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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

The Moto Jacket: How to Wear Blush Pink

Linnea White

It's Valentine's weekend, and this outfit has me blushing in blush pink. The duality of this flirty, feminine look lies in the moto jacket - adding a touch of edge to an otherwise sweet outfit, while also softening the black base with a soft, pale pink hue. It's sugar and spice, and everything nice.

Working the Moto Jacket

I've been waiting for an outfit that would let me work that "editor drape" with a structured jacket for a laidback-chic look. And this moto jacket from Loft was the perfect piece to pull it off. I love how the architecture of the jacket plays with the soft velvet and suede bottoms, and textured knit of the strapless Free People top. Soft and tough playing together in an effortless way (especially with those soft curls!).

This outfit has me blushing from more than just the fabric. Working with Tristan Williams for the blog has been a treat, and this shoot wow-ed me. This guy is a mega talented photographer, and after my recent hair makeover, I was stunned at how he captured the new hair, the outfit, the whole essence of the look. Props to Tristan, y'all.

How to Wear Blush Pink this Spring

Blush pink has me all sorts of excited for Spring. Blush is a sophisticated, endearing, elegant shade of pink, which normally isn't a color I'm drawn to. And don't be fooled - whether you have the skin tone or the right hair color to pair with blush hues, you can wear it, and work it. How can you wear blush pink, you ask? Take a note from this outfit for a few key tips to wearing blush hues this Spring.

  • Pair it with colors that flatter your skin tone. Blush pink may not be one of your colors, but it certainly pairs with a lot of other colors. Try it with navy, black, chocolate, olive green, charcoal grey, oxblood, teal, plum, or even deep lavender - rich tones to balance out the muted, washed out tone of blush. Warm or cool colors pair well with this accent color.
  • Anchor it. Keep blush rooted in your outfit to avoid the washed out, light qualities. Pairing it with dark colors is a way to anchor it, and so it wearing a blush piece (like this jacket) with an elongating base (like these black leggings).
  • Accessorize like a lady. If wearing a blush top or piece next to your face won't do with your skin tone, try adding it to your look with accent pieces - bags, shoes, belts, etc. It makes for a stunning leather accessory, neutral in its shade and easily workable into many outfits.

How do you wear blush pink, darling? 

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Loft blush moto jacket, M, $28 / Free People strapless top, 2, $30 / Eight Sixty suede-look leggings, M, $16 / Hush Puppies velvet loafers, 9, $20 / Gap floppy hat, $12 // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Nude Rose + Mulberry lipsticks blended, $10 each, and Lilac Grey nail polish, $7.50 / Dinosaur Toes sterling silver + brass earrings, $32, and Rhodochrosite & Lace Agate bracelet, $44 / Pan&Tea jasper + 18k chain necklace, $36

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

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

Going West in the Shearling Vest

Linnea White

We're going west(ern) with this faux shearling vest - the perfect layering piece for this transitional autumn weather. Because vest weather is upon us.

Shearling lined vests will forever be fashionable, says I, because they're comfortable, versatile, and chic. Fashionable and functional, the right vest can be worn as an extra layer under a jacket, or by itself for a lighter layer. Find one that fits your frame, and wear it close to your heart. Try layering it with soft, flowy fabrics for contrast, like this boho pattern dress or a floral number, or wear it over denim and a sweater for a casual, daytime cozy look.

Another Fall necessity for every darling gal - the lace up bootie. These leather beauties by Madewell carry the lug sole with a more Victorian heel and shape, perfect for dressing up or dressing down.

And if you aren't wearing tassels yet this season, get on that train - and do it all while supporting locally made jewelry. New artisan in the shop, Pan & Tea, is killing the fiber tassel game, from necklaces to earrings, she's your gal.

How are you styling vests this season? Loving the tassel trend as much as us?

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: By & By faux shearling vest, M, $34 / Altar'd State dress, M, $24 / 1937 (Madewell) lace up booties, 8, $88 // Local Artisan pieces: Free Range & Feral leather clutch, $76 / Pan & Tea fiber tassel necklace, $30, and tassel earrings, $25 / Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10

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

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Weekend Style: Totin' Around Town

Linnea White

Happy Small Business Saturday, darlings! We've loved handing out these adorable tote bags to our lovely customers today, designed by Rifle Paper Co. for American Express and Small Business Saturday. And it's such a beautiful Fall day to be totin' around town, rockin' that weekend style, and shoppin' small across the mall. It's just so darling, we even styled an outfit for the weekend adventures - naturally.

The Fall leaves on the ground and the vibrant primary colors of this outfit created an Autumnal technicolor display on which our darling Meredyth shines. This Maple (Anthropologie) wrap skirt was the origin of this outfits bold, bright beauty, and the Qupid blue booties and Far Away from Close green sweater were the icing on the cake. Add a bold Darling Red lip locally made by Kitsune's Closet and handmade, local artisan jewelry featuring the vibrant blue Lapis stone, and this outfit is ready to hit the weekend streets. Oh, and you can't forget your #shopsmall tote bag for all your holiday shopping at local businesses!

Weekend Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled by Linnea White, Shop Owner // Modeled by Meredyth Mason, Darling gal // Photography by Tristan Williams

On Meredyth | Secondhand pieces: Loft linen t-shirt, S, $14 / Maple (Anthropologie) wrap skirt, XS, $38 / Far Away From Close (Anthropologie) sweater, S, $38 / Qupid booties, 7, $16 // Local Artisan pieces: Little Paper Crane lapis brass arc necklace, $38 / Thicket lapis sterling silver ring, $40 / Kitsune’s Closet Darling Red lipstick, $10

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

Weekend Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Weekend Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Weekend Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Florals: Wearing Prints

Linnea White

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The first day of Spring is right around the corner, and the shop is bursting with colorful frocks and Spring florals. Spring is my favorite season, from the fashion to the weather, it's a season of such blossoming joy. Spring blossoms make my heart sing, and when I get to wear those blossoms all day, I'm walking on sunshine.

This floral blouse from Loft became the centerpiece of a Spring florals look, paired perfectly with this high waisted midi skirt by ASOS. Crisp colors and bright hues for the season ahead.

To accessorize the look, I pulled a few pieces from our local artisans, including a new lipstick color coming to the shop soon by Kitsune's Closet.

This season, don't shy away from wearing prints or bold colors. Take a cue from nature when it comes to your wardrobe: Embrace the blossoms, the exuberant joy of the season, and reflect the beauty of the season!

Spring Florals | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea: Loft blouse, $20 / ASOS midi skirt, $29 / Kanna wedges, $36 Local Artisan Pieces: Dinosaur Toes brass cuff, $18 / Girls Day Out necklace, $28, and gold flower earrings, $28 / Kitsune’s Closet lipstick in a new Spring hue, 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

Spring Florals | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Florals | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Florals | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Florals | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Florals | Photo by Megan Tiernan