Welcome Emily!

We have a new member in our Twangy Nation! Come in an welcome our sweet & beautiful new team member, Emily! We are so happy that she has joined us!


Check out Emily’s blog:http://www.emilyhart.ca/

absolute kindness


The other day in our sweet little purple shop, a lovely customer surprised me with an act of absolute kindness.  I am still basking in the glow of her generosity.  I do not know her name but I wanted to share the love & gratitude that I feel!

She was trying on one of my personal favourite pieces of jewellery; I thought it would look fabulous on her.  She ducted into the change room to check it out & was not 100% certain that it was her style.  Upon checking out, she decided to purchase the piece.  When our transaction was all complete; items wrapped in tissue, jewels tucked into handmade little bags & financial exchanges finished, she turned, grabbed the bag with the jewels and handed it to me.  A gift.

I was shocked to the point of not knowing what to say, and if you know me, you know this is a big deal!!!

This was a such an act of total sweetness and in the aftermath my heart is warmed & I feel really special.  I would love to thank her deeply for the kind gift.  It also serves to remind me how generosity can touch the hearts of others.  I am excited for the moment when I get to share her gift by treating someone in the same way.

Thank you.  Kindness.

PS:  the photo shows this most sparkly awesome head piece with the happy receiver.

Twangy Nation

hot on hereford 2013

In the month of June, Twang & Pearl celebrated the 2nd annual Hot on Hereford Summer Makeover, Soirée & fashion show.  This fun event was held in conjunction with Evolve Studios & with great support from Salt Spring Vineyards.

This year the event fundraised for a very local cause ~ the Young Designers Scholarship Fund.  The scholarship has been created with the idea of supporting Salt Spring youth and will be awarded to graduating student of the 2014 class who is interested in pursuing a career in beauty, fashion or home decor.  We really hope to grow this scholarship fund and continue with it year after year.

Throughout the month of May & June, Twang & Pearl with Evolve Studios accepted nominations for a lovely Salt Spring woman who deserved to be treated to a Hot on Hereford Spring Makeover.  A “Hot on Hereford” makeover includes hair styling & make up by Evolve Studios, outfitting at Twang & Pearl plus hair & nails done by Esthetics by Penny.  We had many great applications, but one stood out among all others!

Our very honoured winner was Sandy Gueddes, who was nominated by our friend Kelda Logan.  Sandy was the most fabulous, gracious & deserving winner of our makeover.  If you are lucky enough to meet her, you can ask her about her story which is filled with love, gratitude & amazing moments but also with sadness.  It was amazing both to get to meet Sandy & treat Sandy!

Pictured above are Sandy’s before & after shots, a picture of Erin from Evolve during the make over stage & the nervous (pre fashion show) Sandy with her friends.

The evening of our event, we were all set up at Twang & Pearl for our Soiree!  The friendly greeting at the door was by both Bonnie & Penny who were bindi -izing everyone & Hannah who was photographing & signing up guests to a part of our Twangy Nation.  Heidi from Salt Spring Vineyards generously provided wine tastings, we had delicious little cupcakes by Christine of Dinner’s Ready & an amazing line up of door prizes from all of our amazing supporters:  Mia Melon, Evolve Studios, Cafe Talia, la pistole, Rock Salt Restaurant & Cafe, Ganges Yoga Studio, Smart Cookie, Bug by Sean Goddard, Yoga Jeans & a gift certificate for Esthetics by Penny.  Thank you to all!

During our fashion show we featured our winner, Sandy, followed by a great line up of summer outfits to themes such as “look for the office”,  ”weekend get away”, “beach babe”, “cocktail party”, “summer bbq” & “the festival” look.   Our three models were absolutely fabulous; Kelda Logan, Linda Underwood & Kat.  The organizer of the fashion was the talented Heather Fox!

Overall, our evening was a great success & a great time was had by all!  We love our friends, customers & neighbours that came out to help make the evening a smashing success!  Cheers to next year……see you there.

You’re Invited

Can you hear the patios of Salt Spring Island calling?  That means summer is near, and with it so is Twang & Pearl’s annual Summer Soiree. For those of you who’ve attended in the past, you know that means a whole lotta fun, fashion & frivolity (oh and free stuff for the lucky door prize winners and discounts for all attendees!). Plus, of course, the BIG REVEAL of our HOT ON HEREFORD MAKEOVER GIVEAWAY.

This year we’re also launching our Fashionista Scholarship Fund with our swish neighbours at Evolve Studios.  Salt Spring Vineyards will also be on hand to let us sample their fabulous Salt Spring wines!

It’s a sweet way to launch yourself into the warm days of summer. And you might just find yourself a new outfit for a stylish entry. We’re really excited and hope to see you all there!

nominate someone you love





















Do you know a Salt Spring woman who gives a lot but does not take time for herself?  Do you have a friend that is in desperate need of a style makeover?  Do you need help making your inner beauty shine through?  Nominations are open for the second annual Hot on Hereford Summer Makeover.

Twang & Pearl and Evolve Studios have teamed up again to treat a deserving Salt Spring woman to a “hot” summer makeover.  One lucky Salt Spring Islander will be the recipient of make-up & hair by Evolve Studios, a new outfit & styling advice by Twang & Pearl plus a manicure & pedicure from Esthetics by Penny.

This year all proceeds from nominations will be going to the new “Fashionista Scholarship”  to be awarded to a graduating GISS grad of the 2014 class.  Twang & Pearl in conjunction with Evolve Studios wanted to create a locally inspired fund and decided to award monies to a grad interested in pursuing a career in home design, fashion or beauty.

If you would like to nominate a woman for the Hot on Hereford Summer Makeover you will need to swing by the shops or email info@twangandpearl.com or hq@evolvestudios.com for your copy of the application form.

The big reveal with take place at Twang & Pearl’s annual summer party & fashion show on Thursday June 20th, 2013.  Nominations are open from now until June 15th, 2013.

Nomination Fee: Minimum $10 donation

With all proceeds benefitting the Fashion and Design Scholarship Fund to be awarded annually to one of Salt Spring’s own aspiring fashionista.

Come ‘Soiree’ With Us

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year this week since Salt Spring Island welcomed Twang & Pearl with open arms, aplomb and splash of merriment at our Grand Opening Soiree.  Our winter 2011 purchasing trip to India, when the Twang & Pearl store was a but a gleam in our eyes, seems like yesterday, despite the fact that we’ve been back to India once since.  Those were exciting and happy times, and here’s a picture of Joe and I on Valentine’s Day (after our container was packed and ready to sail home to Salt Spring), loving life in the Keralan backwaters, to prove it.

Most of the uncommonly beautiful finds from that trip and the next have made their way into the homes and hearts of our admirers, both from Salt Spring and afar.  That alone is reason enough for celebration, and who better to celebrate with, than you our fans!  Our Grand Opening Soiree was so much fun, we decided to host a repeat performance for our one year Anniversary, on Thursday, June 21st from 6 to 9 pm.

Auntie Pesto’s and Mistaken Identity Vineyards will be back with their tasty tidbits and lovely libations. Back too will be the discount hat for those wishing to shop.  This Soiree we’re also putting on a mini fashion show to showcase some our feature fashion & accessories.  Plus there will be door prizes and the REVEAL of our HOT ON HEREFORD SUMMER MAKEOVER.  We styled the winner this afternoon, and we have to say we’re all pleased as punch with the results.

We’re also very excited to have partnered up with The Giving World Foundation to raise money for women & children needing a helping hand up (not hand-out) in India for this event.

Hope to see you at the purple house on Hereford Avenue to soiree with us!


Ode to Twangers

Dear Twangers near and far,

An ode to our fab staff … this is who we are:

Sweet Amy, warm hearted and the ‘baby’ in our family, she comes by her organizational wizardry honestly.

Beautiful bonny Bonnie, who wears our clothes so well, she’s been with us the longest and we sure think she’s swell.

Lovely Lynda, our newest addition, is sure to make you smile, for many reasons, the least of which is her great sense of style.

Heather, aka Foxy, so full of heart, in our store and elsewhere her creative talents really set her apart.

Miles, who wears a scarf just so, with a cheerfulness so catchy, and our resident stylist too, don’t you know?

Lastly, it’s me, Jana, the woman who could not have made Twang & Pearl the sweet spot on Salt Spring Island that it is without the love and attention from the most dedicated Twangers: our staff.  Come on in, no doubt one of them is sure to make you laugh!

Endless Toast

This is the first time in several years that I’ve had to endure a Canadian January. Usually we’re tripping about searching out uncommonly beautiful finds for y’all this time of year. However having spent November in India & Thailand purchasing up a storm, we decided to keep the home fires burning at Twang & Pearl for this, our first winter season. I confess: I’m cold. I miss travelling. And with all the New Year’s entries on my ‘list to do’, I’ve been a little lost for words. So in lieu, I give to you the words of Elizabeth Clarke Dunn, “Change is an easy panacea. It takes character to stay in one place and be happy there.” And heaven knows, the good community of Salt Spring Island has more than its allotted share of character. Indeed its character is what pulls people in … in the warmer months that is.

All kidding aside, if there is anything that travelling has taught me, it’s to count my blessings. And this chilly-in-January island home is one of them. Though I’m cold, my community fortunately is warm. Not in temperature, but in temperament. Warm like Indian spice. We at Twang & Pearl couldn’t have reached this first winter milestone without you. Indeed, it is you all that keep my home fires burning. So here’s to you local Twangers. I wish for you a winter of endless toast. (Unless of course you are gluten intolerant. And if so I wish for you endless toasts of cheer).

P.S. Though it may be grey and dull outside, the store has just been bedecked with our first shipment of new ‘shiny & bright’ jewellery from India. So pop a vitamin D and come on down.

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