I’ve become a big believer in dressing for the ordinary days. Experience has shown me that not only do I look nicer when I put a little effort into what I wear, but I feel better, too.
One of my favorite ways to make sure I look pulled together–and not just clothed–in the mornings is to implement the rule of three: three pieces look more complete than just a top and a bottom. So if I’m wearing jeans and a tee, I can turn it into an outfit by adding another key piece like a scarf, cardigan, or belt.
This little rule really works and is easy to implement. Try it, you’ll see.
But then my region suffered through a heat wave last weekend, and I was reminded how the rule of three isn’t quite as easy to pull off when it’s 90 degrees and 110% humidity. It was hot, and all I wanted to wear was shorts and a tshirt. I didn’t care a whole lot about dressing for the day.
But I reminded myself that I feel better when I try a little, and I reached for a statement necklace. Because when it comes to the rule of three, they totally count.
On cooler days, or in air conditioning, I still love a pretty cardigan or a flowy scarf. But for ordinary days, a statement necklace is an easy way to look–and feel–put together, without adding heat. It looks pretty, but it also helps me tell myself that today matters, and is worthy of a little bit of effort.
A Noonday Collection Giveaway
Today I’m thrilled to host a giveaway for a $50 gift card to Noonday Collection, so you can clasp on a statement necklace of your own to look a little more put together on hot summer days.
Their jewelry is gorgeous:
Here’s a little bit about Noonday:
“Noonday is every fashionable, world changing girl’s go-to spot for distinct accessories. We use fashion to create economic opportunity for the vulnerable while also giving women here the opportunity to own their own businesses! The company was launched two years ago as a fundraiser to bring home a little Rwandan orphan, named Jack, into his a forever family in Austin, Texas. But the fundraiser quickly grew into a thriving business, and two years later, we have now seen countless men and women rise out of poverty because women are using their purchasing power to create change!”
Noonday sent me the La Jolla necklace to try, and it’s even more gorgeous in person than it is on their website (and very well made).
I’ve been making an effort these past few years to raise my percentage of ethically sourced purchases. (To learn more about the supply chain of most clothing, take a look at Elizabeth Cline’s book Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion.) As you can see from the Target shorts above, I’m far from perfect with my purchases, but I’m making progress. I love that when I buy from a company like Noonday, I can buy beautiful jewelry and help women in Uganda create sustainable income sources.
To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment. (I’d love to hear what you’d spend your $50 on if you’re the winner.)
UPDATE: The winner is tiffanyca….@yahoo.com.
Head here to “like” Noonday on facebook, where you can learn more about how the Noonday collection is made, get a peek behind the scenes of the business, and catch sneak peeks of coming products.
(I asked you all on the MMD facebook page whether you wanted a chance to win a pretty necklace or a gift card. The overwhelming answer was the gift card. To cast your vote on Very Important Decisions like this in the future, you can “like” the MMD facebook page here.)
This promotion is open until Friday, May 31, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST and is limited to those 18 years or older. The winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email. Continental U.S. only. Please respond within 48 hours to claim your prize. This post will be updated with the beginning of the winner’s email addresses.