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!

The Turkey Rebound | Pajamas for the Season

 

 

As I adjust to back into a routine of my favorite morning shake and healthy dinners (thanks to my meal planning application), I am counting down the days to Christmas – another holiday filled with family time and beautiful meals.

Mixed into our wait – weekends at home with our Christmas tree and stockings, anticipating the joy of the holidays with a wobbly toddler. We spent this past weekend decorating our tree, hanging all the decorations we could find, and tidying up from weekends of holiday travel. It was the perfect time to cozy up in my favorite flannel pajamas and snuggle up with my little one…well, for the five minutes she’d sit still!

Below are some of National’s pajama sets, each one made from quality fabrics with unique designs and beautiful trims. Whether you prefer an easy button set or lounge shirt and coordinating bottoms, the National team has crafted plenty of options to suit you. So gift yourself this season, and add some comfort and joy to your weekend wardrobe!

Stay cozy,

Parker


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Christmas in the Carolinas

The holiday season offers so much joy and tradition – and here in the Carolinas, we share quite a few unique celebrations to highlight Christmas. Most of my favorite occur just after Thanksgiving. Some last all season long. From the mountains to the coastline, our festive state has ample opportunity to enjoy the beauty and magic of Christmas.

 

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville features incredible holiday displays. Countless Christmas trees and specialty exhibits line the hallways of this magnificent estate. I recommend experiencing it through a candlelight tour – a prime holiday tradition!

What better way to experience Christmas by the sea than a holiday flotilla! On the Intracoastal Waterway, patrons line the bridge and surrounding streets to witness the spectacle of fully outfitted boats! Locals go above and beyond to make this an annual feast for light lovers everywhere.

My favorite tradition as a child? Tanglewood’s festivals lights! Tune into the local holiday radio station, sip hot chocolate from the warmth of your car, and drive through an unbelievable light display – one that lasts for miles!


And last but certainly not least, Christmas at Tweetsie! People flock from around the Carolinas (and southeast) to enjoy the annual Christmas Train Ride. One of Boone’s most popular attractions year round, the additional special events crafted for the holiday season draw an especially large and cheery crowd.

What are some of the traditions in your neck of the woods? Share some holiday favorites with me in the comment section below. I will always travel for Christmas fun!

Happy celebrating,
Parker


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Just in time for Christmas | Gifts of Comfort and Joy

Last week, our family gathered in Blowing Rock, NC for our annual “Thanksmas” celebration. You see, now that my sister and I are both married with little families of our own, we spend Thanksgiving with one set of parents and Christmas with the other – and swap the following year! We do our best to drive to our respective families for holiday hugs and cheer, but the choice to “swap” allows the kiddos ample time with all the wonderful grandparents (and of course, many yummy meals for us!)

This year, my parents knocked it out of the park with gifts and stocking stuffers. Top of the list? Cozy comforts like fuzzy socks, warm hats and fluffy scarves. I will be sharing my go-to options for gifting “comfort and joy” these next few weeks. To kick us off, I will take a cue from my sweet mama – the queen of gift selection!

She knows I am a sucker for a great scarf – it is my absolute favorite accessory for winter. Below are a few gifting options for a friend (or yourself) just in time for the festive holiday season! Which cozy selection is your favorite and why? Share with me in the comment section below!

Stay warm,

Parker

 

 


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The Week of Lounging

It is Thanksgiving week, which means…..all the lounge clothes! Each year, we spend this week in Blowing Rock with our families and enjoy long nights by the fire complete with cheese, crackers, and all the leftovers. ‘Tis the season for stretchy pants and comfy tunics!

The National team works diligently to design beautiful products season after season. But did you know our website houses an entire section of clothing available only online? Our Web Exclusive line includes some of my favorite comfy selections for this time of year. From fleece tunics to velour lounge sets, all the comfortable and stylish options you will need are conveniently found in one place.

Want to know what’s in my suitcase this week? Click on the images below to find all of my favorites! Stay comfortable, my friends.

With love,

Parker

 


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Parker’s Poncho Picks

Fall seems to center around family for us. We have birthdays, wedding anniversaries, holidays and – of course – a few football games in between.

This past weekend, my family celebrated our dear cousin’s fiftieth birthday. We descended on our family farm and spent every minute together – relishing in time with family and dancing until our feet were blistered.

When packing up for our farm weekend, I knew the evening strolls would feel a little chilly in comparison to Wilmington. I decided to pack up some extra layers, including a favorite poncho. Ponchos are an easy addition to the suitcase, as they pair well with base layers and solid color pants. Turn any outfit into a styled fall look with this comfortable and cozy addition. Shop my favorites by clicking on the images below!

With love,

Parker

 

 


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Falling in Love with Velour

At National, we focus on high quality fabrications that ensure fit, comfort and style. Our signature UltraSofts pieces are available year round, as are many cottons in both woven and knit. Summer brings along more linen options, lightweight and idyllic for the time of year. And as the temperatures drop and the cool night air sets in, we trade our lightweight garments for the luxurious and cozy feel of velour.

Research shows the beginnings of its fame rooted in the 1960s, as men rebelled against tailored clothing and opted for a more comfortable look.Velour gained popularity in the 1970s, thanks to hit bands like the Bee Gees who brought it forward as a chic and modern look. It was made increasingly popular in men and women’s fashion as a jogging suit.

The word “velour” actually stems from an 18th century French word meaning “velvet.” Today, velour is a sought after fabrication. Its easy-care and comfortable qualities make it a staple fabrication for the fall and winter seasons.

At National, we love crafting beautiful pieces with this luxurious fabric. From cardigans to loungers, slippers to cozy booties, we have an array of options to bring velour to your wardrobe this season. Which of these selections is your favorite? Share your favorite one with me in the comment section below!

Stay cozy,

Parker


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Patterns for Fall

Did you know that our National team begins sourcing inspiration for fall designs more than a year in advance? We start with a simple piece – a graphic design or pattern, a snapshot of wildflowers along the highway, or even draperies in a hotel room! We pull inspiration from everywhere and adapt it to fit the apparel design.

We have used floral design in embroidery, created yarn dyed knits with colors from the Carolinas, and developed our very own graphic print from inspiring home textiles. Each piece in our collection has you in mind, designed to beautifully complement your favorite items from National. Below are some of my personal favorites, developed by our National design team. Which pattern is your fall must-have? Share with me how you wear your favorite print in the comment section below!

Happy fall,
Parker

 


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Lounging in Fall

This time of year is, of course, my favorite. Vibrant colors illuminate the roadways. The temperatures lower and the breeze sets in. And when I step outside, I hear a family’s laughter and smell an outdoor grill preparing a delicious meal. Dear friends, welcome to fall in the Carolinas.

On Saturday afternoon, during our daughter’s nap, we lit a fire in our outdoor fireplace and snuggled up with a book. Somewhere in between the cool breeze and the crackling fire, I considered a brief life change to a city where this season occurs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Then I realized North Carolina is the closest thing to perfect, because we have the gift of four distinct seasons.

The key to really enjoying this time of year? Spend time outside! I’ve selected a few of my favorite pieces to take you from a cozy afternoon indoors to a lounge filled afternoon on the back porch. Click on the images to read more about my favorite “lazy Saturday” options. Which one is your favorite?

Stay cozy,
Parker

 


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The Open Wrap Sweater

In a few days, I will be sharing details from our anniversary trip to a very special place. Want a hint about the destination we chose for our adventure? Think sweaters, duck boots and rain jackets!

In preparation for a trip to a colder climate, I scoured my closet for some layering pieces to wear under heavy coats. My favorite option? An open wrap sweater. I love the ease of an open sweater and the comfort it affords in a multitude of climates. Pair your favorite one with a solid color tank and wear alongside leggings or tapered jeans.

Below are a few of my favorite options for this season (one of which is on sale!) Whether you lean towards detailed embroidery, bold pattern or a solid color, you are sure to layer in style (and comfort) this fall with these designs! Which one is your favorite?

Stay cozy,

Parker

 


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National Gives Back

Photo Credit: Los Angeles Times

As many of you have read and seen on the news, the Carolinas endured a massive hit from Hurricane Florence – leaving many areas under water and without access to basic necessities. Upon hearing of the urgent needs along the Carolina’s coast, the National team went into action!

Our incredibly dedicated National family collected donations and inventory to ship directly to those impacted by the storm. Below are a few moments from our team’s work on the ground in Lexington! You are a part of this.Because of your continued support of National, we can help our broader community in times of crisis. Thank you for being a part of the National family!

For updated information on how you can directly support relief efforts, visit the NC Diaper Bank and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.

With love and gratitude,
Parker


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I am Parker. My mom, Lynda, is the owner and President of National Wholesale. We are a woman’s apparel company that I’m hoping you know about but if not, you’ll be inspired to learn. We’ve been around since 1952. And the business was started by my entrepreneurial grandfather, “Georgie” with the support of my grandmother, GaGa. I’ve been surrounded by clothing and hosiery since the day I was born. I've also been surrounded by the drive to stay in business, which means connecting with our customers.

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