| Indie Spotlight and Designers on the Rise Guide: March 2011 Archives

March 2011 Archives

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.

Shop the collection online at
etsyheartsnecklace2011.gifWe know Valentine's Day was last month, but that doesn't stop us from adoring this hearts charm necklace on Etsy. Each necklace comes with slightly different charms, so it's truly unique. Plus, at just $20 it's an affordable way to add a bright, fun accessory to your look for spring.

Custom Hand Stamped Red Hearts Personalized Charm Necklace - $20 at Etsy

Emma Stine has a great selection of affordable but glam earrings for spring. Earrings have the ability to frame your face and add that finishing touch to our outfit. We love the Dia Edwardian Earrings ($38) because they make a a statement while still remaining classic and sophisticated.

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il_570xN.235662350.jpgThese cool earrings are made with real circuit boards and a swirl of copper wire. They are by Clone Hardware, a company based in Onatario, Canada that creates jewelry from upcycled computer electronics. These pieces will definitely make a statement!

Clone Hardware Red Hot Computer Circuit Board Dangle - $15 at
circa63.jpgCirca Sixty Three is an eye-catching collection of bright, fun statement jewelry inspired by the 60s and 70s. Made up primarily of vintage Lucite beads and bangles, all of the jewelry is handmade in Jacksonville, Florida. These retro-inspired pieces are perfect for adding a pop of color to your spring style! Prices vary based on rarity and style. Shop the collection online at circasixtythree.comcirca63_thumb.jpg

navenspring2011_thumb.jpgWe became fans of Naven, which launched in 2007, because of the brand's fun, fresh take on bright colors. But this season's muted palette of nudes and blushes is just as cool. Here are a few styles we're coveting from the spring 2011 look book:

Pretty Punk Blouse, $276; Bubble Skirt, $172.50

Monroe Shorts, $115

Barbie Doll Dress, $1150

Shop the collection online at

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