PDX International Women's Day

Posted on March 08, 2009

Did you know: "On March 8, 1857, thousands of working women marched through the streets of New York City demanding an end to sweat-shop conditions, improved childcare facilities, equal pay for equal work, and the right to vote. In 1910 at the International Conference of Women Socialists, Clara Zetkins proposed that March 8th be observed as International Working Women’s Day... Read More

Outfit of the Day: Grandma's Basement

Posted on March 04, 2009

Outfit of the Day: Grandma's Basement Ahhhhh nostalgia.   One of my most absolute favorite things to do when I was a wee one was rummaging through my grandmothers' things.  When I went to Grandma Mary Jane's house, I'd go straight back to her huge 60s-style bathroom, with blinders on---I was in search of only two things: her makeup and jewelry.  I LOVED Grandma MJ's choice in... Read More

Outfit of the Day: The Swede Gets Married.

Posted on March 02, 2009

Outfit of the Day: The Swede Gets Married. Just a bit ago, we traveled North and rode a ferry over to Vashon Island.  It was beautiful. Only one reason brought us there: to see a friend from grad school, Kajsa, celebrate her matrimony.  Just after school, she ventured up to Vashon Island to participate in her internship with a local theatre company.  She did her work.  And made... Read More

All of a Sudden.

Posted on February 27, 2009

All of a Sudden. You walk out of the house with your pretty shoes on and it starts to rain.  You play in the puddles any way. You wake up and worry that you can't remember what it is you were worried about.  You worry any way. You find yourself where you're not meant to be.  You play there any way. You don't know... Read More

betsy & iya: On The Street.

Posted on February 24, 2009

betsy & iya:  On The Street. hot women wearing my jewelry! It's not uncommon that I will get an email from a customer months after they've been wearing b & i, just to tell me how much they love their pick.  I can't tell you enough how happy this makes me.  I tell them and I'll reiterate here:  it's that enthusiastic authentic unsolicited feedback that makes... Read More

Little Corners.

Posted on February 20, 2009

Little Corners. The past few weeks have been so crazy busy for me.  Sometimes I wonder if I can really cope with it all.  And then, before I have a chance to think about it again, the thick moment of busy flurry has passed and I am breathing again,  the way I prefer---slowly and deeply.  The calm sets back in and I... Read More

Outfit of the Day: Layer Lady

Posted on February 18, 2009

Outfit of the Day:  Layer Lady Never underestimate the power of layering.  dress, vest, skirt...too much?? NAH.   Here we have some large and fancy brass filigree betsy & iya earrings. The old cream colored dress with a paisley-esque pattern, straight from my favorite vintage store in town, Fringe Vintage, who now have an awesome online shop on Etsy. The sleek black vest comes from another... Read More

Sock of the moment: black and blue

Posted on February 16, 2009

Sock of the moment: black and blue I really like socks.  I recently found a store called sock dreams, a local store.  Two words:  Ah Oh. I have discovered this store and must keep away--the way a fat kid should keep away from cake (and I can only say this because I WAS a fat kid for a moment so I know how it feels...OKAY).  My reasoning... Read More


Posted on February 13, 2009

Doors. I have recently had a beautiful door open in front of me:   An open door I wasn't certain what it was all about, but I could see that it was breathtaking.  I allowed myself to walk through, slowly, taking in all the wonder that surrounded me.  Scared and uncertain, I have loved every moment.  Green, old, rich, new, poor,... Read More

Outfit of the Day: Orange Betsius

Posted on February 12, 2009

Outfit of the Day: Orange Betsius Orange Betsius In all its ridiculousness, I kind of really love this get up.  This is another drooly (good thing)  pick from the Bargain Hunting local-store clearance show I attended at the top of February.  I saw this number and immediately fell in love.  It comes from another new favorite local designer and her flagship store: Idom.  Modi Soondarotok is... Read More

I killed the blueberries.

Posted on February 10, 2009

I killed the blueberries. Ever since I was old enough to notice, I've been obsessed with the color purple.  My infatuation has only increased through the years, elevating it to an insanely ridiculous color love.  I don't like to wear the color so much as I like to think about it, ogle and sometimes eat it.   don't cry little ones. you will all... Read More

Weekend Wonder Wander.

Posted on February 09, 2009

Weekend Wonder Wander. With all of its peaks and valleys, I loved this weekend.   shower me with love: this picture taken in one of the Pittock Mansion's crazy all body spray shower.  If only I could shower in a chamber like this one. This could count as my OOTD, BUT I recently wore pretty much this same thing, so I'm going to... Read More

(this better be a) Hip Happening.

Posted on February 06, 2009

(this better be a) Hip Happening. And it would be way hipper if YOU showed up and said hello to me! hip happening 7126 SE Milwaukie Avenue. 11 am to 5 pm There will be loads of awesome vendors, great food, great fun, and loads of juicy shameless love jewelry. Whether or not I see you tomorrow, I hope you have hugely love-filled weekends! -betsy ***Song... Read More

Production Time.

Posted on February 06, 2009

Production Time. dudes, I'm so busy today.  I'm doing a show tomorrow AND a photo shoot AND I just got invited today to do another photo shoot on SUNDAY.  Man oh man, people are going nutso over the handmade revolution and I love it!  I'm seriously back to calloused-hands McCross. I wanted to chime in here though and say HELLO  to you... Read More

Portland's Sunny Proof:

Posted on February 04, 2009

Portland's Sunny Proof: Here in the NW in the wintertime, if it's sunny outside there's a good chance it's sunny inside. sidewalk tree   sidewalk me Hello to you, from the sunny NW.  I hope your days are bright and your nights, starry. ***Song of the Moment: Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1,  by J.S. Bach, performed by Robert Westaway. Read More

Outfit of the Day: prairie home city gal.

Posted on February 04, 2009

Outfit of the Day: prairie home city gal. Today is full of unlikely texture mixing, contrasting rich colors and bold ideas---city verses country, all mixed into one.   sweet home prairie city rich berry dress:  awesome Idom on Alberta Street. charcoal textured tights and long sleeve navy blue tee: anywhere local and cool. aqua thick knee high socks: sock dreams on Powell. frye boots: Johnny Sole downtown. I... Read More

Outfit of the Day: Embracing the Fluff.

Posted on February 03, 2009

Outfit of the Day: Embracing the Fluff. Sunday I participated in the most ridiculous fashion event I've ever been to:  BARGAIN HUNTING 101 (a PDX local collective sale).  Though this time, I was on the shopping side of things ---SHWEW!!  It was NASTY in there.  The moment I found a great little open pocket, a swarm of women with shopping bags instead of hands would crowd around... Read More

Outfit of the Day: a mother's little reflection.

Posted on January 31, 2009

Outfit of the Day: a mother's little reflection.   mama's little reflection Today, I remind myself of my mother.  It's a beautiful, comforting  reminder full of breath and weight.     sexy mama We love HANDMADE!  This cutesy cowl-neck sweater(ish) dress was handmade by my great friend Jen and given to me for Christmas 2007.  I have loved and used it ever since.  The sweet little expandable oldy... Read More

Anti Outfit of the Day: Douglas Fir.

Posted on January 30, 2009

Anti Outfit of the Day: Douglas Fir. The other day THIS outfit accompanied me to the gym: best workout look EVER   WHAT!?! Possibly the worst color combination for an outfit---ever.  Deep rich brown (um, swimming trunks, no less) matched with an old bright green comfy collar shirt from Levi's (and a perfect little stain on the back):  good for trees, bad for bodies. workout king  ... Read More