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 cuddling up in Cuddl Duds®. This longtime favorite brand has been a staple at National for as long as I can remember! Each piece offers luxurious comfort and comes in a variety of colors, making it the perfect gift for anyone in your family.
Cuddl Duds® offers thermals, loungewear, and even pieces suitable for outdoor activities. Below are my top four recommendations to start your “Cuddl Duds® Kit.”
Long sleeve tunic: With its beautiful brushed print and long, flowy silhouette, this shirt is a great option for out and about jaunts in the cool morning air. Pair it with relaxed sweats or jeans for a more finished look.
Tunic hoodie: This piece is so versatile. It moves from lounging to hiking with ease. My favorite feature? Thumbholes of course!
Fleece tunic: For cold weather travel, this is an absolute must. Fashionable enough to layer as a tunic for dinner and just the right amount of warmth for lounging by the fire, the Cuddl Duds® fleece tunic is a staple in my “Christmas travels packup” every year.
Fleece lounge pants: Mission critical addition: fleece lounge pants. These pants pair perfectly with any of the aforementioned products. Enjoy endless comfort all season long in these must-haves.
Stay cuddly, my friends!
Last week, I shared a few of my favorite Thanksgiving lounge options. Admittedly, when writing to you, I was sitting in the moderate climate of Wilmington, NC. However, Blowing Rock received its first round of snow yesterday and my clothing requirements quickly changed for the month ahead.
We head back to our family in the NC mountains for Christmas, and this time – I will be well prepared. From flannel to chenille, National’s fabrications offer softness and warmth without sacrificing quality and style. I have included my favorite robes and loungers. Whether you are searching for an easy-to-wear housecoat, a versatile lounge dress or a blanket soft zip up robe, our product team has curated a beautiful selection for you to enjoy (and of course….to give as the perfect gift!)
What is your preferred fabrication? Share which option you like most!
This week, we are spending time with my husband’s family in the mountains of North Carolina. It will be a season of soaking up toddler spunk, sipping on hot chocolate, and resting comfortably by the fireplace. With temperatures below freezing, I am adding quite a few cozy pajamas and loungewear pieces to my suitcase.
On my list: festive pajamas for the Christmas season, warm loungewear that can pass as “day clothes,” a flannel robe and an easy snap coat. Below are my go-to choices for the holiday season. Do you have a must-have for this time of year? Share your favorites in the comment section below.
This time of year, I get real bold and pull out my favorite shades of bright and cheerful lip color. Something about the crisp winter air, rich fall shades of orange and red among the trees, and cozy chunky sweaters bring out the festive colors in my makeup. Give me all things Holiday Red!
Below are four of my go-to shades for the holidays. From cheerful pinks to rich reds, you’re sure to find the perfect shade among these selections. Even better? These particular formulations are good for you, crafted with natural ingredients that will not irritate or damage your skin.
Which color is your favorite? Share with me in the comment section below.
Did you know my parents almost share a birthday? My mom celebrated her birthday on November 10th and my dad on November 14th. This year, our entire family gathered in Wilmington for a joint family celebration, and we surprised our parents with professional photos by my gifted friend, Summer Lambert.
For parents who consistently say, “don’t buy us anything. Just send us photos of our grandkids,” this ended up as the perfect gift (major props to my sister and brother-in-law for coming up with the idea!) We received the images a few days ago, and now begins the fun in selecting gifts using all of these images!
I have three sites I lean on for beautiful photo gifts. Shutterfly and Tiny Prints are my typical go-to. These sites offer coffee mugs, mouse pads (a favorite of our mom), photo books, journals and much more. A recent find, and now my consistent go-to, is Artifact Uprising. Last year, I purchased a calendar for my husband with photos of our little girl throughout her first year. My other favorite gift option is the wooden photo ledge which allows you to change out photos with ease!
If you’re stuck on what to give someone for the holidays, consider a picture made more prominent by one of these gift ideas. Which gift idea is your favorite?
Happy gift giving season from me, my sister Lanier, and our sweet Mama!
One of my favorite fall trends: embroidery. The subtle detail of embroidery brings forward dimension, delicate pattern and hints of color (all the pizazz and none of the fuss). I find it easiest to bring this trend into my wardrobe by way of one piece coupled with a solid color.
National’s embroidered blouse pairs easily with dark jeans. Consider adding a solid color vest for extra warmth and a pop of color that beautifully ties in the stitching detail. If you want a more subtle hint of embroidery, consider embroidered jeans with a simple ballet flat. This particular pair of jeans couples beautifully with a chunky cream sweater. A true classic win is the gorgeous, Embroidered Zip Cardigan. Dress up this cute cardi with a skirt or slacks, or add in a casual look with jeans; a stunning look for fall!
What is your favorite fall trend? Share your thoughts with me in the comment section below, and I will pull my favorite outfit derived from your favorite trend!
Our November, Blog Influencer, and our Style Performer, Ruthy Annie, BRINGS IT all week. She styles our clothing full of comfort and style with pure classic finesse, all while staying on trend! She truly is a welcomed and unique addition to the tremendous blog influencers we have been so fortunate to forge partnerships.
I am so excited to showcase her beautiful, whimsical, and ever-so-clever fashion styles. Ruthy Annie is our, “Queen of Styling Innovation”! Take a look below and pick your favorites. Feel free to choose them all, I know I have!
Yesterday morning, I woke up my sweet baby girl to get ready for school and opened her drawer to find one long sleeve shirt that fit that sweet girl. With a high of 55 yesterday, I knew it was time to hop online and stock up for my growing toddler.
Even here on the coast, the same is true for me! I am spending my afternoon hunting for a few new pieces to add to my cozy collection in preparation for the cooler months ahead. This year, I am looking for pieces that transition easily from lounge to daywear.
Below are a few items from National’s web exclusive line – that’s right, available only online. Each piece is incredible cozy, easy to layer, and perfect for this time of year. Which one is your favorite?
If you’re anything like me, when Fall makes its way to your home, you reach for the same pair of go-to pants all season long. Admittedly, I am a creature of habit and my clothing choices can begin to seem like a “uniform,” especially when I am in, “working-mom-hurry-up-and-go” mode!
Typically, I split my week between my favorite pair of dark denim jeans and a cozy pair of black leggings. However, this season I am committed to branching out and adding some pizazz to my pants collection! Carrying forward inspired florals and jewel tones, ShopNational carries an array of embroidered, printed and detailed pants for the fall season. Whether you prefer delicate pastel flowers or a bold plaid print, we have quite a few options for you to consider. Not ready to fully branch out? Opt for our solid color Lattice Pants with cuff detail. All pair easily with a solid color top or button down blouse – still affording simplicity and ease when getting ready for the day!
Which pair is your favorite? Share your pick in the comment section below!
Recently, I caught up with the magnificent, Phyllis Lerner of followPhyllis. I had the opportunity to ask Phyllis a series of questions to inspire us for fall and winter. Phyllis gives us a glimpse into her world of seasoned fashion sense along with practical tips that will challenge our comfort zone. I was also thrilled to read how much Phyllis has incorporated National apparel into her everyday wardrobe. Read all about it here:
- Solid or print: what is your go-to (or does it depend on the day?)
I have always worn neutral, solid colors. I love the way colors play against each other. They can either blend together or create a bold, minimalist look. I am full busted and always felt like patterns made me look larger than I am. Once in a while I will purchase a blouse with a print, but I rarely end up wearing it. If I want to add a print or pattern to my outfit, it’s usually in an accessory. Unless, of course, that print is leopard-then I’m all in!!!
- Tis the season for layering! What are your staples for fall and how do you incorporate them?
When the weather starts getting brisk, I love to wear a fitted tee and skinny leggings under my regular clothing. I find that these extra layers keep me super warm with adding just a touch of bulk. I also love turtleneck dickies in the winter as they are not quite a layer but can serve the same function. Most days, I put my gym clothes on first thing in the morning and keep them on all day. Then I swap out a top or an accessory when I need to change up the look. One of your beautiful tunics would look fabulous over my workout leggings. Or, I might throw on one of your cardis over my exercise clothes and meet a girlfriend for lunch.
- What is your favorite piece from the UltraSofts® collection at National and how do you style it?
I am obsessed with the UltraSofts® collection from National. I just completed a blog post and I chose the fabulous UltraSofts® Criss Cross Tunic to feature. The length is perfect, and the beautiful neckline detail means no necklace necessary. And did I mention how soft it is??? I loved styling it with my pair of neutral patent pumps with crisscross detail to mirror the neckline. Gorgeous!
- What trend are you most excited to incorporate into your winter wardrobe?
OMG-there are so many fabulous trends this year that it’s difficult to pick just one! With the popularity of animal prints, leather and faux fur, fabric and texture are super important right now. I love them all, but the animal print trend is the one that I am embracing with open arms this year! I have a lot of pieces that I’ve collected over the years: coats and dresses and accessories but I always want more. Many women over fifty are afraid to try such a bold trend so I suggest adding an accessory to update your look. I love the Charmy Loafers from Hush Puppies® that I styled for a recent photo shoot. Leopard print and comfort – what better way to incorporate this fab trend!
I say, it’s time to shop! Thank you Phyllis for being a constant inspiration to women of all ages, and especially to our team here at National!