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More Christmas Gifts (for less than $50)

We’re officially 3 weeks away from Christmas. By now the tree is decorated, the lights are up and you might be starting to freak out about last minute Christmas gifts. It’s okay, deep breaths, we are here to help you figure it out. So sit down, grab some eggnog and sugar cookies because we have our top three unisex gift ideas for under $50. To make things even easier, these are all available online as well as in store so you can shop however you’d like.

Pocket Belts

Give your loved ones the gift of not having to carry a purse or backpack. Pocket Belts let you carry your valuables (keys, phone, wallet, ID) securely without inhibiting your mobility. They are also super stylish and go with any outfit. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who likes to travel, go to festivals or busy parents.

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Wrist Wallets

Got a friend with a wild side? Do they remind you of viking or amazon? Then a faux fur wrist wallet might be the way to go. Faux Fur Wrist Wallets are made of super soft pettable faux fur and are available in white, grey and tan. They lace up which makes the size adjustable. Their small, zippered pocket is just big enough to hold ID, cash and a couple of keys. Perfect for going out dancing! Get it for your friend in the fetish community, ravers, or just people who don’t like to carry stuff.

Gift Cards

We all have that one friend who is impossible to shop for. Their tastes are too eccentric to anticipate what they need or want. Or maybe you have a friend that’s got a huge tickle trunk and you just have no idea what’s in there. For those hard to shop for friends, we suggest a gift card. Let them pick out something they really want or need. If you feel like a GC is too impersonal then make it an event. Pick a day and make up an itinerary. Go for lunch at Meat and Bread, followed by shopping at Venus & Mars and end the day with a treat from Pure Bread. What could be more fun than spending an afternoon eating yummy food and shopping at cool stores?

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What do we want? More Corsets! Where do we get them? Venus&Mars!

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Corset protest

This weeks TBT celebrates, Devon Dale’s (Lady Adventurer for Hire) triumphant return to the kingdom of  Venus&Mars to continue her steampunkery reign!

Here’s she is at our ‘ Corset Protest’ during the Vancouver Winter Olympics in February 2010.

The video below  is a re-release of the original Gothic Olympics Corset Protest which took place during the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

There was a protest going on at Robson Square so we decided to join in. The result was an enjoyable and humorous afternoon about town with our VM Living Mannequins attired in awesome handmade Venus&Mars corsets!

FYI: it’s me (and my husband)  behind the camera with the running commentating.

Love Sanné

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Throw Back Thursday Jan. 5, 2017

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Worlds Unite in the 90’s

So I’m cleaning out my office closet ( the vault) and I have about 5 million posters from back in the day and I got the idea that they might make cool #tbt s.
If you look closely, you’ll notice this poster unites 4 early 90’s super heros. #MarcGodfrey of #Psychomania aka #MarcManhattan is wearing #venusandmarsclothing . (Notice the old school VM logo.)
Photo by uber talented #WayneHoecherl .
#PeteFry of #Digboy (yes that #PeteFry) did the graphics. (this was pre-desktop publishing).

Cool or not?

Do you have any stories re pre desk top publishing? Let us know if the comments below…

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3 ways a Corset will help you get over the Holiday Blues

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3 ways a Corset will help you get over the Holiday Blues

Happy New Year!

Christmas is over. New Year’s is done. Valentine’s Day is still so far away. It’s only natural to get the post Holiday Blues.

Never fear! I have a solution: Corsets! Here are three ways that corsets can help you beat the post Holiday Blues.

Corsets are Pretty

We have a huge selection of gorgeous corsets. From really fancy Victorian looking corsets to casual corsets we have a corset for cosplay, steampunk, fetish and even everyday. It’s hard to feel down when you are wear something luxurious.

Corsets put the Fun in Functional

It’s hard not to feel sexy in a corset but it’s next to impossible to have bad posture in one. You will sit up taller and stand up straighter when you wear your new corset. It’s like you’ve been doing yoga without having to do yoga!

Corset will hide how much shortbread you ate

There’s no shame in it. We all overindulge over the Holidays. Whether it’s delicious treats or mashed potatoes it’s hard to say no when grandma keeps offering you seconds… or third. Nothing adds to the post holidays blues more than having all your pants be super tight. Instead of feeling shitty about yourself, put on a corset. You’ll have an instant hourglass figure and all the extra shortbread with be redistributed to more flattering areas.

So there you have it. Come into Venus & Mars and try one on today. How do you beat the post Holiday Blues? Let us know in the comments below.