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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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Borrowing from the Boys: Grey Blazer Trend + Loafers

Linnea White

Menswear Chic is not a new concept in fashion. Borrowing from the Boys is something designers and fashionistas have been doing for decades. But, this season, a few key menswear pieces have been making quite a statement in the fashion world - high fashion and commercial alike. This outfit showcases the perfection of the loafer and the simplicity of the grey blazer trend.

We've already established that you can shop consignment and still wear the latest fashion trends, not to mention designer labels for much less, and this post is just more proof (in case you needed it). This Fall, several amazing grey blazers came into the shop, along with many amazing mules and loafers.

This grey blazer trend has literally been on every style blogger and street style star, and for good reason. It's a versatile piece that can be incredibly stylish, not just boring, shabby, or overly corporate. And I knew I wanted to create a look to showcase just that - how chic a longline, structured grey blazer can really be. Layered over a silk shirtdress by Theory, the blazer stands out. Add a pair of the most beautiful loafers you've ever seen, and a simply statement bag, and the look it complete. With pieces this individually perfect in their clean lines and minimalist simplicity, you don't need a lot of embellishments.

How have you been wearing the grey blazer this year, darlings? What's your favorite items to borrow from the boys? Tell us in the comments!

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Savannah | Consignment Finds: Banana Republic grey blazer, size 4, SOLD / Theory silk dress, size 4, SOLD / Fred Salvador loafers, size 39, SOLD / Rebecca Minkoff crossbody bag, SOLD / / Locally Made FindsDinosaur Toes half circle sterling threader earrings, $22

Photography by Tristan Williams | Styled by shop owner, Linnea White | Modeled by Darling Intern, Savannah Griffin

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere

Linnea White

Some days (mostly Monday's), it's all about cozy. And when a cashmere sweater, velvet pants, suede booties, and leather tote bag collide in one affordable, secondhand outfit, the wardrobe and the wallet can sing some praises.

This look is all about lush, cozy closet staples, like cashmere, suede, and leather, mixed in with some current trends, like oversized sweaters and velvet everything. Shopping consignment is a great way to find designer pieces, or just really great quality fabrics, for a whole lot less. When this vintage Nordstrom cashmere sweater came in to the shop in mint condition, I knew it had to be styled. Paired with an effortless pair of AG Jeans velvet pants and suede booties, this look was ready for the Fall leaves covered streets.

And don't forget your locally-made accessories, because supporting handmade is even cooler than shopping consignment. Or at least equally cool. The simply garnet + gold triangle studs by Emily Warden Designs are the perfect compliment to the effortless chic of this ensemble. Add an everyday geo cuff set by Free Range and Feral and the jewelry is done.

One of our newest Darling Artisans, Brother John Leather, makes some incredible handout, handsewn leather goods, like this leather tote bag - the perfect everyday, carry-all tote. We filled the bag with his leather wallet, leather journal, and leather clutch for all the leather goodness. What else would you put in your amazing leather bag but more leather?

Shop these #darlingfinds and more at #darlingcville!

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Consignment finds: Vintage Nordstrom cashmere sweater, size XL, SOLD / AG Jeans velvet pants, size 4, $64 / Rag & Bone booties, size 39 1/2, SOLD // Locally-made Darling Artisans finds: Free Range & Feral geo cuff bracelets, $32 / Emily Warden Designs garnet studs / Dinosaur Toes ring, SOLD / Brother John Leather tote bag, leather journal, natural leather clutch, and trifold wallet

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

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

 

Virginia Film Festival Shop Girl Style

Linnea White

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It's my favorite weekend of the year! Or one of them. Top 5. For sure. I love The Virginia Film Festival, and have attended every year since I was a 4th year student at UVa - 8 years in a row! I recently styled a wild and warm outfit for the weekend's festivities, showing a little Virginia Film Festival Shop Girl Style for film-hopping and shop-girling.

My VFF Picks

I always try to see as many films as possible when the Virginia Film Festival arrives, and this year, they do not disappoint with an incredible line-up for their 30th Anniversary festival. It's so hard to pick! But here is my list of films I'll be seeing this weekend.

What films are you seeing this weekend, darlings?

Virginia Film Festival Shop Girl Style | Get Wild (and Warm)

First of all, the teddy (or pile) coat trend makes my heart super happy. I found this gem at T.J. Maxx recently for under $30! And it's the most huggable coat ever. People just want to touch me and hug me when I wear it. It's not me. It's the coat. Just look at it.

Besides the incredible coat, my outfit inspiration came from my "Where the Wild Things Are" tee I recently acquired at the shop. It quickly became a new fav, and has inspired me to get wild with my style. I layered started with my favorite pair of high-waisted black jeans (Free People, scored at Darling last year) and the graphic tee, and went from there, adding to the base a pair of OTK boots (another incredible new score from the shop) and my tried-and-true leather jacket from Anthropologie a while back. Oh, and of course my seeing goggles, because I can't see a movie without them. I'll also look very intellectual during the festival due to my poor vision, which is an added bonus.

I threw the teddy coat over the leather jacket ensemble, and I had a perfectly warm and wild outfit for the festival weekend.

Virginia Film Festival Shop Girl Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

OUTFIT DETAILS | Linnea's Darling finds :: "Where the Wild Things Are" tee, Junk Food Clothing / Free People black jeans / OTK boots, Charlotte Russe / Vintage Coach bag / Emily Warden Designs geo stud earrings / Dinosaur Toes ring & Made by Bees stacking rings // Other pieces from Linnea's closet :: Anthropologie vegan leather jacket / Sanctuary Clothing teddy coat, via T.J. Maxx

Virginia Film Festival Shop Girl Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Virginia Film Festival Shop Girl Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Designer for Less: Fall Style Edition

Linnea White

The weather may not be participating in Fall, but we are. And today it's all about rocking designer for less, thanks to the best consignment in Charlottesville. This suede-lush, flare jeans look is giving us serious seventies vibes for Fall days ahead.

Besides the obvious sexy seventies vibes of this look, we're rocking some amazing designer finds. From this timeless Prada utility jacket to the perfect Calypso St. Barth flare jeans to the stunning suede All Saints tote bag, this look is filled with secondhand scores you can write home about. "Hey, Mom, I started shopping consignment, and brought an entire outfit for the original price of just this pair of jeans!" I mean, my mom would be proud.

What do you love about consignment? The designer finds for less? The steals under $10? Tell us in the comments!

On Savannah | Secondhand pieces: Prada jacket, size 42, $120 / Madewell blouse, size XS, $32 / Calypso St. Barth jeans, size 6, $64 / Candies mules, size 10, $18 / All Saints suede tote bag, $150 / / Local Artisan pieces: Emily Warden Designs sterling silver half moon studs, $42

Photography by Tristan Williams | Styled by shop owner, Linnea White | Modeled by Darling Intern, Savannah Griffin

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.