Saturday, December 13, 2014

If you are looking for vintage-inspired women's clothing........

....look no further than Tattered Rose, right here in Edmonton, Alberta.  Truly, one of the best, most eclectic & unusually pretty collections of vintage-inspired, romantic clothing anywhere!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Short Non-Christmas Story from Tattered Rose...the folks who bring you ruffles and lace throughout the year, every year!

One day last week, it seemed like it was going to be a very slow day so I decided to start changing the store around (again)

About 1/2 hour later, when the store was in complete disarray, customers came in non-stop until almost closing.....all I could do was apologize for the mess, which was met with exclamations from these lovely customers of "what mess?"

I could take that 2 ways.....either the store always looks messy OR only I know where everything is supposed to be and no one notices that it is a pile of messy.....I'll assume the latter.

On that note, I leave you with this thought to ponder:
If you love ruffled and/or lace and/or velvet clothing.....what's stopping you? Come on in to Tattered Rose....we'll fix you up with some gorgeous, delightful, feminine, beautiful, romantic clothing to wear now and when you go on your gypsy adventure.....oky doky?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tattered Rose and Marie Antoinette

This is the time of year when we are all bombarded by emails, advertising, signs and posts from retailers, hoping to gain your business for Christmas gift-buying. It places us (me) in a rather awkward position because I AM a retailer but I am not fond of excess commercialism, which seems to abound during the holiday season.

So, I would like to quietly tell you, our wonderful customers (past, present & future) that Tattered Rose has, as always, a lovely selection of gifts and helpful ideas for those who are not quite sure what to buy for that special person.

We hope that you are enjoying the weather at the moment and that you find what you are looking for..........until we see you, be at peace. Don't worry about expectations that this holiday season places on you, just do the best you can and find happiness in small things.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tattered Snow Roses

Being out today in -8 degrees wasn't so bad...the sun was shining and there was no wind to speak of....I can handle winter when it is like this.

We know this is a busy time of year for most....thinking about the holidays which are fast approaching, buying gifts for our loved ones, anticipating a trip we might be taking or an evening out we have planned...

We at Tattered Rose have been busy too, behind the scenes, making sure that the store is well stocked with beautiful gifts and pretty outfits for your holiday outings.

This season we are in love with velvet again. Sure, we carry velvet clothing all the time but this year, we were inspired to create a limited edition of unusually romantic, vintage-inspired dresses and coats for you to wear when you gather with family & friends or bring in the New Year.

We love velvet at Tattered Rose.......come and have a look♥

Friday, November 21, 2014

Tattered Rose Evokes the Style of Stevie Nicks

Many times over the years customers have commented that Tattered Rose reminds them of Stevie Nicks or that she should shop at Tattered Rose. What a dream fulfillment that would be....not only to meet one of my favourite women, but for her to perhaps buy something from my shop!

Yesterday, one of my good customers was in, after being to the Fleetwood Mac show in Edmonton. She described some of the outfits Stevie wore on stage and I wished I could have been there to see her in person.

This customer shared a story that Stevie told the audience....about how, when she was just starting out (with the band) she visited a shop called "The Velvet Underground" where she was in awe of the beauty and abundance of lace and velvet and displays of paper roses as well as the beautiful clothing. (Many singers of the day purchased their clothing from this shop)

Stevie went on to say that when she stood at the entrance to this most beautiful shop, she knew that one day she would be back and be able to buy anything she wanted....and that day came not too long after.

My customer kindly told me that Tattered Rose, has the same effect on her and that my shop is HER version of the Velvet Underground and a place where dreams come true.

Just another example of how I love my customers....I learn so much from them and they share their stories with me and inspire me......I only hope that I inspire them a little too

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Everything in at Tattered Rose!

Capelet from the one-of-a-kind Couture line available only at Tattered Rose.....sumptuous textures to enchant you and those around a lot of other stuff, like fitted, lace-trimmed t-shirts, velvet & lace coats, and so much more.......Paris awaits you, my Tattered Rose pretties♥

Monday, November 17, 2014

Grunge Princess by Tattered Rose

It seems like ages ago that Tattered Rose worked on this photo shoot with Breanne Marie (the wonderful photographer) and the beautiful model, Carlee, who was gracious enough to fill in at the last minute when the photo shoot almost didn't happen due to cancellations by the the makeup artist & model. 

We fought hard to make it happen in spite of all obstacles that day and I think the results are beautiful! Thank you Breanne & Carlee for working on this shoot with me (Tattered Rose)

It has finally been published in "Dark Beauty" magazine, Issue #38 (see it online for free here): 

Photography: Breanne Marie
Model:  Carlee  
Concept/ Clothing Designs/Styling: Carol for Tattered Rose

Friday, November 14, 2014

French Kiss

For the rest of this month into the next, Tattered Rose will look like it has been kissed by Paris.....the shop is lit with "stars" and French music plays in the background.

A little bit of Paris is evident in almost every corner of the shop (even more than usual)......

Come in and escape the cold-weather blues while we at Tattered Rose are seeing things through rose-coloured glasses. We'd love to share that with you!

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

White Wonderland or White Misery?

Yes.....there is a blanket of snow on the ground and it is quite possible that it will stay for the winter. I guess you can choose to embrace it or be miserable about it. Either way, you can always visit Tattered Rose for some creature comforts and shopping therapy.

P.S, None of these images belong to Tattered Rose or me.

Monday, November 3, 2014

A Hint of Things to Come at Tattered Rose.......

We are in the midst of something wonderful planned for Tattered Rose....bits of it are already in place, with much more to follow.

Stay tuned..............

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Midnight Jewels

Swarovski & Austrian crystals adorn the ornate antique gold lace, which frames this small collection of "Midnight Jewels" (rings, earrings, bracelets & necklaces) for royalty but made for us mere mortals.

Vagabond Heart by Tattered Rose

You can be a vagabond/gypsy in your heart and not really travel the world with just a carpet bag carrying all of your worldly possessions.....

I know because I have this affliction, that of being a gypsy who prefers to stay in one is apparent in Tattered Rose, the shop that was created to fulfill my dreams of being a travelling photographer/writer/designer/visual display artist.

Come on in and be a gypsy for a while......

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Reign-Worthy Jewels at Tattered Rose

We have the most gorgeous chandelier earrings (different from what is shown in the collage above) and lots of other jewellery too.......

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Boyfriend Jacket at Tattered Rose

"Le Boyfriend".......the vintage circa 1940's inspired jacket.....throw it on with your jeans or a girly dress. We just received them in this lovely earth tones plaid or solid black.  Adorable, sexy, practical.......we want one!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Romantic Gypsy.....a part of Tattered Rose

Romantic Gypsy........The heart and soul of Tattered Rose....the romanticized vision of what a gypsy would wear, should she find herself stranded in the prairies. 
Where would she shop for her clothing? 
Where do you think....Tattered Rose!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

"Oh, my gosh, these are gorgeous!"

Sexy, soft, drapey waffle-knit wrap hooded cardi in 5 colours (black, charcoal grey, wine, dark blue, paprika)......wah-hoo!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Whispers from the Past


If vintage and antique clothing could talk, imagine all of the interesting stories each piece could tell about where they had been and what they had seen......something to think about.

 A (fictional) short story by Tattered Rose

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tattered Tattered Rose

We know that the couture part of Tattered Rose, the one-of-a-kind, hand-made, hand-dyed clothing we sell is not for the mass market......this clothing is for those who are individualistic, with a penchant for nostalgia and for wearing the type of clothing that you might see in old movies or Paris runways and that is available in very few places...........we love that part of Tattered Rose because it is romantic,inspiring and a lovely way to dress (we think)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Prairie Vagabond-Gypsy-Steampunk Couture by Tattered Rose

This is one of the outfits from our photo shoot know, the day of gale-force winds. Against the elements, the model, photographer, makeup artist and myself (the stylist for the shoot) tried not to get blown away, as we struggled to get the model dressed and ready for each shot. Poor lass had to change in the back of the Jeep.

Quelle nightmare! BUT, it was fun to work with this group again...we call ourselves "The Dream Team".....because we get along so well and help each other out. Thank you are the best in the west!

I can't show you the photographs yet......the photographer will be submitting them to magazines and they have to be the first to publish them.....

So, here is a sneak peak at the last outfit, which looked way better on Alana, the beautiful model.

Vagabond-Gypsy-Steampunk Couture.......the heart & soul of Tattered Rose.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Wishes for Thanksgiving

We wish that everyone could be happy and safe, have a home and enough to eat.....maybe one day.
Prayers for all. 
Giving thanks for what we have.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Reality Bites (Sometimes)

Real, every day life can sometimes get repetitive, especially if, like me, you are not able to fly off to Paris or Las Vegas at a  moment's the next best thing is to change things up right here at home.

How? Do something different or go to a new area of the city, go to a movie, meet a friend at a coffee joint you've never been to, try a new restaurant or visit Tattered Rose.....we are always changing things up, with new clothing and displays and styling's the only way I have right now of not getting bored with the routine of every day stuff.

I love clothing and jewellery and home decor. This week alone, we received 5 new shipments of all of exciting!!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

WITCH is the New BLACK...The Season of the Witch

With the proliferation of movies and television shows about witches in recent years, my interest in the idea of "what witches wear" is stronger than ever!

In my mind, they are good witches; they live in offbeat but architecturally beautiful houses with at least one black cat running about and they LOVE clothing & jewellery. Not ordinary clothing & jewellery that we would wear on a daily basis. No, what they wear is long dark skirts with lace and flowing embroidered dresses....and duster coats that seem to trail in the breeze.  Their hair is always long, usually wavy and the wear jewels like a tastefully appointed Russian (Gothic) Princess in mourning during the Victorian era.

The colour they favour above all others is, of course, BLACK. But if they are going to wear "colour" it will be a deep red colour...the colour of life (and death) But since these are good witches who cast only well-intentioned spells it is never about death. They surround themselves with beauty, goodness and enough luxury not to be vulgar....but rather cool and edgy. 

Which leads me to the originally purpose of this blog entry:  We got in the most amazing witchy-poo jewellery of all time! Dark Gothic chain necklaces adorned with crystal crosses or roses.....charcoal pearls and jet-like crystal earrings. They go so perfectly with all of our Gothic and Witchy clothing...the velvets and brocades....the black lace dresses, duster coats, flowy tops and ruffled sweater coats.

This really IS the season of the "witch" at Tattered Rose.....and from October 8th - 31st, we invite you to come in during regular store hours to feel the excitement of our Gothic Victorian Witch clothing, jewellery and displays.
♫Woo-hoo, Witchy woman
See how high she flies
Woo-hoo, Witchy woman
She got the moon in her eyes....

Friday, October 3, 2014

Happy Fall Dressing from Tattered Rose

Fall is the best time of the year for wearing layers, texture and cozy fabrics......Tattered Rose has all that and a lot of what you weren't expecting.  We love surprises, don't you?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Amidst the sea of black and dark brown and green and red and burgandy in the shop right now, one colour stands out in it's subtle way.......the colour is GREY and we love all shades of grey at Tattered Rose. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A No-Nonsense Blog Entry by Tattered Rose

Someone wrote to me about my blog...a person who lives in Europe and owns a string of boutiques.  He said, in his broken English "It is amazing that you give all of these ideas (on your blog) for free."

That really struck a cord in me because it has been one of my biggest fears:  showing too much online of what Tattered Rose is about can lead to misuse of my ideas....right down to the name "Tattered Rose" which was invented by me 16 years ago.  I know exactly why I chose this name for my business while all these other people who steal the name most likely think "Wow. That's a great name to use for MY business!" 

Without any regard for the meaning behind the name, they go on to use "Tattered Rose" or something almost identical for their own blogs, websites or stores. I realize that there is nothing I can do about that but I know without a doubt, that it came from my mind, my heart and soul. Tattered Rose evokes my spirit and thoughts on how I want my shop to be perceived and the type of clothing and jewellery I have sold and designed for 16 years. And I have come to realize, after many years of worrying about it, that they can never really copy Tattered Rose because it is my store and my heart is in every square inch of the shop.

Tattered Rose, the one and only original Tattered Rose, has changed a little over the years....we have grown in ways that were necessary with the changing times but one thing remains constant:
Our love of romantic, vintage-inspired and hand made clothing that will always be who we are. We also want to help women to realize their full potential and perhaps to try dressing the way their hearts want it's not JUST about selling stuff. It's much more than that!

One of my dear customers who was in the store yesterday, told me that she sends people into my shop all the time with a "warning" something along these lines:

The owner is a little bit different but don't be offended when she is honest about what looks good on you....she's just being herself. She's a good person and her store is something you have got to see for yourself. You will love it!

We had a good laugh about that. It means a lot to me that my customers trust me to be truthful and as helpful as I can be. I do my best to accomplish that every day.

My blog entries may become even more vague and/or sparse but those who know Tattered Rose already know. Those who haven't been in yet, will still be able to get a sense of what's in store for them (pardon the pun)

One last note:  Exciting things are afoot for the won't want to miss any of it!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Romancing the Lace: A short story by Tattered Rose

Cameos & there anything that appeals more to the "hopeless romantic" than this combination?
Our lace scarves have been replenished with some of the most gorgeous colours and mixes of lace ever!
If you want to add lace to your wardrobe, but not wear head-to-toe lace, just add a dash of vintage romance by throwing on a lace scarf and tying it in the most nonchalant way.....

The end of my story (for now)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Victorian Gothic

There is something so sexy & mysterious about black lace......and we have a LOT of it, so that must mean Tattered Rose is sexy & mysterious, no?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Happy Fall from Tattered Rose

Yesterday was the first official day of Fall, although most of us could "feel" Fall in the air for the past few weeks...we even had a few days of winter.
My only comfort in the fact that Fall is here, is that I love this time of year and I love Fall clothing....sweaters and boots are acceptable things to wear. No one looks at you like you're some weirdo wearing boots and sweaters and layers all summer now I fit in. Yay!
It really IS a beautiful time of year.....the colours of the foliage and the crispness in the air.
Let's all just enjoy that while it lasts.