Meet April Cornell. If you’re not already acquainted, she’s a talented entrepreneur and designer of the most beautiful table linens & whimsical clothing for women and girls. I’ve long admired her for these qualities, in fact, long before I ever opened my own boutiques and had the delight of showcasing some of her designs. After travelling to India over the last seven years developing our own line of Twang & Pearl’s uncommonly beautiful finds, I’ve not only come to admire April Cornell even more, as she has been working in India since the decade I was born, but I am also greatly inspired by her.

When in India, I cannot help but ‘emote’, sometimes out of pure awe at the beauty of everyday life unfolding around me and sometimes, I confess, in frustration and sadness of some of the same lives, actually being lived out in entirety on the same square inches of pavement.  In the end, all these emotions, good and admittedly sometimes not so good, lead me to want to give back: to share my good fortune at being born healthy in Canada and at being able to bring some of the wealth of talent in India back home to Twang & Pearl for you all.  April has been doing just that with The Giving World, a foundation she created to give a hand up – not a hand out – to people in need in India.  The Giving World specifically targets programs that support women and children, with a focus on enterprising women and schooling.  The photo above is from April’s most recent trip to India at a school The Giving World is supporting.

This month we’ve teamed up with our very stylish neighbours, Studio One Aveda Concept Salon, to host a Hot on Hereford Avenue Summer Makeover Giveaway with all proceeds going to The Giving World.  One lucky Salt Spring Island winner will receive hair and make-up by Studio One, styling advice and an outfit from Twang & Pearl and a manicure and pedicure from Esthetics by Penny.  Oh how I love a makeover!  So please, nominate yourself or someone you love before June 15th.  It’s an incredible prize benefitting not only a deserving member of our Salt Spring Island community but also a charity doing meaningful work in a country close to our hearts.

The big reveal will be at our First Anniversary Soiree at Twang & Pearl on Thursday, June 21st.  Hope to see you there!