Noonday: Most Worn

A few months ago, I shared about my decision to become an ambassador for Noonday Collection. You can read why I made that decision here. As predicted, I’m totally loving it!

Because really, what’s not to love? I get giddy every time I get to share the stories of the Noonday artisans with new friends who have never heard. It’s truly amazing to think that I can help families in the poorest communities of the world earn a living and keep their families together! What a gift!

Oh, and I get to show off their creations every day (!!). It’s a win-win-win.

Now that I’m a few months in, I wanted to share the pieces I seem to keep coming back to. I’ve yet to find a piece I don’t like, but here are my tried-and-true favorites!IMG_6700

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  1. Gem Trio Studs $68 {made in Peru}- These just seem to go with everything. I tend to wear a lot of t-shirts, and these are so easy to pair with a casual outfit and add a little pop of color. Plus, with all the time I spent in Peru, I’m always partial to those pieces!
  2. Hanoi Necklace $52 {made in Vietnam}- I’ll admit this one caught me by surprise. I didn’t expect to love it, but I find myself wishing I could wear it every day. Can a necklace be comfortable? If so, this is it. I’m obsessed.
  3. Entwined Bracelet $28 {made in India}- Before getting into Noonday, I wasn’t much of a bracelet girl. This one helped me ease into bracelet stacking, plus it absolutely goes with everything. The simplicity & neutrality of it make it perfect for wearing every day! (Which I try to take literally)
  4. Calypso Earrings $30 {made in Vietnam}- These earrings are so versatile I even wore them to Six Flags. James and Betty forced me into riding those absurdly high swings (the ones you can see from the highway 20 miles away…) and as I sat up there spinning and screaming, I was really hoping my super cute earrings weren’t about to fall out. Thankfully, we survived. I kissed the ground and probably these earrings too.

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  1. Tierdrop Necklace $56 {made in India}- This necklace is SO PRETTY! I’m constantly trying to make it work with any semi-fancy outfit I own. Since it’s more of a statement piece, I haven’t worn it as much as some of the others, but it’s the kind of necklace I get reeeeally excited to wear. Love.
  2. Sofiya Wrap Bracelet $30 {made in India}- I’m not sure if a guy would ever understand this description, but this is my go-to piece of jewelry when I just want to feel girly & pretty. It’s pink and gold and wraps. Enough said.
  3. Cubed Studs, Gold $42 {made in Peru}- I have worn these earrings 10x more than anything else in my wardrobe. They’re simple enough to go with a t-shirt, but just bright enough to be noticeable. I rarely, if ever, go without earrings, so these have become the perfect pair! (they also come in silver, if you’re into that kind of thing)
  4. Everest Wrap Bracelet, Mint $30 {made in India}- I’m pretty into this bright mint color with the gold accents, so I love layering it with a few other gold bracelets. It’s easy to dress up or dress down, and that is the kind of versatility that will always win in my wardrobe!

Well, as I’m examining these pieces now, it looks like I’m pretty partial to the pieces made by Indian artisans… Check out Sofiya’s story here! (yep- she’s the name behind that bracelet I’m obsessed with too!)

So, what about you?! Do you have a favorite Noonday piece yet?

PS- if you’ve ever thought about hosting a Noonday trunk show, let’s chat! Fall/Winter is a perfect time for shopping for all those Christmas gifts! #purchasewithpurpose 

xo

More Noonday!

Every once in a while, there are decisions that just make sense. Maybe not at first, but as I mustered up enough courage to say out loud what had been rolling around my brain the past few months, no one was surprised. There are people who really know me well out there in the world, and when they heard I was thinking of jumping in further with Noonday, they patiently listened to all of my reasons why it might not work, and then they smiled politely and gently gave me the nudge I needed.Noonday  LOGO

I have become passionate about this idea of redemption in all areas of life. If I, a mess of a person, can be redeemed to be used for God’s Kingdom work, then why not everything? I’ve always been into fashion, sometimes admittedly to an unhealthy extent, but what if even fashion could be redeemed for Kingdom work?

It sounds crazy. It sounds “not holy enough.” (That’s not a thing, by the way)

But then I heard Jalia & Daniel’s story in Uganda.. [only 4 minutes long]

God has created us in the most amazing ways; He even designed work, which brings dignity to people’s lives unlike anything else. Certainly I’ve never lived in poverty, but I remember my job-hunting days as some of the lowest points of my life. Even then, I had incredible “support nets.” After visiting Uganda, I saw poverty and felt a helplessness I couldn’t shake. Surely there was something I could do?

Noonday Collection’s mission is to create economic opportunity for the vulnerable. We partner with artisans in the developing world, empowering them to grow sustainable businesses. By creating a marketplace for their goods, we create dignified jobs at living wages.

This allows our artisans to earn more in order to support their families. We also offer no interest loans and make advance payments on orders. This way we are able to shoulder the costs of materials and build a lasting relationship based on trust.

Noonday Collection is not a charity and we do not believe that providing a hand out is a sustainable long-term solution to poverty. We aim to be a sustainable business that gives women across the United States a way to make a lasting difference in the fight against poverty and injustice.

-from Noonday Impact page

I’ve decided to jump in and be an Ambassador for Noonday, mostly because I’m already talking about it all the time, and it seems like a perfect opportunity to combine my passions & gifts. I already have an awesome full-time job, so it won’t have to be a stressful thing, but more of a fun outlet on the side. {more info on what it means to be an ambassador here}

Basically, it means if you ever want to host a Noonday trunk show, I’d love to help you! I’ll bring all the samples & you bring your friends. Together, we can share the vision of “purchasing for purpose” to impact the lives of families across the globe. Also, if you ever want to just buy a few pieces, you can buy directly from me here: chelseawilliams.noondaycollection.com

I’d also encourage you to spend some time learning about the Who, How, + Where of the Noonday impact. With partnerships in 10 different countries, from Guatamala to Vietnam to Rwanda, the stories abound. Be inspired!splash-map

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{shop here}

Noonday Party Recap

So, a couple weeks ago, I finally hosted a Noonday trunk show! I’ve been interested in the fair trade jewelry market for the past few years, especially loving 31 Bits & Sseko Designs. Ashley and I hosted a 31 Bits party pre-Christmas 2012 and LOVED it!

Noonday, like several other fair trade jewelry companies, hasn’t been around too long. I started to hear about it around the time I read Seven by Jen Hatmaker. Since studying through that book revealed so much of my materialism, I especially became interested in an idea of redeeming how I shop. 20140602-205441-75281069.jpg

Of course, I first needed to realize that it’s not my money (it’s God’s money that has been entrusted to me), and then I could focus on spending less. In an effort to buy less stuff, I realized there was a way to even make what I buy make a difference. Once I started really seeing the world, and seeing the incredible lack of opportunity for people born into extreme poverty, I became completely fascinated by companies seeking to partner and empower those most vulnerable.

{It also rocks your world when suddenly you meet your brother and sister who, well, would have been there. Everything changes when you know their names.}
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(photo from the noonday blog)

Still, I don’t want to waste my money on junk that I’ll never use (neither should you). Then Noonday comes along and has jewelry designed by former Anthropologie designers. Intentional fashion. Brilliant. No wonder I’m swooning over every collection they put out!

Finally, a few months ago, I contacted a noonday ambassador to host a show. The thing is, it’s tricky to invite people to things like this. I was a little intimidated. However, this isn’t some kind of pyramid scheme; they simply know the jewelry looks best in a home when you can try it on. Also? totally, completely, so FUN.20140602-205440-75280243.jpgNoonday party

We had the best time! I was the worst at taking pictures, so there are hardly any… but it was so great to have so many fun friends from several different Dallas circles in our home and learning about something I’ve become so passionate about. I loved getting to share a vision with them, and loved getting to see friends join in. For me, it wasn’t about how much people bought, I really wanted people to see and catch a breath of the vision.

It ended up being so simple and refreshing. We had the best time, and it has been so fun to see friends showing off their new jewelry! Even better: each piece has a unique story. I fully believe we can purchase with purpose, and help give life and opportunity to the world’s most vulnerable. Is it a small thing? Of course. I also can’t think of any big thing ever that didn’t start small…blog-03-07-2014-ethgroup(photo from the noonday blog)

“If you pour yourself out for the hungry
    and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
    and your gloom be as the noonday.”  -Isaiah 58:10

Come to a Party; Change the World

Sure, it sounds like a grand statement. And maybe it is. But, it’s a mantra Noonday Collection has taken on with impressive results. ((More specifically, they like to say Style your friends >> Change the world. I think it works here too!)) I’ve written about noonday before, and certainly I’ve talked anyone’s ear off who will listen.

Noonday is a company striving to support women who are some of the world’s most vulnerable. Imagine connecting something like fashion- something which I’ve wondered if greater purpose could be found- to bring hope and opportunity to women all over the world.

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Also? Noonday loves to help women here in the US too. In fact, it started as an adoption fundraiser for the founder herself. (As if the cause wasn’t amazing enough already)

That said, I’m SO thrilled to be hosting a trunk show this Thursday, May 22nd at my house for all the local Dallas friends!  I would LOVE for you to join if you’re able, and to come see the fabulous jewelry and accessories! This is a no pressure party- for real- I’d consider it a “win” just to have as many people know about this company as possible. So feel free to bring a friend!

But hey, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have something fabulous to share the story with others! Here are some of my favorites:photo-301 // 02 // 03 // 04 // 05 // 06

If you can’t make it, feel free to shop online here!

PS- leave a comment or message me directly for the address! xo