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betsy & iya Jewelry Celebrate 7 Year Anniversary

Friday, March 27, 2015


Founder Betsy Cross with Will Cervarich and Barrie Chan. Photo Credit: betsy & iya Facebook

Portland jewelry and lifestyle boutique, betsy & iya, will host a fundraiser, artist reception, and party to honor the seven years since founder Betsy Cross began making jewelry in 2008. 

betsy & iya have collected original artworks from seven female artists, with each work representing a pivotal moment throughout the jewelry lines history. Artists include illustrators Brooke Weeber, Vivian Chen, and Kira Lynn Cain.   

The pieces will be revealed at the party and will be for sale, with 50 percent of the proceeds going back to the artists.

The other 50 percent will go to local nonprofit, Friends of the Children. Ten percent of all betsy and iya sales from 6 pm to 9 pm will go to Friends of the Children as well. 

Friends of Children was founded in 1993 by Portland investor Duncan Campbell. The organization provides children with long-term mentors (a twelve and a half year commitment to each child). Today the non profit has 45 Friends mentoring 400 children.  

betsy & iya 7th Anniversary Party, 2403 NW Thurman Street, Thursday April 2nd, 6 pm- 9 pm, Free. For more information click HERE


Related Slideshow: PDX Fashion Community Shares Their Spring Fashion Essentials

GoLocalPDX asked the Portland fashion community what the hottest trends for spring will be. 

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From Left to Right:  

Kate Miles, Fashion Designer Kate's Couture 

Jennifer Harris, JDHStyle, Personal Stylist, and Image Consultant

Brittany Sierra, Fashion Blogger + Founding Principal of Arreis

Kemea Smith, GoLocalPDX Fashion Contributor 

Tito Chowdhury, FashionNXT Executive Director

Rasha and Vana Pecoraro, Founders and Co-Owners of Dapper D

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“We’ve seen sheer cutouts in prior seasons but this Spring I suspect we’ll see more full body sheer ensembles,” says Brittany Sierra. “From sheer tops to sheer pants and playsuits, this spring is the season of transparency.”

“Celebrate the beauty of your whole body  -- show, show, show. Don't hold back on wearing sheer or fitted dresses,” says Tito Chowdhury. “Before you know it, it will be out of style --so do it this season.”

Altar Housline Sheer Fisherman Romper. More information HERE.  

Photo Credit: Altar 

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Denim x Denim

“My top pick for the ladies, is the boyfriend cut. These are NOT your boyfriend's jeans,” says Jennifer D Harris. “They are made to be sleek, chic, and approachable. They are absolutely NOT sloppy.” 

“We will definitely see a lot of denim this spring but I suspect people will switch it up a bit by pairing denim with denim, and denim embellished with lace and jewels,” says Sierra. 

The Fifth on the Horizon Denim Shirt. Buy it HERE

Photo Credit: Nasty Gal 

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Denim Dresses

A loose fitting denim dress that hits just above the knee, will be a go to outfit for many, this spring. It’s easy to find the perfect denim dress for your body shape, because they come in a variety of different cuts and styles. 

Make it Good: Brushstroke Shift Dress. Buy it HERE

Photo Credit: Make it Good

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Boxy Silhouettes

“I think that the more structured and boxy-look is very much present this spring,” says fashion designer Kate Miles. She has also noticed "clean and simple lines that are more embellished by jewelry and hair than the garment itself."

Suzanne Rae Collard Button Up Shirt. Buy it HERE

Photo Credit: Stand up Comedy 

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Extra Long Shirts For Men

A lightweight oversized shirt adds a relaxed and somewhat dramatic look to some plain jeans. 

House Of The Very Islands Extra Long Shirt. Buy it HERE

Photo Credit: Frances May 

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“Baseball caps, newspaper style hats, trucker hats, for any time you don't have an extra minute to fix your hair,” says Rasha Pecoraro and Vanna Pecoraro.

Wide brimmed hats will continue to be worn by Portlanders throughout the spring. They add a special kind of spark to any outfit. 

Photo Credit: Kemea Smith

See the original article HERE

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Monochromatic White

Sierra’s favorite trend this spring is a head to toe white ensemble. 

“White looks great on all skin tones and gives off a fresh and classy vibe. This minimalist monochromatic look makes for a chic and “upscale” feel,” says Sierra.  

Photo Credit: The Row (Pre Fall 2015) Facebook

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“Layer gender neutral bracelets to give any outfit a trendy look,” says the Pecoraros. 

“The days of chunky are over. Smaller is better. For fingers, necks, ears, and wrists, think delicate jewelry, THINK SMALL,” says Harris. 

Betsy and Iya Southern Lights necklace. Buy it HERE

Photo Credit: Betsy and Iya 

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“The uber-straight hair needs to go. There are so many bouncy style products and options,” says Chowdhury. 

Kate Mile Design- Kate's Couture 

Photo Credit: Lavenda Memory 


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