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. Nowhere 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?

betsy & iya ootd Cute Betsy + a glimpse at several early designs.

ootd portland, or Smizing before it was a thing in her first studio on NW 17th & Raleigh.

ootd portland, or I just love this powder blue dress!

ootd portland, or Classic mirror selfie to show off what was then a new design.

ootd portland, or Clearly, by this point, she's gotten good at this posing thing. Bonus: this door is still in our shop today! Can you spot it?Hope you enjoyed this vintage OOTD visual diary. As someone who puts off tasks like organizing files of photos till the point of necessity, I was surprised that I not only did I not hate this project, I actually enjoyed it- largely because of photos like these that tell so much of a story of 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! Cheers, Anna ***Song of the Moment:

Hope you enjoyed this vintage OOTD visual diary. As someone who puts off tasks like organizing files of photos till the point of necessity, I was surprised that I not only did I not hate this project, I actually enjoyed it- largely because of photos like these that tell so much of a story of 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! Cheers, Anna ***Song of the Moment: Either Way by Wilco***