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!

Falling into Comfort and Style

 

Thomas and I are preparing for our 10 year anniversary trip, and I am over the moon to add memories to our joy bank! We have planned a week long getaway, which we began planning on our honeymoon….promising one another we would take another big mountain trip when 10 years came along.

So this week, I’m packing up and pulling comfort and style from my closet in preparation for our trip. When traveling, I prefer the ease of a knit fabric and love the wash-and-wear care of UltraSofts. Each piece holds its shape – even when crumpled in a suitcase! For long plane rides, I opt for a knee length dress. This affords comfort and style – a must to start vacation off right!

Below are a few of my favorite options for this time of year. (And yes, some of these are even on sale! So stock up for your next adventure). Click below for more product details and share your packing tips in the comment section below!

Happy trails,
Parker


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Dressed for Comfort….and Style

We’ve spent the last several days inside – thanks to an endless deluge of rain from Hurricane Florence. Our family is safe and sound….and comfortable as we wait out the rest of this tough weather.

While fall remains my all time favorite season in the Carolinas, it can stir up a few days of nasty weather. While we aren’t accustomed to storms of this size on a frequent basis, we do know those long, rainy days all too well.

Below are a few of my favorite options for comfortable and stylish wears during this time of year. Pair any of our fall dresses with our classic duck shoes. Click on each image for more product details. Which pattern is your favorite? Share with me in the comment section below!

Stay comfy (and dry),

Parker


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Fall Florals for All Day

  

 

From blouses to loungewear, our design team has incorporated the beautiful outdoors and brought fall inspiration to this season’s new pieces. (I’ve included three of my must-haves!) Some may assume fall selections are dark and visually flat. But our team has designed an array of selections boasting inspiring shades of the Carolinas and beautiful floral patterns.

Fall’s color palette includes rich hues of blue, warm shades of rust and forest green, hints of golden, and pops of pink. The color ways are easy to pair with denim, khaki pants, or a matching shade from the selected pattern. For an extra “pop,” include a coordinating jacket or cardigan.

Which piece is your favorite? Share your must-haves in  the comment section below.

Happy fall,

Parker


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Preparing for a Getaway

Just two days after Labor Day, I was back on the road for a meeting with colleagues from National (more to come on our adventures!)  With a family to tend to before leaving, I spent a few extra minutes jotting a list and checking it twice to make certain I had the essentials.

For a quick trip (read: less than four hours) down the road, I typically pack one small suitcase with a set of pajamas, hotel cozies (socks!), two changes of clothes and my cannot-live-without hair products. Click on the images below to see a few items I included in this week’s trip!

What do you pack for a road trip away? Share your selections with me in the comments below – I am always looking for the next best thing to add to my assortment. Can’t wait to look into the goodies you share!

Happy trails,
Parker


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Labor Day in Wilmington

Happy Labor Day from Wilmington! I love this holiday – the start of a school year (which feels a bit like a refresh for me). The end of summer (I do not like warm weather). And of course with that…the start of fall.

This weekend, we set sail in the blue waters of the Carolinas and enjoyed all Wilmington has to offer. In celebration of the holiday (and to inspire a future visit from you, my friend), read up on a few of my favorite landing spots in Wilmington.

Bluewater Grill

Just a hop, skip and a jump off the Intracoastal, Bluewater is a beautiful restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating. With available boat docking just outside the restaurant, you can cruise the waterways of the area and stop by for a snack on your way back to the marina.

 

Dockside

Just across from Bluewater is a Wilmington staple, Dockside. With the best hushpuppies and BLTs in town, you can dock and enjoy lighter fare and great views on the wrap around deck of Dockside.

Downtown Riverfront

With a different view of the NC waterways, Downtown Wilmington offers historic charm, cobblestone streets, and an array of shopping and restaurants to charm your way into a longer stay. Peruse the various side streets packed with crepe myrtles and azalea bushes, and make your way back to the waterfront for a delicious meal.

What are your favorite places to visit in the Carolinas? Share your go-tos in the comment section below!

With love from Wilmy,

Parker

 


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Wrapping Up for Fall

It is no secret – fall is my absolute favorite season of the year. I love nothing more than a walk in the cool night breeze and dinner with my family around our outdoor fireplace. And my other favorite part of the season? Cozy clothes in warm color ways and patterns.

Wrapping up for fall with some of National’s newest options! I have listed a few of my favorites below (just click on the image to learn more!) On transitional days, pair a lightweight vest with a short or long sleeve shirt. In search of something more? Opt for a 3/4 length sleeve open cardigan or full length sleeve cardigan. As fall truly settles in, grab some pattern and color pops with heavier knits.

Which one is your favorite for this season?

Stay cozy,

Parker


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Fall Inspired Outfits

From summer to fall – it’s happening so quickly! In the Carolinas, we opt for layering throughout the transition from summer to fall. We can experience a beautiful 80 degree day and move right into a “cold front” chilling the evening to a brisk 65 degrees.

Below are a few of my easy-to-pair + wear layering options. On those in-between days, opt for a tunic, lightweight leggings and a tank. Back in an 80 degree day? Pull out your comfortable tank and breezy skirt for a quick transition to the leftover summer day.

How do you prepare for this new season? Share your favorite layering tips with me in the comment section below. Which of these is your favorite fall selection?

Here’s to cooler nights,

Parker

 

 


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Blues and Greens, Tans and Greys…Picking Paint for your Home

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,

Parker


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Fall Lounge

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!

Stay comfy,

Parker


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Fall Into Reading

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.

Happy reading,
Parker


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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.

So, this is my story.

And in a way, yours too. Welcome.

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