Summer Ease. This Madewell dress is the perfect white dress for warmer days ahead. Airy, white linen, with a touch of cream embroidery and a loose fit, it's as comfortable as it is stylish. Accessorized with simple details, like freshly painted bright nails and statement jewelry, the little white ensemble is ready for just about any Summer outing.

With a whole new shipment of pieces by Dinosaur Toes, I went all out to showcase these beautiful locally made baubles. We can't keep them on the shelves and restock quickly enough, so come in and snag them while you can! And don't forget it's time to update that mani-pedi, and what better way to support local than this small batch, natural ingredients, locally made nail polish by Kitsune’s Closet in Pantone colors, available at the shop!

The Little White Dress

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea: Madewell white linen dress, S, $48 / Kelsi Dagger wedges, 7 1/2, $40 / Bamboo sunglasses, $28 // Local Artisan Pieces: Dinosaur Toes tassel with etched brass necklace, $38, bracelet (aquamarine, rose quartz, and citrine beads), $20, sterling silver studs, $26, etched brass square earrings, $32 / Kitsune’s Closet Limpet Shell and Serenity nail polish, $7.50 each, 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

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Shop Girl Style: One Year Anniversary

Linnea White

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I can't believe it's been one year! March of last year, Megan and I became the new owners of Darling Boutique, and we jumped for joy. This week, we find ourselves celebrating our first year as business owners, our first year of business partnership, and our first year of amazing community. We also find ourselves thanking the many who have supported us throughout this journey, including all of our followers - near and far. So thank you! May our second year bring emboldened vision as we continue to seek God's plan for this little shop, and this blog. In true shop girl style, we celebrated with a photo shoot, styling not one, but two outfits - because we're a Darling Duet, after all!

Shop Girl Style: Look 1

"Are we out of the woods yet? Are we in the clear yet? GOOD." Thanks, T-Swift, for the inspiration. This first year sure had its moments of asking these questions, and searching for our way out of the woods into greener pastures. But the Lord so faithfully guided us in each step, with wisdom and grace and provision - like sunlight beaming down to make the path clear.

For this look, we're each wearing some of our favorite purchases from the last year, as well as new arrivals in the shop.

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

On Linnea: Altar'd State tiered dress, $24 /Owl Ridge Farmstead buffalo tooth necklace, $38, and antler studs, $22 / Linnea's favorite Darling finds: Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, Owl Ridge Farmstead brass feather cuff / Frye boots / Anthropologie jacket / Free People slip On Megan: Zara Trafaluc skirt, $18 / Lili's Closet (Anthropologie) button up top, $24 / Girls Day Out studs, $15 / Megan's favorite Darling finds: Frye boots

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style: Look 2

"Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell." Psalm 43:3

As we look to this year ahead, we gaze at the mountains around us, beautiful and majestic in all their glory. We have such vision for this blog, this shop, and for how God wants to use it for His glory. May we take each step, side-by-side, in sync with His will and His vision.

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

On Linnea: Meadow Rue (Anthropologie) dress, $64 /Owl Ridge Farmstead antler studs, $22 / Linnea's favorite Darling finds: Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, Owl Ridge Farmstead brass feather cuff / Frye boots On Megan: Cooperative dress, $24 / Pip's & Co studs, $10 / Megan's favorite Darling finds: Frye boots

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Shop Girl Style | Photo by Scott Tiernan

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Styled by Linnea White & Megan Tiernan / Photography by Scott Tiernan

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

The Leather Pant | Dressing Up with Darling

Linnea White

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Faux, vegan, genuine - oh my! When three pairs of leather pants find their way into the shop within a week, you put on a pair that fits like a second skin and start styling. Or at least that's what I do!

Leather pants are tough, chic, and give any outfit a bit of edge. They're also intimidating, but so worth it. These Blank NYC vegan leather leggings are all sorts of sexy. Rather than ramping up the sex appeal, I styled this pair with a playful graphic T-shirt and a plaid button-up, giving it a casual edge. This look could easily be worn with a pair of sneakers for a weekend adventure, or dressed up with pumps (sans plaid shirt) for a night on the town.

Stay tuned for more leather pant outfit inspiration tomorrow!

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Blank NYC Vegan Leather Leggings, $38 / American Eagle "Love Thy Selfie" T-shirt, $8 / Eliot (Madewell) Plaid Shirt, $26 / Mia Lace Up Wedges, $18 / Grace & Glory Gold Bar Studs, $14, and Circle Bracelet, $18

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Dressing Up with Darling: Live Free

Linnea White

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Live Free. This Free People dress came in last week and became instant outfit inspiration. The boho lace dress pairs perfectly with our newest local artisan collaboration - Owl Ridge Farmstead. Their bohemian pieces - sliced antler studs, leather wrap hair combs, and tiered horn necklaces, just to name a few - capture the free spirit of this dress. Adding these amazing cowboy boots made this outfit ready for frolicking, twirling, and living freely.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Free People dress, $120 / Justin boots, $34 (50% off!) / Owl Ridge Farmstead necklace, $29, leather wrap hair combs, $16, leather bracelet, $20, sliced antler earrings, $16

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan Photo by Megan Tiernan Photo by Megan Tiernan Photo by Megan Tiernan Photo by Megan Tiernan Photo by Megan Tiernan Photo by Megan Tiernan Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan