In my sleuthing journalism, I've uncovered some sweet, some smarmy truths about the folks behind your glittering Rhinestone Unlimited packages. Who are these people on the other side of your order, really? I've dug deep with scrutinizing questions, and quote the workers in their own words [with some spelling and grammatical corrections. Also, I have interjected my own comments in brackets]. Read on, dear readers- the sublime exposés will shock and intimidate!
Hey you in the booth- turn that spotlight on... ...Nicole!
Number of years at Rhinestones Unlimited: Hofta, 8? Ask my husband. [I think she meant Oofda/Ufda. She's from Wisconsin.]
Favorite movie about stones: Stoners? The Big Lebowski
Movie you think could use more sparkle: Same....
Your position at Rhinestones Unlimited: Sales Director, Rocket Scientist, Therapist.
Your area of expertise in the rhinestone universe: All Swarovski products
Favorite rhinestone-related adjective: Barkley [a nod to her toddler, Madeline]
Pet Peeve: Australian and grrrrr. [translation: When people place the origin of Austrian crystal to that continent down under, and just make vague feline sounds when inquiring about a gross of stones, for which the abbreviation is “gr.”]
Best words of rhinestone wisdom: It's only rhinestones!
How to calm a rhinestone emergency: Phrase to customer, "I understand. Don't worry, we can pretty much make anything happen."
Don’t be afraid to try: The jewelry on.
Current color of your toenails, matched to a stone color: Fuchsia
Activity you would like to try in the rhinestone world: Beading
Favorite thing about being based in MN: Minneapolis - the food culture [yum]
Current drink of choice: Coffee
In-house product you think is underrated: Hot fix transfer paper
The current song playing in your head: Live, "Selling the Drama" (it's on the radio). Oh, now it's Dave Matthews, "What would you say..."
Three things still on your bucket list: Fish more, learn to meditate (correctly), learn to sew, dye my hair [that's four]
Three things you’ve already crossed off: White water rafting, getting married, having a kid
Favorite thing about Rhinestones Unlimited: It's continuously improving
Ryan Gosling, hot or not? I don't even know who this is - was this the guy married to Kate on the Kate + 8 show? [no]
So, what have we learned here today? Nicole: Wisconsin-ite; level headed, results-driven presence in your creative world; doesn't know who Ryan Gosling is. More heavy-hitting journalism to come, stay tuned...
Rhinestones Unlimited blog author Jemm Stone is a multifaceted girl navigating our sparkly world with on-point insights. Visit RhinestonesU.com/blog to follow her thoughts as she highlights design trends, turns the spotlight on industry influencers and breaks down how-to tips like light through a crystal prism.
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