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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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How to Style a Vintage Dress: Shop Girl Style

Linnea White

This is my unicorn dress. Isn't it magical? A few weeks ago, the shop hosted an Earth Day pop-up shop with Two Scoops Vintage, and I found some amazing vintage pieces - including this dress and umbrella. Naturally, we took to the streets on the rainy day for a little shoot to show how to style a vintage dress.

Styling vintage should be fun - taking pieces from another time, another life, and translating them for a modern context. When it comes to vintage dresses, you can play up the retro vibes in the styling, or you can make it more modern by deconstructing the look and adding contemporary pieces - especially in the accessories.

When I found this incredible dress, it fit like a glove, and I couldn't get over the bright colors with my white hair. Unicorn status. I paired the dress with two current trends I was already wearing that day in the shop - my new-to-me white sneakers and J. Crew pom earrings. I almost tried a different belt/scarf combo with the dress to give it a more modern edge, but ended up going with the original belt to play up the retro vibes of this vintage look.

And to quote one of my favorite movies of all time, Singing in the Rain...

"Kathy: This California dew's a little heavier than usual tonight...

Don: Oh really? From where I stand, the sun is shining all over the place..."

Cue the song and dance!

P.S. This photo shoot is one of my favorite shoots Tristan has ever done. That jumping picture was one take, and he nailed it. I love when I get to be a dancer again on shoots! I hope it brings you as much joy as it did when I first saw that picture!

What do you think, darlings? How do you like to rock vintage pieces? 

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

On Linnea | Darling Finds: White sneakers / Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked lipstick // Two Scoops Vintage Finds: Vintage dress and umbrella // From Linnea’s Closet: J. Crew pom earrings / Elaine B Jewelry rings, bangles, & stud earrings / Judith Bright stacking rings

Photography by Tristan Williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

Mother-Daughter Style for Mother's Day

Linnea White

"Empowered women empower women." I am deeply passionate about this - it is a mantra in my life, for my shop, for how I see and interact with other women. And it's also an anthem for Mother's Day. Because who taught us more about confidence, beauty, grace, style, and passion than our very own momma? And today, it's all about loving on my momma in this special Mother-Daughter style post, featuring my gorgeous momma.

Behind the Mother-Daughter Style

I'm not gonna lie. She didn't want to do this. Unlike her ENFP youngest daughter who rather enjoys style shoots and being in front of the camera (that would be me), she is not someone who enjoys being in front of the camera. But I made her do it. I guess pouting still works, even at 28!

Styling my mom for this shoot was my first priority, and I had so much fun doing it. I wanted her to feel beautiful in what she was wearing, and comfortable in it, too.

My mom is Super Mom. She homeschooled all four of us kids growing up, while working part-time. Once we were either out of the nest or in high school, she went into education and began a career working for Special Education Pre-School students in Virginia Beach City Schools. (Like I said, she's Super Mom.) She's also been an avid runner, something she picked up because her children drove her out the door and onto the streets with pitchforks. Just kidding. But she did start running after starting a family (a.k.a. having multiple children) for some much needed private time. And now, several Boston Marathons later, she's the freaking Energizer Bunny. I have a dream to run a marathon with my mom one day...

But I'll keep dreaming for now, and get back to the styling!

I styled her outfit first, since she was really what it was all about. Then I worked on finding an outfit that would compliment her own. And these dresses ended up pairing perfectly together, anchored together with navy, and both shifty in style. And I loved finding jewelry she would love, and that naturally already went with her style (like those amazing bracelets she's been wearing for as long as I can remember).

I was so happy she loved her outfit - so much so that she bought the dress, boots, and necklace! I'd say that was some successful styling.

I Love You, Mom

Mom, it was an honor to style you. Thanks for getting in front of the camera with me. Thank you for supporting me endlessly, loving me deeply and honestly, and for always, always being there for me - for a long talk on the phone, for a prayer request, for a good cry, for a good belly laugh, for a good glass of wine, for a home-baked sweet-tooth fix. You'll always be Super Mom in my eyes. Happy Mother's Day!

How does your mom inspire & empower you, darling?

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Loft dress (sold) / Jeffery Campbell heels (sold) // Locally-made pieces: Little Paper Crane tiny shield necklace, $28 / Kitsune’s Closet Poppy lipstick, $12 | On Cindy | Secondhand pieces: Free People dress (sold) / Frye boots (sold) // Locally-made pieces: Little Paper Crane radiance brass earrings, $28, and lapis necklace, $28

Special thanks to Della of Cville Blooms for these beautiful flowers! Contact Della to get your momma her own bouquet of pretty flowers for Mother's Day!

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

Spring Style Trends, Part 2: Gingham Get-ups

Linnea White

From off-the-shoulder tops and wide leg pants, to gingham get-ups and slide sandals, we're talking about Spring Style Trends on the blog, showcasing how you can rock the latest trends AND shop secondhand at the same time.

Gingham is back this Spring in a big way, and when this made in Korea gingham shirtdress came in to the shop, I knew it needed to be featured. Slides (and mules) are also trending this season, and these white slide sandals added a bit of chill to this otherwise buttoned up look.

And what's better than a pair of statement sunnies for finishing a head-to-toe look? These Twiggy-inspired sunnies are so over-the-top, they actually work. And looking like a bug is also super big this season, just FYI/ICYMI, so why the heck not?

I call this my Iris Apfel-inspired look, or my fly-on-the-wall look. Either way, it's effortlessly cool, and insanely comfy - a combo I can fully support. Especially for the weekend, and this outfit is owning all the weekend vibes, right down to the people watching and window lounging.

How are you rocking gingham this Spring, darling?

P.S. As I mentioned before, this is my new hair cut, and it's just so good. Who else feels like a fresh chop in the Springtime is the BEST?!

Gingham Shirtdress | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Made in Korea gingham shirtdress, XL, $14 (sold!) / Espace slide sandals, 8 1/2, $32 / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Lunaria Handcrafted sugilite cube earrings, $18 / Kitsune’s Closet Poppy red lipstick, $12

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

This was a first! Nothing like getting a picture snapped by a passerby who loved the shot Tristan had set up! #paparazzi #truestreetstyle

Darling Intern: Meet Savannah

Linnea White

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Yesterday, we talked about shop owner and OG Darling gal Linnea's shop girl style. Today, we're introducing our new Darling intern, Savannah, and featuring her insanely adorable shop girl style. This gal is a silk neck tie queen, y'all. We have lots to learn from this darling fashionista. Find out more about Sav and her personal style in this fun interview, and meet her around the shop this Spring!

Darling Intern | Photo by Tristan WilliamsMeet Sav

Hometown:

Monroe, NC

Current:

Lynchburg, VA

Describe yourself in 5 syllables or less:

Passionate 

What’s your favorite #darlingfind?

My “Be Brave Darling” necklace by: Onastazia Designs. Also waiting on the perfect lady to bring those western ankle boots my way. ;)

What’s your style super power?

Tying a silk scarf in 10 seconds flat. 

What’s your shopping weakness?

J.Crew Warehouse sales FOR SURE. Can’t stay away.

Name one go-to clothing item or accessory.

My navy leather jacket. It is an easy way to spice up any outfit, no hassle required. 

What Spring style trends are you stoked about this year?

Frayed denim skirts and all the dusty pinks!! 

PERSONAL STYLE MANTRA:

Be bold and just go for it. 

Fashion tips/tricks? 

Don’t be afraid to mix prints and colors. The more layers and dimension added to an outfit the better! 

Darling Intern | Photo by Tristan Williams

If I gave you $10 to buy yourself a treat in Cville, how would you spend it? 

I would save it until October and buy a piece of Pumpkin Pie from The Pie Chest

Song(s) Currently On Repeat?

"Here You Come Again" by Dolly Parton and "Clarity" by Leftover Cuties 

Currently Watching: TV/Netflix/Hulu. Go. 

Grey’s Anatomy and Law & Order 

You won a ticket to anywhere in the world. Where are you going and why?

Grand Cayman. It’s one of the prettiest and most peaceful places I’ve been. I love the people and all the island vibes. 

Favorite quote?

“If you see something beautiful in someone, speak it.” - Ruth Lindsey

Darling Intern | Photo by Tristan Williams

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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