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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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The Trench Coat of All Trenches: Burberry

Linnea White

Well, hey there, 60 degree weather on February 1st! With Spring arrivals coming in the shop now, and apparently random Spring temperatures, we decided it was time to hit the city in transitional Spring style featuring the trench coat of all trench coats - Burberry.

The trench coat is a classic closet staple, and it doesn't get much more classic than a Burberry. The trench is timeless, effortless, and oh-so-chic. It is also an ideal outwear piece for transitioning from Winter or Spring (or Summer to Fall).

Keeping the outfit underneath clean and simple, this crisp white Banana Republic blouse was the perfect compliment to a leather panels khaki Anthropologie skirt. Add a red lip (locally made, of course) and this stunning red Kate Spade arm candy, this outfit is screaming "city slicker."

You'll see new versions of the trench hitting the racks this season, in softer textures and fabrics for a flowy layered Spring look. But this classic tailored Burberry trench is simply timeless, and is ready to hit the city streets.

Trench Coat | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Burberry trench coat, 6, $500 / Banana Republic blouse, XS, $24 / Leifsdottir (Anthropologie) white leather panels skirt, 6, $78 / Kate Spade bag, $160 / Madewell booties, 7 1/2, $68 // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Poppy Red Lipstick, $10

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

Trench Coat | Photo by Tristan Williams

Trench Coat | Photo by Tristan Williams

Trench Coat | Photo by Tristan Williams

Trench Coat | Photo by Tristan Williams

Trench Coat | Photo by Tristan Williams

Winter Vintage Glam

Linnea White

The holiday parties may have passed, but Winter Vintage Glam never fades. The timeless touch of whimsical pieces and eye catching glam is a dashing combination. This outfit mixes vintage finds with contemporary brands flawlessly for a look oozing style with class!

We already know I have a thing for Winter Whites (from clothes to hair color), so when this vintage Angora sweater came into the shop last week, the swooning commenced, inspiring this entire outfit. Paired with a pair of Topshop tuxedo style jogger pants, sassy black heels, and this stunning feathery jacket, I was oozing sartorial elegance.

When the pieces are so effortlessly chic, accessories are meant to compliment, not overpower. After all, we're talking about Vintage Glam here. The longline jacket and the long necklace help contrast the cropped sweater to lengthen the neck and torso, making a curvier, shorter frame extra tall. A pair of medallion earrings pair fabulously with the velvet embroidered vintage clutch, and, of course, what's more retro than a classic red lip.

From Winter cocktail party, New Year's Eve party, Winter wedding reception, or just for a night on the town, this outfit is ready to just about any Winter soirée.

What's your favorite way to wear vintage pieces?

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Vintage angora sweater, S, $48 / Topshop tuxedo pants, 6, $22 / Ryu tan feathery jacket, M, $32 / Vintage peacock beaded velvet clutch, $68 / Madewell heels, 7 1/2, $22 (50% off!) // Locally made Pieces: Little Paper Crane sunburst brass earrings, $34, and radiance brass necklace, $38 / Kitsune's Closet Poppy Lipstick and Silver Age nail polish

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

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

Holiday Sparkle | Two Ways

Linnea White

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Holiday sparkle comes in a variety of colors and textures, shapes and sizes, and this week, we styled not one, but two outfits with that thought in mind.

Holiday Sparkle | Part One

This Banana Republic sparkle skirt made this one too easy. I mean, that skirt is really all you need. But instead of going overly sweet with it, I went for a more rocker-chic look, adding lace up booties and a leather jacket.

Holiday Sparkle | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Banana Republic Heritage Collection skirt, 2, $34 / Alya peplum top, S, $14 / Calvin Klein jacket, M, $38 / Madewell booties, 8 1/2, $88 // Locally Made pieces: Free Range & Feral howlite earrings, $32, and necklace, $56 / Pan&Tea convertible clutch/crossbody, $53 / Kitsune’s Closet Darling Red lipstick, $10, and Silver Age nail polish, $7.50

Holiday Sparkle | Photo by Tristan Williams

Holiday Sparkle | Photo by Tristan Williams

Holiday Sparkle | Photo by Tristan Williams

Holiday Sparkle | Part Two

This doll of a dress is even more stunning in person, with rich hues of mulberry and silver grey. And these Badgley Mischka heels are a work of art, absolute show stoppers, and worthy of all holiday parties (New Years, anyone??). Let shoes like these do most of the talking, because they will indeed be talked about. Why not give some sparkly shoes a twirl this holiday season?

Holiday Sparkle | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Meredyth | Secondhand pieces: White House/Black Market dress, 2, $78 / Badgley Mischka heels, 5 1/2, $78 / XXI coat, S, $18 // Locally Made pieces: Thistle & Lark necklace, $18 / Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick, $12

Holiday Sparkle | Photo by Tristan Williams

Holiday Sparkle | Photo by Tristan Williams

Holiday Sparkle | Photo by Tristan Williams

Holiday Sparkle | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

Jumpsuit Holiday Outfit: Alternative Style

Linnea White

Since when did "Holiday Party" mean a dress? When this jumpsuit came into the shop, the oh-so-chic holiday style came together with the tip of a hat. This jumpsuit holiday outfit is ready for any soirée, from office party to dance party.

We've been talking Holiday Style on the blog, featuring darling outfits for your holiday party season. (And, yes, we have more of that to come this week!) But this jumpsuit lends a different vibe to the assumed holiday style, taking what could be an office holiday party outfit to a seriously babe-a-licious level of a chic.

The top hat pattern on this Anthropologie jumpsuit was too cute for words - whimsical without being cheeky. The semi-sheer Urban Outfitters blazer kept the sleek look of the jumpsuit, but with a sexy twist. Keeping it simple, but eye-catching, with accessories, we featured that classic red lip with side swept hair and show-stopper tassel earrings.

How are you wearing jumpsuits this season? Because you totally should. 

Jumpsuit Holiday Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled by Linnea White, Shop Owner // Modeled by Autumn Guckert, darling gal // Photography by Tristan Williams

On Autumn | Secondhand pieces: Harlyn (Anthropologie) jumpsuit, M, $58 / Steve Madden heels, 8, $32 / Silence + Noise semi-sheer blazer, M, $24 / BCBG Max Azria belt, S, $18 // Locally Made pieces: Pan&Tea tassel earrings, $25 / Kitsune's Closet Darling Red lipstick, $10

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

Jumpsuit Holiday Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Jumpsuit Holiday Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Jumpsuit Holiday Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Jumpsuit Holiday Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Jumpsuit Holiday Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Jumpsuit Holiday Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams