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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.

The Fruits of our Labor – Shall We Dance?

In the past week, we’ve been blogging about gardening and the variety of harvests that come along with it. Bloom. Blooming. All things abloom. Ladies, we ourselves are a beautiful creation of someone who has bloomed. We are living images of movement and flow. I dare say, we have hiked up the steepest of mountains, we’ve swam the lengthiest of oceans, and still we stand.

We are seasoned and now it is our time to dance. The harvest of our personal gardens have grown to be the most beautiful and comfortable centers of self ever imagined. We have planted the seeds, they’ve grown, and now flown. “How ever would we get there?”, we wondered? Well, we did it ladies.

That being said, do we dance enough in celebration of this exciting, new phase of life? I, for one, am determined to twirl, swirl, spin, and kick up more than I ever have. My living room has become my personal studio [LOL]. I started thinking, “there must be more people that feel as I do”. Guess what I found? This is an awesome link to an inspiring book, Beauty is Experience: Dancing 50 and Beyond, which is about creating dialogue about dancing regardless of our personal trials and triumphs [because that’s what is today, a triumph].

We need all that comes with the dance. I say cool, breezy, comfy, and flowy clothes. How I love to move freely these days. Especially in spring and summer styles. We deserve timeless fashion that moves with us, don’t you agree? The work’s been done, and we have seen the fruits of our labor, so now…WE DANCE.

National makes it too easy to capture the movement of easy, classic, spring and summer styles. Beauty at its best, designed with you in mind. I started your collection below. Now, all that’s left for you to do is to find your groove and get it back-I’m getting mine. When will you exhale?

Keep Dancing,

Ronelle


Floral Kimono
LVS Collections

Side Button Skirt
National®

Lorelei Lace-Up Blouse
National®

Los Cabos Embroidered Blouse
National®

Striped Pants
National®

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The Garden Party Conversation

It is official, I’ve been inspired. Now that we are truly feeling the effects of springtime, I tend to look everywhere for all things abloom. While I may not have a “green thumb”, I enjoy watching those who do, gear up for planting their vegetable gardens. What great patience and skill it takes to follow the weather and learn the precise time to plant certain veggies for the perfect harvest. Reading Parker’s resourceful blog this week entitled, Starting Now for Later really inspired me. There is much to prepare for and joy to feel from this spring gardening activity.

This got me thinking of beautiful gardens full of gorgeous blooms. As a young girl, I loved strolling through the botanical gardens in New York City. I would allow my imagination to fly away in the soft breeze as I sat on a bench, pretending to have tea with girlfriends. The sweet aroma of beautiful flowers was heavenly. This week, I found a delightful article in Country Living entitled, 18 Garden Party Ideas for the Ultimate Spring Celebration. Ladies, you have to click through the slideshow. It’s the season for tea parties in the garden for sure!

Well, the inspiration continues. On National’s website the possibilities are endless. Boy, did I have fun gathering spring styles just for you. The spring and summer fashions that National features this season will totally inspire your own gardening state-of-mind. Whether you are planning to have a garden full of delicious veggies, a garden of beautiful blooming flowers, or planning your very own garden party, National has the perfect spring and summer styles especially for you! What kind of gardens will inspire you this season?

Keep Blooming,

Ronelle


Floral Garden Jacket
National®

Floral Dress
UltraSofts®

Embroidered Stripe Tee
National®

Sleeveless Ruched Dress
National®

Rollaway Sun Hat
Sun & Sand®

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Summer Lovin’, the Beach is Callin’

I have a confession to make. While spring has sprung, I’m in a summer state of mind. It is that glorious time of year to start thinking of coastal style creations, ladies. Picture the scene – bright blue skies, beaming sunshine, the scent of sand and sea, lounging in a comfy caftan with a wide-brimmed hat and oh, let’s not forget the most important feature here—you guessed it, a tropical drink to set the mood. I say, Vivé el Verano (translation: Live Summer). LOL

If I had it my way, I’d live on the beach all-year long. I mean, who doesn’t love beach life? Now is the perfect time to plan that trip to the beach, soak in the rays, and press pause on the hustle and bustle. Okay, while we still have a little time, I say we start looking for the best in spring and summer styles. I’m thinking cool cover-ups and caftans. National’s new spring and summer collections feature some of the most beautiful summer loungewear I have ever seen.

Tropical loungers will be perfect for all of the summer beach destinations I am adding to my list. Oh, that reminds me, have you seen Parker’s blog post this week, “Welcome to the Carolinas’? It’s a super vacation resource for summer 2019.

For summer southern comfort and cool summer evenings, I created a collection to get you in the mood to pack for a warm vacation. Feast your eyes on this gorgeous palette below. I can hear the steel drums now. The beach is callin’ my name, ladies! What summer destinations are you planning this year?

Happy Summer,

Ronelle


Calypso Caftan
National®

Sunburst Batik Lounge Dress
National®

Tropical Getaway Lounger
National®

Keilani Floral Lounger
National®

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Spring into New Neutrals

The perfect complement to spring’s arrival are soft neutral shades. Revisit warm tones that will lift your spirits and create common ground in your wardrobe. I get so excited this time of year as I feel a welcoming aura of light breezes and the scent of glorious florals in the air. Talk about fashion motivation overload!

It’s as if the earth has gifted us with hues to soothe our souls, that in-turn, brighten our moods. Who couldn’t use a little of that, eh? During this spring fashion season, I tend to flirt with style concepts that encourage whimsical dress. I found the most helpful Pantone color palette for spring and summer showcased by simpledits.com and knew I had to share it with you ladies. It is sure to be your spring fashion guide to incorporate beautiful neutrals for spring styling. With this spring color collection, you’ll be surprised what new neutrals we have to play with; Jester Red, Turmeric, Mango Mojito, and let’s not forget the ever-stunning Living Coral.

The design team at National has created the most beautiful spring fashion designs with you in mind. I know you are going to fall in love with our spring style choices. I have taken the guesswork out and started you off with the prettiest spring Side Button Sweaters. Pair these beauties with skirts, capris, pants, or your favorite denim.

Here’s to the new you in neutrals,

Elissa


Side Button Sweater
National®

Side Button Sweater
National®

Side Button Sweater
National®

Side Button Sweater
National®

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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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