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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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Lady on the Town: Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style

Linnea White

This outfit is vivaciously va-va-voom, the epitome of vibrant Lilly Pulitzer style. I felt like a L A D Y in it. A lady on some street in a coastal Italian town  - not just 1st Street in Downtown Cville - although I really like that street, too. This is my Sex and the City moment, and I hope I made Carrie proud.

"Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink." - Lilly Pulitzer

Attention Lilly lovers: A whole selection of Lilly dresses came in last week, and this one called to me, saying, "Linnea, you don't normally gravitate towards pink, but this will make you look like a Barbie doll, so you should totally try it on for the blog." And I did. And I did feel like a human Barbie, but in a really good way. Like I said, I've never been much of a pink girl, but this dress made me rethink some things.

"Despite the forecast, live like it's SPRING." - Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly knows what's up. I never knew she was so quotable. Way to go, Lilly. Keep doing you.

"Being happy never goes out of a style." - Lilly Pulitzer 

You know what makes me happy? The fact that this Vespa was serendipitously placed when we went outside for the shoot, and it matched the dress. I mean, WHAT THE WHAT. Praise be to GAWD. All I could have asked for to make it complete is just to be literally transported to an Italian coastal town. That would be nice. But this little slice of heaven in Charlottesville will do for now.

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: H&M blazer, 6, $12 / Lilly Pulitzer dress, 0, $78 / Jeffrey Campbell heels, 9, $48 // Locally-made pieces: Pips & Co. vibrant blue stud earrings, $12 / Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick, $12

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

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Dress for a Holiday Party

Linnea White

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'Tis the season for a datebook full of holiday parties - from Secret Santa gift exchanges to office holiday parties, from black tie balls to a friend's house party, from going home for the holidays to New Year's Eve extravaganzas. Shop at Darling Boutique to get your wardrobe ready for the celebrations ahead without breaking your wallet! The shop is stocked with affordable pieces for the holidays, from consigned dresses and heels to locally made artisan jewelry. I love the vintage button studs by local artisan Pip's & Co., and went for a vintage-inspired glam look for that upcoming holiday party. Not all holiday outfit needs sparkles, shades of red and green, or a little black dress. The rich velvet and lace of this vintage dress evoke a winter wonderland. Grace your next party with a classic red lip and a stunning dress for a price you can celebrate!

Holiday Photo by Megan Tiernan

Vintage dress, $28 / Nine West heels, $38 / Textures by Tammy Daneker clutch, $22 /Pip's & Co. earrings, $14 / Kitsune's Closet Poppy Red Lipstick, $10

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Holiday Photo by Megan Tiernan

Holiday Photo by Megan Tiernan

Holiday Photo by Megan Tiernan

Holiday Photo by Megan Tiernan

Holiday Photo by Megan Tiernan

Holiday Photo by Megan Tiernan

Darlings in Dresses: How to Take on Dressember

Linnea White

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This month, Megan and I are wearing dresses for 31 days as part of the Dressember movement. We're honored (and really, really excited) to stand with women all over the world for this incredible cause. We love Dressember so much, we decided to show a little #dressember style by featuring outfits from our shop! See how we each styled dresses for Dressember - a month of dresses to raise support and awareness to reclaim freedom, dignity, and femininity for the victims of human trafficking. Join us by donating to the cause, or show us your own #darlingsindresses style on Instagram!

How to Dressember

On Linnea

For an every day, Winter look, Linnea styled this vibrant J. Crew wool shift dress (with pockets!!!) with navy tights and oxford heels - and a snazzy top knot - for a mod-inspired style. This dress can be worn dressed up (add some sparkle and heels) for the holidays, or dressed down with flats or boots and a cozy sweater or coat for colder weather. Not only is it classy and timeless, but it's comfortable - #winning.

On Megan

For a boho-inspired look, Megan rocked a Free People tunic dress and kept the accessories minimal - let the a dress like this one do the talking! This dress can easily be worn over tights or even jeans, with heels or boots. Throw an ankle-grazing coatigan over this tunic and a chunky knit scarf for a boho-chic wintry look.

Dressember Photo by Scott Tiernan

On Linnea: J. Crew dress, $38 / Style & Co oxford heels, $30 / Pip's & Co. studs, $14, and turtle ring, $20 // On Megan: Free People dress, $44 / Michael Kors oxford heels, $88 / Owl Ridge Farmstead leather knot studs, $22

Shop these items and more at Darling Boutique!

Styled by Linnea White & Megan Tiernan / Photography by Scott Tiernan

Dressember Photo by Scott Tiernan

Dressember Photo by Scott Tiernan

Vest Weather | Dressing Up with Darling

Linnea White

Chilly mornings and warm, sunny days. It's the perfect weather to rock a vest. From shearling to shaggy, fur to faux, this Fall, vests are making a comeback. Vests are the ideal transitional piece in long or short silhouettes. Worn chic and belted or boho and layered, the vest is a great addition to your Fall wardrobe. We styled our intern Grace in one dress worn two ways - showing off two vests in the shop.

Vest 1 | Fur-tastic

Photo by Megan Tiernan

White House/Black Market burgundy dress, $30 // Adrienne Landau Rabbit & Fox Fur vest, $220 // Kathy Jeanne black felt hat, $70 // Grey pleather boots, $22 // Owl Ridge Farmstead leather wrap copper cuff, $29 // Pip's & Co necklace, $18 // Kitsune's Closet Noir Red Lipstick, $10 (new at Darling!)

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Vest 2 | Boho Chic

Photo by Megan Tiernan

White House/Black Market burgundy dress, $30 // Reversible sweater vest, $20 // Owl Ridge Farmstead necklace, $40, and earrings, $26 // Kitsune's Closet Decco Red Lipstick, $10 (new at Darling!)

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Mrs. R Robes for Ladies | Our Darlings

Linnea White

Luxurious. Effortless. Stylish.  We're excited to introduce our latest local collaboration with Gabriela Zabalúa. This Darling collaboration comes to you by way of a special pop up shop event at the boutique this weekend only.

This Saturday, October 10, from 6-9pm, enjoy an evening at Darling Boutique shopping the beautiful robes by Mrs. R, made in Argentina and each piece uniquely fabulous. Ladies, bring a friend and pamper yourselves by donning a luxurious Mrs. R robe or cover-up! Come ready to play dress up! The purchase of any Mrs. R product results in 20% off any regular price consignment item in the shop.

See how we styled one of the gorgeous robes and find out more about this local collaboration in the Q&A with Gabriela below.

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Mrs. R robe made in Argentina, $98 / J. Brand black pants, $64 / J.G. Hook black top, $12 / Pip's & Co brown leather & feather necklace, $16 / Owl Ridge Farmstead feather studs, $28 / J. Crew booties (Linnea’s own)

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

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Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Photo by Megan Tiernan

 

Q&A with Gabriela Zabalúa

Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? If not the Charlottesville area, what brought you here?

I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Was born there and raised between US and Argentina. My father was at the Embassy and as a diplomat, we traveled around. After 11 years as editor in chief of a magazine for AARP, I decided to start my own communications company. Looking for a more peaceful and slower paced life, I moved to Charlottesville from DC in February, where I met John Ince, Charlottesville Country Properties (Nest). I have since been enjoying my life between the city and the farm, were we have horse, dogs, a cat and 6 chickens.

Talk about your collaboration with Darling Boutique.

Darling gets it. They totally related to the look and feel of the robes and understood their originality and versatility. I don’t know about you, but, I need clothing that adapts to my mood and that I can style in different ways to get me through the day. These robes are exquisite as such, but they can also be dressed up with some jewelry and heels and worn as a wrap dress to “flow” around in the city at night. Or, belted on top of a pair of skinny jeans. Wear them any way you want, and you will feel fabulous. When the partners at Darling saw the robes, they immediately started brainstorming to make their introduction to Charlottesville a successful one.

Share the story behind Mrs. R. What inspired the pieces?

Two dear childhood friends from Argentina design these. They travel a great deal and like to collect fabrics from major cities and remote places around the world. They don’t work outside of the home, but felt the need to look and feel luxurious and put together without having to “dress up.”

Describe Mrs. R robes in 10 words or less.

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