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Don’t know what to be for Halloween? Try an Elf!

It’s already October 9th! That means there’s only 22 more sleeps until Halloween! Do you know what you want to be yet? Well you’d better make up your mind. It’ll be Halloween before you know it and you don’t want to be part of the last minute scramble for a costume.

One of my favourite series of movies of all time is the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I saw each film several times in theaters and I’ve watched the extended version on DVD more times than I should probably admit to. But what’s not to love? There’s magic, fighting, romance, orcs, hobbits and of course elves! This weekend, I was watching Legolas toss his majestic head of hair again and it occurred to me that we have everything you would need to put together a pretty decent elf costume in the shop.

So that’s exactly what I did! Or more specifically I put together a unisex accessory pack that could be the start of a most excellent elf costume. It begins with a green panne cloak. You could really use any colour cloak you want but green translates to elf for most people. Next we have a pair of prosthetic elf ears and green contacts. The ears are totally necessary but the contacts are optional. I find that they add a touch of other worldliness to the costume but the idea would still come across without them. I also added a pair of black velvet glovets. Again the glovets are not necessary but I think they help to give an air of royalty and elegance to your elf costume. Finally I topped the outfit off with a green glass potion holder because I just really just love the potion holders.elf

Now you may have noticed that setup isn’t a complete outfit. If you wanted to you could just wear a pair of black pants and a black shirt or a black dress underneath and you would totally look like an elf. However if you wanted to step it up then I would suggest a pair of brown vegan leather bondage pants with Jamie’s white button-up poet shirt and some boots. Alternatively, you could go for more of an Arwen look with green satin mermaid gown and some Victorian inspired boots.

So what are you going to dress up as this Halloween? An elf? Let us know in the comments below.

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Halloween Costumes Online Now!

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I love Halloween so much. I mean what’s not to love: everything is spooky, people give you candy and you get to dress up! Costumes make me so happy.  Naturally, that makes October the best time of the year to work in the store. We get customers who make up insanely cool and unique costume ideas. Other customers come in with specific character costumes and you can’t help but admire their attention to detail. It’s my favourite time of year to work with people and help them realize their Halloween goals.

On the flip side, we get a lot of people who come in and have no idea what they want to be for Halloween. If you fall into this category, have no fear, we are here for you. If you’re a little bit nerdy (like me) you should check out our Guide to Cosplay. We make some cool suggestions for coming up with your own version of some of your favourite characters. If you’re into steampunk then you should check out our Halloween Steampunk Outfit Guide for some costume suggestions.

If you’re still feeling lost and alone in the woods, then I might just have a shining beacon of hope to lead you to Grandma’s house. This year we have decided to add a costume section to our online shop. If you’re expecting a typical pop up Halloween shop selection of bagged costumes then hold onto your hat because we have something way better. We have put together costume suggestions made of awesome Venus & Mars handmade clothing. You have the option of selecting all the items we show or just picking out a couple. That means all the outfits are customizable to your existing clothing. Best of all, all of the pieces can be integrated into your wardrobe for everyday wear. What’s not to love about that?Amazon Warrior

We will be featuring a different costume every Monday on our blog so if you haven’t already joined our mailing list now is the time to do that. We will also be featuring past Halloween outfit, helpful accessory suggestions, and lots of steampunk inspiration on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

So do you know what you’re dressing up as now? Let us know in the comments below!

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Halloween Steampunk Costume Suggestions!

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Oh my gosh it’s almost October.  Do you know what that means? Do you? It means it’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right it’s just about Halloween month! It’s the holiday of our people: the spooky people. There’s going to pumpkins everywhere and skeletons and little bat friends. What’s not to love? In addition to all the spooky awesome, we also get to dress up in costumes! I’m so pumped I can barely contain myself.

October also means we’ll have a ton of people looking for steampunk costumes so I thought I’d jump the gun a bit and post some Halloween Steampunk outfit ideas to get October started right.

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So I think when most people think of Steampunk they think of three things: goggles, gears and the colour brown. This super cute steampunk outfit hits all those notes. I really like this look because it’s monochromatic but still interesting to look at. Ivette is wearing a brown satin peasant blouse with a brown reversible waist cincher, a brown lace circle square skirt and, a steampunk bustle pocket belt. We added a brown derby hat with bronze cybersteam goggles on top and black glovets and a choker to balance some of the black in the pocket belt. It’s a little Victorian, a little bit western and definitely ready for adventure. You’ll be immediately recognizable as steampunk in this outfit and you’ll be so much more unique than someone who bought a bagged costume.

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This dapper steampunk look may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of steampunk but it is just as steamy. The uniqueness and unexpected all black look makes it interesting. Peter is wearing a military frock coat with a black ruffle poet shirt. We added a pair of round spectacles and a pocket watch to give him a little bit more a nerdy, elegant look. We suggest pairing these items with a pair of black bondage pants, a black pocket vest and a pair of boots. You’ll be the classiest person in the room in this costume regardless of where your end up going.

 

Out of the Box Steampunk Mage

If you really want to try something out of the box then why not make your version of a steampunk mage? Ivette is wearing a pair of sleeves with a black bandeau, a wine waist cincher, a multipoint pocket belt and satin princess skirt. We kept the accessories pretty simple with a pair of red spectacles and a leather corset choker. This is a show stopping look.  I guarantee that no one will look as cool as you in an outfit like this. It may not be instantly recognizable as a character or traditional Halloween costume but everyone will recognize that you have the coolest costume in the room.

So there’s three Halloween Steampunk outfit suggestions for you. Which one is your favourite? What are you dressing up as for Halloween? Let us know in the comments below.

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Venus & Mars Summer Re-Cap

Holy smokes, the summer of 2017 has been so busy! I swear I only closed my eyes for a second and all of a sudden we were at the end of August. How did that happen? I guess to figure that out we have to think way back to the end of spring.

June

I don’t know why but this year has been the year of the steampunk wedding.  We got to help so many awesome couples steampunk their outfits for their unique celebrations. From costume party dinner cruises to three day long festival themed wedding extravaganzas, we got to sprinkle a little Venus & Mars fairy dust on some very rad people.  Thanks for letting us be a part of your day!

Towards the end of June, we also got to vend at East Side Pride for the first time ever. It was a super busy day full of excellent drag performances and musical numbers. We saw a couple familiar faces and met some new friends.

 

July

July was all about Bass Coast. We had silver things and galaxy leggings and leg wraps as far as the eye could see for the space theme this year. It was super fun to dress people up in sci fi futuristic outfits.

In mid July, we returned to Vancouver Folk Festival to vend after a five year hiatus. I can’t for the life of me figure out why we waited so long to go back! The music was awesome and the people were super friendly. I got a little bit sunburned on my face but all in all it was totally worth it to go back.

August

August so far is all Burning Man and Oregon Eclipse. We seen a lot of familiar faces for Burning Man but we’ve also had a ton of people who are new to the Burn and new to Venus & Mars. Goggles, Pocket Belts, Boots, Cloaks and Tutus have been flying off the racks.

We also lost our minds and did three events this month.  Two of those events were on the same weekend. We started the month with Anime Revolution (shout out to all our cosplay friends) and then we did the Pride Festival on Sunset Beach. Just this weekend Sanne went to Langley and worked at Arts Alive.

Looking back, it’s no wonder our summer flew by. We got to do so many cool events and make new friends in the shop.

What did you get up to this summer?  Let us know in the comments below!

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Anime Revolution and Pride in the Same Weekend!?

This year Anime Revolution and Pride are taking place on the same weekend. They are two of our favourite events to vend at so we were having a crazy difficult time trying to figure out which event to go to. We tried weighing all the pros and cons, we tried to think of which event was more fun, and we even tried to flip a coin. In the end we decided that there was no possible way to choose and we decided to do both! It may sound crazy but this weekend you’ll be able to catch us at Anime Revolution on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and we will also be at Sunset Beach for Pride on Sunday.

Anime Revolution

Anime Revolution is a three day event taking place at the Vancouver Convention Center. Prepare yourself for a gathering of Vancouver’s most creative cosplayers and showcase your cosplay to like-minded fans! Whether you’re a cosplayer, or simply curious about the anime culture, you will find stunning cosplays that will either induce nostalgia, or bring out the inner fan in you! Don’t shy away and come experience the enjoyment of cosplay!

 

 

Pride

Pride is a one day, free event taking place at Sunset Beach. Over 150,000 Pride partiers take in the Festival and Market, which is a great place to be before, after, and even during the Parade. Browse through 100 + booths at the market to buy some pride souvenirs or view local artisans work, or you can learn more about local non-profits and other exhibitors. There is a 19 + beer garden available with a DJ for this popular event. Live music on the main stage. Bring your family to the family zone for some kid friendly events.

Are you planning on coming out to Anime Revolution or Pride?  How about both? Let us know all about it in the comments below.

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