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!

A Peek Into Spring

Though it’s hard to tell right now, warmer months are around the corner. The transition to spring in the Carolinas requires a few layers….and some color!

This year’s spring selections are easy to style, comfortable to wear, and perfect to transition. Choose from a simple solid color with a bold accessory, or opt for a floral print or embellishment. Pair with dark leggings and complement with statement earrings or a simple lariat necklace for a fresh and cheerful look.

Click below and get inspired for the new season! What are some of your favorite selections for the warm weather ahead of us? Share your go-to styles in the comment section below.


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Cozied Up for Winter | Parkers Favorite Pajamas

Friends – we got SNOW! While this may seem like a normal occurrence to some and a nuisance to others, in the Carolinas, it’s such a treat! Even the coastal regions of our beautiful state received a big helping of perfectly white powder. Late Thursday afternoon, the snow began to fall and we’ve been surrounded by a wintry wonderland ever since.

After galavanting through a snow globe of an afternoon, we enjoyed the rest of the weekend hunkered down in our pajamas. By the glow of a warm fireplace with hot cocoa in hand, we relished every bit of this winter weather. The weekend inspired me to share some of my favorite pajamas (some of which are currently on sale!) with you, so you too can join in on the cozy.

Click on the images to shop my favorites, so you can be ready for the next wintry weekend!

Stay warm,

Parker

 


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Sales Make Filling Your Closet with Classic Styles Easy

I read this article “Fashion After 50: What’s Old is New Again” about reworking your closet every year. In it Susan Good talks about getting rid of those items she hasn’t worn in a year and “treasures” that she will never get rid of, because she knows they’ll come back in style. She talks about classic pieces that will always have their place in your closet. From purses to wide belts, embroidery to wraps, here are some of my favorite pieces, and at 20% off plus FREE shipping, it’s time to stock up on styles that will keeping you looking stylish for years to come.

What are your “treasures” and why? We’d love to see those pieces you just can’t get rid of.

Stone Mountain Leather Bag

Stone Mountain USA, Vintage Leather Bag

 

Stylish and functional Nickel Belt

Antique Nickel Belt

 

Interlock Knit Cardigan

UltraSofts® Embroidered Open-Front Cardigan

 

Stylish, Knit Cape Poncho by Focus 2000

Knit Cape Poncho


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The Splurge on Stocking Stuffers

Every Christmas morning, after seeing what Santa dropped off the night before, my sister and I galavanted up the road to my grandparents’ house for Christmas breakfast and presents! Of course, my sister and I eagerly anticipated opening up our perfectly wrapped gifts from Gaga and Georgie, but more than anything, we looked forward to our stockings.

My grandmother spent so much time on those stockings – filing them to the brim with oranges, chocolate bars, two comic books, a bottle of perfume, and sparkly trinkets. She was so diligent and methodical in what she chose, so opening that stocking felt like a little glimpse into how she loved us..carefully selecting things she thought would make us smile. Stockings were never the afterthought for her – they were the best part of Christmas.

Below are a few options you can choose to create your own magical stocking. What else will you include this year? Tell me more in the comment section below!

Happy gifting,

Parker


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Cozying Up for Winter | My Favorite Nightshirts

Here in the Carolinas, it’s finally warm enough (and in many parts of our state, snowy enough) to light a fire and enjoy some tea as the moon wakes up. A fluffy robe, marshmallow socks, and a loose-fitting nightshirt – my recipe for a perfect night in.

Recently, I have shifted most of my sleepwear to a comfortable, one-piece nightshirt. Less laundry, ease of wear and the perfect weight for this season – I have fallen for ShopNational’s many styles and am sharing just a few of my favorites with you!

Cozy up this winter by clicking on the images below and selecting your favorite style. Here’s to staying in pajamas…all day!

Cozy up,

Parker


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Holiday Gift Ideas at National

December is upon us! How did it happen? I feel like I put away our Halloween costumes last night. Well…perhaps I did, because, as a new mom, organization is not at the top of my priority list. I prefer to spend all the free time I can muster with my 6 month old baby girl and do my best to simplify the rest of life.

Here at National, our team has worked diligently to do the same for you by compiling some of our favorite products into an easy-to-navigate Holiday Gift Guide! A few of my favorites are listed below. Simply click on the image to see more information. Peruse our entire gift guide here, and take the hustle and bustle out of your holiday season!

Happy gifting,

Parker

 


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The Hunt for a Christmas Tree

Every year, we spend our Thanksgiving holiday with family in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. And every year…we walk Dotson’s Nursery to find the very best Christmas tree for our home. For years, I’ve envisioned celebrating this special occasion with little ones by our side. This year, after a very long wait, we introduced our daughter to our favorite family tradition.

We are not the family that selects the first tree in sight. We are the family that takes a tiny six month old child to the very top of the hill in pursuit of what will be her very first tree. My husband makes certain all interior branches are healthy, green and full. I do the 360 degree review for possible gaps in branches, fullness in coverage, and general quality control of course. And…after a lot of walking (and curious glances from our daughter)…we’ve found it!

Whenever I watch the nursery owners cut down the tree, I stumble back into childlike wonder…excited for tree trimming to come and memories that will be made beneath the soft glow of our tree. This year, that wonder feels all the more palpable as we introduce our daughter to new traditions.

What are you excited to celebrate this season? Share your traditions with me in the comment section below!

Cheers to Christmas,
Parker


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Bundled Up in Boucle

It’s sweater weather, friends! Today, I am bundled up for the winter in my favorite sweater fabrication….boucle! Boucle sweaters are extra soft thanks to two strands of yarn looped together, making a perfectly plush and warm addition to your closet.

In 1954, Coco Chanel brought fame and attention to this fabric when she constructed a suit jacket and paired her design with a wrap-around skirt. Since then, it’s been tweaked, copied, adored and reimagined.

ShopNational carries an array of boucle sweaters, just the right weight and warmth for this time of year. Shop some of my favorite options by clicking the images below, or visit us online to peruse all of our sweaters!

Stay cozy,

Parker


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Swooning over Socks

This past weekend brought our first 32 degree night and with it, sock feet by the fireplace. With Thanksgiving week upon us, I am eagerly awaiting late nights in the living room with our families – curled up with hot tea and fuzzy blankets….and my favorite socks.

I always look forward to the holidays, because ShopNational releases a line of novelty socks and selections from World’s Softest – one of our brand partners! In addition to our staple items like our Suprima Sock and Cotton Plus Comfort Sock, we carry a number of styles idyllic for extra warmth while lounging at home or sleeping at night. Shop my favorites for the holidays by clicking on the images below!

Stay snuggly,

Parker


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Getting into the Little Black Dress

We all know it’s coming. And we certainly can’t escape it.

Holidays.

Parties.

Dressing up.

And that little. black. dress.

Today, I am covering a topic we simply love to avoid but walk through every day. We spend hours selecting just the right dress. We peruse rows on rows of complementary accessories. We slip in and out of thirteen pairs of shoes before landing in the most (comfortable) stylish options.

But – if you’re anything like me – you’re glazing over the very important and not-so-fun necessities of what goes on underneath the dress!

Trying to find seamless and flattering intimates can be a daunting task. Thankfully, ShopNational has an array of products with varied fit to provide the right amount of support without sacrificing comfort. When I am wearing a more fitted dress, I opt for a high waisted panty with tummy control. (This gives me room to eat a little bit more at a Thanksgiving table, of course!) Especially while nursing my little one, I prefer a bra without underwire but generous in support.

Intimates are such a personal purchase, and we know the right items are often difficult to find. If you have any challenges selecting what’s best for you, call our fit experts in Customer Service at 1-800-480-4673.

Look through our fit guidelines and many selections to find the best option for you by clicking on the images below!

Happy dressing,

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.

So, this is my story.

And in a way, yours too. Welcome.

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