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.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Grey Monday

Favourite colour:  Grey
Favourite animal:  Cat
Favourite colour for pumpkins:  Grey?! What?

I didn't know that pumpkins could be found in grey.....THAT would be my colour of choice for decorating with pumpkins because I am not found of orange.

Grey is a lonely colour...there is no other colour that evokes the same mysterious cool perfection, as far as I am concerned. That is why Tattered Rose will always carry grey clothing & jewellery, accessories and home matter if it is "in" or not.
There must be more of you out there who love the colour grey as much as I do........

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Western Romance by Tattered Rose

A little western influence will always be part of Tattered Rose (1999-present) is where we started (Way Out West, 1995-2001).  
Now that we are in the Prairies of Alberta, it is a perfect fit.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tattered Rose Steps Out!

Samantha Grant, actress and gorgeous Tattered Rose customer wore one of our one-of-a-kind creations, a garnet red velvet maxi dress, to the premiere of "Forbidden Playground" recently.......what a fun evening that must have been! 
Thank you so much Samantha for allowing us to post this lovely photo of you!

Forbidden Playground 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Modern Romance from Tattered Rose

After a whirlwind few weeks of frenzied shopping by our customers, today was a relatively quiet day, which enabled me to get caught up with merchandising of some of the new arrivals for Fall.......such an array of my personal favourite types of clothing items like sweaters, jackets, skirts, shawls, etc. in colours that are so perfect for right now...........*sigh*

Sympli the Best Re-stocked and Ready for Fall at Tattered Rose!

Sympli the Best clothing is Made in Canada sold in abundance and with style at Tattered Rose.

We just received our last Fall order...the one with the sweater knits mixed with jersey.....oh my GOSH!! Simply gorgeous and so wearable....and with pockets! 

We women love our pockets, no?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Snow Day by Tattered Rose

This morning, many of us in Alberta woke up to a blanket of snow on the ground, with even more falling from the sky.....a wet snow, overcast, cold grey day.  This is the view from Tattered Rose around 10:00 a.m.
You can't really see the snow in this image but you kind of get the idea of the dreariness of the weather and wet ground. So......what do you wear on such a (depressing) day?
Something like this raw femininity outfit from Tattered Rose:
Now,don't you feel a little bit better already?
You're  welcome. xo

Sunday, September 7, 2014

September Tattered Rose

(This image does not belong to Tattered Rose....found somewhere on the Internet and used for inspiration only)
One cool September morning, a young woman (Rose) decided to wear her new black burnout mesh dress on her walk along the lake near her home.
It had been a week since she purchased the dress and she was so eager to wear it that she could wait no longer for "an occasion" to come up.....
And so, along with her new black combat boots and new charcoal leggings, she wore the dress outside for her walk, hoping that something extraordinary would happen.
Suddenly, she spotted something in the water and heard crying sounds...not like a human baby but something else. She had to investigate and luckily it was close enough to the shore for her to lean in for a look. What she saw was utterly surprising and unexpected.......

*Note: For the rest of the story please visit us here: 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hauntingly Romantic

Shades of darkness......the kind of clothing that Wendy, Joanna and Freya ("Witches of East End") might wear......romantic, sexy, dark velvet, lace, challis in silk, cotton, linen or rayon.


Friday, September 5, 2014

"Frankly,'s our sexy new boyfriend shirt!"

Sheer sides on this not-so boyfriend shirt will make heads turn. 
*Please wear responsibly (wear something under it)

50 Shades of Grey.....and Red and Brown and Cream and Black and Burgandy and Green.....

Yesterday, "we" unpacked 5 boxes of new arrivals (clothing) for Fall...............! Some of the most delicious subtle colours, textures and styles any woman would want, including me.  
Be still my heart♥

The long knitted sweatercoat (shown above in grey) is one of the most versatile pieces for layering and adding texture to any outfit...jeans or dresses and skirts.......I kept one of the grey ones for myself, as a reward for all of my hard work in unpacking all those boxes!

There are SO many new items, I don't even want to try and take pictures of everything....a lot of steaming in my immediate future.

Come in and see what we have for you this colours synonymous with Tattered Rose....oh...the rose intarsia sweaters trimmed in raw edge chiffon....gasp!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Darkly Romantic Rebel

Romantic Gothic clothing is one aspect of Tattered Rose...for those of us who like to occasionally live on the dark side, clothing-wise, that is.
We are rebels with a cause!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

See You in September......

SEPTEMBER is a magical month for "fashion".....the September issue of VOGUE is the hugest one of the year, it is the month where we receive most of our Fall season items and it is the month where things seem to turn around, going from summer to definitely feeling a Fall chill in the air, so we all start thinking "what new things do I want to wear?"

Tattered Rose received early Fall things in July & August, but as we are at the mercy of the "fashion suppliers" the bulk of our Fall clothing, jewellery and accessories is arriving in September....starting next week! I can hardly wait!

Please visit us in SEPTEMBER for some of the most desired items you will want to add to your wardrobe.  Expect some of the most romantic, wearable, textural, gorgeous clothing you will find anywhere!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Wild Prairie Rose

THIS is Tattered Rose in a nutshell/photograph (not our photo, unfortunately)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Wild Prairie Rose

Grabbed this photo on my way out of the store after I closed......I love how lace & ruffles look blowin' in the wind.

Have a safe & happy Labour Day weekend everyone. 
We will be open Saturday 11-2.

New Arrivals: 13 Cats

We could write about all the beautiful clothing we have in for Fall, but you already know about that, so here are some lovely felines wearing fur, where fur belongs!

P.S. These cats do not live at Tattered Rose; they are not mine, nor do I even know them, in case you were wondering. Meow♥

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Worn in the West

Western women are eclectic so we need a place to shop for clothing, jewellery & accessories that is eclectic and has the best diverse collection of all of these things.......Tattered Rose has that.  
We may not be all things to all people but we are a place to shop for romantic clothing that will stand the test of time.....something for just about any woman, especially those of us who live on the Prairies. Most women want to be different but some of us need encouragement to be who we really are and dress how we really want to! Tattered Rose will do our best to help you with that.

One thing is for sure: Western women are never boring♥

P.S. Shown is one of our fav maxi skirts in new colours (steel grey, mocha brown and indigo)for Fall 2014!

Back to School.................Tattered Rose Style

Have you ever thought of shopping for back-to-school clothing at Tattered Rose? Not everything in the shop is hand-made...we have a lot of lovely, inexpensive, romantic clothing available, like this cable-knit zip-front cardigan and lots of Sympli the Best & Cut Loose for students & teachers....and parents.....really!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Urban Bohemian Clothing Found at Tattered Rose!

The word "bohemian" is highly over-used but it is still one of the best words (for now) we can use to describe the clothing we have in the shop that is feminine yet modern, haute hippie, urban peasant, Victorian cowgirl meets Helena (Bonham-Carter) Gothic, ruffled, lace, velvet, flowing madness that we like to call our favourite's all in the mix.

Get a taste of it at Tattered Rose....your life will literally change as you enter the shop and your dreams will be fulfilled a little easier while wearing some of our fabulous, vintage-inspired grooviness.

Love, love, loving the colours & textures for Fall 2014!

P.S. We have a LOT of our Fall-ish clothing in for fall, with much more to come.......♥

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Victorian Romance Coat

This adorable tweed fit 'n' flare coat is in the store now! Chanel-like fabric with frayed edges and a romantic, vintage-inspired feminine shape

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Want a Haircut? A Scary Short Story by Tattered Rose

I know this sounds odd but I cut hair too.....OK, not professionally but I seem to love cutting hair and have been not only cutting my own hair for about 16 years but my husband's as well. *Gasp* 

Back in Winnipeg, there were several young ladies who worked for me who, for some inexplicable reason, wanted me to cut their hair I did. No precision cuts....but rather the shaggy, tousled kind of hair cut where imperfection is the desire.

C. told me that it was the best haircut she had ever had....I'm sure that has changed by now. After all, it's been years since she had one of "my" haircuts.

And B. has had one of "my" haircuts several times over the years since she worked with me at Tattered Rose.

So, yesterday while a customer was trying things on in the change room, I began to chop the locks off on one of the mannequin's wigs.  Her hairstyle was outdated and I figured a shaggy blunt cut was the way to I chopped and trimmed and this is the result (above)  I think it looks rather cool in an urban-mess kinda way.....

Don't won't see a shingle hanging outside my shop any time soon that reads:
"Imperfect, Shaggy Haircuts.....available Here" 

The red head gets a shaggy bob too.....
 P.S. Looks better in person.

While on Facebook, I happened upon the image of Jerry Hall, famous for her long locks, with a new haircut, called a "lob" (long bob) I had no idea when I chopped off my mannequins' wigs that they would be in such chic company! (I think she looks WAY younger & more chic with her hair chopped off!)