Friday, August 28, 2015

Bridal Salon Update


Congratulations to Xtabay Bride Kayla who wore a stunning 1950's lace and accordion pleated tulle gown on her big day. Isn't she gorgeous?! 

A nice little collection of 1950's tea length wedding dresses arrived in the shop this week. If you've had your heart set on this style of vintage wedding dress don't hesitate to make an appointment to try them on. It's rare that I find them in such pristine condition!  

Call the bridal salon at 503-234-7568 to schedule an appointment. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What To Wear To...

A wedding: I adore this early 1960's abstract watercolor silk chiffon dress with a fabulous straw hat and pistachio pumps. Dress available for purchase in our Etsy shop. Waist on dress 28". Hat sold. Shoes size 7.5.
The Derby: 1950's black silk cocktail dress by Lilli Diamond, a huge 50's velvet portrait hat and sexy 50's madras plaid pumps. (Dress sold)
Plaid pumps, size 8 B. 
The Red Carpet: Sensational 1950's black lace fishtail gown from Bullocks Wilshire. Coming soon to our Etsy shop. Waist 28".
A cocktail party: My favorite 50's blush lace dress with matching jacket, available in our Etsy shop with matching necklace and earrings and adorable late 40's leopard heels. Waist 26". Heels size 5B.

Your prom/winter formal/homecoming/birthday/black tie event/ etc….: Heart-stopping 1950's red tulle and lace formal gown by Will Steinman. Coming soon to our Etsy shop. Waist about 25".

Your daughter's wedding: Elegant 1960's beaded silk evening gown by Victoria Royal Ltd. Coming soon to our Etsy shop. Waist size 29".
Another wedding (because there are so many this year!)  Fabulous 1960's embroidered floral tulle rhinestone studded shift dress with matching silver clutch and 60s Geppetto sling backs. Dress available in our Etsy shop. Dress size 4-6.

The dog days of summer are upon us and things at the shop have been decidedly dull. We sensitive Portlanders are not used to such soaring temperatures. When the thermostat reaches the triple digits we tend to hide under rocks or head to the river. So what that really means is the good stuff at Xtabay is starting to pile up. I mean just look at the fantastic array of vintage treasures I just posted!
So I am humbly asking that you come down to our air-conditioned vintage oasis and try some of these lovelies on.  We love nothing more than dressing you up. Don't you have a wedding or something to go to?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Everything's Coming Up Peachy...

Exquisite 1920's beaded crinkle silk chiffon flapper dress with ostrich feather trim, sold. 

Beautiful pale peach silk velvet 1920's cocktail dress with rhinestone studs. Available in our Etsy shop. 

1920's silk burnout velvet floral cape-let with rosette neckline. Available in our etsy store. 

Xtabay Exclusive 1950's style gold embroidered organza wedding dress. Available in our Etsy shop and bridal salon.
Xtabay Exclusive Rose Waltz 1950's style wedding dress, available in our Etsy shop and bridal salon.

Sexy 1970's Italian knit 3pc set from Bloomingdales. Available in our Etsy shop.

Gorgeous oversized hand painted silk scarf from Paris. Made in the 1960s.

Handmade peach blush headpiece by Mignonne Handmade. Available in the bridal salon and at The English Dept. 

Sometimes everything starts showing up in the same color. Recently the shop has been infiltrated with shades of peach, ivory and rose gold. I'm not complaining, they look beautiful together. 

Our clearance sale cleared a lot of rack space so we will be restocking the shop all week with fresh merchandise. 
Stop in this week and see all the fabulous vintage finds we are putting out! 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Xtabay 50% OFF Summer Sale!

This Saturday July 25th,  Xtabay will having it's biggest sale of the year! 

In honor of our annual neighborhood street fair we will be having a HUGE summer clearance sale. All vintage clothing, shoes and accessories will be a whooping 50% off! 

To help celebrate Rachael and Toby will be working in the shop! We have missed them both so much and this will be a great chance to catch up.  

We are all really excited for this event and hope you can make it. In typical Xtabay style we will be serving Champagne and cookies. Stop by, visit some old friends and save some serious dough on some of the best vintage clothing in Portland. 

Sale starts at 11am and ends at 6pm. We hope to see you here! 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Xtabay Prom 2015

Scarlett Lily in her 1950's red ruffle prom gown. Scarlett lives in the UK and bought her dress through our Etsy shop. Could a dress be any more perfect for someone?
Kristin wore a satin and tulle prom dress from the early 1950's to her prom this year. I love it with the matching necklace! She looks radiant. 

Katie in an early 1960's floral party dress.

Cutest couple ever, I just wish I could remember this lovely young lady's name! Photo taken by her mom Carole. 

Anna in her powder blue 1950's prom dress from Meier & Frank. 

Tabitha in an elegant 1940's black velveteen evening gown with rhinestone buttons.

We are so grateful to our wonderful customers who share their pictures with us! It makes us so happy to see these beautiful old dresses back in action. If you have any pictures wearing your favorite
Xtabay dress please email them to us at
We would love to share them with you!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

I'd Wear That

About a month ago I was trying to get dressed for the English Dept. Fashion Show ( oh yeah, I own that one too) and found myself at a loss. How could I, owner of Xtabay-arguably the most fabulous vintage store in Portland, have nothing to wear?!

The racks at Xtabay were chock full of tiny, froufy, 1950's prom and party dresses. Things a 40 year old woman with a 30" waist simply cannot wear without looking like an imposing, giant toddler. 

I cried out emphatically to the Universe, "I wish I had a big, fabulous, mirrored Kaftan to wear!"

Two days later I found two of them. Spiritual wisdom through the ages says ask and you shall receive, and I have come to find this to be true. Try it and let me know what happens:) 

Honestly, over the past couple years I've started to feel a disconnect between me and my store. Xtabay was beautiful, glamorous and successful but was bordering on foreboding and a little intimidating to the average shopper. The common sentiment overheard everyday at the shop was " oh, this place is like a museum!",  "does anyone actually wear this stuff?"and "I LOVE this place but never have an occasion to wear anything in here". Hmmmm….

So it is my intention to bridge the gap between me and my store. To let Xtabay reflect the woman I am today and the styles and things that I love. I am a die-hard lover of fashion, beauty and art. I am a Libra who loves flowers, birds, chandeliers, music and candles and for the first time in a long, long while I feel like sharing and decorating myself.

Can I get a Hallelujah?

 And with that I present the "I'D WEAR THAT" Collection. Using myself (remember, 40 years old and a size 10) as the sole model and curator of the collection. 

I am wild about these little Mexican embroidered dresses. My seamstress modifies them just enough to make them sexier and more flattering than their original adaptation. I have been living in a black and purple one over the past two weeks and the compliments never end! 

I decided to snag this one for myself the minute Erin removed the sleeves. 

Here are the two mirrored Pakistani Kaftans that showed up two days after I called out for them. I had Erin make them short though because honestly in this weather I want to be able to show off my legs. Plus, they just look way cuter. Paired with one of our vintage straw bags you'll be singing Bohemian Rhapsody all over town. 

Speaking of Erin, look what she made out of a few yards of vintage Hawaiian fabric I had. Erin is our incredibly talented seamstress that can fix, transform, alter and restore just about anything she puts her mind to. She has made 100's of brides ecstatically happy. I am totally in love with this strapless, boned, vintage patterned summer party dress she made. It looks chic with gold jewelry and my new Vince Camuto heels. I would totally wear this on a date, to a party, or just our shopping around. 

Erin made this dress too. I had had this 1950's polished cotton for years, and was so excited to see it made into something so beautiful. Of course, a few minutes in our shop window and it sold. It's being worn to a rather fancy wedding in Montana I think? 

This next dress I am really excited about. It is the latest in our Xtabay Exclusives Collection for the Bridal Salon. It's the most gorgeous rose gold embroidered tulle and makes one's skin look absolutely radiant. We stock it in a 28, 30 and 32" waist. I am wearing the 30" and it looks and feels amazing!

I am just now beginning to master the art of the selfie;)

How cute is this little ensemble? This 1970's three piece knit set was made in Italy and was sold at Bloomingdales. It reminds me a little of Jane Birken. The color looks amazing on sun-kissed skin and again I love it with gold accessories. I'd totally wear this. 

More things I'd most definitely wear, most are available to purchase in our  Etsy Shop

1940's NOS rayon pajama set. NOS means new old stock, meaning nobodies creepy body parts have been sleeping in it:) 
1980's Missoni Two Piece Knit sweater and skirt set. Amazing.

Amazing again I know…1980's Missoni Flame Knit magenta magic dress. 

Sexy Grecian gauze dress and adorable 1960s cotton eyelet sun suit. Perfect for a day at the beach.  

Selfie lessons with our newest family member Melissa! Melissa has been a dear friend of mine for many  years and is one of the nicest, funniest people you will ever have to pleasure of getting to know. I am so excited to welcome her to the Xtabay family. 

I hope you will stop in and witness how the shop will evolve over the next few months. Hopefully, we will have something YOU too can wear and enjoy.