OOTD: For your consideration.

There are SO many great clothing items in the shop right now that I thought for this OOTD post, I’d suggest a few ensembles to make as your outfit of the day in the near future. I think it’s pretty freaking awesome that you can come to one shop – betsy & iya, of course! – and Read More

Where there’s a group, there’s a selfie.

We recently changed up our all-staff meeting format, going to a once a month schedule as opposed to the once a week routine we’d been in for the last few years. In doing so, we’re able to include more staff, report on bigger picture things, as well as have a moment for each department to Read More

Party Funds to Friends of the Children Portland.

Parties come and go and there’s usually not much to recap afterwards, beyond discussing any notable party outfits. Our recent 7th anniversary bash was different, though; we pledged to donate 10% of all sales during the party, as well as 50% of each original artwork sold to Friends of the Children Portland. I’m happy to update Read More

New in the Shop: April 2015.

Hello, dear blog readers! Are you all loving our new website or what?! We’re all smitten with it, and super big shouts to Will and Needmore Designs for all their hard work making it beautiful and functional. One of the most exciting things about the new website is that we are able to offer items other Read More

betsy & iya 7th Anniversary Artwork.

Our 7th anniversary party has come and gone, and I speak for everyone when I say “THANK YOU” all for your support. Whether you made it out for the party or just sent us a good word online, we really, really appreciate it. The completed artworks are more incredible than we could’ve imagined and coincidentally, Read More

7th Anniversary Moment 7: Expansion!

Moment 7: The first few months of our 2014 can be summed up in four words: betsy and iya buildout. Construction on the huge project that more than doubled the space we occupy in a historic building on the corner of NW Thurman & 24th began in December 2013, but it really started several months Read More

7th Anniversary Moment 6: Sign of the Times.

Moment 6: We got a sign! It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Why would we celebrate something that seems like nearly every business has? Because this wasn’t just any sign; we already had an A-frame sign that sits on the sidewalk in front of our shop, and one for our door letting people know whether Read More

7th Anniversary Moment 5: Eat, sleep, make jewelry, repeat.

Moment 5: So this plan Betsy had to make jewelry is taking off. Like, really taking off. She and Will, along with the help of friends, worked their booties off in the spring of 2011 to finish building out our current retail space. They moved b&i HQ to NW Thurman St. and in August 2011, Read More

7th Anniversary Moment 4: Photoshoot Fresh.

Moment 4: Before I started working in retail, I was so used to seeing glossy, edited images in magazines, online, and while scrolling through my Instagram feed, that I rarely stopped to consider what it took to make those photos happen. After working here and getting to be involved firsthand in all the preparation for Read More

7th Anniversary Moment 3: Road Tripping.

Moment 3: After Betsy established herself as a well-respected name in the jewelry biz in the Pacific Northwest, it was time to hit the road with the goal of putting betsy & iya jewelry on women all across the country. Before the retail shop opened in 2011, Betsy & Will – who joined Betsy full-time Read More

7th Anniversary Moment 2: One Woman Show.

Moment 2: The betsy & iya of 2015 is a team of 16 people and 2 dogs, all thanks to 1 woman. That’s Betsy, of course, and even though she’s grown her jewelry making business to include Will as Director of Development/jack-of-literally-all-trades, a retail team, several full-time makers, and a marketing manager (oh hai!), at Read More

7th Anniversary Moment 1: Before the Beginning.

Moment 1: Every story has a beginning, and to find ours, you’re going to have to take a trip to Roanoke, VA (unless you already live there, in which case, “Hiiiii!” and also, stay put.). Before there was betsy & iya the handcrafted jewelry line and retail shop, there was Betsy and Iya the sisters. Read More

April 2nd: 7th Anniversary Celebration!

“Seven years, no itch: the betsy & iya story.” Coming soon to a NW boutique near you! Bad news: we aren’t releasing a movie. Great news: we are celebrating turning SEVEN years old with a huge party on April 2nd! Bring in the giant gold balloons, we’re going to whoop it up with the endless Read More

Lié Hoop Magic.

Oh, Lié Hoops, how you so sexy??? These earrings are the biggest and boldest in You + Me, pt.1, a fact that has made them so alluring to our followers. Watch Alyssa give them their all-important detail, the sterling silver ear wire (aka the part that makes them wearable). Note the super unique “latch” closure Read More

New in Shop: Spring Forward.

Top Row, L to R: Curator Mackenzie dress in “Vino” (best color ever?), $137. Made in SF, cap sleeved, has pockets, is perfect. Handwoven baskets from Afghanistan, $22 each! So multipurpose. Much colorful. (did I do that right?) The latest card from our snarky-in-a-good-way friends at Sapling Press. Isn’t this the basis of all your Read More

OOTD #TBT.

I recently spent some time, ok a lot of time, going through the photo archives here at b&i in an effort to streamline our cataloging. I filed, I moved, and I even trashed hundreds of photos that we’ve accumulated throughout our nearly 7 years as a business. My favorite files to wade through? The ones Read More

New in Shop: Bounty from Tucson!

It’s that glorious time of year again when Betsy & Will have returned from the Tucson Gem Show bearing many one-of-a-kind items for our shop. This bodes well for you, dear shopper, as you get the best of the bounty from Tucson right here in Portland! Here’s what you can expect: Top row, L to Read More

Power of the Purse Event.

Early March means longer days, flower buds, and for us, the Power of the Purse event! It’s our fifth year participating in this fundraiser that supports girls inc. of the Pacific Northwest. The event itself is on Friday, March 6th, and turns ten years old this year. The Power of the Purse gives attendees the Read More

Miss Popular: the Ayni Necklace.

Given sales, what I’ve overheard online, and customers’ reactions in the shop, the Ayni necklace from You + Me, pt. 1 is an early favorite from our newest collection. I have my theories why – it comes in two lengths, it’s versatile enough for the office or “da club,” and, like most of our pieces, Read More

We <3 Valentine’s Day.

February 14th is just around the corner! Instead of pouting if you’re single or stressing if you’re taken, how about just embracing Valentine’s Day as a day to show someone – anyone in your life – a little extra love and appreciation? That’s exactly the approach we are going to take this year, and what Read More