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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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Spring Florals and Flats: Flirty Style

Linnea White

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Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking. - The Devil Wears Prada

Ok, so, Spring florals may not be new, trendy, or groundbreaking, but they sure are cute and the perfect way to brighten your wardrobe with that Spring-spiration (proud of that pun, y'all).

A touch of floral makes the day bright, and the outfit right (I've had too much caffeine, clearly). We love the contrast of a classic, tailored pant with the boho sleeves and flowy fabric of this white blouse. Talk about easy, breezy, CoverGirl. The Charlie ankle pant from Anthropologie is a classic style, and they've produced it in a variety of patterns or colors of the years. This pair's pink and orange floral pop on that green base.

I about died when the J. Crew flats came in to the shop in the same hue of orange. Fun flats for Spring are pouring in to the shop, and so worth finding the perfect pair for your foot. Make sure they're comfortable and not just good-lookin'!

Don't forget to add a pink lip and a bolder fuchsia nail color as you move boldly into your Spring wardrobe. It's time! Seize the Spring day!

Spring Florals | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Target top, XS, $10 / Cartonnier (Anthropologie) Charlie ankle pant, 4, $38 / J. Crew flats, 9, $28 / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick, $12, and Be Smoaked fuchsia nail polish, $7.50

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

Spring Florals | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Florals | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Florals | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Florals | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Style Inspiration: Lilac Grey

Linnea White

Spring is starting to sprout here in the shop, with new Spring arrivals sprinkling in and blushed, flushed Spring hues scattering the racks. And we're having a serious moment with Lilac Grey right now.

This entire outfit was inspired by the arrival of locally made, small batch nail polish in Lilac Grey. This color is perfect for transitioning to Spring (and so is grey). So are layers. And this outfit embraces Spring hues and Spring layers in darling fashion.

This lilac hued floral dress by American Eagle's latest brand offshoot - Don't Ask Why - is perfect for transitioning into Spring. Add a sweater or jacket for an easy layered look, like this cozy light grey Loft one. And why not keep it sassy with an equally cozy felt hat from Free People, and a pair of grey booties from Madewell. Oh, and of course, because matchy matchy, this locally made leather choker was the perfect lilac hue for pairing with this look.

What are some of your favorite Spring hue color combinations?

Lilac Grey | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Loft sweater, S, $20 / Don't Ask Why floral dress, O/S, $16 / Free People hat, $18 / Madewell booties, 7 1/2, $68 // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Nude Rose lipstick, $10, and Lilac Grey nail polish, $7.50 / Thistle & Lark choker, $24 (available in multiple colors!)

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

Lilac Grey | Photo by Tristan Williams Lilac Grey | Photo by Tristan Williams

Lilac Grey | Photo by Tristan Williams

Lilac Grey | Photo by Tristan Williams

Poncho Perfect: Boho Winter Layering

Linnea White

Styling a poncho can be a little intimidating. It's a lot of fabric, and can be unflattering on your frame if not styled for your body. But, ponchos can also be amazingly boho chic and super cozy when styled correctly. And this look is poncho perfect.

This temperate Winter weather has inspired me to experiment with layers, and when a few ponchos came into the shop this Winter, I decided to give this layering piece a try. Loving the fringe detail on this BCBG Max Azria black poncho, I went for a boho look, adding a felt hat in a bright color, a striped, cropped turtleneck, and pleather midi skirt. These Western style shoes really pull the look together, giving it just the finishing sass it needed.

Don't fear the poncho, darlings! Here are a few simple styling tips for ponchos:

  1. Keep the outfit one color - like all black.
  2. Long lines extend the frame under the poncho, especially if it's a bulky poncho. Try skinny jeans, a maxi skirt, fitted heels, or knee high boots. A long necklace layered over the poncho will do wonders for the eye and elongating the overall look.
  3. Belt it! A belted poncho can be a super chic look, and help accentuate your frame underneath.
  4. Layer a solid color poncho over stripes for a fun pop of pattern.
  5. Get boho with it - add a felt hat and flared pants, or a little extra fringe.

How do you style the poncho for chic layering?

Poncho Perfect | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: BCBG Max Azria poncho, S/M, $44 / Finders Keeps turtleneck crop top, XS, $22 / Forever 21 faux leather skirt, S, $14 / Penny Love Kenny buggy booties, 8, $38 / H&M felt hat, $10 / Coach mulberry crossbody bag, $38 // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10

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

Poncho Perfect | Photo by Tristan Williams

Poncho Perfect | Photo by Tristan Williams

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Poncho Perfect | Photo by Tristan Williams

Winter Layering: Sweater Weather, Part 3

Linnea White

Sometimes a woman's best friend is the softest, coziest, and warmest sweater in her closet. And this chunky knit number is oh-so-perfect for all the Winter layering needs. When a bunch of amazing Free People comes into the shop in one week, I tend to get a little giddy. With an assortment of Winter hats, sweaters, dresses, and tops, it was time to play dress up.

This embroidered short crop Free People sweater is even more stunning in person, with vibrant colors and a dolphin cut hem. For warmth, I layered it with a long, flowy, chunky open sweater for a little proportion play. The extra long sleeves on this sweater gives me life - literally, because it keeps the blood flowing in my fingers, which are always cold in the Winter.

I kept the bottom of this look monotone, pairing neutrals like this taupe pair of Level 99 jeans and Frye Engineer boots. Add a pink lip for a color pop (locally made by Kitsune's Closet, of course) and top it all off with a slouchy beanie for the perfect casual Winter layering style.

How do you like to layer during the Winter months? Get more inspiration from this Sweater Weather series here and here.

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Free People short sleeve cropped sweater, S, $30 / Debut chunky open sweater, M/L, $22 / Frye boots, 9, $140 / Level 99 jeans, 4, $44 / Free People beanie, $14 // Locally made Pieces: Pan & Tea fiber tassel necklace, $30 / Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia Lipstick, $12, and Storm nail polish, $7.50

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

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

Winter Layering | Photo by Tristan Williams Winter Layering | Photo by Tristan Williams

Winter Layering | Photo by Tristan Williams

Winter Layering | Photo by Tristan Williams

Winter Layering | Photo by Tristan Williams

Winter Layering | Photo by Tristan Williams