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Fresh New Handmade: Underbust Holster Vest

underbust holster outfit

It’s that magical time between evening and night. The light has dimmed but it is not yet dark yet. The hot, humid summer day has become pleasantly warm with an occasional cool breeze. She steps barefoot out into a clearing in the thick West Coast woods.  Her asymmetrical skirt swishes by her feet. She reaches into the pocket of her holster vest and pulls out an apple.  Content to be alone, she takes a bite and listens to the forest sing.  Out of nowhere, she feels a drop of water on her bare arms.  Then she feels another.  A summer rain has started.  Undeterred, she gently lifts her hood on to her head, finishes her apple and then disappears into the trees.

Attention all the elves, fairies, steampunks, adventurers and Burners, we have something you will most definitely want to come check out. If there were two things that you could add to your clothing what would those things be?  Most likely you answered, pockets and a hood. What if I were to tell you that there is a locally handmade garment available to you that provides both those thing?  Well, guess what!  There is and we have it.

underbust holster outfitForget diamonds, the underbust holster vest is a girl’s best friend.  The underbust holster is so flattering.  It zips up in the front under your boobs which creates a slimmer looking waist similar to waist cincher.  Unlike a cincher, there is no boning so you are free to run and move and twist. Its perfect for dancing the night away or scaling a building before you zip line down across the city to steal the world’s largest Ruby from an evil doer trying to build a death ray.  You know just typical girly stuff. The pockets are fairly big.  You could definitely fit your phone or a small wallet in there. They are also great for storing trail mix for when you need a little snack.

Guess what else?  There is a hood and it’s detachable so you can wear it with the holster or on it’s own.  The hoods are huge.  It doesn’t matter how big you make your hair, this hood will still fit over your head.

Want to know what to wear with an underbust holster vest?  Our mannequin is rocking a purple chiffon underblouse, wiggle skirt, lace choker and goggles.

Well what are you waiting for?  Why haven’t you added an underbust holster to your cart yet?  Is it because you’re driving down to 324 Hastings Street to try one on?  Because that is the only acceptable excuse.

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Black Cotton & Vegan Leather Military Frock Coat


Good Day Gentlemen (and the ladies who love them),

I would like to bring your attention to the VM signature MILITARY FROCK COAT. This is a timeless and versatile piece that can be taken to the office for that Goth Business Casual look or worn for more illustrious occasions such as weddings, prom or just because you look hot in it. (right, ladies?)

Anyhooo.. the reason I’m bringing it up is I just made a new batch of these beauties in Carmel and Chocolate Brown Jacquard and they’re going fast. It’s all about the fit  with these. So you need to get your butt down to VM (324 W. Hastings) and slip into one.

After all, I only make what I want to see you wearing!

IHS (I have spoken),


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Monocles and Monogoggles: Be Classy and a Cyborg!

Monocles Available in Shop.

Greetings Internet Monkey,

The New York Times has declared that the monocle is back in the recent article ‘One Part Mr. Peanut, One Part Hipster Chic’ by Allen Salkin.

While I appreciate that the New York Times is an esteemed publication and historically held up as the holy grail for freelance writers, I still have to express the following: Duh and/or hello.

Monocles are badass and as far as I’m concerned they never went out of style to begin with.  No, monocles are more like the unicorn of eye wear. You may
go you’re entire life without seeing one, but for the pure of heart who are graced with it’s presence it is truly a magical experience.

The dapperness of a monocle is beyond compare.  It’s like a classy eye patch that you can see through.  I for one would be ecstatic if they became a
fashion trend and were readily available in every mall in an assortment of styles and colours.

But alas, that day is not today.  Do not despair, Venus & Mars has a solution for you.

We carry MONOCLES and MONOGOGGLES (for when you need to be classy
and a cyborg).  You too can join the ever growing micro-trend before it explodes into the mainstream.

Below is a video that explains how to wear one of these uniquely awesome accessories.

What do you think of the monocle trend?  How much do you dig it?  Let us know in the comments below.

Everyone knows someone who wants a monocle.  Why not share this with them over Facebook, Twitter or by email?

Until we meet again,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

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Fantastic New Steampunk Jackets Have Arrived!

Greetings internet friends,

So I have a confession to make. I have an alter ego. She is Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire and she is pretty awesome. She’s basically a contract personal assistant, if what you need assisting in is ninjas, demons, time travel or general bad assery.

The thing is I didn’t know that I had an alter ego until I put on my H&R long military jacket. The moment I put that bad boy on it hit me. I couldn’t believe that I had been oblivious to the time travel, ass kicking, name taking ball of radical awesomeness that I was when I wasn’t Devon Dale: Awesome VM shop girl (who, on a side note, is also pretty rad).

Every time I put on my jacket I can accomplish all things. There is no task I can’t tackle: no foe I can’t best, no quest I can’t complete, no Scrabble game I can’t win – well you get the point. It’s a bit like how sometimes a blue sweater brings out the blue in someone’s eyes. This jacket brings out the AMAZING in my soul.

Guess what the best part is, we just got a new shipment of these fantastic jackets in the store. You need to stop by and try one on to find out if you too have a secret alter ego lurking in your soul.

Do you have a piece of clothing that transforms you? What is it and how does it make you feel? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading. I’m off to conquer 14th Century France.

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire.

Devon Dale

Devon Dale

Lady Adventurer for Hire at Venus&Mars
Devon Dale is a twenty something Vancouverite.When she isn’t being a lady adventurer for hire she is at Venus & Mars selling you corsets, kilts and other steampunkery. She enjoys hula hooping, reading and yoga.When you see her in the store, mention the Doctor and she will squeal like a delighted child.
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