RACK of STYLE

As a young gal growing up in the world of retail, I hopped on the fashion train way too early. Despite my efforts to destroy any evidence of some of my early fashion choices, hints of my styling efforts creep up every now and then. Thankfully, I have found the straight and narrow of the styling world – in other words, I know how to work a closet! Check back each week for glimpses of my favorite fabrics, colors, and go-to styling tips!

’Tis the Season for Layers!

For many of us in the South, we’re already experiencing mild winter temperatures. This brings upon us the season for transitional layers. I’ve talked a lot about layering in previous style blogs, and I cannot emphasize enough how this approach to style has simplified my life and maximized my purchases. I typically stay in a muted color palette (most preferred – black, white and grey of course). Layering allows me the ease of bringing in a pop of color, either with a base layer or through an accessory piece.

 

Here are two cardigan options, paired with a similar underlayer. The dark chenille cardigan offers an elegant fall look with complementary jewel tones, whereas the jacquard cardigan in hues of winter white and grey lighten the overall look. Which one is your favorite?

 

Chenille Cable Cardigan by National®

 

Floral Jacquard Cardigan by National®

XO,

Parker

 


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Give Me All the Cozy!



34 degrees and snow days all over the place – I am here for this winter bliss.

 

But of course, Wilmington remains sunny and bright with no snow in the forecast. I’ll just sit outside and pretend, all cozied up in my favorite fleece pajamas. These Minky Fleece Pajamas are – without question – the softest I have ever worn. Plush fleece for extra warmth, but just the right weight for overnight sleep.

 

It may be chilly, but give me some cozy pajamas and a warm cup of coffee – I will soak up this crisp morning sun all day.

 

Happy Wednesday friends,

Parker

 

Photos by Summer Lambert Photography.

 

 

 


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Cold Weather Strolls

I have determined that if the temperature outside is above 40 degrees, this family is taking a walk! — Mind you, this is often a struggle considering my 3 year old has informed us she is “allergic to jackets.” But somehow…we make it happen. And of course, every now and then…I leave the kids behind.

 

Yesterday, the sun warmed things up to a stunning 55 degrees. It was the perfect day for a leisurely stroll…without my sweet, magical and wildly loud children. I bundled up in my comfortable stretch hoodie paired with the most unreal pants for my jaunt around Wilmington. (These flat-waist leggings are a staple, y’all. Easy to throw on with a tunic for a more sophisticated look, they have proven wildly versatile with a casual hoodie for a lunch break walk. Without question, they are my number one item this winter). I’m a sucker for jewel tones, so I snagged the hoodie in a beautiful, deep turquoise. On cooler days, I add a base tank layer. Give me all the pockets and stretch!

 

Ok friends. I promised you a peak into my One Word for 2021. I’ll see you on Friday for the big reveal. (Spoiler alert – my kids are a big part of the word choice this year).

 

Happy strolling,

Parker


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Countdown to Christmas (at Home)

This past weekend, we had some pretty stunning 70 degree days – a special treat living on the North Carolina coast. I enjoyed some great time outdoors with our little ones before another cold front moved in with some heavy rain showers. Cozying up with my family this week, I am excited to hunker down for rainy day movies and (many servings of) hot chocolate. It’s hard to believe, friends…Christmas is around the corner.

 

We will be celebrating our first Christmas at home this year, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Upon having our first child, we knew Christmas mornings at home would eventually be a treasured tradition. We love traveling to see friends and family throughout the holidays….and….we love being home. Our oldest is 3.5 years old, and she is absolutely in the Christmas spirit. Between letters to Santa and gingerbread house building, the magic of the season is evident, and we can’t get enough of her joyful spirit. When I think about seeing her walk down the stairs to see if Santa actually built the piggy bank she’s been dreaming of for months….gosh it feels better than any Christmas gift I can imagine receiving.

 

You know from previous posts that loungewear pieces are a staple for me as a mom of three kids. Currently, I have this soft and luxurious smocked lounger on rotation. Available in navy or ivory, this gown has a (very) comfortable fit and is the perfect weight for a crisp morning (similar to this cardinal snap robe).

 

As we countdown to Christmas, you’ll find me lounging in comfort, relishing time with our kids. I hope you and yours can press pause on the traditional hustle and bustle of the holidays, and cozy up with the ones you love.

 

-Parker

 

 

 

 

Photos by Summer Lambert Photography.


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Shopping Small for the Holidays

Friends,

’Tis the season to shop small! — There is nothing I love more than strolling our local stores in Wilmington. Just a few miles from our home, we have quaint and beautifully curated shops I frequent just before the holidays. On today’s outing, I visited one of my favorites – Airlie Moon. Typically, I can find just about everything I need for friends and family in the shop. The assortment includes home decor, accessories, artwork, candles and more.

 

The winter trends continue here, so I bundled up for my most recent visit to The Shops at Lumina. Comfortable slacks plus a printed top (just enough color for my comfort level) make up the ideal outfit for an afternoon stroll. Because I am a sucker for morning coffee, I darted out early and required a warm coat for the “adventure.” This Berber fleece is the perfect weight – just enough to knock out the chill and keep me cozy all day.

 

National started as a small-scale, local business, and has since grown to service women nationwide. We are so grateful for each and every one of you who make up our National family. Growing up in Lexington, I have seen firsthand the power of small business to elevate a community. Thank you for supporting National, and consider “shopping small” for the holiday season!

 

 

With love and gratitude,

Parker

 


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‘Tis the Season for Snuggling

Here in Wilmington, a cold front moved in overnight dropping our temperatures from a delightful 73 degrees to a crisp 52. Our oldest daughter shrieked when we let the pup out this morning, quickly realizing her summer dress was no longer going to work in this “new” season (it takes a while for the beach to get the winter memo).

 

But National’s pajama and loungewear sets offer layered comfort perfect for a morning cup of coffee outside. (Yes, I am a sucker for cold weather and will bundle up as much as needed to enjoy a cup of coffee in the sunshine.) These cozy pajama pants come in three print options – pugs, dachshunds or cats. Of course, I opted for pugs – one of my favorite dogs (and sadly golden retrievers just weren’t an option). And of course, I’ve wrapped a few pairs of cat pajamas for some friends (who shall remain nameless and thus surprised)! The UltraSofts picot tee is great for all day wear and a wonderful complement to my flannel pajamas. If I need just a bit more warmth, this cozy lounge jacket is the ideal addition (and another suited for day wear).

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Which pajamas will you add to your closet this season? Share your favorite cozy options with me in the comment section below.

 

Wishing you a “warm” weekend, my friend.

 

xoxo,

Parker


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Rolling Into Thanksgiving Week

It’s here! Time to celebrate Thanksgiving (and I do mean all week long). — Our groceries arrived yesterday in advance of the meal prep, as I begin to get ready for my first ever (full) Thanksgiving meal to cook completely on my own. Cue all the nerves – I hope I can pull this off as well as our extended families do year after year. The weather in Wilmington is glorious – low fifties and sixties with pure sunshine creating the perfect backdrop to our daily walks. I am thrilled this holiday week has finally arrived!

 

Cozied up with my little family, I am taking some extra time to “clean up,” because I always feel a bit more energized when I freshen up and sport some new threads. Today, I am sharing a favorite fall look that has become a must-have in my closet. This outfit is a staple for me, easy to layer and ideal for chasing after my kiddos. My long cable knit sweater is a great weight and pairs beautifully with my slacks or denim jeans. While I am always a fan of neutrals, this piqué top is a simple way to add a subtle pop of color.

 

Tune in later this week for a sneak-peak at our menu. I will share a couple photos of our final result and my go-to recipes for best holiday sides. In the meantime, start filling your cart with my favorite selections – stylish comfort all season long!

 

 

Happy Turkey Week,

Parker

 

 

 

 


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A (Chilly) Fall Stroll

There is something really special about bright blue skies in a Carolina fall. When the clouds dissipate, the air feels just a smidge colder, and the crispness somehow compels you to be outside…even if it is less than 60 degrees. My friends often poke fun at how much I love cold weather. (Let’s not forget I honeymooned in snow.) This season we’re in – it is without question my favorite, and I am committed to enjoying every bit I can.

 

Staying warm and stylish on an afternoon stroll is easy with my favorites from National. I wear these flat-front leggings at least twice a week. The fabric moves easily, pairs well with casual clothes or a dressier tunic, and requires zero ironing (hallelujah). My favorite UltraSofts mock turtleneck offers a touch of extra warmth and makes the perfect base layer for my cozy Berber fleece vest. Easy layering, perfectly styled – yes please!

 

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Stay cozy,

Parker

 

 


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Loving Living in Loungewear

Do you ever have the type of middle-of-the-week feeling where pajamas seem like the best idea but errands warrant a slightly more “together” look?

Welcome to my motherhood journey!

My “youngest” twin is on the move – crawling non-stop and doing circles around our living room (literally). My daughter has more energy than three kids combined (still have one twin not crawling yet, but insists on being held). Needless to say, I am on the move frequently – and comfortable clothing is key to my day!

Softwear by Swann, a line exclusive to National, recently developed two versions of the softest lounge clothes I’ve found – everFor slightly cooler days, I love the matching shirt and pant option. If I am making a quick trip to the mailbox but not ready to ditch the comfortable jammy morning quite yet – the Lounger Dress is my go-to. These items pack like a dream for your next weekend jaunt and make a great option for simple, thoughtful gift giving.

Who said you have to sacrifice comfort for style? You’ll find me in loungewear all. season. long.

Cozy Pajamas by Softwear by Swann®️

Cozy Pajamas by Softwear by Swann®️

 

Cozy Lounger by Softwear by Swann®️

Cozy Lounger by Softwear by Swann®️

 

Stay cozy,

Parker


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Snuggled Up for the Week

This morning, I opened the door to let out our sweet ol’ Jasper and was met with 43 degrees of new season chill. And friends, I am absolutely thrilled. 

 

We turned on our living room fireplace (thank goodness for easy gas logs), and I spent the morning bundled in my favorite robe sipping coffee (on cup number 2, thanks to all these little kiddos)! It is absolutely the season for dreamy robes and cozy chats on the couch. I am cherishing these slow mornings with my children at home, grateful for our time together in the days that are all too fleeting.

 

Now that my daughter is approaching age 4, she wants to have her nose in a book every chance she gets. In my favorite robe, I can bundle both of us up for another run through Are You My Mother and The Pout Pout Fish. I am still on my toes with our boys, as one of them recently started crawling! Thank goodness my favorite robe still lets me chase that wild one.

 

Click on the image to learn more about my go-to selections. Between brushed fleece and luxurious velour, you can’t go wrong in these winter favorites. Which one are you adding to your morning routine?

 

Snowflake Yoke Zip Robe by National®️

Snowflake Yoke Zip Robe by National®️

Minky Fleece Zip Robe by National®️

Minky Fleece Zip Robe by National®️

Luxury Velour Snap Robe by National®️

Luxury Velour Snap Robe by National®️

 

Stay cozy,

Parker


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