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 that held Betsy’s old OOTD posts. Yeah, she was doing OOTDs before hashtags. I thought back to the early days of this blog – circa 2008-2009 – when blogging was still fairly new, and how Betsy stood out even then thanks to the frequency of her posts and the personality that came through her writing. No where is this personality on display more than in her outfit of the day documentations that not only show off her style, but also her old studio and often a glimpse at long retired designs.
Join me, won’t you, in this OOTD History Course?
Hope you enjoyed this vintage OOTD visual diary. As someone who puts off tasks like organizing files till the point of necessity, I was surprised that I actually enjoyed this project, largely because of photos like these that tell so much of a story about where we’ve been & how far we’ve come.
Thank you Betsy, for always being ahead of your time and making even the most mundane tasks more fun!
***Song of the Moment: Either Way by Wilco***
We found super babes Maya & Mindy looking all sorts of fine wearing pieces from You + Me, pt. 1, so naturally, we had to snap some pictures to share with you. Versatility is something I always consider when buying jewelry and these ladies do a great job of showing ways to wear your betsy & iya with a variety of ensembles. The pictures speak for themselves; take a look & be inspired!
On Maya: Líe hoop earrings, $74
Thanks to our fab models Maya & Mindy, and also to our street style photographer, Rachelle Hacmac.
***Song of the Moment: Have You Ever Been (to Electric Ladyland) by Jimi Hendrix***
Welcome to 2015, OOTD lovers! Here we find Gabriella, showing us how to wear a skirt in wintertime with ease. We took a stroll on an early January afternoon & were both taken with these bright green pointy trees just around the block from our shop. Mother Nature, amirite? When you can’t beat her, join her. 3, 2, 1… TREE POSE.
WHAT SHE’S WEARING
Hat found during trip to Italy
Shirt by J. Crew
Skirt by Brooklyn Industries
Tights from Imelda’s & Louie’s Shoes
Flats by French Sole
Badlands necklace by betsy & iya
May all your outfits be blog post worthy this year!
***Song of the Moment: Nearly Lost You by Screaming Trees***
It’s been waaaaay too long since our OOTD series has been blessed with a Matty appearance. For this, I apologize, and am here to hopefully make up for lost time by highlighting him in an eye popping ensemble that only he can pull off. When thought of separately, the elements of this outfit – mythical creature t-shirt, paisley print, sporty shoes, man bun – don’t necessarily scream “YOU LOOK GREAT,” but put together, on this bod, they work. Even more impressive than – dare I say it – an actual unicorn sighting!
WHAT HE’S WEARING
Paisley shirt by H&M
Unicorn T-shirt from Powell’s
Jeans by Naked & Famous
Jacket from Nordstrom
Shoes by Keen
Jewelry vintage or he made himself (talented man!)
I hope this OOTD encourages you to take some risks next time you get dressed. I can’t promise you’ll look as good as Matty, because look at him, but at least you won’t look boring (which is the worst thing in fashion, IMHO).
***Song of the Moment: As Long as You Love Me by Justin Bieber***