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!

Dressing for a Summertime Outing

This weekend was something out of a dream – weather in the high 70s and low 80s, a cool breeze off the coast, and partly cloudy skies with hints of sun just when we needed it. We spent the majority of our weekend outside, enjoying the very atypical summer weather (we’re used to 95 degrees and 100% humidity this time of year, so clearly we’re thrilled!)

Below are four selections, perfectly suited to outdoor adventures along the sunny coast of North Carolina (or wherever your home may be!) What are you up to this week and where? Share your favorite outdoor activity in your hometown by leaving a comment below!

Cheers to summer,

Parker

 


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Summer in a Snap(coat)

Yesterday evening, my husband and I spent time on our front porch after putting our daughter to bed. This is a frequent occurrence, but even more common during summer months when storms roll off of the coast.

The breeze picked up substantially bringing the temperature from a scorching 90 degrees the day before to a blissful 68 degrees last night. To best enjoy our time, I needed an extra layer on top of my light weight pajamas. Enter the perfect and oh-so-comofrtable option….the lounge coat.

ShopNational’s options include lounge dresses that either zip or snap – easy to wear as a long layer or as a stand alone piece. Below are four of my favorite styles, suited for changing weather and summer storm watching! Which one of these is your favorite? Tell me in the comment section below!

Happy summer,

Parker


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Layering Accessories for Summer

To dress up my favorite outfits, I love layering pieces with a simple outfit. During the summer, I find it easiest (and most comfortable) to choose lightweight options. When selecting a necklace, I opt for materials like bamboo or wood for an earthy look. If I need a dressier option, I go for a long lariat necklace with a thin chain and statement piece. If a scarf is in order, I always select breezy materials like breathable cotton or a crepe finish.

Below are a few of my favorite options, available now at ShopNational.com. Of these, which is your favorite? How would you pair it with something in your closet? Share your suggestions with me in the comment section below.

Happy layering,

Parker

 


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Layering up for Summer Nights

Yesterday evening, my husband called for me from the front porch and encouraged me to “hustle and get outside quickly.” At 10:00 p.m., after our daughter had been sound asleep for well over 2 hours, I could not imagine what required such immediate attention. Low and behold, several miles north of Wilmington, we spotted beautiful clouds and lightning filling the dark sky – a favorite part of summer for my husband and me. A cool breeze drifted into our neck of the woods, and we enjoyed several minutes of nature at its finest.

Here on the coast, nights like these are a common occurrence. We can lunch in a bright blue sky and see the clouds roll in from a distance before dinner. For that reason, I keep light layers hanging in my closet throughout spring and summer. Easy grab and go options to pop in my purse or stow away in my car keep me prepared for the elements – whatever they may be! Below are a few of my favorite options for this time of year. Click on the images for more product information!


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Comfy in Summer

Our summer has been filled to the brim with weekends adventures, so when our full itinerary finally cleared – I was ready and willing to unpack and settle in. For the next few weeks, we are home for the weekend! This means staying in lounge clothes all day and sipping coffee for hours as Hatton plays in the backyard.

Staying in pajamas is not always an option. What if…..heaven forbid…someone actually knocks on our door midday? Enter in the lounge dress. Lounge dresses offer a comfortable alternative to your typical “Saturday best.” Comfy enough for the couch  but sophisticated enough for public viewing, nothing beats the breezy comfort of these pieces.

I selected a few of my favorites for you to check out. Simply click on the image to learn more about the fabrication and color options! Which one is your favorite?

Happy lounging,
Parker


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New Season Clean-out | Tips and Tricks

Clutter. It is truly the bain of my motherhood existence. It seems like – as soon as I have a room picked up – it turns back into a complete disaster. In recent weeks, I have tried to focus on one room at a time – decluttering as I go, and pulling what I don’t need to make room for what I do!

In reviewing a helpful online article, I implemented a few tips and tricks to organize my space. Here are four things on which I am focused to create a more organized home.

  1. The 12-12-12 challenge: find 12 things to donate, 12 to throw away, and 12 to return!
  2. Set a timer: this is a new favorite for me! I set a timer for 5 minutes and focus on organizing one particular section of your home. Once the timer stops – move on!
  3. Give away one item a day: I’ve adjusted this tip a little bit to “buy one, give one.” Anytime I purchase something new, I remove an equivalent amount from my closet. While it’s not necessarily a “declutter,” it certainly prevents over cluttering!
  4. Grab four boxes: I love this declutter method, because it simplifies what can often become overwhelming. Grab four boxes and label them “recycle, giveaway, donate or keep.” Peruse your home and declutter!

How do you declutter your home? Share some tips with me in the comment section below.

Happy organizing,

Parker


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Colorful Printed Additions (On Sale!)

I’ve recently tried to diversify my daily looks by adding a splash of color and pattern into my otherwise muted wardrobe. But I find myself hung up on exactly what to add in.

Shopping for something “unique” can be challenging, especially if it is a far cry from the usual selections. I’m hesitant to splurge on a new pattern – something fairly different from what is normally in my closet. But show me a good sale, and I will try (just about) anything!

Below are a few options for a closet refresh – all of which are currently on sale at ShopNational.com! Click on the image to read more about each product, and share your favorite selection with me in the comment section below.

Cheers to SALES,

Parker

 

    


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Smoothie Tips and Tricks

About a month ago, I started adding smoothies into my daily “life routine.” Admittedly at first, it seemed daunting to craft a new smoothie each morning. Between selecting the right greens, fruit and liquid – the over-planned, type a parts of my brain prevented a consistent smoothie regimen.

Then I found Blender Bombs.

Blender Bombs make smoothie crafting simple. The all natural addition to your everyday smoothie has the perfect amount of protein, fiber, and healthy fat. Each morning, I grab a handful of spinach, a few strawberries and coconut milk. Drop in a Blender Bomb, and you’re good to go!

Below are two recipes crafted by the Blender Bomb team – click on the images for more details, and tell me which of these appeals to your breakfast cravings!

What are your favorite smoothie recipes? Share your go-to goodness with me in the comment section below.

Bottoms up,

Parker

Orange Crush

Photo Credit: Hushup + Hustle

 

Banana and Nutmeg 

Photo Credit: Hushup + Hustle


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Packing Light

Today, I am buried beneath laundry from 9 days away. We traveled to Ocracoke Island with my husband’s family and then met up with my family in Bath, NC to celebrate my sister’s 40th birthday! We enjoyed every second of our galavants, but the unpacking reminded me how thankful I was for this year’s intentional “light packing” efforts!

Especially in warmer months, I find it easier to prepare for a week away with minimal outfits. When preparing for our trip, I laid out a few shorts and shirts, all in neutral colors, and added in two pops of color to complete the wardrobe. With just a few pieces, I managed to create multiple outfits for our time away and keep my laundry to a minimum!

Below are a few pieces I keep on hand for weekend getaways. Easy layers, comfortable fabrications and solid colors – check!

How do you pack up for time away? Share your tips with me in the comment section below. Are you adventuring anywhere exciting this summer?

To getaways,

Parker


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Strolling into Summer

 

Warmer weather is here, and I have finally put away all of my “cool weather” shoes in exchange for breezy sandals! I’m spending the week on Ocracoke Island with my husband’s family and have either walked barefoot or in comfortable sandals…the truest sign of summer.

ShopNational has an array of options for this time of year. Personally, I sandal shop based on warm weather looks. With long skirts, I gravitate towards a low profile sandal. With my shorts or a knee length skirt, I opt for a high support strappy sandal to dress up my look – just a touch!

Click below for more information on some of my favorite options available online, and share with me how you select the right shoe for this time of year!

Stay sunny,

Parker

Fisherman Flats Open Toe Fisherman Flats Hand Painted Braided Sandals

Sandra Comfort Stretch Sandals


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I am Parker. My mom, Lynda, is the owner and President of National Wholesale. We are a woman’s apparel company that I’m hoping you know about but if not, you’ll be inspired to learn. We’ve been around since 1952. And the business was started by my entrepreneurial grandfather, “Georgie” with the support of my grandmother, GaGa. I’ve been surrounded by clothing and hosiery since the day I was born. I've also been surrounded by the drive to stay in business, which means connecting with our customers.

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