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Welcome to the future nerdlings!

Here at Venus & Mars we really dig Victoria Day. The weather is gorgeous, the birds are chirping and it’s just a fabulous time to wear a corset.

This year we decided to have a fashion show in good old Vicky’s honour.

Typical fashion shows are rad but we decided to one up it and premier our Vicky Walks on Google Hangouts so the idea was that you can watch from your bed in your pjs while eating an entire tub of ice cream. Because it’s 2014 and the future is now!

It didn’t quite go according to plan…


Good Intended Victoria Day Fashion Show Hangout:


Victoria Day Fashion Show Hangout Debacle. Skip ahead to 15:30 for our comments:


You’re welcome.

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See you in the interwebz,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

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#TBT – The JOP Threatens to Leave the Ceremony!

#TBT – The JOP Threatens to Leave the Ceremony!

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Weddings can be stressful especially when the person performing the ceremony threatens to leave before the bride can even get there!

Gather ‘round children for Sanne to tell us a story of hotrods, alternative lifestyle prejudice and her super sister.

Check out part 3 of  Sanne and Walter’s “Crash Our Wedding”  Throwback Thursday in the video below:

What’s the most alternative wedding you’ve ever been to?  Let us know about it in the comments below!

Make sure you catch the rest of the story by signing up for the Venus & Mars Steampunk Tempest!

Until next time,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

PS: Only five more sleeps til  VICKY WALKS  Monday May 19. 2014  Victoria Day at High Noon. You in?


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FAQ Who wears this stuff?

FAQ Who wears this stuff?

The short answer is you.

Or at least you could be.  We have so many awesome separate pieces that are easily incorporated into anyone’s wardrobe.

Gents, why not wear a VM pocket vest with your suit to the office?

Ladies, perhaps you could mix things up with a long kilt pin skirt and blouse?

If going over the top and standing out in a crowd is your goal, we can help with that too.  Try a corset, crinoline, goggles and stompy boots for maximum impact.

But to get back to the original question, we have a wide and wild client base.

In a single afternoon we could be putting together a steampunk Harley Quinn cosplay,  an alternative grad outfit, a medieval bridal look, something to wear to a fetish night and Burning Man costumes.

Steampunk Outfit

We also do a lot of business with the film industry in Vancouver.  Venus & Mars gear has been used in Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and Underworld to name a few.  Try not the fangasm too much, nerds.

Oh and of course we are solidly busy for the month of HALLOWEEN.

We have a pile of photos of people in the Venus & Mars outfits but we don’t know who they are.  So starting this week, we premiere Mystery Monday.  We will be picking a picture and posting it.  If you who know who it is, let us know.

AND starting next week,  Who Wears This Stuff Wednesday.  We’ll feature a picture and/or a note from the owners of  VM gear.

Are you someone who wears this stuff?  Let us know in the comments below or better yet, send us a picture and you could be featured!

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Have an excellent Friday,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

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3 Alternatives to Corsets for under $150

3 Alternatives to Corsets for under $150 (that will make you stand out in a group of wasp waisted beauties)

How’s it going sugar muffin!

Do you love the look of a corset but you aren’t really feeling the boning or the price tag?  I totally get that and I’m here to help.  I’m always looking for alternatives to corsets that maintain my steampunk style while allowing me to move and breathe with ease.

Here are my top three finds from Venus & Mars:


It laces up in the front and has an elastic back.  It hugs your curves while letting you dance or swordfight the night away.  Best part, it’s reversible so two in one.


Velvet, tapestry, high collar and lace up front, mmm.  Think sexed up, less bitchy version of the Queen of Hearts.  You could run a marathon in this sassy little top while maintaining all your fabulousness.  Try doing that in a corset.


All the renaissance jackets are one of a kind, just like you you beautiful snowflake.  They look fantastic over a pair of black skinny pants or leggings with knee high boots.  You’re basically a gender bending Casanova who will make any dude or dudette swoon in your sexy presence.

So there you have it, three inexpensive alternatives to corsets that will make heads turn when you walk by.

Check out how awesome I look in my renaissance jacket below:

renaissance jacket

What’s your favorite alternative to a corset?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Until next time,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

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Cosplay Costume Suggestions: #5 Alice & #6 Neo


Good day!

Fan Expo Vancouver is just two days away!  Do you have your cosplay yet?

Fear not my procrastinaty friend, when in doubt GOWN.

Check out my wicked awesome Alice in Wonderland cosplay and all you really need for it is a GOWN.  Now you may not want to be Alice but really any Venus & Mars gown is instant cosplay.  Come down to the store and see what sparks your imagination.

I am wearing a blue silk dupioni and cream tapestry princess GOWN with a white ruffle parasol. BOOM done in just two items.  Although some kick ass steampunk boots and an awesome pair of tights go a long way.



Oh my gosh it’s almost here!

I am so excited to see all the awesome and unique cosplay!

Since it’s getting to be pretty last minute, I thought I would share a cosplay that’s a little bit easier to put together.

Check out Dan as Neo from the Matrix!

Neo - Infographic

All you need for Neo is a long black pleather MILITARY FROCK COAT, BLACK BONDAGE PANTS, and some wicked cool shades.  Although, kick ass boots go a long way too.

Check out his moves in this video:

Are you ready? Because it’s going to be here before you know it!

Anticipatingly yours,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

ps: We’ll see you at the event and make sure to come say hi to us at booth 814 (near Artist Alley)!