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

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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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Velvet for the Holidays

Linnea White

Velvet for the Holidays. Is there a better combination? Not this season! Velvet is everywhere, and it's a guaranteed stunner for all your Holiday fêtes ahead.  Velvet has made a huge comeback this year, and we're loving it. The fabric has a rich, luxe feel, and an effortless sheen, making it perfect for the Holidays. This black velvet Free People dress was the perfect fit for an understated Holiday look. We even paired it with some high top sneakers for an unexpected twist.

The velvet luster is also a great backdrop for local artisan Lisa Christine Jewelry's lovely creations - from a moon ring to a crystal necklace to silver hoop earrings. The trick to velvet is to let it do most of the talking, or find accent pieces - like statement jewels - to ramp it up a notch without going kitschy.

How do you like to wear the velvet trend, darlings? Tell us in the comments!

P.S. This is our adorable #darlingintern, Jillian! She's a senior at Monticello High School, and she has been a HUGE help around the shop this Fall so far. We'll introduce her on the blog with a little Q&A soon!

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Jillian | Consignment Finds: Free People velvet dress, size XS, $34 (SOLD) / Steve Madden high top sneakers, size 9, $34 (SOLD) / / Locally Made FindsLisa Christine Jewelry, Hammered Sterling Silver Hoops, $64 + Quartz Point Sterling Silver Chain Necklace, $48 + Moon Ring - Sterling Silver, $52

Photography by Tristan Williams | Styled by shop owner, Linnea White | Modeled by Darling Intern, Jillian Jacobson

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

 

Falling for Boho | Dressing Up with Darling

Linnea White

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It's September! Hallelujah! It may still be muggy outside - good 'ole Virginia summer - but we are filling up the shop with fall pieces. It's almost time for boots and booties, sweaters and scarves - can I get an amen?! (We seriously love fall. #sorrynotsorry)

I love to reinvent my style with the changing of the seasons, and for Fall, I always gravitate towards boho pieces, especially for that transitional Virginia Fall weather. What's more perfectly boho chic than this floppy felt hat? Paired with these gorgeous plum colored Rag & Bone jeans and a chunky knit sweater, this outfit is ready for crisp mornings and chilly evenings. Who's with us?!

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Wyeth Floppy Felt Hat, $65 / Rag & Bone Plum Ombre Jeggings, $69 / Loft Peplum Top, $12 / Costa Blanca Black Knit Open Sweater, $28 / Steve Madden Black Wood Heel Clogs, $34 / Owl Ridge Farmstead Antler Tip Necklace, $42, and Sliced Antler Bracelet, $35

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

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

Be sure to check out The SpiceSea Gourmet food truck, our lovely backdrop for this shoot!