Courtesy of Bliss
The tragedy in Haiti has made us all wonder how we can do our part—albeit small—to help with relief efforts. Brides-to-be in the throes of wedding planning need to do just one easy thing: shop. The following pieces of jewelry and beauty products, a portion of the profits from which go toward organizations working in Haiti, would make extra-thoughtful bridesmaids' gifts and pre-wedding treats:
Jewelry designer Alex and Ani has created the "Cornelian bracelet," a wire bangle with a cornelian stone, available for $18; all proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. Available at alexandani.com.
Ben-Amun has reduced the price of its red, multistrand seed-bead necklace from $80 to $20; $10 from each necklace sold will benefit the American Red Cross. Call 212-944-6480 to buy one.
Jewelry designer Judith Kuperman has collaborated with the Wayuu Taya Foundation to create the "H" pendant, available for $10 each; 20 percent of the proceeds will raise money for an orphanage and school in Haiti. The pendants, which can be bought in necklace or bracelet form, are available at helphaitihope.org.
Fine-jewelry concierge service 27 Facets is donating 25 percent of all proceeds through Valentine's Day to the Yele Haiti Charity—making it a perfect time to buy an engagement ring or Valentine's gift. Go to 27facets.com for more information.
Danielle Stevens's engraved "Hope, Faith, Support, Strength" pendant necklace will raise money (80 percent of all sales) for the American Red Cross. The price is $40, and it's available at daniellestevens.com.
Pamper yourself before the big day with Bliss Softening Socks and Glamour Gloves ($48 each). Seventy-five percent of your purchase will be donated to an international children's organization. Both items are available at blissworld.com.
The perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon? Go to Scenterprises's "Heart-to-Heart for Haiti" auction on Valentine's Day at FireBird restaurant in New York City, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $150 each; you get a champagne brunch, a fragrance seminar, and the chance to create your own perfume. Go to scenterprises.com to RSVP. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the American Red Cross.
Looking for a wedding or bridesmaid dress? Check out Enzoani—through the end of February, $10 for each of its bridal gowns and $2 for each of its evening dresses sold in the United States and Canada will support UNICEF's relief efforts in Haiti. Go to enzoani.com or unicefusa.org for more information.
—Beth Swanson, BRIDES Fashion & Beauty Department