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!

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,



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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,


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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,


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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 works diligently to create styles that are both comfortable and practical – with a continued focus on style….even when it comes to loungewear! This season’s loungewear brings forward the inspired colors of spring in unique patterns and soft fabrications.

Below are three of my favorite new designs. Which one do you like most? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Stay cozy,


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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 little something comfortable, another something to spoil, and perhaps a sparkly ta-da-da for a rainy day. I’ve attached a few of my favorite options this year. (Just click on the image for product details!) Shop now to receive your order on time, and share with me what you selected for your loved one this year!

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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 can’t forget boating shoes!

Right now, several of my favorite styles are ON SALE! Click the images below to find out more, and find your perfect coastal style!

How do you dress for a breezy spring day on the water? Share your styling tips with me in the comment section below!

Cheers from the coast,


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Spring in your Step

The weather forecast for this week? Perfection. 65 degrees and full sun – every single day. I’m preparing for a week of walks with Jasper and Hatton and cannot wait for 5:00 to come each day!

If I plan a walk longer than 20 minutes, I throw on my supportive tennis shoes to product my knees and back (after two surgeries – I’m committed to taking care of those joints!) I am always on the hunt for lightweight and comfortable socks to wear with my sneakers.

Below are a few of my favorite options, available now at ShopNational.com. Click on the images to read more about each pair and find what works best for you! Whether you want a no-show sock or a little bit of ankle comfort – National has you covered, head to toe (literally!)

Which one is your favorite?

Walk on,

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Getting Bold with Color

If you’ve ever visited my home, you will quickly find that I am a fan of a muted color palette. It can get a little drab, at times, but overall – I’m a sucker for black, white, gray and all neutral colors in between! As the mama to a spunky baby girl, I wanted to incorporate more color in our home (proven fact – color is key to development for babies!) My dear friend, Whitney Walker, is quite talented in both teaching me how to mama and building rooms with color.

The plus side of a home filled with neutrals – adding color is a cinch! Here are a few lessons learned from Whitney. How do you incorporate color in your home? Share your tips and tricks with me in the comment section below!

  1. Use what you have. Since I have a background of neutral, I chose to accent my master bedroom and living room with color. Bright lumbar pillows in green, purple and blue coordinate easily with my large linen throw pillows and white duvet.
  2. Start small. Add color simply with either a pillow or throw blanket. Especially in a very muted home, decor pieces are easy to swap out (especially if your apt to change your mind often!)
  3. Consider the walls. When trying to break out of my neutral rut, I looked to paint! I opted for a pale ice blue in our master bedroom and a mint green in our daughter’s room. The rest of the furniture is muted – so the walls pop perfectly…just enough color for me!
  4. Do the unexpected. If you’re really up for a change, repaint a piece of furniture, like a dresser or end tables. Alternatively, take a muted lamp and add a contrasting shade – something unexpected and dimensional!

Stay bright,



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Gone to the Dogs

For more than eight years, I’ve loved on our sweet golden retriever, Jasper. Last year, our parents joined the fun and became pup parents to Timmy, who is now approaching his second birthday! Outside of being a mama to Hatton, loving Jasper has been the most fun gift. The joy of coming home to the happiest soul brings light to each day – even the hard ones.

Jasper loves nothing more than a visit from his curly headed buddy, so on my mother’s most recent visit, she brought Timmy along! Mom and I ventured on a favorite pastime for us both – a walk with the dogs. Since the day was a little breezy, we both opted for pants and comfortable tops. I chose a terry poncho, and Mom selected a printed tunic – and of course, a hat to protect from the sun!

While definitely active, these dogs are worth every ounce of added “work” to the day. A couple walks and some snuggles at night…and they are good to go!

What are your favorite things to do with your fur babies? Share your best adventures with me (and photos) in the comment section below!

With love and licks,


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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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