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!

Yellow: How to Wear this Bright Spring Shade

As the weather turns warmer, it’s the perfect time to add a little sunshine to your closet by including the color yellow. However, not everyone is confident when it comes to wearing yellow. Many people aren’t sure what colors go with yellow or if yellow is a color they can pull off. Not to worry. There are many different shades of yellow to choose from, making it a color that anyone can wear. Wearing yellow instantly makes you feel more sunny and cheerful.

From soft buttery yellow to lemon yellow, daffodil yellow to maize or mustard yellow, there is a wide range of shades and hues to explore and play with. If a bright yellow doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can try a more golden tone or a pastel shade of yellow. See below for tips on wearing the color yellow this season.

How to wear yellows and soft butter colors:

  1. Colored jeans and trousers in yellow are a popular choice. Lighten up yellow with crisp white by pairing a soft yellow bottom with a classic white tee or white button-down.
  1. Mix and match soft yellows with grays and navy blues. Instead of wearing all yellow, try breaking up your look with other colors. Wear a yellow shirt with gray pants or a navy blazer.
  1. Try out a fun shade of yellow on your nails. Nail polish is a great way to try out this trendy color without making a serious investment in your wardrobe.
  1. Add gold or yellow jewelry and accessories to your basic spring wardrobe. Liven up a simple outfit with a gold metallic handbag or yellow floral scarf.
  1. Make a statement in a bright yellow sweater. A sunshine yellow sweater will make any outfit pop.
  1. Mix solid yellow with bold stripes or a polka dot pattern if you want to turn heads.

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Super Bowl Week | Dressing for the Fun

Outside of March Madness, this week is one of my absolute favorites. It’s prep week for the Super Bowl! Even if you’re not a football fan – or your team unexpectedly lost (I love my Cowboys!) – Super Bowl week offers a great opportunity to socialize with friends and connect with neighbors.

 

We’ve been in the midst of planning our Sunday afternoon jaunts and nighttime cookout on the big day, and I am in process of figuring out exactly what to wear for a long, casual day of food and fun. When I’m in between prepping in our kitchen and entertaining friends, I search for layered comfort in bold colors. (And since my Dallas Cowboys are no longer in the hunt for the championship, colors don’t matter!) Below are six of my favorite shirts – all in fun colors with unique silhouettes and features, ideal for this time of year.
How do you dress for outdoor cookouts and fun social gatherings? Share your tips with me in the comment section below!

 

Happy Super Bowl,

Parker


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Home Accents | Adding Flair Without Breaking the Bank

As the winter months fade to spring, I find myself itching to nest in a brand new way. I’ve been known to change paint colors, move around furniture, and swap a dining room table for another one a neighbor is giving away…just for a smidge of newness in the changing season.

Today, I am sharing a few tips I’ve used in our home. After spending the first several years of our marriage in about 800 square feet, buying our first single family home was a bit daunting. Thankfully, my mother saved all of the furniture from my grandparents’ home, and we used much of it in our new house – of course, mixed in with our furniture from college days…freshly painted to transform the space.

Some of my favorite tricks include changing out the cases on my decorative pillows and adding a new throw atop my white couch. I’ve even gone so far as to sew up different types of fabric for decorative pillows, just so I can have a warm and cozy knit pillow during the winter and a light and airy linen pillow in the summer! (By storing these cases among my extra sheets and towels, I save space and money)! Below are a few photos from our sweet abode – and the tips to go along with them! Share your decorating details with me in the comment section below.

Stay cozy,

Parker

Varied shades of white can be difficult to match, but adding in neutral woods and soft colors ties everything together. I found this dining room table at a small shop in South Carolina. When I saw it – I knew! It was our future family table, and I simply had to snag it. I found a friend to build us a coordinating bench on one side and purchased these bright blue chairs for $100 total. I found the cotton stems at an antique shop and added metal jars purchased for $20 total. I topped off the space with a wooden light pendant found at a clearance sale…and voila. Done!

Consider unique pieces to transform a room, and neutral larger pieces around which to build. Because our downstairs is one large living space, I chose to carry the white and blue tones into our living room. Here, I have added neutral pillows and light throws to our white couches with pops of blue in the antique trunk (a steal at $25!) and the glass end table (another sidewalk find at $15).  If you have a narrow living space as we do, open up the space by having the couches face one another. This also makes for easy entertaining and great play space for little ones.

Make old pieces work with the simple addition of fabric. Our bedroom is our sanctuary. If you haven’t noticed, I adore soft neutral shades with small pops of color. When Thomas and I got married, we had fairly different taste in furniture. Somehow – in this room – it all came together. With natural wood and varied textures in both the bed and curtains, I opted for a solid color rug and coordinating shades of tan and grey before bringing in some color with our throw pillows. While I wish I could take full credit for this space, the vision and execution belongs to one of my best and most talented friends, Whitney Walker of Farrington Lane. Sometimes…you just need a little help to bring it all together!


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Wintry Mix | Parker’s Makeup Picks for Winter

During the blustery winter months, I love to spice up my style with new shades of makeup. As my wardrobe shifts to mostly black, I add in new shades of eye shadow and blush to brighten up the (sometimes) cloudy winter days.

For definition and fun, I opt for bold violets and navy in my eye shadows and mix them with soft neutrals of pearl and champagne. I often line my eye with a color shadow, like navy or eggplant, and fill in the corners with the same color before adding a light color inside the eye lid up to the brow. Given my lack of sun kissed skin during winter, I add in a golden bronzer or darker blush to apply to my cheekbones, nose tip, forehead and chin. The slight color addition brings a soft glow perfect for the season.

Click on the images below to shop my favorite shades of winter, and share your go-tos in the comment section below!

Happy winter,

Parker

Bronzers

Eye Shadows

 


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Easy Winter Style

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but our warm layers are so delightful! Y’all – Lexington got close to 10 inches of snow this weekend! It is a winter wonderland around here, and we are putting our warm weather layers to the test. Between cozy Cuddl Duds, blanket scarves, UltraSoft shirts, layering ponchos and more – we have the perfect selection for those blustery days.

On days like today, I start with a thin thermal shirt and layer a long sleeve shirt and wrap on top. For the walk from the car to my final destination, I grab my soft shell jacket for extra warmth and throw on an infinity scarf just in case the wind picks up. How do you stay warm this time of years? Share your tips with me in the comment section below.

Click on the images below to read more about our cold weather selection (most of which is on sale!)

Happy snow day,
Parker


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Which Look is your Favorite?

Which of these outfits is your favorite? Tell us which one and why in the comment section below.

Spring Preview is coming soon! Check out all the new styles at www.shopnational.com!

Stay trendy,

Elissa

 

 


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New Year New Recipes

New year, new recipes! In scouring the internet for tips on healthy juices, I found a few easy recipes to help us jumpstart 2017! Above is my favorite find: an easy-to-remember ratio for creating the perfect juice, courtesy of SimpleGreenSmoothies.com!

In addition to smoothies, I’ve found quite a few simple recipes including ones suitable for either my crock pot or one-pan clean up! Building on common super foods, these recipes offer anti-inflammatory benefits without sacrificing taste. What are some of your favorite recipes? Click on the images below to read more and share your favorites in the comment section below.

Happy cooking,
Parker

 

Lemon Garlic Chicken and Rice

 

White Chicken Chili

 

6 Ingredient One Pot Vegetable Curry


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One Word | 2017

2016. It is a year that tested my physical strength, exhausted our emotional health, and drained our spiritual wellbeing. This year was hard. And, at the same time, it was absolutely beautiful.

Yesterday morning, I thought I’d landed on my one word for 2017. It was a word that made sense – logically – for all that’s ahead. However, I’d not taken time to walk through the One Word process or be still long enough to really identify my personal goals for 2017.

This morning, I stopped my normal routine, poured some coffee, and plopped on my couch with pen and paper…and my little bump. The three step process encourages the reader to 1) prepare your heart, 2) discover your word and 3) live your word. (Par for the course, I’d jumped straight to living). In step one, there are three questions to consider:

  1. What do I need this year?
  2. What is in my way?
  3. What needs to go?

It wasn’t until the third question that the boatload of bricks I’d waited on finally dropped. By the end of 2016, my heart was hardened and my energy drained. I needed to say goodbye to regret and doubt and welcome in the newness and redemption that comes sometimes with a new calendar, but more often with grace.

2017 is the year of all things newMy one word for all that’s ahead: renew.

Without question, this year will be chaotic. As we meet our first child and transition into a season of change, renewal seems hard to capture. However, it’s the one word that removes the work from transition and, instead, inspires acceptance.

2017 – I am so ready. Let’s do this.

Happy New Year,
Parker


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Spring Preview

With the Christmas season upon us, it’s hard to believe a new season is just around the corner. But here at National, we’re already preparing our next round of catalogs and uploading new product to ShopNational.com! Coming up in just a few weeks, you’ll find new additions just in time for a little “spring preview.” With bright colors and beautiful silhouettes, our new UltraSoft designs and layering cardigans will help you transition seasons with ease (and warmth).

Already available is our new UltraSoft Assymetrical top. Pair this with leggings, boots, and a black vest for colder days. As the temperatures rise, shift to a long skirt and ballet flats for a casual day look.

Cheers to color,
Parker


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Trend Update From Elissa | How to Wear Plaid

plaid

 

This timeless print is on fire the season. Style tips to pulling off the Plaid trend:

  1. Layer it under a cardigan and keep it super casual.
  2. Wear an oversize plaid shirt or tunic over some super cute leggings.
  3. Try working plaid into your outfit with a polished flair by tucking your plaid shirt in a gorgeous skirt and add tights.
  4. Wear your plaid shirt open as a cardigan or light jacket over an all-black outfit to look chic and effortless.
  5. Make it more professional by simply adding a blazer over your blouse.
  6. Add in plaid as an accessory – consider a scarf to help you stay warm and fashionable.
  7. For an effortless look just throw on a plaid dress with knee boots and go!

Click on the images above to shop our plaid selection!

Cheers,

Elissa


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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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