OOTD: Twice as Nice.

Posted by Anna

It’s been one of the hottest summers I can remember since moving here and on super warm days, I am so grateful for breezy dresses. This vintage number is one of my absolute favorites because of the fun details: buttons up the side, multicolored stripes, and most of all, the detachable collar. Clearly, I justified this purchase by thinking that I pretty much scored two dresses for the price of one. I’ve said it before and I know I’ll say it again “they just don’t make ‘em like this anymore!”

Summer dress ootd

summer color blocking

summer accessories

That said, I think it’s necessary to mix in some modern pieces to avoid looking too costume-y. For me, that means a bold, cloisonné tassel necklace, big sunnies, and my go-to black heels. I like to think that the darker colored accessories balance the whimsy of the pastel dress. I can’t be all clouds and rainbows, ya know?


Summer Dress from Yo Vintage!

Purse from Grand Marketplace

Necklace from Demimonde Studio

Shoes by Kork Ease from Johnny Sole

Sunglasses from Urban Outfitters 

Scania Cuff & Redundant Chevron Ring by betsy & iya

Soak up these last few weeks of sweet summertime, my friends!



***Song of the Moment: Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen***

Maker Monday: Catenary Ring Necklace.

Posted by Anna

Part of Betsy’s Bridge Collection, the Catenary Ring necklace came to be while Betsy was playing around with materials and pondering the idea of ‘suspension.’ Those thoughts manifested in this amazing creation, made of leather cord, antique brass beads, oxidized brass chain, and brass accents.

Catenary Ring Maker Monday

In the video, watch Alyssa’s dexterous hands cut, then drill the leather cord to insert the brass accent pieces. Then she adds the antique brass rings, & brings the brass accents through the other side of the leather so they’re parallel to each other. Oxidized brass chain is added & the piece is ready to wear.

I own this beauty and it’s one of my absolute favorite necklaces and one I can always count on to elicit compliments from strangers. Which is why we all wear jewelry in the first place, riiiiiiiight???



***Song of the Moment: Summer by Calvin Harris***

Summer Instagram Contest WINNER!

Posted by Anna

We are so excited to announce the winner of the GRAND PRIZE in our #destinationbetsyandiya summer Instagram contest! Please join us in congratulating Eva for capturing the spirit of summer adventure in this amazing photo of her wearing betsy & iya Aztec Dreamcatcher earrings at the Chicago Botanical Gardens.

betsy & iya Instagram contest winner

Eva wins a $200 betsy & iya gift certificate PLUS a pretty gosh darn amazing Portland Staycation package: 2 nights at the Jupiter Hotel, 2 tickets to the Lan Su Chinese Gardens, and $50 gift certificates to restaurants Ración, Tasty n Alder, Tasty n Sons, and The Fireside. RIGHT?? So good. We can’t wait for Eva to put her winnings to use and visit us at the shop!

I want to thank each and every one of you who shared a photo with us. I am incredibly grateful for the way you interact with us and your support of betsy & iya. Reading your captions, comments, and seeing peeks into your lives uplifts and motivates me every day.

That feeling will never end, and even though our Instagram contest is over, we always want to see you in your betsy & iya. Keep wearing, sharing, and tagging. And as always, don’t leave home without us!

View all of the contest photo entries here.



***Song of the Moment: Summer Love by Justin Timberlake***

OOTD: Black & Blue.

Posted by Anna

Few things make me happier than a three-way closet collision! Behold, this trio of sassy Makers in their blue jeans & black tops. I can’t decide if this looks screams “practical workwear” or “extras from a West Side Story remake.” I’ll let you be the judge.
blue jeans & black shirts outfit of the day


blue jeans outfit of the day



***Song of the Moment: Blue on Black by Kenny Wayne Shepherd***