What does the word community mean to you? Maybe you think of your family, friends, and colleagues or those who encourage and support you. Community is special, and we're so grateful for it!
Paisley + Sparrow's community is one like no other! To build this community and introduce you to other wonderful people, we'll be featuring loyal P+S supporters on the blog over the summer. So, friends, grab a cup of coffee (or your beverage of choice) and pull up a chair! Today we'll be getting to know Rachel Glover.
Hi, Rachel! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I'm a mom of three: boy/girl twins who will be five in June and a two-and-a-half-year-old boy. They keep me on my toes! I grew up in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and now live in Minneapolis.
How did you discover Jen and P+S?
Jen is the sister of a friend from college who led my freshman Bible study. I started seeing her post things on Facebook about the mission and the boutique, and I wanted to know more. I co-hosted a trunk a couple years ago, and it has been a grand love affair ever since.
Why do you love Paisley + Sparrow?
Honestly, I love beautiful jewelry (and shopping)! I decided a few years ago that I wanted to be more thoughtful about my spending and how it impacts others. For Christmas that year everything I gave was from Paisley + Sparrow. It made me so happy to know that even though I might not be personally helping HIV+ women or women in recovery from addiction or sex trafficking, I am indirectly helping them by purchasing from P+S.
Is there a part of our mission that's especially close to your heart?
I spent some time in Mozambique; while I was there, I saw the effects of HIV/AIDS. It is devastating, so I love that part of what some of P+S's partners are doing empowers women who are living with HIV.
What is your all-time favorite, go-to P+S piece?
That's a tough question. I have so many favorites! I love the Twisted Up necklace and the Knot ring. Both are super versatile and can be worn with anything, but I think my all-time favorite is the Megdes earrings. They're so delicate, but they still make a statement. Plus, I love telling people that they are made out of recycled bullet casings.
How do you style this piece?
I have a pretty basic style, but these earrings can be worn on a regular day out running errands with a t-shirt or if I'm dressed up for a rare date with my husband. I love to pair these earrings with a bright lipstick color (I'm a bit obsessed with lipstick), and they add just the right touch to whatever I'm wearing.
Can you tell us something interesting about yourself?
My love of music took me on a tour of Western Europe the summer after my junior year of high school. That was amazing and lit a fire in me to see more of the world.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I love Paisley + Sparrow, and it's been my pleasure to share that love with all of you! (And, seriously, buy the Megdes earrings!)
Rachel, thanks for sharing your story and love for P+S with us! We're so glad we could get to know you more. Thank you for being a faithful P+S advocate and making a difference with us!