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Venus & Mars at Vancouver Pagan Pride

Guess what! We’re taking the show on the road (again). You’ll be able to find our extremely awesome pop up shop at Vancouver Pagan Pride Festival on September 9, 2017. Vancouver Pagan Pride is taking place at Trout Lake Park (3300 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC) from 10am – 6pm.  It is a free event to attend.  This is our first Pagan Pride Festival ever and we are pumped! Sanne has been busy making cloaks, pocket belts, holsters and other treats.

About Vancouver Pagan Pride

VPP is a non-profit organization held in participation with the global Pagan Pride Project. Pagan Pride Project is an international movement to promote community and understanding of the Pagan path. Vancouver Pagan Pride events increase community goodwill, public education and awareness towards Paganism. VPP is open to Pagans, non-Pagans, passersby, and onlookers.

Through education, activism, charity and community, the project promotes tolerance and understanding between people with different belief systems.

If you are a Pagan, the project can help you find pride and confidence in your path. If you are not a Pagan, the project can help you understand your Pagan friends, coworkers, and family members.

The first Pagan Pride Day was September 19, 1998; Vancouver Pagan Pride had its first event the following year. Vancouver Pagan Pride Day occurs during late summer/autumn, which symbolizes the responsibilities Pagans hold to their town/city/province in honor of the various Thanksgiving holidays.

Are you planning on coming out to Vancouver Pagan Pride?  Let us know all about it 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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Need more VM? We will be at the Arts Alive Festival 2017

Arts Alive 2017 feature

Is it just me or does it seem like we are doing a lot of vending this year?

In case you have missed us at Taboo, Make It, East Side Pride, Folk Fest, Anime Revolution or Pride this year, fear not because this Saturday we will be vending at the Arts Alive Festival in Langley, BC.  We will be featuring all of our wonderful handmade goodies. You can expect to see some awesome holsters, pocket belts, festival hoods and cloaks!

The Arts Alive Festival is a free to attend festival that features live music as well as local artists and artisans displaying their handmade jewellery, glass, sculpture, paintings, furniture, wood, fashion, pottery, photography, ceramics, candles, toys, writing, quilting, fabric art and much more. It is a family friendly event with a children’s fun zone and Opus Children’s Chalk Art Gallery.

Are you planning on coming out to the 24th Annual Arts Alive Festival in Langley?  Let us know all about it 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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FAQ: What is Cosplay?

In less than 2 weeks, we will be vending at one of our favourite events, Anime Revolution! We also have so much fun at anime events: everyone is super friendly and happy to be there, we get to learn about the latest news in geek culture and best of all we get to see everyone’s fabulous cosplay! Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the term, one of our most frequently asked questions is “What is cosplay?”

Cosplay is actually a portmanteau of two words: costume and play. Originally, I think that the word specifically applied to anime culture where people would dress up as their favourite anime characters.  As time has gone by, it has expanded to include pretty much any pop culture icon. Some people are purists and get every detail perfect right down to the colour of the thread on the switching.  Some people mash up differently cultural elements to create a new version of a character like making a steampunk sailor moon or a little mermaid princess Leia.  Lots of people make gender bending version of their favourite characters like a male Harley Quinn or a female Captain America. The options are limitless and the community is super accepting.

If you are still not sure you understand, fear not! I have some examples of awesome Venus & Mars  versions of some of our most favourite fictional badass ladies.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is one of my personal favourite super heroes so naturally we had to include her.  It’s so empowering to have a strong, fearless female hero kicking ass and taking names. Who wouldn’t want to dress up like that? For Wonder Woman we combined the iconic Linda Carter look with some of the badassery of the new Gal Gadot look.  We put together a gold Venus & Mars bandeau with a red reversible VM waist cincher some blue booty shorts, a black velvet cloak and gold pointe glovettes.  Suffering Sappho, I have never seen a cooler Wonder Woman!

Harley Quinn

If you have ever been to a convention you know that if we had to include anything it was Harley Quinn.  There has been so many Harley looks over years and we couldn’t pick just one. We used her original black and red for inspiration but gave the overall outfit more of a roller derby feel. For this outfit, we combined a sleeveless red skinny tee, the reverse side of the reversible red waist cincher, black and red tap shorts and mix and matched a pair of red and black fishnet glovettes. We also added a pair of black goggles as a nod to the original Harley Quinn’s black eye mask. Trust me, puddin’, everyone will love this Harley look.

Princess Leia

We love Carrie Fisher. Her real life sassy no bullshit approach to Hollywood is something we can all aspire to. We absolutely had to pay homage to her with a Princess Leia inspired look. I know slave Leia is super popular but we wanted to show off the all white princess outfit instead.   We put together a white under blouse, white reversible waist cincher and cream panne cloak.  And we used a white pinstripe tube top as the skirt. To really sell the look we put Ivette’s hair into buns. I sense great awesome in this outfit. (PS. I love this picture so much. I think it’s one of my favourites ever.)

 

So what did you think of my definition of cosplay? did I get it right?  Would you explain it differently?  Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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