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Gingham Skirt & Blue Sky Rooftops

Jessica Wagner

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Dress Up Your Weekend {But Keep It Chill}

It feels like summer over here on The Weekender

Lately I’ve been feeling inspired by times of nostalgia and innocence.

Clean simplistic lines and a refined sense of girlish style. Flirty tops and breezy skirts. Gingham, floral motifs, and anything in a shade of rosé are invading my closet. Take these daisy print sunnies and crochet top – creative with a quirky charm all their own.

Today’s editorial was a serendipitous event. We were headed downtown planning to shoot a very different feel to this look, but due to unexpected traffic from other events had to relocate.

So, we headed to the top of the rooftop parking lot where we found ourselves alone- soaking in the sunshine and blue skies. The wind worked with us (for once!) and it might be the chicest outfit you can think of wearing on an abandoned rooftop.

I picked up this vintage parasol at a little antique shop by the lake for $6. It spoke to me. (I mean anything in this shade of pink speaks to me.) It’s the real deal you guys. It just feels like there is some dreamy romantic story behind the intricate curled handle and pretty scalloped edges. It’s in great shape too! I am dying to know the tale of the previous owner. (Me being idyllic - when probably it just sat in a back closet or some attic for the last so many years.)

By the way, have you heard, have you heard? Gingham is THE print of this summer. It’s no surprise that I’ve been wearing this gingham skirt since I picked it up (another vintage find – but local this time – House of Dow) with just about anything. It’s the perfect excuse to wear gingham non-stop with my summer tees, tanks and graphic tops without looking boring.

Talking about current addictions… besides millennial pink hair, daisy print and a chilled 4 pack of Babe Rosé (with bubbles) these Noonday Collection Parlor Earrings are the tops. They deserve an award for creative versatility. They can be styled 4 ways – a simple gold stud, dressed up with an extender or ear jacket or the full look. I just can’t deal with how cool they are. You can literally wear a bed sheet and as long as you’ve got these earrings on, you will be the chicest person in the room. Seriously, you should try it! I love how they light up when the sunshine hits them just right. I’m also wearing a Noonday necklace made of artillery from Ethiopia, with a moving story behind it (read here) and these gorge bangles are a wardrobe staple! They come in a set of 5. Every woman should have a neutral stack of bangles in her jewelry box. The largest one is made with natural Mother of Pearl!

***Don't forget, June is an extra special month, as a portion of all Noonday Collection sales support the giveback impact and social needs in HaitiNoonday 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!

There are a few other telltale signs of oncoming summer -these things that make me exited: a sun kissed glowlonger days and campfire nights, the relaxation of enjoying a grilled meal outside on the patio and the anticipation of planning a vacation or weekend get-away. After editing this shoot I am lusting for an adventure with real castle backdrops on a bustling coastline. Where do you plan to travel this season? If I could go anywhere it would be France!

On that note, I am off to get ready for a wedding, as the kids are with Mimi and Papa! YAY! (Pop the champagne!)

I wish you all the loveliest weekend! You can find me on the dance floor. :)

NOONDAY COLLECTION GIVEAWAY WINNER!

Congratulations @oliviaeboney on winning her own set of Parlor Earrings!!!
A big thank you to April and all who participated!

Outfit Details:
Hat: Old (Similar here) {Sequin "Sun Kissed" was a DIY} Top: Urban Outfitters (old, similar here) Skirt: House of Dow Vintage (Love this one) Shoes: Michael Antionio Bag: Forever 21 (similar here) Sunglasses: Vintage NOONDAY: Necklace: Droplet Earrings: Parlor Bracelets: Refined Bangles Lips: Nars Schiap Hair: L'Oreal Colorista Pink #200 

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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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Statement Sleeves

Jessica Wagner

Floral Romper

Hello Spring! Bring on all the poetic dreamy pieces. The more lightweight and floral the better.  

Super sleeves have been making a play in the fashion world since SS17 Fashion Week. (Dare I label them the fashion focus of 2017?) Runway designers all seem to agree on this one major trend: a reference to a frilly romantic period, reworked for the modern era.

Big sleeves are fun way to play up a basic top and add major interest to any outfit. Not only are they utterly chic, they also have a flirty vibe that works when giving off an airy stylish flair.

Heading somewhere warm for Spring break? This bell-sleeved one-and-done romper is for you. Modern and romantic - the cutest little vacay outfit that you ever did see.

Regardless of the season or location, feminine pieces always seem to find a way into my wardrobe (and become my instant favorite.) It’s the little details - a touch of lace, a super soft pale color, or a ladylike silhouette that captures my romantic’s heart. Somehow it all feels extra appropriate come springtime sunshine and blooming gardens.  

I’ve been waiting for the chance to carry my coveted Cult Gaia bamboo handbag, (this blogger-favorite sells out all the time) –and it’s everything. With ideals based on femininity, Cult Gaia is a brand inspired by nature, old Hollywood and the ancient Greek goddess of Mother Earth. I love a classic show-stopping piece, and this one you can wear all spring/summer long. The design was inspired by a real vintage Japanese style bag, and is every bit whimsical as it is instagram worthy. 

This Spring, why not add a little drama in your wardrobe? Anyone can wear this style. Puffed, bell-shaped, flared, ruffled, or just plain oversize, the choice is yours. Keep the rest of your outfit simple with relaxed denim and easy accessories. Exaggerated wrists pair surprisingly well with the likes of bamboo bags, straw hats, and mod-retro sunnies. Structure in your other pieces will counter the extra volume.

With the temps on the rise, now is the time for florals, ruffles, and statement sleeves galore!

I wish you a {springy} sunshine filled weekend!

Outfit Details:
Romper: Emory Park (also love this one
Bag: Cult Gaia Ark
Shoes: Zara (similar here)
Hat: Nordstrom (similar here
Sunglasses: Chloé 62mm
 Lips: MAC Velvet Teddy
Nails: Sally Hansen Lavendar Cloud