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!
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.
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!
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,
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?
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!
- 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.
- 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!)
- 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!
- 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!
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,
It is 77 degrees and sunny. Y’all. Spring is here!
All too often, I find myself caught up in a slew of emails and a few voicemails to return before I’ve had time to sip my coffee. But the demands of motherhood have further impressed upon me the critical necessity of slowing down and connecting with those we love.
Watching Hatton spend time with her grandmother is such a gift. And now, as a mother myself, taking that time to (literally) stop and smell the roses is of ever increasing importance. Recently, we enjoyed a sunny afternoon at my home in Wilmington with my (11 month old!!) daughter.
My mom and I love nothing more than sitting on my front porch watching the world go by. And we prefer to do so in comfort and style. On this sunny day, Mom selected National’s side button sweater, UltraSofts side button pants and an infinity scarf. I opted for my favorite shade of blue in a relaxed fitting shirt and drawstring pants.
What do you enjoy wearing on these bright and happy days?
For the roses,
It is a miracle! After a week in 40 degrees, this weekend’s forecast includes days filled with sun and 70 degree afternoons. In celebration of the (apparent) arrival of Spring, I am planning a Saturday picnic for our family. Below are a few easy-to-make dishes I will prepare in advance of our special afternoon!
How do you prepare for a fun day outside? What are your favorite picnic dishes? Share some with me in the comment section below.
Cheers to the sunshine,
Growing up in Lexington, I distinctly remember my mother’s knack for crafting wreaths. Whatever holiday was around the corner, she had a stunning and festive wreath to celebrate. Our Christmas wreath remains my absolute favorite of all, but her focus on fresh cut flowers during spring festivities is a close second!
In searching for Easter wreaths, I found the above tulip wreath and garnered inspiration from the lush look of so many flowers and colors selected to develop such a beautiful piece of decor.
Consider an Easter wreath for your front door or even dining room table, filled with candles of varied heights or an Easter basket with treats for visitors. For a quintessential southern wreath, select dried cotton balls and branches for a monochromatic wreath. Use artificial flowers to enjoy your creation for months to come or consider fresh cut for an aromatic and unique centerpiece.
What are your tips and tricks for creating the perfect celebratory wreath? Share your thoughts with me in the comment section below! Click on the images for DIY tutorials and let me know your favorites!
Especially during my “new mom” phase, I championed the loungewear wardrobe as my daywear look. As spring approaches, I have pulled some of my favorite new selections towards the front of my closet, ideal for a quick stop at the grocery or stroll down the beach with my baby girl.
When selecting a versatile lounge look, I search for style, fabrication and uniqueness. ShopNational checks all the boxes with these looks! From decorative stitching to unique fabric selections, a few of my favorite options are below. Simply click on the images below to read more about these styles (some of which are even on sale!)