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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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Borrowing from the Boys: Grey Blazer Trend + Loafers

Linnea White

Menswear Chic is not a new concept in fashion. Borrowing from the Boys is something designers and fashionistas have been doing for decades. But, this season, a few key menswear pieces have been making quite a statement in the fashion world - high fashion and commercial alike. This outfit showcases the perfection of the loafer and the simplicity of the grey blazer trend.

We've already established that you can shop consignment and still wear the latest fashion trends, not to mention designer labels for much less, and this post is just more proof (in case you needed it). This Fall, several amazing grey blazers came into the shop, along with many amazing mules and loafers.

This grey blazer trend has literally been on every style blogger and street style star, and for good reason. It's a versatile piece that can be incredibly stylish, not just boring, shabby, or overly corporate. And I knew I wanted to create a look to showcase just that - how chic a longline, structured grey blazer can really be. Layered over a silk shirtdress by Theory, the blazer stands out. Add a pair of the most beautiful loafers you've ever seen, and a simply statement bag, and the look it complete. With pieces this individually perfect in their clean lines and minimalist simplicity, you don't need a lot of embellishments.

How have you been wearing the grey blazer this year, darlings? What's your favorite items to borrow from the boys? Tell us in the comments!

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Savannah | Consignment Finds: Banana Republic grey blazer, size 4, SOLD / Theory silk dress, size 4, SOLD / Fred Salvador loafers, size 39, SOLD / Rebecca Minkoff crossbody bag, SOLD / / Locally Made FindsDinosaur Toes half circle sterling threader earrings, $22

Photography by Tristan Williams | Styled by shop owner, Linnea White | Modeled by Darling Intern, Savannah Griffin

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Off the Shoulder: The Trend that Keeps on Trending

Linnea White

The Off the Shoulder trend is showing no signs of stopping. It's the little trend that keeps on trending. This outfit proves you can rock the latest trends - tassel earrings, off the shoulder, and lace up sandals - AND shop consignment.

Summer style in is full force as we find ourselves in the middle of July. Tassel earrings and lace up sandals are still hot for the Summer, and the off the shoulder trend is as hot as the pavement in Arizona RN. With all these trends trending and being a fashionista, of course I want to keep up with the latest. But I'm also a consignment gal at heart, and love finding those gems at an affordable price with a conscious consumer mindset. And I love proving through these style posts and this entire blog that shopping secondhand can be trendy and is all about how you style pieces.

How are you rocking the latest Summer style trends, darlings?

Off the Shoulder | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Trina Turk dress, size medium, $78 / Stuart Weitzman lace up sandals, size 9 1/2, $120 / Vintage rattan straw bag, $32 (sold) // Locally-made pieces: Pan & Tea fiber indigo dyed tassel earrings, $25 / Emily Warden Designs opal ring, $48 / Thicket stacking ring sterling silver, $12, and bar studs, $32

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

Off the Shoulder | Photo by Tristan Williams

Off the Shoulder | Photo by Tristan Williams

Off the Shoulder | Photo by Tristan Williams

Off the Shoulder | Photo by Tristan Williams

Off the Shoulder | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment: Vote for Darling

Linnea White

This is my Girl Boss Moment. It's the final week of voting for the Best of C-VILLE, and Darling is up for THREE categories this year - Consignment Store, Female-owned Business, and Place for a Dress. And, call it wearing-your-confidence-until-your-feel-it, I decided to own my boss-ness by wearing it in this Shop Girl Style shoot.

Even saying that - "own my boss-ness" - has such an odd sound to me. Some days, I still can't believe I actually am a Girl Boss, that I own my own shop, that I am living this life (somebody pinch me). And some days, I still doubt that I belong among the ranks of Boss Babes in Cville and beyond. Doubt can be crippling... if you let it.

"Don't compare your hustle to their highlight reel." This is a quote from the Girl Boss herself, Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal and author of the book #Girlboss. And it's something every female entrepreneur out there needs to remember - doubt and comparison are traps; don't fall for them. Affirmations, encouragement, selflessness, humility, vulnerability, women-empowering-women - that's where your focus should be. Change your perspective, darlings. It may seem like a silly thing, but I've started a collection of "boss" shirts to wear the confidence in a weird and wonderful way when I need to push the doubt away.

What does it mean to be a 'Girl Boss'?

"A Girl Boss is someone who has big dreams and is willing to work hard for them. So being a Girl Boss is really about being the boss of your own life. You don't have to be the boss of anyone else to be a Girl Boss." - Sophia Amoruso interview via Elle

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

To me, being a Girl Boss has been a journey of taking risks, trusting in God in BIG ways, stewarding the vision well, taking baby steps (going low and slow), failing graciously and learning from it, and being okay with being vulnerable about this #ladybosslife. Sharing the journey, sharing the dream, sharing the real talk with those who are cheering you on in the sidelines, with those who get it - that part keeps you grounded.

For a moment, I laughed sitting in that throne, and said to Tristan, "I am so far outside of my comfort zone, and I love it." I meant for the shoot, for owning my boss-ness in such a blatant way. But really, what I realized I meant was this entire lady boss life has be out of my comfort zone, that I've been pushed and stretched in ways I never imagined I could be - and I've been made better by the challenge. Being a Girl Boss really means having the ability to motivate yourself, to not give up when it gets tough (cuz that's every day), and to keep doing the work. Because it is worth it. 100%.

I'm grateful to say that this has been a season of affirmation for me, for the shop. I've been the sole owner of Darling for almost a year now, and being recognized on the Best of C-VILLE ballot for "Female-owned Business" is still surreal. I am honored. I've also seen the business grow in big and exciting ways this year so far, and the affirmations of friends, fellow boss babes, and customers has been the wind in my sails. So a big, heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to all of my cheerleaders, near and far. You keep me going when my t-shirts aren't enough. 

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Vote:

I would love your vote, friends near and far! Let's make this the biggest year yet for#darlingcville! #bestofcville2017 Only one week left to vote! Voting ends June 23rd. Visit www.c-ville.com/vote/ >>> Shopping Category: 1. Consignment Store 3. Female-owned Business 2. Place for a Dress xoxoxo

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

Girl Boss Moment | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Darling Finds: Betsey Johnson kiss kiss sneakers // Linnea’s own: Mango "boss" tshirt / Anthropologie pants / Urban Outfitters sunglasses / J. Crew strawberry earrings

Thanks for making me feel like a total badass, Tristan.

Spring Style Trends, Part 2: Gingham Get-ups

Linnea White

From off-the-shoulder tops and wide leg pants, to gingham get-ups and slide sandals, we're talking about Spring Style Trends on the blog, showcasing how you can rock the latest trends AND shop secondhand at the same time.

Gingham is back this Spring in a big way, and when this made in Korea gingham shirtdress came in to the shop, I knew it needed to be featured. Slides (and mules) are also trending this season, and these white slide sandals added a bit of chill to this otherwise buttoned up look.

And what's better than a pair of statement sunnies for finishing a head-to-toe look? These Twiggy-inspired sunnies are so over-the-top, they actually work. And looking like a bug is also super big this season, just FYI/ICYMI, so why the heck not?

I call this my Iris Apfel-inspired look, or my fly-on-the-wall look. Either way, it's effortlessly cool, and insanely comfy - a combo I can fully support. Especially for the weekend, and this outfit is owning all the weekend vibes, right down to the people watching and window lounging.

How are you rocking gingham this Spring, darling?

P.S. As I mentioned before, this is my new hair cut, and it's just so good. Who else feels like a fresh chop in the Springtime is the BEST?!

Gingham Shirtdress | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Made in Korea gingham shirtdress, XL, $14 (sold!) / Espace slide sandals, 8 1/2, $32 / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Lunaria Handcrafted sugilite cube earrings, $18 / Kitsune’s Closet Poppy red lipstick, $12

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

This was a first! Nothing like getting a picture snapped by a passerby who loved the shot Tristan had set up! #paparazzi #truestreetstyle

Twirling into Spring with Meredyth

Linnea White

Spring has arrived, and it's time to start dressing like it. So we're twirling into Spring with one of our darling gals, Meredyth.

This floral dress is just stunning, the perfect twirling dress, right?! And Meredyth looks so elegant in it. Shades of grey with touches of color are a great way to transition from Winter to Spring, and this dress and jacket pair effortlessly for an easy Spring look.

What's your favorite piece to transition from Winter into Spring, darling?

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Meredyth | Secondhand pieces: Mimi Chica floral dress, XS, $20 / Daughters of the Liberation (Anthropologie) cotton jacket, 0, $44 / J. Crew leather wedges, 7, $40 // Locally-made pieces: Little Paper Crane horse hair earrings, $ / Kitsune’s Closet Darling Red lipstick, $12

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

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams