Talking to Myself (and a Noonday Collection Giveaway)

Talking to Myself (and a Noonday Collection Giveaway)

Talking to Myself

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.

Talking to Myself

Chambray shirt: Stitch Fix // Shorts: Target // La Jolla Necklace: Noonday Collection // Sunnies (old): Banana Republic 

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 heatIt 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:

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inca steps necklace

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cubist cuff

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zoe necklace

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…

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.

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  1. Melissa says:

    I love so many of their necklaces and earrings that it would be hard to choose! Thank you so much for sharing! Finding it hard to get past the two items too, but I know it’s worth it!

  2. Caitlin says:

    I totally agree that statement necklaces should count towards the 3rd item in the rule of three. I”ve been practicing that rule, and I agree, it really helps!

    I would love to get the Unpredictable Necklace if I won the giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity!


  3. Erin D. says:

    i LOVE noonday! the la jolla necklace is lovely and would go with so much. i’m kind of obsessed with the blue shalom necklace or those coral/neon crocheted earrings — i definitely would not have a problem picking something out! thanks so much for the opportunity!!!

  4. Erin says:

    Everything is beautiful — and they have so many choices. I love the Kampala with Love Necklace. The tea towels are beautiful as well!

  5. I love the Zoe necklace you have pictured. I’ve been trying to streamline my wardrobe into color families for each season (which turns out to be much easier said than done); my goal for summer is to have everything based on navy and white with bright, bold accents (think turquoise and coral). It’s still a work in progress, but this jewelry would be a step in the right direction!!

    • Anne says:

      I’ve heard that choosing a specific color scheme makes it sooo easy to get dressed in a snap and look really nice to boot, but I haven’t been disciplined enough to try it. Your color families sound beautiful!

  6. Sara says:

    Glad to know about Noonday! I’ve also been trying to make more ethical clothing/jewelry purchases lately. My most recent jewelry purchase was a necklace from a Missouri-based business on Etsy. Beads made from locally sourced clay, though no doubt not all of the supplies were made in MO….

  7. Amanda says:

    My daughter thinks I should have more big, bright necklaces but I think I’d go with the sparkly bracelet. It would dress up my little black dress for sure!

  8. Jill Talbert says:

    My sister purchased a necklace and bracelet from Noonday for me on my birthday and I love them! They’re very well made!

  9. Julie B says:

    I like the festival necklace, and the sterling circles necklace – there are so many neat ones! I am a fashion loser, but am going to try implementing the Rule of Three to pick up my game. Thanks!

  10. jessica says:

    I would get the same La Jolla necklace you are wearing in that super cute outfit!
    I love the way the colors pop and could totally use a statement necklace like that in pulling together some everyday outfits of my own.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. jessica says:

    I entered the the wrong email address, but i would still love to win the La Jolla necklace!

  12. JJ says:

    I really like the blue and red necklace in the top photo. How wonderful for the people of Africa. I agree with another comment that I never enter contests but love that this one is not all about us.

  13. Courtney says:

    Whew! Got here just in time. I recently discovered you thanks to your summer reading list (which I love!) and then this Noonday Collection post caught my eye because I (heart) Noonday Collection! I have a couple of their bags, and would love another one. Since you’ve got me thinking about statement necklaces, the Dewdrop and the Olivia would be wonderful. I agree with your rule of three – I always feel better when I’m “dressed” even if I’m only going to the grocery store with kids in tow. Thanks for what you are doing here – I’m enjoying it!

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