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!

Comfy in Summer

Our summer has been filled to the brim with weekends adventures, so when our full itinerary finally cleared – I was ready and willing to unpack and settle in. For the next few weeks, we are home for the weekend! This means staying in lounge clothes all day and sipping coffee for hours as Hatton plays in the backyard.

Staying in pajamas is not always an option. What if…..heaven forbid…someone actually knocks on our door midday? Enter in the lounge dress. Lounge dresses offer a comfortable alternative to your typical “Saturday best.” Comfy enough for the couch  but sophisticated enough for public viewing, nothing beats the breezy comfort of these pieces.

I selected a few of my favorites for you to check out. Simply click on the image to learn more about the fabrication and color options! Which one is your favorite?

Happy lounging,
Parker


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New Season Clean-out | Tips and Tricks

Clutter. It is truly the bain of my motherhood existence. It seems like – as soon as I have a room picked up – it turns back into a complete disaster. In recent weeks, I have tried to focus on one room at a time – decluttering as I go, and pulling what I don’t need to make room for what I do!

In reviewing a helpful online article, I implemented a few tips and tricks to organize my space. Here are four things on which I am focused to create a more organized home.

  1. The 12-12-12 challenge: find 12 things to donate, 12 to throw away, and 12 to return!
  2. Set a timer: this is a new favorite for me! I set a timer for 5 minutes and focus on organizing one particular section of your home. Once the timer stops – move on!
  3. Give away one item a day: I’ve adjusted this tip a little bit to “buy one, give one.” Anytime I purchase something new, I remove an equivalent amount from my closet. While it’s not necessarily a “declutter,” it certainly prevents over cluttering!
  4. Grab four boxes: I love this declutter method, because it simplifies what can often become overwhelming. Grab four boxes and label them “recycle, giveaway, donate or keep.” Peruse your home and declutter!

How do you declutter your home? Share some tips with me in the comment section below.

Happy organizing,

Parker


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Colorful Printed Additions (On Sale!)

I’ve recently tried to diversify my daily looks by adding a splash of color and pattern into my otherwise muted wardrobe. But I find myself hung up on exactly what to add in.

Shopping for something “unique” can be challenging, especially if it is a far cry from the usual selections. I’m hesitant to splurge on a new pattern – something fairly different from what is normally in my closet. But show me a good sale, and I will try (just about) anything!

Below are a few options for a closet refresh – all of which are currently on sale at ShopNational.com! Click on the image to read more about each product, and share your favorite selection with me in the comment section below.

Cheers to SALES,

Parker

 

    


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Smoothie Tips and Tricks

About a month ago, I started adding smoothies into my daily “life routine.” Admittedly at first, it seemed daunting to craft a new smoothie each morning. Between selecting the right greens, fruit and liquid – the over-planned, type a parts of my brain prevented a consistent smoothie regimen.

Then I found Blender Bombs.

Blender Bombs make smoothie crafting simple. The all natural addition to your everyday smoothie has the perfect amount of protein, fiber, and healthy fat. Each morning, I grab a handful of spinach, a few strawberries and coconut milk. Drop in a Blender Bomb, and you’re good to go!

Below are two recipes crafted by the Blender Bomb team – click on the images for more details, and tell me which of these appeals to your breakfast cravings!

What are your favorite smoothie recipes? Share your go-to goodness with me in the comment section below.

Bottoms up,

Parker

Orange Crush

Photo Credit: Hushup + Hustle

 

Banana and Nutmeg 

Photo Credit: Hushup + Hustle


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Packing Light

Today, I am buried beneath laundry from 9 days away. We traveled to Ocracoke Island with my husband’s family and then met up with my family in Bath, NC to celebrate my sister’s 40th birthday! We enjoyed every second of our galavants, but the unpacking reminded me how thankful I was for this year’s intentional “light packing” efforts!

Especially in warmer months, I find it easier to prepare for a week away with minimal outfits. When preparing for our trip, I laid out a few shorts and shirts, all in neutral colors, and added in two pops of color to complete the wardrobe. With just a few pieces, I managed to create multiple outfits for our time away and keep my laundry to a minimum!

Below are a few pieces I keep on hand for weekend getaways. Easy layers, comfortable fabrications and solid colors – check!

How do you pack up for time away? Share your tips with me in the comment section below. Are you adventuring anywhere exciting this summer?

To getaways,

Parker


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Strolling into Summer

 

Warmer weather is here, and I have finally put away all of my “cool weather” shoes in exchange for breezy sandals! I’m spending the week on Ocracoke Island with my husband’s family and have either walked barefoot or in comfortable sandals…the truest sign of summer.

ShopNational has an array of options for this time of year. Personally, I sandal shop based on warm weather looks. With long skirts, I gravitate towards a low profile sandal. With my shorts or a knee length skirt, I opt for a high support strappy sandal to dress up my look – just a touch!

Click below for more information on some of my favorite options available online, and share with me how you select the right shoe for this time of year!

Stay sunny,

Parker

Fisherman Flats Open Toe Fisherman Flats Hand Painted Braided Sandals

Sandra Comfort Stretch Sandals


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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 together every year since (sometimes twice a year!)

We first took Hatton when she was just five months old. During that trip, she could barely stay awake more than an hour and a half before desperately needing another nap. We would scamper around town and race back to the house in time for her snooze. Now, our wide open one year old will get the chance to explore all the island has to offer (in 3 hours instead of 1 before needing a nap!)

This year, I committed to packing a small bag…as I always seem to take far more than I need. I am packing one sun dress, a few pairs of shorts, one pair of relaxed athletic pants, and four shirts. Below are some of my favorite options for island life this time of year!

Of these selections, which one is your go-to for the beach?

Stay sunny,

Parker

   


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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 fitting blouses and flattering tunics, we have plenty of options to brighten up your closet.

Pair a button down blouse with black shorts or white jeans for a fresh and modern look. For something more casual, opt for a long cotton tunic over leggings or jeans.

How do you bring floral into your wardrobe? Share with me in the comment section below!


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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 into my closet, because they transition between seasons easily. The turquoise and coral stripes in National’s UltraSoft tunic makes for a perfect fall addition against dark jeans, whereas the fun and play of our striped shirt jacket exudes a breezy nautical vibe.

Below are a few of my favorite options in the playful stripe pattern – perfect for this time of year. Of these, which one is your favorite? Share with me in the comment section below!

Cheers to sun,

Parker


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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 on just the right gift.

Don’t worry. There is still time!

Accessories are an ideal option for last minute gifts. My top reasons for accessories as a gift of choice:

  1. They are a want – not a need – meaning we rarely buy them for ourselves (ok…semi-rarely).
  2. They always fit.
  3. They can match anything in any closet.
  4. They complete a look with ease.

Below are a few of my favorite options for gift-giving (to a loved one or yourself!) What are some of your favorite accessory styles?

Happy gifting,

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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