It’s my favorite weekend of the year in Charlottesville! Or one of them. In my top 5 - definitely. And my sartorial moment of film festival street style. I love The Virginia Film Festival, and have attended every year since I was a 4th year student at UVa – that's 10 years in a row! It's been an incredible decade of celebrating film - local and international. Here's my list of film picks for this year's festival!Read More
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It's my favorite weekend of the year! Or one of them. Top 5. For sure. I love The Virginia Film Festival, and have attended every year since I was a 4th year student at UVa - 8 years in a row! I recently styled a wild and warm outfit for the weekend's festivities, showing a little Virginia Film Festival Shop Girl Style for film-hopping and shop-girling.
My VFF Picks
I always try to see as many films as possible when the Virginia Film Festival arrives, and this year, they do not disappoint with an incredible line-up for their 30th Anniversary festival. It's so hard to pick! But here is my list of films I'll be seeing this weekend.
- Thursday :: Opening Night Film - Downsizing, 7pm
- Friday :: Krystal, 7pm
- Friday :: Rebels on Point, 9pm
- Saturday :: Wild Honey, 3:15pm
- This is going to be such a treat!! My childhood friend produced this film, and I get to reunite with her and her family for the showing. Her mom was my ballet teacher growing up in Northern Virginia, and I'm not sure if I'm more excited to see all of them or the film!
- Saturday :: Centerpiece Film - Hostiles, 7:30pm
- Sunday :: Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me, 11:45am
- Sunday :: The Leisure Seeker, 1:30pm
- Sunday :: Charlottesville: Our Streets, 4:30pm
- Sunday :: Closing Night Film - Call Me by Your Name, 7:30pm
What films are you seeing this weekend, darlings?
Virginia Film Festival Shop Girl Style | Get Wild (and Warm)
First of all, the teddy (or pile) coat trend makes my heart super happy. I found this gem at T.J. Maxx recently for under $30! And it's the most huggable coat ever. People just want to touch me and hug me when I wear it. It's not me. It's the coat. Just look at it.
Besides the incredible coat, my outfit inspiration came from my "Where the Wild Things Are" tee I recently acquired at the shop. It quickly became a new fav, and has inspired me to get wild with my style. I layered started with my favorite pair of high-waisted black jeans (Free People, scored at Darling last year) and the graphic tee, and went from there, adding to the base a pair of OTK boots (another incredible new score from the shop) and my tried-and-true leather jacket from Anthropologie a while back. Oh, and of course my seeing goggles, because I can't see a movie without them. I'll also look very intellectual during the festival due to my poor vision, which is an added bonus.
I threw the teddy coat over the leather jacket ensemble, and I had a perfectly warm and wild outfit for the festival weekend.
OUTFIT DETAILS | Linnea's Darling finds :: "Where the Wild Things Are" tee, Junk Food Clothing / Free People black jeans / OTK boots, Charlotte Russe / Vintage Coach bag / Emily Warden Designs geo stud earrings / Dinosaur Toes ring & Made by Bees stacking rings // Other pieces from Linnea's closet :: Anthropologie vegan leather jacket / Sanctuary Clothing teddy coat, via T.J. Maxx
The weather may not be participating in Fall, but we are. And today it's all about rocking designer for less, thanks to the best consignment in Charlottesville. This suede-lush, flare jeans look is giving us serious seventies vibes for Fall days ahead.
Besides the obvious sexy seventies vibes of this look, we're rocking some amazing designer finds. From this timeless Prada utility jacket to the perfect Calypso St. Barth flare jeans to the stunning suede All Saints tote bag, this look is filled with secondhand scores you can write home about. "Hey, Mom, I started shopping consignment, and brought an entire outfit for the original price of just this pair of jeans!" I mean, my mom would be proud.
What do you love about consignment? The designer finds for less? The steals under $10? Tell us in the comments!
On Savannah | Secondhand pieces: Prada jacket, size 42, $120 / Madewell blouse, size XS, $32 / Calypso St. Barth jeans, size 6, $64 / Candies mules, size 10, $18 / All Saints suede tote bag, $150 / / Local Artisan pieces: Emily Warden Designs sterling silver half moon studs, $42
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.
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
I call this The Wall Flower OOTD. Cuz it's literally floral and on a wall. But it's also what I'd imagine a super cool wall flower would look like. And this OOTD also teaches you how to wear booties in the Summer.
This outfit is really all about the 'tude. A pair of floral Free People shorts and this stunning cream blouse by Anthropologie could look so feminine and delicate. But I didn't want to style them that way. Cuz what's the fun in doing what's expected (especially with style)? Instead, I took what look like delicate pieces, and styled them for the bad girl - The Wall Flower. The circle sunnies and stacking chokers and Aztec earring jackets give this look a rocker vibe, taking it from sweet to sassy.
And what's really important is how to wear your favorite booties in the Summer. Just because it's hot outside doesn't mean you can't rock a pair of booties! Especially with the right outfit! Booties look great with shorts from romping around in the Summer, and they especially can give a sundress a totally different vibe than all those sandals and wedges you've been wearing. Try it out. Just make sure you wear a good pair of sweat-wicking socks. You'll be glad you did.
On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Dolce Vita (Anthropologie) blouse, size XS (sold) / Free People shorts, size 4 (sold) / Rag & Bone booties, size 39 (sold) / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Free Range & Feral brass stacking chokers, $24 each, howlite ear jackets, $32 / Thicket bar studs, $32