Friday, August 29, 2014

and the winner is...

Rachael - I'm shooting you an email right now to get your address!

Thank you everyone who entered!

Friday, August 22, 2014

noonday styling & giveaway

Here I am! It's my turn to share about Noonday's NEW Fall Collection.
There are so many things I could talk about regarding Noonday and the impact they are having around the globe.

Like the trip they took in partnership with International Justice Mission to help tell the stories of our artisan in Rwanda - how they are sponsoring 6 rescue missions to help change even more lives than they already do -

How they've added on new artisan groups this season - one who works with deaf people in Kenya - one who works with people who've had leprosy in India - another who help provide skills training and job placement opportunities for women emerging from prostitution in Ethiopia.

They continue working with over 10 countries and over 28 different artisan groups to help empower their communities to rise out of poverty.
If you've followed along the blog train - you've gotten a chance to read more on how Noonday impacts the world

I decided that because I enjoy styling so much - I would share with you the side of Noonday that highlights how beautiful the jewelry our artisans make is, how flawlessly you can wear them together, and a couple way different ways to wear them!

As ambassadors, we had the opportunity last week to participate in a style challenge in Instagram - if you're on Instagram, look through the hashtag #noondaystyle to see more fabulous looks! We were given prompts every day to inspire our styling and here is what I chose for each day (you can click on the links below pictures to find out more about the pieces and where they are made):

"bright & bold"


I absolutely love this scarf - has every color in the rainbow in perfectly coordinating hues - really able to wear this with almost any outfit and add the perfect pop of color for fall! 

This bag is perfect for those of us who don't usually carry a large purse for every day - or for when you're out on the town and don't want to wear out your shoulder - and look at the inside!

The minty colors in the Julep earrings and Everest Wrap bracelet are just the right compliment to the bold colors in the scarf and bag.

"inspired by your style icon (I picked Zooey Deschanel)"

I was channeling my inner Zooey Deschanel - I don't really think in terms of icons but she's got fun/vintage taste and even though she doesn't usually sport many accessories this is what I think she SHOULD wear.
I seriously love the size and color of the Phoenix earrings. They are a natural shell that ranges from pink to light red and adds a great pop of color without overwhelming the outfit.
The simple elegance of the Helena necklace really ties the neckline together with the blouse and that bracelet, well - there's a reason its called the Everyday Artillery!

"that's a wrap"

Here in Tucson, our fall doesn't really start until the end of October - but you better believe I'll be bundled up in the Amhara scarf once that times comes! Its a lovely light weight, but wide, graphic and so versatile in black and white!
My arm party is donning some necklaces at the far right end! The Clustered Charm (see more on it below) was such a fun addition to the party and I will show you below how I made the Bethe Rope into a bracelet:

I'll be making a video on this someday - but hopefully this helps show you how to tie it!
I love it when I can wear something more than one way!

"unexpected favorite"

bracelets: etched bars, rosario cuff; necklaces: luganda, terracotta rope; earrings: greco

All these pieces weren't ones I thought I'd wear a ton. (especially the PURPLE, I'm NOT a purple person.) But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like them all! I've said it before and I'll say it again, why did I wait so long to get the Etched Bars bracelet? Multiple ways to wear, wonderful brassy color (my fav) - and the Rosario Cuff -  craftsmanship is impeccable! 

Who knew you could make beads out of Terracotta? They are the perfect earth tone to compliment this outfit with a chambray shirt along with the pops of purple and the wonderful gray to black hues in the Luganda.

"taking a risk"

The Paradiso - this necklace was absolutely a challenge for me - I just didn't know if it would be something I'd want to wear - but look at how perfectly it goes with my thrifted blouse?

The Octagon Hoops are my FAVORITE earring this season - great size to get noticed - but in brass, you can wear them with nearly everything! 

"oh so fancy"

One thing I love about Noonday is that so many of the pieces are easily dressed up or down.
I've worn the Erin necklace with a simple button up and it really pulls the outfit together. 

The Calypso earrings have to be a close second favorite earring of mine this season -
I'm definitely an earrings girl thru & thru and so very excited by the many beauties we have for fall!
Sofyia wrap is just great as a headpiece too!
Time to start planning a Gatsby party with my Noonday!


And now on to our giveaway!
Before I'd even gotten my pieces from this season - I picked a piece for the giveaway that I knew had some fun fall colors - I LOVE FALL - and Clustered Charm definitely has them:

To ENTER THE GIVEAWAY, comment below with your favorite piece from the new collection and why you love it AND/OR share my Noonday website ( on your Facebook with your friends and something you love about Noonday! 
Each time you comment or share you will be entered to win!

I'll be picking the winner next Friday at random! Stay tuned!

Head over to yesterday's post from Paige or this afternoon's post by Kate to keep following the blog train and the lovely giveaways and storytelling!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

coming up...

If you didn't already know, Noonday has launched their Fall 2014 Collection!

I'll be talking about the new line next week, my favorites, my challenges, as well as show ways I've styled some of the pieces - so stay tuned! 

Also - do you like this necklace? 

Well, if you do, stay tuned for my next blog post, because I'll be giving one away!

Also, follow the Noonday blog train for even more stories, styling and giveaways! 
Here's a fellow ambassador from yesterday!