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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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Film Festival Street Style + Shop Girl Film Picks

Linnea White

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!

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UVA Game Day Outfit

Linnea White

Hoo's getting ready for Fall and picking out that UVa Game Day outfit? We are! This navy Anthropologie bomber jacket is the perfect Fall layer for game day. Throw it over something orange, like this on-trend button front A-line skirt, and a pair of white kicks or boots, like these classic Campus Frye boots.

Shhhh... don't tell anyone. Abby actually went to JMU (Class of 2017!). And dressing her up in orange and blue (my alma mater - Go Hoos!) was super fun. She was a trooper, and looked absolutely darling in her UVA game day outfit.

This University of Virginia alumnus, female-owned business is bringing you the very Best of C-VILLE when it comes to consignment and locally-made goods! Come check out #darlingcville and shop for Fall. Show us your UVa ID for a special 10% off this weekend - and all Home Game Weekends!

Now Hoos ready to tailgate on the Lawn?!

UVA Game Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Abby | Secondhand pieces: Topshop tshirt, size 4, $12 / Gap skirt, size 2, $18 / Saturday Sunday jacket, size XS, $38 / Frye campus boots, size 6, $140 / Sunglasses, $10 // Locally-made pieces: Onastazia engraved necklaces - Virginia long necklace, $48, UVA short necklace, $38, or UVA coordinates bar necklace, $50 / The Artful Sojourn Virginia state outline necklace, $20 / Pips & Co. orange studs, $10

Photography by Tristan Williams | Styled by shop owner, Linnea White | Modeled by Darling Intern, Abby Brereton

UVA Game Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

UVA Game Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

UVA Game Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Style Inspo: Brights & Basics

Linnea White

This outfit is all about the summer style inspo: brights & basics. Earlier this week, we talked about Summer neutrals and lightweight fabrics for the hotter weather. Today, it's all about mixing those basics and neutrals with those prints and brights to keep your wardrobe fresh all Summer long. So, cover your bases, darlings, and get mix-and-match crazy this Summer.

The Brights

Expect to see yellow and pink everywhere this Summer. Solids, brights, florals, patterns, you name it. They're even calling it "millennial pink," like, huh? And neon is always in, especially when you're tan, because you will feel Brazilian AF.

The Basics

From basic, neutral-hued tops to pants to shoes to bags - these are your Summer essentials. From black to tan to bright white or cream, get your basics ready for monochromatic fierceness or mix-and-matching heaven (which is basically where this outfit took us).

You can't go wrong with Birkenstocks in the Summer. They're basically THE sandal for Summer. Rock them in classic black or brown, or go for a bolder statement with metallics or bright white. And you'll be surprised by the amount of ways they can be worn - even with a sexy pencil skirt outfit.

P.S. Funny story about this outfit. The day after we did the photo shoot, Jess from the salon across the street came in and said, "I saw you in that green skirt outfit yesterday. I want the whole thing." So she proceeded to buy the top and the skirt! Definitely pays to parade around Downtown Charlottesville in these outfits - it's walking sales (literally).

Summer Style Inspo Brights & Basics | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: J. Crew skirt, size 2, $38 (sold!) / Forever21 black crop top, medium, $6 / Birkenstock sandals, size 39, $36 (sold!) / J. Crew clutch/crossbody bag, $30 / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Little Paper Crane necklace, $28 / Pips&Co. black square studs, $12 / Thicket bar studs, $28

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

Summer Brights + Basics | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Brights + Basics | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Brights + Basics | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Brights + Basics | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Neutrals for Rising Temps

Linnea White

The temps are rising, the fabrics are changing, and the Spring flowers are making way for the lush greenery of Summer. Today, we're talking about Summer neutrals for rising temps, and lighter fabrics for those humid Virginia days ahead.

For this look, we went for The Hip Gardener - which is totally a modern silhouette for the Summer. The clean lines of this dress and the neutral hues were such a good match for the fiber tassel necklace by local artisan Pan&Tea. What's even more rad is how well the earrings by Free Range & Feral matched the necklace, bringing this outfit to freakishly amazing status.

How to Wear Neutrals in Summer

Neutrals are important to a year round wardrobe because... they're neutral. No rocket science here. Neutrals are for mixing and matching with textures, patterns, and colors, and with each other. Stocking your closet with a few key neutral pieces will give you exponentially more styling options.

Go for tonal textures like eyelet or crochet details. Look for khakis, creams, bright whites, blushes, browns, blacks, and greys. Bright whites and sandy tones for Summer keep an outfit fresh and weather appropriate. And mixing textured neutrals to create a monotone look like this one is Hip Gardener approved.

Summer Fabrics

Linen is the dreamiest of fabrics for Summer - next to cotton. It's breathable and light, sweat-forgiving and non-clingy, and totes chic. This linen dress by The Podolls features a crochet (sheer) front for extra-breathability. But with the perfect lightweight slip underneath, like the Dosa cotton dress, it's the perfect modern frock for the Summer days ahead, easily dressed up or dressed down.

And IYMI, straw accessories are the Summer essential this season - not like that's a "new" trend, but straw hats and bags are making a fierce statement in the style world right now. This one is from last Summer, and one of Linnea's favorite #darlingfinds to date.

Summer style is taking Darling by storm, with new Summer arrivals weekly in the shop!

How do you transition from Spring to Summer, darlings? Is it colors or fabrics - or both? 

Summer Neutrals for Rising Temps | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: The Podolls linen dress, medium, $160 / Dosa organic cotton slip dress, size 2, $88 / Crown Vintage wedges, 9, $22 (sold!) / Straw hat (sold!) // Locally-made pieces: Free Range and Feral antler drop earrings, $32 / Pan&Tea indigo dip-dye fiber tassel necklace, $30 / Dinosaur Toes squiggle ring, $16 / The Artful Sojourn wrap teal stone ring, $15 / Thicket bar studs, $28

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

Summer Neutrals for Rising Temps | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Neutrals for Rising Temps | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Neutrals for Rising Temps | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Neutrals for Rising Temps | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Neutrals for Rising Temps | 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