Preparing for Island Life

On Saturday morning, we will put our little girl and pup on a ferry and depart together for our annual vacation to Ocracoke. This island holds such a special place in my heart. When my husband and I started dating, he invited me to join his family and we’ve gone...

Floral Fun for Spring

Spring time! This week, we are preparing for our annual trip to Ocracoke Island, so I am searching through my closet for color and fun. ShopNational’s team has developed beautiful silhouettes drawing inspiration from the Spring season. Between comfortable loose...

Floral Inspiration for Spring

Growing up, one of my fondest memories of home was the aroma of fresh flowers in our living room. No matter what time of year, my mom had a sprig of something fresh blooming in our home. As I continue to pretend my way through adulthood, I pick and choose what I bring...

Stripes for Spring

Spring brings with it bright colors, easy layers and comfortable selections for all the adventures of beautiful weather. Recently, I’ve shared a few favorite colors and patterns and today – one more for your closet….stripes! I love bringing stripes...

Last Minute Gifting

If you’re (somewhat) like me…perhaps you’ve waited until the last second to hunt that perfect gift for Mother’s Day. You’re seeing gift guides pop up in your inbox and companies highlighting must-haves. But you still haven’t landed...

Spring into Comfort

Here in the Carolinas, the flowers are in full bloom as we welcome warm weather and full sun. A few weeks ago, Wilmington celebrated its annual Azalea Festival. The colors are so inspiring – every yard you pass full of bright pinks and vibrant purples. Our team...

Sun is out, SUNSCREEN out!

  Two weeks ago, I decided to take my daughter outside for some fresh air. Within about 10 minutes, she was pink…VERY pink. I could not believe it. Despite my sunscreen lathering and a big “baby” hat, my sweet little angel got a sunburn! I called my...

A Guide to Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! The ShopNational team has compiled an ideal gift guide for you, just in time to select the perfect gift. When I shop for my own mama and wonderful mama-friends, I try to select things they may not buy for themselves. A...

Beach Days Ahead

You can likely guess that as a resident of a North Carolina beach town, I’m a sucker for some comfy clothes in coastal style. A loose blouse and relaxed pants or a breezy top and flowy skirt are my favorite selections for a day on the water. And of course, I...