EASY PICKINS

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Light Layers for Fall

Friends – YESTERDAY THERE WAS A 6 IN THE TEMPERATURE! All the praise hands for cooler morning weather and beautiful beach walks in September!

 

On this morning’s family walk, I had to snag a jacket before we left the house. Just the right weight for today was my National Jacquard Bomber Jacket. With a low crew neck collar and an easy zip closure, it is a staple item for me this time of year. When I’m eager to add color and vibrance to my leisure look, I opt for my bright and cheerful Zip Jacket. Another favorite – especially for mountain top mornings – is this soft and cozy Berber Fleece Vest, in Black or Caribbean Blue.

 

As temperatures continue to be kinder to us southerners, these items will be on rotation in my closet! Which one is your favorite?

Jacquard Bomber Jacket by National®

Full Zip Jacket by National®

Berber Fleece Vest by National® (Caribbean Blue)

Berber Fleece Vest by National® (Black)

Happy trails,

Parker


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Just a Little Extra

We’ve talked about fashion simplicity – it’s my go-to! These days, the most “flair” I add to my wardrobe is a spark of color and a little detail. My favorites from National are the perfect combination.

 

Today, I am sharing a few options that add a touch of style without sacrificing ease and comfort. (Just click on your favorite selection to learn more about the item.) Each one of my picks is constructed from our signature UltraSofts fabric. Known to hold shape and color beautifully, these items have the added bonus of UPF 50+ protection! Enjoy an afternoon stroll without concern – all while enhancing your comfort and style.

 

I lean towards cutout details with a solid jean or black legging. The side-tie shirt is a great option with a long skirt or slacks. For a more casual approach, the white shirt with sleeve detail is a number one favorite.

 

Tell me how you love to style your favorite in the comments section below!

Floral Cutout Top by UltraSofts®

Grommet Detail Knit Top by UltraSofts®

Side Tie Top by UltraSofts®

Cut-Out Sleeve Top by UltraSofts®

 

Cheers to comfort (and style),

Parker


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End-of-Week Meal Planning

As the week begins, I plan out most of our meals and make sure our groceries are set to accommodate this wild crew. Recently, I found myself stuck in a rut by the time our week came to an end. With three kiddos three and under, simplification is everything. Recognizing now that Thursday through Saturday become “dinner ruts” for me, I have started compiling dinners from leftovers and remaining ingredients in the form of three simple dinners.

 

  1. Snacky Dinner: I snagged this term from a close friend of mine who also has twin boys and a daughter – she is my soothsayer these days! I grab a pack of crackers, a few slices of whatever leftover grilled meat I’ve created in the last day, some raw veggies and a “snack” (think raisins, pretzels, veggie sticks, raw fruit, a slice of cheese…anything). I set it up in separate “stations” and allow our little fam to pick and choose a customized snacky dinner. This is always a hit with my toddler.

 

  1. Leftovers Pizza: I keep a box of Simple Mills artisan pizza dough in my pantry at all times. When my energy is depleted, this is my go-to option. I quickly bake the pizza crust and pile on olive oil, remaining leftover veggies, and top with feta (which I also keep stocked at all times).

 

  1. Roast and Blend: When all else fails, I look in my fridge and roast the remaining veggies to blend into a soup. Somehow…this works. The best combinations include apple, sweet potato, carrot, ginger and cinnamon. Because I typically buy these items in bulk, I often have enough to create a couple bowls of soup for our little crew (and add on sandwiches of course).

 

How do you prepare for the end of week cooking lull? You know this crew always needs advice!

Happy Friday,

Parker


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Simpler Seasonal Styles

A couple of weeks ago, I found myself reaching for the exact same shorts and boatneck shirt I have worn on repeat since June. It’s easy, mindless and efficient. And as a mom of three under three, that’s exactly what I need. Lately, I’ve found myself wanting a pick-me-up in my daily routine. I’ve found that a little change here and there can perk up my attitude and boost my energy…very needed during this wild time with littles! So, I started with a shift in my wardrobe.

 

My new standard uniform includes a comfortable cotton sheath dress and slip-on shoes. I add bold earrings or a necklace, and I feel brand new. Sure, it is simple and yep, still efficient. But it’s just enough variation from the norm and lends itself well to a change in accessories for that added pop of color.

 

I’ve hand-picked four dresses to add to your closet this fall. If you’re in a warmer part of the country, consider a lightweight denim or flowing sheath dress. Have a bit more breeze in your neck of the woods? This belted denim dress is perfect for you. And if you’re ready for some pattern, opt for stripes.

 

Which one is your favorite?

dress

Casual Denim Dress by National®

Eyelet Dress by National®

dress

Denim Belt Tie Dress by National®

dress

Overlay Side-Tie Dress by National®

 

 

Happy shopping,

Parker


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Action-Packed Styles

As we move through the week, one thing I’ve been especially grateful for is having breathable, cooling apparel in my wardrobe as the days grow hotter—especially as I’ve been trying to incorporate extra movement and exercise throughout the days wherever possible. And thank goodness for moisture wicking—you never know when it will come in handy! Add some UV protection in the mix, and I’m ready for whatever the day brings.

 

So, for these reasons, Wic-Tech™ by National® has quickly become a summer favorite. They have all of the above–and feel exquisite! Which style is your favorite? Share with us in the comments!

 

Ready for action,

Rebecca


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Red, White, and Blue Styles

I stepped outside this morning to take our sweet Jasper dog on a stroll. We’re officially relegated to extremely early walks, as the humidity has found us in Wilmington. ’Tis the season for lightweight layers and loose-fitting silhouettes!

 

With summer holidays around the corner, I am sharing a few looks perfect for the July 4th weekend and the rest of your summer strolls. Our newest assortment is easy to mix and match, making it easy to create a multitude of looks all summer long. Personally, with two more added to the mix and an energetic 3-year-old to watch – you’ll find me in sleeveless tanks and comfortable pants (or my favorite crops) for the remainder of this season. If I find myself with enough time to enjoy a meal with Thomas, I will definitely spruce up my outfit and opt for this comfortable shirt and printed skirt.

 

womens pants

Stripe Capri Pant by National®

 

womens sweater

Flare Leg Capri Pant by National®

 

womens cardigan

Janet Cardigan by National®

 

skirt

Print Tiered Skirt by National®

 

How about you? Which look is your favorite?

 

Stay cool,

Parker

 


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Heroes in Red, White, and Blue

 

I am so thankful for all the everyday, hometown heroes – including front-line workers, business owners, and/or those staying home to combat the coronavirus – there’s a “hero” in all of us. On that note, Memorial Day is right around the corner—so I’ve decided to dedicate this week’s fashion blog to some all-American styles.

 

National’s new Americana Collection has reds, whites, and blues, plus plenty of stars and stripes that give a fresh pop to any wardrobe! I’ll definitely be grabbing some of these to wear on the 4th of July as well. From sun protection to stylish embroidery, here are some styles sure to pep up the wardrobe just in time for Memorial Day.

 

women's hat

Savannah Ribbon Hat by Sun ‘N’ Sand® – with UPF 50+. It’s foldable and packable, too!

 

women's dress

Floral Detail Dress by UltraSofts® – with lovely stand-out embroidery. Also has UPF 50+.

 

usa tee womens

Americana Graphic Tees by National® – summery-soft cotton-modal.

 

women's usa scarf

USA Flag Infinity Scarf by National® – vintage-chic with plenty of breathability.

 

Gigi Wedges by Grasshoppers® – that heel look, but with jersey lining and memory foam footbeds.

 

 

What are your favorite USA styles? Are you doing a go-to look, or trying something new this year? Feel free to share with us in the comments section.

 

Here’s to our heroes,

Rebecca

 

 


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Spring into Skirt Season

Yesterday, it was SEVENTY DEGREES in Wilmington! Spring is around the corner – officially. When the sun peeks out and the flowers begin to show their colors, I start to reach for a little more pattern, color and spunk in my closet.

 

I find skirts to be an easy way to add new style and fun to my closet. I pair a long skirt with a tank top and cardigan or a 3/4 length sleeve shirt alongside a shorter skirt. Especially when I don’t have the time (or energy) to think through a complete outfit, skirts become a great option for fresh style as spring approaches. Between budding flowers in jewel tones, bright and happy pastels, and soft shades of blue, the National® team has curated a beautiful selection of skirts for this time of year.

 

Below are three options, each easy to match with either long sleeve shirts or tanks and cardigans. Do you lean towards pattern or pastels? Tell me your favorite style and personal must-have from the items below.

floral skirt

Tossed Floral Skirt by UltraSofts®

Floral Skirt

Floral Skirt by National®

skort

Comfort Skort by UltraSofts®

Happy Spring,

Parker


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Sun Safety in Spring

With Spring around the corner, it’s never too early to think about UPF-protectant clothing for the season ahead.   

UPF clothing (also referred to as “UV clothing”) is specially designed to screen out both UVA and UVB rays.

UPF 50+ is considered excellent protection. This is rated according to the ASTM D6603.

Did you know that all of our UltraSofts® products incorporate excellent UV protection? You can choose from an array of silhouettes and bright spring colors without sacrificing the critical importance of UPF clothing.

As spring approaches, I have started the hunt for a great “in between” weather layering option. Below are four of my favorite ¾-length sleeve options, all in bright and cheerful colors for the upcoming season. Layer with athletic clothing for a casual look or denim jeans and black slacks for a more “dressed up” version.

Which one is your favorite?

ultrasofts shirt

UltraSofts® Button Detail Tunic

UltraSofts Pearl Top

UltraSofts® Pearl Neckline Top

UltraSofts Ruffle Shirt

UltraSofts® Ruffle Hem Tee

UltraSofts Floral Top

UltraSofts® Floral Cutout Top

 

Stay sun-safe,

Parker


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Web-Only Essentials: Simply Noelle

Did you know National has its own Web-Exclusive products? Online, you can find an array of loungewear, accessories, and clothing not highlighted in the catalog. One brand showcased on our Web-Exclusive line is Simply Noelle, a company founded right here in Wilmington, North Carolina (the town I call home)!
Each product is carefully crafted with incredible fabrics and beautiful lines. The pieces are perfect for layering and transitioning seamlessly between seasons. Currently available as a Web Exclusive are three unique items, each a must-have for a cozy winter.
Whether you opt for an easy-to-layer cardigan, the perfect plaid, or a versatile henley – you can’t go wrong with Simply Noelle!
Which one is your favorite?
national site cardigan

Day-to-Day Cardigan by Simply Noelle®

plaid shirt shop

Gathered-In Plaid Top
Simply Noelle®

henley simply noelle shop

Striped Basic Layering Henley by
Simply Noelle®

Stay warm everyone and have a great week!
Parker

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