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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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Sweater Weather, Part 2: Casual Christmas Style

Linnea White

Whether you're meeting the parents, or just hanging with your parents, this Christmas weekend of gatherings is here, and it's time to get cozy chic, or chicy cozy. Casual Christmas style is an art of balancing chic with comfort, and layering strategically for fireside hangs and post-dinner digestion cold flashes.

Why not play with reds for a festive look for all the feasts and frolicking? This patterned sweater is the perfect layering piece for the Christmas weekend, feeling seasonal without shouting "DECK THE HALLS!"

Try pairing a patterned open sweater over a basic sweater. Keep the details interesting, like the cream ruffles hem of the bottom layer, and intentional, like the red pattern of the leather clutch for a little pattern play.

Wear a pair of cute, and comfortable, booties for an elevated look that's also ready to frolic and play outside after dinner with the nephews. And legging style pants with a lot of stretch are a MUST for any big meal gathering.

Don't forget your red lipstick (locally made, naturally) and a cute antler necklace for festive touch and the finishing touch on that casual Christmas style!

What are you wearing for the Christmas gatherings this weekend? What's your favorite way to embrace the sweater weather?

Casual Christmas Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Meredyth | Secondhand pieces: Clu + Willoughby sweater, S, $30 / Kensie open sweater, S, $24 / Gap legging jeans, 4, $16 / Rag & Bone booties, 7 1/2, $172 // Local Artisan pieces: Thistle & Lark antler necklace, $24 / Kitsune’s Closet Darling Red lipstick, $10, and Bronze Age nail polish, $7.50 / Petaline clutch, $50

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

Casual Christmas Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Casual Christmas Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Casual Christmas Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Sweater Weather: Cozy Winter Knits

Linnea White

Happy first day of Winter, darlings! The sweater weather is in full force, and the cozy Winter knits are many in the shop. Get inspired this week for all those holiday gatherings ahead.

To be honest, the fresh silvery locks inspired the color palette of this outfit, loving the silver white highlights in play with the lavender hues of the Free People blouse and sweater. Any sweater with extra long, chunky sleeves calls for cozy cuddles on Christmas morning with a mug of cocoa. With a pair of stretchy second-skin jeans and staple boots, this outfit is ready for that holiday with family and friends. Add a statement choker, like this locally made pieces with howlite spikes, and a plum lip for an extra level of drama.

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Free People top, S, $28 / Free People sweater, S, $34 / Rag & Bone jeans, 4, $88 / Frye boots, 9, $140 // Locally Made pieces: Free Range & Feral howlite choker, $46 / Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10, and Silver Age nail polish, $7.50

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

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams

The Fabric of the Season: Velvet, Part 1

Linnea White

We have a serious velvet crush. The fabric of the season is so soft and luxurious you'll be touching (and wearing) these chic pieces all season long.

As cooler days befall, there’s one trend we’re falling for: velvet. The quintessentially 90s trend has made a definitive comeback this Fall, dominating runways from Paris to New York. Lucky for you, darling, velvet pieces are finding their way into the shop, giving you a chance to get in on the nostalgia.

This Express black velvet dress came in and gave me all the feels - literally. I put it on and felt instantly chic, in that 90s nostalgic kind of way. For a little night out inspiration, I paired these a-mah-zing Michael Kors sky high pumps and a vampy lip for a chic little black dress ensemble. Added bonus: a flowy kimono from Urban Outfitters that looked oh-so-beautiful in the wind. Way to go, nature, thanks for taking this outfit up a notch.

What do you think of the velvet trend?

Velvet | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Express velvet dress, 6, $20 / Ecote kimono, O/S, $20 / Michael Kors heels, 8, $60 // Local Artisan pieces: Free Range & Feral smoky quartz bracelet, $40, and earrings, $42 / Kitsune's Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10, and Noir Red nail polish, $7.50

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

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White / Photography by Tristan Williams

Velvet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet | Photo by Tristan Williams

The Statement Choker

Linnea White

In honor of Throw Back Thursday (#tbt) and this current trend, I styled a Fall outfit that incorporates one of our many leather chokers available in the shop. The statement choker is in this season, in a big way, and this arrowhead choker has us feeling like a boho goddess, courtesy of Free Range & Feral.

The rich mulberry color of the leather choker pulls out the beautiful hues in this flowy Anthropologie blouse, and, of course, was the perfect match with our very own Kitsune's Closet Mulberry lipstick. These super soft, distressed AG jeans are the perfect relaxed fit to wear from season to season. Add a pair of easy booties and a light jacket for the crisp Fall weather.

How will you wear the choker trend this season?

Statement Choker | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Hei Hei (Anthropologie) jacket, 0, $48 / Lil (Anthropologie) boho top, XS, $28 / AG distressed boyfriend jeans, 2, $64 / Topshop booties, 9, $24 (sold!) // Local Artisan pieces: Free Range & Feral leather arrowhead choker, $44, and leather bracelet, $12 / Kitsune's Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10, and Noir Red nail polish, $7.50

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

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White / Photography by Tristan Williams

Statement Choker | Photo by Tristan Williams

Statement Choker | Photo by Tristan Williams

Statement Choker | Photo by Tristan Williams

Statement Choker | Photo by Tristan Williams

Winter Fur | Every Day Drama

Linnea White

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When a vintage fur shawl finds its way into the shop, Winter fur outfit ideas (the overly dramatic kind) come to life. This Fall and Winter, fur has been full on trending, from the runways to the department stores, and we've seen a number of great fur pieces in the shop (here, here, and here). On a blustery cold Winter day this past weekend, I bundled up by layering a full length velvet skirt with this cozy vintage fur shawl. Add a top knot, a plum lip, a high neck tank, and black booties for a dramatic every day Winter look.

Winter Fur | Photo by Scott Tiernan

On Linnea: Vintage fur shawl, $78 / Banana Republic navy ribbed tank top, $18 / Velvet skirt, $18 / BOC booties, $34 Local Artisan Pieces: Owl Ridge Farmstead copper collar necklace, $52 / Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Scott Tiernan

Winter Fur | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Winter Fur | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Winter Fur | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Winter Fur | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Winter Fur | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Winter Fur | Photo by Scott Tiernan

Winter Fur | Photo by Scott Tiernan