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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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Self-Care Saturday: Farmers Market Style

Linnea White

Time to talk about the #darlingweekend. Shop owner Linnea shares her Saturday morning routine for a little Self-Care Saturday inspiration and her athleisure farmers market style.

If there's one thing I've learned in the past year as the sole owner of Darling Boutique, it's this: self-care is everything. It's necessary. It's irreplaceable. It's stabilizing. It's peaceful. It's restorative. The list goes on and on. I've learned in the past year how little I cared about self-care before, and how unimportant it was in my life. I had those realizations during times when I was a hot lady boss mess, not taking care of myself, emotionally whack, mentally drained, and physically famished. I had to make a change. I had to be intentional.

So I started trying out things on the weekend, things I never made time for before. And, by golly, if I didn't see my entire life change - and my weekdays. I've shared just a few of those self-care practices below, and claim to be no expert when it comes to self-care!

Linnea's self-care tips for a weekend refresh:

  • Be still. Even though this really is something I try to do every day of the week, I try to find a little extra time on the weekend to do this. Unplugged, no distractions. For me, it means reading my Bible, or reading a good book, or just laying in my favorite spot to pray. Finding stillness in your life is the most centering thing you can do for your self-care.
  • Do something for you. With no other agenda than just doing something because you love it. Like visiting the Charlottesville City Market right across the street from Darling.
  • Buy yourself flowers (or your shop, same thing right?).
  • Do a workout or activity outside of your normal weekly routine. Dance! Frolic in fields of flowers! Play outside with some kids (maybe your own, maybe the neighbor kids)! Be creative, be active, and let your body get a healthy sweat in a way that's pure joy, solely fun.
  • Go on an adventure! A drive through the country, a lake day (by yourself, if you're like me sometimes!), a hike in the mountains, a walk on the beach - whatever your heart desires. Find adventure for your soul.
  • Treat yourself to something you love in the food category - a smoothie, a meal, a drink, a dessert... whatever your heart desires.
  • Cook or bake something! May not be something for everyone, or something that everyone doesn't do throughout the week already. But why not try baking something new, trying out that new recipe, exploring your spice rack without an agenda in mind? Food is good for the soul, y'all. I believe it nourishes deeply when it's expressed with love, joy, and peace.
  • Pamper yourself. Take a bath. Give yourself a facial mask treatment. Paint your nails. Heck, for some of us, wash your hair!
  • Rest. Find the reset button. Let your mind, body, and soul truly rest. Figure out what that is for you, and just do it.

To be honest, I feel like I am just scraping the surface of what self-care means to my physical, mental, spiritual, and psychological health - and how to do it in the ways best for me.

But right now, today, this weekend, I know taking a moment to be GRATEFUL is the most important thing I could do for my soul.

xoxo,

Linnea

What do you do for Self-Care Saturday (or Sunday), darlings? Tell me in the comments! 

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: lululemon split back sweater, size 6, $32, capri pants, size 6, $30, and sports bra, size 6, $18 // Locally-made pieces: Dinosaur Toes "Mt. Countrymore" screen print drawstring bag, $18 // Linnea's own: Frankie Jean Darlin' baseball cap / Birkenstocks

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

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Fitness Friday: Activewear Style on a Budget

Linnea White

We've talked about studio to street style before, and for this Fitness Friday, I'm back at it with a little activewear style. From paying for the gym membership or class packs to buying all the gear (cuz it's all so darn cute these days), we know it ain't easy on the wallet to be all #fitspiration. Here's a little fit life style inspo for the lover of budget friendly consignment finds!

I like to call these pants my Thunder Thigh pants, because they legit look like lightening bolts across my thigh. And how perfectly they pair with my Lightening Fast windbreaker jacket. I ran so fast the wind turned my hair white. True story.

In other news, we have a ton of activewear coming into the shop these days, and it sure makes looking cute for all those gym dates no sweat. And what do you need to put all of your cute gym clothes in? A bag, of course! And this lululemon gym bag is a stunna'. It even has a little removable bag to put all your stinky clothes in when you're done glistening in yoga class.

What's your secret to hitting the streets in style before/after your workout?

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: lululemon jacket, 8, $44 / lululemon sports bra, 6, $18 / Nike leggings, M, $28 / Super GA sneakers, $22 / lululemon gym bag, $54

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

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

 See you on the streets, or in the studio, soon, darlings!

Fitness Friday: From Studio to Street

Linnea White

It's Fitness Friday, darlings! Just because you're heading to the gym (or from the gym) doesn't mean you can't look put together and stylish. Toss on a colorful jacket, like this lululemon tie-waist one, a crop top, striped sweater, or bold sports bra to make your trek. And even though you certainly can't do much but walk around in this sexy lululemon skirt, it still makes a great point A to point B piece for that sporty chic look. Activewear is a great solution for those weekend errands and hangs, from the farmer's market to brunch to a kiddie (or doggie) playdate, for the busy gal on the go. Don't let your sweat post-workout self stop you from a productive, stylish day. Did you know Darling carries workout apparel on consignment? Well, we do! And lululemon is a big seller. When this lululemon skirt came in, I knew we needed to get the first ever activewear outfit on the blog for Fitness Friday.

Fitness Friday | Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White / Photos by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: lululemon skirt, 6, $34 / lululemon tie waist jacket, 6, $32 / Nike sports bra, S, $12

Fitness Friday | Photo by Tristan Williams

Fitness Friday | Photo by Tristan Williams