Pancakes | A Carolina Tradition

If there is one thing we really know in the South, it’s food! A few rules to southern dining: 1) Every meal is the most important meal of the day. 2) Never skip one. Ever. 3) Add in some “middle ground” with a brunch, supper, or both. 4) If it...

Casual Mondays

Traditionally, the work week ends with a “casual Friday.” In today’s world, leisure apparel has developed into a wear-all-day style that takes you from a morning walk to lunch with friends – without ever changing a piece. Two weeks ago, I...

Trend Alert: Gingham for spring

Gingham is back in style and hotter than ever. Even the fashion magazine Vogue recently declared gingham as the fabric for spring. So rest those fall plaids and get ready for spring with some feminine gingham instead. Look for this nostalgic check to be big on...

UNC vs. Duke: The Carolina Life

Because National is based in North Carolina, I take it upon myself to offer important insight to you – our valued National family – into what makes this land the Tar Heel State. My grandfather graduated from the Junior Order Home and did not attend...

Styling your Coffee

With winter weather upon us in the Carolinas (actual snow!), I’m bringing you a different part of my closet – my coffee closet! Yes, I have a part of our kitchen dedicated entirely to this delicious goodness (and a fair amount of counter space!) My ideal...