Guest Post: Finding Everyday Beauty in Jewelry & Life

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 is passionate about editing her life to patch her priorities and empowering others to do the same. Today on the blog, Lindsay’s talking about the importance of finding beauty in the everyday as an antidote to life in a chaotic world.

All photos by Abby Shepard Photography

When the world feels loud or broken, one of my favorite ways to find joy is to seek the beauty in the everyday. When I look around and notice the mundane and the magnificent, I find that the best treasures are easily overlooked—humble or hidden gems.

For me, beauty is sometimes small and quiet, like the scent of steeping tea. It is the way the morning light streams through our perfectly average bathroom and picks up the mist of the shower in an almost-magical way. It’s the way a single golden leaf and a handful of fallen acorns signal the beginning of autumn. Finding joy in the everyday, for me, might mean noticing the particular shade of green of a Granny Smith apple, the deep berry-colored wine swishing in my glass, and the intricacy of a sunflower bloom. I always feel better when I slow down enough to notice these things, don’t you?

Sometimes, seeking beauty means going on an adventure.

In Delaware, there is a cape where the bay meets the ocean. As summer was beginning to wind down, my husband and I jumped (truth, I jumped; he obliged) at the chance to spend the day at the beach and meet up with a fellow photographer there for a shoot. The state park is a wonderful place for visiting the beach, exploring nature, and camping, but as we walked the short way to our shoot destination, we quickly became the only souls in sight.

On the Cape Henlopen Walking Dunes trail, set away from the water, we seemed to be transported to an entirely new location—a world all our own. The wild, vast landscape provided a stunning backdrop for our photos and filled me with gratitude for our ability to perceive beauty. Sand and sky. Simple and striking—and you’d better believe I wore the Dune Necklace from Noonday’s Fall Collection.

It’s easy to understand why wearing Noonday has a way of reminding me to look for and celebrate beauty. Humble materials—from wood and terra cotta beads to ethically sourced horn, carefully rolled paper, and string gathered into a tassel. Upcycled bullet casings melted into jewelry. The materials are simple, and yet—when collaboratively designed and fairly traded—the result is stunning through and through. When it comes to Noonday, each bead and stitch represents so much more. Style made with love, spreading hope and joy.

Rachelle in Haiti

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.

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