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Fashion Friday: Edition fashion that gives back


Y’all are passionate about your blenders. And I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that. You are my people.

In fact, all the comments made me want to run straight to Bed, Bath and Beyond and buy a Ninja immediately. But then cooler heads prevailed and I realized I should wait until I get a 20% off coupon in the mail. However, I’m pretty sure my old blender knows I was talking bad about it because it started to leak on me this morning and made a terrible sound when I threw in some frozen blackberries.

I also saw that several of you advised me to spend the big bucks on a Vitamix. But I just can’t do it. That kind of money needs to be spent on fabulous boots or a great purse, not kitchen appliances. It goes against everything I am.

Not to mention that at some point I will certainly burn myself out on smoothies and won’t make one again for three years. That’s what I do.

Okay. Speaking of spending money, about six months ago I was looking online for some cool bracelets for a friend and ended up at Noonday Collection.

Y’all. It was love at first sight.

And the best part is that Noonday Collection is all about being an advocate for orphans. You can read the whole story here, but the bottom line is that they are giving women a way to provide income for their families. And you can read all about the artisans here.

So I became a fan of Noonday Collection. And then I found out that my friend, Paige, had become a Noonday ambassador and I emailed her and told her I absolutely wanted to feature Noonday stuff on Fashion Friday.

(By the way, this is Paige that I’ve never met in real life. But who I want to meet. Because we would totally be friends.)

Anyway, here are a few of the gorgeous things on their website.

1. dainty everyday necklace

I love this necklace. It would be the perfect thing to wear all the time. That’s probably why they call it the everyday necklace.

2. light layers necklace

This was one of my favorites as soon as I saw it. Love the layers and the colors.

3. tagua seed bracelets

These bracelets were the first thing from Noonday Collection that I ever saw and I cannot express how much I love them. They are bracelet perfection.

4. blooming chandelier earrings

So pretty.

5. embellished belt

These belts are gorgeous.

6. malachite maze earrings

Love these.

7. inca steps necklace

This is another of my very favorites. It comes in three different colors, including a turquoise color and I think we all know how I feel about that. LOVE.

8. rainy day tea towel

I realize these are towels. And towels aren’t necessarily fashion. But they’re too cute to not share them.

I mean, y’all, it’s shopping for a cause. It’s fashion that gives back. What’s better than that?

And here are a few things from other places that I liked this week. None of them have a social conscience, but they are cute.

1. color block tank

This also comes in shades of pink and coral. I love this by itself with white jeans during the summer, but it would look great with a jacket or cardigan over it too.

2. whimsical tale crochet top in pink

This is so pretty and feminine. And it’s a great house elf.

I didn’t mean to type house elf. I meant to type “price”. But we’re in the midst of Harry Potter and P was talking to me about house elves while I was trying to write.

3. grass court dress

Love the color of this. And the eyelet. I may be tempted to replace that belt with something else. Maybe one of the embroidered ones above?

4. strapless ruffled jumpsuit

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but jumpsuits are in this season. My friend Steph showed me a denim jumpsuit that I can’t quit thinking about even though it’s way above my normal price range and I’ll never buy it unless it goes on sale for 75% off.

This black one is really cute. I have nowhere to wear it. But maybe you do.

5. bcbg blue & white striped shirt

I ordered this shirt for myself last week and got it yesterday. It was a great price and I knew I’d love it with white jeans this summer.

Wow. We’ve covered a lot of ground today.

That’s it for this week.

Y’all have a great Friday.

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  1. 1

    Wish I could pull that jumpsuit off. Love the shirt you ordered.

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  3. 3

    Love, love, love the things from Noonday Collection. Going to their site right now. Thanks for showcasing them!

    Have a great weekend, Melanie!

  4. 4

    Love Fashion Friday, thank you for posting!

  5. 5

    I love the tagua seed bracelets and the blooming chandelier earrings. Great company!
    Have a great weekend!

  6. 6

    Thanks for sharing the Noonday collection — I just ordered two things! I’m a complete sucker for stuff like this — my Sunday School class teases me about my “do-good” jewelry, watches, shoes, etc! I have two dear friends involved in international adoptions at the moment, so this is close to my heart! LOVE it!

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    I love the way the jumpsuit looks but I have issues with the logistics of it. Such as what if you have to go the bathroom in a public place, you basically have to get NAKED, and then what if a fire alarm goes off while you’re NAKED in a public restroom?!? Oh the horror! I just can’t take a chance. :)

    • 8

      Amen, Sister, Amen. Been there, done that with the whole jumpsuit thing. The last time was in junior high and I did not have back fat.

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    I love you, Mel! Thank you for leaving House Elf!!! Hahahahahahaha!

    I do that, coffee….um, I mean too. :)

  9. 10

    I love all the Noonday jewelry you showcased. I am going to check it out and see if I can find something to buy for my sister for her birthday.

  10. 11

    The house elf thing threw me for a sec. I was like, “What?!” and then you totally cracked me up! Thank you for leaving that in there. I’m still laughing. I can’t stop!

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    Kate Craig says:

    laughing so hard about the house elf. that would be why I love your blog

  12. 13

    The jumpsuit… I’m sure you could pull it off (heck, it looks like a stiff breeze could pull it off)… but to me, it looks like a late 70s mashup.

    Now, if I were Sally O’Malley, I’d totally wear it. Come to think of it, I’m only a couple of weeks away from being able to use her magical line.

  13. 14

    I’m saving for a vitamix.. you can do WAY more than smoothies!! :)

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    Courtney says:

    So happy you found Noonday Collection! Like Paige, I am an Ambassador with Noonday Collection but live in Houston. So if any of you live in Houston and want to see the collection IN PERSON, let me know! AND we are launching our spring line soon….sooo…more beautiful pieces all with the same story~ providing a pathway out of poverty for artisans around the world.

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