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!

Spring Comfort

Today, I snagged my littles for an outside lunch date to soak in the 73 degree spring air. — When I am carting all of them around town, I tend to prefer comfort and ease. Lately, the sunny weather has inspired me to opt for a bit of color (and comfort…of course).

This spring dress is a staple on play days with the kids. It is comfortable enough for all-day wear, and the ideal weight for warm spring days. Available in navy or the rosy shade I’m wearing, it pairs beautifully with a white cardigan and comfortable flats – I chose a pair of navy Grasshoppers, a feminine and comfortable slide with enough support to chase my little ones. Made from 100% cotton jersey knit, one could mistake this level of comfort for pajamas. But no my friends – it’s another magical find from National.

Which color will you add to your closet this spring?

 

Cheers to sunny days,

Parker

 

 

 


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The Perfect Pajamas

YOU GUYS! — I may never change clothes again. The ease, comfort and luxurious feel of these Satin Trim Pajamas have me beaming ear to ear! (It certainly helps they come in my daughters favorite color…purple.)

 

As a busy mom of three, I love a pajama set that functions as loungewear! On a Saturday morning, I love nothing more than a full day in casual comfort snuggled up with my babies (well, and chasing the twins all over the house). These pajamas are the perfect weight—warm enough to knock off the morning chill and still ideal for all day wear (yes…I’ve tested that theory).

 

Snag a set for yourself, and of course one for a friend. With Easter around the corner, it’s the perfect time to gift yourself and someone you love with the joy of comfort.

 

Happy Spring,

-Parker

 

 


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Run and Play – Springtime Comfort

If the forecast indicates anything above 45 degrees, I am out on the streets pushing our three kiddos and walking our sweet ol’ buddy Jasper. – I love our after-work walks. Between hearing the day’s updates from my (very talkative) daughter and watching our boys explore the tall trees while waving to neighbors…these afternoon walks have become a sweet tradition I look forward to each day.

I have four pieces I consistently rotate, each one offering comfort and style for our afternoon galavants. Most importantly, I snagged these wildly comfortable tennis shoes (in multiple colors, because I’ve never worn anything so magical on my feet. Ever).

Two crop options, my friends. The first is a more structured pair, which you can complement with a button-down for work or favorite jacket for play. Second is an athletic crop – ideal for tennis, a power walk or yoga. If you want a solid-colored jacket, this white jacket with black piping is a great option for your favorite activities. And if you’re ready to bring Spring to your wardrobe, opt for the floral!

 

Happy adventuring, friends.

-Parker

 

 


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It’s In the Bag

It’s Friday, friends! — With the sun pouring through our windows this week, I am dreaming of summertime getaways. Thomas and I love exploring North Carolina and finding an off-the-path road towards a unique town…preferably in the middle of nowhere. More often than not, we end up in the western part of the state – plenty of hiking, shops to explore, and quiet front porch coffees to sip.

 

With weekend road trips in our very near future, I am exploring options for a new overnight bag. I previously used a medium size duffle bag I loved, but as motherhood would have it….that now belongs to my daughter. Below are a few I’ve researched. My main preferred features include:

 

-Easy zip closure

-Durable exterior

-Organized interior

-At least one outside pocket

 

Do you have a favorite from this group? Share your favorites with me in the comments section below, and help me choose the best bag for 2021’s (long overdue) adventures!

 

Happy trails,

Parker

 

The Everywhere Bag by Away Travel

 

Canvas Weekender Bag by Lands’ End

 

Coastal Fillmore Duffle by Carolyn Nicks at minted

 

Herschel Novel Duffle by Herschel Supply Co.


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A Day With My Girl

As much as I love my job, nothing compares to time spent with my kiddos. — At least once a week, Hatton and I set aside time for a mommy/daughter date. Now more than ever, I am readily aware of how fleeting our time together is. With warmer days in the forecast, we’ve enjoyed many outdoor adventures, and I’m now planning for a few more spontaneous outings…just a bit outside of Wilmington. Stay tuned all season long for a tour of some favorite spots. Locally, we enjoy afternoons at the Arborteum – an inspiring outdoor setting perfect for a play date or quiet setting for reflection.

 

As a working mom, I am always looking for items that afford flexibility, comfort and style. This ensemble takes me from online web conferences to mom mode with ease. I love the sophistication of the button-down shirt and feminine accent of this kimono. The flat-front cropped jeans keep me casual without losing the overall style. Particularly helpful on video calls, this outfit is all work on top and comfort on the bottom! My favorite finishing touch? The most comfortable shoes I have ever owned in my life. I now have them in two colors, and I find them perfect for a casual stroll or longer workout walk. Even better, the mesh fabrication allows me to pack them easily for on-the-go travel.

Happy Spring, my friends!

-Parker


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Wic-Tech™ Wednesday

As I continue to navigate work, motherhood and making time for fitness, I have found simplicity in routine is best. — That’s why I recently invested in a few pieces from ShopNational, specifically items from the growing Wic-Tech™ line. Next week, I’ll share how I style these options and the flexibility afforded via seamless looks. (Life is so much easier when I can go from a work call to a play date to a run and back again.)

For now, shop my three favorite pullovers by clicking the links below! Which is your favorite?

 

Full Zip Jacket by National®

 

Wic-Tech™ Full Zip Jacket

 

Wic-Tech™ Zip-Front Hoodie

 

Happy spring,

Parker

 

 

 


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Pretty in Pink

Today was spent shrieking at the top of our lungs as all three kiddos laughed on our swing set, crawled/ran through the back yard and having our first of many picnics in “the fort.”

 

During lunch, I asked my daughter if she was ready to do a little online shopping. We’ve signed up for virtual ballet lessons, so of course new shoes are in order! (How do her feet keep growing so quickly?) She had to choose between black shoes or pink shoes. I’ll give you one guess where she landed….

 

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that I love all things neutral and I love wearing black. But with spring around the corner, it is time to add some joy (and a little pink) to the daily routine. For simplicity, comfort and style, I absolutely go for a long dress. Below are four options to consider, all of which are easy to wear and of course available in my girl’s favorite color.

 

Cheers,

Parker

 

Blush Garden Day Dress by National®

Cinched Waist Dress by National®

Batik Lounge Dress by National®

UltraSofts® Embroidered Dress by National®

 


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Ultra Soft Sleepwear

I’ve shared with you my affinity for all-things-comfort (especially as a busy mom of three rambunctious kids). — ShopNational has a line of products, UltraSofts®, that combine beautifully style and comfort into an elegant solution ideal for every season. Typically, I reach for my UltraSofts® tops or cardigans for a layered-up day. But now? It’s time to lounge.

 

Introducing a little bit of new for your sleep routine: UltraSofts® Sleepwear. This pairing is a staple for me. I love having a lounge set comfy enough for all day wear (because let’s be honest…there are just some Saturdays where pajamas are the uniform until 3:00 p.m.). I can grab all the snacks and chase all the kids in this set.

 

And for just out of the shower or an extra layer of warmth, I love my new zip robe. The print just brings some happy into my morning, and I love the no-fuss care required for this piece.

 

I hope you enjoy these as much as I have!

Imperial Floral Lounge Set by UltraSofts®

Imperial Floral Zip Robe by UltraSofts®

 

Stay cozy,

Parker

 

 


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Hoodie Season

Every day this week, our family has taken a jaunt around the neighborhood. — While the skies have been gloomy, the rain consistently holds off between 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. (our daily walk time). As the sun sets, I always need an extra layer to finish out our walk. For me, an easy zip or casual hoodie makes for the perfect option all season long.

 

I’m sharing four of my favorites with you, perfect to carry into sunny spring days ahead. Whether you need a more form-fitting option for a jog or tennis match, or a comfortable silhouette for a casual stroll, I have you covered, my friend. Click on the image below to read more product information, and share your selection with me in the comments below!

Full Zip Jacket by National®

 

Maritime Jacket by National®

 

Wic-Tech™ Zip-Front Hoodie by National®

 

Wic-Tech™ Full Zip Jacket by National®

 

Happy strolling,

Parker

 

 


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Dreaming of Sunshine

Is it too soon to get excited about Spring?

 

Ok. Maybe a little. But the endless rain in Wilmington has me daydreaming about warmer days and afternoon strolls. On the coast, March and April mean lunchtime on our backyard playset, beach picnics at sunset, and Sunday strolls on the nearby loop. While I will forever be a snow-loving mountain girl at heart, springtime on the Carolina Coast is pretty magnificent.

 

As the rainclouds move on, my closet tends to “lighten up.” I normally switch out my all black uniforms to a little dose of white (can’t get too crazy all at once). I love a crisp white shirt or layering piece on top of a contrasting shirt. Coupled with a pale blue skirt, denim jeans or traditional slacks – a great white blouse or shirt is a no-fuss solution to my daily wardrobe.

 

Below are a few of my favorites. Between styled button-downs, flowing accessories and lightweight jackets – our team has developed a beautiful selection of crisp spring options. Which one will you be adding to your closet this year?

Burnout Blouse by National®

Floral-Embroidered Jacket by National®

Floral Kimono by National®

Patricia Piqué Top by National®

 

To brighter days,

Parker

 


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