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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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Shop Girl Style: Pretty in Pink OOTD

Linnea White

So I should've posted this on National Pink Day a few Friday's ago, but I wasn't that with it, or that cool. However, this Shop Girl Style outfit deserves to be posted anyways, because you can have a Pretty in Pink OOTD any day.

Tristan came in to do a shoot one Saturday a few weeks back, and we just had to capture this #ootd. I love showing my #darlingfinds with my Shop Girl Style, and this was no different. Except it did include some recent non-darling finds - shocker, I know! I almost ALWAYS shop at my store, but everyone once in a while, I make an exception. And when I saw this pink top go on sale on Anthropologie's website, I snagged it. I don't wear pink often, and have never considered myself a pink girl, but pink is HOT this season, so hot it even got a new name - millennial pink. And so are ruffles. And this top has both. I'd call that a win.

Retro white sunglasses are in this Summer, too, and I searched for the right pair for my face shape. This pair from Urban Outfitters, the Edie Retro, were under $20 and are just perfect. They're my new fav for the Summer days ahead.

What are your favorite Summer trends right now, darlings? 

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.

Summer Style Inspo: Brights & Basics

Linnea White

This outfit is all about the summer style inspo: brights & basics. Earlier this week, we talked about Summer neutrals and lightweight fabrics for the hotter weather. Today, it's all about mixing those basics and neutrals with those prints and brights to keep your wardrobe fresh all Summer long. So, cover your bases, darlings, and get mix-and-match crazy this Summer.

The Brights

Expect to see yellow and pink everywhere this Summer. Solids, brights, florals, patterns, you name it. They're even calling it "millennial pink," like, huh? And neon is always in, especially when you're tan, because you will feel Brazilian AF.

The Basics

From basic, neutral-hued tops to pants to shoes to bags - these are your Summer essentials. From black to tan to bright white or cream, get your basics ready for monochromatic fierceness or mix-and-matching heaven (which is basically where this outfit took us).

You can't go wrong with Birkenstocks in the Summer. They're basically THE sandal for Summer. Rock them in classic black or brown, or go for a bolder statement with metallics or bright white. And you'll be surprised by the amount of ways they can be worn - even with a sexy pencil skirt outfit.

P.S. Funny story about this outfit. The day after we did the photo shoot, Jess from the salon across the street came in and said, "I saw you in that green skirt outfit yesterday. I want the whole thing." So she proceeded to buy the top and the skirt! Definitely pays to parade around Downtown Charlottesville in these outfits - it's walking sales (literally).

Summer Style Inspo Brights & Basics | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: J. Crew skirt, size 2, $38 (sold!) / Forever21 black crop top, medium, $6 / Birkenstock sandals, size 39, $36 (sold!) / J. Crew clutch/crossbody bag, $30 / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Little Paper Crane necklace, $28 / Pips&Co. black square studs, $12 / Thicket bar studs, $28

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

Summer Brights + Basics | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Brights + Basics | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Brights + Basics | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Brights + Basics | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shop Girl Spring Style: Weekend Vibes

Linnea White

Last time we talked about my shop girl style, it was Winter and I was rocking my favorite cat sweater. Now that Spring is upon us, it was time for another installment of Shop Girl Style, featuring some Spring style trends and recent weekend vibes.

This past weekend, we had a Block Party on 1st Street right outside the shop, with live music, a food truck, and a pop up with our favorite local plant lady, Della of cville BLOOMS. I wore this cactus print blouse specifically for Della, knowing she would have little baby cacti and succulents for sale. I'm slightly obsessed with the pattern of this top, cuz it's so freaking fab. And I have to say, this off-the-shoulder trend sure is a lot more functional when there are arm holes separate from the chest, so every time you raise your arms you aren't loosing the whole, you know, off-the-shoulder thing.

This Spring outfit was actually inspired by a recent Spring Style Trends Dressing Up with Darling photo shoot, featuring the off-the-shoulder and wide leg jeans trends in a fun weekend combo. This version was a fun white-washed look that can be worn from Spring into Summer for an easy weekend vibe. Sunglasses required.

P.S. I chopped my hair last week! And got the color touched up. I'm so in love with everything my girl Sarah Hatch does! Schedule an appointment with her today!

Shop Girl Spring Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea (left) | Darling Finds: Pan&Tea necklace / Dinosaur Toes squiggle ring / Twiggy sunglasses / Artisan Tesoro Avarca leather shoes // From Linnea's Closet: Levi's wide leg jeans / Walter Baker off-the-shoulder blouse / Elaine B Jewelry bangles & rings & earrings / Judith Bright stacking rings

Photography by Tristan Williams

Pictured Right: Meet new Darling Intern, Savannah, & find out more about her shop girl style later this week!

Shop Girl Spring Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shop Girl Spring Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shop Girl Spring Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shop Girl Spring Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

A few more shots from the 1st Street Block Party this Sunday in Downtown Charlottesville!

Spring Style Trends: Off-the-Shoulder Tops & Wide Leg Jeans

Linnea White

Spring weekends are made for frolicking, and this outfit is rocking some of the biggest Spring style trends. From the off the shoulder craze to the wide leg culotte length jeans phenom, this outfit is ready to hit the Spring scene with a burst of zeal. Bring it on, Spring! Wide leg jeans are making my LIFE right now. That culotte length is easily pulled of, when styled right for your body type. I could have sported this pair with some heels to give me a little boost in height, but I wanted to show how to dress down the look for weekend adventures. And these Nike kicks were the perfect way to do just that.

I'm also jumping for joy over this off-the-shoulder top, because dang. Showing off a little shoulder, ladies, it's the new sexy. And it is also so darn cute! Keep your neck bare for a clean look, and let the top (and your skin/shoulders/collarbone) do the talking. A pair of statement earrings is the perfect way to accent this trending neckline, especially in a bright hue for the warm season.

How would you rock these Spring style trends, darling?

Spring Trends | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Striped Off-the-Shoulder blouse, M, $20 / J. Crew Rayner Jeans, size 31, $38 (pinned in pictures) / Nike for J. Crew sneakers, 8 1/2, $40 / Super sunglasses, $70/ J. Crew leather belt, $14 // Locally-made pieces: Pips & Co. white 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!

Spring Trends | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Trends | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Trends | Photo by Tristan Williams