3.21.2011

giving for japan...day 1.



Like most creative types, I'm an over analyzer. My over analyzing tends to kick-in at the silliest times....for example, while selecting something lovely to benefit Japan. Hours could have ticked by, while I sifted through Etsy in search of that perfect, perfect, perfect item that felt hopeful, organic and gentle. Aaaaand, that's why I'm an art major. Because I use ridiculous words to describe jewelry.

Thankfully, ShihoYamashita, an Etsy shop positively dripping with natural shapes, metallics and romantic pops of color caught my eye right away. Shiho lovingly creates all her jewelry by hand, and is so sweetly donating 30% of her sales to Japan relief efforts. Isn't that fantastic? If we needed a good reason to buy breathtakingly-chic jewelry...now we have one. Hooray!

So, ladies...I give you Giveaway Number 1, something that's one part sweet + one part flirty: The Lotus Bloom Earrings.

(photo courtesy of Shiho herself)

Aren't they flawless? All the beauty of spring...wrapped up in one flirtastic pair of earrings. I would wear these to the movies...to class...to the grocery store. On a date, whenever that happens again. In a box, with a fox and while darning socks. I would wear them here and there...I would wear them everywhere

That being said...I might have to buy my own when this is all said and done. :)

How to win:

Simply leave a comment on this post letting me know where you'd wear these beauties!

And for an extra entry, share this giveaway via your blog, Facebook or however you like to squawk about cute stuff, then double back to let me know you've shared the news.
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All of this week's giveaways will remain open until Sunday evening, and I'll announce the winners on Monday, March 28th. For every comment left this week, 50 cents will be donated to ShelterBox's efforts in Japan...so chat it up, my friends!

92 comments:

  1. Love, love, love these earrings! I would wear them to grad school. They are very elegant, mature, yet cute! What girl wouldn't covet these beauties!

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  3. I LOVE these earrings! I've been looking for something to go with a soft, tan dress and they would be perfect! Bethany, your heart is so big - I love that you're doing giveaways to help the people of Japan. I could take notes from you. I would wear them out around town or, more likely, to class and farm markets. :)

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  4. Blogged about the giveaway here.

    Sorry about deleting that one comment - I left it under the wrong profile. I'd love to leave more comments to help aid in the relief effort, but I don't want it to seem like more entries.... Not sure what to do about it.

    Thanks again beautiful!

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  5. I would wear these to a spring picnic in the park! These are beautiful and I'm so happy to leave a comment to help with your donation to disaster relief in Japan.

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  6. These are perfect! My little niece would call them beautiful, so I'd wear them to take her to the tulip festival at the gardens near our house.

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  7. I'd wear them to work - my darling 6 month old is obsessed with all pretty jewels (she takes after her mom) so I can only wear dangling things when I'm not with her...

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  8. I would wear them to work. They are so perfect for spring!

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  9. Hey Bethany, these are beautiful earrings that I would feel lucky to wear anywhere and everywhere. The thought behind them is even more beautiful. I'm going now to add this give away to my blog.
    All the best,
    Susan

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  10. Lovely earrings.

    Lovely intentions.

    Count me in! And thanks.

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  11. I've added a link to your generous offer. Take a look:http://downthegardenpath-downthegardenpath.blogspot.com/2011/03/giveaways-abound.html

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  12. I forgot to follow the rules...

    I would wear these earrings to an Easter Cantata. Or brunch.

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  13. These earrings are beautiful, Bethany! I don't normally enter these things, but what with the profits and such going to such a good cause, and how amazing these earrings are, I couldn't help but to enter myself and let everyone I know about it (kierstenevan.blogspot.com/)!!
    Where couldn't they be worn? Knowing me, I'd wear them just about everywhere, but more specifically out with friends - dinner, movies, etc., on a date, or to a play (my mom and I go to those pretty often).
    I think I mentioned this in a post earlier today, but I think you're a wonderful person, Bethany! Thank you and Gabriel so much for doing this.
    <3 Kiersten

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  14. How pretty! I would wear these earrings to work, around town and even around the house. I know my 14 month old would love to get her hands on them!

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  15. oh beth, your heart is so gigantic. i love your idea to do a week of giving and giveaways. super cool.

    these earrings are divine. i'd wear them EVERYWHERE. for sure.

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  16. Those are so pretty! I work from home, so when I do leave the house, I tend to dress up! I'd probably wear these just about anywhere!

    Thanks for doing such a wonderful thing!

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  17. These are such beautiful earrings!! I haven't been out on a date with my husband since my son was born 8 months ago!! So I'd for sure wear them on my 1st date out! I'd also probably plan my outfits around these beauties just so I could wear them everyday!

    I find it so inspiring that you're doing this for Japan! Keep up the good work! The world needs more wonderful people like you!!!!!

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  18. Since I am one of those mamas who are home so often, I'd wear them anytime I left the house.

    Also, I'd steal away for date with the husband, how perfect.

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  19. These are simply gorgeous! I would love to wear them to work and make everyone think of spring!

    Kristin

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  20. Those earrings are divine! I have a wedding coming up, and they would look so cute with the dress I plan on wearing ;)

    LB

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  21. Those are lovely, but don't enter me, because I don't have pierced ears! I'm totally commenting though. I want the relief effort to get another 50 cents!

    I discovered at Starbucks today that you can donate to the Red Cross relief in Japan, right there at the till. I had a green tea lemonade ,and did some good in the world. Made me happy.

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  22. i would wear them everywhere!
    i love what you're doing to help support japan.

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  23. What a wonderful way to help Japan! You are lovely and so are these earrings! I'd love to wear them on a warm spring day while driving in a convertible... a girl can dream, right? =)

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  24. I don't think you ever stop thinking about others, do you? You're just a great person, end of story.

    Oh and I'd wear these...ummm, anytime I left my house!

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  25. I posted about it on FB...which you'll see. I hope lots of people come and comment!

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  26. I would wear those earrings TO THE BEACH!

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  27. And I posted your blog on my fb page!

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  28. OH. MY. CUTE.
    You are the best earring-picker-outer ever.

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  30. Please enter me--they are darling. If I won, I would wear them all about town as well! Thanks for doing this--it's so meaningful. :)

    http://bicoastally.blogspot.com
    kieferclaire@gmail.com

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  31. I would wear them when my boyfriend and I break up so I would look amazing and he would regret never telling me how beautiful I am.

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  32. Love! I'd wear them when my husband takes me out for dinner next month to celebrate my birthday. We haven't been out together since our daughter was born at the end of December and I haven't frocked up or worn makeup in that long, so the earrings would be the icing on my birthday cake!

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  33. Love these! I would wear them on a date with my husband!
    laura.toomey@gmail.com

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  34. These are beyond adorable! I would wear them to work and love it!

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  35. Those earrings are beautiful! They'd look good on my vacation with me ;)

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  36. I don't get dressed up too much anymore these days, but I always try on Sundays so I'd wear them to church and then all day at home while I do my normal Sunday stuff to feel extra special.

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  37. I don't really wear dangling earrings, but I would make an exception for these :) Cute!

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  38. These are so pretty! i need to check out her site.....i would wear these everywhere!

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  39. Your clever idea of giving is so inspiring! I do like these earrings!

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  40. I am going to the beach this weekend and I was just thinking these would be perfect for that trip - but there will be other beach trips!

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  41. These earrings are sooo gorgeous! I would wear them to not one but both of the weddings I'm in this summer!

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  42. p.s. I blogged about the giveaway!

    http://everythingtrendy.blogspot.com/2011/03/not-one-not-two-but-three.html

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  43. I would wear them to school and to the Farmer's Market.

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  44. Oh I LOVE these! I would wear them to school to add sparkle and fun to my outfit (I'm a teacher). It's the little things like that that make my day a bit better.

    And I'm tweeting about your giveaway!

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  45. I live in Chiba, Japan and I came back to the US to speak and fundraise while my Japanese husband is deployed in Fukushima. I would wear them every day while I'm here, to help me feel closer to my husband and my home, and to help engage people in conversation about what is happening in Japan and how they can help.
    Once back home, I would wear them to hanami (cherry-blossom viewing parties/picnics) with students and with friends, as evidence of all the love and support being sent their way.

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  46. Full disclosure, though. If I came across someone in Japan who would benefit more from these than me, I wouldn't keep them. Perhaps grounds for disqualification?

    Either way, whoever ends up with these, please please post a photo of yourself wearing them so I can show people at home more of the simple and sincere ways that people around the world are helping.

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  47. Aaaaand....sent the word out about the shop and the giveaway on facebook.

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  48. I just told my Facebook friends how super stylish you are.

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  49. love the earrings! I would definitely wear them to the first brunch of the season warm enough to eat outside. For me that's when spring has arrived!

    alp16 ~at~ sbcglobal ~dot~ net

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  50. how lovely!! i would gladly wear those while darning socks!

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  51. I'd wear these earrings while cooking dinner, so when my hardworking hubby comes home, I'll dazzle him with beauty! :)

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  52. I would wear these with my favorite floral sundress- paired with tights and a sweater until it warms up!!!

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  53. I would wear these with my favorite flowery sundress ( and tights and a sweater until the weather warms up!)

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  54. These are very pretty, but I would give them to my beautiful, generous sister because they would great on her!!!

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  55. I shared this post on my facebook page! I'm happy to bring in the 28th dollar, thanks for doing what you're doing!

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  56. Love these earrings! I'd wear them to the April wedding I'm going to with the hubs or to a fun summer girl dinner night out.

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  57. Aww...I love these. They would be perfect for a long morning walk on the beach(On horseback of course). I can see it now, the sunrise, the waves calmly coming and going, the birds, a slight breeze.

    Leave it to my daydreaming to carry me away to a magical world where everything is perfect.:D

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  58. These are so gorgeous! I love them!

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  59. Love. I'd probably wear them out on a date with the husband.

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  60. love them - i would wear them every day - to work or with my favorite jeans. i love dangly earrings!

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  61. Wow those are gorgeous! I would wear them everywhere, but definitely to my friend's wedding this August!

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  62. I posted on facebook.

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  63. There once was a girl called Bethany

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  64. Love these. I don't have pierced ears, but I would definitely get them pierced for these beauties!

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  65. These are stunning! I would wear these with my white turtleneck sweater. And in the summer, with everything.

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  66. I loved them the first time and love them more the second time!

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  67. So generous, They would match my funky salmon coloured art piece jacket perfectly

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  68. Really, a second comment is being permitted??? You are winderful!We have made a dontion in e amount of $100 thru the Canadian Red Cross to help the people of Japan. I would love for everyone who comments a second tome on the giveaway to make eir own donation as well.

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  69. ooh yay! i love going back for seconds. :)

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  70. I just bought the most stunning summer dress and was so excited for the chance at more comments because these earrings would pair wonderfully with the new dress :)

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  71. I just can't get over these earrings. The soft pink with gold is astounding and they look exotic. I think "India" when I see them. Yes, I'm strange. They just might be what is needed to bring spring back to my area. Maybe the flowers would get jealous of their pretty color and decide to bloom.

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  72. I love Erin's rule...and these earrings! :)

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  73. this is my eager beaver comment! :)

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  74. Dropping an Erin's rule comment in hopes that it helps!

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  75. What a wonderful rule!! You're right, we all need as much fun as we can get ... your give aways have been awesome,
    thanks, sweet girl.
    Susan

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  76. Love the second comment rule you made!!!

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  77. hmmm, so I just thought you should know, I dream of these babies at night!

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  78. I would wear these earring out to dinner with my husband when he gets back from his deployment

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  79. Way to go Erin! Thanks again for the fun giveaways.

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  80. Taking advantage of Erin's rule here. Soooo excited to see how far this fundraising has been able to go and to show my friends and family as soon as I can return home to Japan!

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  81. These are lovely! I'm going to not one but two weddings this August & I'm sure they would be the perfect accessory to whatever dress I wear. (Ooh... if I win them, I can then go shopping for a matching dress, non?)

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  82. I appreciate Erin's rule - I'll take another shot at adding those lovely earrings to my collection. They really are graceful!

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  83. I love this give away idea. You're so generous! I would wear these beauties anywhere!

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  84. Beautiful earrings! I would definitely wear these on Easter Sunday!

    And a you're just so generous!

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  85. And I'm following Erin's rule :)

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