Thanks for three years of impact with me!

Thanks for three years of impact with me!

It started with that time I felt inspired to host a Noonday trunk show.

I had a growing interest in ethical fashion, and wanted chances to engage my friends in great conversations around it. I loved the little bit I'd heard about Noonday here and there, so went to the website, typed in my ZIP code, and waited for my screen to show me a list of area ambassadors.

"We can't find this ambassador," it said. Really? Zero ambassadors near Madison, WI?

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3 ways to support friends through hardship: Jess’s story

3 ways to support friends through hardship: Jess’s story

I met my dear, dear friend Jess in September 2017, and I’m honored she’s sharing on the blog about how important community is when you are going through a hard situation, and how her experience as a Noonday Ambassador has brought joy and community beyond what she’d imagined. Read on for a peek into our sisterhood - and 3 practical ways to move beyond “how can I help?” and into action.

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Parenthood while waiting: Barbara’s adoption story

Parenthood while waiting: Barbara’s adoption story

As we continue in our series about motherhood, I’m thrilled to feature my friend Barbara. The first time we spoke, I was so touched by her story. Her heart aligns so fully with how I talk about Noonday: we need to alleviate the orphan crisis from multiple angles. Barbara champions ethical adoption, which cannot be isolated from efforts towards family preservation and orphan prevention. Read her story of the long stretch between being matched and being able to bring her child home, and parenting her son well from afar in the meantime.

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Big news: I'm on the Motherbility blogging team!

Last year, I got to know Kirsten Adshead, the woman behind a site called Motherbility. She heard about the Kind Consumer Challenge I was doing, and asked if she could profile me on her site (you can read that here). At Motherbility, Kirsten works to inspire, connect, and support moms who are running businesses, through her hire-a-mom directory, informational content, community, and more.

When she announced she was expanding Motherbility and adding a blogging team, I immediately applied - and am thrilled to share my first post with you.

Click here to read it. The post dives deeper on what I shared here yesterday: how the Rana Plaza disaster 6 years ago today led to a Fashion Revolution, and my heart to help you connect with your own ability to change the world for the better.

This morning, Kirsten and I went live on Facebook to talk about what’s new at Motherbility, Rana Plaza, my story, and the power of taking just one step to create a better world through purposeful shopping.

I’m so grateful to Kirsten for how she uses her platform and for the chance to be a part of it! Be sure to subscribe here for my style quiz and to stay in the know about future posts here and at Motherbility.

Mother's Day gift guide: meaningful & fair trade from Noonday Collection (VIDEO)

Mother's Day gift guide: meaningful & fair trade from Noonday Collection (VIDEO)

It's that time of year that many of us are thinking of Mother's Day gifts. If you're ready for a change from flowers or just browsing a store for something that catches your eye, take a look at some gift ideas that connect the moms in your life to impact around the globe. Check out ideas for single moms, traveling moms, moms with grabby kids, engravable gifts, and gift cards!

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Fair trade style for summer travel: Noonday's capsule collection [video]

Fair trade style for summer travel: Noonday's capsule collection [video]

I’ve launched my brand-new YouTube channel with a review of Noonday’s summer travel capsule collection! Take a look for an up-close look and some background on Ana, the powerhouse entrepreneur behind the artisan group who created these pieces. The work she’s doing to empower women in Guatemala is truly inspiring - and this video shares how fun it is for you to be a part of that!

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How to grow a world-changing brand: Noonday’s role in the fair trade movement

How to grow a world-changing brand: Noonday’s role in the fair trade movement

What it comes down to is this: the way to grow a socially conscious brand is through casting vision to others, and I believe that our direct sales model has been uniquely suited to making that happen. This, partnered with a focus on great designs through a collaborative process that marries U.S. trends with our artisans’ traditions and vision, has created a powerhouse brand poised to grow even more.

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How to change the world when you're tired: 10 tips for social entrepreneurs

How to change the world when you're tired: 10 tips for social entrepreneurs

For years, I’ve struggled with fatigue, anxiety, brain fog, and more. It’s improved but still affects me and made me hesitant to join Noonday. “That’s for people who have something I don’t,” I thought to myself.

I’m so glad I listened to my heart instead. I didn’t let these fears sideline me, but chose instead to believe that there’s more than one way to be a social entrepreneur. So I dove in.

But to make this work, I’ve had to learn to honor my needs and maximize the mental and physical energy I do have. In this post for Noonday’s blog, I share my 10 tips for succeeding as a tired social entrepreneur.

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A Heart for Haiti: 2 ways to help

A Heart for Haiti: 2 ways to help

Haiti is in a state of turmoil, but you can help. I often use the phrase, “Put Your Wallet to Work.” More of our wallet is in play than we may realize. For a long time I focused only on my donation money as my justice money, and believed the myth that non-profits were the only path to creating a better world. I have since learned that this approach is best done in parallel with another approach: engaging the business world too, through how we spend. You can support both social programs and ethical fashion made in Haiti by partners of Noonday Collection. Here’s how.

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How to style big earrings with other jewelry (slide show)

How to style big earrings with other jewelry (slide show)

Even if you’re already sold on wearing big earrings, maybe you’re stumped on how to style them with other pieces. While you can absolutely let your earrings speak for themselves with no necklace, I have a few tips for how to pair them with a necklace or other pieces that will add beauty without making you feel overloaded.

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Noonday Poms: The Need Inspires the Design

Noonday Poms: The Need Inspires the Design

Noonday's fair trade Wildflower Clutch not only provides a pop of color and pattern with embroidery and poms - it also provides employment for women throughout the Ayacucho region of Peru because it is handmade, reducing the need to move to find factory jobs. Click to shop and to see how the design was inspired by the unique needs of women there. There are amazing people working to provide opportunity in vulnerable communities, as well as practical ways that you can support them. That includes supporting businesses such as Hilos y Colores in Peru through Noonday Collection. And my goal is to connect you to them. Read the beautiful story behind the opportunity this piece makes possible through sustainable, fair trade fashion.

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