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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

 

Off the Shoulder: The Trend that Keeps on Trending

Linnea White

The Off the Shoulder trend is showing no signs of stopping. It's the little trend that keeps on trending. This outfit proves you can rock the latest trends - tassel earrings, off the shoulder, and lace up sandals - AND shop consignment.

Summer style in is full force as we find ourselves in the middle of July. Tassel earrings and lace up sandals are still hot for the Summer, and the off the shoulder trend is as hot as the pavement in Arizona RN. With all these trends trending and being a fashionista, of course I want to keep up with the latest. But I'm also a consignment gal at heart, and love finding those gems at an affordable price with a conscious consumer mindset. And I love proving through these style posts and this entire blog that shopping secondhand can be trendy and is all about how you style pieces.

How are you rocking the latest Summer style trends, darlings?

Off the Shoulder | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Trina Turk dress, size medium, $78 / Stuart Weitzman lace up sandals, size 9 1/2, $120 / Vintage rattan straw bag, $32 (sold) // Locally-made pieces: Pan & Tea fiber indigo dyed tassel earrings, $25 / Emily Warden Designs opal ring, $48 / Thicket stacking ring sterling silver, $12, and bar studs, $32

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

Off the Shoulder | Photo by Tristan Williams

Off the Shoulder | Photo by Tristan Williams

Off the Shoulder | Photo by Tristan Williams

Off the Shoulder | Photo by Tristan Williams

Off the Shoulder | Photo by Tristan Williams

Bomber Jacket Outfit Inspiration

Linnea White

The bomber jacket is as hot as a toast right now. (Toast is also very hot right now, just ask avocado.) And on this rainy day in Charlottesville, we're rocking this Anthropologie bomber jacket outfit for a little urban street style inspiration.

Since we've established the bomber jacket is hot as the gate's of Hell right now, it's really not about whether we like that this is a trend or not. It's about how to style it. And the bomber jacket is quite surprisingly very versatile. From sporty chic athleisure to urban street style, there are many ways to wear the bomber.

Since it's pretty obvious bombers can be sported with jeans or pants in a variety of ways, we went for a little bolder take on how to wear the bomber jacket - with a dress (and not a fitted one, at that). This maxi dress is the perfect pairing, with the button up front, it allows for a little skin to show and create a nice visual line from head to toe, keeping the look long and lean.

And since we didn't have a pair of white kicks to add to the look available in the shop at the time (cuz those are also hot as ten thousand suns right now), we went for a little pattern play with this floral pair. Cuz pattern play makes this look even radder.

What do you think of the bomber jacket trend, darling? How would you style the bomber?

Bomber Jacket Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled by Linnea White, Shop Owner // Modeled by Savannah Griffin, Darling Intern // Photography by Tristan Williams

On Sav | Secondhand pieces: Sparkle & Fade Urban Outfitters maxi dress, M, $16 / Hei Hei Anthropologie bomber jacket, S, $32 / Bucketfeet floral sneakers, 8, $22 // Locally-made pieces: / Little Paper Crane brass V shield necklace, $30 / Pip's & Co. triangle stud earrings, $12

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

Bomber Jacket Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Bomber Jacket Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Bomber Jacket Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts Like a Rockstar

Linnea White

"Seeing double double, Double Vision." These leather shorts have me channeling my inner rockstar. (Thanks, Foreigner, for everything.) And now I'm talking a bit about how to wear leather shorts, because this outfit is just one of the endless ways you can wear this statement item.

The How To: Do You

Try dressing them down with a white t-shirt and a jean jacket, or glam it up with sky high heels and a sleek blouse. Wear them in the Summer with sandals and a slinky tank top, or wear them in the Winter with tights, booties, and a chunky sweater. (I wasn't kidding, the options are endless.) Sure, I could show you a bunch of photos of how to wear them for style inspo, but that's just more of the same. You wear them YOUR way, with your personal style, your beautiful booty, and your confidence.

I recently watched the documentary Iris on Netflix, and fell deep in love with this style icon. There is much to learn from this woman, and this documentary, about personal style and how to shop like a pro. But perhaps most importantly, I learned about the lifelong journey of style. The more you discover who you are, the more you discover your personal style. I may have never had silver hair a few years ago, or thought twice about it, but here I am, and I feel more like myself than ever. Whether you're wearing a t-shirt and jeans or leather shorts and a vivaciously vibrant blazer, it's all about how you wear the clothes, not the other way around. Confidence, ladies. It goes a long way.

"There's no how-to road map to style. It's about self-expression, and, above all, attitude." - Iris Apfel

How would you rock a pair of leather shorts, darling? 

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Mink Pink blazer, M, $44 / Old Navy tank top, S, $8 / Zara Woman faux leather shorts, 4, $14 (sold!) / Soludos espadrille flats, 8, $34 // Locally-made pieces: Free Range & Feral aztec collar necklace, $46 , and aztec ear jackets, $32 / Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick, $12

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

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams