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scarf_large.jpgHandmade in Nepal, the scarves by TDM Design are luxurious, chic, and socially responsible. The company works predominantly with women cottage industries in Nepal to support weavers and craftmanship, providing them with a sustainable income along with access to education and healthcare. The scarves they produce are gorgeous and perfect for transitioning your wardrobe from winter to spring! The collection is available at

Shown: TDM Design Bambi Scarf, $85tdmdesigns_thumb.gif

etsy_japanrelief_thumb.gifIf you want to support disaster relief in Japan and emerging artists, a host of Etsy designers have committed to donating a portion of their sales to the cause. Here are some of our picks:

Made from Japanese Washi paper, this necklace by Menace Creations features an origami paper crane and a gold foil bead charm hanging from cloth ribbon and waxed cotton. When you buy it, 50% of the sale price will be donated to Doctors Without Borders for ongoing relief efforts in Japan. Origami Paper Crane Necklace ($20).

Need a hostess gift? These heart-shaped handmade soaps are made with essential oils, herbs, and plants in Calcata, Italy. The seller, Sofiart, will donate all profits to the Red Cross. Sofiart 10 Lovely Hearts for Loving People Soaps ($12).

Simple yet elegant, this gold nugget bracelet is another item we love on Etsy. The seller, Harper Street,  will donate $5 to the Red Cross for each one sold. Golden Nugget Red Silk Necklace ($25).

Vermont-based Broken Fingers Art, which produces plastic jewelry bearing bright, creative hand drawn designs, will also donate 50% of sales to Doctors Without Borders. Broken Fingers Art Chrysalis Ring ($18).
kristinitss11_thumb.gifEco-conscious line Kristinit has some great new items now available at Stanton James. We love these flowy, feminine silk pieces that capture spring’s bohemian trend and can easily be dressed up or down. Asymmetrical cuts and neutral colors leave these tops and dresses ready for creative accessorizing and layering.

From left to right: Kristinit Jade Dress, $249; Carolina Dress, $230; Emma Top, $125; Sweetheart Top, $180.

LineAndDot_Lace_Dress_Yogurt_1.jpgThis sheer, pretty piece from contemporary brand Line & Dot is the perfect LWD (Little White Dress, if you haven’t heard the term before) for spring. Pair it with feminine wedge heels and classic jewelry for dressy daytime events, or add some edge with chunky shoes and jewelry for hitting the town at night.

Line & Dot Lace Dress in Yogurt, $80 at
kirakirasakuraearrings.gifSince the tsunami and earthquake in Japan, many members of the fashion community have stepped up to donate profits and resources to relief efforts. For example, jewelry designer Suzanne Somersall of Kira Kira, who has a jewelry studio in Japan, is currently donating 20 percent of online sales to the Red Cross. Her beautiful Sakura collection, which is made in Japan, is both elegant and feminine. Pictured are the Crystal Rose Sakura Studs ($198), which are classic and perfect for spring.

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