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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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Self-Care Saturday: Farmers Market Style

Linnea White

Time to talk about the #darlingweekend. Shop owner Linnea shares her Saturday morning routine for a little Self-Care Saturday inspiration and her athleisure farmers market style.

If there's one thing I've learned in the past year as the sole owner of Darling Boutique, it's this: self-care is everything. It's necessary. It's irreplaceable. It's stabilizing. It's peaceful. It's restorative. The list goes on and on. I've learned in the past year how little I cared about self-care before, and how unimportant it was in my life. I had those realizations during times when I was a hot lady boss mess, not taking care of myself, emotionally whack, mentally drained, and physically famished. I had to make a change. I had to be intentional.

So I started trying out things on the weekend, things I never made time for before. And, by golly, if I didn't see my entire life change - and my weekdays. I've shared just a few of those self-care practices below, and claim to be no expert when it comes to self-care!

Linnea's self-care tips for a weekend refresh:

  • Be still. Even though this really is something I try to do every day of the week, I try to find a little extra time on the weekend to do this. Unplugged, no distractions. For me, it means reading my Bible, or reading a good book, or just laying in my favorite spot to pray. Finding stillness in your life is the most centering thing you can do for your self-care.
  • Do something for you. With no other agenda than just doing something because you love it. Like visiting the Charlottesville City Market right across the street from Darling.
  • Buy yourself flowers (or your shop, same thing right?).
  • Do a workout or activity outside of your normal weekly routine. Dance! Frolic in fields of flowers! Play outside with some kids (maybe your own, maybe the neighbor kids)! Be creative, be active, and let your body get a healthy sweat in a way that's pure joy, solely fun.
  • Go on an adventure! A drive through the country, a lake day (by yourself, if you're like me sometimes!), a hike in the mountains, a walk on the beach - whatever your heart desires. Find adventure for your soul.
  • Treat yourself to something you love in the food category - a smoothie, a meal, a drink, a dessert... whatever your heart desires.
  • Cook or bake something! May not be something for everyone, or something that everyone doesn't do throughout the week already. But why not try baking something new, trying out that new recipe, exploring your spice rack without an agenda in mind? Food is good for the soul, y'all. I believe it nourishes deeply when it's expressed with love, joy, and peace.
  • Pamper yourself. Take a bath. Give yourself a facial mask treatment. Paint your nails. Heck, for some of us, wash your hair!
  • Rest. Find the reset button. Let your mind, body, and soul truly rest. Figure out what that is for you, and just do it.

To be honest, I feel like I am just scraping the surface of what self-care means to my physical, mental, spiritual, and psychological health - and how to do it in the ways best for me.

But right now, today, this weekend, I know taking a moment to be GRATEFUL is the most important thing I could do for my soul.

xoxo,

Linnea

What do you do for Self-Care Saturday (or Sunday), darlings? Tell me in the comments! 

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: lululemon split back sweater, size 6, $32, capri pants, size 6, $30, and sports bra, size 6, $18 // Locally-made pieces: Dinosaur Toes "Mt. Countrymore" screen print drawstring bag, $18 // Linnea's own: Frankie Jean Darlin' baseball cap / Birkenstocks

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

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Farmers Market Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

Black and White: The Overalls Trend

Linnea White

It's everywhere this season - the overalls trend. Not everyone was as cool as me, struttin' around in their Oshkosh overalls back in 93', so in case you missed out on the overalls thing as a kid, don't worry - they're adult friendly now.

I have to admit - I love overalls. The right pair for the right person are for sure adorable. I scored a vintage Levi's pair last Fall at the shop that gave me LIFE, and I can't wait to wear them all Spring long. Sadly, this black vegan leather pair by Free People sold the day I put them on the floor, which just speaks to how hot this trend really is right now. (Don't worry, another pair of Levi's overalls came in this week, size 0, so all you skinny girls, get in here to snag 'em before they're gone.)

Another trend you'll see this season is the come back of a classic black and white ensemble. From color blocking to pattern play, I'm so excited to see this simple, chic look make a statement this season. For an LA/West Coast vibe, I paired these overalls with a relaxed white T-shirt (and my freaking amazing new Frye snakeskin booties) for an outfit that is all play, no work. Add a pair of oversized Lennon sunglasses and understated, crip accessories, all locally made, of course. Can't get enough of the amazing stacking rings by Thicket Jewelry at only $12 a pop, and her new bar studs, too.

What do you think of the overalls trend, darling? How would you rock it?

Overalls Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: We the Free white t-shirt, XS, $20 / Free People faux leather overalls, 8, $48 (sold!) / Sunglasses, $20 / (Frye booties, Linnea's own) // Locally-made pieces: Thicket sterling silver bar studs, $24, and stacking rings, $12 each / Thistle & Lark mixed metal climber studs, $12 / Free Range & Feral wide leather cuff in black, $26

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

Overalls Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Overalls Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Overalls Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Overalls Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Overalls Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Overalls Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shop Girl Thoughts: Remember Why You Started

Linnea White

Today marks two years since I entered into this shop owner journey. What an incredible two years it has been! I recently had a Mufasa moment (it's a thing) with that booming voice calling out to me from the heavens, "Remember... Remember why you started."

Remember Why You Started

I guess it's safe to say it all started when I was a little girl who loved her "puh-rse." I have been told I would have a fit if we left the house and I didn't have my bag with me, thus being dubbed the "bag lady" from a very young age. Couple that with growing up in the ballet world (costume rooms are heart eyes for me) and with a big sister that I enjoyed stealing clothes and makeup from at a very young age, and you have the makings of a fashionista.

Skip ahead to my post-college years (because, Lord knows, besides being the Fashion Editor for V Magazine for a while, my personal style wasn't much back then) and you will find a Linnea who began to understand 'style personality' and embraced a confident expression of self through fashion. My fashion journey runs alongside my heart journey, and how the Lord has restored me from the inside-out. I firmly believe style is an expression of your heart, and how you carry yourself, speak about yourself, and treat yourself is innate to your spiritual health.

In the past few years, I started to explore and refine my inner stylist through blogging, first with a Dressing Up series on Cville Niche and then to Darling two years ago when I became the co-owner. And I grew to love styling outfits, not just for me, but for other gals (and guys) as well. I remember making the decision to buy the shop with Megan, terrified and excited at the same time, and one bit of advise my dad had for me as I prayed and moved forward in this life-changing step of faith:

"How does your heart feel?" - Dad

"My heart is filled with peace - peace that I can't comprehend. Peace that I know this is what I'm supposed to do. It's my head that's spinning thinking about it all." - Me

"Good. I would be worried if it was the other way around. That peace in your heart is from the Lord, and when you're making a decision, listen for that peace. He'll quiet the noise in your head, He'll take care of all those details." - Dad

Listen for the peace. That's what I did. And that's what I remind myself of again and again in this shop owner life - especially when making decisions. And I remember...

I remember the words of affirmation, the prophetic words of this calling on my life, the words of wisdom and advise. I remember the excitement, the adventure, the childlike joy, the hope. I remember the fear, the doubts, the unknowns, the mistakes, the anxiety. But most of all, I remember why I started, why I bought the store two years ago with Megan, why I bought the store from Megan to become the sole owner last August, why I am doing what I am doing: Because it is what God created me to do. Because it is my calling. Because I am here to steward this little shop, to love on women of all ages, to shine a Light, to spread kindness, to create beauty, to style sweet outfits, to build community, to encourage and inspire true beauty, strength, and dignity through fashion.

This two year anniversary is bittersweet, knowing I'm celebrating it as the sole owner this year, but also knowing I'm partnering with the God Almighty, who has brought me to this very place, this very moment.Remember Why You Started Graphic

Thank You

Most importantly, on this anniversary, I want to emphasize how THANKFUL I am for everyone who has supported me throughout this journey. I owe infinite thanks to my parents (Hi, Mom and Dad!), who endlessly pray, encourage, advise, and give from after (VA Beach ain't that far). That goes to all my family - thank you. My mom has even played shop girl with me several times this past year as I transitioned into sole ownership. I also owe many thanks to my boyfriend for being a constant sounding board for my many venting sessions, cranky attitude and many mood swings, and putting food on the table when I work ridiculously long days (every day). And, of course, to the gal who walked into this adventure with me two years ago, Megan Tiernan, for her grace and drive to see the shop succeed, thank you. (Megan is now killing it in nursing school full time since last August, y'all!)

To all the dear friends, Darling customers and consignors, and complete strangers who have encouraged me these past two years - THANK YOU. I am reminded daily of this gift - the gift of running of shop. It's not a vocation I take lightly, and it is certainly something I am deeply humbled to call myself - Shop Owner.

And I certainly can't forget to shout out the amazingly talented photographer behind the images you see on the blog and social media these days, Mr. Tristan Williams. I love working with you! #blessed

Stay Anchored

All I can say about 2017 so far is this: Stay Anchored.

This year so far has been trying, challenging, and foundational. From sewage explosions and Winter sale woes to sickness (stupid Noro virus) and anxiety, being the sole owner of a small business can be incredibly isolating and indescribably exhausting. What keeps me going? What gives me hope and energy each day? What anchors me in the storms?

Christ. When the words inside my head and the words of the world spin around me, I read His Word. When my heart cries out in frustration, anger, sadness, I praise Him. When my weary spirit is depleted and I'm riddled with anxiety, I rest in Him.

Stay anchored in Hope. Stay anchored in Community. Stay anchored in Love. Stay anchored in Truth. Feel the weight. Dive deeper. Though waves crash overhead, and the stormy winds rage, in the depths you will find true Rest, Safety, Love. Courage is founded in the depths, and tested in the waves.

And remember. Remember the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly. Remember it all. Cherish it all. It's all a part of the journey, and He takes brokenness aside and turns it into something beautiful.

So, here's to two years, and many more! Whatever comes, whatever is next this year and onward, I give thanks for this shop, for this blog, for this journey.

Photo by Sam Kempf

New Year, New You: Juice Cleanse

Linnea White

New Year, New You. Everyone (even you) thinks about jumpstarting the New Year with some form of diet. For some, it's a more serious resolution, a month long - or months long - commitment. For others, it's more of a quick way to jumpstart your health after the sugar-filled holidays are over. And for many (including me), a juice cleanse is the perfect solution. Lucky for me, The Juice Place, a block over on the Downtown Mall here in Charlottesville, has a one-day juice cleanse on the menu. Naturally, a one-day juice cleanse presented the perfect opportunity for a day of style - one look for each juice. So, I cut the coffee (and the breakfast) and dove right in.

This wasn't my first juice cleanse rodeo, or my first time trying out the delicious juices from The Juice Place (TJP), but it was a much needed boost to my healthy lifestyle (and digestive system) after the holidays. When ordering my juices, I selected a wide spectrum of juices to get a variety of benefits in this cleanse, from anti-inflammatory (all the ginger, please) to immune system boosting.

Three big take aways for me from this process:

  1. I have a serious coffee addiction. The headache was REAL.
  2. I didn't prepare by drinking enough water, or drink enough water during the day (hard to do with such a busy day at the shop doing consignment appointments!). I was dehydrated and felt it big time.
  3. These juices are dang delicious. I wish I could have one every day!

Check out the breakfast, lunch, and dinner looks (featuring the pretty juices), and find out more about TJP in the Q&A below!

Juice 1: Wake Me Up Juice

I started out my day with the Wake Me Up juice, a yummy blend of OJ, carrot, and ginger. I loved the strong ginger flavor, and felt invigorated and boosted for the day ahead. Cozy in an outfit featuring activewear pieces from the shop, I picked up my first juice in the morning, and then headed over to open up the shop.

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: lululemon jacket, L, $20 (50% off!) / Old Navy Active leggings, M, $12 / Gap Fit long sleeve top, XS, $14 / Emu Australia boots, 9, $20 / Twelve Little bag, $54 // Locally made Pieces: Free Range & Feral wool knit beanie, $56 / Kitsune’s Closet Iced Coffee Lipstick, $10, and Silver Age nail polish, $7.50

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice 2: V5 Juice

For lunch, I had the V5 juice, a hearty blend of tomato, carrot, celery, lemon, and lime. Think extra delicious (and locally made) V8 juice - except not, because this was way better, and really not much like it at all other than the name. This juice was light and tangy, and I knew it was packed with plenty of goodies to get me through the afternoon. I sipped on this while working at the shop, dresses in my staple lately - boots, jeans, and a cozy sweater.

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Lou & Grey blouse, S, $22 / Rag & Bone jeans, 27, $88 / Frye boots, 9, $140 / Cocogio sweater coat, M, $50 // Locally made Pieces: Free Rane & Feral jasper pendant necklace, $32 / Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry Lipstick, $10, and Storm nail polish, $7.50

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice 3: Green Goodness

The day ended with this amazing blend of kale, spinach, cucumber, and apple. I've had the Green Goodness is smoothie form before from TJP, but never as a juice, and, boy, was it the perfect end to the day. And to make that rich green color pop, I styled a moody black & grey outfit ready for a night out on the mall.

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Free People dress, XS, $70 / Ecote jacket, XS, $38 / Pour la Victorie heels, 9, $78 // Locally made Pieces: Little Paper Crane brass moon necklace, $32 / Free Range & Feral Quartz Cuff, $40 / Dinosaur Toes squiggle ring, $16 / Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry Lipstick, $10, and Storm nail polish, $7.50

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Juice Cleanse | Photography by Tristan Williams

Q&A with The Juice Place

Why do a juice cleanse? Talk about the benefits of the cleanse, and why just one day. Could someone do a cleanse from TJP multiple days in a row? How long is recommended?  

Often when people think of a juice fast or cleanse the word deprivation comes to mind. It's easy to get fixated on the lack of solid food but I like to think of it as more of a feast. Juicing whole fruits and veggies provides the body with a flood of essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Three sixteen ounce juices worth of veggies is going to be close to a gallon worth of juice and pounds and pounds of fruits and veggies. Instead of having to break down the fiber of a few carrots at dinner for example, if you were to get a 16oz carrot juice your body would have immediate access to the nutrients of pounds of carrots! A juice fast offers a time where the digestive system can rest and really focus on alkalizing and detoxing the body. Doing a cleanse for just one day is an easy way to make it accessible and affordable for anyone. While you could do multiple days, one day is going to give your body a quick chance to reset and experience the benefits of juicing.

Should I completely abstain from eating during the cleanse? Is it truly a fasting/juice only cleanse? What are the recommendations for the “best results”?

To get the best results from a fast or cleanse it's best to abstain from eating solid foods. This gives your body a chance to focus on absorbing and incorporating the nutrients. I would recommend in addition to juicing making sure you get a lot of water that day. I'd recommend about 2-3 liters. I also find that drinking herbal teas like peppermint or Ginger will help cleanse the digestive system.

Share a little bit about how the cleanse works at The Juice Place, and how someone can easily sign up to do it!

A juice fast from TJP is easy. You just come in and tell us you'd like to do the juice fast and we can guide you from there! It consists of three juices over the course of one day. I find it works best to space them out over the course of the day but we definitely have customers who have doubled up on juice toward the end of the day because of a hectic work schedule! All of our staff, including myself and my co-manager, are friendly and knowledgeable about health foods- so we're happy and able to answer any questions about s certain direction a customer would like their fast to go in(perhaps a focus on immune boosting or anti-inflammation). All of the juices are made to order right in front of you so it's easy to customize. Signing up is as simple as coming by and committing to a day of doing great things for your body! The best results are going to be followed by clean eating, think less processed foods, more while fruits vegetables and lean proteins and little to no added sugars. But all changes start small and any step towards healthier eating is a good step!

Talk about what The Juice Place offers, and why it’s a unique juice spot, especially for the Downtown Mall audience. 

The downtown mall is a hub for food and coffee but one thing it didn't have was a juice bar. Our owners, the same father son pair who own the Market Street Market, were committed to bringing customers a fresh, quality product that they would be proud serving. All of our juices are served made to order to provide opportunities for customization and to ensure you're getting the most nutrients possible. Our smoothies, almost all of which are vegan, dairy and gluten free, have no added sugar or ice and are made with organic frozen fruit to make them thick and cold. We also specialize in providing hot vegetarian lunches, like rice bowls and paninis, which are both quick and healthy.

What’s the most popular juice or smoothie at TJP? Any new offerings for this Winter season?

The most popular smoothie at TJP is probably the Pink and Easy- it's a blend of strawberry, banana, raspberry, almond milk and hemp hearts. It's a creamy, nutty take on the classic strawberry banana full of plant-based omega-3s and protein from the hemp hearts (which are gluten free). We run specials twice a month and during December offered a Peppermint Cacao smoothie to get everyone in that seasonal spirit. Stay tuned for more specials come January!

It’s the cold season. How can regular juicing help combat the Winter season and keep your immune system game strong? 

Juice is such a great way to deliver a huge immune boost to your system! So many fruits and vegetables are full of vitamin c and other vitamins which will aid in immune support. Our Corpse Reviver shot has been a very popular item this winter and is made with fresh pressed orange and ginger juice, reishi extract (a mushroom extract known to help immune support), and oil of oregano (a powerful, natural antibacterial). There are many studies on how regular juicing can help better your circulation, skin and bone health, immune system, weight loss, and fight inflammation. When it's cold outside and you feel a cold coming on or even if you just want to prevent that cold from coming in the first place, fruits and vegetables are going to give the body the nutrients it needs to be stronger and healthier!

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

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