Friday, September 26, 2014

Dior or Die

It's out! Dior or Die, the sequel to The Lanvin Murders, is available now on Kindle for $3.99, with the paperback to follow in mid-October. Dior or Die features Joanna Hayworth, the owner of a vintage clothing boutique based on the Xtabay. (The novel's author, Angela M. Sanders, used to work here, and apparently while she was helping customers try on dresses, she was also dreaming up poisoned cocktails and diamond thefts.)

Here's the back cover description:
It's a situation tailor-made for trouble.
Portland, Oregon, vintage clothing store owner, Joanna Hayworth, is in a tight spot. Her plans to upgrade her store have derailed, and costs are mounting. When she wins three trunks of vintage haute couture in an auction, she thinks her luck has changed--but it's about to get much worse. The clothing's high-society matron owner turns up poisoned, and police seize the wardrobe, leaving Joanna with more debt, a friend wrongly jailed for diamond theft, and a convent of quirky nuns depending on her for help. 
There's only one way to calmer waters: find the murderer, and fast.
Check it out! If you haven't read the first book, The Lanvin Murders, you can buy it at the Xtabay and at Powell's. Also, make sure you sign up for Angie's monthly newsletter. It's full of good things about living the vintage life.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Xtabay Exclusives!

Xtabay Original Audrey Suit inspired by Pierre Balmain suit from the 1960s.
 The Audrey suit. Available also in black, in small, med, and large.

The perfect 50's style wedding dress inspired by an original- available in a range of sizes. 

Inspired by a 1960s Jaques Heim design, this heavy silk charmeuse low back cocktail sheath is the perfect mix of sexy and sophisticated. Also available in black. So chic!

1950s style rose gold embroidered organza dress with antique pearl sash. 

This sexy ivory wiggle dress with key-hole back and jacket. Available in black and ivory.

1960s inspired silk chiffon polka dot cocktail dress. Available in a range of sizes. 

Recently Xtabay has started producing it's own line of dresses based off some of our favorite designs. 

Major bonus factor: They come in a variety of sizes.

Stay tuned for more!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Why Don't You ….buy yourself a new dress this fall?

The fall collection has been trickling in and boy do we have some beauties for you this month! Stop by the shop this week and see all the glorious new arrivals. 

I just watched the documentary "The Eye Must Travel" about  Diana Vreeland for the 3rd time. If you haven't seen it I highly suggest it.  She is such an inspiration. I especially love the Why Don't You…? column she used to write for Harper's Bazaar in the 1930's. It's chock full of zany yet fabulous ideas, so much fun!