Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Noonday Giveaway!

We have a WINNER!

Big huge congratulations to Heather Kostecki! Heather, send me a message on FB (or comment again on the blog) to confirm your email address so Rebecca can send you your voucher!

Thanks so much everyone for being part of the giveaway! This was really fun! And if you didn't win, go back to Rebecca's site and buy yourself something pretty to console yourself. I promise this is the kind of splurge you won't regret later. :)

Over the past several years, we have been really paying attention to how we spend our money. I don't mean that we are always searching for the best deal, although I do try to save money when I can. I mean we are watching what our money does after it leaves our hands. Are the foods and clothing we buy results of child or slave labor?  Are employees and workers treated fairly? Is there evidence that a company values money over people? Have I contributed to injustice or oppression in making my purchase? I want to be aware of what my money does when I spend it.

Generally, there is a higher cost to great deals.  That cheap article of clothing is cheap for a reason.  There is a low-cost retail chain with a tagline of "Life is Better" (or something like that) and it makes me want to cry. Sure, it might be better FOR ME to pay less, but what about the assembly line worker who can't afford to feed his/her children or the child who is forced to work and unable to attend school because it's the only way to feed the family? A lower price doesn't necessarily make life better for everyone.

That is why we only buy fair-trade chocolate and drink fair-trade coffee. It's why I spend more on clothing now and look for fair-trade items. And I know there are lots of ways we fail in this area. I wish we could do more but for now we do the best we can.  I was so excited when I discovered Elegantees! It's really affordable, very cute shirts and dresses sewn by women who have been rescued out of the sex trade. Their staff is all volunteer so all proceeds go directly to the women they are serving. Love them!

I have this shirt but sewed up the sleeves.
It's my favorite!

Let me be honest. I'm no fashion guru.  Until last year I mostly wore jeans and t-shirts and I've just recently started really wearing jewelry. During our adoption process, I wore the same necklace every single day. Rob bought it for me in Swaziland just before we started our adoption and I plan to give the necklace to Amani's wife on their wedding day. He grabbed it the day I brought him out of the orphanage and he broke the chain - perfect timing! And after he came home, I wore a cross from Gondar every day. I've just started changing my jewelry every day!

And then my friend Rebecca (who also introduced me to Elegantees) started talking about the Noonday Collection. I was excited to find a cool place to buy fair-trade jewelry and accessories. And I'm thrilled that I have two Noonday pieces: a bracelet from India and a necklace from Ethiopia.

Here's how Noonday works: they partner with artisans in 3rd world countries, enabling them to sell their wares in a much larger market and at prices that allow them to feed their families. When you buy a Noonday piece, you also get the story behind it. My necklace is from the Mt Entoto region of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia (I blogged about the firewood carriers here).  The women who made my necklace are HIV positive and selling their jewelry enables them to afford their medication. You know, so they can stay alive. That's exactly what I want my money to do when it leaves my hands! And on top of that, my necklace is made of reclaimed artillery shells from past wars. It is fair trade and recycled, y'all! Can you hear my heart singing?

I rock it with my red TOMS... 'cause I'm cool like that.

So I thought Noonday was pretty cool. Then I started talking to Rebecca about doing this blog post and did a little research. Not only does Noonday invest in our brothers and sisters around the world to assist them in earning sustainable wages, but they donate 10% of their profits to adopting families!!! That means they are both helping families keep and raise their children as well as helping children who desperately need parents find their way home. I don't know how it can get any better than that.

Oh wait - I know how! How about a $25 gift voucher to Noonday so you can be a part of empowering others too? That's right! Rebecca has graciously offered me a $25 gift voucher to give away (she is that awesome, y'all!) on my blog! And the fall line comes out today! Lucky us!

So here's what to do: Go to Rebecca's Noonday page, scope it out, and decide what you would spend your gift voucher on if you won. Comment here and tell me what you picked. I'll pick a random winner on Wednesday, September 4st. Don't forget to leave me your email address; Rebecca will email the voucher directly to the winner! 

Want an extra entry? Share this post (on FB, Twitter, whatever) and comment (again) telling me you did!

Me? I'm saving my pennies for my next Noonday purchase!

Embellished Belt
oh love

And I am just a teeny tiny bit obsessed with these.
Made in Ethiopia of course.


  1. I want an entry because I would love to give my amazing niece another piece of jewelry that she can one day pass on to my adorable great-niece so that the 'loving energy' will 'pay it forward'. (I'd let her pick the piece she'd most enjoy)!!!
    I'm so proud of you Kirstin - I could burst!!!
    love & big hugs,

  2. Ooohh! I really want those Nahuala trays!

    This post speaks to something that I struggle with. I realized that now - at this point in my life - my choices of where to spend are often based on convenience rather than conscience. Yikes! How did I get so lazy? Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Great post as always! I'm crossing my fingers that I win!! If I were to win what would I get, that's a hard question to answer, there are so many items that I love! I would probably get the orb cuff bracelet in silver or the Bengali sunset earrings, or maybe both! It's so hard to decide! Hoping I win, hoping I win, hoping I win....and I shared it on FB so I have doubled my chances!
    Love ya!

  4. YAY!! This is awesome!! I've been trying to wear more jewelry lately too and love their stuff. I need a new bracelet so it would be a tough decision between the Tagua Seed bracelet or the Bell Flower cuff.
    HOPE I win!!

  5. There are lots of things I would like to buy!! Maybe a paper bead necklace? Love Noonday Collection!

  6. Oh my! I love it all - I like the Paisley Earrings and the La Jolla Necklace.

  7. What a great post! :) I would probably get the Funky Paper Bead necklace because it is so bright and colorful and pretty! My kiddos at school would love it. And my own! :) Or the dots journal, because who doesn't love journals? :)

    thanks for always being thoughtful to those around you!

  8. Love this!
    I would likely buy the NAHUALA RECTANGLE TRAY - but it's so hard to decide!
    Emily Smith

  9. I absolutely love all of the jewelry! It is gorgeous, but even more wonderful is the story behind the jewelry. Hard to pick one particular piece. Bet it is even prettier in person! Thanks for sharing this and I love reading your blog!
    Sharon Fields

  10. I am in love with Annie's Feathered Earrings. Also totally love the sandals. Hope I win!

  11. I would love to get my mom the Coral Inca Step Necklace, and I shared on facebook :)

  12. I shared on Facebook as well. Thanks!!

  13. I love all things noonday, and how funny -- I just bought some samples from Rebecca! I especially like the braided bullet and goldrush necklaces, annies feather earrings, and all things fringe!

    1. LOL, Erin, it's such a small world! Do you know Kirstin?

  14. shared on twitter! here's the link:

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  16. Oh I recently found out about noonday and LOVE th bags! I would use it for that.....or earrings....or a necklace. Haha!

  17. Wow! Great items for a great cause. I would love to win, and purchase the Brightly Wound Bracelet in Mint! :)
    -Ashley Simmons

  18. I'm crazy about the gold hammered orb cuff! What a great collection!
    -Courtney Willis

  19. I love noonday! I love the On the Mark necklace, too!

  20. I love the Metallic Pearls Earrings!


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