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.

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♥