embracing imperfection: seven on seven

I almost bailed on this month’s 7-on-7 because I’ve been busy shooting the Spring Noonday Collection. But these are the photos I’ve been taking, so these are the photos I’m sharing even if I feel a little vulnerable about it.

I did a thing last fall. A friend invited me to see Noonday Collection at her house. I was smitten by all the beautiful earrings, bracelets, bags, all handmade. I was even more taken by the stories of the artisans who make all these beauties by hand. I loved learning about country-specific raw materials like ethically sourced water buffalo horn from Vietnam or repurposed bullet casings in Ethiopia transformed into beauty.

Everyone I’ve met who knows Noonday loves Noonday.

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If you’re not familiar, Noonday Collection is a certified B-Corporation that helps to create a fair trade marketplace for 4,500 artisans of jewelry and accessories from around the globe. I like pretty things. I especially like pretty things that help make positive change. Noonday Collection uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities — wanted, dignified jobs — in 14 less-resourced countries around the globe. The founder was recently featured in Magnolia Magazine and Forbes.

Today is the launch of Noonday Collection’s spring line and ambassadors are participating in a style challenge. I’ve only posted one of these so far on the gram, so consider this a sneak peek. (If you’re feeling really generous, pop on over to @taranoonday on Instagram and show some love for these over the next few days.) But the spring collection, as of today, is available for purchase and I’m warning you, there’s a whole lot of pretty. I’ll put a link down below, just in case.

I’m an ennegram #7 (do you know your enneagram number?) so I’m always seeking out the new but I have to say I’m super excited about this Spring Collection. The Spring Collection look book was in photographed in Antigua, Guatemala (and with Guatemalan models, so cool)! Guatemala is also home to some of Noonday’s artisan partners. I spent a month in Guatemala a million years ago studying Spanish, living with a family and volunteering in orphanages. I returned to Guatemala a few years later doing corporate social responsibility work for Aveda. I dug out a few photos from those trips. My photo skills weren’t stellar — I’m pretty sure this was point-and-shoot digital — but look at what my eye was drawn to even then. One of the (many) neato things about Noonday Collection is the way the Noonday design team works with the artisan partners to develop their traditional artisan techniques and vintage materials into products that are fashion-forward and marketable here in the United States.

Azores Earrings and Huipl luggage tag made of vintage huipl fabric and photos I took in 2005.

Azores Earrings and Huipl luggage tag made of vintage huipl fabric and photos I took in 2005.

I enjoy doing product and lifestyle photography. I do not enjoy being my own model. Noonday Collection celebrates the beauty of imperfection. In fact, Noonday Collection is imperfect by design.

“By using native and natural materials like water buffalo horn from Vietnam that varies in color from horn to horn and goat leather from India that tans over time, our artisan partners create pieces that are one of a kind in the truest sense of the word.” -Jessica Honegger, Founder, Noonday Collection

So here’s me embracing my own imperfections.

Azores Earrings (Guatemala - hand beaded earrings), Rustic Leather Wallet (India - vegetable tanned leather)

Azores Earrings (Guatemala - hand beaded earrings), Rustic Leather Wallet (India - vegetable tanned leather)

Yellow Duchess Earrings (hand rolled, hand dyed paper bead chandeliers, so light!), Paradise Pouch (vintage fabrics repurposed into a one-of-a-kind colorful clutch)

Yellow Duchess Earrings (hand rolled, hand dyed paper bead chandeliers, so light!), Paradise Pouch (vintage fabrics repurposed into a one-of-a-kind colorful clutch)

Floral Fan Necklace (India, 4,000 year old technique, each piece requires a new mold), Dhokra Earrings (India, same technique, each is unique), Polished Horn Ring (made of ethically sourced water buffalo horn in Vietnam)

Floral Fan Necklace (India, 4,000 year old technique, each piece requires a new mold), Dhokra Earrings (India, same technique, each is unique), Polished Horn Ring (made of ethically sourced water buffalo horn in Vietnam)

Arm Party - Encircled Wrap (Haiti), Dune Wrap (India), Portal Bracelet (Haiti), Terracotta Tassel (Haiti), Demi Hoops (Kenya)

Arm Party - Encircled Wrap (Haiti), Dune Wrap (India), Portal Bracelet (Haiti), Terracotta Tassel (Haiti), Demi Hoops (Kenya)

Rustic Leather Wallet, Modern Leather Tote (vegetable tanned leather) with Huipl Luggage Tag (Guatemala, vintage fabrics), and the Feliz Infinity Scarf is sold out but the Angelica - same but different colors - is available (Guatemala, hand loomed).

Rustic Leather Wallet, Modern Leather Tote (vegetable tanned leather) with Huipl Luggage Tag (Guatemala, vintage fabrics), and the Feliz Infinity Scarf is sold out but the Angelica - same but different colors - is available (Guatemala, hand loomed).

My favorites from the Spring Collection:  Marina Hoops (Hand rolled, hand dyed paper beads from Uganda), Paradise Pouch and Destiny Necklace (from the Storyline collection in partnership with the Starfish Project which helps to give women in East Asia opportunities for freedom from sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

My favorites from the Spring Collection:

Marina Hoops (Hand rolled, hand dyed paper beads from Uganda), Paradise Pouch and Destiny Necklace (from the Storyline collection in partnership with the Starfish Project which helps to give women in East Asia opportunities for freedom from sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

Limitless Hoops (Silver plated, Peru), Silver Druzy Necklace (India, sterling silver and composite druzy)

Limitless Hoops (Silver plated, Peru), Silver Druzy Necklace (India, sterling silver and composite druzy)

Our little photo circle has grown this month and I’m excited to share the beauty Jen Vasquez brings this month!

And here’s the link to my Noonday Collection online trunk show.