Well, I am finally “out of the dome” of the beast of a photoshoot I have been on for the past 2 months. It was crazy. Crazy stressful, crazy busy and just plain crazy.
Luckily I had assembled the most awesome styling dream-team EVER who helped me breathe when I needed to- which was quite often….probably every 5 minutes to be exact.
At wrap I was given the most thoughtful gift ever from one of my team mates…The Giving Key…which of course brought tears to my eyes because I am a sucker for sentimental gifts!
“The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of recycled keys that get sold and shared around the world. Each key necklace is unique and carries a message like HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAM or COURAGE. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key, they give it away and then tell us their story.”
“It started with a New York hotel room key. Our founder, actress and singer/songwriter, Caitlin Crosby, wore the key as a necklace and had the idea to start engraving old, used keys with inspirational words at a local LA locksmith. When it was time for her next music tour, she made an assortment of key necklaces to sell at her merch table. Every night, from state to state, the key necklaces would sell-out. Instead of rehearsing and tuning her guitar, she found herself scrambling to find keys and assemble the chains and clasps just to keep up with the demand. Between songs, Caitlin would talk to the audience about embracing their imperfections and her first website, LoveYourFlawz.com. She was beginning to realize that in a way we are all like keys: unique, flawed, scarred, and at risk of being discarded. She asked them to find and wear a key that would remind them that they are one-of-a-kind just like these key necklaces. What if these keys could be a vehicle of hope and inspiration? She started encouraging people to ‘pay it forward’ by giving their necklace to someone they felt needed the message on the key.”- The Giving Keys
So here is the deal- When you get one of the keys you MUST give it away at some point to a person you feel NEEDS the message then write to The Giving Keys and tell them your story.
Fashionable, sentimental PLUS it give’s back AND pay’s it forward!
Win, Win, Win and Win! #ADORBS
What a cute and thoughtful idea. I love sentimental gifts as well. AND they look so fun and vintage.
What a nice gift. I need to file this one away for the future!
Oh. My. Goodness. I love the idea behind The Giving Keys, so beautiful and powerful. I think simple words and symbols can mean so much, and giving them away in a pay it forward kind of way is really an amazing idea. Thanks for sharing; I’m off to order a handful for all my loves.
What a cool and thoughtful concept. I love this!
This is such an awesome idea!!! I love the meaning behind it, the way it’s produced, the rad old keys, the EVERYTHING.
How fun! And the idea of giving them away to someone who needs it is wonderful and a great way to brighten someones day.
What a cool story! I love the idea so much. I am going to get this for my niece for Christmas. She loves the gifts I give her but I know she would love passing it on even more.