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Cold Weather Strolls

I have determined that if the temperature outside is above 40 degrees, this family is taking a walk! — Mind you, this is often a struggle considering my 3 year old has informed us she is “allergic to jackets.” But somehow…we make it happen. And of course, every now and then…I leave the kids behind.

 

Yesterday, the sun warmed things up to a stunning 55 degrees. It was the perfect day for a leisurely stroll…without my sweet, magical and wildly loud children. I bundled up in my comfortable stretch hoodie paired with the most unreal pants for my jaunt around Wilmington. (These flat-waist leggings are a staple, y’all. Easy to throw on with a tunic for a more sophisticated look, they have proven wildly versatile with a casual hoodie for a lunch break walk. Without question, they are my number one item this winter). I’m a sucker for jewel tones, so I snagged the hoodie in a beautiful, deep turquoise. On cooler days, I add a base tank layer. Give me all the pockets and stretch!

 

Ok friends. I promised you a peak into my One Word for 2021. I’ll see you on Friday for the big reveal. (Spoiler alert – my kids are a big part of the word choice this year).

 

Happy strolling,

Parker


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Countdown to Christmas (at Home)

This past weekend, we had some pretty stunning 70 degree days – a special treat living on the North Carolina coast. I enjoyed some great time outdoors with our little ones before another cold front moved in with some heavy rain showers. Cozying up with my family this week, I am excited to hunker down for rainy day movies and (many servings of) hot chocolate. It’s hard to believe, friends…Christmas is around the corner.

 

We will be celebrating our first Christmas at home this year, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Upon having our first child, we knew Christmas mornings at home would eventually be a treasured tradition. We love traveling to see friends and family throughout the holidays….and….we love being home. Our oldest is 3.5 years old, and she is absolutely in the Christmas spirit. Between letters to Santa and gingerbread house building, the magic of the season is evident, and we can’t get enough of her joyful spirit. When I think about seeing her walk down the stairs to see if Santa actually built the piggy bank she’s been dreaming of for months….gosh it feels better than any Christmas gift I can imagine receiving.

 

You know from previous posts that loungewear pieces are a staple for me as a mom of three kids. Currently, I have this soft and luxurious smocked lounger on rotation. Available in navy or ivory, this gown has a (very) comfortable fit and is the perfect weight for a crisp morning (similar to this cardinal snap robe).

 

As we countdown to Christmas, you’ll find me lounging in comfort, relishing time with our kids. I hope you and yours can press pause on the traditional hustle and bustle of the holidays, and cozy up with the ones you love.

 

-Parker

 

 

 

 

Photos by Summer Lambert Photography.


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‘Tis the Season for Snuggling

Here in Wilmington, a cold front moved in overnight dropping our temperatures from a delightful 73 degrees to a crisp 52. Our oldest daughter shrieked when we let the pup out this morning, quickly realizing her summer dress was no longer going to work in this “new” season (it takes a while for the beach to get the winter memo).

 

But National’s pajama and loungewear sets offer layered comfort perfect for a morning cup of coffee outside. (Yes, I am a sucker for cold weather and will bundle up as much as needed to enjoy a cup of coffee in the sunshine.) These cozy pajama pants come in three print options – pugs, dachshunds or cats. Of course, I opted for pugs – one of my favorite dogs (and sadly golden retrievers just weren’t an option). And of course, I’ve wrapped a few pairs of cat pajamas for some friends (who shall remain nameless and thus surprised)! The UltraSofts picot tee is great for all day wear and a wonderful complement to my flannel pajamas. If I need just a bit more warmth, this cozy lounge jacket is the ideal addition (and another suited for day wear).

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Which pajamas will you add to your closet this season? Share your favorite cozy options with me in the comment section below.

 

Wishing you a “warm” weekend, my friend.

 

xoxo,

Parker


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Loving Living in Loungewear

Do you ever have the type of middle-of-the-week feeling where pajamas seem like the best idea but errands warrant a slightly more “together” look?

Welcome to my motherhood journey!

My “youngest” twin is on the move – crawling non-stop and doing circles around our living room (literally). My daughter has more energy than three kids combined (still have one twin not crawling yet, but insists on being held). Needless to say, I am on the move frequently – and comfortable clothing is key to my day!

Softwear by Swann, a line exclusive to National, recently developed two versions of the softest lounge clothes I’ve found – everFor slightly cooler days, I love the matching shirt and pant option. If I am making a quick trip to the mailbox but not ready to ditch the comfortable jammy morning quite yet – the Lounger Dress is my go-to. These items pack like a dream for your next weekend jaunt and make a great option for simple, thoughtful gift giving.

Who said you have to sacrifice comfort for style? You’ll find me in loungewear all. season. long.

Cozy Pajamas by Softwear by Swann®️

Cozy Pajamas by Softwear by Swann®️

 

Cozy Lounger by Softwear by Swann®️

Cozy Lounger by Softwear by Swann®️

 

Stay cozy,

Parker


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Layered Accessories

What a beautiful week in Wilmington! We are basking in blue skies and temperatures of 70 degrees – if I could freeze time on a day like this, oh, I would be the happiest gal. The air is just crisp enough in the mornings for a light jacket and warm enough midday for a light layer to have – in case cloud cover brings cooler weather.

 

This time of year, I pull out my favorite long wraps, ponchos and vests to layer with short and long-sleeved shirts, or sweaters for those extra chilly days. National has a few new arrivals – all of which are ideal for this weather. Each piece is a simple way to add boldness and pattern to your closet if you’re like me and…well….love all things solid color!

 

Below are four additions for your fall-to-winter wardrobe. Whether you are like me and living by the coast or nestled high up in the Colorado mountains, these pieces are a must-have for your closet this season. Click on the images below to find out more.

 

Multi Print Wrap

Colorblock Animal Kimono by Jessica McClintock®

Animal Print Poncho by Esperanza®

Plaid Vest

 

Which item is your favorite?

 

Happy layering,

Parker


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Compression Hosiery as a Daily Routine

I didn’t realize the importance of compression hosiery until I was flat on my back with a disc injury at the age of 22. Over the next few months, compression socks and hosiery became a game-changer for my recovery, and ultimately lead to a new understanding in energy maintenance.

 

Years later, I found myself in a job requiring 7-8 hours on my feet every day. Especially on days with large public events, I was upright from morning until night, sometimes working a 12-hour day with few breaks in between. Nowadays when traveling by air, I pack compression hosiery in my carry-on and find adjustment to new time zones much easier. My energy is sustained and that “travel lag” feeling is minimal. Needless to say, compression hosiery has remained a staple component in my wellness journey.

 

Below are four options for simplifying compression in your daily life. Whether you prefer full compression or minimal coverage, the National team has a variety of options to complement your comfort and achieve optimal support.

Compression Support Thigh-Highs by National®

Over-the-Knee-Highs by Just Comfort®

Sheer Open-Toe Knee-High by Just Comfort®

Compression Support Pantyhose by National®

Have you added compression socks or hosiery into your daily routine? Share the benefits you’ve experienced in the comments section below.

Be well and energized,

Parker


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3 Pieces for Layering

Fall is here, which means it is time to stock up on layering pieces for the season! I’ve included three pieces ideal for layering this time of year. Worn on its own, the Denim Printed Shirt Jacket is a great complement to dark jeans or bold, rust-colored leggings. For a soft and polished look, add the Speckled Knit Sweater and roll up the sleeves to show off gold bangles or stacked bracelets. If it gets a bit chillier than expected, make sure to grab this Stretch Twill Jacket for an afternoon out and about!

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Denim Printed Shirt Jacket by National®

 

Speckled Knit Sweater by National®

 

Stretch Twill Jacket by National®

 

What are your favorite pieces for fall? Share how you love to layer in the comments section below!

 

Stay warm,

Parker


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Light Layers for Fall

Friends – YESTERDAY THERE WAS A 6 IN THE TEMPERATURE! All the praise hands for cooler morning weather and beautiful beach walks in September!

 

On this morning’s family walk, I had to snag a jacket before we left the house. Just the right weight for today was my National Jacquard Bomber Jacket. With a low crew neck collar and an easy zip closure, it is a staple item for me this time of year. When I’m eager to add color and vibrance to my leisure look, I opt for my bright and cheerful Zip Jacket. Another favorite – especially for mountain top mornings – is this soft and cozy Berber Fleece Vest, in Black or Caribbean Blue.

 

As temperatures continue to be kinder to us southerners, these items will be on rotation in my closet! Which one is your favorite?

Jacquard Bomber Jacket by National®

Full Zip Jacket by National®

Berber Fleece Vest by National® (Caribbean Blue)

Berber Fleece Vest by National® (Black)

Happy trails,

Parker


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Just a Little Extra

We’ve talked about fashion simplicity – it’s my go-to! These days, the most “flair” I add to my wardrobe is a spark of color and a little detail. My favorites from National are the perfect combination.

 

Today, I am sharing a few options that add a touch of style without sacrificing ease and comfort. (Just click on your favorite selection to learn more about the item.) Each one of my picks is constructed from our signature UltraSofts fabric. Known to hold shape and color beautifully, these items have the added bonus of UPF 50+ protection! Enjoy an afternoon stroll without concern – all while enhancing your comfort and style.

 

I lean towards cutout details with a solid jean or black legging. The side-tie shirt is a great option with a long skirt or slacks. For a more casual approach, the white shirt with sleeve detail is a number one favorite.

 

Tell me how you love to style your favorite in the comments section below!

Floral Cutout Top by UltraSofts®

Grommet Detail Knit Top by UltraSofts®

Side Tie Top by UltraSofts®

Cut-Out Sleeve Top by UltraSofts®

 

Cheers to comfort (and style),

Parker


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End-of-Week Meal Planning

As the week begins, I plan out most of our meals and make sure our groceries are set to accommodate this wild crew. Recently, I found myself stuck in a rut by the time our week came to an end. With three kiddos three and under, simplification is everything. Recognizing now that Thursday through Saturday become “dinner ruts” for me, I have started compiling dinners from leftovers and remaining ingredients in the form of three simple dinners.

 

  1. Snacky Dinner: I snagged this term from a close friend of mine who also has twin boys and a daughter – she is my soothsayer these days! I grab a pack of crackers, a few slices of whatever leftover grilled meat I’ve created in the last day, some raw veggies and a “snack” (think raisins, pretzels, veggie sticks, raw fruit, a slice of cheese…anything). I set it up in separate “stations” and allow our little fam to pick and choose a customized snacky dinner. This is always a hit with my toddler.

 

  1. Leftovers Pizza: I keep a box of Simple Mills artisan pizza dough in my pantry at all times. When my energy is depleted, this is my go-to option. I quickly bake the pizza crust and pile on olive oil, remaining leftover veggies, and top with feta (which I also keep stocked at all times).

 

  1. Roast and Blend: When all else fails, I look in my fridge and roast the remaining veggies to blend into a soup. Somehow…this works. The best combinations include apple, sweet potato, carrot, ginger and cinnamon. Because I typically buy these items in bulk, I often have enough to create a couple bowls of soup for our little crew (and add on sandwiches of course).

 

How do you prepare for the end of week cooking lull? You know this crew always needs advice!

Happy Friday,

Parker


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