4 Ways to Create a Meaningful Noonday Look
Lindsay is a Noonday Ambassador who lives in Maryland with her husband, Matt, and energetic sons, ages 6 and 3. By day, she works in higher education overseeing admissions marketing for a University. Lindsay loves how Noonday allows her to wear something with meaning wherever she goes–and today she shares how she wears her well-loved heirloom pieces alongside her Noonday favorites for a look that fuses the past and present.
“We are a sisterhood, imperfectly courageous. We believe in second tries and going scared. When we look across the globe, we don’t see strangers, we see ourselves. Her dreams matter as much as mine. So we don’t judge, we do. We don’t just talk, we act. We believe that by styling our friends, we can change the world. We are advocates in arm parties who style ourselves in authenticity and accessories, in confidence and clutches. We apologize for our mistakes: we don’t apologize for being ourselves. We assume the best in each other. By embracing our vulnerability, we create compassionate spaces of belonging for ourselves and others. Her success doesn’t diminish mine. This is more than just jewelry, it’s an invitation to join the journey. We want nothing more than for women to stand up, step into their story, and own their worth. We are better together.” – The Noonday Ambassador Manifesto
You could say that I’m a sentimental person. I like things that have meaning and that are good—really good—all the way through. And that’s why I joined Noonday after falling hard for the Ambassador Manifesto above. This, I knew, was something I could get behind. This, was something I could wear and feel empowered. Women supporting one another? Enabling human flourishing? Spanning the globe? These were words that would be part of my story.
But not my whole story. My whole story includes my past, my loved ones, my husband, my babies, my challenges, and dreams.
And that’s why, sometimes, the most powerful way to wear Noonday Collection is combining it with pieces that are all your own. For me? It’s all about a pair of tiny, simple opal studs that are just really special to me. My mom was wearing them when I was born and I made a point to wear them when I delivered both of my boys. I wear them with statement Noonday pieces all the time and it’s just such a meaningful combination for me. How could it not be? It’s a connection to my past, to my mother, and to motherhood across the world. It’s safety, strength, and love. This is the empowering feeling we should get from the things that we wear.
Here are four ideas from our Ambassador community for pairing a sentimental or meaningful piece of jewelry with pieces from Noonday Collection to create an empowering personal statement:
1. Adding family heirloom pieces that help you feel like you are carrying parts of your family with you.
“I grew up playing in my grandmother’s vanity. My grandfather traveled a lot, mostly to Asian countries, and always brought my grandma a little lovely back. There was one gorgeous opal she wore on her right hand for as far back as I can remember. Recently, her joints became too swollen from arthritis to wear it (or any rings) anymore. She began giving her jewelry away. It gives her such joy to see her granddaughters shop her vanity. I’m the oldest, so I got first pick. I chose the opal. It isn’t the most valuable dollar-wise, but it’s the most valuable to me. I love it best paired with Masterpiece. My niece is from Vietnam, and it just feels like I’m wearing my favorite parts of my family.” – Amy Sheppard Moreland
“I have a necklace featuring the key to the Fort Hays State Physics Honor Society, presented to my grandfather when he was named president. My grandmother wore this necklace all the time, and my mom and aunts presented it to me at her funeral. It pairs beautifully with Noonday’s long necklaces.” – Elizabeth Morlan Seymour
“I have an antique amber necklace from my Grandma that I love to wear with Noonday necklaces and other jewelry. The amber is priceless to me, because it represents my Grandma’s eternal legacy, while the Noonday represents the legacy that I am giving my children — advocacy. I love combining the old with the new!” – Tali Jamieson McBride
2. Wearing pieces that connect us to a place that is close to our heart.
“For me wearing anything from Uganda is sentimental because I lived there for a year when I was 15. That means any of my Ugandan Noonday or the few pairs of cow horn earrings I brought back from Uganda 16 years ago! I love wearing it and thinking of my friends there (that I still keep in touch with via Facebook!) and now of Jalia and Daniel, Noonday’s Artisan Partners, and the amazing impact they have had. As a stay-at-home mom I especially love supporting the 350 Ugandan bead rollers who work from home!!” – Tina Herschberger
“I have a jade bracelet I got in China while we were there adopting our son. I love to incorporate it into a Noonday arm party since Noonday played such a role in our adoption story.” – Allison Wade Ezell
“I have a statement necklace that was made and given to me in Alaska, my summer home for seven years. It is a part of my story, just as I love sharing the stories behind my Noonday pieces as well.” – Shandra L. Nelsen
3. Layering phrases, symbols, and initials that are meaningful to you
Many of my fellow Ambassadors shared that to create a multi-layered look, they pair their Noonday pieces with jewelry inscribed with words like Inspire and Flourish, the initials of their children, along with birthstones.
4. Parlor Earrings for the win
Noonday’s Parlor Earrings, handmade in Peru, are a perfect way to combine old and new. Ambassador Christina Allen explains that for ladies with a special pair of earrings such as diamond studs, pearl studs, or any small studded earring, the adjustable Parlor Earrings are a perfect match. Just swap out the Parlor Earrings’ gold teardrop studs for your favorite pair of studs to create a beautiful new look.
“They look gorgeous with small diamond studs. My customers love that they can incorporate their heirloom pieces with Noonday.” – Christina Wernli Allen
Meet Lindsay Thompson
Lindsay lives in Maryland with her husband, Matt, and energetic sons, ages 6 and 3. By day, she works in higher education overseeing admissions marketing for a University. Lindsay is also a photographer, aiming to capture love in her images and remind people just how beautiful (and awesome!) they are. As a new Ambassador—joining Noonday in March—Lindsay is intrigued by the business, leadership, and life lessons available from a company focused on doing good. She loves a mix of old and new, the local farmer's market, real butter, and is an on-again-off-again yogi. She’s an introvert who loves people, a recovering over-thinker, and soup might actually be her love language. You can find her at lindsaycaroline.com.