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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: Evolving Style & Rotating Closet

Linnea White

When you get an amazing jacket for $4, your life changes forever. Okay, maybe not your WHOLE life, but for that moment, you're pretty proud of yourself. At least if you're a consignment shopper like this shop girl. Since becoming the owner of a consignment shop, my personal style has evolved - constantly and cyclically. My combined passion for sustainable fashion and affordable style breeds a healthy (I think) obsession with an evolving style & rotating closet kinda life.

Over the past year alone, my personal style has evolved, transformed, and, almost weekly, rotated. I dress by mood most days, and I go through phases with certain colors, silhouettes, or clothing items. I've also had a considerable body transformation over the past two years that's allowed me to really sweep my closet of ill-fitting garments I no longer want to wear or can't wear anymore.

Through my style evolution, one thing is a constant - and that's comfort. I have to be comfortable at the shop, working long 8-10 hour days, and on my feet most of the time. That's where my Lotta's come in. This ain't no sponsored post. This is the real deal love for an item of clothing that changed your life, and that's my clogs. Two years ago when I bought the store, I bought two pairs of Lotta clogs, and they have been my staple shop girl shoe. Who knew a wooden clog could be so comfortable?!

But comfort doesn't mean sacrificing style, and I swear my hair transformation this year has emboldened me to be more eclectic than I think I've ever been. Learning to be smart with proportions and color palettes, textures and patterns, has been an adventure for me. And I hope to keep improving and learning so I can become the stylist I dream of being not just for myself, but for all the darlings out there.

Evolving Style & Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Darling Finds: Anthropologie midi skirt / Mock neck crop top // From Linnea’s Closet: Lotta from Stockholm clogs / Fringe kimono style jacket ($4, from Plato's Closet!!!) / Thrifted aztec necklace / Elaine B Jewelry rings & earrings / Judith Bright stacking rings

Photography by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style & Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Evolving Style Rotating Closet | Photo by Tristan Williams

Memorial Day Style | Summer Sundress

Linnea White

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The temperatures are rising, the sun is shining, and the large bodies of water are calling. It's sundress season, and we're sporting some red, white, and blue for some Memorial Day style.

With a huge selection in stock, the perfect Summer sundress is waiting for you at Darling, and this new number by Roxy had us craving some oceanside hangs. With a subtle nod to nautical design, this dress is perfect for all of the Memorial Day festivities. Tie a little white blouse (linen or cotton for those hotter days) at the narrowest part of your waist to draw in the otherwise voluminous skirt on this number.

Playing with the nautical theme, this straw tote bag and gold sandals got us beach-ready. These nautical button studs by local artisan Pip's & Co are a simple addition to the look. And, of course, we had to feature the vibrant new lip and nail polish colors by Kitsune's Closet, made right here in Charlottesville. That Fiesta Red lipstick is our new favorite for Summer, and this Tomato nail polish is seriously rich in pigment and sass.

While this outfit has us ready to hit the pool, lake, or beach, we want to know: where are you headed to this Memorial Day Weekend to kick off Summer in style?

Memorial Day Style | Summer Sundress

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Roxy dress, $26 // Odille top, $28 // Franco Sarto gold sandals, $30 // Red straw tote bag, $30 // Bamboo frame sunglasses, $28 | Local Artisan pieces: Pip's & Co nautical studs, $12 // dinosaur toes brass cuff, $18, and sterling silver knuckle ring, $14 // Kitsune’s Closet Tomato nail polish, $7.50, and Fiesta lipstick, $10

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

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Photo taken outside our neighbor, Roxie Daisy!

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Memorial Day Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Brittany Fan | Our Darlings

Linnea White

Many of our local artisans featured in the shop began with a chance meeting and led to a beautiful collaboration. Our most recent collaboration with local artisan Brittany Fan is one filled with beauty and joy. Her artistic talents are blessing our little shop's walls, adding color and life to our space. Not to mention the blessing of a fun card design collaboration with Brittany - a whole line of Darling inspired greeting cards are in the works! Shop Brittany's original paintings and cards at Darling! And meet the artist in the Q&A below.

Q&A with Brittany Fan

As a local artisan, describe what you do in town.

I am a painter, illustrator, photographer, and graphic designer. During the week, I work as a graphic designer at Journey Group, a wonderful design firm near the downtown mall. In my free time, I do portrait and event photography, ranging from family sessions to weddings. I also do film photography as an art practice, and have hung several shows in local coffee shops featuring prints of images I've produced. In addition, I paint and have a downtown exhibition this November through New City Arts, and run an Etsy shop through which I sell hand lettering prints and greeting cards. Photo courtesy of Brittany Fan

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

I lived in 3 countries and 5 states growing up, but spent my pre-college years in Blacksburg, Virginia. I attended the University of Virginia, where I earned an interdisciplinary degree in Studio Art, Art History, and Arts Administration, along with a Masters in Elementary Education. Having graduated in May 2015, I am now working as a design assistant at Journey Group, a local design firm, and will be beginning a year-long fellowship through the Trinity Fellows Program in August 2015.

It's story time. Talk about your collaboration with Darling Boutique.

I met Megan one day when I came into the store, and we ended up having a great conversation that led to a discussion about my work as an painter and photographer, in addition to my recent exploration of card making as a creative outlet. Megan and Linnea had talked about wanting to have more art and carry greeting cards, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity for a collaboration. You can now find some of my original paintings and cards at Darling.

Photo courtesy of Brittany Fan

I'm thrilled to be partnering with these awesome women, because conscious style and cultivating a healthy, fair economy is something else that I am deeply passionate about. I personally love thrifting, reusing, and repurposing things. It gives an individual the opportunity to really define their own unique character and style, while also gives new life to material goods and supporting a local economy. The fashion industry is one of the many global economies where social injustice and poor work condition is rampant, and although it is hard to break the larger cycle on an individual scale, our efforts to steward our material goods well can begin a movement toward style that empowers those who make it possible.

Describe Brittany Fan Art & Photography in 10 words or less.

Harnessing inspiration to cultivate joy and beauty, however I can.

Where do you go to be creative?

I could probably find inspiration in any place or any thing. I do have a tremendous love for nature, and much of my work is inspired by what I see in the natural world. I love to go hiking, grow flowers and plants, explore the outdoors, and go on road trips. As I mentioned before, I also find the kitchen to be a place of creativity, which my friends often benefit from, given the edible nature of what is produced in that scenario.

Photo courtesy of Brittany Fan

What aspects of life excite you, stir your affections, fuel your passions, inspire your art?

Photo courtesy of Brittany FanMy faith background definitely impacts my work, in ways that are subtle in the finished product but is integral to my though process and mission as an artist. I am drawn to the natural world, to the theme of hope and renewal, and to the need to love and care for the world and those around you. These are all things that have become integral to my mindset as a result of my upbringing as a Christian, and I am reminded of them on a daily basis through the beautiful landscape around us and the incredible people in my life. I think the notion that we as individuals, imperfect and fragile as we are, have the capacity to do good and to make something of the world is incredible, and that inspires me more than anything else.

When and why did you become an artisan?

I see the world through a lens of creative opportunity, and have cultivated a personal vision to bring attention to beauty and goodness. As an artist, I found myself not drawn to one particular medium, but rather to every avenue of expression as a different tool for sharing this vision with others. This is not only true of the visual arts--I also love the culinary arts, and see that as another way of producing goodness and sharing it with those around me. So I don't think I ever pursued a particular trajectory toward where I am now--I simply ended up here because I saw opportunities to use art in a positive way, and stepped into those opportunities when they arose. I do the work that I do because I love it and it inspires me, and I hope to inspire others with it.

What are you working on right now?

Right now, I am working on several paintings for the show in November, which will be at the Radio IQ/WTVF Gallery. There will be a gallery opening on First Friday in November, so feel free come by to see the work and eat good food that evening! There will be more details on https://newcityarts.org in the upcoming months.

Where can someone find your products, outside of Darling Boutique?

www.etsy.com/shop/ThoughtsAndInklings and brittanyfan.net

Show Us Your Darling Finds | Our Darlings

Linnea White

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The Our Darlings blog series features local collaborations with artisans in the shop, global collaborations with brands like Sseko, and, now, it also features our darling customers in their darling finds!

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Could she be anymore darling?! Longtime customer and consignor, Erin O'Hare, wearing a Darling Boutique outfit - top, skirt, and purse all from yours truly!

Tag #darlingcville on Instagram to show off your own @shopatdarling finds and be featured!