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)

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