I have a confession. I'm obsessed with jewelry. Oh, and bags and scarves, too.
Confession number two: I'm obsessed with slow fashion, with being more intentional about my wardrobe and where it all comes from.
These obsessions are not something I've talked a lot about, or ever, really. I've never felt girly or hip enough to talk about fashion or jewelry. And I feel like I'm still such a baby on my own journey with slow fashion; why should I have anything to say about the matter?
But recently my obsession worlds are colliding, and I've decided to get out of my comfort zone and share it all with you, dear reader. So here we are.
About a year ago, a friend of mine started posting on her social medias about a company called Noonday Collection. It made sense for her to post about such things. She's a lead actress in a show in Vegas. She's gorgeous. Always very fashionable. And this was something to do while she wasn't performing.
When I dug a bit deeper into her posts I noticed that it was different than your average company. This company had a mission. This company empowered women. This company changed the lives of people and families all over the world by providing jobs and healthy working conditions. AND their products were beautiful and totally my style.
Over the next few months, this little voice kept nudging me saying, "You should work with Noonday. You would love this. It would do a lot of good." I would quickly respond to myself with, "I couldn't pull that off. I would sound silly selling jewelry. I don't even like selling things. I don't need the income. And is this company even for real?"
I eventually talked to said friend about it, felt even better about it, and then did nothing for a few more months. At the end of February, I finally took the leap and signed on as a Noonday Ambassador, but then did nothing, still hesitant about it all.
Eventually, I decided to test the waters and do a few trunk shows. Seeing how much people loved the products, how moved they got by the story behind each product, and noticing how much I loved talking about it, changed everything.
The more I research Noonday (and other ethical companies) and where most jewelry, accessories, clothing, etc. come from, the more excited I get to be an ambassador for change. For creating an opportunity to enjoy the things we love already while helping others create a life they love, as well. To be involved in the slow fashion and pass it on.
That is why I'm finally getting the courage to write about and promote what I'm up to. Today, it's about Noonday. Keep checking the blog to hear about my thrift store adventures and what I have brewing for my Fall/Winter wardrobe. THAT topic is even more out of my comfort zone! Woo hoo!
I'll be posting occasionally on Instagram (@naturallyrandikay) and snapchat (therandikay) about Noonday, as well as my other adventures on this topic, but my intention is to not to be in your face about it. Just to let you know what is here for you.
I highly recommend heading over to their website to learn more, but here are some fun facts quoted from noondaycollection.com.
"Today we partner with 20 artisan businesses in 12 countries. We develop artisan businesses through fair trade, connecting them to a growing marketplace and empowering them to make a difference in their communities.
Our collection is handcrafted by 4,000 Artisans. We empower artisan businesses to create jobs in some of the world's most vulnerable communities. Artisans are able to earn a dignified, reliable income through their work.
Our impact reaches nearly 20,000 family members. When Artisans earn a sustainable income, they are empowered to provide for their families.
Adoption Trunk Shows celebrate and support adoptive families. Over the last 5 years, Noonday Collection has given over $250,000 to help more than 1,600 adoptive families bring their children home. "
I mean, what's not to love about aaaalllll of that!?!
I know that selling fair trade products may not save the world, but it can make it a better world to live in, so I'm in. I hope you are, too
Until next time,
Take good care.