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!
One of my dearest friends is moving into a beautiful home this month and has started the (daunting) task of identifying paint colors for each room. We share a similar taste in style, and we love changing it up every now and then!
Since they purchased their home, my friend and I have spent many a night scanning inspiration photos, chatting over FaceTime, and dreaming up ideas for each space. I love seeing what my dear friend has chosen for her home and am inspired to consider refreshing touches to ours, too! Today, I’m sharing a few tips I’ve learned in redecorating – the simple way.
To make room for color and pattern, consider a muted palette of paint. Keeping it simple allows you to change up a pillow here and there, add in a patterned blanket, recover a sofa in something bold, or a multitude of alternatives for when that room gets a tad boring.
Personally, I gravitate towards ice blues, cool mint greens, and a calming grey. However, when trying to match tones, look for the “undertone.” Many colors have a yellow or blue undertone. Try and find complementary color ways to create a consistent and clean look in your home.
Add accents true to you. Bringing sentimentality into your design will create warmth and a true sense of “home.” In our home, we have pieces of driftwood we found by a river on a cross country road trip out west. We scattered family photos among books with special meaning and even included some (very brightly) colored artwork by our talented toddler!
How do you enjoy sprucing up your home? Share your tips in the comment section below.
Cheers to home,
This weekend, my wonderful parents are celebrating their anniversary in the mountains of Tennessee. With cooler weather on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to grab a lounger and nestle up with a good book.
Fall inspired colors and patterns from the landscapes of the Carolinas, our National team has selected comfortable and versatile pieces inspired by the colors and patterns of the Carolina landscapes. Click on the images to learn more about each piece.
Which one is your favorite? Tell me in the comment section below!
I love a good reading list – seeing books that are inspiring friends or finding a new read by a favored author…I collect lists from others and am excited to share a few favorites with you today.
Some of these fall under the emotional healthy category. Others are just for fun. Of course, one is a classic to dive into again and again. Whether you’re interested in getting lost in words or discovering something new, I trust you will enjoy these reads (and even share the list with a friend)!
Which books top your list? Share your favorites with me in the comment section below. And simply click on the book covers below to shop these titles online.
August – the countdown has begun as we inch our way towards my favorite season…FALL! This year, the National team has developed an array of products highlighting warm tones of fall with the cheerfulness of floral design.
For a subtle nod to pattern, consider a solid background with muted florals in cream and navy. If you are looking for a fall accessory with a more dramatic look, opt for a dark background with bold floral pattern.
Click on the images below for more detailed product information on some of my favorite designs from this season. Share your favorite with me in the comment section below, and tell me how you style your fall florals.
Cheers to a new season,
We are on day four of rain in the Carolinas, and with a forecast of rain for the rest of the week, I am in need of bright colors and comfortable clothing options to chase away the dreary day.
National has a new assortment of patterned caftans, ideal for a day at home or a quick trip to the store (yes – I have worn my caftan out and about!) I have even used it as a beach cover up. Styled with woven sandals or conformable wedges, the caftan makes getting dressed a cinch!
With many uses and plenty of colorful options, the caftan is just the piece to chase away a rainy day. Click on the images below to read more about my favorite ones in this fall’s collection!
This past week, the temperature reached the low nineties, and with a humidity of 100% I needed to dig into my drawer for cool sleeping options. During this time of year, I prefer lightweight fabrications and natural fiber blends. When looking for the best selections, consider if you like a more fitted set of pajamas, like a cotton blend shirt and shorts, or a loose fitting lounge option like an oversized night shirt.
Below are some of my favorite selections, available at ShopNational.com. Click on the image for more product details. What is your favorite option for a cool night’s rest? Share your pick with me in the comment section below.
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,
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!
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.
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!