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As a blogger, I’m part of a beautiful community of creatives. We may share our ideas through a virtual network, but often times we have the opportunity to connect in person, sit down and chat, and really get the creative juices flowing! Grab your coffee and meet my friends, appearing as guest bloggers in this near-to-my-heart section.

Tunic or not Tunic? If that is the question –

I have the answer, YES-tunic! Far too often, when transitioning from day-wear to evening clothes, we find ourselves wishing we had that one piece in our closet that works for both moods so we don’t necessarily have to run home for a quick wardrobe change.

If this fits your realm of styling possibilities, tunics are your thing ladies. During the day, while working at the office, running errands, or meeting friends for a lunch date, you want an easy, breezy, cool, and stylish top that flows with your every move.

These days, I like to keep my summer style choices light by day, but dramatic enough to transition into a fashion look that’ll evoke the question, “Honey, where ever did you get that___________? I’ve got to have one for myself!”

Well, now you can answer them in your glamorous, Sophia Loren voice, “Darling, this little number? Why, National, of course!”

Tunics pair beautifully with many bottoms such as skirts, shorts, trousers, and your favorite pair of denim jeans. I enjoyed reading The New York Times article, Styled to a T – Tunics. Tunics are described as a fresh approach to beat the oppressive summer heat, as well as [tunics look great] accentuating your summer styles with comfy heels or flat sandals.

There’s only one thing left to do, shop National for your own tunic spring and summer tunic collection! I have selected a few tunics to get you started. How will you style your summer tunics? Share your favorite spring and summer tunic styles with me in the comment section below.

Happy summer stylin’

Elissa


Scalloped Hem Tunic
National®

Embroidered Tunic
Top Stitch®

Criss Cross Tunic
UltraSofts®

Chevron Duster Tunic
National®

Striped Grommet Tunic
UltraSofts®

Floral Tunic Blouse
Citicraze®

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The Perfect Balance for Better Comfort & Style

We women are a class act, sprinkled with grace and sass. There is no better unity, wouldn’t you agree? Today, I find myself reflecting on the joys I’ve experienced, the hills (sometimes mountains) I’ve climbed (okay, sometimes I crawled), and the presence in which I stand today.

I am a proud woman who works with very confident women, and together we accomplish many tall tasks that make us all a proud team.  That being said, as I become more “seasoned in years”, I have realized one fundamental truth about my journey, to remain classic and stay on trend-there is a balance I must have in my wardrobe. I like to have a nice mix of comfortable knits as well as cool and stylish poly-blends. A gal has to have choices, now don’t we?

We collectively strive to produce the same balance we create for our fashion collections, within our relationships with each other. While we all have different roles and work in various departments, we all work hard toward a common goal. This is most relevant today as we observe International Women’s Day. This is the International Women’s Day Campaign theme:

The future is exciting. Let’s build a gender-balanced world.

Everyone has a part to play-all the time, everywhere.

From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence.

Balance drives a better working world. Let’s all help create a #BalanceforBetter.

At National, we are a dignified, woman-owned company, whose leadership is met with humility, style, and grace; always providing the ultimate in comfort and style to our loyal customers we consider family.

As we also reflect on trends this week, I am happy to feature some of our new arrivals. We have achieved the perfect balance of fabrics and patterns. This all comes just in time as you plan your vacations near and far.

Today and every day, we praise #BalanceforBetter for all women internationally. Here at home in the Carolinas, we applaud YOU! Share with us who you will honor for International Women’s Day.

Be Unified and Fearless with Style,

Elissa

#IWD2019

#InternationalWomensDay

#LiveComfy


Gingham Floral Blouse
National®
Crossover Top
UltraSofts®

Spring Blossoms Embroidered Jeans
National®
https://www.shopnational.com/clothing/pants-and-shorts/ultrasofts-pedal-pushers

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It’s Getting Hot in Here…

…so put on your new clothes. New spring and summer collections have arrived and you’re invited to be on trend. There’s no better way to beat the coming heat than with new summer fashions that make you feel your best. The sun’s rays will be here before you know it gals, time to plan that next warm-weather wardrobe.

I so enjoy feeling good in my clothes, without the hassle of pulling and tugging. Wouldn’t you agree? I appreciate that the fashion marketplace is bringing us tops that are a little longer and arm lengths that are less restrictive. Adding cropped pants make it easier to move about in and National has the best for packing and travel.

Adding more color this spring and summer season is both smart and sassy. Feel the breeze with ease, dressing in our new spring and summer styles. I can’t wait for you to see what’s up and coming. This spring and summer, I promised my husband, we’d do more outdoors.

Even after work, I plan to spend more evenings out and about. Dinners on the patio section of my favorite restaurant is a must. Driving to new places from the beach to the mountains is on my to-do list for sure. I will need to look the part, and once again…that’s right, National delivers.

I’ve selected my favorites for evening strolls, dinner dates, and everything in-between. So, as the summer comes a-shining, and it gets hotter here (wishful thinking)…I bring you what’s new, so no need to fear! Now, it’s your turn–tell me, where will you venture as the warm weather breaks with more sunshine and longer evenings? Please share your travel pics with us!

Here’s to your own sunshine,

Elissa


Embroidered Stripe Tee
National®

Side Button Pants
UltraSofts®

Floral Dress
UltraSofts®

Sleeveless Ruched Dress
National®

Printed Tunic
UltraSofts®

Tote Bag
Cappelli

Belle Brielle Sandals
Earth Origins®

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We’ve Come a Long Way Baby

Styling a complete outfit is more than practical these days, it’s so much fun. There are so many cute post displays out there. Mixing, matching, and coordinating different garments, down to shoes and accessories, has become a regular pastime for many women. This is surely how I choose my outfits these days. National has joined in on all the coordinating excitement.

This week was not so dissimilar in that I thoroughly enjoy learning what the buzz is in the fashion marketplace. I was reminded how far we’ve come as women with what is “customary” to wear and how to style our outfits.

While this endearing and informative article on NPR.com entitled, “Clothes Make the Woman: 1940s Style on Display”, is reminiscent of an earlier time and mind-set, I, for one, am happy with modern advancements! I’m sure you would agree ladies.

Loving the classics, I enjoy reading that there has been a relaxation of sorts, speaking of a ‘new more free, American look’ as highlighted in the article. Do you ever research what the media is highlighting on new trends and how they are compared to yesteryear? I am always intrigued with the history of fashion.

Today, I’m thrilled to bring you styled outfits for the new season, exclusively by National. I know you’ll just adore these trends and best of all, we’ve done all the work for you!

So, let’s remember from whence we’ve come, and cheer for the new road we’re paving! It’s a revolution – well…a revolution of Comfort & Style right here at National! LOL

Keep it Stylin’,

Elissa


Saint Lucia Floral Skirt
National®

Spring Blossoms Embroidered Jeans
National®

Side Button Sweater
National®

Side Tie Top
UltraSofts®


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Style & Substance – The Red, White, and Blue

Time to honor the achievements of those who take the lead. How will you celebrate Presidents’ Day this year? One thing is for sure, in this day and time, we needn’t forget the accomplishments of the fine men who stand firm for justice and work to protect our country.

When I think of our Presidents of long ago, I can’t help but relish in the dignity they upheld. The rights of all people and the abilities we all possess, ring true of my determination to follow that poise and always strive to be a better citizen of this nation.

Interestingly, I was reminded today not to forget the class and gracious style of our First Ladies. Time magazine respectfully admonishes its readers to celebrate these lovely ladies in the article entitled, “Americans Already Celebrate Presidents’ Day. Here’s the Case for Celebrating the First Ladies Too”.

When we think of Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, Jacqueline Kennedy, Elenor Roosevelt, Michelle Obama and many others, we are reminded of their spirit of unity, style, and finesse. Their tenacity along with their husbands, our Presidents, give us a wonderful feeling of pride.

Along with their positions, they projected a unique vogue. In honor of them, National offers stylish comfort for your outfit selections as you celebrate this day. Here are my picks to get you started, hooray for the Red, White, and Blue!

Continued Freedom,

Elissa


Polka Dot Twinset
National®

Side Button Denim Jeans
National®

Windsor Lace Slip Ons
Grasshoppers®

Print Sundress
National®

Striped Grommet Tunic
UltraSofts®

Striped Grommet Tunic
UltraSofts®

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Keep on Steppin’

Feel fancy, stylish, and free with lots of pep in your step. Who says we must give up style for comfort? In this day and age, styles of comfy shoes have enhanced by leaps and bounds. I used to be that gal who would look at my Nana’s shoes, and pray, “Oh lord, please don’t let me buy shoes like that when I become her age!” She complained about the styles of her time. Now that I am that ‘Nana’ (no snickering allowed), I still have a lot of pep in my step. While I admit, I’ve crossed over into the, “I have to wear more comfortable shoes” world, I also have to be chic. Ladies, am I alone here? I know you can relate.

My sentiments have been confirmed. I found this article on NPR’s e-magazine, entitled, “If The Shoe Fits: The Rise Of The Stylish Comfort Shoe”. This article gives me hope and assures me, I am still on the right path. How excited I am that National offers just what I need to keep on stepping in style. Share with me your favorite, comfortable, and stylish brands that keep you moving in your unique chic. I’d love to read about it.

As the new season approaches, I am finding great styles of shoes on National‘s website that pair well with my layered looks. Did you catch Parker’s blog this week, “Layering with Comfort“? Now you’ve been styled with great suggestions from head to toe.

While it is true, time stands still for no one, I am a firm believer; my Nana would be proud I didn’t conform to frumpy feet, but rather cute, timeless toes. Here are some fabulous finds to get you to the starting line – GO shopping ladies!


Juliet Lora Loafer
Clarks®

Parre Leather Slip-Ons
Spring Step®

Elite Crown Hand-Painted Braided Sandals
Corkys®

Petrana Boots by Patrizia
Spring Step®

Step with Style,

Elissa


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Personalize Your Style with Layered Looks

There are wonderful reasons to transition with the seasons. Do you ever stand in front of your closet wondering, “Gosh, it is so cold outside, but the sun is shining brightly. What do I wear?” How many times are we watching the morning news and we hear a report that informs us, it’ll be freezing in the early morning, but by noon it’s sure to reach 75 degrees? Sheesh! What’s a girl to do?

Believe me ladies, you are not alone. I have reached that, “wonderful time in my life” where I am dressing with layers; guaranteed to peel off and put on essential pieces constantly due to the transition of seasons. Well, there are other factors as well, but that would be a completely different blog post, wouldn’t you agree? 🙂

I find items like: puffer vests, knit vests, and light cardigans must be a staple in my closet because they are so practical for my personal style. I have the best time mixing and matching these pieces and they are so versatile. Whether you are “feeling the heat” or “getting cozy because of the chill”, you will find all that you need shopping at National. They make it easy to shop for ALL seasons.

Be inspired to explore the possibilities below. I guarantee you too will have fun styling your very own layered looks. We can transition with ease ladies!

Happy Layering,

Elissa


Embroidered Cardigan
National®

Hooded Sweater Jacket
National®

Plaid Zip Vest
Erin London®

Fine Gauge Sweater Vest
National®

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The Capture of a Cool Caftan

It’s always the right season to lounge in one of these gems. Can I just tell you how in love I am with Caftans? The concept of this beautifully draped garment sends my heart aflutter. With our new collection in place, I can officially start dreaming. Dreaming of places to visit so that I have many reasons to put one of these beauties on. LOL!

Let’s see, where would your first destination be? The beach? Lounging by the pool? In a cabana, sipping on something sweet? Ah ha! I’ve got it – in that cozy, comfy living room of yours, right? I’m with you. No matter where we go, one thing is for sure, there are stunning Caftans to capture!

National has created the prettiest collection of Caftans for you this season and I am thrilled to showcase a few for your viewing pleasure. Without further ado, it’s your turn to indulge – have fun Caftan shopping ladies.

Happy Lounging,

Elissa




Multi Print Caftan
Winlar®

Long Polyester Slip-On Dress


Butterfly Caftan
Winlar®

Floral Caftan
Winlar®

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Keep on Steppin’ in Comfort and Style

Quality, casual shoes will carry you farther than you think you can go. Recently, we traveled back to New York City. I told my husband, “this time we will do more walking”. He gave me one of those husband looks, kind of from the side which implied, “Yeah, sure dear, of course we will.” I’ve become so spoiled living in the South. I jump in and out of my car so leisurely, that the thought of going home and walking, getting on the bus or train, simply speaks, “NO WAY” to my feet.

As with my love for poetry, last weekend I was reading Remembering by Wendall Berry. The New York Times has dubbed him, ‘The Prophet of Rural America’. I fell in love with one of his quotes – It reads, “There comes . . . a longing never to travel again except on foot.” In that, I rediscovered, through hardship and triumph comes the gift of slowing my stroll, investing in my own comfort; which for me requires answering the cries of my toes! Please tell me I am not alone ladies.

I decided, perhaps much like yourself, to be more kind to the very part of my body that will carry me for many more decades (this is the plan, ya know?!). As always, I didn’t have to go far to find the perfect shoe collection. Here are a few of my favs for a more comfortable, cozy, light, and cushy step (with style – we won’t forgo style).


Traveltime Walkers
Easy Spirit®

Eliana Clogs
Easy Spirit®

Sillian Bella Mary Janes
Clarks®

Here’s to your own Happy Feet,

Elissa


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6 Quick Tips for Cleaning Out Your Closet in the New Year

I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions for 2019, knowing that I would probably break any resolution I made before the month was over. Instead I decided to focus on something tangible that I could actually accomplish in a relatively short span of time—cleaning out my closet. With its promise of a fresh start, January seemed like the ideal time to get my closet in order.

If you are anything like me, you have clothes in a multitude of different sizes that no longer fit, along with items that you simply never wear anymore or pieces that are stained, damaged, or need alterations. Since I have downsized to a one-bedroom apartment with limited closet space, I need to keep my wardrobe edited so that my closet only has the clothes that I love and regularly wear—and to make room for new stuff, of course!

After I decided to clean out my closet, I started researching the best way to go about it and found this article, 22 Tips For Cleaning Out Your Closet After 60 – Downsizing The Tried And True Way by Dawn Lucy on one of my favorite websites, Sixty & Me. I recommend reading the entire article, but if you don’t have the time, here are a few of my favorite tips from Dawn for cleaning out your closet:

  1. Make a list of must-have basics that you need
  2. Start with a basic color scheme, including your favorite neutrals along with pops of color
  3. Think about your lifestyle and what you’ll be doing in the next year and the types of clothes you will need
  4. Try on all your basic and must-have pieces and if they fit and are in good condition, hold onto them
  5. Get rid of the following:
    • Anything unflattering, uncomfortable or itchy
    • Items that don’t match anything else in your closet
    • Anything you’re simply sick of wearing or projects that have never happened (like those pants you have never gotten tailored)
    • Costume jewelry that has lost its luster and earrings that are too heavy to wear
    • Sentimental items or gifts that you don’t actually wear
  1. Give the rejects to a charity like Goodwill or The Salvation Army, or try selling them on eBay, Poshmark, or at a local consignment store

Photo Courtesy of Sixty & Me

I hope this has inspired you to go through your own wardrobe. I find that cleaning out your closet can actually make it easier to get dressed in the morning, so let me know how it goes, ladies!
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