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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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Farmer's Market Style: Free People

Linnea White

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There's something magical about Free People style, something that spurs creativity with one look at a dress. This dress came into the shop just moments before our shoot, and in a whirl of inspiration, this outfit was in front of the camera shouting, "Hey, Summer, let's go to the farmer's market!" Cuz every Cville gal needs some farmer's market style.

Inspired by the effervescent Free People boho style and the vintage charm of this straw picnic basket, I put together a look that makes my heart soar to a green pasture filled with blooms and a quilted spread for sky-gazing (sound familiar?). This picnic basket is the perfect basket for picking up blooms and fresh goodies from the city farmer's market on Saturday mornings (right across Water street from our little shop).

This Free People dress is pure sunshine, vibrant and airy, ready for those Summer adventures. With a dress this perfect, keep the accessories simple, throw on a fun lip color, and get ready to frolic. A big sun hat never hurt anyone either.

And that's where our local artisans come in. With a simple(y) stunning necklace by Dinosaur Toes and this engraved "Be Free" brass cuff by Nested Sparrow Designs, the dress was accentuated without getting weighed down with accessories. And we haven't met one hot Summer day that isn't a perfect match for our newest red lipstick by Kitsune's Closet, Fiesta.

Be Free, darling. Be free to buy yourself flowers (and maybe a few tacos and coffee) at the market.

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Free People dress, 4, $36 / Mossimo wedges, $12 / Straw hat, $16 / Picnic basket, $22 // Local artisan pieces: Dinosaur Toes necklace, $28 / Nested Sparrow "be free" bracelet, $22 / Kitsune’s Closet Fiesta lipstick, $10

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

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Farmer's Market Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Modern Minimalism & Cool Culottes

Linnea White

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Minimalist fashion is a crisp, cool breath of fresh air. From clever cuts to lovely construction, modern minimalism doesn't give it all away immediately, and it certainly isn't boring. Don't get me wrong - I love prints and boho, free-spirited fashion. But there's something refreshing and chic about crisp solids and structural clothing. The minimalistic look may look ultra chic, but it really requires minimal effort. It's about finding well-tailored clothing in interesting shapes and solid colors to create a modern, cool look.

And a pair of white culottes (like this pair by Rebecca Taylor) is the minimalist dream. This wide-legged look has proven itself more than a trend. Though many stay away from this tricky silhouette, the sheer versatility and ease of the culotte is reason enough to find the right ones for you.

Modern Minimalism & Cool Culottes

For this look, I paired the white culottes with a matching pastel blue Rebecca Taylor vest, a simple crop top, and minimal accessories.  A tip for wearing culottes is to the pants do the talking. Pair the voluminous bottoms with clean, simple accessories, flats or simple heels, and neutral colors.

For accessories, I combined not two but three of our local jewelers --- simple hoops by Little Paper Crane, brass rhinestone cuff by dinosaur toes, and brass love cuff by Nested Sparrow. And of course, any look wouldn't be complete without finishing touches of locally made lipstick and nail polish by Kitsune's Closet.

What does modern minimalism look like for you?

Modern Minimalism | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Rebecca Taylor vest, $120, and Rebecca Taylor white culottes, $118 // Zara heels, $22 // Sunglasses, $22 | Local Artisan pieces: Little Paper Crane aztec hoops, $25 // Dinosaur Toes grey rhinestones and brass bracelet, $24 // Nested Sparrow "love" etched brass bracelet, $20 // Kitsune's Closet Serenity nail polish, $7.50 and Iced Coffee lipstick, $10

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

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Modern Minimalism | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Modern Minimalism | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Modern Minimalism | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Modern Minimalism | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Modern Minimalism | Photo by Megan Tiernan