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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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Virginia Film Festival Shop Girl Style

Linnea White

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It's my favorite weekend of the year! Or one of them. Top 5. For sure. I love The Virginia Film Festival, and have attended every year since I was a 4th year student at UVa - 8 years in a row! I recently styled a wild and warm outfit for the weekend's festivities, showing a little Virginia Film Festival Shop Girl Style for film-hopping and shop-girling.

My VFF Picks

I always try to see as many films as possible when the Virginia Film Festival arrives, and this year, they do not disappoint with an incredible line-up for their 30th Anniversary festival. It's so hard to pick! But here is my list of films I'll be seeing this weekend.

What films are you seeing this weekend, darlings?

Virginia Film Festival Shop Girl Style | Get Wild (and Warm)

First of all, the teddy (or pile) coat trend makes my heart super happy. I found this gem at T.J. Maxx recently for under $30! And it's the most huggable coat ever. People just want to touch me and hug me when I wear it. It's not me. It's the coat. Just look at it.

Besides the incredible coat, my outfit inspiration came from my "Where the Wild Things Are" tee I recently acquired at the shop. It quickly became a new fav, and has inspired me to get wild with my style. I layered started with my favorite pair of high-waisted black jeans (Free People, scored at Darling last year) and the graphic tee, and went from there, adding to the base a pair of OTK boots (another incredible new score from the shop) and my tried-and-true leather jacket from Anthropologie a while back. Oh, and of course my seeing goggles, because I can't see a movie without them. I'll also look very intellectual during the festival due to my poor vision, which is an added bonus.

I threw the teddy coat over the leather jacket ensemble, and I had a perfectly warm and wild outfit for the festival weekend.

Virginia Film Festival Shop Girl Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

OUTFIT DETAILS | Linnea's Darling finds :: "Where the Wild Things Are" tee, Junk Food Clothing / Free People black jeans / OTK boots, Charlotte Russe / Vintage Coach bag / Emily Warden Designs geo stud earrings / Dinosaur Toes ring & Made by Bees stacking rings // Other pieces from Linnea's closet :: Anthropologie vegan leather jacket / Sanctuary Clothing teddy coat, via T.J. Maxx

Virginia Film Festival Shop Girl Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Virginia Film Festival Shop Girl Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Keep it Neutral: The Sweater Dress

Linnea White

Neutral: How I feel about these Winter temps right now. But, hey, it's nothing a sweater dress can't fix, am I right? And this sweater on sweater look is just what you need to get through the final weeks of Winter.

I love Anthropologie. And I love secondhand Anthropologie even more. And this sweater on sweater combo is a match made in Anthropologie heaven. The neutral hues of grey and taupe blend effortlessly for a chic layered (and super warm) look. Add a pair of boots or booties in a similar hue to keep the look monotone from head to toe - and elongate the frame.

This necklace by Little Paper Crane (new this week!) is the perfect accent for the patterned midi dress, giving me all the vibes. Add a pair of earrings by the same artisan for a little matchy matchy ensemble, and grab a soft, leather clutch by Free Range and Feral, and this look is ready to take on the last Wintry weeks ahead. Because sweater weather isn't really sweater weather unless you're piling them on top of each other like it's your dang job.

P.S. This is my new hair! Sarah Hatch made my Winter White platinum dreams come true last week for my birthday, and I am obsessed. It's everything I wanted, and some. And it was well worth the wait, the month of transition (here it was the first go 'round), and the 12 hours and two appointments to get here. I can't wait to see how this new color changes up my style game this season!

Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Sleeping on Snow (Anthropologie) open sweater, S, $48 / Sparrow (Anthropologie) sweater dress, S, $48 / Pom beanie, $12 / Frye boots, 9, $140 // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Nude Rose + Mulberry lipsticks blended, $10 each, and Lilac Grey nail polish, $7.50 / Little Paper Crane earrings, $30, and necklace, $34 / Free Range & Feral leather clutch, $70

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

 

Photo by Tristan Williams

Get Weird: High Fashion Winter Style

Linnea White

A Winter forecast of mid-50 degrees is a chance to get weird with all these sweaters. Because being able to wear just a sweater in January is weird.

When this H&M chunky knit sweater came into the shop, I knew it had to be featured. It's just so... weird. And amazing. I tied up a blue hued top to match for a crop top look, and a pair of high waisted silky jogger pants for a sleek silhouette under the bulk of the sweater. Add on a pair of equally amazingly weird platform creepers, and this outfit was just too cool for school.

Don't forget to accessorize with all the locally made goodies in the shop - like this neutral leather geometric charm Pan&Tea choker and a pair of vintage iridescent button studs by Pips & Co. Add a top knot and a mauve matte lip, and this look was ready to catch lots of odd glances on the Downtown Mall. Just the way we like it.

What's your favorite way to make a fashion statement in the Winter?

Get Weird | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: H&M sweater, S, $16 / YarGici Knitwear top, S, $20 / Charles Henry pants, 6, $32 / & Other Stories platform creepers, 9, $48 // Locally made Pieces: Pips & Co vintage button earrings, $10 / Pan & Tea geometric charm leather choker, $22 / Kitsune’s Closet Storm nail polish, $7.50

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

Get Weird | Photo by Tristan Williams

Get Weird | 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

Sweater Weather, Part 2: Casual Christmas Style

Linnea White

Whether you're meeting the parents, or just hanging with your parents, this Christmas weekend of gatherings is here, and it's time to get cozy chic, or chicy cozy. Casual Christmas style is an art of balancing chic with comfort, and layering strategically for fireside hangs and post-dinner digestion cold flashes.

Why not play with reds for a festive look for all the feasts and frolicking? This patterned sweater is the perfect layering piece for the Christmas weekend, feeling seasonal without shouting "DECK THE HALLS!"

Try pairing a patterned open sweater over a basic sweater. Keep the details interesting, like the cream ruffles hem of the bottom layer, and intentional, like the red pattern of the leather clutch for a little pattern play.

Wear a pair of cute, and comfortable, booties for an elevated look that's also ready to frolic and play outside after dinner with the nephews. And legging style pants with a lot of stretch are a MUST for any big meal gathering.

Don't forget your red lipstick (locally made, naturally) and a cute antler necklace for festive touch and the finishing touch on that casual Christmas style!

What are you wearing for the Christmas gatherings this weekend? What's your favorite way to embrace the sweater weather?

Casual Christmas Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Meredyth | Secondhand pieces: Clu + Willoughby sweater, S, $30 / Kensie open sweater, S, $24 / Gap legging jeans, 4, $16 / Rag & Bone booties, 7 1/2, $172 // Local Artisan pieces: Thistle & Lark antler necklace, $24 / Kitsune’s Closet Darling Red lipstick, $10, and Bronze Age nail polish, $7.50 / Petaline clutch, $50

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

Casual Christmas Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Casual Christmas Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Casual Christmas Style | Photo by Tristan Williams