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  Her hairstyle was outdated and I figured a shaggy blunt cut was the way to I chopped and trimmed and this is the result (above)  I think it looks rather cool in an urban-mess kinda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!)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sympli the Best & Cut Loose for Fall

The colour is way off in this photo 'cuz this it taken with my smart phone and I don't have the hang of editing yet....but the combination of this stormy dark blue/green mixed with chestnut brown is exquisite for Fall.......

Western Tattered Rose

Inspired by the past....our own past, when Tattered Rose existed inside a western store called "Way Out West".

Way Out West was my first store, and I had to find a way to make it my own version of romantic western. After 4 years, it became apparent to me that a separation of the two stores was necessary and that is how Tattered Rose was born in 1999. It was a spin-off of my western store, with more whimsical, girly, romantic, vintage-inspired clothing that still had a hint of the old west but was also firmly planted in the present. It needed it's own look and name and thus the name of Tattered Rose was chosen for it's very personal meaning to me.

Western romance clothing....found at Tattered Rose in abundance. Wahoo!

Monday, August 11, 2014

♥Junkyard Diva♥

If you love the idea of finding hidden treasures amongst a pile of seemingly incongruous items...then, look no further.
We've mentioned it before, but at Tattered Rose, the shop with some of the most beautiful clothing & jewellery around, there lurks in and among the displays, a number of decorative treasures....some old, some new, all Tattered-Rose-worthy.

Please note:  Some items are not yet for sale as they are in the shop for ambiance....but be patient. You never know when they will be sold. Now and then, the owner DOES part with some of these props. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

We Have the Best Customers at Tattered Rose!

I cannot say it enough:  Tattered Rose has the best, most loyal and friendly, wonderful customers!
Today, one of my favourite customers who has the hair of a silver screen goddess of the 1930's, allowed me to take a picture of her wearing an outfit from Tattered lovely. Thank you, Ms. Goddess!

~Urban Romance at Tattered Rose~

Urban Romance jacket available at Tattered Rose.  A lovely, sexy, edgy, romantic urban, sophisticated jacket made in a jersey/mesh combination that, when belted, takes on a whole new look.....reminiscent of something that Donna Karan would design.....smashing with jeans (as shown) or over just about anything.....wear it out for dinner, to the Citadel or even grocery shopping. Yes, it's THAT versatile!  

Available in dozens of colours. We currently have it in black or cinnamon brown.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Marie Antoinette stopped by Tattered Rose one day in May.....

One day, and please keep in mind this is a fictional account, Marie Antoinette stopped by Tattered Rose to see what new pink clothing we had in...this was back in May, when the buds weren't even out on the trees yet and PINK was the hot colour of the month.

Anyway, she was tired of wearing her powdered humongous white wig and wanted some new, slightly more modern clothing to we had her try on pink dresses, pink bloomers, pink skirts and coats and, pink, pink!

It was a fun day of wardrobe consultation (on my part) and Marie left the shop a happy woman.....with lots of new pink clothing to be added to her wardrobe and a giant rose pinned to her head.

Moral of the story:  You don't have to be Marie Antoinette to shop at Tattered Rose and you certainly do not have to wear a giant rose on your head.

Photography: Breanne Marie Kshyk
Model: Alana Rentelis
Makeup & Hair: Elysse Conley-Gnauck
Clothing & Accessories: Tattered Rose

Saturday, August 2, 2014

You know that perfect little cardigan you've been looking for?

"Oh, perfect little wrap cardigan soft and warm but light and ever so comfortable.......where are you from?"

"Why, Tattered Rose, of course!"

New Clothing for Transition & Fall 2014!!

It is always exciting when new clothing arrives in the shop for the upcoming season, in this case, Fall.  Plenty of new Sympli the Best with new styles and colours to tempt you.

And then there's the romantic, ruffled, lacey, baroque, vintage-inspired clothing.....this is what makes my heart swoon. 
New arrivals this week.....gorgeous embroidered black silk coats.....the cutest pantaloon pants ever and a whole lot more.
"Tattered Rose is one of the most unusual & beautiful stores in Edmonton" spoken by Meghan, July 2014      Thank you from Tattered Rose!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Enchanting Rose

Alongside our romantic clothing and jewellery are some equally romantic home decor items....from roses on canvas pictures to angel statues & busts to rose-embellished tables to a 1930's (solid) wood dresser...and so much more.

So enchanting!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Something's in the Air...

We are smack dab in the middle of summer and yet there looms in the invisible not-so-distant future a hint of things to come.....that season between Summer and Fall that I like to call "Perfection".  Not too hot not yet cold.....a few crisp days here and there smattered with unusually warm days that remind us summer isn't quite done with us yet.

There are still plenty of warm days left but something in the breeze gives you a glimpse of what lies ahead, with the evenings that cool off just enough to wear that new jacket or sweater you recently purchased for Fall and couldn't wait to wear.......and you know that boots and coats are soon to follow....not the heaviness of winter gear but the slightly warmer layers of clothing that flatter and conceal, that move with the wind and make you feel cozy and beautiful.

Perfection.....coming soon to the weather channel and already present at Tattered Rose.

*Note:  Images are borrowed from the Internet with gratitude and for inspiration.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sneak Peak at Fall 2014 Tattered Couture

One of the items from our new Fall lineup of Tattered Couture....available exclusively at Tattered Rose.

Where Have We Been?

We haven't posted much for a while....sorry about that. In preparation for another photo shoot, we've been busy designing some new clothing.....soon to be available at Tattered Rose.

Stay tuned or better yet, come in for something similar and yet quite different.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Glamourous Rose

Tattered Rose has been known to rock some glamour with our clothing & jewellery.....

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tattered Tattered Rose

This design project has been in the works for about 15 that is near and dear to my heart & soul:  Tattered Couture

For Fall 2014, watch for a designated area in the shop for all of our one-of-a-kind clothing designed by the owner of Tattered Rose. 

Customers often ask "Where are your designs?" and I reply by saying they are just mixed in with everything else. But now I want to present all of my designs in one area, which will show the design philosophy I am trying so hard to evoke as it is in everything Tattered Rose stands for....imperfect, beautiful, wearable, collectible clothing that no one else has.

We hope to have everything in place no later than October 1st of this year.....stay tuned!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

"That's So Tattered Rose!"

One of our customers this week told me that she wore one of her Tattered Rose outfits to an event and several people came up to her and asked if she had purchased it at Tattered Rose. That is such a compliment, especially considering that what we carry is so eclectic and this is such a huge city!
....and then another friend/customer who stopped by for a visit yesterday was wearing one of the dresses she bought recently at Tattered Rose as well as an adorable grey hat with roses.  

I couldn't help but love her hat, exclaiming that it was "so Tattered Rose" I gently removed it from her hand and placed it on the head of one of our mannequins. 
" really suits her!"
My friend agreed but somehow, the hat ended up back in her possession.  As she was leaving the store, and in great need of this sun hat, I boldly asked if the hat could stay for a while....and perhaps adorn one of our mannequins for a while (I was thinking)
She kindly agreed to loan the hat to Tattered Rose and so it sits on top of this lucky mannequin's head, making a perfect finish to her outfit.

I LOVE my customers/friends!

Friday, July 4, 2014


Our early Fall shipment of Cut Loose arrived yesterday.....dark, beautiful colours and textural fabrics....layering tunics, dresses, drapey swing coats and the softest t-shirts!
Charcoal, black and brown...the perfect trio of colours for Fall and for any woman's wardrobe.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Shades of Grey

Watch for lots of grey this coming season......

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Romancing the Past....Tattered Rose

We, and when I say "we" I mean "I" have been re-inspired by the past.......from the rich textures & fabrics of the Renaissance period through to the diaphanous & slinky bias cuts of the 1930's......the designs I am working on right now are like a story that unfolds. Each item created seems to lead to another and another....soon to be displayed at Tattered Rose for the transitioning (of summer into Fall)
Dusty olive greens, shades of blue, rich burgandy, grey & black...oh my!

I'm not wishing summer away by any stretch.....just letting you know what will be coming when that season is upon us in the (not too distant) future.

I leave you with this thought: velvet & brocade♥

Monday, June 23, 2014

A Rose by Any Other Name......

What's in a name? Tattered Rose (the original) was named for all of the beauty that exists in clothing that has been worn and cherished...perfectly faded and tattered.....and then for the beauty of the rose.  My Mom passed onto me the love of roses and that is why my store name had to include the word "rose".

On another note....we hope you are finally able to enjoy your garden and your summer.

With love & gratitude,
Tattered Rose

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Staying True to Tattered Rose

We get asked all the time if we sell jeans, since many of our displays depict Tattered Rose clothing with jeans. If Tattered Rose sold jeans, they would be tattered jeans (of course!)

It is not outside of the realm of possibility that we will carry denim jeans in the near future.
So much of our romantic clothing goes so perfectly with gently worn and faded, ripped or brand new dark there is a story with every item of perfectly faded, tattered lace-trimmed, ornate brocade, silky velvet piece of clothing we sell.

There is a story to be told...if only our vintage-inspired clothing could speak.

So, yeah.....jeans might be a part of our future. Stay tuned.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Where the Wildflowers Are

Had to close early yesterday due to a wicked migraine....but today is a new day and we're back in business!
It's just about summer and Tattered Rose has so many pretty, romantic floral print items for you to wear.......♥

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Legends of the Fall

It has barely begun to feel like Spring, let alone summer that will be here in about a week......but we already have our sights set on Fall at Tattered Rose.  That's the way it seems that half of the year we are excited to bring you the best of the season and the other half, we have moved onto the next. It's what keeps things interesting for us and hopefully, for our customers.

Of course there are still plenty of beautiful Spring and Summer clothes in the shop....items we have been writing about since January and now it is time to pass the torch, so to speak, over to Fall, or at the very least that period of transition from summer into Fall, which happens to be one of my personal favourite times of the year.  I love wearing layers and that time of year lends itself perfectly to that.

What's ahead for Fall? Surprise:  darker colours, yes but in muted, dirty shades of dark red, burgandy, ocean blue and browns, olive green and umber and lots of black! Black is back in a big way and for some reason, it looks right again....not that we at Tattered Rose ever think it is "out" or "passé"....most of us wear black; it's the degree to which we do that.

Some, like myself, often wear head-to-toe black with a smidge of grey for colour.  Others, wear it as an accent. How ever you choose to wear black this Fall & Winter, rest assured, we will have the most beautiful collection of romantic black clothing around!

So, enjoy your summer but keep in mind that Fall is not too far away and we get to wear our sweatercoats and leggings and long skirts and jackets with reckless abandon.....♥ 

Watch for new Transition & Fall arrivals beginning July 2.

Note:  The images used in this blog entry are for inspirational purposes only and not actual garments from Tattered Rose.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Original Tattered Rose......since 1999

"I'd rather be the best version of myself (as imperfect as that might be) than a second-rate copy of someone else"

Sunday, June 8, 2014

These are a Few of My Favourite Things....

We, at Tattered Rose love the romantic side of life.