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!

National Gives Back

Photo Credit: Los Angeles Times

As many of you have read and seen on the news, the Carolinas endured a massive hit from Hurricane Florence – leaving many areas under water and without access to basic necessities. Upon hearing of the urgent needs along the Carolina’s coast, the National team went into action!

Our incredibly dedicated National family collected donations and inventory to ship directly to those impacted by the storm. Below are a few moments from our team’s work on the ground in Lexington! You are a part of this.Because of your continued support of National, we can help our broader community in times of crisis. Thank you for being a part of the National family!

For updated information on how you can directly support relief efforts, visit the NC Diaper Bank and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.

With love and gratitude,
Parker


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Bringing Pattern to Fall

If your closet is anything like mine, it has a bit of a monotone look with a simple color palette and loads of solid color pieces. This season, I committed to jazzing up my wardrobe with a couple pieces that blend neutral fall colors with embellishment, detail and beautiful design.

When selecting a pattern piece, choose a color way that suits your skin tone. Personally, I lean towards dark blues and greens (especially given how often I wear denim!) Consider pairing it with a solid color tank or under layer to bring out a pop of color and align the overall design. Select simple accessories to complete your look (click here for my favorite option!)

Which pattern piece do you love most? Share your thoughts with me in the comment section below.

Happy shopping,
Parker

 

 


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The Most Comfortable Clogs

The smell of outdoor fires warming the evening. Strolls atop the crunchy leaves lining our neighborhood sidewalks. A light layer of flannel tied around my waist, just in case. The sites, sounds and smells of fall warm my heart and compel me to love North Carolina even more than I already do. It is a season of family connection, a dose of football on the weekends, and long strolls with our sweet baby girl.

The National team has added to the comfort of fall with a brand new selection of footwear for the season. Today, I am sharing my favorite styles of clogs with you! As a busy working mom, I appreciate the style, ease and comfort of a clog. With a knee surgery and back surgery behind me, I love the added cushion and support this collection affords. Click on the imagery to read more about each product. Which clog is your favorite?

Stay comfy,

Parker

 


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Top Destinations for 2019

As we adventure through a new place – which I will share with you upon our return – I’ve caught the travel bug all over again. When we began laying out our anniversary adventure, we started booking hotels, flights and road trips several months before departure. With 2019 around the corner, I wanted to give you a head’s up on some of the world’s best travel destinations!

When researching new places to visit and things to see, I stumbled upon a fantastic blog – Roaming Boomers. Nearly 10 years ago, this husband and wife team began traveling the world and sharing their findings with the rest of us dreamers! Here are the duo’s recommended list, a true tour of the world!

Are you more of a coastal traveler? Click here to read up on America’s best seaside towns.   What are your favorite places to visit? Share with me in the comment section below!

Happy trails,
Parker


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Falling into Comfort and Style

 

Thomas and I are preparing for our 10 year anniversary trip, and I am over the moon to add memories to our joy bank! We have planned a week long getaway, which we began planning on our honeymoon….promising one another we would take another big mountain trip when 10 years came along.

So this week, I’m packing up and pulling comfort and style from my closet in preparation for our trip. When traveling, I prefer the ease of a knit fabric and love the wash-and-wear care of UltraSofts. Each piece holds its shape – even when crumpled in a suitcase! For long plane rides, I opt for a knee length dress. This affords comfort and style – a must to start vacation off right!

Below are a few of my favorite options for this time of year. (And yes, some of these are even on sale! So stock up for your next adventure). Click below for more product details and share your packing tips in the comment section below!

Happy trails,
Parker


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Dressed for Comfort….and Style

We’ve spent the last several days inside – thanks to an endless deluge of rain from Hurricane Florence. Our family is safe and sound….and comfortable as we wait out the rest of this tough weather.

While fall remains my all time favorite season in the Carolinas, it can stir up a few days of nasty weather. While we aren’t accustomed to storms of this size on a frequent basis, we do know those long, rainy days all too well.

Below are a few of my favorite options for comfortable and stylish wears during this time of year. Pair any of our fall dresses with our classic duck shoes. Click on each image for more product details. Which pattern is your favorite? Share with me in the comment section below!

Stay comfy (and dry),

Parker


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Fall Florals for All Day

  

 

From blouses to loungewear, our design team has incorporated the beautiful outdoors and brought fall inspiration to this season’s new pieces. (I’ve included three of my must-haves!) Some may assume fall selections are dark and visually flat. But our team has designed an array of selections boasting inspiring shades of the Carolinas and beautiful floral patterns.

Fall’s color palette includes rich hues of blue, warm shades of rust and forest green, hints of golden, and pops of pink. The color ways are easy to pair with denim, khaki pants, or a matching shade from the selected pattern. For an extra “pop,” include a coordinating jacket or cardigan.

Which piece is your favorite? Share your must-haves in  the comment section below.

Happy fall,

Parker


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Preparing for a Getaway

Just two days after Labor Day, I was back on the road for a meeting with colleagues from National (more to come on our adventures!)  With a family to tend to before leaving, I spent a few extra minutes jotting a list and checking it twice to make certain I had the essentials.

For a quick trip (read: less than four hours) down the road, I typically pack one small suitcase with a set of pajamas, hotel cozies (socks!), two changes of clothes and my cannot-live-without hair products. Click on the images below to see a few items I included in this week’s trip!

What do you pack for a road trip away? Share your selections with me in the comments below – I am always looking for the next best thing to add to my assortment. Can’t wait to look into the goodies you share!

Happy trails,
Parker


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Labor Day in Wilmington

Happy Labor Day from Wilmington! I love this holiday – the start of a school year (which feels a bit like a refresh for me). The end of summer (I do not like warm weather). And of course with that…the start of fall.

This weekend, we set sail in the blue waters of the Carolinas and enjoyed all Wilmington has to offer. In celebration of the holiday (and to inspire a future visit from you, my friend), read up on a few of my favorite landing spots in Wilmington.

Bluewater Grill

Just a hop, skip and a jump off the Intracoastal, Bluewater is a beautiful restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating. With available boat docking just outside the restaurant, you can cruise the waterways of the area and stop by for a snack on your way back to the marina.

 

Dockside

Just across from Bluewater is a Wilmington staple, Dockside. With the best hushpuppies and BLTs in town, you can dock and enjoy lighter fare and great views on the wrap around deck of Dockside.

Downtown Riverfront

With a different view of the NC waterways, Downtown Wilmington offers historic charm, cobblestone streets, and an array of shopping and restaurants to charm your way into a longer stay. Peruse the various side streets packed with crepe myrtles and azalea bushes, and make your way back to the waterfront for a delicious meal.

What are your favorite places to visit in the Carolinas? Share your go-tos in the comment section below!

With love from Wilmy,

Parker

 


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Wrapping Up for Fall

It is no secret – fall is my absolute favorite season of the year. I love nothing more than a walk in the cool night breeze and dinner with my family around our outdoor fireplace. And my other favorite part of the season? Cozy clothes in warm color ways and patterns.

Wrapping up for fall with some of National’s newest options! I have listed a few of my favorites below (just click on the image to learn more!) On transitional days, pair a lightweight vest with a short or long sleeve shirt. In search of something more? Opt for a 3/4 length sleeve open cardigan or full length sleeve cardigan. As fall truly settles in, grab some pattern and color pops with heavier knits.

Which one is your favorite for this season?

Stay cozy,

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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