Wednesday, July 6, 2016

New Arrivals

1920's silk chiffon afternoon tea dress with matching jacket, approximately a size 6. Available in the boutique and online in our Etsy shop. 

1930's straw hat with roses and chartreuse ribbon, perfect paired with the 1920's dress above. 
Early 1960's lemonade lace party dress, waist 24". Available in our boutique and in our Etsy shop. 

1950's sea foam pumps, size 7. 
Wonderfully whimsical calico 1970's sundress by Oscar de la Renta. Available in the boutique and in our Etsy shop. 

Iconic 1960's black wool crepe sculptural cocktail dress by legendary designer Norman Norell. Available in the boutique and in our Etsy shop. 

Fabulous 1960's Nina Ricci Boutique wool dress suit, available in the boutique and in our Etsy shop. 

1920's crinkle silk chiffon floral dress, available in the boutique. 

Ultra chic 1950's grey fitted wiggle dress, available in our boutique and in our Etsy shop. Waist 28".

1950's tulle circle skirt, sold. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Bridal Update Of Paramount Importance

Transitions are not always easy. When I merged The English Department and Xtabay Vintage Bridal Salon in January, it was in an effort to simplify and streamline my life. Driving downtown everyday to tend to The English Dept. seemed foolish when I already had a bigger, brighter bridal salon above Xtabay.  So it only made sense to close the downtown location and simply move it upstairs. It seemed like a no-brainer, or so I thought. 

But then things started to get murky. The vintage wedding dresses looked out of place along side the modern wedding dresses. Everything had to be rearranged. Employees had to merge.  People balked at having to make an appointment. It all just turned into a big mess. So in an effort to please everyone (yes, I am a card carrying People Pleaser) I moved the vintage wedding dresses downstairs. I made them available to try on without an appointment. Maybe people would like this!? Maybe this would solve the problem?! But after watching many a brides face fall when she saw the small rack of tightly packed vintage wedding dresses I realized it wasn't working. Trying on wedding dresses takes time and a lot of space. The dressing room area at Xtabay is great for trying on a cocktail dress but a wedding gown from the 1930's with a cathedral length train? No.

So, in an effort to provide every bride with the love and service she deserves we have moved the vintage wedding gowns upstairs to what was formerly Xtabay Vintage Bridal Salon and is now officially The English Dept. That means an appointment has to be made.  I know a lot of you out there are intimidated by the idea of a private appointment but let me reassure you, they are a TON of fun and not scary at all.  Plus you get to drink champagne with your friends and kick back in the heavenly atmosphere. You really owe it to yourself to indulge in such bridal bliss. 

Still not too keen on making an appointment? Here's the good news! Starting this Saturday, The English Dept. will be open for browsing without an appointment from 3pm-6pm. Think of it as a weekly happy hour for looking at wedding dresses! Let me repeat, every Saturday (and only Saturday) The English Department will be open from 3-6pm for browsing without an appointment.

Here is the thing to keep in mind with the vintage wedding dresses. They tend to be very small. Honestly, in the last five years I think I've only found a handful of vintage wedding dresses that were larger than a size 10. I've said it before and I'll say it again, people were just smaller back then.  Smaller feet, smaller heads and definitely smaller waistlines. So if you come to the shop looking for an authentic 1950's wedding dress and none of them are in your size, try not to be disappointed. They rarely fit ANYBODY.  Even Miss Cross Fit USA who never ate a carb in her entire life would have a tough time squeezing into one of these gowns! I'm serious.  That's one of the reasons I started carrying new wedding dresses, they can be ordered in any size! 

So if you come by the Xtabay looking for the vintage wedding gowns, they have moved BACK upstairs, where they belong, in the luxurious bridal salon ABOVE the shop.  Please visit The English Department website at to schedule an appointment to try on both our vintage and new designer wedding gowns, or pop in Saturday between 3-6pm to check out the selection.

Most importantly, I want to thank everyone for being so kind and patient while I've awkwardly and not very gracefully tried to figure this all out. Simplifying can be a lot more complicated than I thought. 



Friday, May 6, 2016

The One That Got Away...

When a dress this fabulous pops up on our Instagram feed, you can bet it's going to go quick. This late 50's silk polka dot dress from Bullocks in Pasadena was snatched up within seconds of being posted. So did the fabulous butterfly print dress below. So if you really want the GOODS,  be sure to follow us on Instagram

But don't fret, all of these lovelies have just arrived and are still available! 

1960's Citrus Sorbet cotton cocktail dress by Jerry Gilden, waist 26".
1960's Pink Champagne beaded cocktail party dress, size 4-6.

1950's inspired red polka dot net prom dress, waist 27". 

1960's silk floral in spring red with buttons up the back, waist 26".
1950's Melon Swirl cotton sundress, waist 26".
1960's do the 20's--quite well I might add! Gorgeous 60's straw cloche hat by Mr. John and fabulous sequin and ostrich trimmed flapper dress. Dress is a size large. 
Exquisite 1960's pane velvet deep cherry red cocktail hat by Ronnie. 
Gorgeous 1960's stilettos by Henry Waters, Shoes of Consequence. Size 9. 

I've always been obsessed with vintage silk floral prints, the colors on this little 60's silk shift dress are so saturated and yummy. I can't resist them! Size small.

Come by and see all the new arrivals! I'd love to help you find the perfect dress. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April Shop Update

1950's spring green pleated cotton dress and 50's silk rose hat, dress available to purchase in our Etsy shop. 

Sexy lingerie inspired sheer net evening gown from the 1930's, available in our Etsy shop. 

Adorable 1950's cotton halter dress in unusual red and white woodgrain print, available in our Etsy shop. 
Sweeter than a summer's breeze....1950's cotton floral print halter dress, sold.
Gorgeous 1950's jade green Chinese silk party dress, available in our Etsy shop. 
Beautiful 1950's blue rose print with appliqué neckline, sold.
Tardis blue mohair suit set from the early 1960's, sold. 
Fabulous late 1950's rose embroidered knit wiggle dress by Edith Flagg, available in our Etsy shop. 
Sexiest sweetheart neckline in town! Stunning late 1940's Merry Widow black lace cocktail dress, available in our Etsy shop.

New Voluspa candles in this week! 

So many beautiful things at Xtabay this week! We just got in a bunch of beautiful vintage dresses, perfect for the sunny days ahead and any special occasions you might have lurking in the future.
We also just received a HUGE shipment of candles from Volupsa, including some new springtime scents as well as classic favorites like Baltic Amber and French Cade and Lavender. 
I'm personally obsessed with a new product line from France we just got in called Panier Des Sens-the organic honey and propolis soap and hand cream is AMAZING. They smell divine and leave my skin literally glowing- people have actually commented;)
One more thing- Yours truly is working in the shop quite a bit again, so if you've missed seeing me be sure to stop by and say hello. I'd love to see you! 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

New Arrivals....

Stunning 1950's silk rose print dress and coat set. Waist 26". 

Pretty in pink 1950's tiered tulle prom dress, waist 26".

Watermark taffeta white wedding or prom dress by Victor Costa, waist 28". 

1950's pink silk sari cocktail dress, waist 25".

Wonderful 1950's black taffeta party dress with lace up bust and velvet roses, waist 25".

1980's does 1920's scalloped tiered eyelet lace wedding dress from France. So pretty for a small ceremony. 

Adorable 1960's brocade cocktail dress, waist 26".
The perfect 1950's polka dot sundress, waist 27".

Breathtaking early 1960's silk wedding gown with floral and lace appliqués. Waist 24".