Tuesday, March 29, 2016

This Blog is Old....

If you are reading this, then you have found our old blog; many posts have been removed and hardly ever a new one is posted.
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This is where we post most things now, including pictures of new arrivals. Please keep in mind, however, our best news is right in the store, in person!

Open Wed-Fri 11-4 and Sat 11-3

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

'tis the Season...

Wishing all of our customers & friends a very Merry Christmas...may you have peace in your hearts and love all around you.

From Tattered Rose, with gratitude & love.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

Online Reviews vs Reality

As of this day, December 14, 2015 and for quite a while now, Tattered Rose has received some wonderful reviews on Yelp.
We have 4 1/2 stars out of 5; 7 reviews showing and 4 hidden 5 star reviews!

Thank you to all of our wonderful customers who took the time to write reviews...it means a lot to us; however, the real truth is in your actual visit to our shop.

We may have our off days, after all we are human, but we really DO try to make each and every person walking through our doors feel welcome.

And then we try our best to help you find the perfect outfit, accessory and/or home decor item to add to your repertoire.

This year marked our 20th year in business; 16 of those operating as Tattered Rose. Yippee!

Friday, November 27, 2015


Tattered Rose never has HUGE sales, as such, although we DO always have a sale rack at the back of the store.

So, even though other stores are having 50% - 70% off for Black Friday sales, that just doesn't work for us.

Why? Because most of the clothing we sell isn't trendy, "throw-away" clothing and therefore to be gotten rid of. That type of clothing isn't what we were built on although we DO have a smidgen of it for our trendier customers.

Most of our clothing is timeless, and romantic, vintage or vintage-inspired.....as well as one-of-a-kind hand made designs.
So 10% off all black merchandise in the store, plus 10% off already marked down clothing on the sale rack is a big deal for us.

We just wanted to be part of the fun of BLACK FRIDAY....which is an idea that originated in the USA, the day after Thanksgiving.

I'll be wearing black (of course)
All day today only...a Tattered Rose sale!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Best New Arrivals for Fall 2015 at Tattered Rose!

Exciting things are happening at Tattered Rose!!

We have abundant new arrivals for Fall 2015, with lots of Sympli the Best and lots of romantic, totally wearable clothing, jewellery and accessories for all you tattered roses!

Some days I feel more tattered than rose, but when they both come together, watch out......the world holds so many possibilities!

Please visit as soon as you can....you won't be disappointed!

As the Crow Flies...a Gothic tale by Tattered Rose

On my daily walk this morning, there was a solitary crow at the roof peak of the school I pass by...it was crowing it's heart out. Perhaps, he too was miffed by the loud sounds of children playing in the schoolyard. But I digress....

Actually, it made me think of the colour (or should I say, non-colour) BLACK. As a child, I never wore black. I didn't know about wearing black back then, as it was many decades after the Victorian mourning period, where it was accepted that family members of a lost loved one would wear all black for some time after the death.

When I was about 6 or 7 years old, my older sister, who was about 18 or 19 years old, came back home to live again, after seeing the world for a few years. I would watch with fascination, as she put her makeup on and did her hair while getting ready for a date, wearing black lingerie and sometimes even a black sweater or pants. I noticed the black but still, it wasn't appropriate for children to wear black.

Fast forward to my first real job in business. A young lady who became my friend wore a lot of black and even though I greatly admired her style, I was still into wearing mostly colour with some grey thrown in.....

Then, somewhere down the road, in my own sweet time, I too developed a fondness for wearing black. As most of my customers will attest, I am usually wearing black and/or grey...my two main wardrobe colours and the ones I always feel most like myself in.
There are a lot of us who wear a lot of black and Tattered Rose has plenty of black clothing as well as Gothic & Steampunk clothing.

Black crows, black cats, black clothing....what do they call it when things just come together like that?

The End (for now)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sympli the Best-Fall 2015

Our first Fall shipment of Sympi the Best has arrived.....our fav colour this season is currant....looks amazing with black or grey!

Split skirt over leggings (as shown in picture).....so sexy in person.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tattered Rose is Eclectic Alright!

Our shop in Edmonton carries one of the most eclectic mixes of women's clothing, jewellery, accessories & home decor you have ever seen in one place!

From Victorian to Gothic....Steampunk to vintage....original designs & handmade....office soft dressing (Sympli the Best) to casual (Cut Loose) and so much more that cannot be described in a few sentences.

And while the owner/in-house designer is a little bit eccentric & goofy, she has a heart of gold and really wants to make each customer feel wonderful in what they buy to wear. I can say that about myself because I know my thoughts.

Please join us in welcoming July, as we begin to see the early arrival of pre-Fall (sorry) goods.

#Grad dresses, #wedding dresses, #Sympli the Best, #Cut Loose, #Gothic, #Victorian, #vintage, #lace, #velvet

Happy Canada Day!

To all of our customers & friends...may you enjoy this day and remember what a great country we live in!

Happy Canada Day, eh?

Friday, June 5, 2015

♥Shop Local in Edmonton♥

Edmonton is such a diverse city with lots of choices when it comes to shopping......from West Edmonton Mall to all of the little boutiques found in so many nooks and crannies throughout the city, including Tattered Rose.
It's what makes the shopping in our city so interesting....many have said it is even better than Calgary.
Please try to shop local and not give your dollars to online stores that are somewhere else in the world. I know that once in a while, it is unavoidable....like when you can't sleep because your husband is snoring at 3:00 am and there are no local stores open to shop at.....
But aside from those instances, if you make it your goal to get out and see your city, support your local shops and markets, it will mean that we can continue to be as diverse and beautifully charming as we can be.
Let's make Calgary jealous.......in a friendly-rivalry-sort-of-way.

Tattered Rose

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Child of the Universe

The other day, a family came into Tattered Rose for the first time...a Mom & Dad and their daughter, who was about 9 years old.

The fact that I am still thinking about this little girl shows what an impact she had on me...hers was the soul of someone who seemed to have lived decades more than her age (or maybe lived in another time)

She was articulate, mature in an innocent, childlike way and she loved the store. She gently pointed out to her parents items of clothing and art that she found particularly beautiful. Her eyes glanced around the store, soaking up every inch of it and enjoying just being there. It made my heart feel so happy to see this child "get" what my shop is about.

I found myslf talking to her more than her parents because she is one of those "old soul" children you come across now and then who you just want to know better because they are so interesting.
I am certain that if Tattered Rose is still here when she is a young woman buying her wardrobe, she will be shopping in my store because she will remember how it made her feel when she was in as a little girl.

I love children like that....almost makes me wish I had a daughter or two.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Tattered Rose "Official" Blog Has Moved

In order to maintain our exclusivity, the official Tattered Rose blog has moved to a new location.  This blog, which was our main blog until March 6, 2015, will remain intact, although most of the posts have been removed.

All new posts and pictures about new arrivals in the shop, new ideas and cat stories, will now be posted on our new blog, which is more private for your exclusive Tattered Rose experience.

We are in the process of sending invitations to all people on our mailing list who read the last newsletter (sent in February 2015) 
If you are a customer and have not yet received your invitation and would like to keep up with the latest news, please send your request to:


.....and we send you the address to our new, more private blog.

Thank you♥

A Personal Story From Me.....

Note: None of these pictures are of me.
If you are a regular customer of Tattered Rose, you are used to seeing a brunette (me) in the store and a brunette (me) helping you find your perfect outfit.....and a brunette (me) chatting away, laughing at her own jokes.

That is going to change.....because I have decided to allow my 50 shades of grey to grow in, after 20 some years of colouring to hide them.

The first month (which was January of this year) I covered my roots with a brown hair crayon and it was hard to tell what was going on with my hair.

But now, into my 3rd month, my silver/grey roots are over 1" long and really prominent on top of my head and I am no longer covering them up......scary? You bet! I also chopped about 4" of dark brown off my head, getting rid of some of the darkness and am left with a shaggier bob than before and a whole lot of silver strands peaking out at the sides and back. I'm pretty sure that I will let my hair grown out again but who knows? This is like a very personal journey and it is at the same time, exciting, scary, empowering, liberating and natural. 

Many of my customers know that grey is my favourite colour and I am looking forward to having my hair match most of my clothing & jewellery, which ranges from black to grey with a smidgen of brown. I'm not sure how brown clothing will look with my grey once it has fully grown out, so I'll just wait and see.

I've received many different responses from "Good for you" to "It will look great on you" to "Why would you do that?" and I have come close to giving into the vicious cycle of colouring my hair, having it look good for about a week, seeing roots, covering them up with a hair crayon until I can't stand it any more and it's time to colour again after only 4 weeks.

To keep myself going, I read stories of other brave women who decided to do the same thing, and then I look at pictures of women with all shades of silver and grey hair, thinking that they are all so individual and beautiful and striking. I'll settle for "striking" because I sure ain't beautiful.

P.S. Thanks for reading my story. Next time you come in, at least you will know that my grey roots are intentional and not a matter of laziness on my part. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

"Oh, sweater-girl!"

If you love wearing sweaters, who says that you can't wear them all year long? 
We love sweaters at Tattered Rose and our lightweight Spring/Summer sexy, urban cool, hand knit sweaters are here, in colours that will rival a muted sunset or an ocean storm!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

SYMPLI the BEST at Tattered Rose!

Tattered Rose has been carrying this beautiful Canadian-made line of clothing for about 6 years!

My how the time flies....from the first time I saw the line, tried it out with a very small collection to now, with one of the largest and most carefully chosen collection (that suits our store and clientele) from Sympli the Best.

Being a clothing designer, I am perhaps a little more discerning when it comes to what styles are sold at Tattered Rose.  For one thing, I like the more dramatic, romantic, feminine pieces and like to mix these with some of the more basic items.

Will Sympli the Best ever be known as "Steampunk" style? Naw, I don't think so but it sure is interesting, practical and above all else, beautifully designed....and made right here in our own country.

Available in MANY colours, if we don't have it in stock, we will gladly order it for you in the size and colour you want!

New arrivals this week....already priced and hung up for you to see.

Escape the winter blues by visiting Tattered Rose.....I am certain that you will not be disappointed!

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

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!

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 to.....so 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 shop.....you won't want to miss any of it!

Friday, September 12, 2014

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?

Friday, September 5, 2014

"Frankly, Scarlet.....it'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)

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 too....so 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 go....so I chopped and trimmed and this is the result (above)  I think it looks rather cool in an urban-mess kinda way.....

Don't worry....you 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.......

Saturday, August 2, 2014

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

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

"Why, Tattered Rose, of course!"

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Women & Their Jeans: A Short Story by Tattered Rose

Living in the country as a teenager, I was a bit out of the loop as to what was "in" as far as clothing...I just did my own thing, which, many years later (early 90's) was known as Grunge.....my Dad's old shirts worn with skirts and work boots, that kind of thing.

Anyway, by the time I got to High School, I became aware of a brand of jeans that the really cool kids were wearing. I really liked how they looked and wanted my own but I didn't have a clue what brand they were.

Then one day, a snooty fellow female student told me that they were the ONLY jeans to own and all the cool & rich kids were wearing them, both boys & girls. So I went out and bought a pair of men's unwashed, stiff Levi jeans and proceeded to wear them to the point of they were going to walk away by themselves (yuck!).  This was the way to embed your jeans with wear marks so that they would eventually become faded and worn in all the right places, with a nice contrast between dark indigo and worn spots and creases.

See, if you washed them too often the dark indigo dye would fade too evenly and the desired marks of wear and tear wouldn't be as visible. There were no prewashed and distressed jeans then...you had to distress them yourself through patience and diligence and wearing the heck out of them.

Over the years, I have bought and worn a million pair of jeans and I still prefer men's jeans because, although they are too large at the waist for a woman's body, they are cut straighter through the hip and thighs without that curvy shaped look they give a lot of women's jeans.

Fast forward to having a shop of my own, where we don't sell jeans but we sure do sell a LOT of romantic and beautiful clothing that can be worn with your favourite pair of nicely worn and tattered jeans.

For the longest time, I have loved wearing jeans with unexpected tops....romantic ruffled blouses or dresses...long duster coats....even Sympli jersey jackets with mesh layering tunics. That is part of the Tattered Rose look that we impart to our customers.

P.S. Edmonton women seem to love their jeans a LOT!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Would You Follow This Trend?

I have loved the colour grey since forever and this look, of showing inches of grey roots on otherwise dark (coloured) hair is so cool to me, I am almost speechless!

Viva la grey!

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 part...it is merely the way things are because it is the way I wanted it to be if I owned a shop...it 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 do....like 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 me...it 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 money....it 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 style....it becomes YOUR style.

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!