Little Boxes 2015: 11/27 & 11/28!

If you don’t know, now you know: the two-day prize raffle and shopping event that takes place on Black Friday & Small Business Saturday (11/27 & 11/28 this year) is back and bigger than ever for its fifth year! Created by Betsy & Will in 2011, Little Boxes has become an annual tradition for the Read More

betsy & iya Holiday Event Roundup 2015.

Oh, hi, NOVEMBER. I swear we just saw each other. It couldn’t have been 12 whole months ago… could it? **realizes time flies, gets on with blog post** We’re kicking off the hustle and bustle of the season now, and here’s what we have planned for Holiday 2015. Get out your phone and/or paper calendars Read More

A-MAZE-ing Good Times.

We’ve done some fun all-staff activities this year: we learned to salsa, we went rollerskating, and now we can say that we’ve screamed like scared children together. Yep, we braved the Haunted Corn Maze at Bella Organic Farm on the Friday before Halloween (perfect timing!). Our October quarterly staff event was planned by our Retail team (Suzy, Anna S., Read More

Life Lessons from Jewelry Making.

Through the eyes of our makers, one can learn a lot. Not only about the tools, materials, and processes involved in creating the betsy & iya line, but also about life. There are so many parallels between making and living, and we’re sharing some of our favorite life lessons straight from the workbench. Set yourself Read More

How to get what YOU want this holiday season.

Let’s face it: gift giving is hard. No matter how well I know someone, I usually blank on what to get him/her when the holidays come around and often find myself standing dumbfounded in front of a rack of socks, unsure if the person looooves or haaaates wool. Fun factor= zero. Starting now, we are putting the fun Read More

Welcome Sara & Lindsey!

Ah, fall. I know spring is the season that gets all the credit for all things fresh and new, but I think fall is equally about fresh beginnings. Students start a new year of school, ready to learn all sorts of scholastic and life lessons. Employees are preparing for the last quarter of their year, Read More

OOTD: FALL into b&i.

In my two years at b&i, our clothing racks have never been as full and visually pleasing as they are going into this fall season. Suzy, our retail manager/buyer, and the whole retail team are straight up killing it when it comes to stocking our brick & mortar with the most versatile, functional, and beautiful Read More

New items on!

If there’s one thing we all love around these parts it’s shopping. The thrill of finding something to exchange for your hard-earned dollars can turn even the most rotten day upside-down. Our brick & mortar is top notch for shopping, whether it’s to improve your mood or let someone else know you care. We’ve been Read More

How to design a new jewelry collection: a 15 step tutorial.

No. 1: Sit down. No. 2: Open sketchbook, turn to a blank page. No. 3: Stare at that page. No. 4: Put hands on head and massage ideas out of brain while appearing super focused to people like your business partner, employees, and dogs. No. 5: Freak out and make blanket statements like, “I have no idea what I’m doing.” No. Read More

In-store SALE is on!

It’s time to make room for all the FALL fabulousness that’s about to descend on our shop. And that can only mean one thing: end of season markdowns! Starting today in-store only, select clothing, bags, and body care go on sale. Over the next three weeks, the discounts just keep getting better and better. Here’s Read More

The power of betsy & iya jewelry.

I recently took a few days off of work to visit my parents in Indianapolis. Coming off four days of total chill time with two of my favorite people – and a perfect stretch of not-too-hot weather – I felt more of the ‘post-vacation blues’ than I usually do upon my return to Portland. I Read More

Save the Date: Brunch with betsy & iya Sept. 26th.

On Saturday, Sept. 26th from 9am-12pm, we invite you and the whole family to come by betsy & iya for a very special morning shopping event. We’re opening a whole hour earlier to accommodate weekend schedules (aka after morning naps and before waiting in line for brunch) and rewarding you for your ‘get up and Read More

Unu Collection: NEW betsy & iya is here!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! NEW betsy & iya jewelry is here: please share in our excitement as we reveal our Unu Collection. Materials used in this 17- piece collection of earrings, rings, bangles, and necklaces include sterling silver, heavy gold plating (goodbye, tarnish!), hand-spun fiber, as well as signature betsy & iya metals Read More

Birthdays at betsy & iya.

If you follow us on Instagram (which, BTW, you totally should), you know that we take celebrating birthdays very seriously. We’re coming off a summer surge of birthdays, starting with Alyssa, Amory, and Gaby in June, and continuing with Shea, Tess, and Will in August, and each time one comes and goes, I’m reminded of Read More

OOTD: Late Summer Swag.

If this blog post had a thesis statement it would be: The racks of clothing at betsy & iya are ON POINT right now. Big props to Suzy and all of retail for stocking us with items to build the most versatile summer wardrobe ever. Seriously, ^^^this^^^ keeps popping up in my dreams. But showing Read More

How to Put on a Cuff Bracelet.

  Let’s take a moment to appreciate the cuff bracelet, shall we? Cuffs are one of my favorite genres of jewelry because they’re just so darn easy to wear. None of the fuss of a complicated clasp and closure (a definite plus for someone who lives alone like me!), nor any fear that it won’t Read More

Friends of the Children visits b&i!

In a super awesome “full circle” moment, a group of kids and mentors from Friends of the Children – a nonprofit we’ve donated to last December and April of this year -visited our studio. I worked with Natalie (back row center, below) to set up the logistics of the tour, and after time to peruse our retail Read More

Brick & Mortar Newness.

Y’all staying cool out there or what? Thankfully, my desk is positioned very close to the AC unit, so I’m doing just fine. Thanks for asking! ;-) There’s one thing the heat hasn’t slowed down, and that’s the influx of several new arrivals and restocked items in our brick & mortar. August is shaping up Read More


NOW- August 4th: take $10 off orders of $75 or more, in-store AND online at! We’re in the midst of another heat wave in Portland, and we want you to enjoy the comforts of The Great Indoors – like AC – while you shop all the jewelry, home goods, body care, and more that our brick Read More

Arkadiko Necklace

I remember the day I got my Arkadiko necklace. It was the first fall I worked here and I’d never seen anything like it, so therefore, I had to have it; I placed my order and watched Alyssa make the one that would become mine later that same day. My favorite detail of the necklace, part of Read More