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Noonday Collection

Jessica Wagner

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Noonday Collection + Giveaway

School's out and summer is upon us! Time to layer on the sunscreen and accessories!

You know when you hear a story that gives you the chills (and maybe a few tears spring into your eyes?) That’s how it is with April, an ambassador for Noonday Collection (check her out on Facebook here.) We sat over coffee and she shared the most beautiful stories of how Noonday is using fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world.

Noonday Collection is a fair trade fashion and design company known for their extraordinary handcrafted pieces and the heartwarming stories behind the artisans who create them.  

Their jewelry reminds me a lot of the unique and creative styles you find at Anthropologie – one of my all-time favorite places to shop. It has a sense of urbane adventure – and is majorly fashionable without feeling like it’s just following the latest trends.

How cool is this ~ Noonday partners with artisan entrepreneurs in vulnerable communities globally. They help artisans develop businesses through fair trade, and empower them to grow sustainably. Noonday is on a mission to create dignified jobs for people who need them, and in turn, they are building a flourishing world where children are cherished, women are empowered, and people can perform meaningful jobs.

April reached out to me in hopes of spreading news about their fab jewelry, as well as the genuine honest work opportunities Noonday is creating for those who may otherwise be facing poverty, gender violence, human trafficking and HIV/AIDS.

When ambassadors like April showcase Noonday and style their friends, customers can create a growing marketplace for the global artisan businesses. By hosting a Noonday Collection trunk show, you can help change the lives of the artisans right from your own home. Your local ambassador will share stories of the artisans and help pick out a piece or two specific to your style, all while having fun with your friends.

When artisans have good jobs where they earn reliable, fair and sustainable incomes, they are empowered to provide for their families and experience renewed hope for the future.

Many of these entrepreneurs hire people in their communities who may otherwise be overlooked for jobs, including women, people living with disabilities and survivors of trafficking. Noonday ensures they pay fair wages, provide safe and healthy working conditions and prohibit child and forced labor.

Right now Noonday works with 29 artisan businesses in 12 countries around the world. You can read more about each of them and their personal stories here.

 A note from Noonday Independent Ambassador, April:

"I've always been aware of social needs throughout our country and the world and it is a huge passion of mine. It is the main reason I decided to join Noonday. Since becoming an ambassador my eyes have been opened to how business can change communities. I never used to like giving power to money because it can be turned into greed. However, our purchasing power in the U.S. is unlike most throughout the world and THAT is powerful. If we all are more conscious about where we buy things that we already purchase, then we will create a flourishing world. So the next time you are shopping, go to a local boutique or farmers market and seek out the ethical and fair trade stores online. When we do this, we have the chance to be better together."  


April was kind enough to share her pieces with me, and I am so excited to share some of my favorites from the collection with you! 

PLUS, since June is an extra special month, a portion of all Noonday Collection sales support the giveback impact and social needs in Hati. Noonday is hoping to raise enough funds to build a mother and daughter a home. I can’t think of a better reason to elevate your summer look!


Agra Earrings

These cobalt beauties are made of leather and seed beads. Tassel earrings have been huge this season, and this pair is especially lightweight - making them easy to wear all day long!

Serenity Wrap Bracelet

I adore the colors in this piece! If you follow me, you know I am drawn to anything pink and blue! Made with glass beads and featuring a soft cotton tassel, the boho-femme vibes are strong in this dainty everyday bracelet.

Spectrum Cuff

This glass bead and leather cuff compliments any outfit with its rainbow of hues. It’s a great summer statement piece and comfortable to wear – a must when it comes to jewelry in my book.

La Bella Bag

I fell in love with this weekend-ready/carry-all bag the moment I saw it! The intricate embroidery and butter-soft leather is exquisite to touch. Made with hand woven wool, this bag is crafted by women in the rural regions surrounding Ayacucho, Peru. They work from their homes, allowing them to earn an income while caring for their children. They use traditional embroidery techniques and motifs that preserve their cultural heritage.

Romantic Leather Wallet

This earthy wallet is made entirely by hand by artisans in India. The stunning color palette and hand woven leather make for a truly special accessory to hold all your essentials.


Fringed Crescent Earrings

One of Noonday’s most loved styles, and one of my favorites from their collection! These are SO lightweight and look amazing with everything. Bold, easy and boho, these earrings are made with love in Hati, using upcycled metals like oil drums, allowing artisans to transform unwanted materials into something truly beautiful. The artisan business in Haiti empowers Haitians to pull themselves out of poverty through dignified work. Haiti is a country that has faced numerous challenges, from government instability to natural disasters. The artisan partners there are masters at creating beauty from the rubble and use their materials to their fullest potential.

Silver Steps WrapAzamad Cuff, Woven Dreams Bracelet

I love stacking bracelets, and these three just felt right together! The silver wrap and cuff are so great because you can adjust them to fit your wrist. The vibrant glass bead bracelet has a magnetic clasp, making it extra sturdy to wear.


Revelry Earrings

These navy and coral earrings are made in a vulnerable community in India, with leather and mixed metals. I seriously love how you can dress them up or down! And that they are empowering both men and women to provide for their families.

Messenger BraceletSet In Stone Cuff

Two more favorites here! Send a message with this gorgeous brass bracelet handcrafted by artisans from the slums of Kenya. Classic gold makes this piece endlessly wearable while the special hand-etched design makes it stand out from the crowd. 

Dazzling amazonite and gorgeous abalone shell adorn a sweet brass open cuff for a style that will elevate any ensemble, made with love in Peru! 

Paper Dreams Necklace, Firelight Orange

This simple paper bead necklace can be worn so many ways! And is an easy add-on to any outfit. Jalia and Daniel are social entrepreneurs in Uganda who share Noonday's dream of using fashion to create opportunity. They launched their business in 2010 and have created dignified work for hundreds of Artisans in their community. The Artisans gather every day to eat, laugh, and create together. 

Alchemy Bracelets {3 Set} , Safari Stack Bracelet {Aqua}

This bracelet set is the perfect accessory for a casual look or something more glam. Perfect for an everyday arm party as well! The aqua paper bracelet is made in Uganda and comes in aqua salmon or teal.

 

Artifact Necklace

This ivory resin necklace is so chic – I love the gold strip down the middle - wear layered or on its own. The gold shimmer of fringe on this pendant is perfect for adding some length to your look.

The name Noonday Collection comes from Isaiah 58:10:

If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

I absolutely adore all of the collection. I wish I could let all of you see, touch, and try them on in person, but believe me, you can feel the love, care and craftsmanship built into each piece. 

NOONDAY COLLECTION GIVEAWAY

Here Comes The Sun - Parlor Earrings

GIVEAWAY! To celebrate summer and sunshine, I am partnering with April (@ordinaryadvocate on instagram) to gift one lucky winner a Noonday Collection set of gold plated Parlor Earrings - made with love in Peru! These are one of my favorite pieces in the entire collection and one of their most versatile styles ! This 4-in-1 pair can be worn as a simple gold stud, or dressed up with an extender or ear jacket. To enter:

1. Like this photo (on instagram here)

2. Follow me @theweekenderfashion and @ordinary_advocate

3. Tag a friend in the comments on the instagram photo here to enter (each friend tagged is an additional entry!)

4. For additional entries: subscribe to my blog here and/or make a Noonday purchase through April at http://bit.ly/TheWeekenderNoonday

***All Noonday Collection purchases this month support the giveback impact in Hati and you get something pretty! How does that sound!?

Winner will be announced on my blog next Saturday, 6/10. Good luck!

Outfit Details:
Jumpsuit: Nordstrom (similar here and here) Shoes: BCBG (old, similar here) Sunglasses: Zara (similar here) NOONDAY:: Earrings: Agra Bracelet 1: Spectrum Cuff Bracelet 2: Serenity Wrap Lipstick: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rosé

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Here Comes The Sun

Jessica Wagner

Swim Wear: Part 1

First the packing, then the bliss! By-the-sea escapes are full of activities that require specific swimwear.

We leave for our family vacation this week and since we are staying in a house right on the beach, I am literally bringing my whole stash of swimsuits. When in Rome!

With summer winding down, end of season sales are a great time to snag a new suit for a fraction of the peak swim season price.

In this post I shared some tips on how to find that perfect suit, but in today’s post I’m going to highlight three styles that work for different pool and beachside occasions. ( Part 2, here.)

CROCHET

CROCHET: Fun, sexy, minimal coverage.
Crochet and embroidery are gorgeous options for sandy strolls along the water’s edge. This teeny-bikini is paradise worthy for sure. (Rob bought this for me before we left for spring break in Cancun, otherwise I’m not sure I would have been brave enough to try it on!) It’s a low-rise style and very cheeky. The crochet details and shades of blue add to the overall boho-vibe. Soft, comfy and crazy cute. This is the suit for lazing poolside or relaxing in the cabana. While this handmade two-piece is great for lying out, don’t plan on jumping waves or swimming laps.

GRAPHIC

GRAPHIC: Sporty, active, full coverage.
Keep it simple in a solo style. This is the summer of the graphic suit. Off-kilter cool, this one-piece style is everywhere, and the bold graphic options are funny and clever. What I love about this singular silhouette is the easy shape doesn’t feel out-dated. It’s fresh, youthful, and ideal for sun-soaked activities. (You for scuba?) Take a run along the beach, play a game of sand volleyball or dive in and ride the tide. This suit has you covered. It manages to be playful, and dare I say sexy in that 90s Pamela Anderson kind of way. A high impact scene-stealer that lets your legs do the talking.

RESORT

RESORT: Glam, romantic, low cut.
Calling all bathing beauties - tuck a flower in your ear and drink in the last sun-drenched hours in this glamorous swimsuit for poolside pinups. To me this suit is all old Hollywood. Destination: poolside. The deep V, shoulder baring silhouette and belted bow need nothing more than a sun kissed glow and maybe a chic sun hat to help keep you cool. Dazzle from days in the bay to nights by the cape, in a solid color, that shows some skin, but brings an effortless elegance to a summer by the sea. Just add champagne.

So, weather you prefer a suit with a slogan or something a little more strappy, these options are all beach-ready for a summer spent chasing the sun.

Swim Wear Details:

Crochet:
Bikini: Aerie Hand Crochet Teeny Bikini (top sold out, bottoms on sale, also comes in black and white. Also have this pink gingham one) Wrap: H&M (similar here) Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength

Graphic:
Bathing Suit: Glamzelle (lots of other graphic options here, here, and here) Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo

Resort: 
One Piece: Asos, Belted Plunge (similar here) Hat: DIY Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Coco Arthur

Rock ‘N’ Roll Day Dreams

Jessica Wagner

Concert Wear
 

When attending a concert, there are a few factors to consider when choosing an outfit: dance-ability, the possibility of having to hoof it long distances, and if outdoors, braving the elements. 

Last weekend we saw Of Monsters and Men, and Florence + The Machine at Blossom Music Center for their How Beautiful Tour. (We stopped by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland before hand.)

Let me just say, Florence is a vocal powerhouse and crooned to a packed crowd, despite nonstop rain. The weather wasn’t happy, but we were. The show was ah-mazing! Talk about the healing power of music. The flame-haired songbird brought so much energy and spirit to the stage. I spent the entire night (in my bright yellow poncho) hands in the air, screaming lyrics along with her. Despite being baptized by rain showers, we had a great time. Florence in the rain is a must see my friends.

So, I planned this outfit expecting a warm-weather summer night, but monsoon or shine, decided to rock it anyway. Rain don’t kill my vibe! 

I’ve been lusting after this B-Low the Belt “Bri Bri” double buckle belt for the last few months, but couldn’t bring myself to pay full price for the leather version. When I spotted this one, on the Forever 21 website, happiness hit me like a train on a track.* (If you caught that reference, we are now best friends.) It's made of faux leather material, hence the much more affordable price tag. The buckles are adorned with a gorgeous intricate floral design and sturdily made. The belt is available in silver or gold, and they offer a slim version here as  well. 

It’s a serious high impact accessory. I love how it sits at your waist, or lower on your hips, with adjustable lengths. I find the double-buckle look so innovative. I was a little nervous the non-leather version would feel “less” but the hardware is heavy and feels substantial. Great quality. Not overly shiny, so it looks cool, instead of costume-y.

It pairs well with endless outfit combos, not just festival/concert wear. Low-slung jeans, high waist pants, cut-off shorts, full skirts, and simple tops. It will look amazing with a maxi dress. It’s also a cult favorite of celebs like Selena Gomez and Kendal Jenner, (which is how I first spotted it.) Drawling inspiration from the '70s seems to be the on-going theme for this summer for sure. (Check this post and this post.)

Other than a cool rocker-girl belt, my best advice for when it comes to attending a rock concert... wear sturdy shoes! Even if you’re not planning on moshing or jumping around, other people will be. So protect yourself with a pair of moto boots and complete the look with edgy dark pieces. Or go for a sublte ‘90s look, which feels fresh right now. Pair a girly dress with sneakers and some head-turning accessories. 

Because of the dodgy weather and our long-distance lawn seats I have very few (quality) photos to share from the actual venue. But here's this little gem to give you an idea… 

Covering up my outfit with a plastic bag made me so sad, but at least I stayed dry for the first 5 minutes. I must admit, I was immensely grateful my good old concert-going-extraordinaire dad suggested we bring the ponchos. Sometimes you have to for-go fashion. It was worth it to dance in the rain with Florence, rock-goddess-style. Love you Florence! 

What concert are you outfit planning for? Share in the comments below!

Outfit Details:
Romper: Forever21 Crochet Panel Mustard Belt: Forever21 B-Low the Belt Two-Buckle Hat: Madewell Biltmore Double-Ribbon Felt Fedora (also seen here) Shoes: Old Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters Bag: H&M (old, similar here) Nails: Sally Hansen Blacky O Lips: MAC Lady Danger Poncho: Couture Exclusive