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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:

1)    THE CORSET WAISTBELT ($69)

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.

2)    THE QUEEN ANNE CORSELET ($125)

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.

3)    RENAISSANCE JACKET ($150)

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

STEAMPUNK COSPLAY COSTUME IDEAS #5 ALICE & #6 NEO FROM MATRIX FOR FAN EXPO 2014

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.

Alice

 

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)!

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WHEN IT COMES TO COSPLAY IS IT MORE FUN TO BE CREATIVE OR ACCURATE?

WHEN IT COMES TO COSPLAY IS IT MORE FUN TO BE CREATIVE OR ACCURATE?

Happy Tuesday Steampunks!

You have may have noticed that Sanné is pretty creative.  I mean look at all the beautiful CORSETS, GOWNS, and KILTS that she designs and makes.

You may have also noticed that I tend to do things a little differently.  For example quitting a grown up office job so that I can wear a CORSET everyday.

Well between Sanné’s creativity and my outside the boxness we got to pontificating about cosplay.  We kinda feel like it’s more fun to be less accurate when it comes to dressing up as your favorite characters.

Check out the video below to find out why:

 

What do you think?  Is it better to be accurate or creative?  Let us know in the comments below.

Did you like what we had to say?  Why not share it on Facebook or Twitter?

Thanks for reading and we’ll be seeing at booth (#814 near Artist Alley) at Fan Expo Vancouver in just 3 more sleeps!

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

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Cosplay Suggestions: #3 Poison Ivy & #4 Steampunk Airship Captain

Cosplay Costume Suggestions: #3 Poison Ivy & #4 Steampunk Airship Captain  FOR VANCOUVER FAN EXPO 2014

Greetings Cosplay Enthusiasts,

As you’re likely aware, we’ve come up with some Venus & Mars steampunk costumes and cosplay ideas for you.  You know, in case you don’t have your Fan Expo outfit yet.

Check out my wicked sexy version of Poison Ivy:

Poison Ivy Infographic

I’m wearing a green satin CORSET OF KICKASSERY, BLACK SHORT CIRCLE SQUARE SKIRT, GREEN VELVET CLOAK and PRINCESS WREATH with stripes and lace hosiery and steampunk boots.

We get a lot of people coming in and asking for a steampunk costume.  We usually reply with ‘ a steampunk what?’  Steampunk doctor is going to look vastly different than a steampunk lady adventurer.

Fan Expo costume idea #4 is Dan as a Steampunk Airship Captain:

Steampunk Airship Captain - Infographic

Doesn’t he look awesome?

Ninja Dan is wearing a WHITE POET SHIRT, BROWN PINSTRIPE VEST, SHORT BLACK MILITARY FROCK COAT, and BLACK BONDAGE PANTS with a brown aviator cap and a gun.

This video is Steampunk Captain Dan in action:

Check back in on Wednesday for more awesome Cosplay ideas!

Did you dig these suggestions? Then share it around on Facebook or Twitter.

Happy Monday,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

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Fan Expo Cosplay Costume Suggestion #2 11th Doctor

11th Doctor Pic - InfographicSTEAMPUNK OUTFITS AND COSPLAY COSTUME IDEAS FOR VANCOUVER FAN EXPO 2014

Greetings nerdlings and geekazoids,

Holy Cosplay Vancouver! We are so excited for Vancouver Fan Expo (April 18 – 20, 2014).

You’re probably thinking “But, Devon Dale, I don’t know what to wear and I don’t want to be the only one without a costume so instead of having fun I’m going to stay home and eat all the ice cream ever.”

Wait, do not be defeated so easily my cosplay-less friend! I happen to work at a store full of wonder and awe that can fulfill all your steampunk costume needs!

Fortunately for you, Dan (VM’s on-call ninja) stopped by the store last week and we played dress up – which is totally what all thirty year olds should always in their spare time.

We came up with a bunch of steampunk costumes and cosplay ideas for you.

Today we’d like to show you our version of a Steampunk inspired 11th Doctor cosplay.

Ninja Dan is wearing a WHITE COTTON POET SHIRT, a BROWN STRIPED POCKET VEST and a BLACK MILITARY FROCK COAT with some rad BLACK BONDAGE PANTS. He is also showing some major swagger in a red bow tie because bowties are cool.

 

Check us out on Monday for more cosplay ideas. Don’t forget to check in tomorrow for our continuation of the Throwback Thursday Gradstravaganza.

Peace out,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire