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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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Mother-Daughter Style for Mother's Day

Linnea White

"Empowered women empower women." I am deeply passionate about this - it is a mantra in my life, for my shop, for how I see and interact with other women. And it's also an anthem for Mother's Day. Because who taught us more about confidence, beauty, grace, style, and passion than our very own momma? And today, it's all about loving on my momma in this special Mother-Daughter style post, featuring my gorgeous momma.

Behind the Mother-Daughter Style

I'm not gonna lie. She didn't want to do this. Unlike her ENFP youngest daughter who rather enjoys style shoots and being in front of the camera (that would be me), she is not someone who enjoys being in front of the camera. But I made her do it. I guess pouting still works, even at 28!

Styling my mom for this shoot was my first priority, and I had so much fun doing it. I wanted her to feel beautiful in what she was wearing, and comfortable in it, too.

My mom is Super Mom. She homeschooled all four of us kids growing up, while working part-time. Once we were either out of the nest or in high school, she went into education and began a career working for Special Education Pre-School students in Virginia Beach City Schools. (Like I said, she's Super Mom.) She's also been an avid runner, something she picked up because her children drove her out the door and onto the streets with pitchforks. Just kidding. But she did start running after starting a family (a.k.a. having multiple children) for some much needed private time. And now, several Boston Marathons later, she's the freaking Energizer Bunny. I have a dream to run a marathon with my mom one day...

But I'll keep dreaming for now, and get back to the styling!

I styled her outfit first, since she was really what it was all about. Then I worked on finding an outfit that would compliment her own. And these dresses ended up pairing perfectly together, anchored together with navy, and both shifty in style. And I loved finding jewelry she would love, and that naturally already went with her style (like those amazing bracelets she's been wearing for as long as I can remember).

I was so happy she loved her outfit - so much so that she bought the dress, boots, and necklace! I'd say that was some successful styling.

I Love You, Mom

Mom, it was an honor to style you. Thanks for getting in front of the camera with me. Thank you for supporting me endlessly, loving me deeply and honestly, and for always, always being there for me - for a long talk on the phone, for a prayer request, for a good cry, for a good belly laugh, for a good glass of wine, for a home-baked sweet-tooth fix. You'll always be Super Mom in my eyes. Happy Mother's Day!

How does your mom inspire & empower you, darling?

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Loft dress (sold) / Jeffery Campbell heels (sold) // Locally-made pieces: Little Paper Crane tiny shield necklace, $28 / Kitsune’s Closet Poppy lipstick, $12 | On Cindy | Secondhand pieces: Free People dress (sold) / Frye boots (sold) // Locally-made pieces: Little Paper Crane radiance brass earrings, $28, and lapis necklace, $28

Special thanks to Della of Cville Blooms for these beautiful flowers! Contact Della to get your momma her own bouquet of pretty flowers for Mother's Day!

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

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