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

Ways to wear modern metal hair ties.

It’s been nearly a year since we hosted the release party for a line of modern metal hair ties, the brain child of two rad-tastic Portland lady makers: Shannon from Caravan Pacific, and Erin of Studio ERG. Designed by Shannon and manufactured by Erin, the hair ties that we currently sell online and in-store come Read More

July 4th Hours + What’s New!

We have good news and bad news. Good news: we’ll be open till 9pm on First Thursday, July 2nd, normal hours Friday, July 3rd, and 10am- at least 2pm on Saturday July 4th (call the shop after 2pm to confirm afternoon hours: 503-227-5482). Bad news: the year is now officially halfway over. But let’s not dwell on the Read More

How to Layer Necklaces.

It’s one of the most frequent jewelry styling questions we get: how do you layer necklaces without looking like you carelessly put on every piece of jewelry you own? If you’ve been to our shop, you might have noticed that the majority of the necklaces displayed in our windows and throughout the shop are already Read More

Let’s just call it summer, ok?

Who cares if the “official” start of summer is still a few weeks away? The weather in Portland over the last few days – sunny and HOT – has us all ready to embrace longer days and shorter attention spans to be anywhere without a cold beverage and body of water close by. Luckily, the shop Read More

How to Throw a Perfect Picnic.

When it’s nice outside, Portland comes alive and is eager to indulge its favorite pastime, eating. So, it makes sense that the Portland-based food power trio Marnie Hanel, Andrea Slonecker, and Jen Stevenson would author a guide to two things Portland excels at: eating and being outside. Enter, The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket. This book is the definitive guide Read More

Rejoice for restock of Turquoise Jewelry!

Great news: the shop is restocked with tons of vintage sterling silver and turquoise jewelry! With pieces for both men and women, this shipment is giving us hand and neck models a serious case of “OMG wish this was miiiiiiiine!!!” Ladies’ turquoise rings, sizes 3.5-9.5, $54-$160 Love us some man bling! Sizes 10 & 11, Read More

Self Care Essentials.

I think it’s pretty awesome that our culture is starting to embrace the importance of self care. No longer is it considered as a practice for “hippies” or people with a lot of extra time and money to spend at the spa; instead, there are entire bath/body lines comprised of products meant to nurture the parts that make Read More

#betsyandiyabuildout One Year Later.

May 9, 2015: One year since our expansion party. We’ve been making, thinking, moving, and shaking in this space for over 365 days now, and I can’t help but feel a little bit reflective thinking about it all. Like with a lot of life milestones, it feels simultaneously like the party was just yesterday and also Read More

Mother’s Day 2015 Gift Guide.

Dear Mom, you’re awesome. I want to show you just how much I love you with some handcrafted items from betsy & iya. Jewelry for your collection? Here you go! A new book about how to throw a simple and delicious picnic? You got it! A colorful cross body tote with bright, hand stamped shapes? Just Read More

Item of the Week: Aster & Bay Lip Stain.

For that “just ate a cherry-licious flavored popsicle” look, without having to consume any empty calories! Pump up the natural color of your pout and moisturize your lips with this 100% natural lip stain. Hibiscus flowers, beet root, alkanet root and elderberries give this beautiful and highly moisturizing lip stain its rich berry color. Use on the lips Read More

New in the Shop: April 2015.

Hello, dear blog readers! Are you all loving our new website or what?! We’re all smitten with it, and super big shouts to Will and Needmore Designs for all their hard work making it beautiful and functional. One of the most exciting things about the new website is that we are able to offer items other Read More

betsy & iya 7th Anniversary Artwork.

Our 7th anniversary party has come and gone, and I speak for everyone when I say “THANK YOU” all for your support. Whether you made it out for the party or just sent us a good word online, we really, really appreciate it. The completed artworks are more incredible than we could’ve imagined and coincidentally, Read More

7th Anniversary Moment 7: Expansion!

Moment 7: The first few months of our 2014 can be summed up in four words: betsy and iya buildout. Construction on the huge project that more than doubled the space we occupy in a historic building on the corner of NW Thurman & 24th began in December 2013, but it really started several months Read More

7th Anniversary Moment 6: Sign of the Times.

Moment 6: We got a sign! It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Why would we celebrate something that seems like nearly every business has? Because this wasn’t just any sign; we already had an A-frame sign that sits on the sidewalk in front of our shop, and one for our door letting people know whether Read More

7th Anniversary Moment 5: Eat, sleep, make jewelry, repeat.

Moment 5: So this plan Betsy had to make jewelry is taking off. Like, really taking off. She and Will, along with the help of friends, worked their booties off in the spring of 2011 to finish building out our current retail space. They moved b&i HQ to NW Thurman St. and in August 2011, Read More

7th Anniversary Moment 4: Photoshoot Fresh.

Moment 4: Before I started working in retail, I was so used to seeing glossy, edited images in magazines, online, and while scrolling through my Instagram feed, that I rarely stopped to consider what it took to make those photos happen. After working here and getting to be involved firsthand in all the preparation for Read More

7th Anniversary Moment 3: Road Tripping.

Moment 3: After Betsy established herself as a well-respected name in the jewelry biz in the Pacific Northwest, it was time to hit the road with the goal of putting betsy & iya jewelry on women all across the country. Before the retail shop opened in 2011, Betsy & Will – who joined Betsy full-time Read More

7th Anniversary Moment 1: Before the Beginning.

Moment 1: Every story has a beginning, and to find ours, you’re going to have to take a trip to Roanoke, VA (unless you already live there, in which case, “Hiiiii!” and also, stay put.). Before there was betsy & iya the handcrafted jewelry line and retail shop, there was Betsy and Iya the sisters. Read More

New in Shop: Spring Forward.

Top Row, L to R: Curator Mackenzie dress in “Vino” (best color ever?), $137. Made in SF, cap sleeved, has pockets, is perfect. Handwoven baskets from Afghanistan, $22 each! So multipurpose. Much colorful. (did I do that right?) The latest card from our snarky-in-a-good-way friends at Sapling Press. Isn’t this the basis of all your Read More