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Darling is a curated boutique offering women’s consignment and handmade local artisan goods, with new arrivals every week.


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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Darling, You've Got Style: The Everyday Tote

Linnea White


Beautiful, soft, buttery leather. The everyday tote. Combine the two, and it's an instant classic. Lucky for you, we have Sseko's Leather Bucket Bag available in the shop! And it's a beauty. See how we styled it in this week's Dressing Up post! In the perfect shade of tan, this tote can literally be worn with any outfit -- it goes from weekday to weekend effortlessly. Not sure you'd get enough wear out of an investment piece like a classic leather tote bag? Let's take a look at the many, MANY ways it can be worn!

All images via Pinterest.

All White + Caramel | Crisp Basics

All Black + Caramel | Casual Cool

Black + White + Simple Heels + Caramel | Dressed Up Cool

Chambray + Sneaks + Caramel | Weekend Chic

Tee + Stripes + Caramel | Match Made in Heaven

Printed Dress + Black Flats + Caramel | Playful, Part 1

Floral Print + Jean Jacket + Caramel | Playful, Part 2

Soft Greys + Summertime Vibes + Caramel | Boho Chic, Part 1

Embroidered Dress + Sunhat + Tan + Caramel | Boho Chic, Part 2

Trench + White Blouse + Denim + Caramel | The Classics, Part 1

Denim + Denim + Caramel | The Classics, Part 2

Navy + Dark Brown + Caramel | Prep School Cool

Army Green + Denim + Booties + Caramel | Ready for Adventure

Bundled Up + Chunky Scarf + Caramel | Ready for Adventure, Part 2

Need more inspiration? Just hop on over to Pinterest and search for "tan leather tote style." It's all over the fashion blogosphere! 

Darling, You’ve Got Style is a style tips and tricks series on the blog. Learn fun ways to pattern play and color combine. Get answers to those pesky questions about booties and belts and bra straps.

Got style woes and seeking some answers? Ask us! Leave a comment below to suggest future style posts. We’ll read your submissions and add them to our list!

Dressing Up with Darling: Giving Back is the New Black

Linnea White


Sure, this post may look like a LBD post. But look closer. This week, we're featuring an awesome new product in the store from Sseko Designs - their beautiful, handmade leather bucket bag. Handcrafted in Ethiopia, this is not only a classic bag, but buying it also directly supports women in Ethiopia.

To showcase the bag, I styled it with a simple black knit dress, a pair of killer booties, a pair of our new sunnies, and simple, eye-catching jewelry. But a leather tote can be worn with many styles and in many ways (which you'll see tomorrow on the blog in our tips and tricks post). Buy this gem of a bag at the shop!

photo by megan tiernan

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

photo by megan tiernan

photo by megan tiernan

photo by megan tiernan

photo by megan tiernan

photo by megan tiernan

photo by megan tiernan

photo by megan tiernan

photo by megan tiernan

photo by megan tiernan

photo by megan tiernan

Soprano high-low black dress, $18 / Jean Michel Cazabat booties, $120 / Sseko Designs leather tote bag, $149.99 / Girls Day Out (local artisan) tusk necklace, $28 / Grace & Glory bracelet, $18 / Grace & Glory earrings, $14 / Mercury Sunglasses, $22

Find these pieces and more at Darling Boutique on the downtown mall!

Dressing Up with Darling: Brighter Days and Pattern Play

Linnea White


It's Spring! And it's Earth Day! For this week's Dressing Up with Darling, we wanted to feature our new Sseko Designs Ribbon Sandals and embrace two things we love - brighter days and pattern play!

This Anthropologie top is embodies are aforementioned things we love! Whether thrown over a pair of jean shorts or accessorized like this boho chic outfit, the playful patterns beautifully complement those bright Spring days. And let's just take a moment to talk about this adorable Free People skirt. The convertible dress/skirt flows in the breeze with ease. And of course we had to feature our a pair of our new Sseko Designs Ribbon Sandals, available for purchase at Darling!


Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan











Tiny (Anthropologie) stripe floral top, $30 / Free People pink convertible dress/skirt, $40 / Sseko Designs Ribbon Sandals with red ribbon, $45 sandal, $10 ribbons / Girls Day Out beaded bracelets in gold and aqua, $10 each (local Charlottesville artisan) / Brown hemp belt, $5

Find these pieces and more at Darling Boutique on the downtown mall!

And now, a special Earth Day message from Sseko:

"Happy Earth Day! Did you know that wearing our ribbon sandals is not just a fashion statement, but also an eco-friendly decision? The average woman buys 1 pair of shoes a month (that's an average of 434 pairs in a lifetime!). While she has 20 pairs of shoes, she only wears 5! Our goal is to help you minimize that footprint--by creating beautiful shoes that won't go out of style! Simply swap out the ribbons or accessories if you need a change--these babies will last for years!"