Archive for the ‘Outfit of the Day’ Category

How to ROCK printed pants.

Printed pants have a long history. Look no further than your parents’ scrapbooks from the 70′s and you’re sure to find several snaps of your dad rocking plaid slacks or maybe even your fashion-forward mom in a pair of pastel printed culottes (shudder). Fast forward to 2014 and printed pants still have their same charm and playful spirit, just with a flattering cut and on-trend color. Fashion really is cyclical!

ways to wear patterned pants

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Top by Earnest Sewn

Vintage Belt from a friend

Printed Pants by Madewell

Shoes by Cole Haan

Jewelry her own

Meridith, thanks for making just standing there looks so gosh darn good.



***Song of the Moment: Regulate by Warren G, Nate Dogg***

OOTD: Birthday Boss Babe.

An extra special Betsy ootd post today, Wednesday, September 10, 2014. Why extra special, you ask? Well, not only is our boss lady bringing the noise and the funk in this printed jumpsuit from one of her favorite Portland boutiques, but it just so happens to be her birthday! Yes, blogosphere, join me and all of us at b&i in wishing our matriarch a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Betsy Cross portland, or

This outfit has personality with a capital “P.” Betsy found this amazing piece at Palace and paired it perfectly with a casual denim tunic and waist defining leather belt. To rock this jumpsuit, a woman needs a certain swagger and spark that, lucky for her, Betsy exudes naturally. The world is your runway, B, and you are owning it.

Betsy Cross portland, or


Jumpsuit from Palace

Denim button up tunic from Anthropologie

Belt from Anthropologie

Shoes from Target

Cathedral Park Hoops, Scania Cuff by betsy & iya

For further reading: through the magic of a long-standing blog, we can relive our well wishes for her last year in 2013, see what B was wearing on her big day in 2012, and what she was wearing in 2010 (the big 3-oh!). Holy wow, I love the Internet.

Happiest of birthdays to you, Betsy!



***Song of the Moment: Balance by Future Islands***

OOTD: Star Gazing.

When you wish upon a star for a super mega babe in a sexy dress to appear, this is what happens. Thank the heavens for Ashley!

what to wear to work

ways to wear betsy & iya jewelry


Star dress by French Connection

Shoes by J Shoes

Alameda Hoops, Puebla Ring, & Golden Gate Bridge Cuff by betsy & iya

Ashley always looks amazing at work, but this dress has the head turning factor that makes even those people who see you 5 days a week stop and take notice; plenty of “daaaaaaaang, girl“s were uttered on this day.

I love how she kept her jewelry relatively simple to let the flattering neckline and subtle star print really shine. This dress is cut beautifully to show off Ashley’s colorful tattoos. Points if you catch the dress print/tattoo symmetry!



***Song of the Moment: 3 A.M. by Sean Hayes***

OOTD: Twice as Nice.

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, cloisonn√© 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***