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!

Web-Only Essentials: Simply Noelle

Did you know National has its own Web-Exclusive products? Online, you can find an array of loungewear, accessories, and clothing not highlighted in the catalog. One brand showcased on our Web-Exclusive line is Simply Noelle, a company founded right here in Wilmington, North Carolina (the town I call home)!
Each product is carefully crafted with incredible fabrics and beautiful lines. The pieces are perfect for layering and transitioning seamlessly between seasons. Currently available as a Web Exclusive are three unique items, each a must-have for a cozy winter.
Whether you opt for an easy-to-layer cardigan, the perfect plaid, or a versatile henley – you can’t go wrong with Simply Noelle!
Which one is your favorite?
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Day-to-Day Cardigan by Simply Noelle®

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Gathered-In Plaid Top
Simply Noelle®

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Striped Basic Layering Henley by
Simply Noelle®

Stay warm everyone and have a great week!
Parker

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Falling in Love with Flats

I wish you could see my closet circa 2006. It was magical – beautiful red patent leather heels pushing me an extra 4-5 inches taller (ironic considering I am already 5’9”), brown suede stilettos with pink stitching, and a pair of gold high heels with rhinestones that would knock your socks off.

In 2007, I sustained a lower back injury that landed me in surgery and forced me to say goodbye to my beautiful stilettos. I consigned every pair of shoes with heels two inches or more. High heels can strain calf muscles and tighten quads, ultimately leading to knee and lower back issues. I learned this the hard way, but have found a new shoe path!

My new shoes of choice? Flats! Since investing in high quality, flat loafers I have found far more versatility in shoe options and – of course – a lot of comfort. Equally important to a low heel is the level of support within a flat shoe. Below are four options that check all the boxes for me – style, comfort, support, and versatility.

Which pair is your favorite?

Walk comfortably,
Parker

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Charmy Loafers by
Hush Puppies®

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Nava Ballet Flats by
CushionAire®

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Ayla Low Flats by
Clarks®

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Pleats Be With You Pumps by
Hush Puppies®


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Lovely Lounging from Yesteryear to Now

From my earliest days at National, I can remember visiting certain designers and showrooms in New York. The most vivid and poignant memory I have was from a showroom tour of Shadowline – nearly twenty years ago. I had the privilege of meeting designers, marketing managers, and other team members of this longstanding company.
To my then young eyes, the showroom was akin to what I imagined a bridal store might be – elegant and perfectly appointed with interior decor. The designs we perused during that trip have remained core staples of Shadowline and top sellers at National. For as long as I can remember, this brand has been one of the most requested in lounge and sleepwear.
Below are a few pieces I’ve chosen to bring color and beauty to lounging. Who says you can’t look regal while sipping coffee and reading the paper? With clean lines and detailed embroidery, each piece is carefully crafted and beyond comfortable.
Do you have a favorite piece from Shadowline? Share your go-to in the comment section below.

Petals Short Sleeve Nightgown by Shadowline®

Petals Short Sleeve Pajamas by
Shadowline®

Petals Short Sleeve Long Nightgown by
Shadowline®

Petals Long Sleeve Nightgown by
Shadowline®

To lovely lounging,
Parker

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Selecting Staples for 2020

You know I love fashion…and also, I crave simplicity. As such, I’m prone to selecting quality staples for my closet and adding novelty items to create multiple outfits without a lot of leftover and unused apparel items. Below are six staple pieces I recommend adding to your closet for 2020. Let’s start with the hardest thing to purchase–in my opinion….pants!

 

Knit Denim Pants

Flowy Pants

Textured Palazzo Pants

Every woman needs a great, comfortable pair of jeans. National’s knit jeans are a great option for any time of year. If you’re like me and prefer a bit more detail to your look, opt for the flowy denim pants (my go-to for spring and summer thanks to the lightweight construction). Palazzo pants made a roaring comeback this year and the trend isn’t going away anytime soon. I recommend keeping these on hand for 2020.

Next up, tops to complement your new pant assortment. You know I’m a fan of layering, so I’ve selected three pieces that are easily paired or worn on their own. First up, National’s oh-so-soft mock turtleneck. This classic look transitions season to season with ease, especially with the addition of our fly away cardigan (which comes in an array of colors!) Lastly, and my personal favorite, the always classic button down blouse. You can wear this open over a sleeveless top or buttoned and tucked into your favorite pair of slacks.

Sleeveless Mock Neck Sweater by National®

Ribbed Fly Away Cardigan
National®

Essential Button-Front Shirt
Citicraze®

What staples will you have on hand for 2020? Share with me in the comment section below!

Stay stylish,

Parker

 


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Wrap up for Winter

If you’ve followed along with me for any length of time, you know our family is a traveling one. We will venture almost anywhere on I-40 to visit with family. With the holidays around the corner, we’re gearing up for the big drive once more!

We’re headed back up to “the hills” this weekend in preparation for Christmas with our families. The temperatures vary throughout the week, but one thing is for sure – comfort and warmth are top priorities for late nights on the back porch!

Below are my absolute must haves for the winter months. Each one is cozy enough for lounging around the house or pairing with a long sleeve shirt and jeans for a jaunt about town. Easy to pack with minimal wrinkles, these are great additions to any winter wardrobe!

Two-Tone Cardigan
National®

Day-to-Day Cardigan
Simply Noelle®

Hooded Fleece Coat
totes®

Which piece is your favorite?

Safe holiday travels,

Parker

 

 


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An Interview with a Style Performer

Ruth in the Long Sleeve Tunic Hoodie
Cuddl Duds®

Ruth Maldonado of Ruthie Annie Blog loves every stylish element that creates a wonderful wardrobe. She is inspirational, loves new trends, and styles the classics with grace. She definitely thrives on all things vintage, just see for yourself! We welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with Ruth as one of our recent Blog Influencer’s. She rocked her outfit in a series of styles that wowed our audience. Check out the interview below, with our very own Style Performer:

How do you define style, and what is your personal style description?

I define style as an individual’s unique fashion sense in putting together a complete outfit. My PERSONAL style would be classically comfortable, with a touch of boho and edginess.

When you begin your look for the day, how do you begin? (I.e. how do you source inspiration? A color, pattern, one piece?)

I usually have a color in mind that I’m wanting to wear based on a piece of clothing. I also start my day with my makeup and sometimes I build my outfit based around a dark smokey eye or maybe a shade of lipstick. I also think about what I’m doing that particular day as well,  for instance if I’m teaching an art class, I definitely go towards a more casual look; but if I’m going to be out and about for lunch etc. then I will pull out some special pieces that make a statement. If I am starting to feel I have nothing to wear, I will go to Pinterest and start looking at different color combinations for some inspiration.

Ruth styling her Printed Challis Pants
National®

What is your absolute must-have staple item for winter?

Boots! I live in the Pacific Northwest and it is cold, rainy, and snowy during the Winter season. I wear boots every single day and love having a variety-from ankle boots, knee high boots and over the knee boots, to switch up my looks while keeping my feet warm and dry.

What trend are you most excited to incorporate next Spring?

I am so excited to incorporate bold patterns and colors in the spring! Bright colors are always fun to bring into the Spring season and combining that with 60s and 70s patterns is going on; it’s going to be welcomed after the darker shades for winter. 

Ruth rocks the Ribbed Fly Away Cardigan
National®

 

We welcome the chance to see how you rock and roll into Spring 2020; thanks for joining the ShopNational family Ruth!

 

Style on,

Parker


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Cuddling with Cuddl Duds®

‘Tis the season for cuddling up in Cuddl Duds®. This longtime favorite brand has been a staple at National for as long as I can remember! Each piece offers luxurious comfort and comes in a variety of colors, making it the perfect gift for anyone in your family.

Cuddl Duds® offers thermals, loungewear, and even pieces suitable for outdoor activities. Below are my top four recommendations to start your “Cuddl Duds® Kit.” 

Long sleeve tunic: With its beautiful brushed print and long, flowy silhouette, this shirt is a great option for out and about jaunts in the cool morning air. Pair it with relaxed sweats or jeans for a more finished look.

Tunic hoodie: This piece is so versatile. It moves from lounging to hiking with ease. My favorite feature? Thumbholes of course!

Fleece tunic: For cold weather travel, this is an absolute must. Fashionable enough to layer as a tunic for dinner and just the right amount of warmth for lounging by the fire, the Cuddl Duds® fleece tunic is a staple in my “Christmas travels packup” every year.

Fleece lounge pants: Mission critical addition: fleece lounge pants. These pants pair perfectly with any of the aforementioned products. Enjoy endless comfort all season long in these must-haves.

Long Sleeve Tunic
Cuddl Duds®

Long Sleeve Tunic Hoodie
Cuddl Duds®

Fleece Tunic
Cuddl Duds®

Fleece Lounge Pants
Cuddl Duds®

 

Stay cuddly, my friends!

Parker

 


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Classic, Cozy, Comfort and Style

Last week, I shared a few of my favorite Thanksgiving lounge options. Admittedly, when writing to you, I was sitting in the moderate climate of Wilmington, NC. However, Blowing Rock received its first round of snow yesterday and my clothing requirements quickly changed for the month ahead.

We head back to our family in the NC mountains for Christmas, and this time – I will be well prepared. From flannel to chenille, National’s fabrications offer softness and warmth without sacrificing quality and style. I have included my favorite robes and loungers. Whether you are searching for an easy-to-wear housecoat, a versatile lounge dress or a blanket soft zip up robe, our product team has curated a beautiful selection for you to enjoy (and of course….to give as the perfect gift!)

What is your preferred fabrication? Share which option you like most!

Chenille Zip Robe
National®

Evelyn House Coat
National®

Cowl Neck Lounger
National®

Flannel House Coat
National®

 

Stay warm,

Parker

 

 

 

 


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Snuggled Up for the Holidays

This week, we are spending time with my husband’s family in the mountains of North Carolina. It will be a season of soaking up toddler spunk, sipping on hot chocolate, and resting comfortably by the fireplace. With temperatures below freezing, I am adding quite a few cozy pajamas and loungewear pieces to my suitcase.

On my list: festive pajamas for the Christmas season, warm loungewear that can pass as “day clothes,” a flannel robe and an easy snap coat. Below are my go-to choices for the holiday season. Do you have a must-have for this time of year? Share your favorites in the comment section below.

Tis the Season Pajamas
KayAnna®

French Terry Cowl Neck Pajamas
KayAnna®

Flannel House Coat
National®

Long Plush Snap Robe
National®

 

Stay cozy,

Parker


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Holiday Red

This time of year, I get real bold and pull out my favorite shades of bright and cheerful lip color. Something about the crisp winter air, rich fall shades of orange and red among the trees, and cozy chunky sweaters bring out the festive colors in my makeup. Give me all things Holiday Red! 

Below are four of my go-to shades for the holidays. From cheerful pinks to rich reds, you’re sure to find the perfect shade among these selections. Even better? These particular formulations are good for you, crafted with natural ingredients that will not irritate or damage your skin.

Which color is your favorite? Share with me in the comment section below.


Beautycounter’s Color Intense Lipstick in Bright Berry


Burt’s Bees Glossy Lipstick in Pink Pool

Beautycounter Red Color Intense Lipstick

Burt’s Bees Glossy Lipstick in Rushing Rose

 

Happy smiles,

Parker

 

 


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