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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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Spring Hues: Playing with Brights and Pastels

Linnea White

Shine Bright like the Sunshine. That's what this blazer is singing. For a little Spring style inspo, we're playing with Spring hues - mixing pastels and brights - in this sassy Spring outfit, perfect for Easter Sunday, lunch on the mall, or a snazzy winery adventure.

Let's break it down now.

A simply chambray top is a must this season - perfect for layering, dressing up or down, and wearing as a neutral with so many prints, patterns, and colors.

A bright blazer is the perfect Spring to Summer accent piece for the classy gal, and don't be afraid to sport a boxy blazer, cuz that's actually totally the rage right now.

Although peplum may not be very big right now, this minty hue is dreamy, and it looks rad with the yellow of the blazer. Be bold - play with bright colors and soft pastels - it's totally in this Spring.

Wear practical booties this Spring, infusing comfort with cuteness just like these Clarks can do!

Local jewelry is so fetch. And supporting local never goes out of style.

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Loft blazer, size 0, $28 / Gap chambray tank top, XS, $12 / Zara Woman peplum skirt, XS, $20 / Clarks Artisan booties, 8 1/2, $52 (Sold!) // Locally-made pieces: Lunaria Handcrafted howlite aura bracelet, $16 / Little Paper Crane necklace, $35

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

Spring Hues | Photography by Tristan Williams

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

Playful Patterns | Spring Sunshiny Style

Linnea White

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In case you didn't already know by now, we love mixing patterns, and love helping other gals find playful ways to mix patterns. Playful patterns for sunshiny Spring days make the heart sore and beckons in the warmer weather. Because when there's still an early Spring chill in the air, just wear the sunshine!

This outfit began with the burst of yellow in the Postmark blouse from Anthropologie. The buttercup color is one of the many vibrant hues in this season's Pantone Color Report, and brings so much cheer to any outfit. The vibrant colors in the tropical print pants were the perfect match for this boxy, bold top, slimming at the ankle for a lengthening effect. The matching yellow band in the straw hat was too perfect to pass up, making this one darling Spring look to hit the town for just about any outing.

The stunning geometric necklace by one of our newest local artisans in the shop, Little Paper Crane, added the perfect eclectic touch to this whimsical look. And to add a little pop of color to the lip, I grabbed Kitsune Closet's newest creation - a bright, pigmented lip gloss, coming soon to the shop!

Playful Patterns | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea: Postmark (Anthropologie) top, size XS, $22 / I Love Sadie tropical print pants, size M, $12 / Chinese Laundry white cork wedges, size 8, $20 / Soprattutto Italian made straw hat, $48 Local Artisan Pieces: Little Paper Crane shield necklace, $30 / Kitsune’s Closet lip gloss in Fiesta, coming soon to the shop!

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Playful Patterns | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Playful Patterns | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Playful Patterns | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Playful Patterns | Photo by Megan Tiernan