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As a blogger, I’m part of a beautiful community of creatives. We may share our ideas through a virtual network, but often times we have the opportunity to connect in person, sit down and chat, and really get the creative juices flowing! Grab your coffee and meet my friends, appearing as guest bloggers in this near-to-my-heart section.

Keep on Steppin’ in Comfort and Style

Quality, casual shoes will carry you farther than you think you can go. Recently, we traveled back to New York City. I told my husband, “this time we will do more walking”. He gave me one of those husband looks, kind of from the side which implied, “Yeah, sure dear, of course we will.” I’ve become so spoiled living in the South. I jump in and out of my car so leisurely, that the thought of going home and walking, getting on the bus or train, simply speaks, “NO WAY” to my feet.

As with my love for poetry, last weekend I was reading Remembering by Wendall Berry. The New York Times has dubbed him, ‘The Prophet of Rural America’. I fell in love with one of his quotes – It reads, “There comes . . . a longing never to travel again except on foot.” In that, I rediscovered, through hardship and triumph comes the gift of slowing my stroll, investing in my own comfort; which for me requires answering the cries of my toes! Please tell me I am not alone ladies.

I decided, perhaps much like yourself, to be more kind to the very part of my body that will carry me for many more decades (this is the plan, ya know?!). As always, I didn’t have to go far to find the perfect shoe collection. Here are a few of my favs for a more comfortable, cozy, light, and cushy step (with style – we won’t forgo style).


Traveltime Walkers
Easy Spirit®

Eliana Clogs
Easy Spirit®

Sillian Bella Mary Janes
Clarks®

Here’s to your own Happy Feet,

Elissa


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6 Quick Tips for Cleaning Out Your Closet in the New Year

I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions for 2019, knowing that I would probably break any resolution I made before the month was over. Instead I decided to focus on something tangible that I could actually accomplish in a relatively short span of time—cleaning out my closet. With its promise of a fresh start, January seemed like the ideal time to get my closet in order.

If you are anything like me, you have clothes in a multitude of different sizes that no longer fit, along with items that you simply never wear anymore or pieces that are stained, damaged, or need alterations. Since I have downsized to a one-bedroom apartment with limited closet space, I need to keep my wardrobe edited so that my closet only has the clothes that I love and regularly wear—and to make room for new stuff, of course!

After I decided to clean out my closet, I started researching the best way to go about it and found this article, 22 Tips For Cleaning Out Your Closet After 60 – Downsizing The Tried And True Way by Dawn Lucy on one of my favorite websites, Sixty & Me. I recommend reading the entire article, but if you don’t have the time, here are a few of my favorite tips from Dawn for cleaning out your closet:

  1. Make a list of must-have basics that you need
  2. Start with a basic color scheme, including your favorite neutrals along with pops of color
  3. Think about your lifestyle and what you’ll be doing in the next year and the types of clothes you will need
  4. Try on all your basic and must-have pieces and if they fit and are in good condition, hold onto them
  5. Get rid of the following:
    • Anything unflattering, uncomfortable or itchy
    • Items that don’t match anything else in your closet
    • Anything you’re simply sick of wearing or projects that have never happened (like those pants you have never gotten tailored)
    • Costume jewelry that has lost its luster and earrings that are too heavy to wear
    • Sentimental items or gifts that you don’t actually wear
  1. Give the rejects to a charity like Goodwill or The Salvation Army, or try selling them on eBay, Poshmark, or at a local consignment store

Photo Courtesy of Sixty & Me

I hope this has inspired you to go through your own wardrobe. I find that cleaning out your closet can actually make it easier to get dressed in the morning, so let me know how it goes, ladies!
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Lovin’ Sweater Weather

Cooler weather welcomes the opportunity to get cozy. Cozy up with your favorite sweater, that is. Believe me, I enjoy the warm sunshine on my face, laying out and relaxing by the pool any day; however, when the breezes begin to flow right in, and the heat goes on at home, I love nothing more than to drape myself in a great sweater.

Wrap yourself in our classic cardigan sweater and you'll see why it's a long-time customer favorite.
Classic Cardigan Sweater National®

There are so many styling opportunities wearing a good sweater. Do you like choosing to layer with your sweaters? I do! I like to layer with a snug turtleneck.  What about you? These days, I’ve mixed and matched pretty tank tops under my sweaters and a nice statement piece to complete my look.

Tradition and comfort come together in style with our Bouclé Henley Sweater.
Bouclé Henley Sweater National®

Well, National has a plethora of fun, fancy, cozy, plush, traditional, and classic sweaters. I have so much fun selecting a new one each week. I selected some of my favorites for you to try on. But wait, there’s more! Click here at National and start your own fun mixing and matching this wonderful, chilly season.

Cozy knit bouclé is paired with a matching faux suede shirt-tail hem for standout style in our Bouclé & Faux Suede Top Made by National®, this fashionable mixed-media shirt features easy pullover styling with a scoop neck and ¾-length sleeves.
Touch of Suede Bouclé Top National®

Happy Sweater Weather,

Elissa


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Moving Forward in Slow Motion

Focusing on inner-peace inevitably produces your peace on the outside. There are many aspects of our lives we can re-work and re-focus as we begin to refresh for 2019. Don’t you agree there is much opportunity for movement in a positive direction? As years progress for me (smile), I’d like to think I’m making progress in my attempts to “just do better”. There are more opportunities for more leaps. And you know what I am finally grasping? Those leaps do not have to be so distant. Thank goodness, no major races being attempted here. As I see it, these few days into the New Year, I’m striving for steady, balanced, and forward movement but all in slow motion. There’s no need to rush it. Makes sense?

With that being said, I have a question for you. Do you find yourself taking a more daring approach to your wardrobe style? Boy, I’d have to say, I sure do. It’s so much fun giving myself permission these days to be a bit bolder with color and style. We are seeing this approach in the marketplace – all while maintaining a classic ensemble.

I created a selection of items to get you started. Expand your stride a little bit and take a closer look below:

A textured pewter metallic stripe adds flair to the classic lace-up style of our Metallic Stripe Oxfords by Easy Spirit®.

Metallic Stripe Oxfords
Easy Spirit®

 

Made by Allie & Rob in a lightweight sweater knit featuring a subtle ombré print, this Paisley Sweater Tunic is perfect for days when you don’t want the bulk of heavy sweater.

Paisley Sweater Tunic
by Allie & Rob®

 

Make a statement this season in our Cobblestone Print Blouse featuring a bold geometric print.

Cobblestone Print Blouse
National®

 

Made from a flowy knit fabric with a touch of spandex so it glides over your curves while stretching to move with you, this Printed Knit Skirt makes a figure-flattering addition to your wardrobe.

Printed Knit Skirt
National®

 

These are just a few things that National features to jump start your new and exciting wardrobe. While you have fun with new founded perspectives, don’t forget we are here for you. There is a wonderful post by Parker this week which helps us move forward into 2019 with a unique way to choose a special word especially for us; practically applying it toward our personal progress. Creative and clever, eh?! See it here: http://ifthemuumuufits.com/one-word-2019/ .

 

Here’s to friends moving forward,

 

Elissa

 
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Reflecting on Brighter Beginnings

As with every close to a year, there is much to ponder. I tend to reflect on decisions I’ve made, places I’ve explored, people I met and to those whom I’ve said so long to for now. It’s hard to forget ALL of the unexpected events that came along in which I managed to live through. I think about how I came out ahead, barely dodged situations, and inevitable paths I had to take, thinking quietly to myself, “It will pass, just be still.” Can you relate to any of these life events in 2018? I suspect we could be here all day, adding many thoughts onto paper, huh? LOL

I always aim to look ahead. There is light over the horizon. It is with anticipation that I set goals both simplistic and more challenging. I will explore new places, meet new people, try new foods, step out on more faith, create new pathways, AND…

…fall in love again with seamless style. Don’t the possibilities get you excited? What will be the new allure? Which classic styles will be revisited? How will designers mix in a new color for 2019? I can hardly wait to add the answers.

In my review of the upcoming marketplace, I was introduced to an inspiring new color – ‘Living Coral’. This hue spans the industry with many styling concepts. It promises to energize and uplift, giving you a softer edge with natural beauty. I realize we are still enjoying our warmer knits and boy am I a fan. Nothing is better than cuddly fabrics and earthy tones. I also believe it is good practice to peer into the fashion world for an upcoming season. Ladies, it starts here!

So, I say affectionately, be still, enjoy where you are right at this moment. As you relish in the gorgeous colors and styles to come, remember – you can rely on National to keep you dressed in the classics and on trend. Be inspired with a touch of Living Coral:

Living Coral Horizon (photo courtesy of Pantone®)

 

ake on the day with our soft knit cardigan sweater.

Coral Cardigan by UltraSofts®

 

Designed to coordinate with our UltraSofts® bottoms, our UltraSofts®

Coral Border Tee by UltraSofts®

 

Be ready for whatever the day brings with our exceptionally comfortable pull-on pants featuring a gentle-stretch elastic waistband and side-seam pockets.

Elastic-Waist Interlock Pull-On Pants
UltraSofts®

 

Made from exceptionally soft fabric that drapes beautifully, this UltraSofts®

Coral Vest from
UltraSofts®

 

Dance Party in Living Coral (photo courtesy of Pantone®)

 

Be a reflection of your own bright and beautiful,

Elissa

 
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With Love in the Air, add Style and Flair

This holiday season there are many added reasons to show your love for others. Recently, I found myself deep in thought; reflecting on what is truly important as well as those closest to me. My thoughts carried me away to simpler times, when glam was classic.

My love for family, good friends and a comfortable life motivates me. Do you agree these are the finer things that make you smile? These are the things that truly matter, I say. National exemplifies this basic truth and I’m confident you can trust our carefully selected styles just for you. They’ve been chosen with love, for a specific flair that supersedes the industry’s expectations.

This season, as you fall in love again with gorgeous holiday themes, people who come to visit, and dressing for the occasion, I’d like to showcase some classics. You will be compelled to embrace and coordinate them. So, gift to the wardrobe of others as well as choosing a few for your own.

Easy to dress up or down, this Ditsy Floral Blouse is a must-have for the season.

Beautiful Ditsy Floral Blouse – So Festive

Whether you are looking for a comfortable, casual dress for day or a wrinkle-resistant knit dress for travel, our UltraSofts® Embroidered Dress fits the bill.

Embroidered Dress
UltraSofts® – Simply Stunning

Who says you have to sacrifice comfort for style? This fashionable Flannel Check Dress is as cuddly and comfy as your favorite nightgown.

Flannel Check Dress Citicraze® – Holiday Style

Our versatile Paisley Knit Dress goes from day to evening with ease.

Paisley Knit Dress
National® – Pretty in Paisley

With its forgiving ruffle peplum, our Ruffle Peplum Blouse is ideal for disguising problem areas, like your tummy or muffin top.

Ruffle Peplum Blouse
National® – Pure Elegance

Oh, ladies, do remember to read Parker’s blog post this week! I guarantee you’ll fall in love over and over. Get ready for, “The Countdown to Christmas.

Let’s gracefully be styled, adding more love to our lives and freely giving it to others!

Styling you with love,

Elissa

 

 
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Be Classic and Warm this Winter Wonderland

Nothing says timeless and ageless style like black and white, don’t you agree? As I continue my quest viewing the marketplace this season, lots of trends point to this classic oldie AND goody. Do you find yourself referencing photos for style ideas of say, Audrey Hepburn? Perhaps Elizabeth Taylor or Ingrid Bergman? Who could forget Dorothy Dandridge and Lena Horne? Ah, the infamous Coco Chanel? So many lovely ladies that continue to inspire us all. I’m eager to hear which ladies make your list of styles worthy of imitation.

I am just so confident in the classic inspirations of black and white ensembles this season. Everywhere I look, it simply speaks to the gracious momentum of yesteryear and today. Many of us here at National feel the same. It is so easy to look back and remember an outfit we saw that was flawless and put together so well; we then found ourselves in motion to bring it back. I know I do this all the time [ha, ha, ha!].

As you shop for your party favorites, I thought I’d share some of our classic statement pieces that are sure to put you center stage! Ladies, did you happen to catch Parker’s blog this week on great ideas for wraps and jackets (http://ifthemuumuufits.com/cozy-in-the-snow/)? Her style recommendations pair perfectly and so practically with the choices below. Have fun mixing and matching this winter wonderland of joyous fun and gathering with the ones you love. Go forth and be merry in the classics ladies!

Versatile, simple and exceptionally comfortable to wear, these UltraSofts® Tapered Knit Pants are essentials for any wardrobe.

Tapered Knit Pants by UltraSofts®

It's easy to look "put together" with classic straight-leg pants from Alfred Dunner. J

Classic Pants by Alfred Dunner®

This Pintucked Print Tunic flatters any figure with its generous length and forgiving front pintucks.

Pintucked Print Tunic
La Cera®

Easy to dress up or down, this Ditsy Floral Blouse is a must-have for the season.

Ditsy Floral Blouse
Citicraze®

In an easy pullover style, our Ruffle Print Tunic's high ruffle shawl collar is striking and flattering.

Ruffle Print Tunic
National®

Our versatile Paisley Knit Dress goes from day to evening with ease.

Paisley Knit Dress
National®

 

You’ve been warmed,

Elissa

 

 
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Shine on – Parade about in Style this Holiday Season

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As the festivities get underway, plan to attend a parade in your neck of the woods. Here in our town of Lexington, North Carolina, we had our parade this week where many came out in shouts of glee! I was there to capture the excitement from on-lookers who were eager with anticipation as their declaration of joyful emotion filled the air. Enjoy some of the highlights:

On-lookers waiting for the parade to begin

Gazing at the Night Lights

Here They Come

So Much Excitement

March On

Sweet Candy Canes

Leading with Merry Cheers

Twinkles of Sprinkles in the Air

From Our Family to Yours

In all the hustle and bustle, there sure is a great deal to be grateful for this season.  I recommend you check out Parker’s blog entitled, “Holiday Hustle, Finding Calm in the Chaos”. You’ll find it in our Life & Leisure section: http://ifthemuumuufits.com/holiday-hustle-finding-calm-in-the-chaos .

She “gifts” to us all very grounded advice. I intend to apply her pointers throughout the year, don’t you? Well, it looks like we are rolling along toward more fun. What kinds of parties are you preparing for these days? What ever will you wear? Without a doubt, you have chosen National for all of your dress ensembles. Let’s go to a parade of style possibilities; shop with me at: www.shopnational.com .

Keep your style shining bright,

Elissa

 
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Embrace Tradition in Style

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Can you say, “Sprinkles of twinkles everywhere” or “Artful sparkles in the air”? Well, ‘tis the season for all the bright and beautiful light displays. Many of us have fun family traditions during the holiday season and travel to amazing places to celebrate lighting festivities. Check out Parker’s blog in our ‘Rack of Style’ section this week for great holiday destination ideas!

With so many options for travel, we must not forget to dress for all of the merrymaking. We may be out in the cool element for a while, so we’ll need to bundle up. I always find layering is good practice, don’t you? I say, better to be prepared and remove a layer if necessary than to be cold with no immediate ‘warming station’ around. Brrrrrrrrr…

Are you like me in that you feel as long as your head, hands, and feet are covered well, you can endure any climate [ha, ha, ha]? Being from up north, we did lots of walking. As we traveled on foot during many cold and snowy days, it was a must – layer and cover up all that we could. Often times, I’d get a good laugh as I watched passersby; I’d only see their eyes, everything else on the person was hooded, wrapped, gloved, layered and booted.

Even though, this traditional way to dress for the season is virtually inescapable, we CAN do it in style, right ladies? National makes it really easy for you to look your brrrrrr….y best! I’ll get you started with some of my favs for the festivities:

Silky nylon outside, so clothes glide on. Brushed cotton inside for natural comfort.

Your ‘Layering Foundation’ with Cuddl Duds® Thermals

 

This Cable Fleece Lounge Jacket is perfect for staying warm on chilly days.

This hooded Fleece Jacket helps keep out the cold

 

Treat yourself or someone else to this 3-Piece Cold Weather Set and keep the cold at bay.

Keep in the warmth with our 3-Piece Cold Weather Set

 

So soft and snuggly, you'll love cuddling up in this Fleece Pullover by Cuddl Duds® when the temperature drops.

Love the feel of this Fleece Pullover from Cuddl Duds®

 

A modern wardrobe essential, our Ponte Leggings are much more than just your "basic black leggings."

Be layered in comfy leggings

 

The ultimate thermal socks. Make sure your feet stay toasty warm and dry, even on the coldest of winter days, with this 2-Pack Thermal Socks by Hot Feet™

Toasty toes in thermal socks by Hot Feet™

 

During the winter months, it's nearly impossible to predict the weather.

Be shielded from rain or snow with all-weather boots

Now, I think you are well on your way to being warm, toasty, AND oh so stylish for the celebrations. With so much to choose from, visit National for classic style selections at such affordable prices. You’ll also find gifting easy-breezy! Well, maybe we’ll leave out the “breezy”, brrrrrrrr…

Happy holiday travels,

Elissa

 

 
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Favorite Festive Finds

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Scrolling through my emails this week, I read with such anticipation. Would I see it posted yet? Alas! There it was – an email from our local newspaper featuring something I eagerly await…Oprah’s release of her Favorite Things 2018 list. I always enjoy seeing what she finds on trend for clothing, gadgets, household items, and plain ol’ goodies. I love adding to my very own favorite finds list. On her list, I noticed a welcomed theme throughout her fabulous finds; comfy, cozy, plush lounge wear. I thought to myself, “We’re also on trend here at National. I can create a list of our own perfect lounging must-haves for our customer friends. Thanks Oprah!” Here are a few of my Favorite Festive Finds:

Wrap yourself in or give the gift of luxury. Our Long Velour Lounger is a beautiful addition to your holiday wardrobe. It’s the ultimate, supple fabric to relax in for lasting comfort throughout the day. I love the feel of luxurious velour, don’t you?

Relax in the luxurious comfort you deserve with our Long Velour Lounger

Wrap up in luxury with our Long Velour Lounger

We bring you back to the classics for lovely lounge-ability. Didn’t you fancy the days of watching leading ladies on the silver screen wear this piece, as they moved about gracefully? Our irresistible Chenille Bed Jacket comes in three color ways to match your own time-honored style.

Pretty, comfortable and perfect for cold, crisp nights, our Chenille Bed Jacket will be the warmest, coziest sleep accessory you'll ever experience.

Cozy up in your very own Chenille Bed Jacket

Who doesn’t want happy feet? Wouldn’t you just love sliding your feet into these beauties or should I say booties? We feature the Embossed Velour Booties by Dearfoams® for plush perfection. I promise your feet will not only be comfortable, but warm and toasty for the fast approaching cooler weather. Just think, you can give the gift of style and flair all the way down to those toesies.

When it comes to comfort and warmth, it doesn’t get any better than these Embossed Velour Booties.

Warm and toasty toes with Dearfoams® Velour Booties

So ladies, as your own festivities draw near, warm up and stay on trend with your very own festive finds. Shop with me at National Wholesale for all you holiday favs. I’ve started my list, now it’s your turn!

Happy festive shopping,

Elissa

 

 
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