Sunday, August 10, 2014

Noonday Collection // Blog Train!

Welcome to the Noonday Collection Blog Train. If you're new to the blog train, it's 30 days of giveaways and blog posts featuring storytelling and styling advice. Please be sure to drop by Carmen's blog post from yesterday and be sure to check out McCall's post tonight!

I have been anxiously awaiting this blog post for about a month now. It's the first post of the new FALL LINE with Noonday Collection and it is also the 3rd day of the Noonday Ambassador Blog Train! 

Before Noonday, my jewelry box consisted of jewelry from your typical stores such as Target, Charming Charlies and others alike. I loved a good deal. But, what I didn't realize was that "good deal" came at a human price. I was able to buy that necklace for $15 because of the sweatshops that were making cheap clothes and accessories with a price of someone's life and rights. Noonday opened my eyes to the unseen. I didn't realize how when you're aware of your purchases, it can either change for good or bad. I highly encourage you to read Kelsey Timmerman's book "Where Am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes"  as it goes into this subject a little more in depth. 

I now wear jewelry that is made from seeds in Ecuador, recycled paper in Uganda and ethically harvested water buffalo horn in Vietnam. Hello, what?! I seriously love it so much. Now, I invest in one necklace that may be a little more than I'm used to so that someone's life can be changed from it, instead of saving a few dollars and ignoring the injustice. And you know what, it feels better than a clearance sale ever did. 

And now, let me introduce you to my newest favorite from the Fall line, the Monaco Necklace. This gorgeous statement necklace is made out of ethically harvested cow horn from India. Noonday's artisans do not harm the cow in order to make our jewelry. 

Both the Monaco Necklace and Featherweight Cuff I am wearing are either made out of the ethically harvested cow or water buffalo horn. They are for sure, some top new favorites of mine. I never thought I'd have jewelry made from India or Vietnam in my jewelry box or let alone, made from cow & buffalo horn, but I absolutely love it. It makes me feel apart of something so much bigger than myself. 

Noonday began working with a group of Vietnamese artisans in 2013, after seeing some of their beautiful designs at an artisan craft show. The village we work with, Thuy Ung, has been carving bullhorn into unique pieces for over 400 years. Once created only for royal families, these pieces are now crafted for Noonday customers. Our partner group provides business training for the artisans and ensures fair pricing for their goods. This ancient craft continues to provide the people of the village with a reliable income and the chance to share their pieces with the world. 

So, who's up for a giveaway?!?! Who wants to add this gorgeous Monaco Necklace to their jewelry box today? You can be apart of what Noonday is doing and wear this gorgeous piece proudly. Enter below to win and I will announce the winner tomorrow! 

(Due to each horn being different and handmade, each cuff comes slightly unique. A wonderful Noonday touch.) 

This Look: 

Necklace: Monaco Necklace (Noonday Collection)
Earrings: Arched Arrow Earrings (Noonday Collection)
Bracelet: Featherweight Cuff (Noonday Collection)
Shirt : You-So-Fancy Tee (Free People)
Purse: Rustic Leather Tote (Noonday Collection) 
Pants: The Diva Skinny Jean (Old Navy)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Noonday Collection / Trunk Shows, not just for elephant's anymore.

If you would have told me last year that I would be working for a direct sales company, I would have told you that you were crazy. In the past, I avoided the typical direct sales company like the plague. I have had many friends do a wonderful job with direct sales, but it was the pressure to buy that gave me anxiety.

However, what I love about Noonday Collection is their Trunk Shows which are are a super low-key, fun girl's night out with beautiful, handmade jewelry made from women all over the world. When you partner with a local ambassador not only do you advocate for our artisans and continue creating a sustainable job for them, you also get to have a fun night out with your friends, play dress up, and earn FREE jewelry along the way.

Noonday Trunk Shows are a beautiful example of women empowering women. Our artisans create gorgeous, unique jewelry for us ambassadors and we create a market place for them in the States through our shows. Without one another, neither of us wouldn't have a job. It's so powerful and I can't wait till the day I get the opportunity to meet some of our artisans face to face and thank them for giving me such a wonderful job. I mean, I get to meet tons of new women, wear beautiful jewelry,  and call it my job?!?! It's a dream come true. 

I hope you consider partnering with me and hosting a trunk show this fall. I can also connect you with a local ambassador in your area to host outside of the St. Louis area! Here's a sneak peek into my first trunk show with my biggest cheerleaders in my hometown, Va. Beach, Va! It was such a treat to share my first show with my world changing hostess, my mom & sister! 

Photos by my amazing, world traveling sister, Candace Rose Rardon.

See the beautiful Noonday Collection here on my website. 
The new fall line launches THIS Thursday. 
Get excited!