betsy & iya Handmade jewelry from Portland, Oregon designer Betsy Cross. Shop, studio, and online store celebrating the vitality, integrity, and tradition of the independent designer. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:26:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to ROCK printed pants. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:21:12 +0000 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!

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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***

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NEW betsy & iya: Two Additions to the Bridge Collection. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:18:35 +0000 betsy & iya Peeps,
Please join us in welcoming TWO new additions to our popular Bridge Collection, the Steel Bridge cuff & the Hernando de Soto Bridge cuff! Both are now available in our brick & mortar shop and online and come in brass (pictured), silver plated, or gold plated.

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These babes have been in process at b&i HQ for months and it feels darn good to be able to reveal them to you. Betsy’s way of drawing inspiration from the architecture, angles, and curves of bridges and turning it into something beautiful and wearable never ceases to amaze me.

Hope to start seeing these on wrists around town & on social media soon!



***Song of the Moment: Everlong by the Foo Fighters***

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betsy & iya Personal Stylist: One T-Shirt Four Ways. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:36:31 +0000 I love a good t-shirt! And fortunately, it looks like they will continue to be on trend for like……always.

We recently started carrying t-shirts by good hYOUman . They’re pretty much the softest t-shirts I have ever felt, they’re produced in LA, and extremely comfortable made from 100% light weight cotton.

I styled a t-shirt on four awesome b&i ladies four ways and I have one word to describe it: amazing.

one t shirt, four ways

 good hYOUman Basic Top $35

Faded Black, Hemlock, Storm, and Cloud (colors shown in clockwise order)

Pull it tight, tuck it in, tie it up or wear it out. This tee is universally flattering on every body type. No doubt, the versatility of these tees make them a wardrobe essential!

If you have any questions about these items, feel free to call us at the shop 503-227-5482, option 5.



***Song of the moment: Left Hand Free by alt-J***

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New in Shop: Curator, Jenneng, & Sydney Hale Co. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:00:48 +0000 With so many new products arriving in the shop every day, we are super eager to spread the word! This is just the beginning of what we have coming for fall. Get excited, people.

If you have any questions about these items, feel free to call us at the shop 503-227-5482, option 5. Or better yet stop by say hi and check out all of the new products we have in person!

These scarves by Curator are simply amazing. They have timeless look but modern feel and they effortlessly pull any outfit together. Did I mention how cozy they are? 100% Cotton french terry pure goodness.

Curator ScarvesCurator Infinity Scarves $40
Oyster, Black Space, White Space & Black
(colors in clockwise order)

Welcome to the shop, Jenneng! Handcrafted in her NYC studio, these bags are your perfect everyday carry-all. Her designs are clean, simple, and water repellent (hello, Portland!). Fashion meets function. I guess you can have it all.

Jenneng TotesCotton Canvas Totes  $80
Field Tan, Sienna & Gray
(colors from left to right)

Jenneng Crossbody BagsCotton Canvas Crossover Bags $60

Field Tan & Black

Sydney Hale Candle Co.
And last but not least, we now have four new scents by Sydney Hale Co. If you have ever smelled, purchased or received a candle by Sydney Hale Co. you know that once you cross over, you can never go back. Their new scents are packaged in beautiful seafoam colored glass with a cream, black and copper label, and as always produced in small batches and “tastefuly fragrant“.

New Sydney Hale Co.

Sydney Hale Co. Candles $28



***Song of the moment: Warranted Queen by Arum Rae***

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OOTD: Birthday Boss Babe. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:38:08 +0000 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!!!!

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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.

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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 2012and 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***

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Studio Visit by Portraits to the People. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:58:14 +0000 Through the magic of the Internet, I connected with Portraits to the People photographer and founder of the Identity Project, Sarah Deragon. Sarah made a visit to Portland last fall and sent us a message through the betsy & iya Facebook saying she wanted to stop by the shop and asked for a recommendation of where to eat close by. I responded and she was in the shop the very next day, adding to her impressive betsy & iya earring collection and taking gorgeous photos of our shop.

We’ve kept in touch ever since, and during her most recent visit in late August, she got to see our expanded production studio & office space for the first time. I was thrilled when she whipped out her camera and started shooting; Sarah has an eye for details, with amazing photography skills to boot. She notices moments, captures moods, and understands the beauty of handcrafted items. Take a peek at some of the magic she captured during a particularly sunny Saturday morning in our production studio.

All photos courtesy of Sarah Deragon.

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betsy & iya production studio

The masks that guard Betsy’s workbench, the drill bit, the pieces of plastic & metal the makers use to load the tumblers; I love that Sarah pays attention to these details that are so integral to what we do around here, but often get overlooked at first glance.

 Thank you so much for stopping by and snapping these photos, Sarah! Can’t wait for your next trip to PDX.



***Song of the Moment: Best Night by The War on Drugs***

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OOTD: Star Gazing. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 11:10:06 +0000 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!

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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***

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Open Late for September First Thursday 09/04/14! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:51:29 +0000 To kick off the Virgo-tastic month of September, we’ll be open late from 6-9 PM on First Thursday, Sept. 4th. Get out your phones and mark the date NOW!

We’ll have sale clothing & jewelry, as well as all the new arrivals we’ve had come in as we gear up for fall. Come shop, hang out, and enjoy a complimentary glass (ok, plastic cup) of wine. Grab a friend &/or a date and make a night of it! Insert dancing lady emoji.


Hope to see some of your fine selves there!



***Song of the Moment: Inside Out by Eve 6***


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betsy & iya Stylists: Summer to Fall Transition. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:03:17 +0000 Like it or not, it’ll soon be time to break out the cardigans, tights, hats, and scarves as fall rapidly approaches. The good news is that no matter what it’s doing outside, you don’t have to worry about changing up your betsy & iya jewelry.

Easily transition from summer to fall      

The pieces seen above are the perfect accents for when you’re summertime lounging in a tshirt & shorts or when you’re layering with a cardigan before heading to work on a chilly morning.

Worn by the lovely Meridith:

Lappland Stud earrings (Scandinavia colorway)

Definition ring

Badlands ring

Simple Sterling Silver Rings

Helio necklace

Arch’s Shadow cuff bracelet

Leather bangles (mint/sea foam/natural and black)

If you have any questions about these items, feel free to call us at the shop 503-227-5482.

xo Ashley

***Song of the Moment: Willie by Cat Power***

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OOTD: Twice as Nice. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:18:12 +0000 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!”

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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, cloisonné 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***

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