Saturday, June 29, 2013

Summer heatwave SALE!


but it is as cool as ice here at the Xtabay. Thanks to our wonderful landlord we have the Mr. Slim air conditioning unit and he's been working overtime!

 Since last weeks sale was such an astounding success and because I busted my butt all this week to restock the store I am going to have to dangle the proverbial carrot once again...

Starting tomorrow Sunday June 30 and through July 4th (when we will be closed) we will be having a 20% off SALE on all vintage merchandise! 

Here are just a few of the beautiful, fabulous things we got in this past week...

Sale starts tomorrow morning at 11am and ends July 3rd 6pm. We will be closed for the 4th.

We look forward to seeing you!

Online customers feel free to call if you see anything you can't live without:)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

New Arrivals: Day and Night

1950's seersucker sundress by Flair, waist 23.5. 198.

1950's black satin party dress with floral bouquet appliqué, waist 26. 298.

1950's White Stag bustier top and skirt-made in Portland, Oregon. Waist 26", 198.

Vicky Tiel Couture silk jersey cocktail dress, size 6. 498.

Classic 1960's Lilly Pulitzer cotton halter dress, size small, 98.

1930's bias cut black lace gown with original slip (not shown), waist up to 30". 448.

1970's Hanae Mori Hummingbird gown, size med. 248.

Late 1940's "Windsor Blue" slipper satin evening gown, waist 26", 398.

Late 1950's Paul Parnes linen eyelet dress with satin sash, waist 28", 198.

The shop is brimming over with fabulous new arrivals this week and I'm exhausted from putting them all out. In fact I'm so tired I can barely do a blog post. Come see where all my energy went:)

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Summer SALES event this Saturday!

This Saturday the 22nd Xtabay will be having a 30% off everything SALE in the clothing boutique! 

Everything you see here and much, much more will be 30% off! Even our candles and perfumes will be on sale...

As usual we will be serving Mimosas and cupcakes to sweeten the deals! 

Sale starts this Saturday at 11am and is one day only, We look forward to seeing you:)

To our online and out of town shoppers, call us Saturday at 11am to purchase items over the phone! 

Sale excludes items on consignment and does not apply to items in the bridal salon.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Bringing Beauty Back

Late 1950's Silk Organza Cocktail Dress by Miss America. Waist 27".

1950s "woodland" set, 98. 

1950s Hydrangea Blue party dress, waist 25".

1950s "Blue Galaxies" set, 125.
Gorgeous slipper satin wedding dress from 1949. Waist 26".

1929 Graduation dress in pale blue.

Beautiful 1950s pink Regency set, 125.
1950s Cahill off the shoulder tea length wedding dress, waist 29".
1950s pink and lavender set, 98.
1940s silky rayon afternoon dress, waist 26".
1950s Fruit Salad brooch and earrings set, 98.
1940s Frank Starr rayon crepe evening gown, waist 28".
1950s Schreiner brooch and earrings set, 148. 
Gorgeous 1950's sculpted silk evening jacket, med.
1950s grey starburst set, 98.
1960s Gene Shelley sequined evening gown, med.
1950s Kramer New York necklace and earring set, 198. 
Early 1950s silk cocktail dress, waist 26".

1950s Weiss set, 98.
1940s garnet evening gown, 42" waist. 

People ask me all the time what I specialize in at Xtabay. I usually tell them my main focus is on cocktail and party dresses from the mid-century and vintage bridal. But what I really mean to say is that we specialize in beauty and beauty is having a hard time of it these days.

 Looking around my Southeast Portland neighborhood  I sometimes feel I'm on the set of "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome". There is a post-apocalyptic vibe going on here that paired with the rainy weather can make me feel downright suicidal sometimes. A lot of folks in my neighborhood wear what appear to be war-torn rags. Washed out black and occasionally some army green are the mode o' day here on Southeast Clinton Street.  I feel prissy and foolish sometimes just wearing color. 

Sometimes I'm embarrassed to admit that pink is my favorite color. Pink and gold together is even better. I am shocked when so often I talk to brides that say they hate sparkle and shine. They are either vehemently opposed to satin or scared straight of lace. So many beautiful brides are afraid of looking too pretty on their wedding day. One bride even claimed she hated flowers. 

I tend to believe that the reason most human beings (living outside of the Portland Metro area) are drawn to sparkly shiny things because it reminds them somewhere deep within their consciousness of who they really are. We are all essentially stardust right? Why not sparkle while you're still alive?!

So my main mission at Xtabay is to bring beauty back. My wish is that by sharing these beautiful, wearable works of art to my blog readers, Facebook followers, Pinterest pinners, Etsy shoppers, Twitter tweeters and Instagram photogrammers I will inspire people to shine a little brighter. 

My name is Liz Gross and I love the color pink.  Thanks for listening.