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New in Shop: Demimonde Studio Jewelry.

Welcome to our shop, Demimonde Studio! Rachael creates each of her intricate, one-of-a-kind designs in her NE Portland studio and retail space. We’re all fans of Rachael’s work because it’s so darn unique. Once you’re familiar with her aesthetic, you’ll be able to spot one of her pieces a mile away.

Demimonde jewelry

Rachael putting the finishing touches on our order at her studio/shop!

Three things we love about Demimonde

1. Movement: even when still, these pieces have motion to them, especially the ones with the metal “fringe” pieces

2. Versatile: in an “I can wear this to a wedding and the office” kinda way

3. Color: from rich turquoise to sexy lapis, the colors Rachael pairs together are always alluring

Demimonde jewelry

I know exactly what you’re thinking and yes, I want them all, too.

Stop by soon to see what pieces have taken up temporary residence in our shop!



***Song of the Moment: Slow Ride by Foghat***


Rose City Summer: Suzy.

Portland summer


We had a few days of summer rain and gloom this past week, but the weekend ahead is looking hot and glorious, ripe for river trips &/or camping adventures. Luckily Suzy, our Retail Manager and next Rose City Summer guide, knows all the right places to camp, river (yeah, I’m using ‘river’ as a verb), and imbibe. With some gentle nudging, I convinced her to share some of her Portland summer favorites. The rest? You’ll have to read on to learn the best way to get those secrets out of her!

Where I park it: After work on warm summer evenings you’ll find me at The Fields Park, lounging on a blanket with a good book and having a picnic dinner with my husband.  It’s the perfect place to watch the sun set while looking out over the Fremont Bridge.  The view of the old industrial buildings near the park and the sound of trains entering and leaving the nearby station add to The Field’s urban charm.

Summer SustenanceNavarre is one of my favorite restaurants in town, and you can always count on them to offer amazing small plates with delicious seasonal ingredients.  There’s a server there who’s spot on her wine recommendations, and the entire staff is really friendly.  Start with the bread from Ken’s Artisan Bakery with grassy olive oil, order a few of their seasonal vegetable dishes (recent favorites: grilled spring onions with chimichurri; simple fresh peas and mint) and make sure to save room for the Basque cake for dessert.  Try to get a table near the window or out on the sidewalk – the way the evening light hits Navarre in the summer is magical.

Go-to body of water: My favorite river and lake hang outs are secrets – I like privacy!  But take me out for a drink and I’ll probably let you in on one or two of those secrets.

Oregon lakes

Some of Suzy’s favorites (shh, don’t tell) L to R: Little North Santiam River, Timothy Lake, Clackamas River // Photos courtesy of Suzy

Summer in a glass: Asking me to choose my favorite summer beverage is like asking a parent to choose his or her favorite child.  I can’t play favorites… I choose them all!  I take Radler in a can to those secret water hideaways. Cocktails at Paymaster are totally refreshing on a hot day.  For a casual drink on a summer evening I head to Base Camp Brewery. I recommend grabbing a few of their lightweight bottles to take with you camping and backpacking.  And a glass of wine at Luce is perfect for a romantic summer night.

refreshing summer drinks

Vino forever at Luce & Base Camp Brewing beer bottles on a July camping trip // Photos courtesy of Suzy

What betsy & iya piece I’ll be living in: Fremont Bridge cuff – no question.  I feel like a bad ass in that piece.  And it makes for cool tan lines.

Summer uniform: Something sleeveless in black, grey, or blue.  Bathing suit underneath (you never know when a river may call).  Stack of brass bangles on my wrist.  Teeny little studs or big, bold, brass hoops in my ears – nothing in between.  Add sleeves and take away the bathing suit and you’ve got my winter uniform, too.

Activity or event of choice: Camping and backpacking.  Every.  Single.  Weekend.  I live all year in anticipation of Northwest summer camping.  The hiking, the views, the dips in rivers and lakes, the campfire cooking, the star-gazing, the morning coffee… it all adds up to perfection to me.  I’ve become particularly fond of spots on the east side of Mount Hood.  And for the longer backpacking trips, the Wallawa Whitman National Forest is dreamy.

Share your #SUMMERSELFIE: Did you not read my bio on our Meet the Team page? I’m the curmudgeon at the shop.  No selfies.  No hashtags.  Come see me in person at the shop!

Alright, Suzy, we’ll oblige. Only because you seem to know the best of the best when it comes to all things Portland summer! And I kinda want to test what other secrets you’ll tell me after a few drinks….

Follow Suzy’s adventures this summer, and all year, on her blog sulu-design.



***Song of the Moment: There She Goes, My Beautiful World by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds***


Rose City Summer: Amory

Summer fun in Portland, OR

You think you know a person and then you go and ask him/her probing questions about summertime! The thing I love most about putting together these posts about summer fun in Portland is getting to know my coworkers even better. Things I’ll be asking Amory after reading this post: “how the heck did you know that about sea stars?” and also “when are you going to make me a grapefruit skin cake?” Don’t fight the intrigue; read on!

Where I park it: Wherever Movies in the Park is happening! It’s great: pick a film, pick a park, pack a picnic, and enjoy Portland at is best.  After hearing “Let it Go” said a few too many times in the studio, I decided to check out Frozen at Hazeltine Park.  Disney, you’ve come a long way since I last watched ya.

Summer SustenanceLardo.  Korean Pork Shoulder salad.  That’s right, salad, not sandwich.  Fun Lardo fact: (almost) any sandwich can be made into a salad served with beautiful greens in a huge shiny metal bowl.  So good I had it three times one week…

Lardo Portland, OR

Photo courtesy of Lardo

Go-to body of water: The coast.  I love tidal pools and the ruggedness of the Oregon coast.  Did you know sea stars can send their stomachs outside of their bodies to feed?!? Editor’s Note: NO/mind blown!!!

Summer in a glassBrew Dr. Kombucha.  Fave of the moment is Nutri-berry.  Mix Nutritonic with Superberry for new levels of awesomeness.  And when you drink it a liter at a time, be comforted by the fact you’re consuming 4.4 billion live and active cultures at a time.

Brew Dr. Kombucha

Photo courtesy of @brewdrkombucha on Instagram

What betsy & iya piece I’ll be living inBrooklyn Bridge cuff paired with a leather bangle.  I just can’t get enough of this combo!

Amory’s favorite combo on display as she digs into her birthday cake!


Summer uniform: Black tank top, pinstriped tights and climbing shoes.  It’s my climbing formal wear.

Activity or event of choice: Camping in any beautiful spot.  New favorite camping activity: baking cakes in grapefruit peels in the campfire.

Share your #SUMMERSELFIE: Overheard in the shop: “does it count as a selfie if someone else takes the picture?”  Some of us are just a bit slower than others…here’s me at my best: Summertime in Yosemite.

“LIFE IS GOOD” -Amory, in this moment

Like the true Renaissance woman that she is, Amory takes full advantage of all Portland summer has to offer. Follow her lead and feed your body, mind, and spirit and good times surely await!



***Song of the Moment: Bright Whites by Kishi Bashi***

Rose City Summer: Anna.

Summer fun in Portland, OR

Oh, HI! It’s my week to dish on my adopted hometown and let me just say that nothing can prepare you for the amazingness of Portland summer until you actually experience one. My first summer here was in 2009 and I’d  anxiously awaited the promised land of seasons, only to get hit with a wild heat wave, during which I spent a considerable amount of time with my head in my freezer in between cold showers. Growing up in the midwest, the thought of no air conditioning sent me into full  ”does not compute” mode, but after living here long enough, I know that it’s not necessary… most of the time. I’ll never forget seeing Sonic Youth at the Roseland Theater (no AC) that first summer and just dripping sweat standing still. Comfortable? Heck no. Memorable? Abso-freakin-lutely!

I swear I have more to discuss than sweat. Grab your favorite magazine, classic rock album, and a cold bev; let’s hang out, summer friend!

Where I park it: Like, Matty, I’m not much of a ‘park it’ girl. I much prefer to be on the move at all times, especially during the summer. If I am going to take a time out, I like to sit in Director Park downtown. It’s urban, ripe for people watching and within a stone’s throw of my holy trinity of needs: bathroom, coffee, and shopping.

Summer Sustenance: Fro Yo. Yep, I’m a frozen yogurt addict year round (self-serve only), but especially when it’s hot outside. I recommend TWIST, which is tragically close to betsy & iya, because they change their flavors so often and offer treats by Petunia’s and coffee from Ristretto Roasters.

Go-to body of water: I just made my first trip to the Washougal River over 4th of July weekend, and it was awesome! It’s about an hour drive, but so scenic and worth it to get to a water spot with no sand! I pack the stack of magazines I haven’t gotten around to reading and necessary sun protection and I’m good for a few hours.

Washougal River

View from the car // View from the rocks // Flower crowns & serious mugs with my friend, Sue

Summer in a glass: I hereby declare this the Summer o’ Booze Slushys. I love the wildly unique concoctions the Bye and Bye has been offering in their slushy machine! Refreshing and mood boosting.


Slushys, good. Booze slushys, BETTER! Photos courtesy of @byeandbyeportland on Instagram

What betsy & iya piece I’ll be living in: I wear my hair up more in the summer, which is perfect for showing off my pair of Cathedral Park hoops. I love that they’re different from every angle. I’ll also continue my typical rotation of betsy & iya heavy wrist and hand adornments, as seen below (L to R: Scania cuff, Redundant Chevron ring, Puebla ring, plus one beaded & two vintage brass bracelets).

betsy and iya_soaking up the sun3

Summer uniform: Maxi skirts + loose tees or tanks. Vintage dresses. Birkenstocks (I’ve liked them since forever, OKAY?!?).

Activity or event of choice: All the shopping events! I love Portland Flea all year, but especially in the summer because it’s nice to be outside and shop at the same time. They also just started a monthly Sunday Emporium which puts Flea vendors in home wares store, Rejuvenation. Those events, coupled with all the street fairs make for so many opportunities to see amazing goods and socialize with my retail peeps, all while working on my tan.

Portland Summer

Fro Yo for lunch because YOLO // Recent Make-it-Good/Nell & Mary sale // Legs or Hotdogs at another fave summer spot, Sauvie Island


Phone reflected in my shades? CLASSIC selfie moment!!! #nomakeup #definitelyfiltered

Have car, will river trip, shop, and imbibe with you! Just give a holler, my friends.



***Song of the Moment: Money Ain’t A Thang by Jay-Z***