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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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Fitness Friday: Barre Strong, Rain or Shine

Linnea White

Don't let a little rainy day get in the way of your play, darlings! For a little Fitness Friday inspo, barre teacher Linnea came out to play in the rain for a little activewear inspiration - barre strong style. Because living a healthy, active lifestyle should be FUN!

We've talked activewear style on the blog before (here and here), showcasing the budget-friendly activewear pieces from the shop that make you look GOOD from the gym to the street. I can personally attest to the fact that I get a lot of lululemon from the shop, keeping my active lifestyle on fleek without breaking the bank.

As many of you darlings know, I teach barre at a local studio called bcore methods in the IX building. So basically, that means I own 500 pairs of leggings. And that ain't a lifestyle I can afford - unless it's secondhand! Lucky for me, there's always a selection of activewear goodies in the shop to choose from. So no excuses, darlings! Hit the studio, hit the gym, hit the streets in your activewear - rain or shine!

If you live in Charlottesville and want to come take one of my barre classes, post a comment below and I'll send you a special promo code for class discounts!

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Cynthia Rowley leggings, S, $20 / Wildfox tank top, M, $22 / Under Armour sports bra, S, $10

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

barre strong

barre strong

Don't let the rainy day take away your play! Get out there, darlings, and let your sun shine!

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Casual Friday: Borrowing from the Boys

Linnea White

It's Casual Friday, and we're borrowing from the boys for this easy weekend look. This up-and-down Spring weather has us thinking about simple pieces, styled well, and these Anthropologie pieces certainly style well.

How to Borrow from the Boys

"Borrowing from the boys doesn’t always mean literally wearing men's clothing,"Banana Republic's Marissa Webb says (in a guide to borrowing from the boys on WhoWhatWear). "It's about contrast and proportions."

One of the staple pieces to "borrow" and inspire a menswear look is the boyfriend button up shirt. This Cloth & Stone plaid button up from Anthropologie is the perfect touch of boyish charm and soft, feminine detail (that gauzy fabric is so soft and all the YES).

Another key piece to consider: the relaxed khaki pant. Look no further than Anthropologie's "Hyphen Fit" chino pant by Pilcro & The Letterpress. Super soft and slightly relaxed, they are the perfect casual pant for weekend adventures - and they come in a huge variety of colors. Wear with a simple tee tucked in just right, or button it up and toss on a blazer.

Let your personality speak when borrowing from the boys. Maybe a silk scarf worn as tie, a tailored blazer, or a chunky, oversized sweater. It's playful, and meant to be fun, so let it be just that - casual, flirty, and fun. Add a pair of unisex sunnies, like these classic Wayfarer style ones, and keep the accessories minimal and clean.

 

What does a weekend menswear inspired outfit look like for you, darling?

Casual Friday | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Cloth & Stone (Anthropologie) button up shirt, M, $32 / Pilcro & The Letterpress (Anthropologie) hyphen fit pants, 2, $32 / Toms lace up wedges, 8 1/2, $28 / Wayfarer sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Nude Rose lipstick, $12, and Iced Coffee nail polish, $7.50 / Free Range & Feral amethyst hoop earrings, $34

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

Casual Friday | Photo by Tristan Williams

Casual Friday | Photo by Tristan Williams

Casual Friday | Photo by Tristan Williams

Casual Friday | Photo by Tristan Williams

 

 

Fitness Friday: Activewear Style on a Budget

Linnea White

We've talked about studio to street style before, and for this Fitness Friday, I'm back at it with a little activewear style. From paying for the gym membership or class packs to buying all the gear (cuz it's all so darn cute these days), we know it ain't easy on the wallet to be all #fitspiration. Here's a little fit life style inspo for the lover of budget friendly consignment finds!

I like to call these pants my Thunder Thigh pants, because they legit look like lightening bolts across my thigh. And how perfectly they pair with my Lightening Fast windbreaker jacket. I ran so fast the wind turned my hair white. True story.

In other news, we have a ton of activewear coming into the shop these days, and it sure makes looking cute for all those gym dates no sweat. And what do you need to put all of your cute gym clothes in? A bag, of course! And this lululemon gym bag is a stunna'. It even has a little removable bag to put all your stinky clothes in when you're done glistening in yoga class.

What's your secret to hitting the streets in style before/after your workout?

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: lululemon jacket, 8, $44 / lululemon sports bra, 6, $18 / Nike leggings, M, $28 / Super GA sneakers, $22 / lululemon gym bag, $54

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

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Activewear Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

 See you on the streets, or in the studio, soon, darlings!

Velvet Crush, Part 2

Linnea White

We've already discussed our love of this sultry, regal fabric, but the pieces keep coming in, week after week, and we can't get enough of our Velvet Crush. (Seriously, though, expect a Part 3 soon, and counting.)

This Betsey Johnson dress is sugar and spice and everything nice. The velvet fabric is patterned with rich floral greens and plums, and an empire waist that gives it a vintage flare. Add a pair of classic structured heels by Seychelles and a leather choker, another Fall trend we can't get enough of at the shop, and this outfit is a chic little Fall ensemble, filled with whimsy and charisma.

Can't wait to show you Part 3 of this little Velvet Crush series! What do you think it will be?

Velvet Crush | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Meredyth | Secondhand pieces: Betsey Johnson velvet dress, M, $78 / Seychelles heels, size 6 1/2, $30 // Local Artisan pieces: Thistle & Lark leather choker, $24 / Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick, $12

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

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

Velvet Dress | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Crush | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet Crush | Photo by Tristan Williams

The Statement Choker

Linnea White

In honor of Throw Back Thursday (#tbt) and this current trend, I styled a Fall outfit that incorporates one of our many leather chokers available in the shop. The statement choker is in this season, in a big way, and this arrowhead choker has us feeling like a boho goddess, courtesy of Free Range & Feral.

The rich mulberry color of the leather choker pulls out the beautiful hues in this flowy Anthropologie blouse, and, of course, was the perfect match with our very own Kitsune's Closet Mulberry lipstick. These super soft, distressed AG jeans are the perfect relaxed fit to wear from season to season. Add a pair of easy booties and a light jacket for the crisp Fall weather.

How will you wear the choker trend this season?

Statement Choker | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Hei Hei (Anthropologie) jacket, 0, $48 / Lil (Anthropologie) boho top, XS, $28 / AG distressed boyfriend jeans, 2, $64 / Topshop booties, 9, $24 (sold!) // Local Artisan pieces: Free Range & Feral leather arrowhead choker, $44, and leather bracelet, $12 / Kitsune's Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10, and Noir Red nail polish, $7.50

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

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White / Photography by Tristan Williams

Statement Choker | Photo by Tristan Williams

Statement Choker | Photo by Tristan Williams

Statement Choker | Photo by Tristan Williams

Statement Choker | Photo by Tristan Williams