Thursday, October 29, 2015


Xtabay is having a spook-tacular sale this Saturday,

 October 31st! 

 Everything in the store will be 25% off 

Those who come in costume will receive an additional 5% off their purchase! So bring us a slightly more spooky, glamorous, fabulous version of yourself  and save big! 

We will be celebrating the spookiest day of the year with witches brew (aka mimosas) and some pretty scary cookies. 

Sale includes Voluspa Candles, Tocca Perfumes, Butter London nail varnishes and Olivine products! 

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday! 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Xtabay Bride Kelly

Congratulations to Xtabay bride Kelly who married her sweetheart Greg in Corvallis, Oregon on October 4, 2015. Kelly wore a 1950's lace wedding gown with tiers of chantilly lace, a sweetheart neckline and small cap sleeves. Our expert seamstress Erin modified the neckline, lowered the back and shortened the sleeves.

We are all so happy for this beautiful couple!

Photos by Nakalan McKay.

To visit the bridal salon, call 503 234-7568 and make an appointment. We would love to help you find your dream dress.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Dress Of The Day: 1950's Claire McCardell

Today I am featuring a lovely 1950's cotton plaid day dress designed by one of the most influential American designers of the mid-century. Claire McCardell, a lesser known female designer is credited with creating what is known as the "American Look". Her dresses are collected by The Metropolitian Museum of Art  and played a significant part in the way modern sportswear is made today.  

It is not often that one of her dresses makes it's way into the doors of the Xtabay. You can purchase this wearable work of art in the boutique and or here in our Etsy store. 

Read more about Claire on the fabulous Colette Blog

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Dress of the day: 1950's Dorothy O'Hara

1950's Dorothy O'Hara Ad.
“Dorothy O’Hara endorses the slim silhouette, exclusively, Her distinctive signature, the “all-in-one-piece” drapery, places this designer in a class of her own. She literally wraps the body in fabric and her ingenuity makes the most of a woman’s figure.
Working with the grain of the fabric and molding it to give depth to the bust and minimize the waistline, the “poured-into” style is nevertheless a step-in dress in every case. The woman can slip easily into her clothes after hairdo and makeup.”

— Los Angeles Times, July 9, 1954 

I have been a huge fan of mid-century designer Dorothy O'Hara ever since I tried on one of her dresses a few years back. The way the dress effortlessly gave me a slim waist, perfectly proportioned hips and a well….TANTALIZING bust got me hooked. No other piece of clothing had that kind of magic power over my not so hourglass form.  I admit to hoarding them whenever we get one in. 
Case in point, the dress above has been hanging in my "private collection" for quite some time. In a strange fit of generosity ( honestly it has always been too big in the bust for me) I decided to offer this one up. It is the perfect little black dress and will never ever ever go out of style. It will do things for your figure you never thought were possible! 

This beauty is available to purchase in the lovely boutique or online in our Etsy store. 

That's me in my favorite 1940's Dorothy O'Hara dress. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hat Attack!

 Some truly extraordinary vintage hats have arrived in the shop this week. I'm in love with the colors and textures of these delicate creations. Come by the shop this week and try some on.  See if wearing  one inspires you to do something…extraordinary!?  Like having Afternoon Tea at The Heathman

All of these lovelies are available to purchase online in our Etsy shop.