Shop Local. Think Global. Nicole France-Coe for Noonday Collection.

I learned that entrepreneurship was sustainable and aid was not.
Fair Trade. Female Entrepreneurship. Shop Local, Think Global. Beauty. Sustainability. Faith. Handmade. Noonday Collection & The Noonday Story tell the story of one woman’s, Jessica Honegger’s (co-founder), love. Love for family & faith. Love for sustainability. Love for beauty. To read about her transformation into globally-inspired humanitarian, businesswoman, and Noonday Founder, read About the Founder. An intricate relationship between creativity, business, & faith, it is absolutely evident that the Noonday Fair Trade Trunk Shows extend from “family, community, [and] intentionality.”

I played soccer & attended primary/secondary school with Nicole. One year older & generations wiser (than everyone), always she was a rock within our team and throughout our social circles. A paradigm of strength, beauty, & inspiration, I know there is not one person who has crossed her path who could say differently.

A mother and Noonday Ambassador, herself, I encourage you to begin your holiday shopping here. In her own words, Nicole describes Noonday and it’s Fair Trade policy as such:

 we develop relationships with the artisans behind the jewelry and accessories we offer, paying a fair and just wage, collaborating and learning their stories to share with the customers here in the US…it is certainly a more just way to shop and be fashionable!


Absolutely, this could not be closer to the truth. While these jewelryprices surpass those of anything offered, say, Forever21, they also trump the originality of, say, Anthropologie. The richness of Home & Gift and Accessories is unparalleled. Both in story, quality, & in beauty, Noonday is richer. For anyone—mother, daughter, friend, wife, girlfriend, grandmother–interested in inspired jewelry with equally as inspired stories, both steeped in fairness & sustainability, you must contact Nicole. Her Noonday Collection speaks the language of 10,000 lives changed forever.  
Dainty Everyday
Mediterranen Sea Necklace 
Light Layers Necklace (Seagreen)
Evening Horizon Necklace
Bone Carved Polygon Necklace
Inca Steps Necklace (Coral)
Angular Earrings
Bengali Sunset Earrings
Blooming Chandelier Earrings
Crocheted Juxtaposition Earrings
Looped Drop Earrings
Mediterranean Sea Earrings
Carved Cuff
The Louvre Bangle
Tagua Seed Bracelet (Seagreen)
Escalera Block Bracelet
Embira Seed Bracelet
Crocheted Bracelet
Animalito – El Pollo
Handmade Stationary
Ruffles iPad Cover
Cups: Fiesta (White + Red); Gallina (Blue) Set of 2
Nahuala Oval Tray
Wola Nani Bowls (Set of 3)
Phuket Shoulder Bag Sale (Purple)
Patchwork Clutch
Hamaca Scarf
Grey Whispers Cowl
Cuzco Wrap
Fireside Hand Warmers
(Not Pictured: Belts, Sandals, Hats)
All orders placed by Dec 16 will make it in time for Christmas!!
Shop Local. Think Global.
Nicole France-Coe for Noonday Collection.

Shop Local. Peppermint & Small Business Saturday #ROC .

Small Business Saturday.
Hair Bows. Peppermint.
Not to be confused with the amazing Bow Ties. (In the back.)
Small Biz Sat, the day after Black Friday & 2 days before Cyber Monday, is your chance to support the local, emerging, & growing economies in your neighborhood. Normally shop for veg at the grocery store? Try your local farmers’ market. Looking for unique holiday gifts? Hop to a hip boutique. Looking for a tasty bite to eat … other than some turkey?? Mom ‘n’ Pop restaurant is the way to go. To those of us still standing after the Grey and Black deluge of retail that flooded our stores as the tryptophan sank-in: Remember this one thing…

Doesn’t have to be Small Business Saturday 
for an excuse to Shop Local.
Classic Cameo. Edgy Cameo.
Exactly what Peppermint’s all about. (I bought two!)
In fact, I shopped today, Black Friday 2012. Great thing about boutique shopping (aside from it is awesome) is that stores are not necessarily overrun. Or, while certainly busier, definitely not death-defying. So, let me tell you about one of the best & newest boutiques in Rochester.
Envelope Purse. Holiday Wish List 2012. 
Want that blue baby with the yellow! … But any will do.
I am absolutely obsessed & infatuated in all senses of the words. For one, Tanvi,  owner of Peppermint, partners with local artisans to bring you the most unique and beautiful in meaningful jewelry. For two, Tanvi, designer of fashion apparel, designs several of the dresses & apparel items herself. SHE DESIGNS THEM HERSELF. THEY ARE ONE-OF-A-KINDS. MADE IN NEW YORK CITY. ONLY 6 PER DESIGN TOTAL. That is domestic. That is diva. I love her designs.
Love at First Sight (online) with this Lace Peplum.
Look Closely or Look Above … Classic Cream Cameo.
Owner & designer Tanvi brings such freshness & class to all that she does, from Peppermint’s hip/quirky/vintage/classic style to the bright/clean/luminous space of her store, that it’s easy to continually shop for more. Not only did Tanvi remember that the last time I shopped, I was in-recovery from a migraine & so, this evening, asked if I felt better, but aslo, she offered advice for a dress on which I could not decide. I’ll be honest with you. I promise. Absolutely, I believed. And, I am so glad that I did.
Pics doesn’t do this justice.
Love that it’s Asian-inspired. Perfect w a Skeleton Cameo.
Finally, friends: parting gifts. Tanvi, every now & again, subtly sneaks a gift bag into your own. During Rochester’s Fashion Week it was a full-on grab bag filled with goodies. This evening, a complimentary strand of Birds of Paradise to brighten the holiday season. What’s more? She consistently interacts with patrons via social media (Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram).  Check out the pic of my ugly sweater on her Facebook homepage! If that’s not dedication to the community that she serves, then someone, please, find me a Webster.
Tanvi via Insty.
Complimentary & Beautiful Birds of Paradise.
So. For all of your holiday finds, indulgent dreams, & Small Business Saturday sprees, Shop Local & Shop Peppermint. (The website is good, but the store, incredible. So go!)
Something for everyone.
Bit of whimsy for we older souls.
Be Pepperminty.