Giddy

Weeks have past since we first told you about Noonday Collections and what the future holds. Oh how it still feels like yesterday.

We apologize for the long delay in uploading items, we just wanted to make sure everything was perfect. You know what they say “First Impression are Everything.” We hope you ladies enjoyed those special pieces as much as we enjoyed making and designing them. Alicia and I were one of you Platinum shoppers last night, as we both stayed up late refreshing the pages to see if our items sold. It was amazing to watch, as everything disappeared in seconds. You ladies really love Platinum, huh? (Insert chuckle)

I just wanted to say thank you on behalf of Alicia, Kiara and myself. We are one step closer to our goal, and we are tickled to death.  THANK YOU!!!

Alicia, Kiara and I had our first conference call with Jessica from Noonday Collections last Friday and feel even more excited (If that is possible) about our trip. I was going to blog more about it today but feel Jessica really nailed it.

 You know Noonday Collection has had me jumping off many cliffs. Helping to start this sewing group in Rwanda is one of them! My friend Jennifer said the women in her neighborhood had one main need- work- and could Noonday help facilitate them learning a skill that could provide them with a meaningful job? Below you can see me meeting these women. To me, they represent Jack’s biological mom. I will never know the woman who brought me the most precious of gifts, but partnering with these women, in particular, helps me somehow feel connected to her

 But I am not going to lie- sitting in Jennifer’s house in Rwanda that day saying “I hope we can provide a marketplace for your goods,” took some faith. I sent out an email asking you all to help send them through school. And you sponsored them within 24 hours (you know who you are and YOU are awesome!).  Ugh- oh- this was for real! Their graduation would come quickly, what should we do next?

Meet Matilda Jane. Matilda Jane has been clothing our Amelie in their whimsical style since she could fit into their clothes (there she is below in her first MJC). I posted a little something on our Noonday Facebook page about us being a perfect fit and, providentially, Denise- the head honcho at Matilda Jane got wind of it. We started emailing, they “happened” to be doing a shoot in Austin, so we got together over margaritas at Chuy’s .

Denise takes great delight in seeing other people’s dreams come true. Three of the girls on her MJC team were dying to go to Africa. Denise was determined to see this become a reality for them while also helping Noonday create a path out of poverty for these new seamstresses. We are giddy to announce the “in the works” Matilda Jane for Noonday Collection accessories line currently in the dream stage. If you want to help send the MJC girls over to Rwanda, then shop the Platinum Collection. Sales from this line will send them on the trip where they will collaborate with our new seamstresses to knock your socks off with some fun new accessories (to be launched Fall 2012)!

Jennifer had a dream for the women in her neighborhood to work, the women in her neighborhood had a dream for a better life, I had a dream to partner with the women where Jack was born, Denise had a dream to get her team to Africa, and the MJC girls’ dream of getting to Africa is around the corner! Want to dream with us? Host a trunk show, consider becoming an Ambassador, and purchase our products. You can be a part of many women’s dreams becoming a reality. Look what happens when women dream! 

 

Now, if you have time,  head over to her blog and check out the video. I am warning you it, will put you in tears. Happy tears, that is.

For those of you who didn’t get a chance to snag one of our pieces, keep checking back to the Platinum website. We will upload once a week and the items that will fund our trip can be found under the “giving” tab.

I don’t know how many times I can say thank you in one post, but here it is one more time

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

XOXO

Kayla

     
Rechelle Christie - February 8, 2012 - 12:49 pm

This is so wonderful! Congrats on being a part of such a terrific and rewarding project.

Shanna S. - February 8, 2012 - 3:12 pm

The pieces were amazing and cannot wait to check out the other blog. Thank you for sharing the journey with all of us!

Amy Engelsman - February 8, 2012 - 3:12 pm

As a mother who is currently on the emotional journey of adopting from Africa…this touched me in a big way. What a wonderful way to give back to a people who have meant so much to you.:)

Melissa allesi - February 8, 2012 - 3:25 pm

Glad it went so quickly but are there any pictures anywhere for those of us not fast enough to see them?

Sandi - February 8, 2012 - 4:00 pm

This is awesome! Way to go out and do some good!

Hope Boyce - February 8, 2012 - 4:04 pm

Kayla, Sha, and Kiara – I got a late start last night, but I was so excited to snag a belt and an apron!! Yay!! Sha said she was refreshing like crazy so you know how it feels! Such a great cause … and how fun for you guys … Denise gets a big hug {Denise} for giving you guys such a special gig! I’m sure we aren’t the first customer to think of this, but I bought a apron for one of grandies for Christmas (to match her Mommy’s) and she wore it as a pinafore with straightees and a tee under it … too cute! We used a Matilda Jane button (from a mesh bag) to make the neckline smaller! Hugs, Mama Hope

Jenine Weinstein - February 9, 2012 - 12:40 pm

OMG, that video had me in tears. So glad I now know the roots of Noonday. Going to give them lots of support. Thank you so much for partnering with them to help these women. What an amazing and beautiful gesture.

Lil - February 9, 2012 - 8:10 pm

I got the air pretty.. I had another lady catch it and me pay for it. I had to have it and I not crazy about hairbows. :) thanks!

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