Monday, June 4, 2012

About The Necklace

When you satisfy the needs of the oppressed, your night will become like the noonday. Isaiah 58:10

A few weeks back I was offered the opportunity to spread the word about Noonday Collection. They wanted to send me a necklace. Well, I'm not a big necklace sort of girl. I wear the same silver chain and the same leather cuff almost every day. I can't be bothered to switch it all up, like I used to.

But I clicked their link, which lead me to this, the Dulce necklace, hand-crafted by artisans in Ecuador.  It was so unexpected and so positively me. Of course I loved it.

Then I read their story, and I was hook, line and sinker. Here are two women creatively using their passions and talents to care for the orphans and the oppressed. They are helping to fund adoptions. They are providing an income for women living in extreme poverty, which in turn allows the women to continue to care for their children.

"Our passion at Noonday Collection is to connect you with the lives of artisans struggling for a better future while styling you along the way." 

This is the sort of thing that makes me want shout into an old-school megaphone. I like being reminded that God values our creativity, that He invented beauty.

Yeah, there's always that thin line separating what we want and what we need. To me, it usually feels complicated and hazy, because on the one hand, I don't need 90% of the things that I have. But on the other hand, I'm not quite ready to commit to potato-sack frocks or turn Amish.

Companies like Noonday Collection seem like a pretty fantastic solution for the girl who might like a bit of candy about her neck.

Twisted Necklace

Bouquet Necklace 

(Two of my faves.)

I dreamed of pairing the Dulce with a my white tuxedo button-down or a t-shirt perfectly scaled in navy stripes. In the end, my stripes were gray, and a bit on the fat side, if you really must know.

I felt extra-fancy. I adore the pop of gold and the weight of the tagua seeds. (You heard me right, those beauties are hand-carved and polished tagua seeds. You know the ones.)  It is perfection.

Right after Cory snapped this shot of Holly and I, I had him zoom in for a close-up of Dulce and her hexagonal wonderment. And because I knew I would want to know, I also had him capture the rest of the look.

And by "look", I mean:

Frazzled Gap jeans with wonky cuffs, $5 clearance Target sandals from last summer, a pink belt and my bag, which happens to be a TJ Maxx golden oldie. The shirt is TJ, too, from 3 years ago.

Oh, and sunglasses up on my head. And misbehaving hair.
So, you see I use the term "look" loosely.

Be honest, you're a little disappointed.

Perhaps I should have left it at this and called it a day.

Noonday Collection