We are huge fangirls of Austin-based company Noonday Collection (no surprise to any of you that know us) and have been advocating for our ambassador friends since the company’s beginning! Noonday Collection is a fair-trade business that uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world. It partners with artisan entrepreneurs in the developing world, empowering them to grow sustainable businesses and to create dignified jobs that allow Artisans to earn sustainable, reliable incomes. If you haven’t heard about Noonday before, get ready, because we will be talking about them a lot.
We are so thrilled that Jessica is joining us here on the blog today! She is Noonday Collection’s Founder and Chief Dreamer. Jessica spends her days inspiring others to live lives of purpose—from empowering Noonday’s Ambassadors to be powerful storytellers and stylists, to visiting and encouraging their Artisans partners across the globe. It truly is an honor to have her here.
We love your sense of style! Who are you inspired by in fashion?
I always look to Mara Hoffman for inspiration. She has a great eye for color! I have also been very inspired by Chanel and Custo Barcelona, who were big inspirations for our current Spring line.
Tell us how Noonday got started.
I started Noonday as a fundraiser to adopt my son from Rwanda. I began selling jewelry in my home and hosted some of Noonday’s first trunk shows. Women fell in love with the style and story of Noonday Collection and I began to dream much bigger than a fundraiser! I soon partnered with a friend, Travis Wilson, who is passionate about social entrepreneurship and experience in building businesses. Together we dreamed of starting a business that would alleviate poverty through entrepreneurship. That dream is Noonday Collection!
We’ve seen you post about how Noonday has led to your whole family flourishing and it has been so good for us to hear about that! Could you tell us more?
Yes, my whole family has been. During my first few years of leading Noonday, I struggled with a lot of mom guilt. I would look at my friends and other mothers and what they were doing and comparing myself to them. I myself often was the one judging others, along with judging myself. I assumed that all the energy I poured into Noonday meant that my kids would suffer and end up in therapy for life somehow because of me. However, what I have learned, though, is the opposite. First, we have to stop the comparison game. We are all running our own race, each in our own lane. My life may look different than yours, and that may look different from another. No one is doing it “wrong” or “right.” For myself and my family specifically, I learned that my work contributes to my family’s flourishing. The creative power God gave me to build a business doesn’t come at my family’s expense. It has been incredible to watch my family learn and grow through Noonday.
Tell us about empowering women through your business model and how they make a real difference in their communities.
We launched the Ambassador Opportunity as a way to invite and empower women across the US to launch Noonday businesses in their communities. We partner with artisan businesses in developing countries that create opportunity for women who are vulnerable, allowing women to earn a sustainable income and become leaders in their communities. It has been amazing to watch this community grow and to watch women empower other women across the globe. Neither Ambassador nor Artisan could do their job without the other. It’s such a beautiful story!
What is a helpful tip that you could give us as we learn more about ethics and style?
Just jump in! You don’t have to have it all figured out. You can start by hosting a Noonday Trunk Show!
If you could give one fashion tip to all of the women out there, what would you tell them?
Get out of your comfort zone! Try on that statement necklace you’re not sure you can pull off, pile on an extra bracelet. You’ll surprise yourself.
Thanks so much for joining us Jessica! We love what you have to say!
And now, we be giving away the Sunburst Necklace which is definitely one of our favorites from Noonday’s newest line! We really fell in love with this necklace after watching Noonday Style School, Episode 1, where Hilary and Jesse explained that the Sunburst Necklace falls into one of the essential six necklace categories, the illuminator, a light reflecting necklace. We think it is super versatile; it will go with just about anything, from a t-shirt to a fancy dress!
Please enter to win the Sunburst Necklace by using the giveaway interface below. You can enter once a day with the Facebook and Twitter entry options, so come back and enter again to raise your chances of winning! Contest ends at Midnight CST on Sunday, June 28th. Good luck!
Giveaway ends June 28th at 11:59 PM CST. Open to Residents of the US only. Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by email. Winner have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. Our opinions are our own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to dresswelldogood.com and dresswelldogood.com alone. We do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.