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Christmas Party Outfit Ideas for the Ladies

Costco, Michael’s and The Bay have had their Christmas displays up since like August, but now that it is officially after Remembrance Day, we can start getting into the nitty gritty of Christmas. When I worked in an office, our Christmas Party was one of the only days of the year when I felt like I could dress like myself. Monday to Friday, I had to cosplay as a secretary but once HR had a couple of sips of eggnog I was free to be my corseted self. If you’re anything like me then you’re ready to let your freak flag fly in the office. Last week we covered outfit suggestions for guys, this week these are my suggestions for Christmas Party Attire for the ladies.

Underblouse and Cincher

This is one of my favorite combinations. The underblouse has three quarter length sleeves that give you a bit of coverage on your shoulders and upper arms but the sheer fabric helps you feel sexy. The underbust feels like a hug when you wear it. Bonus, the boning will make you stand up straight. If you wear this combo with a camisole and pencil skirt then people will hardly even notice that you’re wearing a corset.

 

Queen Anne Corsetlet and Princess Skirtprincess skirt

If you’re feeling dramatic and you want everyone to know, then I suggest a Queen Anne Corsetlet and Princess Skirt.  You will look like the royal you suspect everyone knows you are. You’ll look formal enough for any venue you visit. Don’t worry about being overdressed, when you’re a queen everyone is simply under dressed.

christmas partyCorset Waist Belt and any little black dress

If you’re feeling a bit shy and you don’t want to go balls out bizarre around your muggle coworkers, try a corset waist belt with a little black dress. The waist belt will show off your curves and the lace up in the front gives the appearance of a corset without all that pesky boning. You’ll be able to eat and drink as much as you like and dance the night away. Win!

 

So what are you planning on wearing to your Christmas Party? Let us know in the comments below. Got a better idea of what to wear this Holiday season? Comment, we’d love to hear what you think.

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NFH: Faux Fur Shoulder Holster Epaulets!

Have you ever met someone or done something that gave your life purpose? All of a sudden you stop feeling like you’re drifting aimlessly through the drudge of day to day life and you feel like you have meaning. The difference in your quality of life is like day and night. The sun seems sunnier and the sky seems bluer. Sometimes I feel like my wardrobe lacks that same sense of purpose. Black tank top, leggings and a skirt; faded black dress with leggings; black shirt and yoga pants, where is purpose and vitality in my clothes that I feel in my life? Luckily, we have Fresh New Handmade Faux Fur Shoulder Epaulets that turn any outfit from existential dread to fabulous.

You may be thinking that fur epaulets seem a little extra to wear in your everyday life.

You could not be more wrong. Not wearing fur epaulets just isn’t enough. You’ve been brainwashed into thinking that you shouldn’t look like you’re going to run into battle when you’re getting your coffee. There is nothing more right and natural than looking like you are going to rule the North when you walk your dog. Seriously you need to come try one on because you will walk more confidently and stand taller when you wear them. It’s just science.

Obviously they are also great for Halloween. Faux fur epaulets could be the start of your Viking costume or Amazon costume or Barbarella costume. I mean you could add the fur epaulets to a little black dress and go to a costume party. If people ask you what you are just say you’re a warrior then give them a stern but distance stare that says: don’t fuck with me.  We suggest wearing a pair with a corset and green princess skirt for a cool Lady Stoneheart look. Or try a kilt with a black holey skinny tee, boots and goggles for a Mad Max inspired costume.

So what kind of a costume will you make with your faux fur epaulets? Let us know in the comments below!

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Fresh New Handmade – Gloves!

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I’m not really a fussy dresser. Most of the time, I’ll throw on the most comfortable thing I own (in black) and call it a day.  I don’t really wear a lot of accessories except for my wedding ring, my fitbit and my black trim choker if I’m going to work. I love the look of a well put together fully formed outfit but a lot of the time function wins out over fashion. It would get annoying to have to sweep and mop and crawl under things to dust if I had a body chain on. It’s not always practical to grocery shop in a feather bra. But every once in awhile I want to look just a little bit cooler or more badass than I do on a regular day. My go to accessory and solution is gloves!

Like all of the Venus & Mars clothing, the gloves are design by Sanne and balance on the border of fantasy  and rock. All of the gloves are fingerless so you can still do things while you look awesome. I don’t know about you but anytime I’ve worn opera gloves, it’s a pain in the ass to do anything. Got a text? Give yourself 5 minutes to pull off your glove and answer and another 10 minutes to get your glove back on. Need a quick snack? Either figure out how to eat a granola bar without getting crumbs on your gloves or spend another ten to fifteen minutes removing them and putting them back on again. Life is too short to deal with opera gloves. Just get an awesome pair of glovets and call it a day.

wizard glovesMy personal favourite glovets are the black velvet pointe glovets. First of all, they’re black so they’ll go with anything and everything. Second, they’re velvet so you’ll be able to live in luxury when you wear them. Third, the pointe part can be worn on your middle finger for a fancier look or on the thumb or pinky finger for a more punk rock look.  They look equally great with the lace up hoodie as they do with a gown and cloak.

What are your favourite Venus & Mars glovets? What would you wear them with? 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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Vancouver Folk Festival is less than a week away!

Holy smokes, Vancouver Folk Festival is less than a week away.  We are so excited to be participating in the 40th Annual Vancouver Folk Festival again after a five year hiatus.  Sanne has been super busy making all kinds of new things and restocking sold out things.  What kind of things?  How about lace up crop shrugs, spirit hoods and  steampunk bustle pocket belts to name a few. We will also have an abundance of other awesome festival gear including underbust holsters, kilts, cloaks, pocket belts and much much more.

Vancouver Folk Festival is a three day event. It will take place Friday July 14, 2017 to Sunday July 16, 2017 at Jericho Beach. Three day and one day passes are available for purchase. Guess what! We will be vending in the Folk Bazaar which is free to attend. How rad is that? Vancouver Folk Festival has 60 music acts from 20 countries, ten states and nine provinces are coming to play for you – and to help celebrate the VFMF’s big 4-0. The 2017 lineup includes Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, Shawn Colvin, Kathleen Edwards, Rhiannon Giddens from the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Barenaked Ladies, women’s music icon Ferron and Her All Star Band, Scottish traditionalists, RURA, Chouk Bwa Libète from Haiti – and so many more!

Are you planning on coming out to Vancouver Folk Festival?  Let us know all about it in the comments below.

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