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Bella Bow Tie

Jessica Wagner

Charming & Sustainable Fashion

It doesn’t get much more charming than a classic bow tie. 

It evokes earlier times. Simpler times, and that’s exactly what up-and-coming fashion house Canapé is setting out to do – simplify, through sustainable fashion.

Earlier this year, Rob traveled to LA and had the opportunity to meet and shoot with Bri (Brianna) Olenslager, LA native, model and designer. If you aren’t already in love, just wait!

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Revamped staples made to last
— Canapé

Bri runs an amazing women’s apparel company, Canapé, based in Los Angeles. Through her designs she is seeking to provide woman with gorgeous and sustainable fashion choices. Canapé is one of the few that are sustainably and ethically made here in the US. 

Canapé launched this past summer with one {darling} staple item in five patterns: The Bella Bow Tie. Prim, with vintage-eclectic flare. While a proper bow tie might be menswear inspired, there is nothing formal about this look! A classic staple piece, this boxy button-up ties at the top into a jaunty little bow. Bri was kind enough to send me one of my choice to shoot with and keep! I went with the “vintage rose” (as you know my weakness for rose anything, here.)

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Miss Olenslager is on a mission is to change the way we think about fashion and introduce the idea of investing in truly artistic staples. Each item she designs is constructed with the intention that it will maintain and sustain in your closet.

I LOVE this idea. The more I delve into the world of blogging and fashion the more I see the need for awareness, especially when it comes to ethical fashion choices.

We need to demand open-conversations on the subject. I am guilty of buying into "fast-fashion" brands because they are inexpensive, but you end up with cheap items that don't last. I've have worked multiple retail jobs and it amazing how much waste we create through the clothing industry. It’s wreaking havoc on our ecosystem

 As a consumer we have a responsibility. I want to know where my clothing is coming from. How are your clothes being manufactured and by whom? I know there have been lists released calling out specific fashion houses for using child labor and subjecting employees to unsafe working conditions. There is much to be done to wage battle for the underpaid, over-labored and unfairly compenstated. One way to help put an end to these actions is to buy from trusted designers and invest in quality pieces.

Know your brands babes. Look for equal and fair trade companies who empower sustainability. Help speak awareness. Knowledge is power!

In Bri’s own words:

"For me, shopping is a luxury. I believe in only buying items that I know I'll love and wear for years. I curate my wardrobe to reflect my quirky personal style and only select pieces that I feel truly belong. Canapé is just that - only unique pieces that truly belong in every woman's closet."

YES! This is a goal for me as well. I tend to “fall” for fast-fashion. The price is right, but it’s not going to last. Trendy doesn’t always mean fashionable. This is an area I am working on, and a great place to start is with socially conscious brands like Canapé.

As Bri shared with me:

“It's {Canapéall staple pieces, not trends, made out of unique fabrics with quality sewing. I really try to make them artistic and a little loud so they'll stand out. I want people to buy my things knowing that it's a good investment. I want them to feel like they can keep it forever and wear it a bunch and feel unique and cool each time. I feel your wardrobe should be like a fine art collection, each piece should be unique and stand on its own. Everything should be your favorite. Or maybe I just have a weird attachment to clothing, lol who knows!”

Confession: I had no clue how to fashion a traditional bowtie (!) and Bri has an easy how-to video here that even I managed to master in a couple tries!

Right now the Bella Bow Tie top is 20% off with code FALL20 at checkout! 

If you can’t tell I’m a bit obsessed. You guys know decision making is not my strong point, and I seriously had to go back and forth on which pattern to style because they are all so cute and well-made. The material is a wispy cotton poplin, and each print can easily pair with everything from a classic jean, to old school overalls, or even a frilly skirt. 

 Check out all the chic ways to style a bow tie top, by following Canapé on Instagram here!


Outfit Details:
Top: Canapé Vintage Rose c/o Skirt: Express (old, similar here) Basket: Free People Shoes: Zara Kitten Heel Faux Patent Ankle Boots Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters Plastic Oval Lips: Kylie Cosmetics Kristen 

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Noonday Collection

Jessica Wagner

Shop The World

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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