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!

National Ravioli Day

A step by step guide to ravioli at home.

Happy National Ravioli Day! Little known fact – this is one of my favorite foods, but my desire to cook from scratch comes to a screeching halt when I think about ravioli. For whatever reason, the process intimidates me (especially given that I have zero Italian roots).

Bon Appétit produced a fantastic article to take you from beginning to end in crafting your own raviolis at home! Click here to learn more. What ingredients will you use?

Happy cooking,
Parker


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Cozy in Knit

Let’s talk sweaters.

I’ll be honest – I’m picky when it comes to the perfect sweater for transitional seasons. I want something easy to layer, if I choose, soft but lightweight, and flattering. Traditionally, it is difficult to find a piece that checks all of my boxes. But this year, National went above and beyond with its slub yarn knit sweater.

This particular sweater features faux horn functioning side buttons, which allows you to wear open like a poncho or tapered down to the hip. While it features a chunky knit construction, you do not have to layer it unless preferred (i.e. it’s not see through! Hip hip hooray!)

Available in a beautiful coral or a softer neutral palette of stone or cream, this sweater is one you buy in multiples, friends. What features do you like most about this piece?

Stay cozy,

Parker


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The Power of Ginger, Turmeric and More

Turmeric and Ginger Tea

I first began suffering from chronic pain in my early twenties following my first disc herniation. For more than a year, I took prescription strength Motrin almost daily until repeat stomach ulcers forced me to look elsewhere. After my first back surgery, I committed to more natural remedies with a strong focus on nutrition and exercise.

This article I recently discovered outlines a few anti-inflammatory herbs that can support pain relief and offer a holistic option to pain management. Presently, I cook with turmeric and ginger at least two nights a week. It is a perfect spice addition to a heart soup or even dusted atop a spinach salad. (I’ve even discovered a combination turmeric and ginger supplement to get a daily dose without all the added cooking time!)

Do you have any remedies you lean on for relief? And have you tried to incorporate turmeric and ginger into your daily diet? If so, share with me your tips and tricks in the comment section below!

Stay well my friends,

Parker


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Spring into Loungewear

When we woke up Sunday morning, the temperature outside was well over 60 degrees. By mid afternoon, we were playing outside in shorts and a t-shirt, relishing every bit of 75+ degree weather.

Sunday evening, I spent time in our front porch rocking chairs recapping the weekend with my husband. I snagged my most comfortable lounge clothes and parked in the crisp evening air – without a phone, watch or any concept of a to-do list.

As longer days are (thankfully) ahead of us, I’m stocking up on loungewear for relaxing evenings ahead. Below are some of my favorite selections click on the description for more information.

Which style is your favorite?

Happy relaxation,

Parker


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Roaming to Colorado

If you’ve followed along for more than (let’s be honest) a month or two, you know one thing about the Wilson family: we crave adventure. One of our favorite places in the United States – anytime of year – Colorado!

I follow bloggers, The Roaming Boomers, who provide various tips on destinations worldwide. By clicking on the image above, you can follow along with tips for traveling through Durango – one of my favorite cities in Colorado.

Have other places you’d like to see? Scroll the site and select a blog based on location or stay in touch as they release favorite spots on the homepage.

Do you have any summer adventures? Share with me in the comment section below!

Safe travels,

Parker


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Layering Cardigans

Another day of rain – and 34 degrees – here in the Carolinas! Peering out of my window into the grey, cloud covered sky has me longing for sunny days and warmer temperatures. But until we get to some consistently bright and 70 degree days, I’m all in for a beautiful layering piece to get me through this dreary week!

When shopping for an easy-to-layer piece, I first look for a wrap or cardigan. I prefer something with a bit of flow and softness that is easy to wear and keeps its shape. If selecting something with added warmth, I choose a cotton blend. When I crave some extra “bold” in my day, I opt for a wrap with color or pattern.

Here are a few of my favorites. Click below to see more about each selection! Which one is your pick?

Love,

Parker


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Bringing Pattern to Your Closet

During the cold and gloomy winter months, I find myself in natural colors more often than I’d care to admit! In search of some vibrance for my wardrobe, I am adding prints to my daily styling routine- an easy option for color and newness as warmer months approach.

The National team selects beautiful and detailed prints each season, many of which our designers develops in-house to bring to your closet. Our product development team identifies colors, fabric trends, and patterns to complement core pieces we carry all year long.

Here are a few selections available now at ShopNational.com. Which pattern is your favorite?


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Choosing a River Cruise | Sixty and Me

Today in the Carolinas, we celebrated a 70 degree day and break from the endless rain we’ve had these last few weeks. I got a taste of spring today, and it reignited my excitement for travel adventures just around the corner!

A fantastic and information packed blog, Sixty and Me, recently published an article highlighting tips for choosing a river cruise. Click on this link to read more. Where are you planning to go this spring?

Safe travels,

Parker

Where will you go?

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Friends of National | An Interview with Pamela

Recently, the National team had the opportunity to connect with Pamela Lutrell, author and founder of the blog, “Over 50, Feeling 40.” Inspired by her love of fashion and styling tips, we popped in to ask a few questions and share her insight with you, our National family.

What first inspired your love of fashion and styling?  I think I have always loved clothes, but did not really fall in love until I was a young advertising professional in my 20s in a world where everyone dressed for it! I was single and had the income to enjoy some serious shopping.  

When selecting your outfit of the day, where do you begin/where do you find inspiration? I find inspiration in many places…Pinterest, nature, art, blogs, creative outlets including movies and magazines.  I created a style system for myself several years ago that I call the Foundational Five.  I selected five adjectives that I want to communicate with my clothes every day.  I look in the mirror and ask if I am communicating reverence (respect), creativity, intelligence, strength, and friendliness (approachable) with my outfits.  Once I know all my five have been communicated I walk out the door with confidence.  By holding true to these adjectives each day, I have created Pam Style!

For those of us a little intimidated by color and pattern, where do you begin in selecting bolder pieces? Again, they have to meet my adjectives, but since one of my adjectives is creativity, I love to be a little bold with some pieces and step out of my comfort zone.  I have to able to wear it with confidence and no doubts. There are some prints which make me feel older, so I do not wear them. I am a saturated, warm color girl and know I look better in the deeper jewel tones than in pastels. It is done by trying clothes on…learning what works and what doesn’t. 

What are a few of your favorite trends/styles for Spring?  Spring has some great trends this year that I will participate in, like, hot pink colors, animal prints, ombre fabrics, fun sneakers, Living Coral, and long necklaces. What I like best about Ultra Softs is the soft, comfy feel of the fabric…perfect for relaxation after a busy day. 

Find more of Pamela’s tips on her blog, and read about her most recent review of some National favorites!


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Cooking up for Valentine’s Day

Tomorrow is the day! And the Wilson home will be celebrating in style…our favorite way to ring in a holiday.

Dinner location: home

Dress code: pajamas

Attendees: husband, wife, toddler, and doggie

On the menu? A beautiful piece of grouper, sautéed in ghee with a side salad and sweet potato chips. Easy breezy, and delicious.

But this year, I might try my hand and something a little different – a few dessert options for myself and friends at work. Below is a recipe I’m trying out this evening. Do you have a favorite Valentine’s dessert to craft tonight?

Happy Valentine’s Day,

Parker


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