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!

Shades of Pink

This past weekend, we caught a glimpse of a blooming Dogwood tree (North Carolina’s state tree, to be exact)! Last night, my husband and I sat outside by our fire pit and heard the sounds of crickets and frogs – precious reminders that warmth is around the corner.

Growing up, I could count on one dominant color to grace my mother’s wardrobe: stunning shades of pink! This is such an easy color to wear. Choose a blouse and couple it with a white tank and denim, or pop bright shades as an accessory against a solid color top.  Soften the look by selecting grey bottoms and a dusty rose, a beautiful option for the transition to spring.

Inspired by Lynda’s love of color, I decided to feature National’s newest products in various shades of pink. Which of these is your favorite? Shop our selections by clicking on images below.

Cheers to bright and happy,
Parker

 


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Squeeze in a Sale

Yesterday afternoon, my husband and I took our daughter for a stroll near our house. We live fairly close to some restaurants and shops (which meant I had a hard time keeping up with Daddy and Daughter)! My eye was drawn to beautiful outfits lining every window of our walk – all on sale as winter comes to a close.

Here at ShopNational.com, we have some exquisite pieces on sale. As we ready for Spring, find a few additions to your closet that can transition you into the season and stay with you next winter! Click on the images below for a few of my favorites.

Stay warm,

Parker


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Transition to Spring in UltraSofts

I’m peering out of my office window and soaking in the joy of warm rays and blue skies – finally! Today feels like a little taste of Spring, and with another baby cold under our parenting belts, I am welcoming the change in weather.

While today feels certainly feels like a glimpse of what’s to come, I am not ready to pack up the cold weather clothes just yet. ‘Tis the season for layering up as we transition from cool to warm and back again! During February and March, I piece together outfits that give a nod to the beautiful days ahead by selecting bright and cheerful colors.

Below are a few of my favorites – simply click on the image for more product details! Which of these is your favorite for Spring? Share your pick with me in the comment section below.

Cheers to color!

Parker


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Dressed for Comfort

As a new mom, I stare at my closet and choose what is 1) easy and 2) comfortable. My favorite option when the weather permits? A casual dress!

As we near warmer months, I’m shifting my easy-to-wear dresses to the front of my closet. They serve as the quickest go-to and allow me to feel relaxed and stylish – all at once. During cooler months, I often pair a casual dress with an oversized sweater cardigan and boots. Throw on some textured tights, and you have a complete look that will keep you warm if needed! As spring rolls in, I’ll couple my dress with a colorful scarf to add texture and style.

How do you style your favorite dress? Share your ideas with me in the comment section below.

Happy styling,
Parker


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Out and About in Style

Our newest selections for the season are now available at ShopNational.com, and I am swooning over the comfort, color and silhouette of our casual options.

You may not know this random fact, but I am 5’10” (when I stand up straight!) and have a very long torso. As such, I gravitate towards ponchos and love wearing a longer tunic with jeans or leggings. This year, our designers at National have turned up that common pairing to bring bright, fun style to our closets.

Pair our terry poncho with a black legging for a monochromatic look, or throw it on top of the printed leggings for a more unique and colorful ensemble. (To bring in more color, layer one of our UltraSoft tanks beneath)! Wear our asymmetrical top with jeans, black tapered pants, or printed leggings. Consider layering a sheer white scarf to complete your look!

Click on the above images for more product details, and share what you love most about these styles in the comment section below.

Cheers,

Parker


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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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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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