Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Made in Italy

I had to remove a pair of leggings from this mannequin for a customer today and decided to put a new outfit on the mannequin.  I had the torso of the mannequin resting upright in a chair, as I was putting a different pair of Sympli leggings on the bottom half of her. Then, when I went to retrieve the torso, which had one of the new Italian crochet tops on, "she" was reclining in the chair and I wondered if it had anything to do with know how they like to have a siesta during the middle of the day?

Anyway, I snapped this photo because I thought she looked cute...just like you would if you were wearing something that was "Made in Italy" and decided to take a break from working.  You could tell your boss that it wasn't your fault you were napping at your was the top's fault.

But don't worry...we have plenty of "Made in Canada" clothing too and you know how hard they work (those Canadians).

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Roses are Coming, The Roses are Coming!

Tattered Rose always has clothing made from lace and rose prints but this Spring, the roses are in even more abundance than usual! This is a teaser shot of rose printed tunic dresses that will be in the shop very soon...there are also rose printed sheer skirts and a LOT of lace....pretty, feminine & romantic...just what you expect from us!

Grunge & Roses

      (This collage was created with images from the Internet to evoke the spirit of Tattered Rose.)

We have it covered when it comes to clothing, jewellery & accessories.....grunge, roses, romantic, vintage, contemporary and urban.....Tattered Rose is eclectic, that's for sure♥

Friday, April 4, 2014

Got clothes?

Tattered Rose has lots of clothes for you to choose, a lot!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

In Beautiful Tatters.....

While the clothing sold at Tattered Rose is often about clean perfection and urban styling...sometimes...well, a lot of the time it is about tattered clothing that has been around for a century and has so many stories to tell.
Of course, our tattered creations are clean and beautifully created to wear right now enabling you to be totally individual and utterly romantic♥

Saturday, March 29, 2014

COUTURE is My Dream.....

(Note:  Collages created using images from the Internet to evoke the spirit of Tattered Rose)
Tattered Rose is my reality.
Let's face it...we live in a fast-paced world.  Most women do not buy clothing that will last forever; however, I DO believe that many of us (women) still want to invest in clothing that will stand the test of time, work with our existing wardrobe & lifestyle and not be on the "what not to wear" list in a month.
enter Tattered Rose.....
a clothing store for the real world, with a hint of nostalgia, and a smidge of urban romance....wearable clothing for right now and in years to come♥

Thursday, March 27, 2014

♥The Softness of a Rose....Tattered Rose♥

(Note: This image was found somewhere on the Internet....source unknown at this time. For Inspirational purposes only)

Before we know it, SPRING will be here.....and Tattered Rose has all the beautiful & romantic SPRING clothing you could ever want!

Waiting for Spring......

It certainly seems like Spring at Tattered Rose, even though the weather outside is not the meantime, we are happily wearing our trans-seasonal clothing, which is mostly what Tattered Rose is about anyway:
              la di da.......

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Tattered Rose Film Noir

For those of us who love wearing black, Spring & Summer can bring on some unsolicited advice from people around us (about wearing black) who are wearing light & bright colours to go with the season....right?

If you have been into Tattered Rose lately, you will definitely see the colours for Spring....soft, muted shades of ivory to dusty rose and blue to sage and pale grey and even yellow!.......and then we go and throw a monkey wrench into the whole thing by doing a bunch of displays with black clothing & jewellery!

The thing is, to my eyes, it doesn't look Gothic, although because of the black, there are elements of that...but I like to think of it as film noir for Spring....the darker side of pale.

I wear black all year long. Wearing a "colour" for me means grey or brown or burgandy. It wouldn't matter what size I am, black & grey are my colours of choice to wear....the mere mention of "Mourning" jewellery (which is completely black) makes my heart race.
So, wear black if you fact, wear whatever makes you happy and feel good♥

Friday, March 14, 2014

Great Expectations

"We" take our job very seriously at Tattered Rose.......our customers have come to expect the very best from us, not only in the styles and sophisticated colours of our clothing, accessories & jewellery, but also in the way we display them.

There are always new ideas rolling around in our heads (well, my head, actually).....and new inspirations that guide our vision for the shop...and if you have ever been into the store, you know it is beyond eclectic....from the bizarre & fabulous to the sleek & modern.
It is with great expectation, therefore, that we hope you love our new vignettes, like the one at the top of this blog entry, perhaps, that is rather like a cross between Miss Havisham (from "Great Expectations") and the Mad Hatter.

We want to inspire you to see things differently and help you fulfill your dreams of wearing exactly what you want to wear, without feeling silly or too different.

In our books, we have to wonder what is so wrong with being different, anyway? We're all different in our own little ways and that is what makes us human and be loved and admired no matter how we look or dress.

Great expectations, hopefully fulfilled by us at Tattered Rose♥
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My Trip to the Mall.....oh My!

I'm going to go out on a limb and declare that you will never find an outfit like this in Tattered Rose...not because it is ugly ('cuz I think it is kind of cute) but rather because this is not the type of "LOOK" we sell.

After my impromptu trip to West Edmonton Mall yesterday, just to SEE what I might be missing, I am more convinced than ever that the clothing you can buy at the mall is NOT for anyone who wants investment clothing that they can wear forever and a lot of it seems to be for the well-under 30 crowd (which, sadly isn't me anymore)

I didn't see ONE piece of clothing that looked hand-made or couture-ish...and I am a little bit biased (and spoiled) after having my store for so long, but that's the kind of clothing that makes ME swoon.

What I saw was, for the most part, trendy "wear it now" clothing that isn't made to last decades.  That's OK if you are 18 or 20 and still unsure of your style or if you want something fun....but it is not what Tattered Rose is about.  We probably cater mostly to the 25-65 crowd, with some younger and a some older...timeless, urban romantic, vintage-inspired, totally wearable clothing that works well with almost anyone's style.....even if that means wearing a frou frou jacket or top with your jeans.

Yes, we do have some clothing in the shop that is priced for the "wear it now" consumer but we are more about a style that is enduring, romantic, beautiful and the best quality we can get away with.....Let's face it, there isn't much of a market here for HAUTE COUTURE, but within our repertoire, which includes one-of-a-kind designs, you might find something very close but priced for the every day most of us are in Alberta.

So, if you are 18 and looking for a cute pair of ripped denim shorts and a sweet little tee shirt or what's HOT now, you will find just what you are looking for at the mall...and that's OK.
But when you want something a little more enduring and beautifully serious, we hope that you will come looking for us (Tattered Rose)

P.S. It was actually fun to be at the mall and see so much at one time. My highlights of the visit were the cappuccino from Starbucks and seeing the little girl dancing around for her Mom.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Speaking of Hats.....

Tattered Rose sells a few hats here and there but nothing like this one....

Saturday, March 1, 2014

"You look like a absolute rose!"

I'm a tattered rose, just trying to grow on my branch....thinking of all the pretty clothes I could buy at Tattered Rose.....
if only I were a girl and not a rose.......
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Thursday, February 27, 2014


At any given moment, depending on the person and the outfit, Tattered Rose can be Romantic, Quirky, Classic, Bohemian, Gypsy, Victorian, Grunge, Steampunk, Siren, Downton Abbey and a little bit Cowgirl....but we are definitely URBAN ROMANTIC.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Tattered Rose is a Lifestyle

       (art collage created by the owner of Tattered Rose...please do not copy or reproduce)

It comes up every now and then....the fact that Tattered Rose is unlike most other stores and boutiques that sell clothing & jewellery for women....this is not about vanity on my is merely the way things are because it is the way I wanted it to be if I owned a had to be different.

Being a middle child in a family of 5 children sometimes means that you are lost in the shuffle, and so you find ways to be noticed. Some middle children will do bad things because any kind of attention is better than no attention.

For me, it was about seeking admiration from others, usually my parents or big sister, of what I created...whether it was a drawing or a piece of clothing or the way I displayed the items on my Mom's dresser.  I needed to have someone I cared about tell me "that is great, dear" because it meant I was more than just the 3rd child, lost somewhere in the middle.

The other thing for me, was of course making people laugh.  I was a goofball before I even knew what it meant to be a goofball. I just knew that if people were laughing at my antics, I was getting attention and perhaps making someone else happy for a moment...not that I needed or wanted to be the centre of attention all the time, in fact far from it.  

Most of the time, I quietly went about my day of finding things to drawing new clothing designs for my paper dolls (do they still have those cut out paper dolls?) or making something, even if it was a mud pie...yes, literally mud...all dressed up with rocks and cattails...or taking photographs of anything that wasn't moving too much (dolls, cats, horses, my little brother)or it could be a dress I hand sewed for one of my dolls.

So, many years later, when it came time for me to have my own store, it had to be different and it had to be part of me and what I loved.  Tattered Rose IS is the things I love to own, the clothing I love to wear and it is about helping other women find themselves in the clothing sold in my shop....and I am there to help them with that mission to the best of my ability. If you share part of your own story during that time...well, that's part of it too.

Therefore, next time you visit Tattered Rose, please know that it is not only about making is much more personal than that.  I want to share my knowledge and sense of style with my wonderful customers and have you walk away owning the type of clothing that makes YOU look your best....from colour to silhouette to style.

So, yeah....Tattered Rose is about a lifestyle...most of our clothing never goes out of becomes YOUR style.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Another Dreary Winter Day

 (collage created by yours truly with images found on the Internet...please do not reproduce collage without permission)

We, who live north of the 49th parallel and who do not partake of outdoor winter activities can sometimes find ourselves longing for Spring at this time of year......dreaming of the leaves that bud on the trees and the freedom from layers of winter feel the warmth in the air and to hear the birds singing their little hearts out again.
Today is yet another dreary winter day....there are flurries and the sun has decided to hide for a while.  

Looking around Tattered Rose, as I am here at the shop, I find romance & beauty surrounding me, with all of the gorgeous clothing we have in for Spring/Summer., but I realize that it will be a while yet before anyone can wear a lot of this clothing.

Sure, we have still have sweaters and heavier garments and items that can be worn now, but we want to crack open the lightweight georgette & lace wear without a heavy winter skip down the street and feel like winter is a million miles away.
So I will wait a little longer......please come early, Spring....we have so much to tell you.

From Sexy Rocker Chick to Creative Businesswoman....

Tattered Rose is very eclectic and we like it that women, we never know what mood we will be in on any given day (just ask our husbands or boyfriends) so we need variety in our wardrobe.

THAT is why we must shop regularly, guys.....we are making sure that you are never bored with us.

We have lots of romantic, pretty clothing in the shop as we speak, from pretty, ruffled pink georgette & lace to Sympli the Best jersey & mesh.......we are lovin' it and it is so much fun to be a girl!!

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Our sale racks at Tattered Rose are we are offering a substantial savings to you (and a loss to us) with 80% off the original price!

That means if a garment was originally priced at $ can have it for $40.....WELL below our cost. There are some beautiful items on these racks, including Sympli the Best and designer pieces....all which end up on the sale rack to make room for the new arrivals or if they are discontinued colours, styles or one only.

The only thing we ask is that you B.Y.O.B. (bring your own bag) because at these prices, we can't afford to give out bags too //(*_~)\\

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Little Red Riding Hood.......without the hood.

Another collaborative photo shoot at Tattered Rose today.... 6 outfits, two beautiful models, great photogapher (Breanne Marie) and makeup artist...will post photos soon.
This was one of the outfits we used...looked way better on the live model, of course!

Friday, February 14, 2014

♥Happy Valentine's Day♥

From Tattered Rose to you.....Happy Valentine's Day and thank you to all the husbands who came into the shop to buy something for their wives........

Thursday, February 13, 2014

♫ ♪ She Wore Blu-u-u-e Linen ♫ ♪

This title should be sung in the melody of the song "Blue Velvet", as in "she wore blue velvet", which many of you are probably too young to know.  I only know it because my Great-Grandmother used to sing it......yeah, that's my story.

Anyway, our beautiful brand new line of linen is in.....from the sweetest cami tops & dresses to the perfectly fitted vest and reversible coat....all made from 100% linen that is substantial and lovely to the hand.

Colours:  Indigo blue, sand, taupe, black, grey

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Blue is Coming!

            Blue linen coats arriving this week!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Pretty in Pink

Such a cliche but really, is there any other colour that is so instantly identifiable as being feminine?  I personally have always loved most shades of pink, and that is why it is always carried in Tattered Rose.

Spring 2014 seems perfect to re-introduce you to that delicious colour we call PINK.....from soft baby pink to dusty rose to fuchsia.....there IS a pink for every woman.

If you a customer and signed up for our newsletter, you will see a few of our actual pink garments that just arrived.

"We" are so excited!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Spirit of Tattered Rose

Tattered Rose is for bohemian spirits.....fairydust gypsies.....urban romantics.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Tattered Rose Lifestyle

We don't do trendy or what's "hot" or popular right now at Tattered Rose.  What we sell in the shop is a eclectic collection of beautiful, romantic and vintage-inspired clothing that you choose to incorporate into your wardrobe & life. We realize that there are many choices out there for consumers...many stores and the Internet; however, none of those other places to shop will give you what we do.

Urban romantic clothing & jewellery for the woman who isn't afraid to be different from the crowd and who loves feeling pretty and feminine.  The fact that so much of our clothing can be worn with a favourite pair of jeans seals the deal.....for me, anyway.

As one of my best customers put it recently....."...(Tattered Rose) is not just a store you go shopping's the whole experience....the clothing and the ambiance".  Many of my customers let me know that they always feel special and happy when they come to the shop.

I often have a lot of fun with customers when they are trying on clothing but one thing they know is that I will never tell them something looks good if it doesn't. Conversely, if something looks fantastic on them, I have been known to's the drama queen in me. I love helping women to feel confident in their clothing and if they happen to love the romantic side of Tattered Rose, it is a match made in heaven and one of my favourite parts of the "job".

It doesn't get any better than that! I love my loyal customers.....and that is why Tattered Rose is still here...for you♥

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

"Does it Come in Pink?"

PINK is on the way (not the singer...the clothing) and should be arriving in the shop just in time for Valentine's Day....

We hinted on our blog that one of the colours Tattered Rose is into for Spring 2014 is pink....but don't worry if it isn't one of your colours....we have lots of other colours to choose from.

Embrace your feminine tastes.....wear something PINK this Spring!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Romantic Hearts....the Customers of Tattered Rose

Spring 2014 at Tattered Rose is going to be one of the MOST Romantic Spring seasons we have had in a long time....with all shades of pink leading the way (we always have pink in the shop but even more this year) followed closely by all shades of blue, grey, sand and ivory....and black (yes black is a staple with us)

The shop is positively beaming with Spring colours and we are not holding back any of the romance♥

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Truer Words Have Never Been Spoken....

I found this on Facebook and wanted to share it with my customers and all future potential customers.....something to think about when you are considering a purchase from a locally owned, individual shop such as Tattered Rose....where hand-made, hand-dyed clothing is a big part of our repertoire:

....and on that note....taking a break from designing & sewing:

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Tattered Rose

Knock-off world of fickle fashion...we are NOT about that at Tattered Rose, which is one of the reasons we don't post our BEST designs online.
If you want the clothing, jewellery & home decor that suits your romantic lifestyle....then you really need to visit will not be disappointed (unless you are searching for yoga gear or galoshes...then maybe)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

We Still Love Grey & Black Too...

Yes...Tattered Rose has elements of Gothic, Steampunk, Victorian and Vintage......we're eclectic, alright.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Fashion District of Alberta

No....we are not located in New York City or Toronto or even Montreal......even better than that:  we are in Edmonton (Alberta)....the heart of the west. 
"We" (and when I say "we" I mean "I") finally appreciate that more than "we" could have possibly imagined.

There are a lot of ideas up our sleeves...oh yeah!

ALBERTA:  the BEST place to be and Tattered Rose is right here♥

A Pretty Shade of Pale

 Please note:  This collage was created by yours truly with images found online to create a mood and is not directly from Tattered Rose.
Spring 2014 at Tattered Rose is full of surprises....not only for our customers but also for us.  We didn't know for sure what would happen once things started coming together, with our own designs and the other romantic clothing we are bringing has led us in a few different directions and we know you are going to fall in love.

It all seems perfectly clear to us now......pretty is in, that's one thing. Romantic has always been in at Tattered Rose, certainly....but the one thing we weren't expecting is......... be continued by visiting  
Tattered Rose.  
You will not be disappointed in our beautiful selection this Spring...and never fear, we will always have lots of black clothing for those of us who love our black

Friday, January 10, 2014

Couture from the Tattered Rose

♥Each one-of-a-kind garment we create for Tattered Rose is sewn with love, a sense of nostalgia and a romantic heart....guaranteed♥

*Please note: This collage was made using images from the Internet.  Do not use this art collage without permission. Thank you.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Tattered Rose Mission Statement for Spring 2014

Less blogging.....more designing
We know there are some of our customers & friends who look forward to reading new things on our blog but for a while, at least, we will have to concentrate on creating our one-of-a-kind, hand-made clothing & accessories for our Spring collection.......which means less time for blogging.

Please visit the shop if you get a chance....there is an abundance of some of the prettiest clothing around.
Stay warm, be happy and consider a trip to Tattered Rose to lift your spirits.

With Love & Gratitude,
Tattered Rose

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Side Part

Every so often, I will turn on the television or radio just in time to hear a tidbit of info that changes my life in some small way.

So last week, I was taking a break from sewing and sat down to watch t.v. for a few moments...catching the tail end of a makeover segment on Cityline. The stylist mentioned that a lower side part on this particular woman who had been made over, was more youthful.

So naturally, the next day when I washed my hair, I tried a slightly lower side part and although I'm no Lauren Bacall (I bet some of you don't even know who she is) I feel that it looks a lot better on me than where I was parting my hair previously.

When I was younger, I could wear the middle part...which happens to be my favourite. However, since this is no longer an option, all I can do is admire middle parted hair from afar...or on the mannequins in my shop.

I love these side by side comparisons of women with both a middle part and side part:

So, if you wear a side or middle part and want a change...consider side-parting your hair slightly lower so that your bangs sweep across your forehead.  You might like it. There's something so sexy about side-parted hair....don't you think?

    Ciao Bella!