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!

Light Layers for Fall

Friends – YESTERDAY THERE WAS A 6 IN THE TEMPERATURE! All the praise hands for cooler morning weather and beautiful beach walks in September!


On this morning’s family walk, I had to snag a jacket before we left the house. Just the right weight for today was my National Jacquard Bomber Jacket. With a low crew neck collar and an easy zip closure, it is a staple item for me this time of year. When I’m eager to add color and vibrance to my leisure look, I opt for my bright and cheerful Zip Jacket. Another favorite – especially for mountain top mornings – is this soft and cozy Berber Fleece Vest, in Black or Caribbean Blue.


As temperatures continue to be kinder to us southerners, these items will be on rotation in my closet! Which one is your favorite?

Jacquard Bomber Jacket by National®

Full Zip Jacket by National®

Berber Fleece Vest by National® (Caribbean Blue)

Berber Fleece Vest by National® (Black)

Happy trails,


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Just a Little Extra

We’ve talked about fashion simplicity – it’s my go-to! These days, the most “flair” I add to my wardrobe is a spark of color and a little detail. My favorites from National are the perfect combination.


Today, I am sharing a few options that add a touch of style without sacrificing ease and comfort. (Just click on your favorite selection to learn more about the item.) Each one of my picks is constructed from our signature UltraSofts fabric. Known to hold shape and color beautifully, these items have the added bonus of UPF 50+ protection! Enjoy an afternoon stroll without concern – all while enhancing your comfort and style.


I lean towards cutout details with a solid jean or black legging. The side-tie shirt is a great option with a long skirt or slacks. For a more casual approach, the white shirt with sleeve detail is a number one favorite.


Tell me how you love to style your favorite in the comments section below!

Floral Cutout Top by UltraSofts®

Grommet Detail Knit Top by UltraSofts®

Side Tie Top by UltraSofts®

Cut-Out Sleeve Top by UltraSofts®


Cheers to comfort (and style),


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Three Must-Haves for Fall

This week marks the start of a NEW MONTH! Friends, SEPTEMBER IS HERE.

If you’re new to this blog, you may not be aware of my affinity for cold weather. Let me fill you in:

I. love. the. cold.

I got married in October, honeymooned on a snow-covered mountain range, and lived in Canada after our first year of marriage. Anytime I am given the green light for travel, I opt for cold weather destinations.

So when my calendar alerted me to the end of August – well, I gave a big “hip hip, hooray” over here! I may live by the ocean, but my heart longs for the crisp air of the mountains.

When I visit our beloved Blowing Rock, I typically pack a few lightweight options for cooler temperatures. Whether I need a fleece jacket for morning hikes, a lightweight cardigan for lunch outside, or a cozy pullover for an evening by the fire, I am covered with all selections from the ShopNational team. Below are my three must-haves for fall. Which style do you prefer?


Berber Fleece Jacket by National®

Duster Cardigan by Esperanza®

Stretch-Heather Hoodie by National®


Stay cozy,


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Simpler Seasonal Styles

A couple of weeks ago, I found myself reaching for the exact same shorts and boatneck shirt I have worn on repeat since June. It’s easy, mindless and efficient. And as a mom of three under three, that’s exactly what I need. Lately, I’ve found myself wanting a pick-me-up in my daily routine. I’ve found that a little change here and there can perk up my attitude and boost my energy…very needed during this wild time with littles! So, I started with a shift in my wardrobe.


My new standard uniform includes a comfortable cotton sheath dress and slip-on shoes. I add bold earrings or a necklace, and I feel brand new. Sure, it is simple and yep, still efficient. But it’s just enough variation from the norm and lends itself well to a change in accessories for that added pop of color.


I’ve hand-picked four dresses to add to your closet this fall. If you’re in a warmer part of the country, consider a lightweight denim or flowing sheath dress. Have a bit more breeze in your neck of the woods? This belted denim dress is perfect for you. And if you’re ready for some pattern, opt for stripes.


Which one is your favorite?


Casual Denim Dress by National®

Eyelet Dress by National®


Denim Belt Tie Dress by National®


Overlay Side-Tie Dress by National®



Happy shopping,


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Helping Hands

If there is one thing I’ve learned (on repeat it seems) navigating three kids under three – we all need a little help. The same is true in my wardrobe! Recovering from a C-section while caring for newborn twins required simplification and ease in every part of my day. Thankfully, the National team provided easy care products with added benefits to make certain I had some assistance when needed.


Things I’ve loved – compression socks for increased energy and shortened recovery, bra extenders for comfort, and the best lotion on the planet for skin recovery.


Moderate Compression Socks by

Bra Extenders by Q-T Intimates™

Nourishing Body Cream by Bee by the Sea™



What are some of your favorite healthcare products?


With love and wellness,


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Keeping Cool on the Go

Because of our sweet new boys, our family has stayed at home consistently these last few months. This week, we opted for a much-needed change of scenery and made our way to the North Carolina mountains. Moving from 95 degrees in Wilmington to 75 degrees in the mountains makes for some pretty incredible morning walks with my little crew. To keep my cool – no matter where I’m walking – I often look for comfortable shoes with good support for those lengthy strolls with our kids in tow.


This summer, I traded in my traditional tennis shoes for a slip-on and love the comfort and convenience. Whether you choose a solid white for easy matching or go for bold color, the National team has you “supported” for all of your summer adventures!


Happy trails,


women's walking shoes

Traveltime Walkers by Easy Spirit®


women's walking shoes

Seasonal Traveltime by Easy Spirit®

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Simply Noelle

Simply Noelle has been a favorite brand of mine for many years. You may remember when my Mom and I visited headquarters a few years ago (and stayed the entire day reviewing samples and playing dress-up!).


When National started carrying the line, I was absolutely thrilled! The pieces are easy to wear, designed with flattering silhouettes, and constructed with soft fabrics.


The company launched in 2005 and is headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina. It has grown to include a variety of apparel and accessories, with each collection including easy mix-and-match items. Perfect items for seasonal transitioning, Simply Noelle’s assortment lends itself to ease and versatility all year long. This summer, I am living in these three items. Each one pairs well with leggings, denim shorts, or summer white capris. Which shirt is your must-have?



Roll-Up, Button-Down Henley by Simply Noelle®


Slimming Side Panel Top by Simply Noelle®


Tie Down Stripe Top by Simply Noelle®


Stay cool,


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Summer’s Coolest Styles

August is here (already?) and I think it’s safe to say most of us are feeling the heat! – Wearing the right types of great-fitting clothing helps to keep cool and feel better—but beyond that, there are some great wardrobe tips and tricks that I’ve found actually make a difference. Luckily, National is offering some great options for these to help keep cool this season. Here are some of my favorites:



This sleeveless Picot Knit Tank by UltraSofts® feels especially great when the heat rises. Nine out of the ten colors it’s available in are lighter colors, which deflect more heat—and with its UPF 50+ rating, it makes for a great everyday shirt during the hotter months.

womens tank shirt

Knit Tank by UltraSofts®


It’s what’s beneath that counts—and barely-there comfort never fails! This 18 Hour Cooling Comfort Wirefree Bra by Playtex® supports you keeping your cool, with silken cups that feel great and wick away moisture all day long.


18 Hour Cooling Comfort Wirefree Bra by Playtex®


Crinkle cotton fabrics – try in a muumuu style. You won’t regret it. This Santa Fe Border Print Dress is a great choice because the drape feels worry-free and offers ample breathability and room to move, letting you feel fantastic even on the hottest of days.

crinkle cotton dress

Santa Fe Border Print Dress by National®


Be level-headed keeping your cool under a UV-protective sunhat. But make sure it’s a breathable one, like in straw, mesh or airy fabrics, so that body heat can still escape. This Beach Basics Hat has a shady 4” brim and is available in white to deflect even more heat.


Beach Basics Hat by Sun ‘N’ Sand®


At the end of the day, catch some cool zzz’s in these short-sleeved Moisture-Wicking Pajamas by Najerika Lingerie® for a better night’s sleep and a renewed, refreshed morning.

womens pajamas

Wicking Pajamas by Najerika Lingerie®


What are you wearing to keep cool this season? Share with us in the comments section!


Beating the heat,




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Action-Packed Styles

As we move through the week, one thing I’ve been especially grateful for is having breathable, cooling apparel in my wardrobe as the days grow hotter—especially as I’ve been trying to incorporate extra movement and exercise throughout the days wherever possible. And thank goodness for moisture wicking—you never know when it will come in handy! Add some UV protection in the mix, and I’m ready for whatever the day brings.


So, for these reasons, Wic-Tech™ by National® has quickly become a summer favorite. They have all of the above–and feel exquisite! Which style is your favorite? Share with us in the comments!


Ready for action,


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Top Picks for Christmas in July

Did you know Christmas in July actually started in North Carolina? Yep, nearly 90 years ago at a girls’ camp in Brevard. And here in Lexington, National is celebrating with our own mini event! We’re featuring different daily savings all week long. (To keep current with these, you can have them e-mailed to you each morning.) Here are some of my favorite brands and styles of the week—’tis the season!


UltraSofts® are such a good wear this time of year – as the sun tends to linger around these days, the UPF 50+ helps shield the skin from harmful UV rays, making for a great “Christmas” gift, as well! A couple of my favorites are this Diagonal Yoke Top and the Isabella Top – so classic and comfy!

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Diagonal Yoke Top by UltraSofts®


womens shirt

Isabella Top by UltraSofts®


To kick that UPF 50+ up a notch, Wic-Tech™ apparel sports that along with moisture wicking. The fabric is easily movable and feels fresh and breathable—ideal for anything from my daily walks to athletic activity. The Skort is super cute and feminine, too!

Wic-Tech™ clothing

Wic-Tech™ Attractive-wear by National®


These Reebok® Princess Classics are so comfy – I could wear them every day. The soft lining absorbs moisture, they’re vented, and are padded on the inside—the combination of which really does the trick for me for summertime wear.

womens reeboks

Reebok® Princess Classics Tennis Shoes


After a long, hot day, there’s nothing like kicking back in a lightweight lounger! This Santa Fe Border Dress is actually fitting for any time of day, but the easy crinkle cotton style just makes it a good go-to for cooling off.


Santa Fe Border Print Dress by National®


Christmas in July can still be celebrated, even from the comfort of home! Which styles inspire you most? Share with us in the comments section!


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