For the fourth year in a row, we are a participating boutique for the Girls Inc. of NW Oregon’s fundraiser, Power of the Purse. On Friday, March 14th, attendees have the exclusive opportunity to shop an impressive lineup of retailers including Will Leather Goods, Consigning Women Handbags and our neighborhood pals, Aleda Fitness, before settling in for dinner, a live auction, and runway presentation that’s sure to have you using your best “America’s Next Top Model” one-liners.
With a mission to “inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold,” Girls Inc. serves 125,000 girls ages 6-18 in the United States and Canada. Our Portland affiliate has been active since 1998, and our relationship with the organization began with a simple ask. When Betsy was initially approached to participate in their annual fundraiser, it was an easy “yes!” As as female business owner and designer/maker of items that are intended to make women of all ages feel strong, smart & bold, when Betsy was initially approached to participate in their annual fundraiser, it was an easy “yes!”
Check out their blog post about betsy & iya as well as other Purse-O-Nalities (<– yes, I love it!). Just think about it… our collective purse powers combined could really make a difference in the lives of girls in our area.
If you’re looking for something fun to kick off your weekend, buy a ticket, have a drink and get your shop on.. all for a good cause!
I think I can say with some pride that all of us here at b&i are jewelry enthusiasts. But without question Anna is a connoisseur; Her accessory lineup every morning is almost ritualistic. This particular outfit contains some fabulous statement pieces including: the necklace (obviously), the bag, and the boots.
Look at that necklace! At first glance: jaw dropping. At second glance: still jaw dropping. The shoes are mullet boots: business in the front, party animal in the back. And the bag, well, who doesn’t want a black & white, navajo patterned, fold-over clutch?
Let us add another photo to the “Anna peeping into windows and trying to open doors” collection.
Every week we have a staff meeting to touch base on any pressing issues about the company: new procedures, production updates, upcoming events, etc. But every other week one of us get’s to show a TED Talk to the rest of the group. Usually it’s something inspiring and thought provoking. I look forward to this every other week so I thought I might as well share them with all of you! I found this talk, given by George Monbiot, about “Rewilding,” while listening to the NPR TED Radio Hour–if you like Podcasts please subscribe to this one, it’s life changing!!
The reason I wanted to share this talk with you all is because of it’s semi-hidden-semi-obvious message that everything is connected. We must always be conscious that the decisions we make, large or small, can result in a domino effect. Something as small as complimenting a co-worker to make their day a little better, or as serious as not letting your friends drive under the influence (haven’t we all heard that speech?). Know that as tiny as we are compared to this ever-expanding universe, we are all connected in some way.
Our unfiltered opinion on the images that make us double tap with delight:
1. @shonalepis I’ve featured photos of gifts from partners before in our Insta Roundups, and I’m never going to stop! I love it when someone comes into the shop or visits us online in search of something for his/her sweet thang. Shona’s husband tucked a betsy & iya treat into a beautiful bouquet to celebrate the couple’s five year wedding anniversary. He chose the St Johns Bridge cuff for her because they can see it from their new house (didn’t think it could get cuter, did you?).
2. @voguethailand I’ve found that the grand tradition of foreign fashion publications being better than their American counterparts is also true on Instagram. I want to be friends with the style-obsessed person(s) who runs the feed of Thailand’s version of Vogue. I chose this particular Roberto Cavalli choker “thing” because my birthday is this week and I thought you might need some gift inspiration.
3. @kathrynbudig All bow in downward dog reverence to yoga teacher, author, and all-around inspiring lady, Kathryn Budig, who shared a photo of her teaching a class in Dallas wearing our Conata Hoop earrings (thank you so much for tagging us, Kathryn!). I love this as a perfect reminder of all the amazing places our jewelry goes once it leaves us. #namaste
4. @mimileather Within a few days of hitting the shop floor, the brass bracelets Betsy picked up on her buying trip in Tucson (the piece in the middle) were already grammed by a customer! Definitely made my day to see this arm party, also featuring our Uppland bracelet. And the top leather bracelet? Made by the wearer herself!
5. @thepennyrose The ladies behind this Santa Cruz fashion blog are some of my favorite Instagram followers: their taste is on point (Example A), they comment frequently, and they’re fans of our beloved stockists Stripe (Santa Cruz) and Legion (San Fran). They featured our Alameda hoops in a recent “4 Favorite Finds” post on their blog & singled them out in this solo Instagram. Thanks for all the love, Penny Rose!
6. @spinnerettepdx ”I spy with my little eye… adorable shop dawg.” Couldn’t have said it better myself. Can you spot Gingham in her usual perch? I’m happy that others notice the little, sometimes overlooked, things that make our shop so special.
Needless to say, we love getting shout outs on Instagram. Tag us in your best betsy & iya moments and we’ll be sure to tell you how much it made our day (usually in the form of emoji…).