The fashion industry can sometimes feel irrelevant in the big world picture. So many tragic events happen in the world every day, yet we style editors must keep a focus on trends. My trend spotlight today is the look of spending and helping at the same time.

Today I point readers to three artists, local and international, who are trying to offer a creative alternative to spending money while staying in style.

*Jewelry designer Jennifer Zeuner offers: A helping HAND! Now through Friday, March 31ST, Zeuner will be donating 50% of the proceeds from EVERY Good Luck Hand Necklace purchased, to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts in JAPAN! If you’ve followed her work, like many celebs, you’ll find the designs are graceful and feminine while maintaining a great edgy quality—$275 for gold vermillion or sterling silver.

*Cool Mission Valley boutique The Fresh Yard has designed a limited edition, one-of-a-kind tee shirt to help bring awareness to Japan. The design is a red circle with an image of a thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures and is said to live for a thousand years. In Japan, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person's wish come true. With the help of our artists Mikey Romero and Chris Bowles, The Fresh Yard is releasing 1000 t-shirts from these 2 designs for $24 each. 100% of net proceeds will go to the Japanese Red Cross Society to help our brothers and sisters in Japan. You can buy these t-shirts at The Fresh Yard very soon or by calling us at 1.619.287.1980 to place your pre-orders. Thank you in advance for your support.

*Lady Gaga announced today that she has raised over $250,000 to support relief after Japan’s disaster. The money comes from the sale of the "We Pray For Japan" wristband (designed by Gaga) which fans can now purchase at the singer’s official website. Click here to buy it now (you can also make an additional donation). All proceeds will go directly to Japan! $24.

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