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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.

Filtering by Tag: retro style

National Ice Cream Day: Retro Style

Linnea White

I love ice cream. A lot. And I don't need a national holiday like National Ice Cream Day (July 16, everyone) to eat ice cream, but I absolutely will use the important holiday as an excuse to style another outfit featuring amazing #darlingfinds. This retro style inspiration is perfect for a Sunday afternoon eating ice cream, right?

Call it the new pink in my white hair, or the fact that this Summer heat has me going a little cray, but this outfit inspiration was pretty much a shout out to the bombshells of the 40's and 50's. I can only dream of having the charisma and style of icons like Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly, but I'll keep dreaming and styling in their honor.

This vintage bag started the retro outfit inspiration. And these gingham high-waisted pants were perfect for a little classic white button up tied at the waist. Add a pair of clogs or mules for a classic retro edge, a hot pink lip (locally made by Kitsune's Closet), and whimsical pinwheel earrings locally made by Emily Warden Designs, and this outfit is ready to hit the town - (extremely melted) ice cream in hand.

Special shout out to Chap's Ice Cream for the yummy treat, and cute backdrop. And props to Davines deep conditioner and the ladies of The Honeycomb for this new pink hair.

Retro Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: J. Crew "Boy" button up, size 4, $26 / Loft gingham pants, size 8, $22 / Old Navy clogs, size 9, $10 / Vintage bag, $40 // Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Emily Warden Designs opal ring, $48, and pinwheel earrings, $58 / Thicket stacking ring sterling silver, $12, and bar studs, $32

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

Retro Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Retro Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Retro Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Retro Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Retro Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Rompin' Around: First Day of Summer Edition

Linnea White

If you know me, you know one of my favorite things is rompin' around. And it's a plus if a cute romper is involved, like this vintage number from #darlingcville.

It's Summer Solstice, the First Day of Summer, and this outfit is a ray of sunshine. It embodies all the carefree, joyful, adventurous spirit of Summer in one look. It's flirty and fun, and ready to take on all the frolicking Summer has in store.

Rompin Around | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Vintage romper, size small, $10 / Charlotte Stone (Anthropologie) rose gold clogs, size 38, $58 (sold!) / H&M clutch, $8 // Locally-made pieces: Pips & Co. stud earrings, $12

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

Rompin Around | Photo by Tristan Williams

Rompin Around | Photo by Tristan Williams

Rompin Around | Photo by Tristan Williams

Rompin Around | 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.

How to Style a Vintage Dress: Shop Girl Style

Linnea White

This is my unicorn dress. Isn't it magical? A few weeks ago, the shop hosted an Earth Day pop-up shop with Two Scoops Vintage, and I found some amazing vintage pieces - including this dress and umbrella. Naturally, we took to the streets on the rainy day for a little shoot to show how to style a vintage dress.

Styling vintage should be fun - taking pieces from another time, another life, and translating them for a modern context. When it comes to vintage dresses, you can play up the retro vibes in the styling, or you can make it more modern by deconstructing the look and adding contemporary pieces - especially in the accessories.

When I found this incredible dress, it fit like a glove, and I couldn't get over the bright colors with my white hair. Unicorn status. I paired the dress with two current trends I was already wearing that day in the shop - my new-to-me white sneakers and J. Crew pom earrings. I almost tried a different belt/scarf combo with the dress to give it a more modern edge, but ended up going with the original belt to play up the retro vibes of this vintage look.

And to quote one of my favorite movies of all time, Singing in the Rain...

"Kathy: This California dew's a little heavier than usual tonight...

Don: Oh really? From where I stand, the sun is shining all over the place..."

Cue the song and dance!

P.S. This photo shoot is one of my favorite shoots Tristan has ever done. That jumping picture was one take, and he nailed it. I love when I get to be a dancer again on shoots! I hope it brings you as much joy as it did when I first saw that picture!

What do you think, darlings? How do you like to rock vintage pieces? 

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

On Linnea | Darling Finds: White sneakers / Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked lipstick // Two Scoops Vintage Finds: Vintage dress and umbrella // From Linnea’s Closet: J. Crew pom earrings / Elaine B Jewelry rings, bangles, & stud earrings / Judith Bright stacking rings

Photography by Tristan Williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

Utilitarian Chic: On Trend Meets Timeless Fashion

Linnea White

One of the Spring 2017 fashion trends to look out for, utilitarian chic is a play on tailored classics and sporty proportions. For a little #throwbackthursday fashion, I styled a timeless-meets-trendy outfit that had me channeling my inner Marilyn or Audrey in these sunnies.

This outfit is such a throw back (#TBT), I can't even handle. I felt like a mid-century babe in this outfit, from the coiffed curls to the utilitarian pencil skirt and feminine blouse. Like a bird on a wire, I felt airy and dainty, spreading my wings, strolling on my tippy toes; and like a total bad ass babe, I felt bossy and confident, rocking those shades like there was paparazzi around the corner.

Even the makeup plays up the updated 1950's style, from the hair style to the bold brow and bright lipstick, taking this trend from sporty to feminine, functional to fashionable. I opted for the Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick, locally made by Kitsune’s Closet, as a subtle nod to Miss Felicity Smoake (Arrow fans, anyone??), another blonde bombshell. And how fun is the subtle lilac hue to the new hair in this look? I can't get enough of this darling makeover.

Keys to Wearing the Utilitarian Chic Trend

The utilitarian chic trend is incredibly versatile, and so easy to personalize to your style. From urban street to workwear chic, this trend is something any gal can pull off.

Here are a few key tips to keep in mind when wearing the utilitarian chic trend:

  • Balance oversized proportions with tailored pieces. Complement a sporty, masculine piece with a feminine, straight silhouette, like a pencil skirt or shift dress, or a lighter, airy fabric.
  • Embrace girly accents, like delicate jewelry or French-knotted scarves.
  • Pick pieces in dark, muted tones - military green, olive green, khaki, black, grey, white, brown, navy. Play with prints and solids, interplaying subtle details for a cohesive look.
  • Try a jumpsuit!
  • When in doubt: wear a white shirt. From a basic tee to a button up blouse, the white shirt is a simple way to play with this trend, pairing it with a simple skirt or pants, a parka or jacket, and a silk scarf (for a start!).
  • Finishing touches are important, so choose footwear that completes the look. For a more utilitarian, sporty look, go with heavy boots or sneakers. For a more chic, feminine look, opt for a shoe with a heel or sleek silhouette.

How do you rock the utilitarian chic trend, darling?

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Catelier hand-painted blouse, S, $34 / Cartonnier (Anthropologie) skirt, 0, $30 / Banana Republic wool jacket, 0, $80 / Franco Sarto booties, 7 1/2, $30 / Rebecca Minkoff bag, $70 / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick blended, $12

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

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams