Contact Us

Questions? Use this form to contact us.

We look forward to hearing from you!

4342020664

Darling is a curated boutique offering women’s consignment and handmade local artisan goods, with new arrivals every week.

darlingbloglogoweb.png

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.

Filtering by Tag: locally made jewelry

Electric Feel: Finding Your Power Dress & Power Color

Linnea White

Today, we're talking about the Power Dress and finding your Power Color, because #friyay. This may be one of my favorite shoots to date with Tristan, and it's mostly because of this dress - which might have definitely gone home with me the same day. The mood and joy he captured of me in this dress is exactly why it went home with me. And exactly why it is my Power Dress.

The Power Dress

When you find YOUR Power Dress, you just know. It makes you feel electric, charged with confidence and beauty, strength and joy. And that's how this dress made me feel - a true form of myself. This pattern is what I think my insides look like. (That sounded way cooler in my head.) The ruched bodice, flowy fabric, midi hemline, and rich, bold colors paint a beautiful story, evoking whimsy, joy, confidence, grace, elegance, intrigue, and FUN. And those are exactly the words I would use to describe my Power Dress.

Now, when thinking about your Power Dress, what words come to mind? Write them down, ponder them, and then find a dress not that just meets the criteria, but that makes you FEEL that way in the dress.

Finding Your Power Color

There are a thousand articles on how to identify your own personal "Power Colors" based on your skin tone, eye color, hair color, etc., but I like to think style isn't about a specific set of rules. I break the "fashion rules" all the time (like wearing white pants whenever the heck I want to), because when it comes to style, rules are more like guidelines, and it should be an expression of self anyways!

Sure, you can take a quiz to identify your power colors, or go-to colors, or you can just ask yourself a few questions: "What colors do you just love looking at? What colors make you happy? What colors do you look like a certified fox in?" Another good question to ask yourself: "What colors do I buy that I never end up wearing? What colors wash me out?" Just like those Power Dress words, write them down, consider them, and find out what colors you naturally gravitate towards, and complement your personal style. That's your power color.

For me, one of my power colors is electric blue. It's been a favorite color of mine since I was a little girl, and the more vibrant the hue, the more I'm drawn to it. When these shoes and bag came in the same week as this dress, it's like the Power Color was calling me to, saying, "Plug it in and change the world, because you're an electric girl."

Be Boldly BeYOUtiful. Dress Confidently. Chin Up. Walk with Dignity and Strength and Joy.

What's your power dress style, darling? Or, what's your go-to power color? 

Power Dress | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Corrie Lynn Calter (Anthropologie) dress, 6, $70 / J. Crew heels, 9, $68 / Catherine Malandrino purse, $40 / Angel of the North (Anthropologie) sweater, S, $28 // Locally-made pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick, $12, and Be Smoaked fuchsia nail polish, $7.50 / Little Paper Crane lapis necklace, $26

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

 

Velvet Blues, Part 3: Backstage Pass

Linnea White

DSCF8171_cropped.jpg

I've got the velvet blues. This outfit is so cool, I can't even handle. Fur, fringe, and flares combined with this vibrant velvet color is nothing short of fierce. This outfit combines several trending styles of the season, from flares and fringe, from velvet to fur, playing up the best of each in a bohemian rhapsody Queen would be proud of.

I felt like a rockstar hanging out backstage behind The Jefferson with my photog in tow - the uber talented Tristan Williams. The urban, gritty background was perfect for the throwback style of this seventies rocker vibe. The effect may harken back to older times, but the pieces worn are contemporary trends of today. Fashion is cyclical, after all.

It didn't take much to get inspired after these pants came into the shop. A simple silk cami under the faux fur jacket topped it off, and locally made accessories completed the overall look --- the crescent moon necklace, fringe leather clutch, and quartz knuckle ring. This outfit thrives on unique pieces that speak loudly when in unison, a harmonious effect perfectly fitting for this rockstar outfit's alley lit ballad.

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Theory velvet pants, 4, $100 / Graham & Spencer silk top, XS, $30 / Cejon faux fur jacket, M, $68 // Local Artisan pieces: Little Paper Crane brass moon necklace, $30 / Free Range & Feral fringe leather clutch, $60, and quartz brass ring, $30 / Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10, and Storm nail polish, $7.50

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

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

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

dscf8202

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Blues | Photo by Tristan Williams

Autumnal Hues: Falling for Oxblood

Linnea White

DSCF3117_cropped.jpg

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